By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Feb 02, 2021 at 8:38 AM Photography: Dan Garcia

As many feared Summerfest will not take place in June but will be staged instead over three weekends in September.

The Big Gig is slated for Sept. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18, organizers announced Tuesday morning.

“While the progress made through the vaccine rollout is encouraging, we believe it is in the public’s best interest to hold the festival in September to give government leaders and healthcare organizations enough time to distribute the vaccine,” said Don Smiley, President & Chief Executive Officer of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.

“We will continue to work diligently with civic officials and healthcare professionals as we prepare to welcome artists, fans, employees, vendors and sponsorship partners this summer.  Our team is excited to get back to what we do best, as soon as possible.”

Here is the original lineup for 2021 as announced last autumn. Recently, Halsey canceled her entire tour.

Summerfest booking staff is working to reschedule American Family Insurance Amphitheater concerts and expects to be able to provide updated concert information in coming weeks.

Fans are expected to get their first chance to experience the new American Family Insurance Amphitheater at the next Summerfest, which is finally getting free wi-fi.

The next Big Gig will also mark the debut of Generac as a grounds stage sponsor.

General admission tickets for Summerfest 2020 and 2021 may be used during the new September dates. Refunds for tickets purchased via or Ticketmaster are available, with more information here.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.