Concerts on the Square
High summer commences in Madison this week with the opening performance of Concerts on the Square. The calendar also includes: a book reading by Ron McCrea, a benefit show for WORT; and, more live music from Charlie Brooks & the Way It Is, Ben Sidran with Louka Patenaude and Nick Moran, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Problem Child, Corey Hart, Mark Croft, The Spring Standards, and Elephant Revival.
NOTEWORTHY: Croatia and Slovenia declare independence from Yugoslavia, 1991.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
This seasoned crooner honed his R&B chops at a young age, when the Motown talent machine readied him to sing backup for artists such as the Supremes and Sly & the Family Stone. These days, he also showcases his vocal stylings in soul, blues and jazz tunes.
NOTEWORTHY: Saint Lawrence Seaway opens, 1959.
Cardinal Bar, 5:30 pm
Three of Madison's shiniest musical stars gather each week for a jazz jam with the New Breed. Catch the latest edition this Tuesday at Cardinal Bar.
NOTEWORTHY: New York City's Fillmore East rock club closes, 1971.
Capitol Square, 7 pm
Yep, it's really summer. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra kicks off its outdoor season with a program called Pastoral Dances, featuring cellist Kartik Papatla and Trinity Irish Dancers. Spread a blanket and guard it with your life.
Overture Hall at Overture Center, 7:30 pm
After meeting during a tour with the Allman Brothers Band in 1999, vocal powerhouse Susan Tedeschi and Grammy-winning guitarist Derek Trucks found fame as solo blues musicians. Eleven years later, as a married couple with two kids, they pooled their talents in the blues-rock project Tedeschi Trucks Band. The group's debut album, Revelator, teems with hints of Delta blues, Memphis soul, 1960s rock and 1970s funk.
UW Memorial Union Terrace, 8 pm
Heavy beats and 8-bit bleeps power this local band's electro tunes. Drink in their creations amid the breezes and brews of the Memorial Union Terrace.
NOTEWORTHY: Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria, assassinated, igniting World War I.
Harmony Bar, 4 pm
The former Capital Times city editor signs copies of his lovely new book, Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss.
High Noon Saloon, 6 pm
This local singer-songwriter serenades the High Noon's patio with lush vocals that have earned comparisons to those of Jeff Buckley and Ray LaMontagne.
Rooftop at Monona Terrace, 7 pm
Croft explores Americana and roots music through an acoustic guitar, spiking his melodies with vibrant rhythms that get hands clapping and feet stomping.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Swamp Thing, a band that rocked Madison's clubs during the mid-'80s, and Lip Service, an homage to Elvis Costello & the Attractions, share a bill to raise money for the community radio station.
Frequency, 9 pm
Fresh off of a national tour with the Old 97's' Rhett Miller, this energetic folk-rock band shows off a new double EP called Yellow/Gold. With Sons of Fathers.
UW Memorial Union Terrace, 9:30 pm
With washboards, fiddles, banjos and a musical saw, this quintet spins gypsy, folk and Celtic music into a candy-sweet whorl of harmony and rhythm.