Milwaukee was in for a treat last night, as The Lonely Island (Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone) were joined by Bash Brother, Jose Canseco, and their “I’m On A Boat” collaborator, T-Pain for their Summerfest performance.
Currently on their first music tour, The Lonely Island’s live show is full of laughs and hits, and if you’re lucky, even a few special guests. Their act is definitely a must see for the summer.
Check out our photos of The Lonely Island’s Summerfest performance below.
Summerfest kept the momentum going last night with another lineup of great live music. From some memorable hip-hop performances from Kyle and T-Pain, to Chris Stapleton’s first of two Summerfest performances in 2017, last night was one to remember.
Check out our Summerfest Day 7 photos below of Kyle, Chris Stapleton, T-Pain, NEEDTOBREATHE, Phillip Phillips, PnB Rock, gnash and more.
Summerfest went all out for its huge 50th Anniversary! After the Milwaukee festival announced the release of its lineup last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, fans were instantly relieved to see that Summerfest nailed it! Joining its previously announced American Family Insurance Amphitheater headliners, the ground stage headliners which were shared last night also show why Summerfest is a can’t miss festival this year.
This year Summerfest will take place from June 28 – July 2 and July 4 – July 9 at the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee, WI, and fans can check here for ticket information. Ticket prices start at just $13 and $90 right now for an 11-day pass, with various promotions that run all festival long. Summerfest is one of the most unique music festivals that the country has to offer, so don’t miss out!
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 25 most anticipated acts of Summerfest 2017. And be sure to check out Summerfest.com for more information!
T-pain crafted both a dance-floor/bedroom epic with Rappa Ternt Sanga. Chalked full of layered harmonies, acoustic six-strings, rhythmic snaps, claps and just the right amount of bass. T-Pain took his southern coast-style of rap and infused it with intense vocal pitches and alterations, effectively becoming the poster boy for autotuned music. Let’s clear one thing up too, T-Pain has an incredible natural voice. People tend to think that he uses autotune because he can’t sing, but that couldn’t be more incorrect. He is a perfectly competent singer but simply strives for a different sound by utilizing the vocoder. That is actually what makes his music so interesting to listen to, its uniqueness.
Take the tonal changes and other altered elements out and what you have is an R&B album. What autotune did was give him the ability to amplify his voice and turn a typical, soft-spoken verse into an orchestral, room-filling emission. Clean vocal echoes stream over both light electronic and acoustic elements with efficiency and ease. Really, the only purpose the instrumentals need to serve is to give us something to rhythmically nod our heads or move our feet to. In that, they more than fulfill their musical duty. Highlighting T-Pain’s voice as an instrument makes every note, be it instrumental or vocal sound as though they have a cohesive bond to one another. From the sporadic hi-hats of ‘I’m Sprung’ to the revolving flute sounds of ‘I’m In Luv’, few elements mean few distractions.
The subject matter never strays too far from T-Pain’s adoration of love and women. Clearly easily persuaded by the sight and touch of a beautiful woman, T-Pain succumbs to his sexual vices more often than not. And more often than not, the music’s subject matter and vocal arrangements work as audible advantage, contextualizing it to the bedroom. The moments where he steps out into the world and deals with the stress of bills and even family alienation reveal how much more there is to this sang-rappa.
His music doesn’t need to be particularly deep, honest or telling. Rather than trying to be an open book here, he instead concerns himself with his fantasies. It plays much like a dream. His sweeping vocals layer the musical landscape with enough energy and emotion to keep his narrow lane of subject matter engaging for most of the 71-minute runtime. T-Pain crashed onto the scene with a sound that no other artists possessed at the time. It came as a sort of culture shock to both R&B and Hip-hop because of its unique take on both. It polarized conversations about music for years to come. Is autotune really singing? Yes, yes it is. Far from a perfect album but close to a revolutionary one that would go on to change elements of music production forever. T-Pain will always hold a special undocumented place in Hip-Hop and R&B where there are no rules to abide by and autotune runs rampantly and beautifully free.
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