On Wednesday July 2 at Summerfest the weather took a funky turn back to the cold and damp conditions that plagued the first few days of the festival. Despite the cool weather some big names were on hand to perform as headliners and the crowds showed up in droves later in the day for Dave Matthews at the Marcus Amphitheater and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bonnie Raitt and Ludacris who all played on the grounds stages. Matthews played two sets for his fans, an acoustic first set and an electric second set.
Berlin played early in the day but was a huge draw to the Uline Warehouse as fans sought out the hit makers to play for them nostalgic songs such as, "No More Words," and "Take My Breath Away." Singer Teri Nunn expressed her joy at being in Milwaukee once again for the largest music festival in the world and thanked the fans for supporting live music.
Despite a little bit of rain during WAMI singer-songwriter of the year Nora Collins' second set of the day, nothing could dampen her spirit. Collins appeared to up her game in spite of lousy weather and gave her crowd what was perhaps one of her best renditions of her new song, "I'll Be Gone," and gave a goosebump-inducing performance of Dolly Parton's "Jolene."
Matthews and his band were bathed in one of the best light shows of the festival so far. The crowd appeared to hang on every note Matthews played, entranced by the moment. A large area up in front of the stage was standing room only, giving the fans some space to freely enjoy the tunes and dance the night away.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were outstanding. Joan was in top form and gave a spirited run through of a nice mix of old and new tunes. Some fans got to watch the show from the side of the stage, which must have been an amazing experience. Early on Joan performed her hit with The Runaways, "Cherry Bomb," and of course played, "I Hate Myself For Loving You," and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." Jett capped off the night with a sublime performance of "Everyday People."