Madcity Nights - March 2017

Previews of shows around the Madison, Wisconsin area for March 2017
by Max Ink
March 2017



Charity Jamboree
People Brothers Band & more!
Saturday, March 4 @ 12 PM
High Noon Saloon
Brink Lounge

Support three great charities while listening to some of Madison’s best bands. Proceeds of this event are donated to the Wisconsin Chapter of the National MS Society, The American Diabetes Association, and The UW Carbone Cancer Center. Check for band schedule.

Mourning in the Cemetery
Sunday, March 5 @ 12:30 PM
High Noon Saloon

Ben Wydeven is a Wisconsin filmmaker who features local artists and actors in his Raven James Chronicles series. His latest, Mourning In The Cemetery, is another adventure with the alcoholic who sees dead people. Karen Wheelock and Joey Broyles will be livening things up with some musical performances as well as a showing of the short film. By Mike Huberty

Tip: Paranormal film Mourning in the Cemetery DVD Release Party

Heritage Blues Orchestra
and Ruthie Foster
Thursday, March 9 @ 8 PM
Wisconsin Union Theater

Austin’s award-winning Heritage Blues Orchestra teams up with three-time Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster for a concert experience that will surely raise the spirit and warm the soul with living, breathing history lessons inside a cappella prison gang grunts, blues-rooted field-worker folk and slide guitar-fueled gospel stomps. By John Noyd

Tip: A good opportunity to preview Foster’s album, “Joy Comes Back,” out March 24

The Griswolds, Kid Runner
Saturday, March 11 @ 8 PM
The Frequency

No surprise after a phenomenal performance last year, Australia’s invigorating rockers The Griswolds return to The Frequency to head a sold-out show that promises to be one raucous good time. Ohio’s up and coming indie-pop band Kid Runner kicks off the evening. By John noyd

Tip: The Facebook events page is the best place to score tickets to this sold out event

Ladyscissors CD Release
Saturday, March 11 @ 5 PM
High Noon Saloon

Channeling lo-fi garage rock with a healthy dose of the doo-wop, Ladyscissors features longtime Madison area musician and co-owner of Mother Fools Coffee Stephanie Rearick on drums and vocals as well as Brent George on guitar, Anne Bull on bass and vox, and Lorrie Hurckes on guitar and vox. Join Ladyscissors in releasing their sophomore album “To the Nines” on Madison’s Uvulittle Records along with Reverend Rectifier and the Sinners. By Rökker

Springtime Carnivore with Dash Hounds and Reyna
Tuesday, March 14 @ 8 PM
The Frequency

A stellar indie-pop line-up led by Greta Morgan’s velvety Springtime Carnivore; the killer triple-bill includes former Vic and Gab members’ new synth-pop concoction, Reyna, plus Madison’s smart, dynamic Dash Hounds.  Prepare to be devoured by ravenous hooks embedded in proto-romantic heartache and served in refreshing musical redemption. By John Noyd

Common Chord
Thursday, March 16 @ 7 PM
Tracy Jane Comer & more!
Brink Lounge
“From folk to swing and lots in between.” Singer/songwriters Michael Bryant, Tracy Jane Comer, and Bruce Buttel combine with supporting artists Delores Jenison, Faye Bruggink, and Alan Maslowski to offer an evening of originals and unique covers with varied instrumentation and lots of harmonies. Plus a special guest set by singer/songwriter Efren Vinueza and her South American sounds.

Dinosaur Jr., Easy Action
Friday, March 17 @ 8 PM
Majestic Theater

In what promises to be one of the heavier shows of the spring. the iconic Dinosaur Jr. return to the Majestic for a furious night of cathartic partying and head-banging abandon. Adding to the impeccable pyrotechnics, Detroit’s Easy Action, featuring Negative Approach’s John Brannon, opens fire first. By John Noyd

German Art Students, Imaginary Watermelon, Treemo
Saturday, March 18 @ 9 PM
The Frequency

German Art Students are hyper-intellectual alt-rock and very rarely come out of hiding to play a show. They were one of Madison’s few non-butt rock bands of the early part of the Millennium and it’s always a pleasure to hear them. Imaginary Watermelon is a goofy name, but it’s folky energetic pop. Treemo is the kind of twee you expect to hear in a Wes Anderson film. By Mike Huberty

Jay Som and The Courtneys, Disq
Tuesday March 21 @ 7:30 PM
The Frequency

Curious sonic sorceress Jay Som adds extra textures to polyrhythmic future-pop while driving power-jangle priestesses The Courtneys add a touch of grunge under sweet Tiger Beat harmonics. Both bands are riding high on strong, fresh albums. Local natives Disq compliment the mucho gusto Tuesday vibe. By John Noyd

Tribute Night
Saturday, March 25 @ 9 PM
Crystal Corner Bar

The Heroins featuring Meghan Rose will perform as HOLE. Jagged Little Pills which features local greats Annelies Howell (GAS), Emily Mills (Damsel Trash), Shawndell Marks, Ginny Kincaid, and Beau Osland will perform as Alanis Morissete. The Right Stripes (Seasaw) will perform as, you guessed it, the White Stripes. By Rökker

MAMA Finalist Party
Sunday, April 2 @ 4:45 PM
Brink Lounge

It’s that annual time to head down to the Brink to find out who the finalists are for the 2017 MAMA Awards. The presentation is always fun and this year a VIP ticket includes a buffet dinner with apps, dessert and a drink! Otherwise, get the cheap ticket and come down to see all the bands starting at 5PM with the alternative acoustic of Sam Ness. Sachet over to the Lounge to catch Shawndell Marks at 6pm and then the Lower 5th at 7PM. The Finalist Announcement Video will display at 8PM and the dreamy alt-rock of Dash Hounds will finish the night off. For more go to By Rökker

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