By Emily Muller
The Lonely Island
The comedy trio behind satirical films like 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping' and 'The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience' delighted with a setlist of tongue-in-cheek hits dating back nearly a decade. With surprise special guests like T-Pain and Jose Canseco, The Lonely Island's performance was certainly one of the most memorable of my Summerfest experience so far. The energy put off by these SNL alums was undeniable and I am glad that I made it out for their spirited set.
COIN brought infallible energy to the Uline Warehouse stage. I was particularly pleased to hear crowd favorites like 'Hannah' and 'Malibu 1992' - both of which garnered loud cheers from the pink cowboy hat wearing front row. Despite the challenges posed by two barricades, frontman Chase Lawrence found daring ways to interact with fans in all sections of the audience. In closing, Lawrence rushed the crowd and collected a sparkly, pink cap of his own. Yeehaw to that!
Young The Giant
Indie legends Young The Giant amassed a large, diverse crowd for their 10pm set. Their stage-presence is unmatched and Sameer Gadhia's wardrobe of rain jackets and sparkly coats makes their already stellar lighting design feel extraordinary. I was impressed by their ability to play hits from all of their albums - flawlessly integrating the songs from their self-titled album with those off of Mirror Master. This is a difficult feat for a band with such a wide-ranging discography, but they pulled it off brilliantly.