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88Nine’s Summerfest Must Sees for Sunday, July 9

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Who? The Shins
When? 9:45 PM
Where? BMO Harris Pavilion

The Shins have been key players in the indie world since 2001. Since then, they have released 5 albums that each evolve and have been relevant despite changes in the world and changes in the band itself. When playing live, James Mercer delivers his melancholy, nostalgic, occasionally optimistic anthems with confidence, expanding on the compositions for the live show. Come finish up your Summerfest experience with a thoughtful, reflective  band that has an incredible live show.

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88Nine’s Summerfest Must-Sees for Saturday, July 8th

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Who? Whitney

When? 8 PM

Where? Johnson Control’s World Stage

Whitney has a nostalgic Americana-pop feel that makes listeners sway and sing along. The musical talent in their band is impressive and very evident in their live show as multi-instrumentalists like frontman Julien Ehrlich simultaneously sings and plays drums. Whitney will be a fun, feel-good show that we recommend checking out.

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88Nine’s Summerfest Must-Sees for Friday, July 7th

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Friday, July 7

Who? Brother Ali

When? 8:45 PM

Where? Harley-Davidson Roadhouse

Brother Ali’s music speaks passionately about spirituality, self-love, the beauty in the world, and creating peace. Brother Ali’s music is laden with honest social commentary and we think that his yearning for a better world will show through even more in his live set. Come check it out tonight!

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88Nine’s Summerfest Must Sees for Thursday, July 6

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Who? Lex Allen
When? 8 PM
Where? Johnson Control’s World Stage

Milwaukee native Lex Allen is a performer as much as he is a musician, delivering a show that is passionate, progressive, and truly all-around beautiful. He performs a neo soul pop show with unmistakable humanity and fierce style – definitely an act to include in your personal Summerfest lineup.

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88Nine’s Summerfest Must Sees for Wednesday, July 5

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Tom Petty | photo by Sam Jones

Who? Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

When? 7:30 PM

Where? American Family Insurance Amphitheater

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are celebrating this year on their 40th anniversary tour. These rockers have been playing all their hits from throughout the years, making audiences go wild. If you are itching to see a classic Americana rockstar put on a great show, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are worth the extra price.

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88Nine’s Summerfest Must Sees for Sunday, July 2

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Who? Big Thief

When? 6:45 PM

Where? Johnson Control’s World Stage

Big Thief is on tour in support of their newest album Capacity from June 9 which has already received a lot of attention from big names in music such as Stereogum and Pitchfork. Adrianne Lenker’s voice is stunning and delicate as she croons personal lyrics that deal with love, friendship, and the like. You will definitely want to get in on this intimate folk-rock show.

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88Nine’s Summerfest Must Sees for Saturday, July 1

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Who? The Naked and Famous

When? 5 PM

Where? Miller Lite Oasis Stage

The electro-pop band The Naked and Famous will be stopping by Summerfest this year and we recommend catching their set. Their signature sound is characterized by heavy drum beats, a synthesizer melody, and Alisa Xayalith’s voice almost crying out their lyrics. Their hits “Young Blood” and “Punching in a Dream” have become summer anthems through the years and we think they will be a lot of fun to see live.

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88Nine’s Summerfest Must Sees for Friday, June 30

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88Nine’s Summerfest Must Sees for Thursday, June 29

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Who? Allen Stone

When? 8 PM

Where? Uline Warehouse

Allen Stone is a self-declared hippie who has reached number 2 on R&B charts. Stone’s songs range from introspective ballads to social justice oriented bangers. No matter what song Stone chooses to play, Stone has a booming stage presence and puts on a great show. We are very excited to see what Stone has in store.

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Our Summerfest Checklist

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Have you ever

-Been to Summerfest?

-Seen a headlining show at Summerfest?

-Bought a beer at Summerfest?

-Bought some random knick-knacks from the vendors at Summerfest?

-Watched the Summerfest fireworks?

-Become friends with other audience members at a show?

-Tried an unusual food such as a pizza cone at Summerfest?

-Met an artist who was performing at Summerfest?

-Camped out (aka snagged a bench) early in the day to be first row for a 10 PM show?

-Crowd-surfed at Summerfest?

-Seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers at Summerfest?

-Lost a shoe while at Summerfest?

-Made out with a stranger at Summerfest?

-Played in the kids “Playzone”?

-Danced on the picnic tables?

-Attended all 11 days of Summerfest?

-Run into over 25 people that you know?

-Figured out ways to get into Summerfest for free?

-Spilled beer on someone at Summerfest?

-Had beer spilled on you at Summerfest?

-Been backstage at a show?

-Been put in Summerfest jail?

-Played at Summerfest?

-Gotten onstage during a show?

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