Press Release

The Emerging Artist Series Showcases Up-and-Coming Talent on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage

Past Artists Include Walk the Moon, Nathaniel Rateliff and X Ambassadors

By - May 24th, 2016 03:00 pm

MILWAUKEE (May 24, 2016) – Summerfest 2016 will welcome back the Emerging Artist Series presented by Full Compass and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.  For a decade, this series has highlighted up-and-coming local and national talent during daily performances that not only showcase great live music, but also engage the audience by allowing patrons to vote for their favorites.  Some artists in past series have gone on to become nationally known, including The Mowgli’s, Walk the Moon, Nathaniel Rateliff and X Ambassadors.

This year, the series will take place every day of the festival on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage with Blue Moon and 88Nine.  Patrons are invited to watch the performances and will have the option to vote via text for their favorites.  The bands with the most text votes will receive an “Emerging Artist Series Care Package” that includes gear and merchandise from major manufacturers like Sennheiser, Sakae, Zildjian, Hal Leonard Corporation and more.  Each package is valued at nearly $3,000.

2016 Emerging Artist Series schedule:

Wednesday, June 29 Wednesday, June 6
12:30 pm Ron Gallo 1:45 pm Ray Nitti*
2:00 pm Air Traffic Controller 3:00 pm Epoch Failure
3:30 pm The Rocketboys 4:15 pm Just B. Polo
5:00 pm Anna Rose 5:30 pm Ogden Payne
6:30 pm NO NO YEAH OKAY* 6:45 pm The Pheels
Thursday, June 30 Thursday, July 7
5:30 pm Laura Reed 1:45 pm Kyle Feerick*
6:45 pm The Noble Thiefs 3:00 pm Chip Greene
4:15 pm Kyle Megna & The Monsoons
Friday, July 1 5:30 pm Celeste Buckingham
4:15 pm Strangers You Know 6:45 pm Dead Ships
5:30 pm Jonas Martin
6:45 pm Diane Coffee Friday, July 8
1:45 pm Shah Jahan
Saturday, July 2 3:00 pm The Brevet
2:00 pm Wild Child 4:15 pm AJ Smith
3:30 pm The Claudettes 5:30 pm Beebee & The Bluebirds
5:00 pm Jocelyn & Chris Arndt 6:45 pm Welshly Arms
6:30 pm The Young Wild
Saturday, July 9
Sunday, July 3 4:15 pm Attica Riots
2:00 pm Seasaw 5:30 pm The Wans
3:30 pm The Wild Reeds 6:45 pm Thaddeus Anna Greene
5:00 pm Jennifer Hall
6:30 pm Antony & The Tramps Sunday, July 10
4:15 pm Oques Grasses
Tuesday, July 5 5:30 pm MRKTS
1:45 pm Eagle Trace* 6:45 pm ON AN ON
3:00 pm Glass Lux
4:15 pm My Gold Mask
5:30 pm Fast Romantics
6:45 pm Space Raft*

*Indicates local Milwaukee artists

“Summerfest is excited to once again present the Emerging Artist Series with the help of Full Compass and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee,” said Sarah Smith Pancheri, Vice President of Sales & Marketing.  “This series gives us the opportunity to shine the spotlight on artists who may not be well known, but still bring a tremendous amount of the talent to the stage.  We encourage all of our patrons to take some time to watch the series and discover great new music!”

To continue the excitement, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee will be hosting the Emerging Artist Series Launch Party at its studio.  The party is open to the public and will feature performances from 3 local artists in the series: Kyle Feerick, Ray Nitti and NO NO YEAH OKAY.  Please visit the Emerging Artist Series Launch Party Facebook Event page for more information.

                                                     Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
                                                     88Nine Radio Milwaukee
220 E. Pittsburgh Avenue

5:00 pm            Doors open

6:00 pm            Kyle Feerick

6:45 pm            Ray Nitti

7:30 pm            NO NO YEAH OKAY

The Summerfest Street Team presented by Subway and Citgo will be on site to provide a FREE weekday admission ticket to everyone in attendance.  Stop by, say hello and stay for some great free live music!

Full Compass is a national supplier of professional audio, video and lighting equipment and musical instruments. They offer over 700 comprehensive lines including sound reinforcement, recording, special effects lighting, video and photography equipment, musical instruments and accessories.  Get equipped by Full Compass  – and enjoy unmatched pricing, expert knowledge, repair services and support – at

Summerfest 2016 will take place June 29 – July 3 and July 5 – July 10 from noon until midnight and will be closed Monday, July 4.  Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, bringing the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 850,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world together each year for an unforgettable live music experience.  During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 11 stages, delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting.  Patrons can also enjoy Miller Lite, the Official Beer of Summerfest.  For more details, visit, or Twitter: @Summerfest or download the 2016 Summerfest App.

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