Summerfest, TAP Milwaukee and Robert Haack Diamonds Announce Voting Phase for “LAND THE BIG GIG®” Talent Search

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Votes will help decide the Top 3 Finalists who will perform live at Summerfest and compete to win the $20,000 top prize as part of $50,000 in total cash and prizes. One lucky voter will win Summerfest passes, five nights hotel accommodations, roundtrip airfare for two and a VIP experience at the finalist performance hosted by American Idol™ Top 3 Finalist Danny Gokey.

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Summerfest has teamed up with Tap Milwaukee, the city’s leading online entertainment site, and Robert Haack Diamonds to find the next big music sensation. Nearly 100 aspiring musicians and acts from across the nation have submitted their video auditions online at for their chance to win big.

“The talent we’ve seen this year is extremely impressive,” said David Wise, Marketing Director for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And the variety is amazing. We have artists performing folk, rock, hip hop... I truly believe the next big star is in our midst.”

Music fans that vote for their favorite acts beginning today at are automatically entered in the Ultimate Summerfest Experience sweepstakes. One lucky voter will win a trip for two to Milwaukee that includes Summerfest tickets, VIP passes to the Land the Big Gig® event hosted by American Idol™ Top 3 Finalist Danny Gokey, round-trip airfare on Southwest Airlines, five nights hotel accommodations and $2,000 in cash to live like a rockstar while in Milwaukee.

“We’re thrilled that Danny Gokey is hosting the event again this year,” said Bret Eulberg, owner of Robert Haack Diamonds. “He’s a perfect example of how a local musician can go out and make it big when given a chance. This is definitely that chance for all of these bands!”

Fans have the opportunity to vote for their favorite acts now through noon ET Monday, June 17, 2013. Three finalists will win a trip to Milwaukee to perform live on stage at Summerfest on Thursday, June 27 in front of fans and a panel of celebrity judges. The judges will score the performances and select one act to win the grand prize of $20,000. The second place winner will receive $10,000 and third place will win $5,000 in addition to the all-inclusive trip to Milwaukee.

“A competition like Land the Big Gig adds to the excitement of a mega-event like Summerfest, where people come together to enjoy, discover and celebrate music,” said John Boler, Chief Marketing Officer at Summerfest. “It’s a great opportunity for both aspiring musicians and fans to experience Summerfest and have the chance to win the prize of a lifetime.”

In 2013, Summerfest celebrates 46 years of rocking Milwaukee’s lakefront. “The World’s Largest Music Festival” features more than 800 acts and 1,000 performances on 11 stages over 11 days, providing an unforgettable live music experience for nearly 900,000 music fans from around the world each year.

Fans and contest entrants are encouraged to visit for updates and follow Land the Big Gig® on Facebook and Twitter at @landthebiggig.

Land the Big Gig® is presented by Tap Milwaukee and Robert Haack Diamonds. Producing Sponsors are Boucher Automotive, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Mountain Dew Kickstart, and 94.5 The Lake. Supporting Sponsor is Wisconsin Vision. Southwest Airlines is the official airline of Land the Big Gig 2013

About Summerfest

Summerfest 2013 will take place June 26 - 30 and July 2 - 7, from noon until Midnight and will be closed Monday, July 1. Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, bringing the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 900,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world together each year for an unforgettable live music experience. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 11 stages, delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting. Patrons can also enjoy Miller Lite, the Official Beer of Summerfest. For more details, visit, or Twitter: @Summerfest.

About Robert Haack Diamonds

Robert Haack Diamonds has been the leader in diamond and engagement rings since 1947. Each location has master gemologists available, along with master goldsmiths who are experts at jewelry repair and custom work, meaning they can create that piece of jewelry of your dreams. Robert Haack also helps the community by purchasing unwanted gold, silver and diamonds and comes highly recommended by the local media. What sets Robert Haack from its competitors is the no stress approach when buying or selling; getting a money saving deal with a huge selection to choose from and we treat you like family.

About Tap Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s is Southeastern Wisconsin’s essential guide to entertainment, providing everything you need to know about going out, staying informed and sharing that information with friends. Tap was created in 2011 to engage a growing market of readers who want local entertainment news at their fingertips. Our readers are passionate about things to do - from music to movies to dining and galleries – has it.

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