Summerfest announces the good, the bad, and the Gokey
More Just Announced
- John C. Reilly And Friends to play two intimate, underground shows in Miller Caves
- Melvins celebrate 30th anniversary, bring Mudhoney along for show at Turner Hall
- You know what, Stuart? The Dead Milkmen are playing Shank Hall June 6
- Paul McCartney to play Miller Park July 16
- Summerfest (and Lewis Black) confirm Avett Brothers, LL Cool J, MGMT, more for 2013 Big Gig
Tomorrow marks the first day of spring, and we at The A.V. Club couldn't be happier. The promise of summer and the recent spate of warm weather have lifted our spirits and thawed our cold, cynical hearts. We're so upbeat, in fact, that we plan on being uncharacteristically positive about yesterday's characteristically tepid announcement of new Summerfest outdoor stage headliners. Spring has sprung!
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be making an appearance July 1, just in time for a Runaways biopic starring the entire cast of Twilight. Think that movie will be any good? Of course it will! July 2 finds everybody's favorite Germanic hair rockers, Scorpions, stopping by to thrill us with their timely, relevant, hurricane-themed anthems. Think they'll play "Wind of Change?" Our fingers are crossed!
Last but certainly not least, Milwaukee's own prodigal son, Danny Gokey, has been announced as a July 4 headliner. Is there any better way to celebrate our country's independence than with this local treasure? Of course not! Luckily for Gokey, all this wonderful weather has made us realize what a true gift he really is, and just how wrong we were in previously branding him as a cloying, nominally talented karaoke hack. Oh, and a "ham-fisted cheeseball." Go, go, Gokey!
Wait, what's that? It's supposed to snow tomorrow? Huh. And drop to 35 degrees? Hmmm. Is it too late to refreeze those cold, cynical hearts?
Other announced headliners:
Kool And The Gang - June 24
The Wailers - June 24
O.A.R. - July 1
The Roots - July 1
The Bravery - July 2
The Devil Wears Prada - July 2
Modest Mouse - July 3