The Disclaimer: What’s the story behind the Summerfest “riot”? (Live from Summerfest)
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Nearly every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher of WMSE, Evan Rytlewski of the Shepherd Express, and Matt Wild of The A.V. Club Milwaukee take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. The half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so titled because none of the sometimes cranky and ridiculous opinions expressed during the show represent those of the three hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon.
Last Saturday at Summerfest, a massive crowd for Imagine Dragons and Pretty Lights showed up for what some are calling the Big Gig’s craziest night. Complicating the matter, a lot of people didn’t have tickets, and Summerfest made (or, as some claim, was forced to make) an extraordinary decision to let people through the gates for free for about 15 minutes, all in hopes of alleviating the massive lines. Ryan, Evan, and Matt are live from the Summerfest grounds to discuss whether or not Saturday night’s monster crowd was a dangerous situation, or just another weekend at the Big Gig. Has the media been truthful in reporting the story? Who the hell are Imagine Dragons?
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