No one has done more for Madison's live-music scene than Cathy Dethmers. She owned the tiny club O'Cayz Corral from 1994 to 2001, when its lineup included bands like Hüsker Dü, the White Stripes, Soundgarden, Green Day, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Replacements.
When O'Cayz burned to the ground on New Year's Day of 2001, Dethmers made a bigger and better venue arise from its ashes. The High Noon Saloon opened in May 2005 and has since been the city's most vibrant club, sometimes hosting two or three shows per day, from folk to hip-hop.
Two years back, Dethmers reflected on two High Noon shows featuring Hank Williams III: "It was awesome to see a wide mix of people - country fans, metal fans, hipsters and people who've traveled from rural areas - all have a great time sharing a music experience."
Dethmers has given Madison audiences many such experiences.