Summerfest 2019 in Milwaukee drops lineup: The Lonely Island, Brandi Carlile, 131 other headliners

Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Summerfest, the world's largest and most musically diverse festival, has booked R&B legend Chaka Khan, Andy Samberg's comedy pop trio the Lonely Island, recent Grammy showstopper Brandi Carlile, critical fave Courtney Barnett, and "Tonight Show" hip-hop crew the Roots for 2019. 

That, and more than 125 other headliners performing across 11 days. 

Returning for its 52nd year to the Milwaukee lakefront, Summerfest 2019 also features acclaimed alternative rock band the National, rapper (and recent "Masked Singer" winner) T-Pain, seminal punk group X, party rocker Andrew W.K., EDM A-lister Steve Aoki, country star Lauren Alaina, singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Chicago, fast-rising rapper and singer A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and infectious live performer Lizzo.

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Among more than 130 headliners announced for Summerfest Tuesday (from left): acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, Andy Samberg's comedy pop group The Lonely Island, R&B legend Chaka Khan, and EDM A-lister Steve Aoki.

A couple of Wisconsin acts will be headlining their home state festival this year, including Christian hard-rock band Skillet, country artist Nora Collins, veteran rock band R&B Cadets and Milwaukee-born synthpop group GGOOLLDD. And Dashboard Confessional, featuring longtime Milwaukee-based bassist Scott Schoenbeck, is on the bill. 

The headliners announced Tuesday are performing on Summerfest's eight primary grounds stages from June 26 to 30 and July 2 to 7.

Summerfest previously announced 10 of the 11 shows for its largest venue, the 23,000-capacity American Family Insurance Amphitheater, which is undergoing phase one of a two-year, $50 million redesign.

Those 2019 amphitheater shows are: 

  • Thomas Rhett with Dustin Lynch and Russell Dickerson, June 26
  • The Outlaw Music Festival, led by Willie Nelson, June 27
  • Jason Aldean with Kane Brown and Carly Pearce, June 28 
  • Bon Iver with Lord Huron and Julien Baker, June 29
  • Zac Brown Band, June 30
  • Lionel Richie with Michael McDonald, July 2
  • Jennifer Lopez July 3
  • The Killers with Death Cab for Cutie, July 5
  • Billie Eilish with Finneas, July 6
  • Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q, July 7.

Summerfest had an Ozzy Osbourne and Megadeth amphitheater show for July 4, but that was rescheduled last week for July 1, 2020, after Osborne fell at home and injured himself while recovering from pneumonia, forcing the postponement of all of his shows in 2019.

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Ticket prices vary for the Summerfest amphitheater shows, but they include general admission on the dates of an applicable concert. Tickets are available for all announced amphitheater shows except Lil Wayne (on sale 10 a.m. Friday) and Eilish (on sale noon Saturday).

Summerfest general admission tickets are available now at, priced between $15 (for weekday admission between noon and 4 p.m.) and $23 for all other days and times. Summerfest also typically offers several promotional deals that include free or discounted admission; those deals have yet to be announced for 2019. 

Multi-day general-admission passes are available on the Summerfest site as well, for $57 for three days, or $110 for 11 days, for a limited time.

General-admission passes and tickets do not include access to amphitheater shows. 

Headliner set times and stage locations are expected to be announced throughout the month. Each May, Summerfest unveils the complete schedule, featuring about 800 acts. 

Summerfest 2019 headliners, by day

Wednesday, June 26

  • Thomas Rhett with Dustin Lynch and Russell Dickerson (American Family Insurance Amphitheater)
  • Steve Aoki
  • Walk The Moon
  • Foreigner
  • Quinn XCII
  • Judah & The Lion
  • Hanson
  • Chelsea Cutler
  • Voila
  • Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio
  • Weathers
  • Otis Taylor and the Psychedelic Banjo Posse
  • Matt Hoyles

Thursday, June 27

  • Outlaw Music Festival with Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh & Friends, the Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Alison Krauss, Dawes and Trapper Schoepp (Amphitheater)
  • Lizzo
  • Elle King
  • Gryffin
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones
  • Lanco
  • Paul Oakenfold
  • Neon Trees
  • Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
  • Steve Earle & The Dukes
  • Donna Missal
  • X
  • 10,000 Maniacs
  • Foghat
  • Andrew W.K.
  • Aaron Lee Tasjan
  • R&B Cadets
  • Dillon Carmichael

Friday, June 28

  • Jason Aldean with Kane Brown, Carly Pearce and Dee Jay Silver (Amphitheater)
  • Brandi Carlile
  • The Lonely Island
  • T-Pain
  • Styx
  • lovelytheband
  • Collective Soul
  • Shaed
  • Flora Cash
  • Sweet Crude
  • The Beths
  • Tillie

Saturday, June 29

  • Bon Iver with Lord Huron and Julien Baker (Amphitheater)
  • Chicago
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • August Burns Red
  • Jordan Davis
  • Silverstein
  • Mitchell Tenpenny
  • Ra Ra Riot
  • Silent Planet
  • Cory Wong

Sunday, June 30

  • Zac Brown Band (Amphitheater)
  • The National
  • Brothers Osborne
  • 3 Doors Down
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen
  • Lake Street Dive
  • Los Lonely Boys
  • Jimmie Allen
  • Riley Green
  • Guided By Voices
  • Ozomatli
  • Reverend Horton Heat
  • Adia Victoria

Tuesday, July 2

  • Lionel Richie with Michael McDonald (Amphitheater)
  • A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
  • Young The Giant
  • Big Gigantic
  • First Aid Kit
  • Chaka Khan
  • Frenship
  • Coin
  • Reyna
  • The Allman Betts Band
  • Trap Manny
  • Black Pumas

Wednesday, July 3

  • Jennifer Lopez (Amphitheater)
  • Taking Back Sunday
  • Loverboy
  • Switchfoot
  • The Roots
  • Matoma
  • Lindsay Ell
  • Yungblud
  • Two Friends
  • Soja
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Nora Collins
  • Royal Tusk
  • Brandy Clark
  • The Association
  • Hawthorne Heights
  • Carousel Kings

Thursday, July 4

  • X Ambassadors
  • Sublime With Rome
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Vic Mensa
  • Chris Janson
  • Chase Rice
  • Robert Randolph & the Family Band
  • Common Kings
  • Hardy
  • Tenille Arts

Friday, July 5

  • The Killers with Death Cab for Cutie (Amphitheater)
  • T.I.
  • Cole Swindell
  • The Head And The Heart
  • Dashboard Confessional
  • Daya
  • Chris Robinson Brotherhood
  • Max
  • Matisyahu
  • Jesus Jones
  • 38 Special
  • The Spinners
  • Big Head Todd and the Monsters
  • Oxymorrons
  • Trea Landon
  • Leonid & Friends

Saturday, July 6

  • Billie Eilish with Finneas (Amphitheater)
  • Atmosphere
  • Skillet
  • Semisonic
  • Chris Lane
  • Dark Star Orchestra
  • Brother Ali
  • Dumpstaphunk
  • Sa-Roc
  • The Suffers
  • Nikki Jean
  • DJ Keezy
  • DJ Abilities
  • Dem Atlas
  • The Lioness
  • Evidence
  • Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound
  • Shim
  • Thaikkudam Bridge
  • Hannah Wicklund & the Steppin Stones

Sunday, July 7

  • Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q (Amphitheater)
  • Jason Mraz
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela
  • Dispatch
  • La Sonora Poncena
  • Dylan Scott
  • Sego
  • Juice

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