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Summerfest’s BMO Pavilion lineup is complete with addition of Ne-Yo

A man performs on an elevated stage in a darkened concert space with a large crowd of people surrounding the platform he's standing on.
Christiann Gilchrist
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The final open slot at the BMO Pavilion is no more. Summerfest on Monday morning announced that three-time Grammy winner Ne-Yo will play the stage at this year’s festival, headlining the night of Saturday, July 8, with Racine native RAYVEN opening.

Ne-Yo started gaining traction in the music world in 2004, writing the ballad “Let Me Love You” for Mario. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and finished at No. 8 on the chart for the entire decade (“I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas is No. 1).

The singer-songwriter-actor-dancer-producer scored his own chart-topper with 2006's "So Sick" and went on to win Grammy Awards for best contemporary R&B album in 2008 (Because of You), as well as best male R&B vocal performance and best R&B song in 2009 (“Miss Independent”). He’s released nine studio albums, most recently 2022’s Self-Explanatory.

RAYVEN is on the much earlier end of the career spectrum, having released a series of singles and — just last Friday — an EP from the band Hider that she featured on called Leaving. Her newest track is titled “A Little Grief,” which you can presave here.

As with all BMO Pavilion shows at Summerfest, you can drop in the day of the concert and look for free festival seating in sections 6-13, or buy tickets in advance to guarantee yourself a chair. Those go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. this Friday, April 14.