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Today’s Summerfest schedule and picks: Thursday, July 4

(From left) AJR, Mt. Joy and Say She She are all part of the Summerfest lineup for Thursday, July 4.
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(From left) AJR, Mt. Joy and Say She She are all part of the Summerfest lineup for Thursday, July 4.

Every morning throughout Summerfest 2024, we’ll deliver a guide that covers the day’s entertainment and how you can get in the gate free of charge. This is where you’ll find info about the AmFam Amp headliners, eclectic picks from our knowledgeable staff and the music lineup for the day (see the full 2024 Summerfest lineup here).

Today at the AmFam Amp (and staff pick #1)

AJR, Carly Rae Jepsen, MXMTOON, 7:30 p.m.

As most bands tend to do, AJR has heavily featured songs from new album The Maybe Man on their current tour, with a few favorites thrown in to create the electric live show they're known for. Their latest LP includes the dynamic range of sounds that has become the band's hallmark — loud horns, bass drops and prominent harmonies — plus a couple less-typical ballad-style tracks that pull from very personal stories. Whether they're performing something heartfelt or high energy, what it comes down to is that these three brothers can put on a show.

— Amelie Lichte

Radio Milwaukee staff pick #2

Say She She @ Aurora Pavilion, 7 p.m.

I just told you about one fabulous trio at the Amp, and this is another one that can’t be missed. With their modern disco style, Say She She make it so you can’t help but groove with them, utilizing beautiful harmonies wrapped around super catchy songs (one of which you might have heard in an Apple ad recently).

The group describe their latest album, Silver, as “ooz(ing) with quirk and adventure, and embrac(ing) the multifaceted nature of what it means to be a modern femme.” It’s another example of their ability to create a chill atmosphere while spreading messages they care about.

They achieve this, in part, by recording things the old-fashioned way: all three women in the studio together — an increasingly uncommon technique these days. The result is a literal group effort both on their albums and on stage. See and hear that second part in action, and have a dance party with Say She She to celebrate the end of the week!

— Amelie Lichte

Radio Milwaukee staff pick #3

Mt. Joy @ BMO Pavilion, 9:30 p.m.

The BMO Pavilion lineup this year has been an absolute stunner. From Brittany Howard to MUNA to Fletcher, it seems each performer who graces the stage hits the mark. And now for the real cherry on top: Mt. Joy! You’ve probably heard this band’s newest single, “Highway Queen,” on 88Nine, so you already know they live in a sweet spot at the intersection of jam band and folk music, with a strong emphasis on intentional songwriting.

On top of that, their live performances are truly something to revel in. According to their No. 1 fan (and my bestie) Brianna Buzzell, “It’s like going to a big party with best friends that you didn’t know you had, but you’ll leave with a mutual appreciation for good music and great company.”

— Madison Hicks

How to get in free today

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Summerfest with M&M’s
Noon to 6 p.m.

All patrons arriving during the designated time will be admitted free, courtesy of M&M’s, the Official Chocolate Candy sponsor of Summerfest. Plus, stop by the M&M’s activation just inside the Mid Gate to kick off your Fourth with free samples.

Summerfest schedule for Thursday, July 4

American Family Insurance Amphitheater

  • 7 p.m. — AJR, Carly Rae Jepsen, MXMTOON

AmFam House

  • 4 p.m. — Mt. Joy
  • 2 p.m. — Fiji Blue

BMO Pavilion

  • 9:30 p.m. — Mt. Joy
  • 7:30 p.m. — Colony House
  • 5:30 p.m. — The Collection
  • 3:30 p.m. — Fox Royale
  • 1:30 p.m. — Intoner

Miller Lite Oasis

  • 10:15 p.m. — Sleeping With Sirens
  • 8:30 p.m. — Set It Off
  • 6:30 p.m. — Oxymorrons
  • 4:30 p.m. — Letdown.
  • 2:45 p.m. — Deadlands
  • 1 p.m. — September Mourning

UScellular Connection Stage

  • 10 p.m. — Brian Kelley
  • 8:15 p.m. — Conner Smith
  • 6:30 p.m. — Abby Anderson
  • 4:15 p.m. — Dylan Marlowe
  • 2:30 p.m. — Timothy Wayne
  • 12:45 p.m. — Zach Pietrini Band

Generac Power Stage

  • 9:30 p.m. — jxdn
  • 7:45 p.m. — LØLØ
  • 6 p.m. — Sueco
  • 4 p.m. — Tigera
  • 2 p.m. — Lake Drive
  • Noon — Definitely Maybe

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard

  • 10 p.m. — Mariah the Scientist
  • 8:30 p.m. — Kiana Ledé
  • 7:15 p.m. — Karri
  • 6 p.m. — Samaria
  • 5 p.m. — Wave Chapelle
  • 4 p.m. — Mike Shane
  • 3:30 p.m. — DJ Gemini Gilly
  • 2 p.m. — Tilla
  • Noon — Christopher's Project

Uline Warehouse

  • 9:30 p.m. — COIN
  • 7:30 p.m. — Fiji Blue
  • 5:30 p.m. — Del Water Gap
  • 3:30 p.m. — Doublecamp
  • 1:45 p.m. — Almost Monday
  • Noon — The Last Bees

Aurora Pavilion

  • 9:30 p.m. — DJ Diox
  • 9 p.m. — DJ BG Good, DJ B-Lee
  • 7 p.m. — Say She She
  • 5:45 p.m. — REYNA
  • 4:30 p.m. — Ellie Jackson
  • 3:15 p.m. — Ivan Singh
  • 12:45 p.m. — The Stephen Hull Experience