To say that July 1 was a busy day at Summerfest in Milwaukee would be an understatement. After closing down for a day on June 30 the world's largest music festival kicked things off with the Children's Fest free admission promotion for the first three hours of the day, and a large number of patrons took advantage of the discount. Fireworks were also a big draw at Summerfest last night and they certainly lived up to expectations. It truly was a big bang, and the lakefront was packed solid to view the amazing display.
Tallan Noble Latz performed at the Briggs stage, his sixth time performing at Summerfest. Tallan just gets better every year. Nora Collins was back at the Tiki Hut, as was Dan Rodriguez. At the KNE Stage Steel Strings performed as did Jay Matthes and Sandra Lynn. Matthes really stood out to me as an up and coming singer-songwriter and had an uncanny resemblance to Eric Church. Over at the US Cellular Stage Milwaukee's own Whips performed as did Toronto based band The Balconies. Both bands really brought the rock to Summerfest and cranked things up and got things going.
Mandy Jiroux performed at the Miller stage and whipped the crowd into a frenzy. Her high energy set had everyone on their feet and dancing. Hannah Mrozak performed for the second time at the Tiki Hut and gave the crowd an acoustic soundtrack to their evening. Over at the Uline Warehouse Stage headliner Yonder Mountain String Band brought their unique and unmistakable sound to the largest crowd I've seen there yet this year. Yonder Mountain String Band also brought with them one of the most unique light shows in the business. They are simply one of the best bands in their genre.
July 2 at Summerfest there are several notable performances. Dave Matthews Band performs at the Marcus Amphitheater and the show will consist of one acoustic set and one electric set. On the grounds stages Bonnie Rait will perform at the BMO Harris Stage and Joan Jett will perform at the Uline Warehouse Stage. It's going to be another great day at Summerfest in Milwaukee.