Concert review

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Jason Mraz leaves Summerfest on a happy note

Published July 8, 2019

After a long 11 days of Summerfest fun - plus the occasional sadness of rain, show cancellations and more - hearing Jason Mraz at the BMO Harris Pavilion last night ended the festival on a happy note.

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Darkly beautiful: The National takes crowd on emotional ride at Summerfest

Published July 1, 2019

Despite a day of on and off rainstorms, the clouds held off for the last night of the U.S. leg of The National's "I Am Easy To Find" tour. In fact, the band played a passionate 90-minute set at the Miller Lite Oasis that invoked a gamut of emotions with tracks both new and old.

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Benjamin Booker shines as an underrated artist at Summerfest

Published July 4, 2018

When Benjamin Booker walked onto the stage with his floral button-up and jeans, he just looked like any chill guy ready to hang out at Summerfest. But then, he opened his mouth and belted out his first notes, and you know then and there that he stands out as a superstar.

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Horseshoes & Hand Grenades serve up refreshing jolt of Wisco-grass

Published July 2, 2017

Saturday evening marked a first for Wisconsin band, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, a category-defying band that fuses traditional Americana, folk and bluegrass with a new-school attitude and definitively Midwestern vibe. And it was a first fans won't soon forget.

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Keith Urban's authenticity grabs hold at Summerfest

Published June 27, 2015

After the show, my wife simply said that it was just "honest and real." That's what the show was. Urban and his band even stayed on stage afterwards shaking hands, slapping high fives and thanking the Wisconsin fans.

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The love affair between Imagine Dragons and Milwaukee lives on

Published June 14, 2015

From their first performances, it seems to have been love at first song between Milwaukee and the top 40 rockers Imagine Dragons. Two years and a new album later, no love seems to have been lost between Imagine Dragons and its loyal Milwaukee following - at least judging by Saturday night's concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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4 year-old reviews Fresh Beat Band

Published March 4, 2012

Nickelodeon's Fresh Beat Band came to town Friday night for a 5 p.m show at the Pabst Theater. 4 year-old Jake T. Sherman was there to check it out. His brief review follows.