Bush close out 2012 Summerfest

Bush – 2012 Summerfest
U.S. Cellular Connection – Milwaukee, WI
7/8/2012

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Bush - 2012 Summerfest

“The Big Gig,” Milwaukee’s 2012 Summerfest music festival, ended it’s 11-day run on Sunday, July 8. Hundreds of bands had performed across nine stages, while weather varied from temperate to frightfully warm during that period. The festival concluded with Neil Diamond performing at the Marcus Amphitheater and The B-52s at the BMO Harris Pavilion. Ground stage headliners were Sublime with Rome, Squeeze, La India and Tito Rojas, Hanson, Halestorm and Bush.

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The B-52s turn back the clock at Summerfest

The B-52s – 2012 Summerfest
BMO Harris Pavilion – Milwaukee, WI
7/8/2012

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The B-52s - 2012 Summerfest

Sunday, July 8 marked the final day of 2012 Summerfest. This years music festival in Milwaukee was deemed a success despite a monstrous midwestern heatwave. The B-52s headlined the BMO Harris Bank Pavilion and played a solid set despite a sparse crowd. In their defense, they were performing head-to-head against Squeeze, Bush, Sublime with Rome, La India and Tito Rojas, Hanson and Halestorm; while Neil Diamond also had a strong showing at the Marcus Amphitheater.

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Chevelle share a talented Saturday lineup at Summerfest

Chevelle – 2012 Summerfest
U.S. Cellular Connection – Milwaukee, WI
7/7/2012

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Chevelle - 2012 Summerfest

Whether it was marketing strategy, or simply an alignment of the stars, Summerfest put together their strongest lineup for the final Saturday of the festival. The various ground stage headliners on July 7, 2012 were Hollywood Undead, Cake, Chevelle, Common and Phil Vassar; while Anthony Hamilton performed at the BMO Harris Pavilion. For those that needed a little more, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick were booked for the Marcus Amphitheater. The weather also started to cool off, making for a rather nice evening.

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Hunter Hayes packs the stage at 2012 Summerfest

Hunter Hayes – 2012 Summerfest
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard – Milwaukee, WI
7/5/2012

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Hunter Hayes - 2012 Summerfest

Country music upstart, Hunter Hayes, packed the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage at 2012 Summerfest in Milwaukee on July 5. Hayes has been setting the country world on fire, pulling in both the pre-teen and pop demographic in addition to a country audience.

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Milwaukee music fans celebrate Independence Day at Summerfest

311 / David Gray / The Joy Formidable – 2012 Summerfest
Summerefest – Milwaukee, WI
7/4/2012

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311 - 2012 Summerfest

Milwaukee was treated to a bevy of talent for Summerfest’s Fourth of July festivities. It was delivered with a bit of irony in that our independence from Great Britain was celebrated with a handful of musical acts from the United Kingdom. Iron Maiden, David Gray and The Joy Formidable headlined alongside 311, Ziggy Marley and The BoDeans.

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Gavin DeGraw and Tiesto ensured the Summerfest heatwave continued

Gavin Degraw – 2012 Summerfest
BMO Harris Bank Pavilion – Milwaukee, WI
7/3/2012

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Gavin DeGraw - 2012 Summerfest

Following a dark Monday, 2012 Summerfest kicked into gear on Tuesday, July 3 with DJ sensations Steve Aoki and Tiesto headlining the Marcus Amphitheater. Those who were sane enough to avoid the dance party could choose between Gavin DeGraw, Joe Walsh and Skillet amongst the major headliners.

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Scorpions prove they still have their ‘Sting’ at Summerfest

Scorpions – 2012 Summerfest
BMO Harris Bank Pavilion – Milwaukee, WI
6/30/2012

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Scorpions - 2012 Summerfest

Hard rock mainstays, Scorpions, still have the mettle to perform with bands half their age. They hit the new BMO Harris Bank Pavilion with a vengeance on June 30. The latest Summerfest venue, located adjacent to the Marcus Amphitheater, has been packed solid every night and is quickly becoming a fan favorite. The Scorpions performed opposite Lady Antebellum and ZZ Top on Saturday night.

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Lady Antebellum wrap their 2012 ‘Own the Night’ tour at Milwaukee’s Summerfest

Lady Antebellum w/ Darius Rucker – 2012 Summerfest
Marcus Amphitheater – Milwaukee, WI
6/30/2012

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Lady Antebellum - 2012 Summerfest

Four days into 2012 Summerfest and the music continued to flow despite the midwestern heatwave. Saturday, June 30 saw old-school rockers Scorpions and ZZ Top vying for the older crowd; while Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker performed at the Marcus Amphitheater. The Roots, Three Dog Night and Thievery Corporation rounded out a group of talent that would satiate most musical appetites.

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Train runs into Fun. at 2012 Summerfest in Milwaukee

Train w/ Kelly Clarkson – 2012 Summerfest
Marcus Amphitheater – Milwaukee, WI
6/29/2012

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Train - Summerfest 2012

Kelly Clarkson and Train packed the Marcus Amphitheater at 2012 Summerfest in Milwaukee on June 29. Jimmy Cliff, Kellie Pickler, Cowboy Mouth, Mutemath and The Hives were other featured headliners. However it was Fun., one of the breakout artists from 2011, that appeared to have drawn the largest crowd on the general admission ground’s stages. Fortunately, a cool lake breeze finally quelled the oppressive heat from the previous few days.

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