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Redamte and Dragonfly Lounge feature adventuresome acts

Madison has two new music venues: Redamte, a java joint at 449 State St., and Dragonfly Lounge, a candle-lined taproom in the basement of Bellini restaurant (401 E. Washington Ave.). They sprouted from the efforts of their owners and the clever ideas of two groups: homegrown label Mine All Mine Records and local concert-booking agency TKG Music Group. >More
 Vanguard Jazz Orchestra brings New York-style thrills to the Wisconsin Union Theater

The economic model for the touring jazz big band has broken down since the days of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. So it was a rare treat to see the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra on Saturday night, bringing New York-style thrills to the Wisconsin Union Theater. The 16-piece band was a well-oiled machine with a human heart. >More
 Good ideas, healthy venting at Madison hip-hop community meeting

It's tough to be constructive in a conversation everyone is sick of having. About 40 people did just that Saturday afternoon at the East Madison Community Center, site of a meeting about guarding local hip-hop shows from violence and its withering aftereffects. >More
 Mostly flamboyant, sometimes subdued, Patti LuPone delights in Overture Hall

Patti LuPone is a Broadway baby, and Broadway musicals aren't famous for subtlety. Wednesday night in Overture Hall, LuPone presented a few gentle interludes, but mainly the performance was one gigantic climax after another. That could have been exhausting to watch, but she threw in a lot of self-deprecating shtick, which helped make the show just the right size. It was a delight. >More
 The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra keeps an essential American sound alive

The most influential big band in contemporary jazz is bringing a bit of Greenwich Village to Madison, just days before it celebrates an anniversary. As great art often does, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra began in disappointment, when jazz giant Count Basie commissioned Thad Jones, his band's cornetist, to write a full album's worth of material in 1965. Basie rejected the seven compositions Jones presented, saying they didn't sound like his band and might be too hard for his musicians to play. >More
 Madison musicians collaborate with artists overseas

Sometimes music-making thrives on isolation, but a handful of abrasive, experimental Madison artists have found collaborators -- abroad. The Internet makes that easy, but it's still an improbable feat when a musician in Madison and one overseas learn they share the same twisted muse, then develop the discipline and chemistry to make compelling recordings together. Three recent releases capture just that dynamic. >More
 Galileo Galilei is Madison Opera's second triumph of the season

Philip Glass's Galileo Galilei has had rather limited circulation around the operatic world, so it was a brave step for Madison Opera to take it up. But the step has paid off, with perhaps the best yet of the company's small, midseason productions in the Overture Center's intimate Playhouse. >More
 After more club violence, disappointment, tightened security

Just bringing up the subject of violence at hip-hop shows immediately gets you into a mess of generalizations, doesn't it? After all, for every incident like the fight last Tuesday at the High Noon Saloon, during which a gun reportedly went off, there are plenty of positive examples to choose from. >More
 Touring acts rouse the Madison music scene from hibernation

Each January, Madison's live-music scene succumbs to the winter doldrums, lying listless for weeks as temperatures dip into frostbite territory. But then, around the time UW-Madison classes start, concert promoters stage an intervention, filling clubs with musicians and their fans. Here are 29 cold-weather shows to fuel the transformation. >More
 Madison author rediscovers folk hero Mike Seeger

Consider the parallel course American music has run next to American politics. The handiest example is the 1960s, when music and politics raged, clashed and crashed, creating sparks that both united and divided us. Music and politics also met up in the 1930s, and that coalescing did nothing less than identify what being an American meant. >More
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