David Lillian for O.A.R.
Summer winds down over the next few days in anticipation of one last big holiday blowout before the start of the autumn arts season. The calendar this week includes: a talk by Cleve Jones; and, live music by the Jason Horowitz Band, William Jamerson, the Sean Michael Dargan Band, L.O.S.T. S.O.U.L.S., O.A.R., and The Spits.
NOTEWORTHY: Millionaire playboy Dodi Fayed & Princess Diana of Wales killed in Paris car crash, 1997.
BIRTHDAYS: Irish rock star Van Morrison, 1945; pop singer Deborah Gibson, 1970.
UW Humanities Building, 7 pm
He worked in the office of gay martyr Harvey Milk, he founded the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and tonight legendary activist Jones is here to give a talk called "Why We Can't Wait: The Struggle for LGBT Civil Rights."
NOTEWORTHY: Soviet fighter jet shoots down Korean Air Lines flight 007 with 269 aboard, 1983.
BIRTHDAYS: Emmy- and Tony-winning actress-comedian-author Lily Tomlin, 1939; Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan, 1956
High Noon Saloon, 6:30 pm
Folk rocker Jason Horowitz was raised in Milwaukee, went to college in Massachusetts, began recording music in Nashville and gained a following with his band Cabin 18 in the Twin Cities. Now he's moved to Madison and teamed up with a new band, which tries out the High Noon's stage this week. Jayme Dawicki opens.
NOTEWORTHY: Great Fire of London starts, 1666.
BIRTHDAYS: Keanu Reeves, 1964; Limp Bizkit bassist Sam Rivers, 1977.
The Gardens, 602 N. Segoe Rd., 3:30 pm
A well-traveled historian based in Escanaba, Mich., Bill Jamerson may be best known as the maker of PBS films such as Camp Forgotten and Fruit of Dreams. However, he's also the creator of original stories and songs about lumberjacks, iron miners and the young men who worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. He'll perform them at the assisted-living community adjacent to the Hilldale Shopping Center.
High Noon Saloon, 6 pm
The local singer-songwriter and his band celebrate the release of a new five-song EP, Feel Good Hit of the Summer -- a taste of a forthcoming LP called Snap Your Fingers & Stomp Your Feet -- while the bar serves up two-for-one rail drinks and tap beers. Listen to a track from the EP in this week's MadTracks review.
High Noon Saloon, 9:30 pm
The popular local hip-hop collective headlines the High Noon's back-to-school hip-hop showcase and highlights a new CD, Theory, before embarking on a tour of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. With Rambunxious, Reigny Day, J.T. Roach and DJ Scrump Boogz.
NOTEWORTHY: Former Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi dies, 1970.
BIRTHDAYS: Actor Charlie Sheen, 1965; snowboard star Shaun White, 1986.
Overture Hall, 7:30 pm
The Maryland rockers waged a stealth campaign to stardom. No one had ever heard of them, and suddenly they were playing Madison Square Garden and selling zillions of records on the strength of the single "Love and Memories," which plants itself in skulls and never goes away. The band made a big Madison impression last year headlining Freakfest, and here they are again. With Brett Dennen.
The Spits, Woven Bones,br> Frequency, 9:30 pm
The noisy, grungy, lo-fi punk of Seattle's The Spits is an ideal soundtrack for skateboarding and snowboarding. In fact, it's been featured in at least four videos of skate and snowboard tricks, including Creature Skateboards' Born Dead video. Texas-based tourmates Woven Bones have a super-solid list of influences that includes Link Wray, The Vaselines and Minor Threat. Also playing: The Transgressions, The Hussy.