There’s no doubt that Summerfest 2014 is full of quality entertainment and everyday at the festival is an opportunity to see some amazing musicians and bands perform at the grounds stages. From rock to country to reggae, Summerfest 2014 has you covered. There’s nothing better than getting your favorite food and beverage and checking out one of your favorite bands, or a band you have never heard before, and enjoying the afternoon or evening along the Milwaukee lakefront. Here’s my list of 5 must-see performances during Summerfest 2014.
1. Nora Collins
Nora has been making a name for herself in Wisconsin and beyond for a few years now. Recently Nora won the 2014 WAMI for Singer/Songwriter of the Year and in the past won the 2012 and 2013 WAMI Rising Star award. When you see Nora you can expect to hear her sing her original music and a nice mix of contemporary and classic covers. You can also expect to be blown away by her powerful vocals. Nora Collins plays June 29 at 3p.m. at the Uline Warehouse Stage as well as daily performances at the Tiki Hut throughout the duration of Summerfest 2014. Tip generously, the artists at the Tiki hut deserve it !
2. The Pretty Reckless
The Pretty Reckless have had a pretty amazing year, all things considered. Their new album “Going To Hell,” has been a success with their single “Heaven Knows” hitting number 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. It stayed in that position for 5 weeks. Lead singer Taylor Momsen recovered from a sickness that caused the band to cancel a tour earlier in the year, and now they’re back and ready to rock Milwaukee during the big gig. The Pretty Reckless play June 27 at 3p.m. at the Harley stage.
3. Joan Jett
Anyone who saw Jett play the Harley 110th celebration last summer knows that she still means business. There’s no stopping someone with as much passion for rock n’ roll as Joan Jett, and her live shows pack a punch. Expect to hear Jett’s big hits of the 80’s, some classic tunes from her band The Runaways and some new material from her album “Unvarnished.” Joan Jett plays July 2 at 9:30p.m. at the Uline Warehouse stage.
4. Elizabeth Lyons
Country musician Elizabeth Lyons made waves last year with her single “Everything Tonight,” and performed at Summerfest 2013. Lyons is back this year with a new single “Jeep!” and is set to release a follow up on June 22 titled “#PartyRules.” Lyons will bring her fun and free spirited country attitude to Summerfest 2014 on July 6 at 5p.m. at the Uline Warehouse stage and will help close out the festival.
5. Yonder Mountain String Band
Yonder Mountain String Band recently parted ways with Jeff Austin so this summer they’re bringing on the road with them mandolinist Jake Jolliff and violinist Allie Kral, best known for her time with the jamgrass band Cornmeal. Yonder brings with them a unique bluegrass sound and a penchant for taking things to the next level with their jams. Allie Kral is worth the price of admission alone, her skills on the violin will leave you mesmerized. Yonder Mountain String Band plays July 1 at 9:45p.m at the Uline Warehouse stage.