Summerfest (and Lewis Black) confirm Avett Brothers, LL Cool J, MGMT, more for 2013 Big Gig
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A week after releasing a strangely misleading video that suggested Wilco would be playing the 2013 Big Gig (they aren’t), Summerfest has finally decided to announce the bulk of its headlining acts like a normal festival. Well, sort of.
In a surprisingly lengthy video posted to USA Today, perpetually fuming comedian Lewis Black is seen taking a call from Summerfest entertainment VP Bob Babisch. There’s some talk of bringing comedy back to the Big Gig, some timely jokes about congress, and a revelation that Lewis Black digs Nine Inch Nails. But the real meat of the video is the ridiculously long list of Summerfest grounds stage performers. Here are the names, as rattled off by Black in no particular order:
Billy Idol, Imagine Dragons, Diplo, Alice Cooper, Dispatch, Pretty Lights, Dropkick Murphys, LL Cool J, Empire Of The Sun, The Mavericks, MGMT, Grouplove, Bad Religion, Dr. John, Silversun Pickups, STYX, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dark Star Orchestra, Trampled By Turtles, Atlas Genius, Pat Benatar, Neon Trees, Switchfoot, Phil Vassar, O.A.R., The Neighbourhood, Social Distortion, Cake, Robert DeLong, Femi Kuti, REO Speedwagon, The Spinners, Atmosphere, Kip Moore, Loverboy, Morris Day And The Time, Airborne Toxic Event, Blues Traveler, Drowning Pool, Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Willy Porter, Terrence Simien, Barenaked Ladies, Skillet, Less Than Jake, Gavin DeGraw, Yeasayer, Guster, The Features, Brandi Carlile.
No dates or times have been set for those shows, though the video does reveal the full schedule of Marcus Amphitheater headliners:
Violent Femmes, The Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett
New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men
Luke Bryan, Thompson Square, Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Love And Theft
John Mayer, Phillip Phillips
Of course, Black will also make a Summerfest appearance, July 5 at the BMO Harris Pavilion. He’ll be bringing along some as-yet-unnamed friends, which we can only assume are Wilco.