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Today's Summerfest Picks: Friday, Sept. 3

Every day during Summerfest, we’re rounding up the festival’s highlights and hidden gems and sharing Radio Milwaukee staff picks. Below you’ll also find the day’s complete lineup and promotions, including how to get in free today.

(If you're looking for the complete 2021 Summerfest daily schedules, you can find them here.)

Chance The Rapper |

Today at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater: Chance The Rapper, 7:30 p.m.

This is a big one. Chicago rap star Chance The Rapper has only one live show planned for all of 2021, and it's this headlining gig at Summerfest's American Family Insurance Amphitheater. The show will be something of a make good for Chance, who canceled a tour in 2019 behind his latest album "The Big Day." Expect some very feel-good, celebratory vibes from one of hip-hop's most acclaimed live performers.

Looking for more Chance? He's also expected to make an appearance earlier in the day at the festival during Milwaukee native Grace Weber's 3:30 p.m. performance at the Miller Lite Oasis.

Salam Fatayer picks: Leon Bridges @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 10 p.m.

Raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Leon Bridges worked as a dishwasher at a local venue and often would regularly perform at open-mic events. What would seem like an overnight success, Bridges gained popularity with his 2015 song “Coming Home,” which was a Top 10 Most Viral Tack on Spotify.

Leon Bridges |

Marcus also picks: Leon Bridges @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 10 p.m.

To say there’s been a revival of “retro” soul is an understatement. Matter of fact, I’d say it really never went away, we just notice it now. It’s because of artists like Leon Bridges who are far from retro, not just purveyors of old soul, but more like old souls who continue to find ways to continue make it whole, anew. Musically, he’s also just on another level; one of those that have that “thing” that feels like he’s just impossible to dislike. Until you realize that you just sort of actually love it.

Dori Zori picks: Yola @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 4 p.m.

There’s a beautiful comfort in the familiar sounds of Yola’s latest record “Stand For Myself.” From '60s soul to disco to old school country vibes, the common thread through this album is the strength and power of her songwriting. She’s vulnerable, but with the confidence that only comes with living your life to its fullest, making mistakes and becoming self-aware in the process. I’m guessing from the moment she steps on the stage she will have the entire audience enthralled and that’s something you won’t wanna miss!

Dori Zori also picks: RETRO GOODNESS! With Annabells' Bow Wow Wow, Men Without Hats and Berlin @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, 6 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.

I spent a lot of time in the last 20 months relying on favorite records from my youth to lift my spirits. There is a comfort to nostalgia and this lineup is going to serve up so many hits. Annabells’ Bow Wow Wow will have us scream-singing “I Want Candy” and “C30, C60, C90, GO!” Maybe we’ll get lucky and she’ll perform her '90s dance hits recorded with Jason Nevins and Utah Saints. Of course everyone knows the words to “Safety Dance” from Men Without Hats, but do you remember the lyrics to “Pop Goes the World”? Crowd favorite Berlin is back again too. I have no doubt that Terri Nun will not only sound amazing, but her pure love of performing will have everyone on their feet, '80s dancing to “Metro” and swaying in unison to the “Top Gun” movie classic “Take Your Breath Away.”

Today's cancellation: Indigo Girls @ Johnson Controls World Sound Stage, 8 p.m.

Indigo Girls had been set to play today, but had to cancel after a Covid-19 case among their touring crew.

That's the bad news. But the good news is they've been replaced by Guster.

Justin's Kid-Friendly From The Music Desk Pick: Wes Tank @ Northwestern Mutual Community Park, 3:15 & 4:45 p.m.

A couple years ago Wes Tank had a great idea. He decided to rap Dr. Seuss books. Over Dr. Dre beats. It’s a funny concept, and what was better was the execution. Tank perfectly blends the silly concept with serious execution. He even went viral with it and got signed to do the series called “Story Raps” for Kidoodle TV. There is nothing else like Wes Tank in the city, or the world. If you want to see the most unique show at Summerfest this year see Wes Tank. And if you love it, see it twice. And bring the kids, too.

Here's the complete Summerfest schedule for Friday, Sept. 3

American Family Insurance Amphitheater

7:30 p.m. – Chance the Rapper with 24kGoldn

Miller Lite Oasis

3:30 p.m. – Grace Weber
5 p.m. – Taylor Bennett
6:30 p.m. – DJ Stevie J
10 p.m. – DJ Diesel

BMO Harris Pavilion

4 p.m. – Yola
6 p.m. – Sky McCreery
9:30 p.m. – Leon Bridges

UScellular Connection Stage

4 p.m. – Tenille Arts
8 p.m. – Reyna Roberts
10 p.m. – Chris Janson

Generac Power Stage

4 p.m. – Better Than Ezra
10 p.m. – Falling in Reverse

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard

4 p.m. – Annabella’s Bow Wow Wow
6 p.m. – Men Without Hats
8 p.m. – Berlin featuring Terri Nunn
10 p.m. – Modern English

Uline Warehouse

4:30 p.m. – North Coast Orchestra
6 p.m. – Night Ranger
8 p.m. – Phil Vassar

Johnson Controls World Sound Stage

6:45 p.m. – Victoria Canal
8 p.m. – Indigo Girls Guster

JoJo’s Martini Lounge

1 p.m. – Scott Meissner
4 p.m. – The Playlist
8 p.m. – The Love Monkeys

Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden

Noon – Annie B & Jahmes
2 p.m. – Funky Chemist
5 p.m. – Pete Nuemer
7 p.m. – Brian Dale Band

Summerfest's 2021 lineup poster

Here's how to get into Summerfest for free today: Northwestern Mutual Make A Child Smile Day (noon-3 p.m.)

The first 2,500 patrons who donate new or gently used children’s books with a $10 minimum value will receive one (1) FREE admission ticket, valid for the day and time of the promotion only. Picture books and early readers for children ages birth through ten are preferred. All books collected at the Mid Gate Promotions Booth will be donated to Next Door.

Another way to get in free today: Download the Summerfest app (noon-4 p.m.)

Claim your FREE ticket – 10,000 FREE digital admission tickets are being offered when you download the Summerfest App. Tickets are valid from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., September 3 only. Limit one (1) per device.