Thursday marks the official start of another Summerfest. Now in its 54th year, the “Big Gig” has long been home to deep fried delicacies, prime people watching, and hundreds upon hundreds of musical acts from all around the county and across the world. That said, this year’s nine-day affair isn’t without its fair share of local flare. As a means of giving homegrown performers an opportunity to play in front of new (and significantly larger) audiences before renowned headliners take the stage, this year’s Summerfest still has oodles of local identity. Heck, some Milwaukee bands are even headlining their stages.

Between June 23 and July 9, more than 60 Milwaukee acts will perform on the Henry Maier Festival Park grounds, and that’s not even counting locally-based cover bands and people playing at those tiny side stages by the lake. Those seeking some locally-made music between noted national and international performers should consult Milwaukee Record‘s handy guide to Milwaukee acts playing this year’s Summerfest.

Thursday, June 23

12:00 p.m. — Conniption @ Generac Power Stage
12:00 p.m. — Driveway Thriftdwellers @ Uline Warehouse
2:00 p.m. — Oumar Sagna And Sindoolaa @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
2:30 p.m. — Valerie Lighthart @ Miller Lite Oasis
2:30 p.m. — Listening Party @ UScellular Connection Stage
4:00 p.m. — Synymata @ Miller Lite Oasis
4:15 p.m. — U2 Zoo @ UScellular Connection Stage
4:15 p.m. — The Hungry Williams @ Johnson Controls World Sound Stage
5:30 p.m. — Robin Pluer And The R&B Coquettes @ Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden Stage
6:00 p.m. — Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
8:00 p.m. — Twan Mack @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
8:15 p.m. — Brett Newski & The No Tomorrow @ UScellular Connection Stage

Friday, June 24

12:00 p.m. — Eric Look Band @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
2:30 p.m. — The Now @ Miller Lite Oasis
3:00 p.m. — LO/ST @ Johnson Controls World Sound Stage
4:15 p.m. — DJ Kenny Perez @ Miller Lite Oasis
9:30 p.m. — DJ Kenny Perez @ Johnson Controls World Sound Stage
9:30 p.m. — Violent Femmes @ Generac Power Stage

Saturday, June 25

3:00 p.m. — The Keystones @ Johnson Controls World Sound Stage
6:15 p.m. — Bobby Friss @ Miller Lite Oasis
9:30 p.m. — DJ DRiPSweat @ Johnson Controls World Sound Stage

Thursday, June 30

12:00 p.m. —  Long Mama @ Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden Stage
1:45 p.m. — Frogwater @ Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden Stage
2:00 p.m. — The Incorruptibles @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
3:30 p.m. — Telethon @ Uline Warehouse
8:00 p.m. — MRS. FUN @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard

Friday, July 1

1:30 p.m. — Boney Fingers @ BMO Harris Pavilion
1:45 p.m. — Sigmund Snopek @ Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden Stage
2:30 p.m. — Brewtown Beat @ Miller Lite Oasis
3:15 p.m. — Wes Tank @ Northwestern Mutual Community Park
3:30 p.m. — Sigmund Snopek @ Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden Stage
4:00 p.m. — Pat McCurdy @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
4:45 p.m. — Wes Tank @ Northwestern Mutual Community Park
7:30 p.m. — Nora Collins @ Uline Warehouse

Saturday, July 2

12:00 p.m. — The MilBillies @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
2:30 p.m. — Failure To Launch @ Miller Lite Oasis
4:00 p.m. — Buffalo Nichols @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
4:45 p.m. — Wes Tank @ Northwestern Mutual Community Park
5:30 p.m. — 5 Card Studs @ BMO Harris Pavilion
6:15 p.m. — Avenues @ UScellular Connection Stage
8:00 p.m. — BoDeans @ Johnson Controls World Sound Stage
8:15 p.m. — Vincent Van Great @ Miller Lite Oasis
8:30 p.m. — Wes Tank @ Northwestern Mutual Community Park

Thursday, July 7

12:00 p.m. — Yum Yum Cult @ Uline Warehouse
5:30 p.m. — The WhiskeyBelles @ BMO Harris Pavilion
8:00 p.m. — Eddie Butts Band @ JoJo’s Martini Bar

Friday, July 8

1:00 p.m. — Alyssia Dominguez @ JoJo’s Martini Bar
3:30 p.m. — Ethan Keller Group @ BMO Harris Pavilion
3:30 p.m. — Trapper Schoepp @ Generac Power Stage
5:30 p.m. — You Win !!! @ Johnson Controls World Sound Stage
6:30 p.m. — Professor Pinkerton & His Irrelevant Orchestra @ Northwestern Mutual Community Park
7:30 p.m. — Kid Cut Up @ BMO Harris Pavilion
7:30 p.m. — Greg Koch Marshall Trio @ Generac Power Stage
8:15 p.m. — Xposed 4Heads @ UScellular Connection Stage
9:30 p.m. — DJ Shawna @ Johnson Controls World Stage

Saturday, July 9

12:00 p.m. — ANDII @ Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden Stage
12:00 p.m. — The Belle Weather @ Generac Power Stage
3:30 p.m. — De La Buena @ BMO Harris Pavilion
4:15 p.m. — The Appalachians @ Johnson Controls World Sound Stage
5:30 p.m. — Ben Harold & The Rising @ Johnson Controls World Sound Stage
6:15 p.m. — Zola Jesus @ UScellular Connection Stage
7:00 p.m. — DJ Kenny Perez @ BMO Harris Pavilion
7:30 p.m. — Gego y Nony @ BMO Harris Pavilion
9:30 p.m. — DJ Bizzon @ Johnson Controls World Sound Stage

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Co-Founder and Editor

Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.

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