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Performance [177] 27-Jun-2018 (Evolve Tour (Imagine Dragons) - Opener)



”At 14 years old, opener Grace VanderWaal is one of the youngest performers at Summerfest this year. She's also one of the most talented, bringing a honeyed, slightly frayed rasp to assured pop songs like the ukulele-sweetened "I Don't Know My Name," and completely immersing herself in the sentiment of "Best Friend," a Rex Orange County cover about a boy pining for a girl, before letting loose during the song's climax, dancing like the kid that she still is”. (Milwauke Journal Sentinel 2018-06-27)

“Speaking of people to bring back, Grace VanderWaal was an unexpected surprise as the opener. Texture and personality aren't attributes one expects from a voice found on a reality TV show ("America's Got Talent," in her case), but that's exactly what VanderWaal's soulful, raspy tone has. It's just not fair for a teenager to have a voice already that interesting. It seems like maybe she's still finding her exact sound, trying to meld her ukulele singer-songwriter origins with more radio-friendly pop-rock, but considering she's only 14 years old, I'd say she'd got plenty of time to figure it out.” ( 2018-06-28)

Summerfest is an annual music festival held in downtown Milwaukee, at Henry Maier Festival Park, adjacent to Lake Michigan. Summerfest attracts approximately 800,000 people each year, promoting itself as "The World's Largest Music Festival". During Summerfest, the 75-acre park hosts performances over 11 days, from late June until early July. The festival includes 12 stages with over 1000 performances. The performers include local and nationally known music talent from various genres, performing throughout the grounds from noon to midnight, including the 23,000-capacity American Family Insurance Amphitheater. (WIKIPEDAI)

(Tyger Williams / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)


Grace VanderWaal - Ukulele, vocals

Melissa Dougherty - Guitar, vocals

Dylan Meek - Keyboards

Ben Masters - Percussion


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1. Moonlight
2. City Song
3. Burned
4. Gossip Girl
5. So Much More Than This
6. Talk Good
7. Florets
8. Best Friend (Rex Orange County - Cover)
9. Escape My Mind
10. I Don't Know My Name
11. Clearly (Johnny Nash - Reimagination)

Reviews, Recaps, Behind the Scenes etc.

Type Comment Link
Review (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) Summerfest
Review (Om Milwaukee) Grace VanderWaal was an unexpected surprise as the opener
Timeline content Grace Vanderwaal Timeline on Facebook

Times Performed

Grace has performed: 1 times at this event, 1 times at this venue, 1 times in this city, 2 times in this state, 370 times in this country