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Freedy Johnston talks about his connections to the Madison music scene

If you listened to modern rock radio in the 1990s, chances are you know "Bad Reputation," the hit single by Freedy Johnston. What you may not know is that the New York guitarist -- who was named Songwriter of the Year by Rolling Stone in 1994 -- has developed deep connections to the Madison music scene over the past 15 years. >More
 Madison music boosts its presence at Summerfest 2008

The annual live music and junk food spectacle in Milwaukee that is Summerfestis always a good bet to catch shows by bands both new and classic as they visit Wisconsin while on tour. The festival also provides a major venue for numerous local groups too, though, and a growing contingent of acts from Madison is flexing the local scenes muscles at the 11-day celebration starting on Thursday. >More
 Alton Kelly wins Launchpad 2008 and earns spot at Summerfest

Twelve bands from around Wisconsin competed in the Launchpad finals at the Wisconsin Union Theater on Saturday. Madison regional finalists Alton Kelly won over the crowd with its mixture of jazzy pop and smoky-nightclub blues, claiming the title and securing a spot to play at Summerfest. >More
 Local chamber groups thrive as the classical music world downsizes

The classical music world has gone small as chamber groups lead the way while symphony orchestras recoup financial losses. An unexpected result of the shift from large to small is that chamber groups are popping up everywhere. >More
 Bach Dancing and Dynamite features new American composers

Among the joys of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society's annual operations has been their outreach beyond Madison. I love their performances at the Stoughton Opera House, a restored jewel. For this year's opening concert, they reached out to the Mineral Point Opera House, another regional gem, one awaiting - and richly deserving - restoration. >More
 The Midwest Beat channel a distant era's sound, plus the low down on the Forward Music Fest

The Midwest Beat's appearance last Friday night at the High Noon Saloon could easily have had all the excitement of a wake. The vinyl version of their exceptional, '60s-tinged self-titled EP had been held up at the pressing plant, which meant that what had been scheduled as a record-release bash was now just another ordinary Madison gig. And as singer-bassist Logan Kayne noted during an interview on the High Noon's breezy patio earlier in the day, ordinary Madison gigs have often disappointed the three-year-old Madison-Milwaukee band. >More
 Neko Case, Bob Mould headline Forward Music Festival in Madison

Madison has hosted homegrown music festivals before, but few of them have been as ambitious as the new Forward Music Fest, which runs Sept. 19 and 20 at venues throughout the downtown, including the Orpheum, the Majestic and the High Noon Saloon. >More
 Richie Cole highlights an evening at the Isthmus Jazz Festival

For five minutes on the Memorial Union Terrace last Friday night, one man's gentle command of an alto saxophone beat back the honky-tonk energy of a few thousand beer drinkers. >More
 Roy Haynes creates a rhythm all his own

Roy Haynes didn't look or act like any 83-year-old man I've ever encountered last Saturday night at the Isthmus Jazz Festival's marquee concert. From the moment he ambled on stage at the Wisconsin Union Theater dressed in a wild op-art shirt and loose-fitting white satin pants, you got the feeling that this jazz legend just might live up to his advance billing as the "greatest living drummer in jazz." >More
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