is the greatest music festival in the country, Summerfest. Yes, I said
Wisconsin and greatest music festival, all in the same sentence! I know So
Cal has Coachella and Austin has South By Southwest, but seriously, the only place in the country to see a ton of veteran, current popular AND up and coming acts on real stages with real sound systems is Summerfest.
Eleven stages, eleven days on the lakefront, with acts ranging from One Republic, Luke Bryan and Usher, to Ingrid Michaelson and the Arctic Monkeys. Stages range in size from seating about 100 people for local and new acts, to 25,000 seats in the Marcus Amphitheatre, a place Lady Gaga, on night two of the festival, commented on. “This place is fancy!” she said. “I remember going to festivals and they weren’t like this!”
General admission to Summerfest runs about $18.00, although there are multiple day discounts and other daily specials and free admission opportunities. The Marcus does require a ticket, which can be pricey, but the additional cost provides a reserved seat and free admission to the rest of the festival.
I was fortunate enough to score tickets to Bruno Mars opening night at the Marcus and Lady Gaga night two. Both shows was phenomenal, including sound that was off the charts!
Before the shows, my boyfriend and I shopped, did some paddle boating around the lakefront and enjoyed tasty drinks at JoJo’s Martini bar, a great place to stop before heading in to your evening show.
I spent another night wandering around the smaller stages with the original bass player from L.A. Lyon (back in the Milwaukee days!), catching a couple of great local bands and enjoying food from every corner of the earth!
Never been to Wisconsin? Make the trip for this great festival, held every year from the end of June to the beginning of July. Check out www.summerfest.com for more details.