Tuesday, July 2: New Kids on the Block w/ 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men at Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. Between the three of groups, New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men have sold hundreds of millions of records, churned out dozens of chart-topping works of bubblegum pop, and incited piercing […]
Tuesday, July 2: New Kids on the Block w/ 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men at Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.
Between the three of groups, New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men have sold hundreds of millions of records, churned out dozens of chart-topping works of bubblegum pop, and incited piercing screams from an incalculable number of enamored girls since the early ’80s. While most of those girls are now middle-aged women, you can be sure throngs of them will still come out to look on longingly as heartthrobs of yore are running through their eternally catchy classics.
Also: Styx at BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m.
Local Pick: Calliope at K-Nation Cascio Interstate Music Stage, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, July 3: LeAnn Rimes at Miller Lite Oasis, 10 p.m.
Singers with careers spanning 20 years aren’t all too uncommon in the music world. However, most long-tenured musicians didn’t get enter the spotlight at the age of 13. LeAnn Rimes is a rare exception. Rimes and her incomparable voice first entered the spotlight in 1996 with hit country chart-topper “Blue.” Soon, she crossed over into pop consciousness with memorable covers, Grammy-winning original works and a role in Coyote Ugly. Her latest album, Spitfire, was released one month ago.
Also: MGMT at Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 10 p.m.
Local Pick: Body Futures at K-Nation Cascio Interstate Music Stage, 2 p.m.
Thursday, July 4: Rush at Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.
Save for a brief turn-of-the-century hiatus, Rush has been kicking since the late ’60s. Carried on the iconic, sky-high vocals of bassist/front man Geddy Lee along with complicated instrumentation and a catalog rich in both radio hits and obscure, futuristic concept albums. The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inductee ventures down – well, over – from the great white north of Ontario to play a headlining gig that will undoubtedly feature seminal songs like “Tom Sawyer” and “Fly By Night,” as well as tracks off year-old album Clockwork Angels.
Also: Barenaked Ladies at BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m.
Local Pick: Ikarus Down at U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, July 5: Rick Springfield at Uline Warehouse, 10 p.m.
Australian rocker Rick Springfield has accomplished quite a lot in his 63 years. The crooner was a member of close to 10 bands, a film and television actor, author of an autobiography and owner of 17 solo albums. But nothing Springfield has done will match the success of his 1982 hit, “Jessie’s Girl” – which won him a Grammy and rendered him a rock ’n’ roll immortal, if only as a one-hit wonder. He’ll play his hit and (likely) a few more songs from his massive catalog to cap off Friday’s festival festivities.
Also: Nelly at Miller Lite Oasis, 10 p.m.
Local Pick: Hugh Bob & The Hustle at U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 6: Buddy Guy at Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 10 p.m.
Legendary bluesman George “Buddy” Guy has been pushing boundaries of the fret board with his iconic axe wielding for sixty years and counting. Beyond his own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-caliber career, his six Grammy Awards and Kennedy Center Honors, Guy has also been an inspiration to noted guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn and even past collaborator and fellow 2013 Summerfest headliner John Mayer. Here is your chance to bear firsthand witness to one of the most storied guitarists of all time.
Also: Neon Trees at U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 10 p.m.
Local Pick: Midwest Death Rattle at U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 6:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 7: Bad Religion at U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 10 p.m.
A multi-million dollar, heavily promoted behemoth of commerce that is Summerfest seems like an odd occasion to see Bad Religion, a veteran punk rock band unwilling to mince its political and, of course, religious views. But the L.A. band’s solid 30-plus-year track record and immeasurable influence on a genre warrants a headliner slot on The Big Gig’s closing night. The performance marks a homecoming of sorts for Bad Religion front man-turned author and UCLA professor Greg Graffin, who was born in Racine and spent his early childhood in Milwaukee.
Also: Jimmy Eat World at BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m.
Local Pick: Vic & Gab at K-Nation Cascio Interstate Music Stage, 7:30 p.m.