Summerfest 2014 came to an end Sunday, July 6, after a great day of live music down at the lakefront in Milwaukee. Attendance was strong once again and the weather cooperated for most of the day. While it was on the muggy side and the air was thick in the late afternoon, it cooled down a bit after the sun went down and, about two hours before the festival shut down for the year, a quick rainstorm passed through the area. While some festival goers left during the rain, most stuck around for the headliners on the grounds stages.
In the late afternoon, Summerfest was treated to a set by Elizabeth Lyons who recently released her new single, "Party Rules," which has been listed as new and noteworthy on iTunes. Elizabeth brought her fun and free spirited brand of country to Milwaukee and warmed up the crowd at the Uline Warehouse stage in anticipation of headliner Cole Swindell. Hot off a performance at Country USA as an opener for Luke Bryan, expect to see a lot more of Elizabeth Lyons in the future.
Cheap Trick headlined the BMO Harris Pavilion and cranked things up to 11. The hit makers filled the air of the final night of Summerfest with nostalgia one last time for 2014 and were rewarded by the fans who showed up. It was a loud show, as you might expect from a band known for their guitar work. The sounds of Cheap Trick echoed throughout the south end of the festival grounds and gave Usher a run for his money as he performed next door at the Amphitheater.
Speaking of Usher, his performance last night was the only stop in the U.S. this summer, making it a special event for those in attendance. The Marcus Amphitheater wasn't sold out, but it was pretty close, and for a Sunday night on the last night of an 11 day festival, that's winning, especially for an artist who isn't touring to support a new album. Usher last toured back in 2011 and released his last album in 2012 titled, "Looking 4 Myself," his seventh studio effort. Usher's current single is titled, "Good Kisser."
Summerfest originated in 1968 and is now known as the world's largest music festival. During the 11 days of the festival the annual attendance is around 900,000. The Summerfest grounds on the shore of Lake Michigan comprises 75 acres and hosts more than 45 food vendors and 11 stages that see more than 800 acts perform more than 1,000 times during the festival.