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Meet the Band The Orphan The Poet

Meet the Band The Orphan The Poet

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 artists and asked them a few questions about their experience at Summerfest.

This week we hear from The Orphan The Poet from Columbus, Ohio. They performed this year at Summerfest on July 4 at the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage.


1. Did you get to experience any of the festival besides playing your set? Who did you see or want to see?

Summerfest was such a blast all around. Aside from trying the food (I had some bomb tacos), our friends in Castlecomer were performing the day that we played. One of the great things about these type of festivals for artists is seeing bands you are friends with that live all over the world.

2. Where do you draw your inspiration from for your music and lyrics? Do you ever have writers' block and if so, what do you do to overcome it?

Inspiration comes literally every day, from a coffee shop encounter to being surrounded by the most badass women on the planet. As far as writer’s block, it happens and every day is different. Sometimes you just need to take a breath and watch some videos of dogs on instagram to snap you out of the funk.

3. Can you talk about what it means to you that you won the most votes overall 11 days?

Oh my gosh, we were not expecting that at all. Summerfest was so much fun to play, and to be honest, I kind of forgot there was any sort of voting until later in the day. When I saw a tweet with our band name, I retweeted it and then all of a sudden my notifications started blowing up.

4. Do you have anything you want to say to the fans that voted for you?  

THANK YOU THANK YOU! This is all so new to us, it feels like the start of something amazing and that all comes from the love and family that is growing every day!

5. What can your fans expect next from you?

We’ve got a bunch more shows coming up. A tour that may or may not be announced by the time this is posted! And of course, more music coming v soon!


We hope you enjoyed this up close Q & A with The Orphan The Poet who was part of the Emerging Artist Series at this year’s Summerfest. Some artists featured in past series have gone on to become nationally and internationally known, including Walk the Moon, Nathaniel Rateliff, Maren Morris, BØRNS, X Ambassadors, The Record Company, and many more. We’ve added some links so that you can check out more of The Orphan the Poet's sound and style.