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: 73° 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: 73°
Low: 61°
Precipitation: 40%
Sunset: 8:33 p.m.

We’ll look on the bright side and be glad that thunderstorms have given way to light showers, which should clear up by late evening.

Playing at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater

Billie Eilish

You wouldn’t expect a silver-haired teenager who wears over-sized sweat suits and accessorizes with plastic spiders to become a chart-topping pop star. But 17-year-old Billie Eilish already has seven gold and two platinum singles under her (spiked) belt. And she’s sure to be one of the most-talked-about headliners at Summerfest this year.

Staff Music Picks by Generation

Boomer

Billie Eilish
7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater

“I need to find out what all the hype is about.” – Carole Nicksin

Gen-X

Semisonic
10 p.m., U.S. Celluar Connection Stage

Here’s where I relive the 1990s. I still remember where I was when I first heard ‘Closing Time.’ OK, not really. But I still love that song.” – Ann Christenson 

Millennial

Bleachers
10 p.m., Harley-Davidson Roadhouse

“’Fun’ artist. Would be a bounce-around, good time.” – Katie Williams

Billie Eilish
7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater

“She’s on fire right now, I have to.” – Libby Lang 

Gen-Z

Billie Eilish
7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater

“Billie Eilish is definitely the most exciting act that Summerfest booked this year. She makes pop music that is totally weird and like nothing you’ve ever heard. And she’s only 17.” – Emma Fisher

“Very simple logic here: in the future, when our robot overlords people are listening to hot gas passing through hydrolytic converters as music, your grand kids are going to ask you if you saw Billie Eilish when she came to Summerfest. The answer should be yes; she’s one of the biggest talents in the game right now and a breath of fresh air in an over-saturated genre.” – Matt Martinez

Bleachers
10 p.m., Harley-Davidson Roadhouse

“Volume up, windows down, driving through the Blue Ridge Parkway: the first time I heard Bleachers, the group became a nostalgic staple on all my playlists. I couldn’t pass up a live performance!” – Liz Johnson

Daily To-Dos

Electric Bike Rides from Wheel and Sprocket

Looking for some different RPMs to try at Summerfest? Stop by the Wheel and Sprocket booth from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and try out an electric bike for free. The test ride obviously comes with limitations (you can’t just ride off into the sunset on it), but it’s a good way to channel some raw energy from your Billie Eilish hype. 

Laura Ernst at the Northwestern Mutual Children’s Theater and Playzone

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids, Laura Ernst is an award-winning acrobat and juggler. Videos suggest she will do somersaults over and around your children. They’ll love it and you’ll be amazed. She’ll get them fired up, too; it might be a good idea to do this in tandem with the electric bikes to tucker them out. Ernst will be playing at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 


One Milwaukee Band is Gearing Up for Yet Another Summerfest Show 

by Elizabeth Johnson 

Local group Faux Fiction has performed at nearly every Milwaukee festival, and this year’s Summerfest is no exception.

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The rock band plays tonight at Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden Stage at 7 p.m. 

Created in 2014, Faux Fiction consists of Gabby Papale on guitar and vocals, Peter Hair on bass and vocals and Paul Tyree on drums. The group played Summerfest for the first time in 2017 as part of a three-band showcase on the Uline Warehouse Stage. The heat was blistering, and the warm-up time was minimal, but the performers had the time of their lives.

“That was the first big stage that we got to play,” Papale says. “The feeling was so intense.”

The others remember the performance fondly as well, emphasizing even though their music may have changed over the years, the feeling remains the same.

The group performs at many other local festivals, the most recent of which was PrideFest at the beginning of June. This was Faux Fiction’s fourth PrideFest performance. The band members explain  they love the supportive, welcoming environment at the festival; they became good friends with many people who work the event.

“It’s nice to play for people that have the same kind of viewpoint that we do,” Papale adds. 

Faux Fiction also plays events like the State Fair and the Brady Street Festival, which Tyree considers one of Milwaukee’s festival gems. The event is a great host for local talent, with a rotating cast of Milwaukee musicians. Tyree says this local support is comparable to the atmosphere at Cactus Club, a local live music venue.

“It’s the perfect blend between a good sound system and an intimate environment,” he says of Cactus Club. “You can really connect with the people there.” Both Cactus Club and Brady Street Festival rank high on Faux Fiction’s list of must-see music venues in the area.

With Summerfest drawing to a close, the members of Faux Fiction encourage festival-goers to seek out the local talents on smaller stages. The Rebel Stage, for example, hosts many local and regional bands, as does the Klement’s Sausage and Beer Garden Stage, where Faux Fiction performs tonight.

“I am really looking forward to our performance tonight,” Papale says. “We’re playing a stage with a lot of other Milwaukee artists that are really amazing.”

With a full-length album and an EP out now, Faux Fictionis currently working on a new album, which they plan to release next spring.

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