“California Stars”

And I’m back in Milwaukee! Again! I feel like I’m here every two months ago.

Any who…

I’m happy to be at Summerfest again! This is my 6th year in production and this is also the 50th anniversary of the Milwaukee World Festival!

We have a great lineup from country to hip-hop to rock to pop. Just to name drop a few:

Dan + Shay, Girl Talk, Tegan&Sara, DNCE, Atmosphere, Frankie Ballard, Peter Frampton, Michelle Branch… there are 11 ground stages so there’s much more where that came from! For more information check out the website: http://www.summerfest.com

I think it’s a great line up and I think if you are in the 414 area code, you should definitely come along!

With that being said…

I love going to shows when I’m not working. Thanks to the radio station I used to work for, they hooked me up with tickets to go see Wilco.

Wilco had an amazing light show and a very dramatic backdrop. There were points during the show where all they did was jam. It was amazing! I highly recommend seeing them if you like a good rock show!

My Month So Far

Wow! Where do I begin! These past couple of months have been absolutely insane!

I guess I’ll start from mid June: CMA Fest

I ended up working a promotion for CMA Fest, not the gig I necessarily wanted but it does work and pays really good money.

Side note about working promotions: The reason why I do them, it’s a super easy way to make money, meet people and it normally gets you access to the things that are going on! #workingfestivals

But seriously, CMA Fest is just like SXSW. There’s something going on at every corner of the city, and just like SXSW, you can get in to see free shows. Now that I know what I know this year, I know how to go about it next year. But I secretly hope I can work Bonnaroo next year. #yesplease

End of June: Summerfest

As I the month comes to an end, I drive up with my momma to go to Milwaukee. Yes, I’m in Milwaukee as I’m typing this. Because I worked my 4th year at Summerfest: World’s Largest Music Festival.

Hanging with my Summerfest team, I had a blast. I always do! I told all my supervisors, for as long as I can, I will work Summerfest.

Normally, I don’t like to write about artists that I’ve worked with, because I think it’s biased. But check out Gary Clark Jr. and X Ambassadors if you haven’t already!

So right now, I’m technically freelancing, still working towards my dream job, but you never what is to come in the next couple of months!

“It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year”… For Me At Least

Ahhhh yes!

It’s that time of year again! Yes, that’s right… it’s festival season!

I can officially say I’ll be back at Summerfest for my fourth year as a production assistant. And I’m pumped! I think things will be different because there are “family members” that aren’t returning this year. But to me, they will always be Summerfest family because they were there when I started.

But if you haven’t checked out the lineup, I mean come on! It’s ballin’!

Needless to say, I think all the festivals are doing a fantastic job this year in regards to the line up. I guess the zombie apocalypse is really going to happen, everyone is going out on tour this year and I want to get there last hoorah in!

…But really, you should head up to the 414 area code and go to the World’s Largest Music Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Yes, we have 11 stages with acts playing from noon to midnight for 11 days. 11 days! Oh, and there’s this band called the “Rolling Stones”, maybe you’ve heard of them. They will be there too!

My Point: Go to Summerfest, it’s going to be awesome! http://summerfest.com

Most Wonderful Time of Year…Festival Season!

I don’t know about you, but spring/summer time is my favorite time of year.  Why? Because everyone is freakishly happy and… it’s festival season. Yes that’s right, all the festivals come out in time to play! I just started my third year at Summerfest on the production team (4th year total, but I worked in a different department).

I’m extremely excited to be working with my Summerfest family again. They are a great group of people and I couldn’t be more proud to work with  them.

So with that being said, I hope you check us out online at  http://www.summerfest.com and all of our social media sites! We have an awesome line up this year and if the weather cooperates this year (fingers crossed), it will be a great way to have a beer and listen to some good tunes!

If you haven’t already, check out Phantogram at Summerfest!

 

 

 

 

 

Music Makes My Heart Tick

I’m so sorry for not keeping up with my blog, I was truly busy working Summerfest for the past two weeks. But now, I have time to write. And let me just say I’m so excited to write this blog!

For those of you who don’t know, Summerfest is the world’s largest music festival. It runs 11 days with music playing from 12pm-12am ( there is a day break in between). Besides the point, bands from all over the world come to play at Summerfest from Europe to Australia.  Summerfest gives the Milwaukee community a good chance to listen to a variety of music  to see bands such as headlining bands you hear on the radio and emerging artists that are trying to make it into this industry. Let me just say, not many other music festival do that! So cool! I love anything that gives the underdogs a chance!

Before I worked at Summerfest, I was a die heart Summerfest goer. I went about 5-7 times a run. How can you not, with so many good bands coming to Milwaukee for 2 weeks … Milwaukee… Not many bands tour in Milwaukee anymore. So for over 100 bands to come and play in Milwaukee, you know I’m going, and you know I’m going to have a fun, amazing time.

Now, that being said. I loved working Summerfest as well. It gave me a different perspective of concerts, bands the whole schabang. And I can honestly say, I appreciate the hard work that goes into putting this festival together. It takes a lot of people and of dedication  to create something some many people come to year after year.

I like to think I know a lot about music. I studied it in school, I’ve played piano my whole life, I surround myself with music everyday. That being said, I’m retracting my last statement, because I don’t know that much about music. It’s one thing to understand music theory and to play instrument, but to actually understand what goes behind the scenes , you have so many people that do some many things and much more that goes into creating something people want to listen to. They say in music 95%  of your time is practice and 5% is performance, it’s the same exact thing behind the scenes. And I’m lucky if I understand 5% of it.

Because I don’t know everything about music, I loved going to work everyday to learn something, meeting new people and to engage in something I’m truly passionate for. And here is my thank you to everyone who I worked with at Summerfest. You made me realize that this is something I want to do for the rest of my life, and you if it weren’t for you and my experience, I don’t know what I would do with my life. I want to thank everyone for being my teachers, my mentors and my friends. You gave me a life changing experience that is comparable to my experience in Australia. Basically, pretty amazing.

Here is my big who-ra. Words can’t explain what Summerfest gave me, what the people gave me , what music gave me. I’m so grateful and so humbled by my experience because most people aren’t lucky enough to experience what I had. I’m so honored because I found what makes my heart tick, music makes my heart tick, it makes me want to get up in the morning and do something with my life. It makes me want to do something, share something, learn something and to be a generally good person. Summerfest helped me realize that life without a tick isn’t worth living, and I’m ready to live.

Tiesto

I’m going to be completely honest. This blog is to market the Tiesto concert at Summerfest. I really don’t listen to his music because to be completely honest, I never heard his name before I started working at Summerfest. But if you are into the dubstep ( i love) and techno beat. Go to his concerts, it will be a blast!