Summerfest is nearly here! Get your ears and minds ready for the Big Gig with CDs and books by and about the artists appearing this year.
Paul McCartney (Marcus Amphitheater - July 8)
Yeah you probably don't have tickets to this one (if you do, please don't tell me about it.). Sir Paul is still cranking out record-setting, chart-topping music, and we're still fascinated. Check out his 2015 album Pipes of Peace which features new songs, or his latest, Pure McCartney featuring re-releases of classics. Want to get to know the man behind the music? Pick up the newest bio: Paul McCartney: The Life by Phillip Norman, a journalist who first wrote about the Fab Four in the 60s.
Weezer (Marcus Amphitheater - July 9)
Prepare yourself with Weezer's latest release, which gets back to their roots: it's self-titled, and features a monochromatic album cover. They're still rocking.
Chris Stapleton (Marcus Amphitheater - July 2)
If you haven't discovered Stapleton, it might be because his music is broadly classified as country. Truly, though, Stapleton cross genres, with roots, Americana, bluegrass, and rock influences. He's appearing this year with Alabama Shakes, so that tells you a bit about how he grooves. Pick up Traveller, Stapleton's Grammy-nominated 2015 release today.
Hollywood Vampires (BMO Harris Pavilion - July 5)
Will Johnny Depp be there? Who can say. He's just one part of this collaborative rock outfit, who is aiming to bring back the spirit of the original "Hollywood Vampires" - an amorphous group of the biggest rock stars of 1972 jamming together at a Hollywood nightclub. Check out their 2015 CD and see for yourself.
Fitz and the Tantrums (HD Roadhouse - June 29)
You've probably heard them on Radio Milwaukee, and I bet they make your hands clap with their infectious beats. The indie rock band's newest self-titled album is out now - and hot.
Andra Day (BMO Harris Pavilion - July 6)
Singing that recalls classic crooners like Nina Simone, mixed with songwriting that is utterly now. Andra Day built a following on YouTube before releasing her debut, Cheers to the Fall, last year. This is your chance to see a rising star.
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force (World Music Sound Stage - July 10)
Son of Afrobeat legend Fela, Femi is a world-class, Grammy-nominated Afrobeat saxophonist. Get in the know and in the mood with Finding Fela the documentary about his father, and Femi Kuti's 2013 release, No Place for My Dream.
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers (ULINE Warehouse - July 3)
Bruce and his Noisemakers have a new album out - Rehab Reunion - just in time for you to get introduced, or reintroduced, to their contemporary jams than span jazz, folk, pop and rock effortlessly before checking them out at Summerfest.
Finally, when the buzz of summer and Summerfest has worn off, remember you can check out these and other musicians at the library year-round!