What Should You See at Summerfest? We’ll Tell You

Find the acts that suit your tastes.

If You’re: Nostalgic for the touch-tone dial
Then go see: Tommy Tutone, June 29, 4 p.m. U.S. Cellular Connection
What to expect: An unusually early, mid-afternoon singalong to Jenny’s infamous phone number: 867-5309

If You’re: A New Orleans soul
Then go see: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, June 30, 10 p.m. Uline Warehouse Stage
What to expect: A stirred-up gumbo pot of rock covers and originals done in that signature Big Easy sound

If You’re: 20-something and directionless
Then go see: Car Seat Headrest, July 2, 10 p.m., Johnson Controls World Stage
What to expect: Noisy indie-rock anthems that rumble with introspection and catharsis

If You’re: A music locavore
Then go see: IshDARR, July 4, 10 p.m. Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
What to expect: The city’s young export showcasing his ebullient, homegrown talent on the big stage

If You’re: An unapologetic top-40 radio fanatic
Then go see: The Chainsmokers, July 4, 7:30 p.m., American Family Insurance Amphitheater
What to expect: High-energy tunes sure to summon your aunt to wedding dance floors for years to come

If You’re: Neither bad nor boujee
Then go see: Future, Migos and Big Sean, July 8, 7:30 p.m. American Family Insurance Amphitheater
What to expect: A show-of-the-year candidate that remarkably gathers three current rap superstars on one bill ◆

‘Seeking the best of Summerfest’ appears in the June 2017 (City Guide) issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Kevin is a freelance writer residing in Milwaukee. He’s contributed to The Shepherd Express, Third Coast Daily, Pop Matters and the sadly now-defunct A.V. Club Milwaukee. He looks forward to forging a deeper connection with the city’s impressive music scene during his gig as a Music Notes blogger. His talents include music criticism, riding a bicycle, drinking tasty beers and a crafty croquet swing. His weaknesses comprise Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, professional wrestling and his ever-growing record collection. He’s in desperate need to find more physical (and hard drive) space for the exceptional albums Milwaukee musicians keep churning out.