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

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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 #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 #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 [...]

Show #276: The Fish Has Left the Building

Monday, June 29th, 2015

(Photo found here.)

It was incredibly disheartening to find out yesterday morning that Chris Squire had passed away Saturday night from leukemia. He was only 67 and he leaves behind a very young daughter. I can’t imagine how awful it must be to lose a parent when you are six or seven years old. Someone pointed [...]

Show#274: Goodbye B.B. King

Monday, May 25th, 2015

(Photo by Steve Wagener.)

Blues legend B.B. King passed away earlier this month. He was 89.
He was one of the last remaining musicians who oversaw the electrification of the blues in the post-war era. Who’s left? Buddy Guy comes to mind. But most of the big names – the people that the likes of Robert Cray [...]

Lecture Series on Paramount Records Begins Today

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Center for the Humanities at the UW-Madison is hosting a symposium that starts today called “The Rise and Fall and Rise of Paramount Records”. Paramount was a label out of Grafton, Wisconsin and is known for having released many historically significant blues and jazz albums. Back in 2006 I attended a lecture at the [...]

He Comes From the Land of Ice and Snow

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Here’s an amusing headline from one of our local newspapers.

You Won’t Have to Hit the Road For These Shows

Friday, February 6th, 2015

(Photo found at MTVHive.)

Alabama Shakes have booked their first Madison tour date ever. They will be at Overture Hall on 17 March. Tickets (at $39.50) went on sale today. Opening will be Nashville’s Promised Land Sound who apparently sound like country, rock’n’roll, and soul. I shall have to check out their new album which is [...]

Madison. Cannot. Wait.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

(Photo by Amused to Life.)

This I did not expect. Steve Wilson will bypass Milwaukee on his American tour in support of his latest album Hand. Cannot. Erase. and instead play here in Madison at the Barrymore Theatre on 6 June. Tickets are $38 plus a $4 convenience fee. It is a general admission show. King [...]

Show #270: Out on the Road, in the Direction of Black Earth

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

It’s been a long, long time…

I start every year with a Genesis or Genesis-related show and for 2015 I am kicking things off (a bit tardy, I admit) with Genesis’ performance here in Madison from 9 February 1977.
The band rolled into the Dane County Coliseum fairly early in the North American tour in support of [...]

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