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Today's Summerfest schedule and picks: Thursday, Sept. 9

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 today's big Throwback Thursday deals.

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

Ani DiFranco | Photo credit: Daymon Gardner

Dori Zori picks: KFlay (Miller Lite Oasis), Ani DiFranco (Johnson Controls World Sound Stage) and Joan Jett (BMO Harris Pavilion)

If strong female energy is what you crave, today is your day to head down to the Big Gig. Sonically, my three picks for you today are so diverse, but they all have one thing in common. They are bosses of their own careers and are enchanting live performers. Dance your booty off with one-woman-force of nature, rapper/indie artist KFlay at 8 p.m. at the Miller Lite Oasis. Need to sing about social and political issues with hundreds of other like-minded music lovers? Then transport yourself to the Johnson Controls World Stage for the 8 p.m. Ani DiFranco show. Cap off your night by plunging yourself in the gritty rock 'n' roll served up by Joan Jett (who I wanted to be when I was in 6th grade) at 9 p.m. at the BMO Harris Pavilion.

Justin's From The Music Desk Pick: Vivo @ Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden, 7 p.m.

This is a purely vibe-based pick. Sometimes you go to Summerfest just to be there and drift around. Vivo is the perfect band to drift into at 7 p.m. at the Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden and catch a little summer vibe as you are eating your favorite Summerfest food item. Vivo is a Milwaukee based contemporary jazz/bossa nova/samba group featuring Milwaukee’s legendary Bucks Band leader and acclaimed musician Warren Wiegratz. I first caught this group at Live at the Lakefront where they played at Discovery World and really just vibed out with a lightly touched ethereal brand of contemporary jazz that rises like summer heat and hangs in the air so comforting and warm. Catch a vibe with Vivo.

Kenny Perez recommends: El Gran Combo @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, 10 p.m.

El Gran Combo has been a staple sound in the Puerto Rican household for over 50-plus years. With over 14 members in the band, these legends will certainly get people moving and shaking those hips. This show promises to bring Latino culture to the forefront of Summerfest.

Today at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater: Chris Stapleton with Sheryl Crow, 7:30 p.m.

One of country's biggest stars is joined by one of country and rock's most versatile performers as Chris Stapleton and Sheryl Crow tag-team this huge bill. The two memorably featured together on the hit single "Tell Me When It's Over."

Here's the complete Summerfest lineup for Thursday, Sept. 9

American Family Insurance Amphitheater

7:30 p.m. – Chris Stapleton with Sheryl Crow

Miller Lite Oasis 

4 p.m. – Everclear
6 p.m. – grandson
8 p.m. – K. Flay
10 p.m. – Coheed and Cambria

BMO Harris Pavilion

4 p.m. – Soul Asylum
8 p.m. – Ronnie Nyles
9:30 p.m. – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

UScellular Connection Stage

4 p.m. – Kentucky Headhunters
10 p.m. – George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Generac Power Stage

4 p.m. – DJ Jazzy Jeff
5:45 p.m. – Niko Rubio
6:45 p.m. – Tai Verdes
8 p.m. – Alexander 23
10 p.m. – Quinn XCII

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard

4 p.m. – Third World
8 p.m. – J. Torres
10 p.m. – El Gran Combo

Uline Warehouse

3 p.m. – Armchair Boogie
4:30 p.m. – Hotel California: A Tribute to the Eagles
10 p.m. – Greensky Bluegrass

Johnson Controls World Sound Stage

6:45 p.m. – Peter Mulvey and Sista Strings
8 p.m. – Ani DiFranco

JoJo’s Martini Lounge

1 p.m. – Eric Diamond as Neil Diamond
4 p.m. – Driftwood
8 p.m. – Eddie Butts Band

Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden

Noon – Jon Rouse
2 p.m. – Sam McClain
5 p.m. – Pangaea
7 p.m. – Vivo

Summerfest's 2021 lineup poster


Enjoy a collection of music through the decades from artists including Everclear, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Third World, and more. From 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., all beverages will be 50% off (excluding frozen drinks, specialty coffee drinks, and smoothies).