One Milwaukee Band is Gearing Up for Yet Another Summerfest Show

Local garage rock band Faux Fiction reminisces about past festival performances and offers advice to Milwaukee music lovers.

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

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.



Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.