How to Get in Free Today Do you have any books lying around your house that you just don’t have space for? The first 1,500 people to donate children’s books before 3 p.m. get in for free. Donations should be worth at least $10, and books for children under 10 are preferred. Weather Forecast High: 70° Low: […]

How to Get in Free Today

Do you have any books lying around your house that you just don’t have space for? The first 1,500 people to donate children’s books before 3 p.m. get in for free. Donations should be worth at least $10, and books for children under 10 are preferred.

Weather Forecast

High: 70°
Low: 60°
Precipitation: 20%
Sunset: 8:33 p.m.

The sun is coming out for one last Summerfest hurrah. About time!

Playing at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater

Lil Wayne

This four-time Grammy winner has been putting out rap projects since he was 12, and he currently holds the record for the most entries (109!) on a Billboard Hot 100 chart for a male solo artist. Tonight he’ll be performing with two other hip-hop heavyweight champions, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q. With a little luck, they may even perform a song together.

Staff Music Picks by Generation

Boomer

Snoop Dogg
7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater

“That will be me in the back row, sippin’ on gin and juice.” – Carole Nicksin

Gen-X

Snoop Dogg
7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater

“It’s Snoop Dogg. He can hang out with Martha Stewart and still not lose cred. ” – Paul Higgins

Millennial

Snoop Dogg
7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater

“He’s chill AF.” – Libby Lang

Dispatch
9:30 p.m., Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard

“Great choice for the final night of Summerfest: super chill, jam-band, sing-a-long music.” – Katie Williams

Gen-Z

Lil Wayne
7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater

“Fresh off Tha Carter V, Weezy’s set to end our annual festivities is going to be uproarious. Get it? His beats bump, his lyrics are iconic and he looms large over a very talented field as one of the best rappers of the 21st century.” – Matt Martinez

Moon Taxi
8:30 p.m., Miller Lite Oasis Stage

“I’ve had a few Moon Taxi songs floating around my playlists for as long as I can remember, but it was their most recent album, Let the Record Play, that fully won me over. I could listen to “Moving to the City” for days!” – Liz Johnson

Jason Mraz
9:45 p.m., BMO Harris Pavilion

“People from Generation Z will remember how much of a summer anthem “I’m Yours” was. I remember hearing that song multiple times a day for (too many?) months. To see what he’s up to now and for nostalgia’s sake, I’d see Jason Mraz!” – Hannah Hoffmeister

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Daily To-Dos

Summerfest Big Win

30,000 free general admission tickets for Summerfest 2020 are going to be dispersed at the entrances; if you want to try your luck, you can bring your ticket to the Mid Gate Information Booth and enter the drawing to be the Summerfest BIG WINner. The drawings will yield a number of prizes to 12 lucky entrants, including the famed Beer for a Year from Miller Brewing Company. Enter by 3:30 p.m. on Sunday to play. Winners will be announced at 4:00 p.m.

• Latin Music Day

Stop by the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse starting at 2 p.m. to see the best in Latin tropical and salsa music, presented by Telemundo Wisconsin and Aurora Healthcare. Junior Rivera and his Orchestra, Van Lester-Hector Lavoe Tribute, La Sonora Ponceña and Latin Sound System will be performing.

P.S. – If you like Latin music, don’t miss Rodrigo y Gabriela on July 7 at 9:45 p.m.


We Tried Pete’s Pops’ at Summerfest

by Madaleine Townsend

Summerfest claimed quite the summer treat as its own this season; Pete’s Pops made its Big Gig debut this year. 

Pete’s Pops has resided in Milwaukee for a few years now, selling over 20 different flavors; you might have passed one of its carts out and about, or even visited their storefront on 3809 W. Vliet St. The shop prides itself on using fresh, wholesome ingredients in its popsicles, and my fellow Mil Mag colleagues and I were excited to see if these bites would live up to the buzz.

There are three signature Pete’s Pops flavors available at Summerfest, via the Bel Air Cantina stands: Salted Watermelon, Raspberry Lime and Georgia Peach. We went all out and snagged one of each. 

At first, we couldn’t tell the difference between the three flavors. They came in plastic packaging, sans labels. Color was no help, as they were different shades of orange and pink. We attempted going off scent, but it didn’t get us very far.

Fearful of the ice melting, we came to the conclusion that whatever we got, we’d be happy with trying. None of us got what we had initially selected. I got the Georgia Peach instead of the Raspberry Lime I’d previously set my heart on. But, I found I had no complaints. The little bursts of red I thought had been raspberries were actually bits of peach, and the whole thing tasted liked I had just picked a delicious piece of fruit right off the tree. There was a subtle note of either salt or cream (I couldn’t tell which), but I knew from the first lick it complemented the fruitiness.

Elizabeth Johnson ended up with that Raspberry Lime, and she concluded it definitely had a dominant raspberry flavor … she didn’t know there was supposed to be lime in it at first. But to her taste-buds’ surprise, there were specks of lime hidden at the bottom of the pop.

Hannah Hoffmeister hasn’t tried salt on watermelon before, but has heard doing so enhances the sweet flavor. As she savored her Salted Watermelon treat, she noted there was just enough salt to make its presence known, but it was primarily focused on bringing out the watermelon flavor.

These popsicles aren’t your generic, frozen syrup-water you keep in the freezer at home. These are made with fresh local fruits, and we could definitely taste it.

However, they were on the smaller side. By the time I had finished it, I found myself wondering where the rest had gone. At $5 a pop, these sweet treats were a little pricey, as most things sold at Summerfest are. The quality is definitely there, but the quantity’s lacking.

Pete’s Pops at Summerfest maintain their principle juicy and refreshing qualities, and frankly we’d be up to eat them again, whether that’s at a cart, the storefront or the next festival they make a guest appearance at.

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