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The Daily


Blake Thomas wants your liver

Over the course of their weekly two sets each at Mickey's Tavern, Robby Schiller and Blake Thomas had, as was their wont, kept their whistles very wet -- so wet, in fact, that they wound up not at the house on Ingersoll Street they share with other musicians and dumpster-divers and dogs and girlfriends and folksingers, but at B.B. Clarke Beach on the shore of Lake Monona, on whose frozen surface they decided to cavort. >More
 Lucia di Lammermoor: Crazy love

Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor reduced its source, Walter Scott's complex and densely populated novel The Bride of Lammermoor, to a romantic melodrama of skeletal simplicity. But Donizetti's richly tuneful score, plus the irresistible challenges of its title role, sustained its popularity through long years when most of his other 70-odd operas were ignored. >More
 Mike Droho: 'All I want to be is an artist'

The first time I saw Mike Droho play he was co-fronting the Profits, a Madison pop band all the rage among Wisconsin coeds until they broke up in 2006. >More
 Scoops for the week of May 16-22

 Celebrating our Madison music scene at the 2008 MAMAs

If you're a Madison music scene insider, and you've attended the MAMAs more than once, no one needed to explain host John Urban's opening joke Saturday night. "I have to keep the show rolling because I've got plans at midnight," said Urban. The annual Madison Area Music Awards show has never been known for its brevity. This year's gig began at 7:30 and was finished a little more than three hours later. But much of the crowd of more than 500 was energized right until the end. >More
 Announcing the winners of the 2008 Madison Area Music Awards

The fifth annual Madison Area Music Awards were held on Saturday night before an energetic crowd of local musicians and their fans at the Barrymore Theatre. Winners in more than 40 categories of artists, albums, and songs were named at the live show, which featured performances by Dear August, Stephanie Rearick, Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band, The Motorz, The Jessi Lynn Band, Profound with Lil' Braugh, and Pale Young Gentlemen with a string quartet composed of musicians from Madison schools. >More
 Roy Elkins: Rock the vote

When presenters ask "May I have the envelope, please" at music awards shows, there's a good chance Roy Elkins will be the guy handing it over. >More
 Scoops for the week of May 9-15

 Lucia di Lammermoor: Mad about you

Overture Hall will shiver with murder and madness this weekend when the Madison Opera presents its premiere of Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti. Librettist Salvatore Cammarano based this tragic opera on Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor, a tale of two feuding families, the Ashtons and the Ravenswoods, and their struggle to maintain power amid political turmoil. >More
 Madison Bach Musicians: That was then

For years, Trevor Stephenson's Madison Bach Musicians have been presenting Bach cantatas and concertos, thereby establishing Madison's first continuing laboratory for period-style performance of Baroque music. It's time the press took full notice of them, and what better occasion than their most ambitious venture so far. >More
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