Summer hits its stride in downtown Madison this week as the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Concerts on the Square commences its 30th season. The calendar also includes: a book reading by Fred Milverstedt; and, more live music from Andrew McMahon, Mount Moriah, Asumaya, Hunter Hunted, ZZ Ward, Cayucas, Sturgill Simpson, Field Report, and Xaddax.
Majestic Theatre, 7:30 pm
The frontman of Something Corporate has reinvented himself as a solo artist after battling leukemia. Be among the first to hear his new album, The Pop Underground, in concert. With Allen Stone.
NOTEWORTHY: North Korea invades South Korea, beginning Korean War, 1950.
Concerts on the Square
Capitol Square, 7 pm
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra launches its 30th season of free outdoor concerts with works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, plus an excerpt of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with David Cao, winner of the latest Young Artist Concerto Competition. (See Music.)
UW Memorial Union Terrace, 8 pm This one-man band creates cool polyrhythms with instruments from Africa and the Americas, and a looping machine to boot. With Chants.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
The duo's career is taking off after favorable buzz from KCRW, NPR's flagship station in L.A. Their vocal harmonies wrap around subdued rhythms to create a sound that's warm and comforting but still rock based. With Boy Blue.
Majestic Theatre, 8 pm
This 27-year-old is one of 2013's most promising young artists, with The New York Times comparing her to both Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner. With Swear & Shake.
NOTEWORTHY: U.S. Route 66 closes, 1985.
One Barrel Brewing Company, 4-8 pm
Milverstedt is a motorcycle enthusiast, a stylish writer and -- oh, yeah -- the cofounder of Isthmus. He vrooms into town to present his new road-trip memoir, One More Ride. Another talented Isthmus alum, Phil Davis, provides the music with his Stone Prairie Band.
East Side Club, 6 pm
This beachy California indie-pop band couldn't be a better fit for East Side Club's sunny tiki bar. With JBM.
Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, 8 pm
The quirky musician has said that sex, God and rock 'n' roll are his three favorite things, but laughter seems to be right up there as well.
Frequency, 9 pm
The former leader of Sunday Valley will play raw outlaw country from his first solo album, High Top Mountain. With WheelHouse.
UW Memorial Union Terrace, 9:30 pm
Helmed by Christopher Porterfield of Bon Iver's Eau Claire precursor, DeYarmond Edison, this indie folk sextet has raked in raves from NPR and Time. With John Mark Nelson.
Mickey's Tavern, 10:30 pm
New York's Village Voice describes the newlywed noise-rockers' sound as "gloriously wretched, hoarse-throated bloody rasp bawls and fractured clusterfucked guitar squalor" with "synth-triggering pedal demolition." What's not to love?