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Pat MacDonald: The future's so right

Thirty-nine years and a thousand songs ago, Pat MacDonald got the shit kicked out of him by members of the Green Bay West High School football team. MacDonald had committed the crime of wearing his hair long, and in those days, particularly within three miles of the sanctuary called Lambeau Field, that just didn't fly. >More
 The Memorial Union Terrace presents a strong summer lineup

Madisonians' warm-weather love affair with the UW Memorial Union Terrace would continue even without the annual alfresco "Hot Summer Nights" music series. The beer, brats and picturesque waterside setting guarantee it. But the Wisconsin Union Directorate's summer-long series of free concerts (which kicks off this weekend with the Isthmus Jazz Festival) sure doesn't hurt the head count at the lakeside venue. >More
 The Ancora String Quartet pit Beethoven vs. Tchaikovsky

Given the long, rich history of the UW's Pro Arte Quartet, it is easy to overlook the existence of another resident ensemble whose rise to distinction demands recognition and support: the Ancora String Quartet. >More
 A goodbye for Drew Glackin of The Silos

I'll pay my respects for Drew Glackin at a High Noon memorial and fundraiser Thursday. The bassist for The Silos shouldn't be dead. But in January he died at the age of 44 from a terrible scourge that kills and disables many artists -- the lack of health insurance. >More
 The Frequency 'waves' hello to Madison music scene

Darwin Sampson's promising new live music club The Frequency opened its doors on Friday night with an invite-only preview show featuring Stephanie Rearick, Awesome Car Funmaker and The Treats. This varied lineup of bands represents the kind of musical diversity Sampson is hoping to bring to the club just off the Capitol Square as he books local bands to play every weekend this summer. >More
 Isthmus Jazz Festival 2008 schedule

As always, there will be a ticketed event with a big star: the explosive drummer Roy Haynes, whose combo performs at the Wisconsin Union Theater on June 7. And there will be the usual wall-to-wall free performances by local lights on the Union Terrace, ranging from big band to Gypsy swing to Latin jazz to avant-garde experimentation.But this year, the Terrace will also feature free performances by national-caliber musicians from outside the Madison area. They include the agile bebop saxophonist Richie Cole, the rhythmically savvy Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, the sophisticated vocal-guitar duo Typhanie Monique & Neal Alger, the hard-driving Milwaukee combo Clamnation and the swinging violinist Randy Sabien. >More
 jAMZ-FM: MC Starr and DJ Pain 1 keep radio real

It's 10 o'clock on a Saturday night, and most of Madison's broadcast radio dial is swimming in a sea of pre-recorded programming. But at 106.7 FM ("Madtown jAMZ"), two local hip-hop artists, MC Starr and DJ Pain 1, are live and at the mike, passing along shoutouts from one Madisonian to another >More
 Scoops for the week of May 30-June 5

 Roy Haynes: The Master Blaster

Roy Haynes is the greatest drummer alive, period. Don't take my word for it -- Gary Giddins, the greatest jazz writer alive, said it first. With Max Roach, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Billy Higgins and Philly Joe Jones gone, Haynes alone is the keeper of the flame. For over 60 years he's been playing the bejezus out of bop in all its glory -- bebop, hard-bop, post-bop and fusion. At 82 he's still on top of his game. The Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Quartet brings its swing to the Wisconsin Union Theater on Saturday, June 7 -- a stunning headliner for this year's Isthmus Jazz Festival. >More
 The Frequency nightclub set for debut in downtown Madison

Live music in Madison is about to get a much-needed boost with the opening of The Frequency just off Capitol Square in June. The music scene in the city has seen the departure of multiple small clubs recently, including the King Club and Adair's Lounge over the winter and The Klinic earlier this spring. The pendulum is also swinging in the other direction, though, with the spring opening of The Project Lodge and now with this new venue. Owned and operated by local musician and promoter Darwin Sampson, the club is getting ready to embark upon a busy summer as the only regularly booked small venue to be found downtown. >More
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