Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "50 years later, Milwaukee's Summerfest still sounds like a winner" from the Chicago Tribune
More than 800,000 visitors from near and far flock to Wisconsin's biggest city for Summerfest, billed as the world's largest music festival.
At the festival's permanent grounds on the shores of Lake Michigan, live acts will perform on 11 stages for 11 days, June 28 to July 2, and July 4-9.
While we're tossing around numbers, here's one more: 50. This year, the renowned event celebrates its half-century mark.
Roughly 800 acts are on tap, from up-and-comers and niche performers to an overlay of touring amphitheater heavyweights. Headliners this year include the Red Hot Chili Peppers (June 28), Luke Bryan (June 29), Zac Brown Band (July 1) and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (July 5-6).
July 9 may be hard to top: This year's new Outlaw Music Festival — a festival-within-a-festival at Summerfest's amphitheater — includes Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and Bob Dylan. All are Summerfest veterans.
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