These are the first major music festivals happening in Wisconsin this summer

These are the first major music festivals happening in Wisconsin this summer

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Every Thursday on Radio Milwaukee we — the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy and 88Nine’s Evan Rytlewski — talk about the music coming into Milwaukee and the music coming out of Milwaukee on Tap’d In.

It was looking like August was going to make the return of big concerts on a wide scale across Wisconsin. But that start date hast been creeping up: Increasingly quite a few big concerts are being booked for July, as well. That’s when Milwaukee will start hosting some of its big amphitheater shows, which we previewed last week on Tap’d In. But if you’d like to see outdoor live music before then, the rest of the state has you covered.

On this week’s episode, we preview some of the big outdoor concerts and festivals that will be taking place across Wisconsin during the next month or two. And while a lot of them are country music festivals (it seems like country acts will be hitting the road a few weeks earlier than artists from other genres), there are also some interesting bookings at venues like the Driftless Music Gardens, a natural amphitheater in Richmond County that hosts a lot of regional Midwest music, with an emphasis on jammy and acoustic bands. It really looks like a beautiful place to see a show.

Chicken Wire Empire will play The Boogiedown Festival at Driftless Music Gardens next weekend |

Hear us discuss some of the big shows happening across the state this summer below.

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