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Ava Max, Styx added to BMO Pavilion lineup at Summerfest

Side-by-side photos of a girl with red hair and dramatic eye makeup and a band comprised of six members playing their instruments above a "Styx" logo.
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The World’s Largest Music Festival on Monday X’d off two more open dates from the BMO Pavilion schedule, announcing Milwaukee native Ava Max and rock legends Styx as headliners for Summerfest 2023.

The daughter of Albanian immigrants, Ava Max left Milwaukee with her family at the age of 8 and packed a lot of career into the years since. She performed as an opening act when she was just 10 years old, and moved to L.A. at 14 then again at 17 before eventually signing with Atlantic Records in 2016.

Two years later, Max released the track “Sweet But Psycho,” which broke through to No. 1 in 22 countries and peaked at No. 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The song eventually landed on 2020 debut album Heaven & Hell, which was followed by this year’s Diamonds & Dancefloors. She’ll tour behind the new LP this spring, hitting the UK and Europe before returning to her hometown July 1 for her first Summerfest show.

Styx have made a couple previous appearances at Henry Maier Festival Park and will bring 45 years’ worth of music to this year’s visit July 7. The band released Crash of the Crown in 2021, their 17th studio album that joined a song catalog that includes classics like “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” “The Grand Illusion,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Show Me the Way” and on and on and on …

Tickets for both shows include admission to the festival and go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday, March 3, via Ticketmaster and in person at the Summerfest box office.