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  • Madcity Nights - November 2018

    Show Previews for Madison and surrounding areas
    by Max Ink
    November 2018

    Dweezil Zappa and his band

    Dweezil Zappa and his band

    McGaw in the Morning Show 2nd Anniversary Celebration
    Sixteen Candles Band

    Friday, November 2 @ 9:00 pm
    Majestic Theatre

    It’s hard to believe, but McGaw in the Morning on Classic Hits 94.9 WOLX is celebrating its second year! We’re still having fun, and still have our jobs, so we are going to celebrate. Sixteen Candles, the well-known 80s/covers/dance band is playing, and we want you to join us! Let’s wear our sunglasses at night, and get into the groove. By Teri Barr

    Flannel Fest 2018
    Saturday, November 3 @ 5:00 pm
    High Noon Saloon

    If your flannel doesn’t keep you warm, the music is sure to do the trick! Always a great line-up, and this year may be one of the best with headliner Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts; also, The Mascot Theory, Beth Kille Band, Well-Known Strangers, Driveway Thriftdwellers, and Kurt Gunn and Amanda James. The fest is a fundraiser for the Keep Wisconsin Warm / Cool Fund, and will also be the official kick-off for the Driveway Thriftdwellers new album release (see more in the featured Q & A). I’ll be your host for the night, too. By Teri Barr

    Let’s Go Democrazy
    Civil Engineers + Wurk, Magic Conch
    Tuesday, November 6 @ 7:00 pm
    High Noon Saloon

    After you have performed your voting duties show up to this fundraiser for the League of Women Voters of Dane County who have done a magnificent job to get out the vote. Take a late round flier on the funk of Madison’s Magic Conch. The Chili Pepper in you will burn hot. By Rökker

    Nnamdi Ogbonnaya
    with Sen Morimoto + Son!
    Thursday, November 8 @ 8:30 pm
    High Noon Saloon

    Rhymes and beats get a mellow international baptism in this terrific triple-bill filled with electronic grooves and mad sounds. Chicago’s Ogbonnaya blew minds with his oddball, “Drool,” and took over campus last year alongside Vagabon. This time he brings subtle multi-instrumentalist Sen Morimoto and nimble groove-spinner Son! By John Noyd

    Sugar Maple Concert Series:
    Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore

    Thursday, November 8 @ 8:00 pm
    North Street Cabaret

    Grammy winner Mollie O’Brien has been touring across the country with her husband, guitar-player Rich Moore, for more than 30-years. The two are best known for finding, mining, and reinventing other artists’ songs. Mollie is a singer at the top of her game, and Rich provides some of the best guitar work of all kinds, as well as witty on-stage banter. They have a new album out, and when you see and hear them in action, you’ll be able to tell they love what they do, and love sharing it with the audience. By Teri Barr
    The Fuss
    with Skyline Sounds + Bear in the Forest

    Friday, November 9
    The Wisco

    Combining guitar-centric elements of ‘60s garage-rock, poignant lyricism and buoyant vocal melodies, Des Moines’ melodic power pop boys The Fuss are stopping in the Madcity at the Wisco to play with local favorites Skyline Sounds and Milwaukee’s Bear in the Forest. By Rökker

    with Meat Wave + Campdogzz

    Friday, November 16 @ 9:30 pm
    High Noon Saloon

    Scathing misbehaving paves this electric, three-band parade of unrepentant riffs and savage badgering wit as armed, smarmy indie-rockers Cursive come riding into town on a reckless new release, “Vitriola.” Friday night fever begins with phenomenal five-piece rock-soul closers Campdogzz and raucous punk-grunge pile-drivers Meat Wave. By John Noyd

    A Perfect Circle
    Saturday, November 10 @ 7:30 pm
    Alliant Energy Center

    Shortly after the invention of the wheel and electricity, came the last Tool album. As fans await the current crafting of Maynard James Keenan, his other band, A Perfect Circle has released a new album: Eat The Elephant. Packed full of complex metal intricacies, A Perfect Circle has only four albums released thus far, but a packed show for every metal fan, regardless of how much longer we must wait for a new Tool album. By Tommy Rage

    Jim Liban
    with the Joel Paterson Trio

    Knuckle Down Saloon
    Saturday, November 10 @ 9:00 pm

    From his days as a bar-walking showstopper fronting Milwaukee’s Short Stuff in the 1970’s and 1980’s, to his current role as mentor to two generations of younger musicians, Wisconsin’s blues harmonica story prominently features Jim Liban. His instrumental mastery has few peers; his witty songwriting remains sharp. With Joel Paterson’s sympathetic and encyclopedic backing on guitar, this show features two of this state’s most esteemed musicians. By Dave Leucinger

    Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
    Wednesday, November 14 @ 8:00 pm
    Barrymore Theatre

    Break-ups are tough, but getting back together is a highlight for most, and those who are Kenny Wayne Shepherd fans, it pure joy.  The talented guitarist has re-joined with former vocalist Noah Hunt from his earlier releases, and True Is…fame. The KWS all-star line-up released a new album: Lay It Down in 2017 and combine a full show packed with the rock blues mix that brings all ex’s and friends together. By Tommy Rage

    Dweezil Zappa
    Saturday, November 17 @ 8:00 pm
    Barrymore Theatre

    The son of Frank Zappa is back to shut up and play his guitar in the Madcity. The Choice Cuts! World Tour features “the best band I’ve ever assembled,” says Dweezil. “The Choice Cuts Tour is designed to showcase obscure songs, expose lesser known arrangements of well known songs and balance it out with Zappa classics.”

    with IN // VIA
    Saturday November 17 @ 9:30 pm
    High Noon Saloon

    Strap in for an evening of weightless grace and heady chemistry with pioneering minimalists Low, who trawl deep waters in their recent, “Double Negative.” The always boundary-stretching band invites Nona Invie’s new solo synth venture IN // VIA to make a night of heavenly splendor surrounding fragile reality. By John Noyd

    Ezra Furman
    Thursday, November 29 @ 8:30 pm
    High Noon Saloon

    Mining funky self-designed story-songs, glam-punk spitfire and swift-witted misfit Ezra Furman turns his life into a celebration of brave failures and bold triumphs. On record it’s a blast, live it’s unbelievable. If there’s any chance of shaking off the early winter blues, it’ll be at this show. By John Noyd

    Howard Levy Four
    with Fareed Haque

    North Street Cabaret
    Saturday, December 1 @ 8:00 pm

    Virtuoso harmonica master and composer Howard Levy has earned acclaim for projects with a nearly incomprehensible breadth - jazz, world music, classical, rock, Latin, blues - all are under the global tent of his talents. Adding to this show’s intensity is fellow Chicagoan Fareed Haque, an esteemed and nimble jazz, classical, and world guitarist and educator. By Dave Leucinger

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