Summerfest 2011 will feature an amazing and eclectic collection of music from Modern Rock to Country, Pop, Classic Rock, Electronic, Reggae and R&B. Music lovers will find a plethora of acts to enjoy and discover with over 700 bands from around the world taking to the 11 Summerfest stages from June 29 - July 3 and July 5 - 10.
Fans can purchase tickets to shows at the 23,000 seat Marcus Amphitheater which boasts an outstanding lineup in 2011, including Peter Gabriel with the New Blood Orchestra, Kanye West with special guest Kid Cudi, Toby Keith with special guest Eric Church, Kid Rock with special guests Sheryl Crow and Leroy Powell and The Messengers, Def Leppard with special guest Heart, The Black Keys with special guests Florence + The Machine and Cage the Elephant, Katy Perry with special guest Marina and The Diamonds, Jason Aldean with special guests Chris Young and Thompson Square and Sugarland with special guest Sara Bareilles. The headliners for July 2 and 9 will be announced in the near future.
Also known as "The BIG GIG", Summerfest will host Grounds Stage Headliners including: The Flaming Lips, Rise Against, George Clinton, 311, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Alkaline Trio, O.A.R., Girl Talk, Third Eye Blind, Phil Vassar, Alejandro Escovedo, Wiz Khalifa, G. Love & Special Sauce, Maroon 5, The Jayhawks, Civil Twilight, The Wailers, Raphael Saadiq, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Sick Puppies, Owl City, Amos Lee, Buddy Guy, Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, Stephen Marley, Ben Harper, Hinder, Crash Kings, Morris Day and the Time, Switchfoot, Goo Goo Dolls, Gaelic Storm, Meat Loaf, Dropkick Murphys, Danny Gokey, Cory Chisel, Old 97's, Grupo Niche, Hall and Oates, Panic! At The Disco, Saving Abel, The Spinners , Wanda Jackson, REO Speedwagon, Styx, My Darkest Days, Loretta Lynn, Cinderella, The Airborne Toxic Event, Peter Frampton, Kansas, Fuel, Leon Russell, Jackyl, Matisyahu, Better Than Ezra, Paul Rodgers, Here Come The Mummies, Michael Franti, Michelle Branch, Blue Oyster Cult, Parachute, The BoDeans, Max Weinberg Experience, Taj Mahal, Cowboy Mouth, Don Felder, Toots and the Maytals, Indigenous, Taking Back Sunday, Yonder Mountain String Band , Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, De La Soul, Todd Rundgren, Blackberry Smoke, Urge Overkill, Pop Evil, Finger Eleven, Sevendust, Buckcherry, Ten Years, Hollywood Undead, The Ike Reilly Assassination, Jack's Mannequin, Neon Trees, Anberlin, Young The Giant, Tonic , Middle Class Rut, America, Willy Porter, The Meat Puppets, AWOLNATION and The Bravery. A complete lineup can be found at Summerfest.com; all performers and show times are subject to change.
New this year, Summerfest let fans "be first to know" about this year's line-up through new Summerfest Headliner Release Parties in April and early May. The events took place all over Milwaukee and Summerfest and its sponsors exclusively announced one stage's headliner line-up, "live" at each event, prior to issuing any social media or press releases on the information. The Headliner Release Parties were free to the public and everyone who attended received a Commemorative Opening Day Ticket and had a chance to win Summerfest tickets and prize packs, including Marcus Amphitheater tickets, VIP access, band merchandise and more.
Festival producer, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc., is currently renovating approximately 22-acres of the 75-acre site, Henry Maier Festival Park, located on the shores of Lake Michigan, with a 2-phased $25 million construction project. Phase One of the redevelopment project will feature a new 6,000 - 8,000 capacity outdoor stage/venue, the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, a new South Gate and Box Office, as well as new food and beverage buildings and restrooms; all set to be completed for Summerfest 2011. Phase Two of the project will commence in fall of 2011, after the festival season, and include another new venue/stage as well as food and beverage buildings, restrooms and unique lakeshore amenities for festival-goers.