Tim McGraw to headline Summerfest on Friday, July 5th

MILWAUKEE  – Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials are excited to announce the second major performer slated for Summerfest 2013. Tim McGraw will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Friday, July 5 with special guests Brantley Gilbert and Love and Theft.

After more than two decades on the road, McGraw's ability to entertain and command a crowd continues to be a defining characteristic of both his artistry and superstar status.

Released last week, his new album Two Lanes of Freedom follows his record-shattering career, selling over 40 million albums and dominating the charts with 32 No. One singles.

Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has won 3 Grammy’s, 14 ACM Awards, 12 CMA Awards and 10 AMA's, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor.

Nielsen-BDS recently certified McGraw as the most-played Country artist of the past 20 years (1992-2012) with more than 10 million spins detected and Mediabase recognized him as the most-played Country artist in the history of their tracking service.

Brantley Gilbert has already earned a striking set of "notches" on his industry belt, including 4 No. One singles and impressive album sales of over 1 million. Rising duo Love and Theft celebrated their first No. One song "Angel Eyes" last year from their self-titled album.

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 22 at 10:00 am and include Summerfest admission.

Tickets can be purchased at the Summerfest Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, Walmart stores, online at Ticketmaster.com 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 Ticketmaster.com 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 Summerfest.com, “Like” Summerfest on Facebook or follow Summerfest on Twitter.

The Tim McGraw Pre-sale will run Thursday, February 21 from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm CST or until pre-sale inventory has been exhausted.

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