Milwaukee celebrated the 110th anniversary of Harley-Davidson over the course of the last week and enlisted some pretty big names to entertain the more than 100,000 motorcycle enthusiasts that gathered on the Summerfest grounds, Harley dealerships, the Harley-Davidson museum and other various street parties around the city. Festivities around the city wrapped up Monday Sept 2 after officially starting last Thursday with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toby Kieth, Joan Jett and Dave Grohl among some of the bigger names brought in to kick off the opening day party.
Friday's entertainment included Aerosmith, Dierks Bentley, Shooter Jennings, Cheap Trick and Milwaukee's own rising star and country singer Nora Collins. Collins played at Hal's Harley-Davidson in New Berlin and the crowd was treated to three sets of music that each included a spirited performance of Nora's song "Harley," which is available now at iTunes, CD Baby and at the country singer's website and concerts. "Harley" is the opening track on Nora's newest CD titled, "Only The Beginning," and consists of six original songs written or co-written by Collins and four of Nora's favorite cover songs.
Among Saturday's musical highlights were Kid Rock, ZZ Top and recent Grammy winners Halestorm. More than 80 bands in total performed over the three days that the celebration took place on the Summerfest grounds. Saturday also featured a parade routed down Wisconsin Avenue that started at Miller Park and ended at the Summerfest grounds.