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Group Shot of Marah in the Mainsail - photo by Tricia Starr-- TStarr Photography

Marah In The Mainsail

Storytelling with Marah
by Al Brzostowski
July 2018

Minneapolis musicians Marah in The Mainsail don’t fit in with most mainstream genres. Their sense of storytelling opens a door that few bands walk through. Unique sound paired with Nightmare Before Christmas get-ups gives audiences a reason to watch closely as they take the stage.

A moment with them, brought clarity to their story at High Noon Saloon last Thursday.


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Kris Lager on the cover of Maximum Ink

Kris Lager Band

From Omaha to AtwoodFest 2018
by Tommy Rage
July 2018

A few rules to live by if you are a blues musician: Your happiness is directly linked to the day of the week, the preacher man is frequently of no comfort, and trusting people that you meet at the Crossroads is unwise. Unless you come upon a crossroad that leads you directly to AtwoodFest on Sunday July 29th, on the Madison Heritage Stage at 3:45 pm. The unique heavy soulful guitar workings of the Kris Lager Band bring foot-tapping blues and funky boogie-rhythm to the community festival.

The latest release from the Nebraska foursome Love Songs & Life Lines share the band’s tales from the road on songs like “Where The Green Grass Grows Tall” and “San Francisco Bound.”


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Mississippi Cactus plays the Madison Heritage Stage AtwoodFest 2018 on 7/28 @ 6:15PM

AtwoodFest 2018

A Preview of Artists Performing AtwoodFest
by Rökker
July 2018

Here is a quick preview of the music lineup for AtwoodFest 2018 happening July 28 & 29 on Atwood Avenue in Madison. The festival also features a KidsFest, MakerMarket, arts & crafts vendors and plenty of food! Go AtwoodFest.com for more.


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Jaedyn James

Jaedyn James and the Hunger

Sultry Power Funk From Minneapolis
by Mike Huberty
July 2018

Sultry and powerful R&B from Minneapolis, JAEDYN JAMES & THE HUNGER is funk and soul fronted by fierce female vocals backed up a ten-piece band. They will be headlining AtwoodFest 2018 at 8:15pm on Saturday July 28th by the Alchemy Bar and if you love the classic Motown or James Brown-style, then this will be the set you’ve been waiting for. We spoke to lead singer, Jaedyn James herself, to preview the show and get the lowdown before the getdown.

MI: Who are some of your favorite artists and what inspired you to pick up the microphone?
JJ:
Whitney Houston. Etta James. Patsy Cline. James Brown. Willie Nelson.  I grew up in a house where my mother sang to us all the time. Singing has always been a part of my family’s language. I’ve known for forever that music is the most sacred thing to me. Singing is my way of connecting to music, to myself, and of course, to others too. 


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Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

From The Voice to AtwoodFest
by Teri Barr
July 2018

“If James Brown and Otis Redding had a love child, it would be Josh Hoyer.” This magical quote is part of a bio on the official website for Josh Hoyer and his band Soul Colossal. It puts quite a picture in your head. But, it all make sense, when you listen to the music and learn about the goal behind it, Josh just wants you to dance.

Josh is an old soul, and you can hear it in his songs. His blues-rich vocals could be compared to some of the artists his group has opened for recently, including Booker T Jones, and George Clinton. But, Josh didn’t plan on putting together a long-haul touring band when this all started a half-dozen years ago. In fact, he claims, the music was meant to be something cool to do on the weekends in Nebraska, where he is from. “It was all for fun,” Josh says. “People enjoyed the songs and the band, and it grew naturally from there. I really didn’t expect to ever be touring the country, or the world. I just wanted to find five or six music-minded cities within 1,000 miles of Lincoln, and build those areas up with repeat performances.” Yet now, an average 150 shows across 32 states, and a second tour of Europe starting at the end of this summer, is now considered a typical year for Josh and Soul Colossal.


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Madcity Nights - July 2018

Previews of live shows in Madison
by Max Ink
July 2018

Show previews around Madison for July 2018


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Sevendust's All I See Is War

Sevendust 2018

All I See Is War
by Tommy Rage
July 2018

Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon talks about the new Sevendust album All I See Is War, moving in with your record producer and his thoughts on losing his friend Vinnie Paul.


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Kyle Shutt & Jimmy Vela of The Sword at the Majestic Theatre in Madison, Oct. 14, 2015 - photo by Sal Serio

The Sword

In To The Future: An Interview with Guitarist Kyle Shutt
by Sal Serio
July 2018

Touring in support of their sixth album, the ambitious and critically acclaimed ‘Used Future’ released in March of this year, the Austin, Texas, based powerful hard rock foursome THE SWORD return to Madison for a highly anticipated date at the Majestic Theatre, Sunday, July 29, with opening band Ume. Maximum Ink reporter Sal Serio spoke to lead guitarist Kyle Shutt prior to the band hitting the stage in Chicago on June 20th. The other members of The Sword are vocalist and guitarist John D. Cronise, bassist Bryan Richie, and drummer Jimmy Vela.


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Saliva closing out the night at Music Fights Back - photo by Tricia Starr- TStarr Photography

Music Fights Back

Post Show Follow-Up
by Al Brzostowski
June 2018

This past weekend, I had the experience to be at an amazing benefit, “Music Fights Back”.  It was not only the bands rocking a stage, but the overall energy that was almost tangible here. From the moment we walked up to the security area and mentioned why we were there, we were treated like family. Not because we were there to do an interview, and take photos.

Jeremy Cuff, the founder and president, along with Julie Simon, the VP


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MFB Flyer Prairie Du Chien - photo by Music Fights Back Flyer

Music Fights Back

2018 Music Fights Back Music Festival
by Al Brzostowski
June 2018

Music Fights Back is a non-profit cancer foundation with a mission of raising money to provide cancer patients with iPods through live music performances & donations. Music gives us comfort, it becomes part of our souls & gives us strength in our times of need.
Proceeds raised during The MFB Music Festival in Prairie du Chien will go towards buying iPods for children fighting cancer.
Jeremy Cuff, the president and founder of the Music Fights Back Cancer Foundation, has always had a love for music and concerts


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