The Emerging Artists Series takes place every day of Summerfest on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. This series highlights up-and-coming local, national and international talent during daily performances that not only showcase great live music, but also engages the audience by having fans vote each day their favorite performance.
We’ve reached out to several of this year’s winners and asked them a few questions about themselves and what it’s like to perform at Summerfest.
This week we hear from Andi and Alex of the alt-rock four-piece band Queen Hilma from Green Bay, WI. They performed this year at Summerfest on July 8 at the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage. Thank you Alex and Andi for taking the time to answer some questions about your experience.
Q1) You have performed in Milwaukee before, but this was your first time performing at Summerfest. What was it like to play at a large music festival like Summerfest?
Alex: It was amazing and surreal playing at a festival we had known and attended multiple times growing up in Wisconsin.
Q2) Did you have any time to check out any of the artists at Summerfest while you were here?
Andi: The Eagles Tribute Band "Hotel California" (we absolutely love The Eagles growing up and these guys actually killed it, fun show) we also saw Whitney play the same stage as us, they sounded great.
Q3) When you think of Milwaukee, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
Alex: Family. We have relatives that live in and around the city.
Q4) You tour all around the country. What’s the one Wisconsin thing you do, or miss the most, while on the road?
Andi: Friendly strangers.
Q5) Is there a stage you would like to perform at the next time you come back to Summerfest?
Alex: We don't have a preference, just to be invited back would be an honor in itself.
Q6) Finally, is there anything you would like to say to your fans who voted for you at this year’s Emerging Artists Series at Summerfest?
Andi & Alex: Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. We seriously have the best fans on the planet, their continued support really drives us to further chase this crazy dream. It was also really cool hearing that announced during the Whitney show, we screamed pretty loud.
In a brown house on Nancy Lane in Green Bay, WI., sisters Andi and Alex Peot stumbled on something celestial, before they were old enough to understand it. Engulfed by the Christmas spirit, the two-year-old twins began singing “Silent Night,” innocently carrying one another’s voices through their own impromptu rendition of the holiday classic. By 10, they jointly penned their first original song.
Always in harmony -- be it through music, genetics or that inexplicable telekinesis only kin can relate to -- the twins come from a family of musicians and dreamers. Their parents met in a country band, and their grandmother’s profound influence inspired their current moniker, Queen Hilma.
Now, 25, Andi and Alex are the fearless frontrunners of the alt-rock four-piece that borrows the namesake of their grandmother in hopes of replicating her intrinsic strength to navigate the music business and embrace their biggest passions. It pays homage to her class and sass..
Twitter - @andi_and_Alex
Facebook - Facebook.com/queenhilma
Instagram - queen_Hilma