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Brad Paisley warms up Milwaukee at 2014 Summerfest

2014 Summerfest music festival with Brad Paisley, Five Finger Death Punch in Milwaukee


The Big Gig, Milwaukee's annual Summerfest music festival, continued on June 27. The forecast rain held off and music fans poured into Henry Maier Festival Park for a diverse lineup that was certain to satisfy. Country music fans routed themselves toward the Marcus Amphitheater to catch Brad Paisley with Darius Rucker.

Brad Paisley performs at 2014 Summerfest music festival in Milwaukee
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Brad Paisley rocks Summerfest's Marcus Amphitheater
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Friday was a great day for fans of metal and hip-hop. Harley-Davidson hosted a strong day of music with The Pretty Reckless hitting the stage at 3 p.m., followed by Crobot. Five Finger Death Punch closed out the stage at 10 p.m. with an energetic performance that drew a massive crowd. Equally impressive was the Miller Stage, where Prof, Grieves, Brother Ali and Atmosphere ensured rap fans were well represented at Summerfest.

Alternative choices for the 10 p.m. headline slot brought Bleachers (featuring Jack Antonoff from fun.), Third Eye Blind, Tegan and Sara, and ZZ Ward. Third Eye Blind were taking a break from the recording studio, and treated fans to a taste of what's to come when they played "Back to Zero."

Unseasonal low temperatures and fog continued to postpone the annual Summerfest fireworks display. The festivities are now schedule for Tuesday, July 1. Come celebrate that evening with Kip Moore, Yonder Mountain String Band, Rusted Root, G. Love & Special Sauce, Nas and Switchfoot amongst the ground stage headliners. One Republic will be headlining the Marcus Amphitheater.

Sunday, June 29, will see Outkast perform in the Marcus Amphitheater as they continue their run of appearances at nearly every major North American music festival. Arrive early as Gary Clark, Jr. will open the show and is a talent that should not be missed. Other acts to see on the general admission stages include The Wild Feathers and Kitten at 8:00 p.m. Headliners will include Umphrey's McGee, O.A.R., The Head and The Heart, The Neighbourhood and David Nail.

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