There should be a law against thinking about the end of August (the end of summer!) at the beginning of June (the beginning of summer!), but we’ll make an exception for WMSE‘s Backyard BBQ. On Saturday, August 25, from noon until 8 p.m. at Humboldt Park, the beloved independent radio station will once again say thank you to its fans and supporters with its 9th annual end-of-summer shindig. And this year has a hell of a musical headliner: Old 97’s.

“Grab your cutoffs and a cold brew,” says WMSE in a press release, “’cause the headliners for this year’s WMSE Backyard BBQ are the Old 97’s—and you are in for one helluva good time.” YES.

Here’s the rest of the press release:

Hailing from Dallas, this alt-country group has headlined stages as big as Denver’s Red-Rocks to as small as Emo’s in Austin and now they will play for free at Humboldt Park in Bay View on Saturday, Aug. 25.

The band has blessed us with 25 years of incredible music and great shows. Milwaukee is one of their favorite places to play, and it’s always to a sellout crowd. The band has years of hits under their belt including the most recent Brandi Carlile duet, “Good With God,” to crowd favorites, “Question,” “Bird On A Wire,” and so much more, making sure fans get the best show of their lives—because that’s what the Old 97’s do—they give it their all.

“We look forward to once again giving the best end-of-the-summer concert to our loyal listeners, because without you we cannot be the best radio station in Milwaukee. Getting the Old 97’s to headline has been years in the making and we are so excited. We cannot thank them enough for playing this year’s Backyard BBQ,” declared WMSE GM Tom Crawford.

All the fun takes place Saturday, Aug. 25 from noon to 8 p.m. in the station’s even bigger backyard—Humboldt Park, right in the heart of Bay View at 3000 S. Howell Ave. It’s the station’s small thank-you to its listeners and members for their continued support.

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