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The fifth annual Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival: A debriefing

The Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival turned out to be a great event. As one of the organizers and volunteers for the past five years, my opinion is beyond biased. If you were at the festival Aug. 1-2 at Lake Farm Park, I'd love to hear your thoughts. It's the only way we know what we're doing right or what could use changing. >More
 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival: That old-time religion

Now in its fifth year, the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival has become an established part of the city's summer music calendar. This year one of the highlights is an appearance by multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger, who, much like his famous half-brother Pete Seeger, has used his banjo, fiddle, autoharp and voice to advance the cause of old-time music in this country for over half a century. >More
 Opera in the Park draws an appreciative crowd

Madison Opera's seventh annual Opera in the Park was a lively show that reportedly drew over 13,000 people. The generous, diverse program featured four singers, each with two or more solos. Their voices are attractive and strong, but strength was too often their primary aim. >More
 WJJO Band Camp: Heavy on metal

WJJO program director Randy Hawke says he was tired of having to wait for Ozzfest or an occasional show at Alpine Valley to see national hard rock and metal bands play live. >More
 Yum-Yum, Ko-Ko and friends: Madison Savoyards stage a fine Mikado

In their 46th season, the durable Madison Savoyards Ltd. places high in Madison's summer offerings. Addressing The Mikado; or The Town of Titipu -- perhaps the most popular of the "big three" Gilbert and Sullivan operettas (H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance being the others) -- the Savoyards achieve their most dazzling and consistently satisfying show in some years. >More
 Ticket to ride

If you decided to forgo your road trip this year because of soaring gas prices or bad weather, Madison's classical groups are offering a new season that will help make up for that. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, for example, will take us to the Arctic Circle in "Cantus Arcticus: Concerto for Birds and Orchestra." For the Madison Opera, it will be Japan in Madama Butterfly. And if you want to leave earth altogether, the Madison Symphony Orchestra will guide you to "The Planets."

 Blowing up a storm

Maestro Andrew Sewell's efforts to include a certain amount of classical music in the programs for this year's Concerts on the Square were weakly evident in the third of them, on July 9. It was mainly a show for the guest soloist, trumpeter Ryan Anthony, undoubtedly one of today's most spectacular virtuosi on his instrument.

 Jentri Colello: The real deal

It's 9:45 on a muggy Friday night, and the High Noon Saloon is hosting maybe 30 patrons for the first of three bands on a bill featuring country-rock-shaded up-and-comers the Blueheels. Most are lost in casual summertime chatter fueled by the first few rounds of the weekend. Consequently, hardly anyone notices when Jentri Colello mumbles some words of welcome into her microphone and begins singing about her own private Idaho in a soft, husky voice. >More

8889's brisk, at times introspective pop-rock recalls several '80s acts that embraced ringing, slightly reedy guitars and trebly production that highlighted all that purposeful strumming. In fact, if you crossed guitar-savvy neo-psychedelians the Church with Hall & Oates and added a touch of earnest folk-rock, you'd come up with something very similar to what 8889 are doing on Zoology.

 Madison Senior Scenester Potluck reflects on a bygone musical era

The mindset on State Street in the early '80s among a certain subculture was one of violent underground dissent against Reagan's America and an embrace of the DIY culture of 'zines, homemade flyer art and punk rock. Sunday, the Senior Scenesters Potluck at Tenney Park brought many of the members of that social scene together again. It was Bill Feeny's brainstorm. Feeny played with Appliances SFB, one of the better-know Madison acts of the early '80s. >More
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