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  • Letter To The People - June 2017

    Publisher's Commentary
    by Rökker

    Nikko with Joey B. Banks on stage with the Clyde Stubblefield All Stars at the Memorial Union Terrace - photo by Sweet William Images

    Nikko with Joey B. Banks on stage with the Clyde Stubblefield All Stars at the Memorial Union Terrace
    photo by Sweet William Images

    Hey Everybody, it sure seems like 2017 is out to take our favorite artists and this month was no exception.

    This issue is dedicated to the memories of Rock n Roll Hall of Famer Greg Allman and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog.

    I can only hope Chris’s death can help bring awareness to prescription drugs for anxiety and depression, like Ativan, that have side effects like “suicidal thoughts”. Thanks to his wife for having the courage to stand up and say something!

    AtwoodFest 2017: The much anticipated AtwoodFest 2017 live music schedule has been released via the website www.AtwoodFest.com. This year’s logo design is an electric image of David Atwood, Atwood Avenues namesake. Click his picture to read about his legendary Madison history.

    Scroll down to the music schedule and click on band names to get video, audio, bio, and links to the band’s social media. This year has a really great lineup and you can’t be at both stages at the same time, choose well.

    This year AtwoodFest will rename our stages to remember the passing of our local artists.

    The Clyde Stubblefield Stage presented by Harmony Bar will reside in Monty’s parking lot. The Saturday night show will feature a tribute to Clyde with a performance from the Clyde Stubblefield All-stars featuring drummer extraordinaire Joey B. Banks (Steely Dane, Gabe Burdulis) and on the corner of Winnebago and Atwood you will find the Madison Heritage Stage presented by the Alchemy Cafe. Throughout the day names of fallen musicians will be read and honored.

    Adventures with Nikko and Lizzie: Speaking of Clyde’s All-star band, Nikko was invited to perform a song on drums along with the band at their tribute show at the Memorial Union Terrace after Clyde was posthmously awarded a doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin. It was his first time playing with a “band” and the Terrace was completely packed. He did great, not even a jitter.

    Nikko was invited to play again at the tribute at the High Noon, and Sweet William Images was kind enough to snap a photo of Nikko and Joey jammin!

    Lizzie has finished her first year in college and made the Dean’s list both semesters. Congrats Lizzie!

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