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Picnic basket full of blues

The Madison Blues Society's annual Blues Picnic has always been a fund-raiser for the organization. But society president Catherine DeValk says the free event hasn't always raised much in the way of funds. >More
 Here comes the son

Seun Kuti, son of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the late, legendary king of Nigerian Afrobeat and revolutionary politics, brings the sound of Lagos to the shores of Lake Mendota. >More
 Hot enough for ya?

It's sweet 16 for Madison's Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, and Saturday's performance at Overture Center's Playhouse was a party with birthday cake, cash bar and some jaw-dropping-good playing. >More
 Music in the air

Five hours into the Isthmus Jazz Festival's Friday night sets, the passion of the music momentarily sparked trouble. >More
 Playing it cool

It was hard to tell whether Isthmus Jazz Festival headliner Madeleine Peyroux was in a good mood last Saturday night at the Wisconsin Union Theater. She certainly seemed upbeat and engaged when she introduced "Blue Alert," the first tune of her 80-minute set, with a conspiratorial: "My first song is a Leonard Cohen song, so it's a little dirty." >More
 Life is beautiful at the Isthmus Jazz Festival

It's almost eerie, really, just how pleasant the Memorial Union Terrace can be on a warm night. Thursday evening the dire weather forecast apparently kept many revelers away from the Isthmus Jazz Festival on the terrace, but Friday night everything was clicking. When the High School Jazz All-Stars began playing at 5:30, the sun was bright, the breeze pleasant, the bratwurst lines manageable. >More
 An interview with Madeleine Peyroux

The New York Times said you're "oblivious to fashion," yet both your sound and look, in videos and press pictures, is so artistically charged and evocative of a mood. Is this something that comes naturally or is it something you've learned? >More
 Oh, the pain

Frankly, part of Peyroux's appeal is that she doesn't simply overlay her own emotions on cover material; she takes possession of it. You can feel her ruminating on the meaning of each song as it unfolds, discovering new dimensions of the lyrics as she goes along. Even she doesn't seem to know where the next verse will lead. >More
 The sounds of summer

Sure, Summerfest is fun. But don't forget about Hot Summer Nights, the UW Memorial Union Terrace's annual lakeside music series. Unlike Milwaukee's big gig, it lasts through August. It's also free, and if you bike or walk down to the Union to catch the local bands and name touring acts on the calendar, you'll barely be adding to your carbon footprint. >More
 John Butler Trio's show in Madison was choice, bro!

Anyone who attended the group's sold out concert at the High Noon Saloon Tuesday night knows that those words barely scratch the surface of the Aussie Butler and his group. This show was, as they say Down Under, "good as." >More
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