Danny Gokey returned to his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to perform on the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage of Summerfest! It was his third concert at the World’s Largest Music Fesitval (11 stages, 800 bands and more than 800,000 attendees) since placing 3rd on American Idol. There was a huge crowd for Danny’s “all age” performance at 6 PM on Sunday, July 2nd.
— Piet Levy (@pietlevy) July 2, 2017
Earlier in the day, Danny did interviews for WISN 12 and Piet Levy of JSOnline. Interview available HERE for Danny & Piet. The hometown crowd was appreciative of all Danny’s recent hits: Hope in Front of Me, Tell Your Heart To Beat Again, Rise, More Than You Think I Am, but everyone got on their feet to sing and sway along with Danny’s first single after signing with RCA Nashville, My Best Days Are Ahead of Me. With such an enthusiastic response, I wish he had added one of his Idol performance songs — like “PYT” or “September”. September would have been really awesome with the addition of Kevin Griffin on trumpet and Kevin Gatzke on saxophone!
Artists performing L to R: Kevin Griffin, Miguel Perez, Danny Gokey, Eric Ramey, Bernard Bell, & Kevin Gatzke, not shown Maestro Lightford on keys.
With such an enthusiastic and huge crowd, we hope this returns as an annual invite back to his hometown for Danny Gokey!
— Ben Hutchison (@BennyHutch) July 2, 2017
— Lindsey Branwall (@lindseybranwall) July 2, 2017
Danny treated fans that couldn’t get ot Summerfest with some live Facebook video:
Tell Your Heart to Beat Again courtesy of Emily Fisher
This isn’t too hard to watch on your phone or tablet…. but could be quite confusing on a computer.
Fox 6, from Danny Gokey to Phil Vassar — back at Summerfest: VIDEO
From the review of Danny’s set by Piet Levy:
“The last time he played Summerfest was 2011, when he was performing an ill-fitting country music career. Now he’s a Christian artist, preaching the power of his faith and using music as his message.
Sure, the sugarcoated pop song “Never be the Same” was preachy. Yes, Gokey was corny doing his synchronized dance with his white-clad band for the softly funky “If You Ain’t In It.”
But this was also Gokey finally being Gokey, and beyond the sweet husk of his vocals, you could hear the excitement in his voice, to finally be performing music that meant something to him. This was a homecoming in more ways than one.”
Read Piet’s full comments HERE.