Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.
Press Release

2018 Summerfest Emerging Artist Series at Johnson Controls World Sound Stage

A number of artists in past series have gone on to become nationally and internationally known.

By - Jun 4th, 2018 05:00 am

MILWAUKEE (June 4, 2018) – Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance welcomes back the Emerging Artists Series at the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and Shepherd Express, highlighting emerging talent each evening of the festival. A number of artists in past series have gone on to become nationally and internationally known, including Walk The Moon, Nathaniel Rateliff, Maren Morris, X Ambassadors, BØRNS, The Record Company and many others.

Over the years, this popular series has highlighted up-and-coming local, national and international talent that not only showcases great live music, but also engages the audience by having fans vote each day via Twitter poll for their favorite performance. The band with the most fan votes each day will receive an “Emerging Artist Series Care Package” that includes nearly $3,000 in gear and merchandise from major manufacturers like Sennheiser Microphones & Headphones, Hal Leonard Corporation, Orange Amplification, Martin Guitars, Zildjian Cymbals, Best-Tronics Pro Audio and others, as well as valuable services from Planetary Group, Indiehitmaker, and Merchcat.

This year’s Emerging Artist Series line-up includes:

Date Set Time Performer Hometown
Wednesday, June 27 3:00 PM Chasing Lovely Atlanta, GA
4:15 PM Nick Anderson & The Skinny Lovers Eau Claire, WI
5:30 PM Caroline Rose Burlington, VT
6:45 PM Waker Nashville, TN
Thursday, June 28 3:00 PM Faux Fiction Milwaukee, WI
4:15 PM Telethon Milwaukee, WI
5:30 PM Lucille Furs Chicago, IL
6:45 PM Dusk Appleton, WI
Friday, June 29 3:00 PM The Shackletons Twin Cities, MN
4:15 PM Leon of Athens London, GBR
5:30 PM Men I Trust Montreal, CAN
6:45 PM Sunflower Bean Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, June 30 3:00 PM Joe Richter Milwaukee, WI
4:15 PM Carly Jo Jackson Orlando, FL
5:30 PM Sidereal Jacksonville Beach, FL
6:45 PM Newvices Milwaukee, WI
Sunday, July 1 3:00 PM Bo & Airo Milwaukee, WI
4:15 PM Madison Ryan Harrisburg, PA
5:30 PM *Repeat Repeat Nashville, TN
6:45 PM Hannah Mrozak Milwaukee, WI
Tuesday, July 3 3:00 PM Joe Hanson Naperville, IL
4:15 PM Carly and Martina Chicago, IL
5:30 PM Half-Alive Long Beach, CA
6:45 PM Liza Anne Nashville, TN
Wednesday, July 4 3:00 PM Rocket Paloma Milwaukee, WI
4:15 PM Band of Dust Milwaukee, WI
5:30 PM Emily Hackett Nashville, TN
6:45 PM The Alex Guthrie Band Atlanta, GA
Thursday, July 5 3:00 PM Viisi Winnipeg, CAN
4:15 PM The New Grey Milwaukee, WI
5:30 PM Luxi Milwaukee, WI
6:45 PM Lowdown Brass Band Chicago, IL
Friday, July 6 3:00 PM Sondorblue Charleston, SC
4:15 PM Jay Matthes Milwaukee, WI
5:30 PM M A L O Chicago, IL
6:45 PM Ratboys Chicago, IL
Saturday, July 7 3:00 PM Daydream Retrievers Milwaukee, WI
4:15 PM Campdogz Chicago, IL
5:30 PM Madison Malone Portage, WI
6:45 PM Grand AM Chicago, IL
Sunday, July 8 3:00 PM Paper Holland Milwaukee, WI
4:15 PM Soccer Mommy Nashville, TN
5:30 PM Early Eyes Minneapolis, MN
6:45 PM Savannah Conley Nashville  TN

About Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance
Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, hosting the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 850,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world each year for an unforgettable live music experience. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 12 stages delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting. Summerfest 2018 takes place June 27-July 1 and July 3-8, 2018, closed on July 2.  For more details, visit, or Twitter: @Summerfest

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