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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra: Toil and Trouble

On Jan. 18, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will start the New Year with two robust masterpieces -- Franz Schubert's "String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor" ("Death and the Maiden") arranged by Mahler, and Johannes Brahms' "Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor." The evening's lighter but no less challenging fare will be Rodion Shchedrin's "Chamber Suite," composed in 1961. Shchedrin weaves Russian folklore with colorful orchestration and creates a soundscape that's both meditative and edgy. >More
 Joe Strummer's rise and fall

Julien Temple's film Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten makes one thing abundantly clear: the late Clash frontman and all-around musical explorer liked people of all kinds. Indeed, re-stagings of the communal bonfires that Strummer organized for friends and strangers during the latter part of his life form the organizing visual trope of this amiable, at times self-consciously arty biopic, opening at the Orpheum Theatre on Jan. 18. >More
 Hugh Masekela: The horn of Africa

he most memorable groove from that hot Mifflin Street summer of '68 -- on the heels of the Dow riots on Bascom Hill the previous fall and Otis Redding's plane crashing into Lake Monona in December -- was legendary South African trumpet/flugelhorn master Hugh Masekela's now-immortal "Grazin' in the Grass." >More
 The 30-Minute Music Hour debuts with Pat MacDonald, Willy Porter and Robbie Fulks

On the set of Wisconsin Public Television's new music show, The 30-Minute Music Hour, producer Andy Moore is tight-roping the creative process with Pat MacDonald, former front man of Timbuk 3 and reputed character. MacDonald's gear includes a cigar box guitar and an amplified stomp board, which produces a variety of percussive sounds. >More
 Café Montmartre is for sale

The soon-to-be-reformatted King Club isn't the only downtown nightspot that looks to be changing hands soon. Barely a week after word broke that the King Street music venue is being converted into a gay bar, it was announced Monday morning that Café Montmartre is now on the market. Opened 15 years ago, the wine bar and music venue at the corner of Mifflin and Webster streets just off Capitol Square is being put up for sale by owners Craig and Kevin Spaulding. >More
 The Shabelles, The Buffali, and The Treats heat up the Crystal Corner

With three of Madison's dearest bands on the docket, the Crystal Corner Bar was the place to be on Saturday night for music lovers looking to escape the wintry weather. The Shabelles, The Buffali and The Treats all took the stage at this Willy Street institution, filling the venue and heating it (literally) to scorching. >More
 The Gomers: That '70s show

There were 11 hours left in 2007 when I met Biff Blumfumgagnge of the Gomers for coffee at Manna Café on North Sherman Avenue. But there were only three minutes left in the café's 2007. "We close at 1 today," said the man behind the counter. Confronted with the end of time, Biff calmly smiled and handed me a copy of the Gomers' new CD. >More
 Spice up your weekend with Salsa Saturday at the Majestic

The debut of theme nights at the Majestic Theatre -- most recently its Brew and View series -- delivers dancing, music and drinks to melt away the winter blues with more than just margaritas and the occasional global warming heatwave. Now comes Salsa Saturday, the Majestic Theatre's music and dance celebration and the latest Latin delight to spice up Madison -- and your weekend plans. >More
 Performers and musicians comment on King Club closing

Word of the King Club's closing swiftly generated discussion of its recent and past incarnations as a music venue. The Daily Page also asked for comments from several performers and neighbors to the King Street nightspot. >More
 King Club to close its doors as music venue

The King Club will be ceasing operations on January 21. The space will subsequently reopen with new partners and a new operation, with the city losing one of its most vital music venues in one of the downtown's primary entertainment districts. However, it will continue to host a longtime Madison music institution -- a weekly gig by "Funky Drummer" Clyde Stubblefield known as Funky Mondays. >More
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