The "World's Largest Music Festival" continued on Sunday, June 29, as Outkast headlined the Marcus Amphitheater at Summerfest in Milwaukee. They've been hitting the U.S. summer festival circuit hard and they were firing on all cylinders despite recently returning from hiatus.
Gary Clark, Jr. opened the Outkast show to a disappointingly small crowd. Fans who trickled in were blown away by his talents. His blues guitar techniques are captivating and those who were slow to enter the Amphitheater truly missed out. Outkast are only touring in support of festivals, and the booking group at Summerfest did well to add Clark as support for this show.
Outkast started their set a little late, but they still ripped through a 90-minute, 24-song setlist. They opened with "B.O.B." and immediately had fans jumping to their feet. Hits performed included "Rosa Parks," "Ms. Jackson," "The Way You Move," and "Roses," as they quickly segued from song to song.
A day after Luke Bryan surprised fans with a guest appearance by Florida Georgia Line at his sold-out Marcus Amphitheater show, Outkast did similar by bringing out Bobby Brown. The New Edition singer joined in on "So Fresh, So Clean" toward the end of their set.
David Nail played the U-Line Warehouse stage, touring on his latest album, I'm a Fire. Highlights from the country star were "Whatever She's Got," "Red Light" and "Let It Rain."
Umphrey's McGee were treating fans to a psychedelic light show amidst their swirly rock jam session on the Miller Light Oasis at the same time. All the while, O.A.R. were jamming next door on the Harley Davidson stage. Many fans were likely torn having to choose between the two, but at least the stages are adjacent and the indecisive could jump back and forth between the two performances.
Monday, June 30 offer a break in the festival lineup and the music will resume on Tuesday, July 1, and continue through Sunday, July 6. Pop rockers OneRepublic will headline Marcus Amphitheater on Tuesday, with Mayer Hawthorne and American Authors opening the show. Ground's stage headliners will include Switchfoot, G. Love & Special Sauce, Nas, Los Lonely Boys, Rusted Root, Yonder Mountain String Band and Kip Moore. Ed Kowalczyk of Live will be performing a mid-afternoon show on the Miller Lite Oasis at 3 p.m.