By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jul 13, 2021 at 12:01 PM

FM 102/1's Summerfest SummerCamp returns this September with the opportunity to see private, stripped-down, acoustic performances with Big Gig-booked bands in a smaller venue.

The Cooperage, 822 S. Water St., will host Rise Against, Bleachers, Cold War Kids, Black Pumas, K.Flay, grandson and KennyHoopla – with more acts getting added every day.

The only way to win tickets to these special events is by listening to Adler weekday mornings at 8:30 a.m. for a chance to win a Summerfest SummerCamp Power Pass that gets you and a friend into every day of SummerCamp. OnMilwaukee will have a Power Pass giveaway later this month as well. Mosquitos are not eligible to win.

"SummerCamp is going to be the best place to see amazing Summerfest bands up close and personal and hear the stories behind the songs," says FM/102's program director and midday personality, Michelle Rutkowski.

SummerCamp will take place prior to already-scheduled Summerfest concerts every weekend of Summerfest, Sept. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18, 2021. SummerCamp attendees will be transported from The Cooperage to Summerfest via bus.

Additional entertainment will also be a part of the SummerCamp experience, including local music, henna tattoos and more. Will there be ghost stories and s'mores, you ask?

"Feed us enough beer and anything is possible," says Rutkowski. "But seriously, we are excited to work with Summerfest to offer Milwaukee a truly unique experience they won't find anywhere else."


Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.