Friday, May 8, 2009

Things I've Already Forgotten at The Marcus Amphitheater...

Being a citizen of Milwaukee county, I've been to Summerfest grounds and of course been to the Marcus Amphitheater for a variety of events. The amphitheater is located on the south end of the Summerfest grounds (Henry Maier Festival Park as it is officially called) and has a seating capacity of 25,000. The venue caters to many different types of events from musical performances to presidential candidates, which my own experiences can reflect.

In 2006, I went to the Vans Warped Tour which is a national touring music festival, originally showcasing punk rock music but now featuring alternative rock, electronica and post-hardcore bands as well. When I went, a ska band called Big D and The Kids Table played in the amphitheater to a small crowd of about 200 kids. It was a great experience to have a more intimate performance in such a large venue. Another bonus was the amphitheater stayed nice and cool on such a hot summer afternoon and we danced and sang along more comfortably than if the show would have been outside. It was a great first experience at the Marcus Amphitheater.

A little more recently, I have seen Jack's Mannequin and Lupe Fiasco play for the UWM Pantherfest show and also I saw President Barack Obama speak on Labor Day. Pantherfest was a great experience because the university offered free shuttles from campus to the summerfest grounds and the concert was held in the Amphitheater. It was a great event because it was a diverse crowd because there were 2 totally different musical generes. It was also free for university students and still pretty cheap for nonstudents. The entire amphitheater was packed and the light show was great. I had excellent seats for both performances and had a blast.

Also seeing President Barack Obama on Labor Day was another very exciting experience in the Marcus Amphitheater. He came and spoke to the citizens of our community and gave a very enlightening and encouraging speech. This event was also free and was a great opportunity to see such a great speaker in a great venue. There was a very mixed crowd, with not only union workers but many students and other politically active community members.

Looking back on all of my random experiences at the Marcus Amphitheater, I can personally attest that it is a great venue to see a wide range of events in. It has a pretty large capacity and musical performances still come across pretty well. It's great location close to downtown Milwaukee and I94 makes it very accessible for people from all around the area. The Marcus Amphitheater is a great place to enjoy your next event this summer!

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