Ducking into the lowly-lit stage room of the Bur Oak a couple weeks ago, I was greeted by a comfortable small stage with chairs and tables. I could feel the intimacy of the space when I first walked in, which was daunting at first.
“What is prog rock?”
The rain didn't keep a soul home on Friday, Nov. 4. Instead, fans swarmed the sold-out Sylvee to hear singer-songwriter Noah Kahan and his opener Adam Melchor. Madison was the 13th stop on Kahan's “Stick Season Tour,” which follows the mid-October release of his third and most popular album to date, "Stick Season."
Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Music is offering a variety of exciting concerts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Union South this month. In the past, artists featured in this concert series included 100 Gecs and Fun. This is a great opportunity to find an artist to brag about seeing live “before they were big.” The shows are available for free to all Badgers hanging out at Union South on Nov. 11 and 18.
On a weekend with no shortage of things to do in Madison, the scene outside the Majestic on Saturday was still bustling. Fans, a mixture of college-aged kids and adults, some clad in costume, some not, lined up outside the theater to see Soccer Mommy perform.
“I heard you guys go hard,” CARR said during her opening set at The Wrecks’ Wednesday night show at the Majestic Theatre.
Presented by the Wisconsin Union Directorate, Chicago-born vibraphonist Joel Ross and his quintet Good Vibes performed on Oct. 16 in Memorial Union's intimate Play Circle. The ensemble features tenor saxophonist Sergio Tabanico, bassist Kanoa Mendenhall, pianist Jeremy Corren, drummer Jeremy Dutton and, of course, vibraphonist Joel Ross himself.
The fact that Slow Pulp and Alvvays’ concert occurred as planned is remarkable, considering the bands faced an accident on the way to Madison and a last-minute venue change because of the weather. The show was planned to take place on the Terrace, but was moved indoors to Shannon Hall. Understandably, the performance started an hour late, yet the bands were still determined to deliver a top-notch performance despite the unfortunate circumstances around their first tour stop.
Together Pangea rocked the High Noon Saloon on Sunday, Sept. 25, as they concluded the Midwest leg of their 2022 How to DYE tour. They featured two openers: self-proclaimed indie surf rock band CAVVES and solo artist Baby Tyler.
The performing arts community in Madison is full and flourishing. From theater to dance to improv, there is something for everyone in downtown Madison. Below are 15 local venues and groups that students, staff, community members and more should be looking forward to:
Despite the genre-bending band's many ties to Wisconsin, this will be their first time in Madison – and they are more than excited.
Wisconsin’s reunion with Phoebe Bridgers couldn’t have been sweeter.
The Mountain Goats have a cult-like following, to say the least. The audience had a strong presence at the Sylvee, so much so that it defined the night. What The Mountain Goats lack in vocal talent, they make up for in community-building among their fanbase and vivid lyricism.