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Summerfest adds Luke Bryan as festival headliner

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The music star described by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as "at the top of the country A-list right now" will play Summerfest this year.

Luke Bryan will be a headliner for the 11-day music event in Milwaukee, the festival announced Thursday.

The 39-year-old will play the Marcus Amphitheater on Thursday, July 7 with special guest Frankie Ballard. He also headlined in 2013 and 2014.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m., and also include Summerfest admission. You can get them online at Ticketmaster.com, or at a handful of physical locations (click here to see the list).

They've previously announced two other large acts:

  • Selena Gomez will play the Marcus Amphitheater on the fest's opening night, June 29. (Those tickets went on sale in October.)
  • And Blake Shelton will play the same venue July 1. (Again, tickets for that went on sale in November.)

This year's Summerfest is from June 29 through July 3, then July 5 through July 10. It's open from noon until midnight except for July 4.

The festival says about 900,000 people attend the event – it started in 1968 and now includes more than 800 acts, more than 1,000 performances, 11 stages, plus food and drink.

Bryan has put out five full-length studio albums, including his latest, "Kill the Lights." He was named the Country Music Awards' Entertainer of the Year in 2015.

Tickets for weekday passes are as little as $13, though weekends are more expensive at $20 apiece. The Gomez and Shelton shows though are about $50 for the cheapest options.

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