Regional, Original Music at Milwaukee’s Summerfest Will Feature New Stage Partnership Between Cascio Interstate Music and K-Nation Entertainment

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Milwaukee musical instrument retailer partners with local multi-faceted entertainment company to continue their original music stage at "The World's Largest Music Festival." This stage at Summerfest is in its seventh year.

K-Nation / Cascio Interstate Music Summerfest Stage 2013
We believe giving these talented artists the opportunity to play at 'The World's Largest Music Festival' helps them gain the recognition and exposure that they so richly deserve.

For the seventh year in a row, Cascio Interstate Music, Wisconsin’s largest music store and among the nation’s largest independent music retailers, will again present Summerfest’s only stage for local and original music, but in a new co-sponsor arrangement.

In a new stage partnership announced April 24, K-Nation Entertainment and Cascio Interstate Music will present 66 bands with eleven days of live, local and original music, with a focus on bands originating from Milwaukee and the surrounding region including Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. Summerfest runs from June 26–30, and July 2–7.

“For the past six years, we have been proud to provide the Summerfest audience with a wide and varied selection of musical genres on our Cascio Music Stage,” said Michael Houser, Cascio Interstate Music CEO. “We are pleased to continue this musical mission in our community with our great new partnership with K-Nation, to be able to help expose these fine bands to the large Summerfest fan base. We believe giving these talented artists the opportunity to play at ‘The World's Largest Music Festival’ helps them gain the recognition and exposure that they so richly deserve.”

Here is the complete lineup for the K-NATION l Cascio Interstate Music Stage with WMSE 91.7.

Wed. 6/26         1:00 p.m. Josh Cloud / ShiSho    
Wed. 6/26         2:30 p.m. Melissa Miller & Stephen Wild
Wed. 6/26         4:00 p.m. Familiar Looking Strangers    
Wed. 6/26         5:30 p.m. Greatest Lakes
Wed. 6/26         7:00 p.m. Worrier        
Wed. 6/26         8:30 p.m. Faux Fir    

Thur. 6/27         1:30 p.m. Erica Hoyt    
Thur. 6/27         3:00 p.m. Bob Mittnacht & The Crowning Glories
Thur. 6/27         4:30 p.m. The Appalachians    
Thur. 6/27         6:00 p.m. Ian & The Dream        
Thur. 6/27         7:30 p.m. Familiar Looking Strangers    
Thur. 6/27        9:00 p.m. The Melismatics

Fri. 6/28     1:30 p.m. Nora Collins
Fri. 6/28         3:00 p.m. Kate Diaz    
Fri. 6/28         4:30 p.m. Korby Lenker
Fri. 6/28         6:00 p.m. Paper Thick Walls    
Fri. 6/28         7:30 p.m. Will Phalen & The Stereo Addicts    
Fri. 6/28         9:00 p.m. Bright Kind    

Sat. 6/29         1:30 p.m. Zach Steinbach
Sat. 6/29         3:00 p.m. Mike Droho    
Sat. 6/29         4:30 p.m. Hunter Hunted
Sat. 6/29         6:00 p.m. Enemy Planes
Sat, 6/29         7:30 p.m. Elusive Parallelograms    
Sat. 6/29         9:00 p.m. I'm Not A Pilot        

Sun. 6/30         1:30 p.m. Life In A Tree
Sun. 6/30         3:00 p.m. Motherdog    
Sun. 6/30         4:30 p.m. The Locals    
Sun. 6/30         6:00 p.m. Doozey
Sun. 6/30         7:30 p.m. RedHawks    
Sun. 6/30         9:00 p.m. The Ivorys    

(Summerfest is closed on Monday, July 1.)

Tue. 7/2         1:30 p.m. Micah
Tue. 7/2         3:00 p.m. Joe Richter    
Tue. 7/2         4:30 p.m. Southside Stranglers
Tue. 7/2         4:30 p.m. Eagle Trace    
Tue. 7/2         4:30 p.m. Calliope    
Tue. 7/2         9:00 p.m. The Invaders

Wed. 7/3            1:00 p.m. Loud Noises    
Wed. 7/3            2:30 p.m. Body Futures
Wed. 7/3            4:00 p.m. Enemy Star    
Wed. 7/3            5:30 p.m. Lost In A Name
Wed. 7/3            7:00 p.m. Brighton MA    
Wed. 7/3            8:30 p.m. Midnight Reruns        

Thur. 7/4         1:30 p.m. The Form    
Thur. 7/4         3:00 p.m. Shoot Down the Moon    
Thur. 7/4         4:30 p.m. Twin Brother
Thur. 7/4         6:00 p.m. Maudlin        
Thur. 7/4         7:30 p.m. Sleep Study    
Thur. 7/4         9:00 p.m. Copper Box    

Fri. 7/5            1:30 p.m. Chicken Wire Empire    
Fri. 7/5            3:00 p.m. Hero Jr.    
Fri. 7/5            4:30 p.m. Mathew Haeffel
Fri. 7/5            6:00 p.m. Kinetic        
Fri. 7/5            7:30 p.m. Keith Pulvermacher    
Fri. 7/5            9:00 p.m. The Delta Routine

Sat. 7/6            1:30 p.m. Fire On Your Sleeve    
Sat. 7/6            3:00 p.m. Tim Stop    
Sat. 7/6            4:30 p.m. Paper Holland
Sat. 7/6         6:00 p.m. Briar Rabbit
Sat. 7/6            7:30 p.m. The Sleepwalkers    
Sat. 7/6            9:00 p.m. The Championship    

Sun. 7/7            1:30 p.m. Savannah Smith
Sun. 7/7            3:00 p.m. Jon Chi        
Sun. 7/7            4:30 p.m. Jesse Smith & The Holy Ghost
Sun. 7/7            6:00 p.m. The Midwestern Charm
Sun. 7/7            7:30 p.m. Vic & Gab    
Sun. 7/7            9:00 p.m. Archie Powell & The Exports    

“K-Nation Entertainment provides highly talented local and regional artists with coveted performance and recording opportunities,” said Jim Kacmarcik, President of K-Nation Entertainment. “While K-Nation Entertainment works with many established artists, we also serve as an incubator for newer artists. We are thrilled to support Summerfest and in so doing, help introduce dozens of acts to larger audiences. All visitors to our stage will be impressed with the caliber of artistry and talent.”

Cascio CEO Michael Houser adds, "We provide the complete gear and sound system/lighting for the stage, as well as a sound engineer and stage manager. The musicians just need to bring their instruments and play. We want to make it as simple and seamless as possible as we are presenting 66 bands in 11 days."

Cascio Intersate Music is a strong player in today's musical instruments retail industry, ranking in the top 12 nationally among music retailers, providing musical instruments and accessories to musicians of all ages, including music educators and music professionals worldwide. Cascio began in 1946 in West Milwaukee as a small teaching and accordion studio owned by Frank Cascio, the son of Italian immigrants. Today, over 75,000 musical products are marketed nationwide via catalogs and online, and locally at their SuperStore in New Berlin. Cascio also carries locally-designed brands of guitars, drums and band instruments – Archer, Union and Ravel – for consumers and schools.

Involvement in the Milwaukee music community includes concert sponsorships at multiple area theaters and venues, the "Wild” drumline with the Milwaukee Bucks, guitar building workshops at Discovery World, and an original music stage at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. Cascio has been chosen as “Milwaukee's Best Music Store” by readers of “The Shepherd Express” newspaper for the past eight years in a row.Please visit, or

Summerfest, "The World's Largest Music Festival," takes place in Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan. Summerfest 2013 will take place June 26 - 30 and July 2 - 7, from noon until midnight and will be closed Monday, July 1. Summerfest brings the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites. 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. Read more at

K-Nation Entertainment is a multi-faceted entertainment company located in Grafton, Wisconsin. Headed up by longtime Milwaukee musician Jason Klagstad and a top-notch team of industry experts, K-Nation's core goal is to foster individual creative vision while ensuring commercial success through a uniquely collaborative relationship between our staff and our artists. K-Nation Entertainment was founded in 2010 by Jim Kacmarcik, President of Kapco, Inc. to offer new and creative opportunities for talented artists to grow in their careers.

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