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Summerfest announces ground stage headliners

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By Piet Levy of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 26, 2014

MILWAUKEE—Up-and-coming a cappella act Pentatonix, sister pop rock duo Tegan and Sara, former “American Idol” champ Scotty McCreery and hip-hop stars B.o.B., Nas and Ludacris are just six of the 76 ground stage headliners revealed Wednesday for Summerfest 2014 in Milwaukee.

The slate of Summerfest artists is typically diverse, even within individual genres: dance-friendly electronic acts alone span from seminal '80s group New Order to mash-up DJ Girl Talk to former “Jersey Shore” star Pauly D.

For world music enthusiasts, Summerfest has Ziggy Marley and Niger-born singer-songwriter Bombino. Country lovers can see Kip Moore and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The Fray, Neon Trees and A Great Big World have been booked for pop-rock fans. Folk-rock followers have the Head and the Heart and Ray LaMontagne to anticipate.

Several headliners have been around for decades, including Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Melissa Etheridge, REO Speedwagon and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. And Summerfest will feature some buzz-generating new acts before they play Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 1-3, including South African band Kongos, folk revival act Delta Rae, Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy, fun. side project Bleachers, and San Fermin, an orchestral indie rock group featuring Milwaukee natives Rae Cassidy and Tyler McDiarmid.

The Summerfest 2014 ground stage headliners, as first reported Wednesday morning by USA Today, include these acts:

Pentatonix, B.o.B., Nas, Ludacris, the Neighbourhood, Tegan and Sara, Five Finger Death Punch, Scotty McCreery, St. Lucia, Kansas, Atmosphere, Jake Miller, Matisyahu, Kip Moore, SoMo, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jake Bugg, Kitten, DJ Pauly D, REO Speedwagon, .38 Special, Ray LaMontagne, Brand New, A Great Big World, The Fray, Rise Against, Ziggy Marley, O.A.R., Switchfoot, Cheap Trick, Walk Off the Earth, ZZ Ward, Michael McDonald, Girl Talk, Bonnie Raitt, Blackberry Smoke, the Head and the Heart, Neon Trees, Timeflies, New Order, Umphrey's McGee, Kool and the Gang, David Nail, Melissa Etheridge, Delta Rae, Best Coast, Rusted Root, Clay Walker, Yonder Mountain String Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Robert DeLong, Los Lonely Boys, San Fermin, Bleachers, Dennis DeYoung and the music of Styx, the Airborne Toxic Event, Moon Taxi, the Hold Steady, Kopecky Family Band, Bombino, the Crystal Method, Cowboy Mouth, Crowder, Foy Vance, Wild Cub, Wild Feathers, Saints of Valory, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Kongos, Bad Suns, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Taj Mahal Trio, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.

Performance dates, times and stage locations—as well as additional ground stage headliners—will be announced in the coming weeks.

Advance general admission tickets are on sale now at summerfest.com, including $9 weekday tickets (before 4 p.m.), $16 single day tickets and three-day passes for $42. Pick n' Save stores across the region also are selling 11-day passes through June 1 for $70 each.

Ticketholders for Marcus Amphitheater shows during Summerfest also will have access to the ground stages. Previously announced Marcus concerts include: Bruno Mars with opener Aloe Blacc, June 25; Lady Gaga with Crayon Pop, June 26; Brad Paisley with Darius Rucker, June 27; Outkast with Gary Clark Jr., June 29; Dave Matthews Band, July 2; Zac Brown Band, July 3; Motley Crue with Alice Cooper, July 4; and Fall Out Boy and Paramore with New Politics, July 5.

Three more Marcus Amphitheater shows have yet to be announced.

Summerfest runs from June 25-29 and July 1-6.

The Big Gig lineup wasn't the only major music festival news Wednesday morning.

Lollapalooza revealed its 130-act lineup, featuring Lorde, Eminem, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys,Childish Gambino, Outkast and more.



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