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 #267: Suzi Quatro

Monday, May 26th, 2014

I recently finished reading Gillian G. Gaar’s She’s A Rebel: The History Of Women In Rock & Roll and thought it would be good to post some shows by bands/artists featured in the tome. The first woman I’ll feature is Suzi Quatro.

Garr notes that Quatro was considered a novelty. She wasn’t a singer-songwriter like Joan [...]

2014 Waterfront Festival Line-Up

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Summers in Madison are filled with festivals featuring music from far and wide. Indeed, they bring in many bands and artists that likely would never otherwise make Madison a tour stop. The Waterfront Festival begins on Saturday, 7 June and here’s the schedule:
Saturday, June 7th
Noon – Yid Vicious
1:30 — Son Contrabando
3:15 — Califone
5:15 — Lyrics [...]

Yahara Music Library Debuts

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Earlier this week the Wisconsin State Journal reported on the launch of the Yahara Music Library. The YML is an initiative of the Madison Public Library which showcases music by Madison musicians. Patrons can use their library card to stream and/or download the tunes.
Musicians have been paid $200 to have a CD featured on the [...]

Jazz Concert Series Returns

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Also courtesy of Arts Extract comes the news that the jazz concert series Surrounded By Reality has returned.
Surrounded By Reality, the on-again, off-again concert series that has brought excellent, abrasive jazz and improvised-music luminaries such as Chris Corsano Madison over the past five years, is making a tentative return. The NYC improvisational sax-drums duo of [...]

Hanah Jon Taylor Artet on Wisconsin Public Television

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Many thanks to the folks at Arts Extract for bringing this to my attention. Madison jazz muso Hanah Jon Taylor brought his band to the WPT studios earlier this year to perform a new piece called “Real/Surreal” for the program 30 Minute Music Hour.

Alice Cooper Doc Coming to Madison Cinemas

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The Alice Cooper documentary, Super Duper Alice Cooper, will be screening out at Eastgate and Point on 11 June. Check out the Marcus Theatres website for more info.

Show #266: Nirvana’s Last Hurrah

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Last week I posted Nirvana’s first show from back in 1987 and this week I’m putting up the band’s final show from 1994.

Nirvana is the only band for whom I have first and last shows. The difference between the two is pretty striking. None of the early songs survive into later setlists, for one. And [...]

Show #265: Carolina Chocolate Drops Mk 4

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

(Photo by Rahav Segev.)

Last year the Carolina Chocolate Drops lost founding member Dom Flemons and cellist Leyla McCalla, both of whom wanted to take on solo ventures. Rhiannon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins opted to carry on and recruited cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett to the group.
The new line-up began touring earlier this [...]

Show #264: Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine

Monday, May 12th, 2014

A couple months ago I was listening to some Dead Kennedys and began to poke around the interwebs to see what Jello Biafra was up to these days. The last I could recall was that he’d been spending his time tending to his record label, Alternative Tentacles, and doing spoken word. (I believe that his [...]

Show #263: Nirvana’s First Show

Friday, May 9th, 2014

I meant to write something last month on the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death but never got around to it. Better late than never, I suppose.
I first heard about Cobain’s demise while I was at a girlfriend’s house over on Mifflin Street here in Madison. We were channel surfing and ended up on MTV where [...]

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