Cool weather didn't stop music fans from streaming into Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee, Wis., on July 25 for the 2014 Summerfest music festival. Bruno Mars packed the Marcus Amphitheater to kick off the World's Largest Music Festival.
While Bruno was treating fans to his Moonshine Jungle Tour, the general admission grounds stages being ravaged by an epic set by Arctic Monkeys. The English rockers have drawn massive crowds the past two weekends at Firefly and Bonnaroo music festivals, suggesting their star has finally risen in the U.S.
The Arctic Monkeys are touring in support of their most recent album, A.M. Fans patiently waited most of the day to score good views on the general admission Miller Stage. They were quickly rewarded when they opened with current hit single, "Do I Wanna Know?," prompting the crowd to erupt into a roar. Frontman Alex Turner saunted across the stage, eliciting shrill cries from the strong female contingent. While their setlist was heavy on new music, they did intersperse enough classics to keep everybody happy, including "Don't Sit Down...," "Crying Lightning," "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and "Suck It and See".
Other key artists included country star Clay Walker, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, the electric Trombone Shorty, Rick Springfield and Neon Trees. This year's talent booking is the festival's best in years. Check out the Summerfest web site for lineup details and note that BMO Harris Pavilion and Marcus Amphitheater headliner set times generally include an opening act.
Summerfest continues tomorrow with Lady Gaga, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Scotty McCreery, B.o.B., Best Coast, St. Lucia, and Kansas amongst the day's headliners. Weather near the lake has been cold, bring a jacket and consider long pants. Also, if you plan to stay through any of the headliner's shows then be prepared for a potentially lengthy wait in traffic. Parking a few blocks offsite in one of the remote lots can reduce frustration after a long day. Check the posted restrictions if you opt for street parking.