How to Get in Free Today
Are you a member of the Harley Owners Group? Present your H.O.G. card before 3 p.m. for free Summerfest admission and access to the Harley-Davidson Hospitality Deck at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse. The Deck is open until 5 p.m., but space is limited, so head over there early in the day.
Keep an eye on an hourly weather report while you’re at the grounds: thunderstorms on and off throughout the day.
Playing at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater
She may be “Jenny from the Bock,” but she’s also a triple threat of a singer, dancer and actor who’s sold more than 80 million records to date. And more than 1 million people bought tickets to her last world tour, so you can bet that fans are excited to see her on a stage again, with a brand new single to boot.
Staff Music Picks by Generation
9:45 p.m., BMO Harris Pavilion
“I don’t know much about this band, but I like their sound.” – Carole Nicksin
9:45 p.m., BMO Harris Pavilion
“I’ve been a Roots fan since I heard Do You Want More?!!!??! in high school. (Because I’m old.)” – Paul Higgins
7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater
“A legendary pop-icon who has never performed in Milwaukee. Sign me up!” – Katie Williams
“Jenny from the block – she was such a huge part of entertainment for me growing up through music and movies. (Please do a Selena song!)” – Libby Lang
Taking Back Sunday
10 p.m., Miller Lite Oasis Stage
“I only know a few songs by Taking Back Sunday, but they’re bound to get the crowd dancing.” – Liz Johnson
Picture this: it’s July 3rd, 2019, your in-laws are coming for the holiday, you promised you would make them the best barbecue ever devised, and instead of actually doing that you’re on the Skyglider at 3 p.m. waiting for the Zeppelin cover band to start. What do you do? Go to the Great American Cookout Tour; they have experts there to provide grilling advice, host grilling contests and most importantly, give out free samples of barbecued meats. You can also enter to win $500 worth of free grilling supplies. Stop by any day from June 30 to July 7.
• Elizabeth “Bo” Black Family Fountain With Badger Meter and B93.3
Looking to cool off but not go out on a paddleboard or boat? Make a pit stop at the Splash Pad to beat the sun and keep on keeping on.
Whimsical Band, Carousel Kings, is Performing at Summerfest for the Fourth Time
by Elizabeth Johnson
Pennsylvanian punk band Carousel Kings arrived at Summerfest full of contagious energy and enthusiasm for its newest album, Plus Ultra. They started playing at 5 p.m. at the Miller Lite Oasis Stage.
Plus Ultra is a Latin phrase meaning “further beyond.” This is the band’s reminder to themselves and their listeners to explore new ground, and see things they’re passionate about through to the finish.
The song “Lock Meowt” captures the band’s unexpected blend of thought-provoking lyrics and spontaneity. What started as a joke at the end of rehearsal ultimately inspired a music video recorded at Chicago’s Catcade (a rescue shelter, arcade hybrid), featuring the cats themselves. This whimsical approach comes across throughout the entire album, in which the band experiments with new musical styles ranging from ukulele to electronic beats.
David Alexander formed Carousel Kings as a senior in high school back in 2008. Although the cast of characters has shifted over the years, the heart of the band’s music remains intact. The group currently consists of Alexander, Will Barovick, Cody Williams, Danny Wilkins, and Kyle Fisher. They’ve been in other bands, separately, since high school, but their paths didn’t cross until about five years ago, when they were circumstantially drawn together by their interest in punk music.
“Right place, right time,” Alexander says of their decision to work together.
The group is nearly always on the road, and their calendars are filled up with tour dates. Today marks their fourth Summerfest performance. Shortly before the release of Plus Ultra, they returned from their first European tour. Williams notes there’s a sense of independence and freedom that comes with traveling.
“Wisconsin’s always been like a second home,” Williams says, adding they hope for more time to explore Milwaukee than they’ve had in past years. Alexander emphasizes how thankful he is for the opportunity to see so much of the world through music.
After the Summerfest performance, Carousel Kings will wrap up its summer tour before beginning work on its next album.