Summerfest is right around the corner, promising both chart-topping headliners and a host of local talent. Here are a few Milwaukee artists to look out for this summer.

1) GGOOLLDD

After college, Margaret Butler rode a carefree wave of optimism from Louisiana to Milwaukee, where an unexpected radio hit launched her career with this eccentric pop rock band.
When: June 28, 10 p.m.
Stage: Johnson Controls World Sound Stage

2) Nora Collins

Born and raised near Milwaukee, Nora Collins moved to Nashville in 2016, establishing her reputation in the country music scene. This year, Collins will return to her hometown for her fourth Summerfest performance.
When: July 3, 6 p.m
Stage:
U.S. Cellular Connection Stage

3) Abby Jeanne

A self-described “product of a haunted jukebox and the golden heart degenerates,” Abby Jeanne was one of four artists chosen last fall for Backline, a mentoring and networking program for rising musical stars in Milwaukee.
When: June 28 at 8 p.m.
Stage:
BMO Harris Pavilion

4) The R&B Cadets

After a long hiatus, this 1980s group reunited in 2015; their music has been filling Milwaukee dance floors ever since.
When: June 27 at 6 p.m
Stage:
Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard

5) The Squeezettes

What do you get when you cross polkas and 1980s chart-toppers? Find out at The Squeezettes’ Summerfest show.
When: July 3 at 6 p.m.
Stage:
Klement’s Sausage and Beer Garden

6) Michael Henszey

A longstanding member of the Milwaukee musical community, Michael Henszey released his Play On EP in March 2019, with influences of folk, rock and Americana.
When: June 30, 6:30 p.m.
Stage:
Uline Warehouse

7) Reyna

This indie-pop group, another recipient of a Backline fellowship, returns to Summerfest as veterans. Sisters Vic and Gabby Banuelos are on the rise, having opened for bands such as CHVRCHES and Death Cab for Cutie. 
When: July 2 at 7 p.m.
Stage:
Miller Lite Oasis

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8) Zed Kenzo

Zed Kenzo built her hip-hop career on the unexpected foundations of classical piano and church choir music.
When: June 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Stage:
Johnson Controls World Sound Stage

8) Faux Fiction

This alternative rock group has come a long way from its basement origins in 2014, now playing large-scale events like Summerfest and PrideFest.
When: July 6, 7 p.m.
Stage:
Klement’s Sausage and Beer Garden

9) Amanda Huff

This electronica artist released her debut album, Hemiptera, in 2018, and she’s been making a name for herself on the Milwaukee radio scene ever since. Her Summerfest performance isn’t one to miss.
When: July 4, 6:45 p.m. 
Stage:
Johnson Controls World Sound Stage

10) The Zach Pietrini Band

Zach Pietrini describes his Americana-influenced style as “an everyman’s approach to music.” The group was one of Milwaukee Magazine’s picks for Best Live Act in Milwaukee 2017. Save some room in your Summerfest schedule to hear this one.
When: June 29, 5 p.m.
Stage:
Miller Lite Oasis

11) Browns Crew

This Latin hip-hop duo has performed on Milwaukee stages since the group’s inception in 2011. 
When: June 27, 4:15 p.m.
Stage:
Johnson Controls World Sound Stage

12) MRS. FUN

Part jazz, part cabaret and part spoken-word poetry, MRS. FUN has claimed abundant Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards for vocals, instrumentals and stage entertainment. Be sure to check out this genre-bending duo. 
When: July 5, 6 p.m.
Stage:
Klement’s Sausage and Beer Garden

13) Crystal Knives

Another Backline artist, Crystal Knives (born Spencer Mutsch) has quickly garnered attention for his talent with genre crossovers; his jazz roots blend seamlessly into the EDM for which he is best known.
When: June 28, 8:30 p.m.
Stage:
Miller Lite Oasis 

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14) Willy Porter

In 2018, we crowned Willy Porter Best Local Musician, and he lives up to the title. He’s been winning audiences over with his folk rock tunes for more than two decades.
When: July 7, 8 p.m.
Stage:
Uline Warehouse

15) Lex Allen

Lex Allen is yet another 2018 Backline musician, dazzling audiences with his vibrant soul pop performances. He has performed at PrideFest, Summerfest and elsewhere in the past.
Stage:
Uline Warehouse

16) Brett Newski

Brett Newski mastered the art of the intimate concert on a tour of local living rooms last spring. He certainly knows how to connect with an audience, and you won’t want to miss his show at the  on 
When: July 4, 8 p.m.
Stage:
Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard

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