Summerfest 2016 to feature diverse performances

BY CAL CURRAN —

Summerfest is easily one of the greatest Milwaukee traditions of all time. It is the biggest music festival in the world and is what our city is best known for, aside from being the home of the Fonz.

Last year, attendees enjoyed performances from Grammy-winner Ed Sheeran and other talented musicians from every genre, and this year will feature performances that are just as exciting.

Some of the biggest news surrounding Summerfest this year is the arrival of Paul McCartney, who hasn’t played in Milwaukee since his 2013 tour where he visited Miller Park. McCartney is proposed to be one of this year’s highest grossing musicians to play. He will be performing at the Marcus Amphitheater on July 8.

With artists specializing in every genre,  there is something for everyone at the 48th Summerfest this year. Summerfest, which runs from June 29 to July 10.

Def Leppard

Def Leppard will be coming to the stage once again to perform at this year’s Summerfest. Since the band formed in 1977 they have dominated rock and roll and are one of the best-known names in the genre. Def Leppard is known for their classic songs like “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Photograph,” but have also been releasing new albums, like 2008’s Songs From Sparkle Lounge. Def Leppard will be showcasing their music at 9:30 p.m. on July 6 at the Marcus Amphitheater.

Chris Stapleton and Alabama Shakes

Stapleton has only very recently gotten into music’s mainstream with his 2015 album Traveller, and the Alabama Shakes album Sound and Color has definitely given them the attention they deserve. On July 2, Chris Stapleton and Alabama Shakes will play a concert together at the Marcus Amphitheater at 7:00 p.m.

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson is one of the most iconic names in music. After a six-decade career and putting out over 200 albums, everyone has heard at least one of his classic tunes. In June, he released a new album with Merle Haggard called Django and Jimmie, which debuted at number one on the Billboard country album chart. Willie Nelson will be preforming at the BMO Harris Pavilion on June 29 at 10:00 p.m.

Peter Gabriel and Sting

Sting, former leader of The Police, and Peter Gabriel, the front-man for the 1970s band, Genesis, will be teaming up to perform on July 10 at the Marcus Amphitheater at 8:00 p.m. Both singers are known activists. Sting founded the rainforest fund to protect the world’s rainforests, and Gabriel started multiple human rights funds such as the Witness Organization. The concert should not only rock, but also raise awareness for important world issues.

Blake Shelton

Starting off in Nashville, Blake Shelton quickly got to the top charts with his song “Austin,” which stayed at the top for five weeks. Critics and regular listeners enjoyed his mix of blue-collar rock and country ballads. This year, Blake Shelton will be visiting Milwaukee on July 1 at 9:30 p.m. in the Marcus Amphitheater.

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