One of the biggest names in country music, heck, one of the biggest names in music, period—Thomas Rhett opens up Summerfest 2019 at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater tonight. He’s touring in support of his new album, Center Point Road, which features the hit Look What God Gave Her, which is his 13th number one single on the country charts. Dustin Lynch and Russell Dickerson will open the show at 7:30.
Over on the ground stages, Foreigner rocks the BMO Harris Pavilion at 10:00, playing huge 80s hits like Cold as Ice, Hot Blooded, and Jukebox Hero. Boys no more, the Hanson brothers take a more mature sound to the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage at 10:00. But yes, you know they’re still going to play MMMBop.
Quinn XCII blends a number of styles, from pop to reggae to techno to hip hop at the Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard at 10:00. It’s all techno with megastar DJ Steve Aoki topping the Miller Lite Oasis at 10 as part of his Dim Mak takeover tour with four other EDM DJs starting at 6:00.
Elvin Bishop, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, plays the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage at 10:00 with his Big Fun Trio. Alternative rockers Judah and the Lion headline the Harley Davidson Roadhouse at 10:00.
Summerfest mainstays WALK THE MOON will play the Uline Warehouse Stage at 10:00, but be sure to get there early for tonight’s sleeper pick—a band you might not know but won’t want to miss.
VOILA is a pop duo based in Los Angeles with one half from London and the other, Luke Eisner, from Milwaukee. He played in a number of local pop-punk bands here before moving to LA and meeting Gus Ross during their freshman year at the Thornton School of Music. Now, they’re on the cusp of stardom. Catch them at the Uline Warehouse at 8:00 tonight.