Summerfest announces NKOTB, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men for festival

MILWAUKEE (WITI)  – Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials have announced the third major show slated for Summerfest 2013. New Kids on the Block will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Tuesday, July 2 with very special guests, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, New Kids on the Block are showing their fans just how much they love and adore them by adding a string of new dates to “The Package Tour”.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 23 at 11:00 am and include Summerfest admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Summerfest Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, Walmart stores, online at and by phone at 1.800.745.3000 (live Ticketmaster Agent) or 1.866.448.7849 (“Ticketmaster Express” automated phone line). Patrons may also utilize “ticketfast” at to print barcoded concert tickets from home. Convenience fees may be added to all purchases.

Summerfest fans get access to “Stay Connected” Pre-sales before tickets go on sale to the general public when they subscribe to receive Summerfest News email alerts at, “Like” Summerfest on Facebook or follow Summerfest on Twitter. The Package Tour Pre-sale will run Friday, February 22 from 10:00 am  – 10:00 pm CST or until pre-sale inventory has been exhausted.

The multi-platinum selling New Kids on the Block have promised their biggest year yet in 2013.  Beyond the tour, they will release new music with a brand new album 10 on April 2 and their first single “Remix (I Like The)” dropped on iTunes January 28.  The group has been quietly spending the past six months working hard, writing and recording the album.

“Wow! We are overwhelmed by the love and support that has come from us announcing this tour,” Donnie Wahlberg of the New Kids on the Block said. “We can’t wait to come to your city and give you ‘The Package’!”

Very special guests, multi-platinum selling artists, 98 Degrees and Grammy Award winning Boyz II Men, the best-selling R&B group of all time, will be opening for NKOTB on their tour.  This will be the first tour for 98 Degrees in over twelve years.

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During a whirlwind press tour surrounding the announcement, it was clear the three bands were in for one crazy ride this summer. The chemistry between the bands as well as their teams was evident. Using both traditional and digital outreach, the bands, their management and Live Nation national and local were able to formulate a campaign to maximize exposure, resulting in unprecedented ticket sales.

After announcing “The Package Tour” on The View, NKOTB, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men set out on a day long media blitz stopping by outlets like Access Hollywood, CNN, E!, ET, EXTRA, OMG! Insider, VH1 Big Morning Buzz, US Weekly and Rolling Stone. They then wrapped the day with a fan event at Irving Plaza in which each band gave admirers a taste of what is to come. Over the screams of a packed Irving Plaza, it was obvious that people couldn’t wait for “The Package Tour”.

Summerfest 2013 will take place June 26 - 30 and July 2 - 7, from Noon until Midnight and will be closed Monday, July 1.