10 Overlooked Summerfest Concerts from Yesterday’s Lineup Drop

Sure the headliners are great, but these under-the-radar acts are what make this festival so special.


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1. Illuminati Hotties

JULY 9 | GENERAC POWER STAGE

Loud, fast and fun – what more could you ask for in an afternoon performance at Summerfest? Illuminati Hotties is the moniker of singer songwriter Sarah Tudzin, who writes an upbeat blend of catchy indie-punk sprinkled with child-like attitude, navigating its way through themes of adulthood and reclaiming one’s personal freedom.

2. Chiiild

JULY 8 | MILLER LITE OASIS

Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Chiiild is a genre-bending experimental soul band led by Yonatan “xSDTRK” Ayal and Pierre-Luc Rioux. Featuring funky bass lines, poppy choruses and atmospheric rhythm sections, Chiiild is an up-and-coming group that will have attendees vibing out and losing track of time.

3. Houndmouth

JULY 2 | BRIGGS & STRATTON BIG BACKYARD

Part rock-and-roll, part Americana, Houndmouth utilizes music as a method for storytelling, with anthemic choruses by way of Bruce Springsteen. The band is hot off the release of its fourth album Good for You, meaning its Summerfest performance will be riddled with fan favorites and new tunes alike.

4. Cordae

JULY 8 | MILLER LITE OASIS STAGE 

Cordae may have gotten his start with the hip-hop collective YBN, but the rapper has quickly made a name for himself after splitting off to do his own thing. The rapper’s flow ranges from spit-fire verses to a more R&B delivery, ensuring that the GRAMMY-award-nominated artist will put on one of the more memorable hip-hop performances on the festival’s free stages this year.

5. Noga Erez

JUNE 25 | GENERAC POWER STAGE

Israeli-singer-songwriter-producer Noga Erez rose to fame in 2017 when her song was used in an Apple advertising campaign. Since then, she’s released two albums that that have established Noga Erez as a name to look out for in the electro-pop scenes – combining synthesizers with brass sections and and a variety of vocal stylings that keep her sound fresh.

6. Mt. Joy

JULY 8 | MILLER LITE OASIS

Folk rockers Mt. Joy may have had a huge tour with The Lumineers cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, but that didn’t stop the band from keeping the momentum of their sophomore album going by hosting a series of drive-in shows. The group’s brand of melancholic folk-rock and sing-along choruses were practically made to be enjoyed outside on a hot day with a cold beer in hand.

7. Ric Wilson

JULY 8 | MILLER LITE OASIS STAGE

Ric Wilson isn’t just an accomplished Chicago-based hip-hop artist – he’s also a reputable activist who represented the We Charge Genocide coalition in 2014 in an effort to expose police brutality in Chicago. Wilson takes inspiration from disco with his unique brand of hip-hop, putting on high-energy shows that let Wilson’s goofy side show.

8. Municipal Waste

JUNE 23 | GENERAC POWER STAGE

It’s not too often that a thrash metal band graces the stages of Summerfest, which makes this year’s scheduled appearance of a band called Municipal Waste a rare treat. Fast, vicious and unapologetic, Municipal Waste brings the party wherever they go – and Summerfest will surely not be the exception.

9. Parquet Courts

JULY 9 | GENERAC POWER STAGE

Parquet Courts recently made a stop in Milwaukee at Turner Hall while on tour for their latest album Sympathy for Life. The new album is billed as the indie rock group’s most accessible yet, incorporating elements of dance, punk and indie rock. So, whether you’re a long-time fan or have been curious about checking out Parquet Courts after the band’s recent buzz in the city, look no further than their Summerfest set at the Generac Power Stage.

10. Milky Chance

JULY 7 | MILLER LITE OASIS STAGE

German-based duo Milky Chance combine the best elements of both electronic music and indie-rock, full of catchy hooks and dance-worthy breaks. Milky Chance had to cancel a slew of tour dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so its a guarantee that they’ll be bringing the energy for their big gig performance.

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