As Summerfest 2019 starts its days, there’s still plenty of time to catch an old favorite (Big Head Todd & the Monsters on Friday night), 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.
To plan your time at Summerfest, download the Official Summerfest App or log on at www.summerfest.com.
Here are the highlights for the festival’s remaining days:
Headliner: A double bill of The Killers and Death Cab for Cutie.
Also performing: rockers the Chris Robinson Brotherhood (3 p.m., Uline Warehouse), country singer Cole Swindell (9:45 p.m., Harley-Davidson Roadhouse), singer/songwriter Daya (10 p.m., Uline Warehouse) and ’80s rockers Big Head Todd & the Monsters (4 p.m., Big Backyard).
Promotion: Sorry, nothing today; you pay full retail to get into Summerfest.
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). Pleasant Prairie-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.
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.