Madcity Nights - July 2018

Previews of live shows in Madison
by Max Ink
July 2018

Sarah Longfield

Sarah Longfield

Sarah Longfield
w/ Gaurdian, TanZen, Living Inside Fearless Entropy, Dead/Awake, Constance
Friday, July 6 @ 7PM
Red Zone/Annex

Watching Sarah play guitar is mesmerizing, like you are listening Trigonometry. Her fingers tap along the 10 string guitar with a precision usually devoted to stick players, it’s like Yngwie Malmsteen, Stanley Jordan and Tony Levin had a love-child-daughter. Make no mistake, Sarah is METAL! By Rökker

Hippy Hideout
w/ Sweet Delta Dawn, Material Boys, Occupants of the Sound, Gary David and the Enthusiasts
Friday, July 6 @ 4PM
James Madison Park

Jam and bluegrass bands will provide the soundscape to the sunset at one of the best spots to watch the sun dip into Lake Mendota. Wear sandals and bring a frisbee, this show is free and all ages. By Rökker

Droids Attack Beer Party
Droids Attack, The Gran Fury, Shogun
Saturday, July 7 @ 12-4PM
Bos Meadery

Ale Asylum is releasing 1,000 bottles of the latest flavor in the Droids Attack Craft Beer series called Mashenomak: Rye Lager. Mashenomak, in case you are wondering, is a song from the band’s 2016 release SCI-FI OR DIE and is about a fish monster that terrorizes the local tribes, and swallows the souls of all living creatures and the story is commemorated in the label’s artwork. By Rökker

Bent Knee with Gatherers and Lume
Thursday, July 12 @ 7PM
Art In

A musical tornado devouring art-punk penance, intense theatrical majesty and blissful orchestrated mayhem, Boston’s haunting Bent Knee builds willful kilns cooking runaway imaginations with hi-jacked cinematic magic mounting dreamy close-ups alongside breath-taking panoramas.  Must-see openers Gatherers and Lume makes this the cosmic concert of the summer hands down. By John Noyd.

Michelle Coltrane
Thursday, July 12 @ 8PM
North Street Cabaret

Born in Paris, Michelle is the daughter of jazz legend John Coltrane and will be performing with 4 members of the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra. An unlikely rare live music nugget on the northside of the city. By Rökker

Ragged Roots Festival
July 12-15
Edge-O-Dells (Wisconsin Dells).

This Music & Arts Festival features a killer lineup with bands like Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts (Cheap Trick’s Rick Neilsen’s son), Old Soul Society, Steez, The Lower 5thm, TUGG, The Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers, Mark Croft, Josh Harty, Katie Scullin, Sam Ness, Imaginary Watermelon, White Bush Unicorn… and those are only the bands I know. I counted 40 bands in the line-up, and yes, there is camping, pool, bar, and hot tub. By Rökker

La Fête De Marquette
July 12-15
McPike Park

20 performances on 3 stages in 4 days on 5 acres… and beer! Yes, food, arts and crafts and wine too. Big names include Anders Osbourne, Los Lobos, the Jimmys, Aaron Williams and the HooDoo, but look for nuggets like solo 6-string bassist Joshua Cohen, local Otis Redding tribute Don’t Mess With Cupid, and France’s Ginkoa. By Rökker

Sweet Delta Dawn
Saturday, July 14 @ 9PM
Come Back In

In keeping with the spirit of bands like The Grateful Dead, Sweet Delta Dawn jams from one song into the next and back again.  Seamlessly blending songs together throughout a setlist, to invoke a unique musical experience with each performance.  Often, like The Dead, they leave room for exploratory, textural, spacey soundscapes. By Rökker

Latin Brunch
w/ Golpe Tierra
Saturday, July 14 from 9AM-2:30PM

Beginning July 14th, Lucille will be serving a Latin brunch every Saturday and Sunday. The kickoff party will feature Latin music from local Golpe Tierra who play both original and traditional music and employ a traditional Afro-Peruvian guitar-bass-cajón set-up ...with woodwinds. And the food will be pretty good too! By Rökker

Beth Kille with Well-Known Strangers
Wednesday, July 18
High Noon Saloon

Everyone likes an early show on a Wednesday and this one is going to be solid. Beth Kille, of course, is no stranger to the High Noon stage with her gutsy folk, pop, and rock and she always plays her heart out. WELL-KNOWN STRANGERS is a Racine-based band that combines 90s-alt rock sensibility with some strings for a nice big sound. Five bucks for a Wednesday show with two seasoned and polished poppy rock acts is your best bet for a fun show and beer after work. By Mike Huberty

Tip: Wednesday night early show with two female-fronted bands

Vacationer with Sego
Friday, July 20 @ 9:30PM
High Noon Saloon

Riding on the waves of the newly released, “Mindset,” an ultra-smooth Vacationer craves silky guilty pleasures; beach-disco get-aways favoring playful cut and paste patch-bays washed in laidback loops, wide-lapel soft-sells and trance-inducing grooves. L.A.‘s disaffected Sego’s frenzied grunge-bop jump-starts the late Friday vibe. By John Noyd

Nikki Lane with Blank Range and Lost Lakes
Friday, July 20
Live on King Street

I have no idea who Nikki Lane or Blank Range are and in their pictures I see they’re wearing cowboy hats, so chances are I probably won’t like them anyway. However, I have seen Lost Lakes which is a collaboration between singer/guitarist Corey Mathew Hart and bassist and harmony vocalist Paul Mitch. It’s beautiful and soaring Americana folk music. They’re awesome and they’re from Madison, so make sure to get to Live on King Street early enough to watch their set! by Mike Huberty

Annika Chambers
Saturday, July 21
Knuckle Down Saloon

Houston’s Annika Chambers is one of a new generation of southern blues vocalists with roots in the same fertile sources as many before her - the gospel vocals of church. She served in the U.S. Army, where her vocal talents won awards and sent her on morale tours to Kosovo and Iraq. She formed her band in 2011, and earned a BMA (Blues Music Award) nomination for “Best New Artist” of 2015. Her sophomore release, “Wild & Free”, debuted at #7 on the Billboard Blues chart. By Dave Leucinger

Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Kevin Krauter
Thursday, July 26 @ 8:30PM
Majestic Theater

UMO’s wacked-out funk dazzle packs free-range brains behind out-of-body grinds and space-age heartbreak. Touring behind the psycho-groovy banquet, “Food & Sex,” the interconnected chefs garnish varnished freak-pop with sweaty beats and ripe jams. Starting things, Indiana’s Krauter brings a heavenly seventies vibe whose effortless delicacies hide sweet jazz-pop chops. By John Noyd

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