April's slate of touring music starts out strong this week with shows by Dillon Francis, Divine Fits, Ellis Paul, and Marchfourth Marching Band. The calendar also includes: the You Are Here: Maps and Meanings exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Museum; a performance by the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra; Mad Toast Live with Don Stiernberg; and, a book reading by Jason Stein & Patrick Marley.
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Gustavus Symphony Orchestra
St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Middleton, 7 pm
This collegiate ensemble from St. Peter, Minn., has toured four continents and appeared on NPR's All Things Considered. The group will perform two works by Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov's vibrant Scheherazade, Op. 35.
Majestic Theatre, 9 pm
In addition to popularizing Moombahton, a bass-heavy form of electronic music that's been gaining traction in clubs, the 25-year-old artist slathers his stage show in sex appeal. With DJs Oliver, MrHorror and Vinnie Toma.
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You Are Here: Maps and Meanings
Wisconsin Historical Museum, through Nov. 9
The new exhibition explores the social, cultural and emotional implications of maps, drawing on the estimable collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Mad Toast Live with Don Stiernberg
Brink Lounge, 7 pm
Hosts Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines will perform violin and cello with Stiernberg, a jazz mandolinist from Chicago, as they record their podcast before a live audience.
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Majestic Theatre, 8:30 pm
Though they hate being called a supergroup, this sharp new band featuring Spoon's Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown quickly gained a following thanks to their other projects' name recognition. With Spl:t S:ngle.
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Jason Stein & Patrick Marley
Barnes & Noble-West Towne, 7 pm
The reporters for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discuss their new book from the University of Wisconsin Press, More Than They Bargained For: Scott Walker, Unions & the Fight for Wisconsin. It's a behind-the-scenes look at the spectacle that unfolded in Wisconsin in 2011, when Gov. Scott Walker announced his proposal to end most collective bargaining rights for public employees.
High Noon Saloon, 7:30 pm
This clever and provocative singer-songwriter helped spark the Boston-based folk revival of the 1990s with his romance-tinged tunes. He'll bring two recently released albums -- City of Silver Dreams and The Hero in You -- to Madison. With John Statz.
Marchfourth Marching Band
Majestic Theatre, 8:30 pm
This group has evolved into a singing, shredding, stilt-walking spectacle after launching during a Mardi Gras party in Portland, Ore., 10 years ago. Expect a fantastic voyage through European gypsy music, Brazilian bossa nova and American rock and jazz. With Forward! Marching Band.