Up the Downstair

Being a weeklie podcaste from Madison, Wisconsin featuring several remarkable curiosities therein occurring being a compendium of live music from divers artistes

Archive for the ‘Live Music’ Category

Show #289: In Memoriam – Greg Lake

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Greg Lake’s name comes up a lot every December as a song he wrote with Pete Sinfield, “I Believe in Father Christmas”, gets a lot of airplay. 2016 was no exception, although, sadly, this time many his appearances of his name were in obituaries after his death on the 7th. That this happened less than [...]

Show #288: Mama in Milwaukee

Monday, February 6th, 2017

(Photo by Carlos Policella.)

Tradition dictates that I start the new year off with a Genesis show and 2017 will be no different.
I must have watched The Mama Tour video dozens of times back in the 1980s and it became the standard document of that tour in my head. Well, it was on the only one [...]

Show #287: ELP in Madison (R.I.P. Keith Emerson)

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

I was saddened to hear of Keith Emerson’s death this afternoon. It’s odd for me to read about ELP in articles that don’t lambaste the band as being a trio of pompous wankers for a change. Most of the mainstream press the band has gotten since the mid-80s when I became a fan was not [...]

Show #286: The Eagles at Alpine 1980

Friday, February 19th, 2016

(Photo found here.)

At the risk of this blog/podcast becoming a posthumous hit parade, I am going to post another show in memory of a rock star who has died recently. Last month on the 18th Glenn Frey passed away. He was 67.
Although best-known for his work with The Eagles, death notices reminded me that his [...]

Show #285: David Bowie in Madison

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

(Photo found at this gallery.)

When David Bowie died a couple of weeks ago I was surprised by the outpouring of sadness. I suppose I shouldn’t have been but the number of article and comments about the man and his influence was really startling. People wrote about how much his music influenced them and their own [...]

Show #284: R.I.P. Lemmy

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

(Photo by ~It’s_me!.)

A little over three weeks ago Lemmy passed away. He was 70.
I first encountered him, like lots of folks, via Motörhead, the band he lead starting in mid-1975 until his death. It took a while but I eventually learned that he had been a member of Hawkwind in the first half of the [...]

Show #282: Torres

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Tonight is night two of the 2016 edition of FRZN Fest here in Madison at the High Noon Saloon. However, I am posting a show by someone who played last night – Torres.
Torres is the pseudonym for Mackenzie Scott, a young woman who lives in Nashville, from what I can tell. I am completely unfamiliar [...]

Show #281: All Them Witches

Friday, January 15th, 2016

(Photo found here.)

As I type the 2016 FRZN Fest is underway at the High Noon Saloon. The winter festival is now in its fifth year of trying to lure folks out of their homes to brave the cold.
I’ve never been and most of the bands are completely foreign to me. I played music trivia at [...]

Show #280: Pieces of Hackett

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

It is tradition here at Up the Downstair to begin every new year with a show by Genesis or a related artist whether it be a solo concert by a former member or a tribute to the band. I don’t recall every starting the year with a Steve Hackett show and, since I saw him [...]

Show #279: Melt Banana @ High Noon Saloon

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Japan’s Melt Banana swung through Madison earlier this summer for a gig at the High Noon Saloon.
I first heard of them a few years ago and they were referred to as being a punk band but, after listening to this performance, it’s quite obvious that they’re much more than that. There’s punk to be had [...]

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