To no surprise, Milwaukee’s lineup for Summerfest this year is the most diverse of all major music festivals in 2016. Yesterday “the World’s Largest Music Festival” revealed its over 90 headlining acts (with more to come), so today we have our most anticipated headlining acts for Summerfest 2016. This year Summerfest takes place from June 29 – July 3 and July 5 – July 1o at the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee, WI and you can check here for ticket information. Ticket prices start at just $13 and $80 right now for an 11-day pass (these are not misprints), with various promotions that run all festival long. Lollapalooza may be having its huge 25th anniversary just 90 miles south, but there is no better way to spend eleven days of your summer at one of the most unique music festivals that the country has to offer.
It wasn’t easy to decide who we are most excited to see at Summerfest this year, but definitely hit the jump to check out our ten most anticipated acts of Summerfest 2016. And be sure to check out Summerfest.com for more information!
To say that American gospel and R&B singer Leon Bridges is like nothing else in music today would be a vast understatement. Although the Fort Worth, Texas native is just 26 years old, Bridges has a voice and sound straight out of the 1960s. His debut album, Coming Home, was met with critical acclaim across the board, and if his timeless sound was shared with fans decades ago instead of in 2016, Bridges today would be an R&B legend. So while us millennials don’t get to see the likes of B.B. King and Otis Redding in their prime, we are more than lucky to have Leon Bridges.
Tonight Leon Bridges brought his 2016 spring tour to The Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. The sold-out crowd was diverse in all sorts of age ranges. Bridges not only has fans old enough that they could have went to school with the talented singer, but as no surprise he has a huge supporting cast from those who grew up with soul music. Young or just young at heart, Bridges’ music was bound to bring joy to all ages in Wisconsin tonight.
Opening for Bridges tonight was R&B artist and Phili-native, Son Little. Son Little performed a number of songs from his self-titled 2015 debut, and while his music is slightly more blues rock infused (when compared to Bridges), it still gave us a window into a better era of music. If you like Gary Clark Jr., you’ll definitely like Son Little. Son Little’s performance certainly set the tone for the rest of the night.
Next up was Leon Bridges himself. Taking time to thank his sold out crowd, dressed to the 9s in a stunning gray suit, Bridges gave an intimate performance to the Milwaukee crowd tonight. While at moments he would give brief introductions to his songs, all-in-all he made the night about nothing but the music itself. Song for song everyone in attendance sang along, and when fans didn’t know necessarily every word, they still swayed their shoulders side to side and danced to Bridges’ beautiful voice. Bridges primarily performed his Coming Home album tonight, but even found time to mix in some new music as well. It’s a wonder how he finds time to write new music since it seems like he has been on tour all of the past year. Bridges gave Milwaukee a night it will not soon forget.
Check out our photos from Leon Bridges’ and Son Little’s Milwaukee performance below, and be sure to check out the remaining dates on his current tour here.