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In Festival Guide

I've never missed a Cowboy Mouth show at Summerfest and I don't plan on it this year, either.

Summerfest picks: Andrew Wagner


Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, welcome to the 2011 installment of "cast your judgement on my musical tastes – or lack thereof."

Admittedly, I'm one of those people who ventures from stage to stage, at a leisurely pace, stopping to eat, drink and converse along the way. Summerfest, for me, is about hanging out with friends, enjoying the Lakefront, eating way too much and catching bits and pieces of shows each night.

Here's what's interesting me for the 2011 Big Gig:

June 29 – If not yet in a food coma from day one of non-stop eating I will catch a portion of Buddy Guy (10 p.m., Harley) and some of the Max Weinberg Experience (10 p.m., Potawatomi) before making my way out the North Gate well ahead of the rush.

June 30 – I once got dumped by a girl during an REO Speedwagon concert. So you won't find me anywhere near the Classic Rock Stage at 10 p.m. I thought about Wanda Jackson (10 p.m., Potawatomi) but it's more likely I visit the all-new Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard for George Clinton's 8 p.m. and still have plenty of time to catch Better Than Ezra at 10 on the Miller Lite Oasis.

July 1 – Third Eye Blind is one of my favorite post-high school-era bands (post-1996). I'd probably check it out if I weren't going to see Toby Keith ... which is going to be a great show, as always.

July 2 – If you know anything about me, I shouldn't have to tell you this: Cowboy Mouth. 10 p.m. Potawatomi. Bring your own red spoons.

July 3 – One of those days when nothing jumps out at me. Not a single thing. So, I'll likely be enjoying cold beverages on my patio.

July 5 – My buddy Colin (you may know him better as @cfly, my in-game comedic partner) is going to try and talk me into seeing Wiz Khalifa with him. It's not going to happen. Def Leppard is tempting, but so is a quiet night of packing.

July 6 – Seen O.A.R. enough to know I won't be missing much ... Peter Frampton was unimpressive last time around ... Danny Gokey? You've got to be kidding me. It's got to be about 14:57 and counting on his 15 minutes of fame. I'm hoping I can time it out to catch a few songs by Old Mil, yes ... a cover band – swing by Morris Day and the Time at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse (9:30 p.m.) and then enjoy The Black Keys.

July 7 – Were I not leaving for California today, I would be fighting Andy Tarnoff for the chance to "observe" Katy Perry. When that ultimately failed, I would consider the Old 97s (8 p.m., Harley), though their recent Madison stop left kind of a sour taste in my mouth. G Love (10 p.m., Harley) would be a "can't miss," though I've enjoyed visits by the Yonder Mountain String Band (10 p.m., Potawatomi) in the past.

July 8 – While I'm fulfilling my groomsman duties in Los Angeles, a small piece of me will be wishing I could be back on the Lakefront to see my former (dream) girlfriend, Michelle Branch (8 p.m., Briggs & Stratton) and then spend some time with the Goo Goo Dolls (10 p.m., Miller). Jason Aldean headlines and he's not too bad, either.

July 9 – Can't believe I'm missing the BoDeans (10 p.m., Briggs & Stratton), one of my favorite Summerfest traditions. I'd also recommend Pint Size Polkas (2:15 p.m., Children's) because the accordion is cool and I'm not kidding.

July 10 – I've got a few songs by The Bravery on my iPod (10 p.m., U.S. Cellular) but 311 (10 p.m., Miller Lite) was a fun way to wrap up Summerfest a few years back and I wouldn't mind doing it again this year.

Talkbacks

devidia | June 27, 2011 at 12:47 p.m. (report)

Sorry Andrew, but your watch is slow. Gokey's fifteen were up about an hour ago.

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AmyLyn | June 27, 2011 at 9:13 a.m. (report)

As for your comment on "Danny Gokey? 15 minutes of fame"... No need to be jelous just because you are stuck writing lame articles and trash talking TRUE TALENT! I'm sure Danny Makes WAY more money then you do, and If he's so bad why is it you still see and hear about him and his Music but not any of the other contestants,,,,umm... even the "Winners" of Idol..... Yeah...Get it Straight Mr. Wagner! I would take watching Danny over any of those Old Washed up groups that you praise! Really,, I believe some of them have to use walkers and Oxygen tanks to make it through thier show!! Stop being so CLOSED MINDED!!!

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dukefame | June 24, 2011 at 10:26 p.m. (report)

Mark Olson and Gary Louris are coming to the Fest on the 3rd..the classic lineup of the 'Hawks and you're going to be on your patio...But don't miss Better than Ezra and 3rd Eye Blind. Stick to your sports bloggin'...

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gregrnel | June 24, 2011 at 8:17 p.m. (report)

WOW! You have bad taste in music!

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missyd | June 24, 2011 at 6:35 p.m. (report)

July 3. Two words: Ben Harper.

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