Outlaw Music Festival @ Summerfest 2017
American Family Insurance Amphitheater
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA)
Sunday, 9 July 2017
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My day with Dylan, Nelson, Crow and the Big Gig's Outlaw Music Festival
By Matt Mueller
Sheryl Crow was on deck next, arriving on stage in some impressively sparkly teal jeans and top (the former apparently an eBay purchase, she would later tell a very interested crowd member in between tunes). Infinitely more impressive, though, was the radio mainstay's set, which was impressively personable, providing the kind of sunny but still raw, real and rustic conversational Americana music that made her a hitmaker for decades now.
It was going to be hard to match the volume and electricity of Rateliff's brassy soul band act, but Crow did her best by busting out pretty much all of the hits, opening with "Everyday Is A Winding Road" and 'My Favorite Mistake" before eventually getting to "Strong Enough," "If It Makes You Happy" and "Soak Up The Sun" (a song, I'll admit, I found overplayed and insufferable until last night's suitably sunny and relaxed performance). In between, she played some of her more country tunes ("Best of Times") and preached the importance of vinyl and weed ("because it gives you something to do with your hands other than take pictures") for the future of the music industry. Nothing wrong with those theories here!
She eventually wrapped up her set by also bringing out the younger Nelson, as well as Promise of the Real, for a cover of the Allman Brothers' "Midnight Rider," before ceding the stage to Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.
Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow bring Summerfest's 50th to an epic end
By Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
As if 11 days and some 800 bands weren't enough, Summerfest's 50th edition ended Sunday with the longest amphitheater event in the Big Gig's history.
The Outlaw Music Festival featured eight Americana acts across a staggering nine hours and twenty minutes.
Along with a generous quantity of music, there was some exceptional quality, from two living legends — Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan — and celebrated veteran singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.
Crow dared to be a little different too, devoting a significant portion of her set to new album "Be Myself," a risky venture for someone expected to largely play the hits.
"Be Myself" however is a musical return to Crow's '90s hitmaking sound. Live, the new songs were more inviting, particularly the title track, where bouncy melodies and Crow's shimmering voice overshadowed the "get off my lawn"-like jabs at hipsters, Uber and Facebook.
Near the set's end Crow did oblige Milwaukee with "Soak up the Sun." To the audience's credit, and Crow's appreciation, the crowd seemed just as excited about her Gregg Allman-honoring "Midnight Rider" cover with Lukas Nelson.