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David Nail, Kitten, Erica Sunshine Lee, Nora Collins heat up Summerfest Sunday

Nora Collins performs at night in the Tiki Hut
Nora Collins performs at night in the Tiki HutCopyright 2014 John Schulze

On the fifth day of Summerfest, June 29, it finally began to feel a bit like summer in Milwaukee at the lakefront with temperatures in the low to middle 80's. As always, there was a wide mix of music available on the grounds stages and the Marcus Amphitheater was playing host to headliner Outkast. While attendance felt heavy and steady for a Sunday, it by no means felt uncomfortably crowded, which made for a comfortable walk between stages and easy access to food and beverages.

David Nail headlined the Uline Warehouse Stage at Summerfest 2014
David Nail headlined the Uline Warehouse Stage at Summerfest 2014Copyright 2014 John Schulze

The Uline Warehouse Stage was the epicenter of country music on Sunday, and 2014 WAMI singer/songwriter of the year winner Nora Collins helped warm up the stage for headliner David Nail. Nora played a strong set despite a few technical difficulties with the monitor system not working during the first half of her performance. Collins performed select cuts of her best original material such as, "I'll Pray For You," "Nothing To Do With Me," "I'll Be Gone," and "Harley." Collins also performed a few excellent covers including Dolly Parton's "Jolene," Joey + Rory's "Cheater, Cheater," and Kacey Musgraves' "The Trailer Song."

Erica Sunshine Lee and her band also performed at the Uline Warehouse Stage, and despite having traveled far with little rest to make it to the gig, Erica was all smiles. One standout highlight of her set was "Drinking And Driving Me Crazy," a track off her album, "I'm Still Me." Headliner at the Uline stage David Nail recently released his third studio album which he titled, "I'm A Fire." Nail's set was a big draw to the stage on Sunday night with fans waiting patiently to hear his most recent number one song, "Whatever She's Got."

Summerfest is closed on Monday, June 30 and will reopen on Tuesday, July 1. Headliners for July 1 include OneRepublic, Kip Moore, Yonder Mountain String Band, Rusted Root and Los Lonely Boys among others.