Isaac Hanson of Hanson performs at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage and Pavilion on Sunday.
Someone at Summerfest seriously underestimated the size of the Hanson fan base. The brotherly band largely, and incorrectly, classified as the one-hit wonder behind 1997 earworm “MMMBop,” was designated to one of the Big Gig’s smaller stages, the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage & Pavilion, for its Sunday headlining set.
Even with people standing on top of each other on benches and picnic tables, fans still spilled out into the main drag.
It was fitting that Hanson, celebrating its 20th anniversary, kicked things off with “Shout It Out”: This was one loud, excited crowd, showing its appreciation with ear-splitting screams, clap-alongs, fist pumps and singing (“There are beautiful voices here,” lead singer and pianist Taylor Hanson told the crowd). The band seemed just as excited to be there: Taylor and drummer Zac were all smiles, while guitarist Isaac sported some dark shades during the Motown-indebted “Thinking ’bout Somethin.’ ”
– Piet Levy, Special to the Journal Sentinel