Summerfest Announces Grounds Stage Headliners

Sylvan Esso, Field Report, The New Pornographers and more.

The Big Gig dropped some big news yesterday when they announced Kendrick Lamar will be bringing his tour to the Marcus Amphitheater on July 1 (tickets on sale April 10). But the news dump didn’t stop there. This morning our Third Ward neighbors announced a slew of headliners who will play the ground stages throughout the fest.

The list includes acts with Wisconsin ties – Field Report, Sylvan Esso, Phox – as well as national acts like The Flaming Lips, Sheryl Crow, Bastille, The New Pornographers, Aloe Blacc, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. And, of course, “Weird Al” Yankovic. 

You can see the full list here or below. And we’re crossing our fingers that the Summerfest big wigs will add a female artist or two to the current all-male Marcus lineup.

Lupe Fiasco

Motion City Soundtrack
Walk the Moon
The Isley Brothers
Dirty Heads
Mavis Staples
Billy Currington
Gogol Bordello
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Brand New
Public Enemy
Phil Vassar
Delta Spirit
Trampled by Turtles
Gary Clark, Jr.
Kip Moore
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
Vance Joy
Coheed and Cambria
Chase Rice
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
DJ Paris Hilton
The Faint
Martina McBride
The New Pornographers
Gaelic Storm
Flogging Molly
Punch BrothersPHOX
Blackberry Smoke
Sheila E.
Third Eye Blind
Andy Montañez
Mat Kearney
“Weird Al” Yankovic
New Politics

The Romantics

Brett Eldredge

Atlas Genius
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Charles Bradley
Kellie Pickler
Sylvan Esso
Manchester Orchestra
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Mates of State
Dark Star Orchestra
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Kristian Bush of Sugarland
Meg Myers
Leftover Salmon
Keller Williams
Tommy Castro
Otis Clay
Smash Mouth
The Infamous Stringdusters
Shakey Graves
J. Roddy Walston & The Business
The Mowgli’s
Sam Llanas
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Big Smo
Field Report
Taylor Dayne
Elvin Bishop
Willy Porter
Saint Motel






Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.