October 20, 2021
Summerfest 2021

Milwaukee Summerfest: Day 8 Guide

Here’s what’s up for Friday, September 17th at Summerfest, the World’s Largest Music Festival!
Summerfest 2018 Uline Stage and downtown

Summerfest 2021 is into its final weekend of the season, as this year the “World’s Largest Music Festival” has been running Thursdays through Saturdays over three weekends in September, with each weekend kicking off with a Wednesday concert at the newly-remodeled American Family Insurance Amphitheater.

Speaking of, Summerfest is requiring proof of COVID vaccination or a negative test within the previous 72 hours of entry, so be sure to bring that as you go. Masks are recommended for indoor activity (restrooms, for example), but not required. Grounds are open from noon until midnight, per usual.

So, it’s Summerfest DAY 8: Friday, September 17th. And here’s the full info and lineup of performers for today and tonight!

Admissions Promo of the Day: It’s Show Your College Pride Day, where all Summerfest attendees who arrive at the mid-gate promotions booth between noon and 3pm wearing a shirt or hat repping one of the participating universities or colleges in southeastern Wisconsin will receive a free admission ticket.

Major Stages (going from south to north):

American Family Insurance Amphitheater:
7:30pm: Miley Cyrus with Wiz Khalifa

BMO Harris Pavilion:
2 p.m. – Love, Peace and Soul
4 p.m. – Ohio Players
6 p.m. – The Terry Sims Band
8 p.m. – Tommygunn and Fast Company
9:30 p.m. – Charlie Wilson

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard:
Noon – Thriftones
2 p.m. – Hell on Heels
4 p.m. – Candlebox
6 p.m. – Cerfus Project
8 p.m. – 5 Card Studs
9:30 p.m. – The Psychedelic Furs

Generac Power Stage (formerly the Harley-Davidson Stage)
Noon – TLE/Top 10
2 p.m. – AhVantSoul with Kat Webb, Kai Hudson, Sandra Soul and Wikkedness
4 p.m. – Blu Detiger
6 p.m. – Ekoh
6:30 p.m. – WebsterX
8 p.m. – Kid Cut Up
8 p.m. – Jordi Mack
10:15 p.m. – Run the Jewels

Miller Lite Oasis:
Noon – The Orphan The Poet
2 p.m. – Letdown
4 p.m. – Joywave
6 p.m. – Joan
8 p.m. – Claud
10 p.m. – Bleachers

Johnson Controls World Stage:
12:30 p.m. – The Oxleys
3 p.m. – Maxwell James
4:15 p.m. – Carolyn Miller
5:30 p.m. – The Keystones
6:45 p.m. – Michigander
8 p.m. – Future Islands
10 p.m. – Jayx

U.S. Cellular Connection Stage:
Noon – Haley Grace and the Rebels
2 p.m. – Rebecca and the Grey Notes
4 p.m. – Madison County
6 p.m. – Nora Collins
8 p.m. – Ray Fulcher
10 p.m. – Jake Owen

Uline Warehouse Stage:
1 p.m. – Random Maxx
3 p.m. – Kitty Soft Paw
4:30 p.m. – Mother Mother
6:30 p.m. – Velvet Starlings
8 p.m. – Dead Sara
9:45 p.m. – The Struts

Smaller stages

Jojo’s Martini Lounge:
1 p.m. – Superdave
4 p.m. – Panic Station
8 p.m. – Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns

Klement’s Sausage & Beer Garden:
Noon – Gene Gruber
2 p.m. – Jackie Brown
5 p.m. – Lil Rev and Jawbone Jimmy
7 p.m. – 3D: The Debraal Brothers

Northwestern Mutual Community Park:
Noon – Wayne & Wingnut: Red Hot Chilli Puppets
1:30 p.m. – Wayne & Wingnut: Red Hot Chilli Puppets
3:15 p.m. – MYSO Bronzeville Jazz Faculty Ensemble
4 p.m. – MYSO Bronzeville Jazz Faculty Ensemble
4:45 p.m. – MYSO Bronzeville Jazz Faculty Ensemble
5:30 p.m. – Gypsy Geoff: Circus Fire Show
6:30 p.m. – Professor Pinkerton & His Irrelevant Orchestra
7:30 p.m. – Gypsy Geoff: Circus Fire Show

Gruber Law Offices SportsZone:
4:30 p.m. – Milwaukee Admirals Hockey
6 p.m. – Steve Jennings: Frisbee Exhibition
7 p.m. – Milwaukee Bucks Rim Rockers
9 p.m. – Division BMX Stunt Team

Summerfest is easy to get to via I-794 (Lakefront or Jackson/Van Buren exits from the west, Milwaukee Street exit from the south), Highway 32, or U.S. 18, the east end of which is right by the north gate for Summerfest. Three shuttles are also available from the College Avenue Park & Ride (south side, off I-94 at Exit #319), the State Fair Park & Ride (76th Street at Kearney, along I-94 in West Allis), or the Brown Deer Park & Ride (I-43/Highway 100/Highway 32 at Brown Deer Road). Shuttles run frequently and cost $12 round trip. You can buy passes ahead of time!

More on Summerfest, including lineups for other days

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