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MUSIC

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
 Scoops for the week of June 13-19

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 The Kissers say 'Farewell for Now' to Madison in goodbye show at High Noon

Much like the inevitable, difficult end of a happy love affair, the farewell performance by The Kissers left its lovers -- an enthusiastic and loyal local fan base -- exhausted, exhilarated and sad. Appropriately enough, the Irish rock band made their goodbyes at the High Noon Saloon, the successor to the original O'Cayz Corral where they originally made their name with their Pogues covers on Monday nights ten years ago. >More
 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
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