This past Wednesday was the kickoff of Summerfest 45!
The opening ceremonies began at 4:30 p.m. with a performance from Crooked Smile at the BMO Harris Pavilion. The first 2,500 people with a printed voucher also received a free 45th Anniversary Summerfest t-shirt. Headliners for Wednesday consisted of Kool & The Gang, Gov’t Mule, Lupe Fiasco, We Came as Romans, Steve Miller Band, The Dirty Heads and more. Meanwhile, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town and the Eli Young Band rocked out the Marcus Amphitheater stage. Thursday seemed to be filled with the legends of rock featuring performances by the Foo Fighters, Ben Folds Five and Sleeper agent.
Summerfest however is just getting started and one of the highlights is their Fourth of July celebration. Next Wednesday, July 4 artists such as Ziggy Marley, David Gray, Katie Herzig, 311, Fountains of Wayne and Trevor Hall hit the stage! I had the opportunity to catch up with one of the July 4th celebration artists, Trevor Hall, for a little Q&A.
Mod City Mag: Last August your released your 7th (correct?) full length album “Everything, Everytime, Everywhere”, you seem to have a constant stream of material for songs, where does the material come?
Trevor Hall: My inspiration comes from everything… from just walking around town, from reading scripture, from watching TV. I think an artist has to be careful to always be aware and take note of what’s going on around them. Inspiration is hidden within all things… good and bad. It’s up to the artist to translate it into something that uplifts the people.
How do you feel “Everything, Everytime, Everywhere” differs in sound from your past albums? Do you feel it’s important to stick to one sound or mix it up every album or so?
I think it’s important for an artist to always feel like they are evolving. We don’t want to be caught in the same thing all the time. This may be hard on fans… but the artist needs to follow what’s in his or her heart. With “Everything, Everytime, Everywhere,” I wanted to explore other sides of my artistry that I was maybe too timid to do before. I wasn’t worrying about if all the songs would fit together or not. For each song, I gave it all I had. There is some heavy rock, some reggae, some solo tunes… but I think they all connect with each other because my heart is in each one.
You have a pretty impressive song library. The Lime Tree seems to be a fan favorite, what is your favorite either to perform or just listen to?
That constantly changes with me. I usually like what’s new because it is fresh and I’m tired of playing the same old thing all the time. But some songs remain favorites. When playing live, I love playing “My Beating Heart.” It always gets me in a meditative mood no matter how the show is going.
Touring has also been a pretty big part of your life over the past year, rather then asking your favorite venue or specific city in the states, where internationally do you enjoy performing?
I haven’t done too much touring internationally so I wouldn’t be able to answer properly. However, when I was 16 or 17 years old, I went down to Guatemala for a fundraiser. It was an amazing experience and I met a lot of beautiful people.
On July 4th you will be performing at Summerfest in Milwaukee,WI one of the largest music fests in the US. Have you played Summerfest before? Any hints as to what we can expect to see you play at that show?!
I’ve never played Summerfest but have heard a lot about it. I’m very humbled and grateful that they invited me to play. Our shows are usually really spontaneous so we’ll have to see what we come up with when we get there.
Come fall what’s next for you?
We have a lot of touring lined up for the fall that I’m really excited about. We’ll be traveling with some of my favorite artists but I’m not at liberty to say who those people are yet … so it will be a surprise!
Any final departing remarks or words of wisdom for our readers?
Maintain Internal Heights now and forever in all directions.
Make sure to keep up with all the latest on Trevor by visiting TrevorHallMusic.com and following him on Twitter @trevorhallmusic. Don’t forget to catch him on the Miller Lite Oasis stage 8 p.m. on July 4 at Summerfest!
Photo Credit: Lauren Dukoff
Stephanie Noel lives for music. Stephanie worked part time at a local Chicago radio station while in college as their concert promoter and formed a love for live music. After graduating, Stephanie moved to Nashville for two years to work at a record label in their radio department. Recently, she stepped away from the label side of things to focus more on independent work. You can email Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.orgView all Stephanie Noel posts.