By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published May 01, 2024 at 6:01 PM

We're less than two months away from the start of the Big Gig – so as a treat, have some more shows.

Indeed, Summerfest today announced a batch of free bonus shows once again hosted at the cozy American Family Insurance House, the interactive stage space found behind the water fountain at the midgate. Available for free on a first come, first served basis, this year's lineup features intimate performance sessions from Big Gig headliner acts – including Gin Blossoms, current "La La Land" hitmaker Bryce Vine, folk rock favorites Mt. Joy and "Let Me Love You" (and "Step Up" co-star) Mario. And as an added bonus for the mega-fans who arrive earliest, the first 50 people in line for each set will get the chance at a bonus post-performance meet-and-greet with the stars of the show.

Here's the full lineup of performances taking residency in the American Family Insurance House during Summerfest this year:

Thursday, June 20

  • 2 p.m. – Jonah Kagen
  • 4 p.m. – Gin Blossoms

Friday, June 21

  • 2 p.m. – Bryce Vine
  • 4 p.m. – Chelsea Cutler

Saturday, June 22

  • 2 p.m. – Allen Stone
  • 4 p.m. – Doom Flamingo

Thursday, June 27

  • 12:15 p.m. – Grace Weber's Music Lab
  • 4 p.m. – Boys Like Girls

Friday, June 28

  • 2 p.m. – Briston Maroney
  • 4 p.m. – Jessie Murph

Saturday, June 29

  • 2 p.m. – Alana Springsteen
  • 4 p.m. – Mario

Thursday, July 4

  • 2 p.m. – Fiji Blue
  • 4 p.m. – Mt. Joy

Friday, July 5

  • TBA – Cimafunk
  • TBA – TBA

Saturday, July 6

  • 2 p.m. – Seaforth
  • 4 p.m. – TBA

Even when there's not a show on stage, there will still be a house party getting thrown at the American Family Insurance House. Open daily from noon until 8 p.m., the midgate hotspot will also feature photo ops, free customizable festival merch, yard games and much more throughout the day beyond its big-name gigs.

Of course, there are a few TBAs still on the schedule for the American Family Insurance House – so for more updates, additions and announcements, click here and stay tuned to OnMilwaukee. And to peruse the rest of the Big Gig's even bigger list of headliners before the gates open next month, click here

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.