Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Celebrate the Season at Summerfest

We just celebrated the Summer Solstice, so that means it's almost time for Summerfest. Eleven Days - Twelve Stages - One Million Attendees - "The Big Gig" they call it. Have you attended lately? If not I encourage you to find a date where the side-stage acts interest you, and go enjoy live music. It's a lot of fun - a carnival atmosphere - inexpensive - and right here in our backydard.

I rarely buy tickets for the Ampitheater. Instead, my preference is to get there mid-afternoon, listen to whatever appeals on the various free stages, crowd watch and "take my place in the freak parade." Of course, I pick the date because I want to see a particular band, and in the early evening I try to get myself situated for the big act.

My plans for this year are to attend on July 3rd and 4th - with a stayover in Milwaukee with friends. I'm very excited to see Thievery Corporation on Thursday, and then enjoy the Fourth of July at the festival grounds. It should be a crazy night with Phil Lesh and Friends taking the stage at 8:00pm; following a set by old favorites, Lotus. (The Roots are also scheduled to perform that night, but I suspect I'll have to wait until their Madison appearance in September to see them again.) Other dates that tempt me include:
Thurs June 26 Gnarls Barkley
Eric Burdon and the Animals
Sat June 29 Galactic
Sun June 30

James Brown Tribute featuring Bootsy Collins

Tues July 1

Zappa Plays Zappa

Wed July 2 The Crystal Method
Sun July 6 Mickey Hart Band

TIP: For those weeknight return drives to Madison, I usually pull out before final encores. This will get you home an hour sooner - or more! And you will appreciate that when you get up for work the next day.

- Mister Bill

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