June 19th, 2007
Yesterday Muzzle of Bees posted a list of some recent Wisconsin concert announcements which prompted me to see what live music opportunities were on the horizon. And so here are some shows that interest me:
This Saturday is the Madison Blues Society’s Blues Picnic. It’s at Warner Park and it’s FREE. The highlight of the schedule for me is the appearance of Bobby Bryan who took first place in the MBS Wisconsin Blues Challenge. I caught Bryan at the WORT Block Party last month and he was great. The Wisconsin State Journal recently did a piece on him. Perhaps we could see something of a blues revival here in Madison. It’s been way too long since Lil’ Ed played here.
The schedule for this year’s Orton Park Festival has been posted:
Friday, August 24th:
5:00 – 8:00 – International Dinner
5:45 – Geno Delafose (set 1)
6:45 – MNA Auction
7:15 – Geno Delafose (set 2)*
8:30 – Cycropia Aerial Dance Theater*
Saturday, August 25th:
11:30 – Kid’s Show/Dave Landau*
12:30 – Cork n Bottle String Band*
2:00 – Tret Fure and Friends*
3:30 – Clear Blue Betty*
4:45 – MNA Auction
5:45 – TBD
7:30 – Blues All-Stars*
8:45 – Cycropia Aerial Dance Theater*
10:00 – Orton After Dark at High Noon Saloon
Sunday, August 26th:
9:00 – Jazz Brunch with Sally DeBroux*
11:30 – El Clan Destino*
1:00 – The Fareed Haque Group*
2:30 – Reptile Palace Orchestra*
3:45 – MNA Auction
4:45 – The Ignacio Berroa Quartet*
6:30 – Thomas Mapfumo & Blacks Unlimited*
And speaking of the High Noon, there are some shows of note coming up:
After the sun goes down on 21 June, all hell’s gonna break loose with a night of proggy metal featuring Dissent and Revolt, Aziola Cry, and Tempest Eternal. Aziola Cry feature the Chapman Stick which is the first time I’ve heard of a band playing one in Madison since King Crimson was here in 2001. Or was that a Warr guitar?
Things remain eclectic for the night of the 28th when Madison’s The Selfish Gene will be at the H-N. Coffinberry, a band from Cleveland, will be opening.
Looking east to Milwaukee, Brave Combo will be at Shank Hall next month on the 9th.
If you can make it to Chicago this Thursday (21st), check out Melt Banana at the Abbey Pub. I’ve been trying to find a decent live recording of theirs but have been apprehensive about grabbing the audience recordings I’ve seen floating around.
Swinging back to Madison, Concerts on the Square begin next Wednesday with a performance featuring works by Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Shostakovich, and Ludwig van.
Lastly, on 27 July the Jim Pullman Band, led by a former high school classmate of mine, will be at Babe’s Bar and Grill.