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Sconnies in Cajun country, Part 6: A nice, round 12-hours straight of live music

A man can only take so much live music and I admit I'm ready to come home. I also admit that I could eat cajun food forever and never miss another strand of pasta. >More
 Sconnies in Cajun country, Part 5: Festival International de Louisiane takes full flight

35,000. That was Friday night's crowd estimate at the Festival International de Louisiane here in Lafayette. I asked a cop in the men's room, that's how I know. All six stages cranking. The streets ran in rivers of partiers of all shapes and sizes. >More
 Sconnies in Cajun country, Part 4: Exposure at the Louisiana International Music Exchange

The Red Stick Ramblers claim to play "everything Louisiana is known for" which is a ballsy boast. The Ramblers headline the Blue Moon Saturday night. We're there. >More
 Sconnies in Cajun country, Part 3: Early in the morning at Lafayette's Blue Moon Saloon

The rumor was that Dave Matthews would be among hard funking Marc Broussard's sidemen Thursday night. The name could be heard as you walked through the thick crowds. >More
 dumate brings together underground hip-hop street rap

It seems that backpack rap -- slang for hip-hop artists who eschew the drugs, guns and bling that dominate much commercial rap, scribbling down lyrics as they lug oodles of CDs around town in backpacks -- is alive and well in Madison. That's thanks in part to dumate, the five-person hip-hop collective that performs with sharp rhymes, sizzling samples and progressive themes. >More
 Happy birthday, High Noon Saloon

High Noon Saloon owner Cathy Dethmers has worked hard to give the place a personality all its own, one that lures some of the country's most sought-after musicians while serving as a home base for local performers. Five years ago this May 5, the nightclub rose from the ashes of Dethmers' O'Cayz Corral, a favorite downtown watering hole and concert spot in its own right, after it burned irreparably on New Year's Day 2001. >More
 Sconnies in Cajun country, Part 2: Bellying up to the buffet

I'm married to a vegetarian and have a son at home who's one, too. I love them dearly but I love cajun food because it revolves around eating so many different kinds of animals. >More
 Sconnies in Cajun country: On the plane to Lafayette

As you read this, I'll be deplaning in Lafayette, Louisiana, the site of the five-day Festival International de Louisiane. I'm part of a team of Marquette neighborhood organizers who come to Lafayette to work with music agents and other promoters from around the country, using the festival in Lafayette as a giant audition. >More
 Concerts on the Square is on for summer 2009

Local music lovers can walk with an extra spring in their step, at least till the end of July. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra announced Wednesday that despite the ensemble's ongoing dispute with its musicians, this summer it will proceed with the full slate of Concerts on the Square performances, as scheduled. The series begins June 24 and features weekly Wednesday-evening concerts through July 29. >More
 They score!

Composers John Harbison and Ben Johnston live within a few miles of each other, but their sound worlds are a universe apart. Harbison composes contemporary classical music with large designs and is best known for his operas and big choral works. Johnston's experimental pieces navigate aural spaces as tiny as microtones to get the pure intervals that build his music. >More
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