Autumn in Madison offers a wealth of live music, and this opening week of the season is no exception. The calendar includes: the final Jazz at Five of the season; and, more shows featuring Atmosphere, The Dirty Heads, The Ragbirds, Xavier Rudd with Good Old War, Euforquestra, and Ha Ha Tonka.
NOTEWORTHY: ESPN debuts, 1979.
BIRTHDAYS: Pretenders singer-songwriter-guitarist-frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, 1951; Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, 1954.
NOTEWORTHY: Ford pardons Nixon, 1974.
BIRTHDAYS: Grown-up child star Henry Thomas, 1971; singer Pink, 1979.
100 block of State Street, 5 pm
The Jazz at Five series concludes with music by the Motor City chapter of the Hot Club, which pays tribute to the classic gypsy jazz sound of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Joining the quintet is Twin Cities singer Evingson, who performs songs of the inimitable composer Dave Frishberg on her most recent CD, Little Did I Dream.
Orpheum Theatre, 8 pm
The celebrated indie hip-hop duo stop in Madison on their way to Milwaukee, highlighting songs from a new EP called To All My Friends, plus a few old favorites from their 17-year career. With Blueprint, Grieves & Budo and DJ Rare Groove.
Majestic Theatre, 8:30 pm
Though Rolling Stone named these SoCal reggae rockers to its "Best New Bands of 2010" list, the group's debut album dropped in 2008, and their current lineup formed in 2003. See if their live material sounds fresh or oh-so-two-years-ago.
High Noon Saloon, 8:30 pm
This crowd-pleasing five-piece from Ann Arbor, Mich., blends Latin, Middle Eastern and gypsy sounds with Celtic fiddling and a pinch of good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. With Big Strong Men.
NOTEWORTHY: Attica prison uprising begins, 1971.
BIRTHDAYS: Eurythmics guitarist-keyboardist David Stewart, 1952; actor Hugh Grant, 1960.
Barrymore Theatre, 8 pm
The surfboard-totin', didgeridoo-playin' Aussie singer-songwriter has a new band named Izintaba and a new CD called Koonyum Sun, both of which he's bringing to the Barrymore. Philadelphia indie-folk trio Good Old War released a self-titled album in June, and to their surprise it cracked the Billboard 200 chart a few weeks ago (see Tour Stop).
Majestic Theatre, 10 pm
This show ought to give the Funky Chicken a whole new meaning. Folding funk, bluegrass and reggae into traditional Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian sounds, this Colorado-via-Iowa ensemble form a curious hybrid genre they call "Afro-Caribbean Barnyard Funk." With Chicago Afrobeat Project.
Frequency, 10 pm
This indie-rock band from Missouri has found lots of friends among Kings of Leon fans and music critics. At this show, the musicians will most likely focus on their 2009 album, Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South, and reprise tunes from their much-lauded 2007 release, Buckle in the Bible Belt. With the August Teens and So So Radio.