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Big Gig wraps up 2019 season this weekend

Big Gig wraps up 2019 season this weekend


As Summerfest 2019 starts its final weekend, there’s still plenty of time to catch a regional favorite (The Love Monkeys Saturday night) and a Pleasant Prairie-based band (Christian hard rockers Skillet, also Saturday night).

And if you’re not fond of standing in a huge crowd, craning your neck to see who’s performing on stage, the Milwaukee festival offers other attractions, including the Summerfest Store (because you NEED another Summerfest T-shirt, right?), cool summer fun with paddleboats and stand-up paddleboard and kayak lessons and the always popular Skyglider ride.

Here are the highlights for the festival’s final two days:


Headliner: Indie electro-pop singer/songwriter Billie Eilish

Also performing: country teen sensation Tegan Marie (8 p.m., Uline Warehouse) and two Milwaukee faves: The Love Monkeys (8 p.m., JoJo’s Martini Bar) and Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound (8 p.m., World Stage). Kenosha-based Christian hard rockers Skillet — made up of John Cooper (lead vocals/bass), Korey Cooper (guitar/keyboards), Jen Ledger (drums/vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar) — perform at 10 p.m. at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage. The group’s latest album, “Victorious,” is set drop on Aug. 2.

Promotion: From noon to 3 p.m., the first 1,500 people who donate new or gently used children’s books (preferably picture books and early readers for children, birth through age 10) with a $10 minimum value will receive one admission ticket.


Headliner: Rappers Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Schoolby Q close out this year’s Summerfest.

Also performing: Mellow singer/songwriter Jason Mraz (9:45 p.m., BMO Harris Pavilion), Milwaukee’s own Willy Porter (8 p.m., Uline Warehouse) and Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela (9:45 p.m., Uline Warehouse). The World Stage goes classy with the Florentine Opera Company performing at 2 p.m., and Steely Dane — a Steely Dan tribute band featuring former Kenoshans Al Falaschi and Courtney Larsen — performs at 6 p.m. at the BMO Harris Pavilion.

Promotion: Celebrate the final day of this year’s Big Gig with Summerfest Fan Appreciation Day. Everyone gets in free ... from noon to 3 p.m.


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