This weekend marks the end of Summerfest 2010, but there's still plenty of great live music and entertainment, festival food and, of course, beer on hand now through Sunday. So, get your fill before the Big Gig bids farewell for another year.
For those of you about to flock to Summerfest today, here are my picks for Day 9 of the Big Gig:
Brief Candles (6 p.m.,Cascio Interstate Groove Stage)
It’s been an eternity since Milwaukee’s Brief Candles released the excellent They Live We Sleep in 2006, but long-suffering fans were treated to a morsel from the group’s long-in-the-works follow-up in the form of last year’s “Sink Or Swim”/”Pieces Of Hate” 7-inch. Both songs demonstrated that the band’s way with lush guitarscapes and airy vocals reminiscent of Ride, Swervedriver, and the ’80s and ’90s 4AD Records scene hasn’t dulled over time.
Sample their sound here.
Worrier (9 p.m., Cascio Interstate Groove Stage)
Milwaukee band Worrier sure has one foot in the crowded genre of danceable post-punk, with its prickly, hyper drums and basslines and weirdly yelped vocals, but there’s also something more delicate at work here. The band’s chirp-toned guitars, for one, help to lighten up these claustrophobic-feeling tunes with spaced-out melodies.
Check them out here.
Scorpions (10 p.m., Harley-Davidson Roadhouse)
Scorpions’ mixture of arena-rock anthems (“Rock You Like A Hurricane”) and raise-your-lighter ballads (“Winds Of Change”) has sustained it for more than 30 years and 20 albums. The German band is nowhere near what it used to be commercially, but 2004's Unbreakable and 2007's Humanity Hour, Vol. 1 seemed to re-energize the group, landing it headlining gigs at sizable venues.
Click here to listen.
But don't let me have all the fun; feel free to chime in and tell our readers whom you’re gearing up to see at Summerfest today. Share your favs in the comments section.
The full Summerfest lineup for Friday, July 2, 2010:
7:30 p.m. -- American Idols LIVE!
MILLER LITE OASIS
12 p.m. -- Star 69
3 p.m. -- Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan
6 p.m. -- Bobby Friss
8 p.m. -- Prophetic
9 p.m. -- Madhatter and Kid Cut Up
10 p.m. -- N.E.R.D.
WITH MILLER GENUINE DRAFT
12 p.m. -- Break in to the Big Gig Battle of the Bands Winner - A Line Between
2:30 p.m. -- Alex Wilson Band
5 p.m. -- Bad Boy
7:30 p.m. -- Johnny Wad
10 p.m. -- Scorpions
BRIGGS & STRATTON BIG BACKYARD
FEATURING THE ROCK 'N ROLL HALL OF FAME WITH MILLER HIGH LIFE
12 p.m. -- The Sandcarvers
2:30 p.m. -- Pink Flamingoes
5 p.m. -- Cerfus Project
8 p.m. -- NeedToBreathe
10 p.m. -- O.A.R.
THE COOLTV ROCK STAGE
WITH MILLER LITE
1 p.m. -- Sleep Serapis Sleep
3 p.m. -- The Sky & The Execution
5 p.m. -- Miss May I
6:30 p.m. -- An Early Ending
8 p.m. -- August Burns Red
10 p.m. -- The Devil Wears Prada
POTAWATOMI BINGO CASINO STAGE & PAVILION
WITH MILLER HIGH LIFE AND 88NINE RADIOMILWAUKEE
12 p.m. -- Launchpad Battle of the Bands - Milwaukee Regional Showcase
4 p.m. -- Lil Debbie and the Tone Gods
6 p.m. -- Reelin' In The Years - The Music of Steely Dan
8 p.m. -- Shinobi Ninja
10 p.m. -- Slightly Stoopid
M&I BANK CLASSIC ROCK STAGE
WITH FIDUCIARY MANAGEMENT, NYCE, MILLER LITE, 97.3 THE BREW & MY 95.7
12 p.m. -- Shattered - Rolling Stones Tribute
3 p.m. -- Half Empty
5:30 p.m. -- Bobby Way and the Wayouts
7:30 p.m. -- Secret Society of Starfish
10 p.m. -- YES
U.S. CELLULAR CONNECTION STAGE
WITH LEINENKUGEL'S AND FM 102/1
12:30 p.m. -- Mia LeBlon
1:45 p.m. -- The Friendly Lens
3 p.m. -- GreyMarket
4:15 p.m. -- Hypernova
5:30 p.m. -- Kinch
6:45 p.m. -- Carney
8 p.m. -- The Heavy
10 p.m. -- The Bravery
JO JO'S MARTINI LOUNGE
WITH MILLER LITE
12 p.m. -- Pre-Recorded Music
4 p.m. -- First Kiss
8 p.m. -- Boogie Men
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF WISCONSIN AND NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL CHILDREN'S THEATER & PLAYZONE
12:00 PM Accompany of Kids – Song and Dance Troupe
12:45 p.m. -- Caricatures and Comedy by Bill Begos
1:30 p.m. -- Gypsy Geoff
2:15 p.m. -- Wayne & Wingnut - Crazy Puppets
3:15 p.m. -- Discovery World - Fun With Chemistry
4 p.m. -- Caricatures and Comedy by Bill Begos
4:45 p.m. -- Gypsy Geoff
5:30 p.m. -- Wayne & Wingnut - Crazy Puppets
6:30 p.m. -- David Seebach's Wonders of Magic
WITH NEWSRADIO 620 WTMJ
12 p.m. -- FIRST Robotics Team 537
5 p.m. -- Milwaukee Wave Soccer
6 p.m. -- Wheelchair Sports
7 p.m. -- Milwaukee Admirals Hockey
8 p.m. -- Division BMX Stunt Team
CASCIO INTERSTATE MUSIC GROOVE GARAGE
WITH SHEPHERD EXPRESS and WMSE
1:30 p.m. -- Martha Berner
3 p.m. -- Aktar Aktar
4:30 p.m. -- The Che Arthur Three
6 p.m. -- Brief Candles
7:30 p.m. -- Group of the Altos
9 p.m. -- Worrier
Summerfest, located at Maier Festival Park (200 N. Harbor Drive), is open from noon to midnight, June 24 through July 4. Tickets are $8 from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays, $15 after 4 p.m. and on weekends (ages 11 and older), and $3 for seniors 60 and older, and children ages 3 to 10 (all times).
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