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P.O.S. at the High Noon Saloon

P.O.S. at the High Noon Saloon

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
by Sal Serio

In what had to have been one of the more highly anticipated hip-hop shows booked in to Madison this spring (JPEGmafia notwithstanding) Doomtree member/founder P.O.S. (born Stefon Alexander) brought his socially conscious raps to the High Noon Saloon on a balmy Tuesday night, May the 15. P.O.S. and D.J. Rowsheen had arrived in Madison several hours earlier for a well attended and inspirational warm up set in the downtown Isthmus magazine offices.


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Patti Smith

The Photography Show - Presented by AIPAD, Pier 94, NYC, April 5 - 8, 2018

by Michael Sherer

For 38 years, The Association of International Photography Art Dealers, (AIPAD), has been presenting NYC annual exhibition called The Photography Show. Their current location is Pier 94 on 12th Ave at 55th Street, which affords lots of space and a bar with eating area. Featuring more than 85 prominent photography galleries from throughout the country, this is the biggest show of its kind. Myriad genres are on display, including contemporary, modern, nineteenth-century and photo-based media. There are also talks given by photographers and artists.

The music based photos are especially of interest to me, such as the one of Patti Smith in the early 1970’s here taken by a college friend of hers, Frank Stefanko. Smith would later recommend Stefanko to fellow New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen, which would yield two record covers for Springsteen, that being Darkness On The Edge Of Town in ‘78 and The River in ‘80.


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Peter Criss & Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons Vault Experience - VK Nagrani, NYC, 3.24.18

by Michael Sherer

After forming KISS with Paul Stanley in 1972 at the age of 23, Gene Simmons has a long and interesting musical and personal history to share with his fans. Always a very hands-on man, Gene, now 68, has taken his story on the road for an intimate fan experience. Here’s the deal: Gene has released a huge box set stored in a signed vault, which contains 10 CDs of 150 songs that until now have never been released. They cover a whopping fifty years - 1966 to 2016.

There are many additional goodies in The Vault, including a book containing over 50,000 words and 160 photos from Gene’s personal collection. There’s also commentary on every track. The Vault itself is very sturdy and handsome (like Gene himself) and has wheels to easily roll.


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Michael Schenker in Milwaukee, March 18, 2018

Michael Schenker Fest obliterates the Pabst in Milwaukee! 03.18.18

by Sal Serio

For a Sunday night, guitar legend Michael Schenker and band did not hold anything back for those who needed to get up early the next morning. I knew going in to this that it was a long show, but I was still unprepared for just exactly how expansive and what an incredible event the Michael Schenker Fest concert was. Any fans of Schenker’s career, especially but not exclusively the Michael Schenker Group years, should not miss this experience. Again, it was a Sunday night in Milwaukee, and the day after Saint Paddy’s Day to boot, but there was not fatigue and hangover in the air, rather a bristling electric excitement from the moment I walked in to the ornate and welcoming lobby of the historic Pabst Theater. From the look of the audience’s black t-shirts, many longtime Schenker fans were in attendance, but quite a few younger faces were present as well.


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Denis Gagné of The Musical Box, at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, March 8, 2018

The Musical Box at the Orpheum Theater, 03.08.18

by Sal Serio

A small but enthusiastic crowd assembled for this concert, and as the lights dimmed and the stage was bathed in fluorescent black lights, the five musicians launched in to “Watcher Of The Skies”, and it was obvious this was going to be a top-tier production. Adding to this excellence was a pristine audio presentation by the sound man; indeed, this may have been the most impeccable sound I have ever experienced in the Orpheum. Vocalist Denis Gagné was dressed in long black cape with striking chiaroscuro make-up on, made more intense illuminated by the black lights. Adding to the contrast were the other four musicians dressed in all white, while Gagné was in black. The current presentation by The Musical Box is an exact reproduction of the 1974 Genesis U.S. Tour titled “The Black Show”. As such, the second song of the evening was “Dancing With The Moonlit Knight”. Sébastien Lamothe, the Mike Rutherford member, faithfully and exceptionally played Rickenbacker double-neck 12-string and bass, with bass foot pedals, while Gagné accompanied with celestial flute. Stoic guitarist Francois Gagnon stayed seated for the entire performance, surrounded by vintage effects pedals.


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Anthrax live at the Eagles Ballroom

Killswitch Engage/Anthrax - Killthrax Tour

Live at the Eagles Ballroom
by Emily Sisson

Personally, I grew up attending every concert I could afford to attend. I came from a family with a musical background and I always felt the most memorable moments were ones spent going to concerts with my best friend or father. Sure it was $40-$50 of my money that could have been spent on T-shirts or lunch, but that ticket was a sure sign that I would have a unique memory and story. The Anthrax and Killswitch Engage “Killthrax” show in Milwaukee WI was no different.


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