Throwback Concerts We’re Excited to See at Summerfest

Take a trip down memory lane with these acts.


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1. Sir Mix-A-Lot

JUNE 30 AT 3:30 P.M. | BMO HARRIS PAVILION

In 1992, a hip-hop artist took over the airwaves with the line “I like big butts and I cannot lie.” Most probably only recognize Sir Mix-A-Lot as the artist behind the big-booty anthem “Baby Got Back,” but the hip-hop artist has actually achieved platinum status three albums in a row. If you’re looking for a dancey, upbeat hip-hop set at Summerfest, than be sure to catch Sir Mix-A-Lot’s appearance at the BMO Harris Pavilion.

2. A Flock of Seagulls

JULY 8 AT 6:15 P.M. | US CELLULAR CONNECTION STAGE

Let’s be real – the 1980’s was full of bizarre hairstyles. But none were quite as eye-catching as the dos that A Flock of Seagulls rocked. The band contributed the massive single “I Ran (So Far Away)” to the New Wave movement, solidifying them as one of the many one-hit wonders in that decade.


 

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3. Avril Lavigne

JULY 1 AT 7:30 P.M. | AMERICAN FAMILY AMPHITHEATER

Few artists from the early 2000s have had a comeback quite like the Canadian singer behind “Sk8er Boi.” Avril Lavigne’s new album Love Sux, released February of this year, put Lavigne back in the spotlight, getting her a spot opening up for pop-punker Machine Gun Kelly at the American Family Amphitheater.

4. Backstreet Boys

July 8 at 7:30 p.m. | American Family Amphitheater

“Backstreet’s back, alright!” The pop quartet that took over the world with its 1996 self-titled album Backstreet Boys is bringing the 90’s to Summerfest. Hits such as “I Want it That Way” and “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” are sure to hit you right in the nostalgia.

5. Third Eye Blind

JULY 2 AT 10 P.M. | US CELLULAR CONNECTION STAGE

Speaking of the ‘90s, the rock group behind the breakthrough hit “Semi-Charmed Life” will also take to the stage at Summerfest. Third Eye Blind is often thought of as a one-hit wonder, when really the group’s debut self-titled album is full of classic ’90s jams such as “How’s it Going to Be” and “Jumper.” The band is still cranking out hits, with its latest album Our Bande Apart being released in September of 2021.

6. Barenaked Ladies

JUNE 23 AT 10:00 P.M. | US CELLULAR CONNECTION STAGE

The often indiscernible lyrics of the band’s hit single “One Week” are instantly recognizable as frontman Ed Robertson goes off about X-Files and Chinese chicken. The band is huge in their home country of Canada (they’ve been inducted into the Candian Music Hall of Fame in Vancouver), so those who only know the group for its bigger hits should check out what else the band has up its sleeves. 

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