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  • Madcity Nights - October 2019

    Previews for shows around Madison and surrounding areas
    by Max Ink
    October 2019

    The Hussy coming to Crystal Corner Oct. 11, 2019 - photo by Scotify Studios

    The Hussy coming to Crystal Corner Oct. 11, 2019
    photo by Scotify Studios

    Saturday, October 5 @ 5:00 PM
    High Noon Saloon

    If you’re a fan or a casual listener of the legend that is Neil Young, you will love this group of veteran talent from right here in Madison. By Jordon Leigh

    Com Truise, ford., Thoma
    Saturday, October 5 @ 8:00 PM
    Majestic Theatre

    Synth-wave star Com Cruise (aka Seth Haley) brings his bombastic drums, electronic grooves and glittery melodies to Madison this month in support of his critically-acclaimed sophomore album, Iteration. At its heart a concept album, Iteration tells a meandering, detailed narrative of Truise and his love journey on the perilous planet Wave 1 and their ultimate escape to peace. By Adam Benavides

    Fierce Females Songwriter’s Circle
    Tuesday, October 8 @ 7:00 PM

    Get to know your favorite artists and the story behind their songs in the intimate setting that only Communication, off Milwaukee Street, can provide. From one of Madison Wisconsin’s busiest fierce females K.I.L.O aka SkitL’z spitting rhymes of truth, LGBT equality, and love into our world to Kat and the Hurricane’s haunting indie rock, soulful melodies, and hints of yesterday; this night promises to be unforgettable. Hosted by The Bitter Nothings and also features Margaret Dryer and Kelly Hepper of Soul Doctors. By Lucky Vita  

    Magic City Hippies w/ LUTHI
    Tuesday, October 8 @ 8:30 PM
    Majestic Theater

    Cosmic trip-hop dropped into fluid grooves slow-baked in reggae take-aways and sautéed in phat raps tapping psychedelic meltdowns, MCH chill and thrill in pliable pilgrimages bending in blended genres, day-glo soul and sweet beats. Opener LUTHI mines similar retro-hip cool to double your hip-swiveling simmer. By John Noyd

    The Hussy
    Friday, October 11 @ 9:00 PM
    Crystal Corner

    Local stalwarts The Hussy will be showcasing the reason they still rock after all these years with a concert celebration of their newest record. With great opening acts Green/Blue and Ruin Dweller. By Jordan Leigh

    Midwest Sync: A Music Conference
    October 11-12
    Concourse Hotel

    If you’ve ever wished you could get time in front someone who has produced music with Rihanna, Babyface, or even the soundtrack for the Marvel Movies, you don’t want to miss this conference in Madison! Seminar founder Emily Ruzicka loves music, and is bringing in some big names who want to hear what you’ve got to offer at a Friday showcase. The conference will feature UMG Executives Andre Williams and Michael Fontaine who are using new technology to highlight artists, every day, and want to show you how to use it, too. There’s a minimal cost, but if you can’t afford it, scholarships are available. Find out more at midwestsync.com. By Teri Barr

    Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues w/ Tracy Nelson
    Friday, October 11 @ 8:00 PM
    North Street Cabaret

    Explorational harmonica master Corky Siegel co-led Chicago’s famed Siegel-Schwall Blues Band, and through a fortuitous series of events, came to collaborate with maestro Seiji Ozawa and William Russo on orchestral blues beginning in 1968. For more than two decades, Chamber Blues has been Siegel’s small-group avenue for symphonic composition and performance. Madison native Nelson’s teenage blues breakout LP in 1964, Deep Are The Roots, featured a young Charlie Musselwhite. From there, her path of composition, collaboration, and performance has extended from the country-soul of Mother Earth, to a Grammy-nominated swampy, belting vocal troika with Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball, to performances amid textured classic country and mariachi artists. By Dave Leucinger

    The Wailers
    Saturday, October 12 @ 8:00 PM
    Barrymore Theatre

    The legendary Wailers continue their ongoing mission to bring reggae music’s themes of peace and love to live stages across the world. Legendary bassist and founder Aston “familyman” Barrett and original Wailers guitarist Donald Kinsey will bring their unmistakable sound to Madison’s Atwood Avenue this month. For nearly a decade musical icon Bob Marley and the Wailers brought shared their music with millions. Today, the group jams on to “keep The Wailers together,” just like Bob hoped they would. By Adam Benavides

    Cattywampus IV
    Sunday, October 13 @ 11:00 AM
    High Noon Saloon

    An afternoon of music and art benefiting Girls Rock Camp and The Dane County Humane Society. MEOW! Featuring a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and a chance to meet and support local artisans and support living, breathing artists. Happening at the High Noon Saloon from 11am to 4pm. Get to know the pulse of your community and share laughter, love, art, and music with Madison’s own emcee and WORT radio personality, DJ of the Year, Cooper Talbot. Nothing gets better than a day filled with music and art! By Lucky Vita

    Big Wes Turner Trio with Billy Flynn
    Wednesday, October 16 @ 6:30 PM

    Grammy-winning guitarist (and Green Bay native) Billy Flynn can be heard on dozens of top-tier blues recordings from the past few decades, and is most frequently seen in Madison in the company of the Cash Box Kings. This infrequent (but not unprecedented) early evening pairing with the solid (if understated) BWTT should allow Flynn a chance to explore his joy of rare mid-century guitar instrumentals. By Dave Leucinger

    Jay Som w/ Gia Margaret, Boy Scouts
    Thursday, October 17 @ 8:00 PM
    High Noon Saloon

    Sharp, bouncy Jay Som returns to Madison with a new album, “Anak Ko,” and a renewed vigor pitching flinty riffs over flittering rhythms for pointed, poignant jangle-pop bathed in savory bravery. Chicago’s Gia Margaret’s tranquil tangents and Boy Scouts’ hypnotic topics round out the dreamy evening. By John Noyd

    Big Thief w/ Palehound
    Saturday, October 19 @ 8:00 PM
    The Sylvee

    The triumphant return for two bands who tour schedules always include Madison, both bringing new, exceptional albums. Plus, Big Thief announced another album out a week before their Madison stop. Revisit Palehound’s wry pop-rock observations, “Black Friday,” and Big Thief ‘s wearily eerie, “U.F.O.F.” then see them live. By John Noyd

    Starset, Palisades, Hyde
    Tuesday, October 22 @ 7:00 PM
    The Majestic Theatre

    Combing the elements of pure rock with cinematic metal sound and the epic blockbuster feel of a full out stage production, Starset brings their 2019 release ‘Divisions’ to sci-fi Madison fans. Lead by singer Dustin Bates, who taught at the International Space University with his masters in electrical engineering – Starset places an emphasis on the band’s prog-metal sound and elaborate stage costumes which vary from space-suits to post-apocalyptic survival suits. With over 280 million YouTube views on their 2017 song “Monster”, to the current 2019 single “Manifest”, this is an interstellar galactic journey you won’t want to miss. By Tommy Rage

    All American Roadshow
    Chris Stapleton, The Brothers Osborne, Kendell Marvel

    Thursday, October 24 @ 7:00 PM
    Alliant Energy Center

    You’d be hard-pressed to find a more prolific songwriter and sought-after collaborator in the music industry today, let alone in country music. Largely credited in the industry with bringing country music back to its iconic status as one of the best storytelling genres out there. After moving to Nashville in 2001, Stapleton has nearly 200 writing credits to his name including multi-platinum selling albums and a Grammy Award for Best Country Album, as well as collaborations with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Adele, Tim McGraw and Justin Timberlake to co-writing the John Mayer single released last month, “I Just Remembered That I Didn’t Care.” By Adam Benavides

    Behind the Veil: Halloween Show
    Thursday, October 24 @ 8:00 PM

    With all the Halloween parties going on there is one party you must attend, Behind the Veil at Madison’s alternative playground, Crucible. “Dance, drink, and be eerie,” featuring the talents of Rosemary Lowe an indie pop band who croons and swoons you into a spooky thoughtful bliss, 7ucky Vita (Lucky) Vampire Queer Pop/R&B with his lyrics of unapologetic freedom and a voice like chocolate, to Educational Davis beckoning you with the darkness of synthesizers, drum machines, and guitars, oh my, and Courtsey, Chicago band, “off kilter, moody” transcending you through the sonics of electronic dreams. By Lucky Vita

    Explosions in the Sky 20th Anniversary Tour
    Thursday, October 24 @ 8:00 PM
    The Sylvee

    Known for their self-described “cathartic mini-symphonies,” EITS is celebrating 20 years of elaborate guitar riffs and emotional live performances with a national tour. After several acclaimed studio albums and supporting tours, the band garnered much attention after writing much of the soundtrack for both the “Friday Night Lights” film and television show. Additional soundtrack gigs followed, including a large tenure on the hit CW teen drama One Tree Hill, which named many of its episodes after EITS songs. One of the first post-rock acts to get national attention, the Austin, Texas-based quartet brings their largely instrumental show to Madison after a long time away.  Adam Benavides

    Black Violin
    Friday, October 25 @ 8:00 PM
    Overture Center

    Fusing classical virtuosity alongside polished hip-hop, the plugged-in Black Violin create hypnotic concoctions from nimble to lush, bold and tranquil. Join the groovy duo’s musical communion where signal-processed computer-generated orchestras are led by the kinetic execution and technical dexterity of bow, rosin and string. By John Noyd

    Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blast
    Friday, October 25 @ 8:00 PM
    Knuckledown Saloon

    Visits from the top West-Coast blues musicians are rare in Madison, but Grammy-nominated blues harmonica dynamo Mark Hummel finds comfort in regular visits to the Midwest – refreshing his connections to Chicago blues touchstones. His large-scale events showcase fellow aces of the blues harp; this stop joins Hummel with Milwaukee legend Jim Liban, venerable veterans Westside Andy and Madison Slim, and the always astute (and aforementioned) Billy Flynn. By Dave Leucinger

    Kishi Bashi w/ Pip the Pansy
    Sunday, October 27 @ 8:00 PM
    Majestic Theatre

    Energetic elegance marks Kishi Bashi’s best work and his latest, “Omoiyari,” promises an exceptional concert of cross-stitched rhythms, luxurious chords and romantic fantasy as the multi-instrumentalist’s crackling band weaves fanciful tales spinning imaginative magic. Atlanta’s rainbow pop optimist Pip the Pansy begins the fantastic pageant. By John Noyd

    Crobot, The Zealots, Revolution-X
    Tuesday, October 29 @ 7:00 PM
    The Back Bar (Janesville)

    This is probably the show that you will tell your friends about twenty years from now. You know - the band that has so much energy and such a great sound, that you can say that you saw them before they made it big. Yep. It’s these guys. Crobot, releasing their 2019 album ‘Motherbrain’ with the hit songs “Keep Me Down”, and “Low Life”. The retro-fun Crobot has the intensity of the bands that you grew up listening to, with a modern monster energy drink brought forward by front-man Brandon Yeagley, guitarist Chris Bishop, and drummer Dan Ryan. Show up, or hear about it from your friends the day after! By Tommy Rage

    That 1 Guy
    Thursday, October 31 @ 8:30 PM
    High Noon Saloon

    Known for his unique and imaginative arthouse shows with curious instruments, That 1 Guy (AKA Mike Silverman), has been a steady favorite at U.S. and Canadian festivals including Electric Forest, Big Day Out and Montreal Jazz Festival for the better half of the decade. With his primary instrument, The Magic Pipe, Silverman conducts a magical orchestra of metal, strings and electronics, all pulled together by an extensive audio/visual display, which adds another layer of skill and entertainment. What’s more, Silverman is known to weave in literal magic tricks into his shows, effectively bringing his live performances into their own category all together.  By Adam Benavides

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