The best time of the year for Wisconsin music fans is finally upon us as the world’s largest music festival begins its 2019 run along the Milwaukee lakeshore.
Summerfest opens today and while the biggest names don’t take to the stages until after dark, there’s plenty to take in before sunset.
If you’re heading down to Brewtown, make a point to give some love to bands from the Fox Valley and east central part of the state before staking your ground for the headlining acts.
The Fox Valley will have a significant opening day presence on Summerfest’s stages.
The June 26 line-up starts with Fox Valley 80s rockers Wildside, who will open up the festival at noon on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage. They’ll be followed by Appleton’s That 90s band on the U.S. Cellular stage at 2 p.m. in a well-played, chronological piece of scheduling mastery.
Appleton’s Doozey will perform at 1:45 p.m. on Johnson Controls World Stage.
Ants Marching, Appleton’s acclaimed Dave Matthews tribute act will perform at 4 p.m. on the U.S Cellular Stage.
Local favorites Johnny Wad out of Green Bay will perform at 8 p.m. at the BMO Harris Pavilion while The Cougars — also out of Green Bay — play at the same time at JoJo’s Martini Bar.
Those making Summerfest a family affair should plan to take in the wonderment of Appleton’s Rondini, who will perform magic in four time slots over two days at the Northwestern Mutual Children’s Stage. Rondini performs at noon and 3:15 p.m. on June 29 and at 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on July 5.
Appleton’s Eminence will take the Miller Lite Oasis stage at noon on July 3.
On Independence Day, Appleton’s Grand Union, will perform at the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage at 2 p.m. Ask Your Mother out of Appleton will perform at JoJo’s Martini Bar at 4 p.m.
Appleton’s Jay Stulo Band will bring the blues to the Harley Davidson Roadhouse stage at 6 p.m. on July 6.
On July 7, Fond du Lac’s Driftwood will put punctuation on the festival with a 6 p.m. set on the U.S. Cellular stage.