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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
 The gas-price blues

As gas prices approach $4 per gallon, local touring musicians are being forced to adapt. Some say they're cutting back on travel. Others are compensating by trimming what they spend on hotels, marketing and CD production. >More
 Scoops for the week of May 23-29

 WSUM: Wiley to announce major gift to UW student radio

Sources say an announcement set for Thursday afternoon involves a "six figure" cash donation that will be used to help WSUM move into a new studio this summer. >More
 Madison's Klinic Bar gets the needle

After Mike Meier, owner of the Klinic Bar on South Park Street, preemptively canceled all of the bar's hip-hop shows earlier in May, rumors about the fate of the bar, its unsteady financial situation and troubles with the Alcohol License Review Committee led to speculation that it would soon close. These rumors became reality Monday. >More
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