I am a concert junkie. I love catching my favorite artists perform live on a stage. Now, mind you, I don’t have to be front and center to enjoy the show. I’m okay as long as I can see the stage.
My favorite venues for concerts include the Marcus Ampitheater, The Miller Lite Oasis, and the Briggs & Stratton Big Back Yard all on the Summerfest grounds on Milwaukee’s lakefront. They’re all out door venues. The Marcus does have some seating under a canopy, but they also boast one of my favorite values, lawn seating. The lawn seats can usually go for close to half the price of a ticket in the covered area. This does put you at risk of the elements, but in most cases, they’re perfect!
If you’re looking to save some big money and are not overly worried about seeing all the BIG names on the main stage, just grab yourself a Summerfest ticket and bounce around between any of their 8 stages. They draw approximately 700 bands for the 11 day event ranging from Up and Coming Artists, Local Favorites, to recent and popular artists.
My first Summerfest experience involved Ben Folds Five. I stood on a picnic table almost center stage and watched this amazing performer pound the living daylights out of his piano. Since that first go ’round at Summerfest, I have seen Ben Folds 3 more times, Alice Cooper (hung, beheaded, and stuffed in a casket on stage), Rusted Root, The Gufs (local Milwaukee favorite), The BoDeans, and countless others all on the free stages around the grounds. As for the Marcus Ampitheater, I’ve been fortunate to catch 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, Thornley, The Barenaked Ladies, Carrie Underwood, Sons of Sylvia, Tim McGraw, and a few others as well.
The organizing group that works with Summerfest truly puts on an amazing show. You can check them out at Summerfest.com.
Milwaukee is a 5 1/2 hour drive south of Marquette. Very easy to get to and very easy to navigate. Trust me…I lived there for a decade. So, grab your friends, head on down and if you aren’t crazy about the acts on stage, then by all means, enjoy the people watching!