2020 Grammys

Executive Playlist: Bob Babisch's 37-Years of Booking Summerfest Playlist

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(Photo: Courtesy of Summerfest)
Bob Babisch has booked Milwaukee's Summerfest for the past 37 years.

Bob Babisch has worked  in the music industry for 41 years – 37 of them booking Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to leading the music team for Milwaukee World Festival, Inc., the 501 (c)3 organization that produces Summerfest, the VP of entertainment oversees the music for other events held at Henry Maier Festival Park.

Babisch's Executive  Playlist is made up entirely of artists he's booked over those 37 years at Summerfest:  from Pearl Jam to Tina Turner, Prince, to Tim McGraw and, of course, the Bodeans. Though he says he  “could create volumes of playlists to represent different time periods in my career and the experiences I’ve had working for Summerfest,” this one's just a small amount of songs that have impacted him over the years. Summerfest kicked off this week.


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