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Natty Nation's Black Friday show is a tradition now

"This show will be the fourth annual Black Friday show. It started out as our coming home party when we did a tour of the Middle East and Africa. Since all of the musicians in the group live in or close to Madison, it's the perfect time and place for us to have a show for our families and long time Madison fans." >More
 Composer Shannon Mason, a.k.a. Pongball, unveils soundtrack for eco-themed videogame

Without music's bravery-summoning powers, Super Mario might not rescue Princess Toadstool, and Contra's commandos would struggle to foil the Red Falcon Organization's nefarious world-domination plot. Local composer Shannon Mason knows this cardinal truth. That's why she lives, breathes and sleeps videogame music. It inspires acts of heroism. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, Midori plays Shostakovich with eloquence and passion

Last weekend we had the appearance in Memorial Union concerts of Caroline Goulding, the 19-year-old violinist who is making the transition from child prodigy to mature artist, on a pattern already followed by Midori and Hilary Hahn. So it is appropriate that this weekend we should have Midori herself with us, as a guest soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. >More
 Rock pioneers the Millingtons still fight stereotypes

June Millington was 13 when her family moved from the Philippines to Sacramento, Calif. The year was 1961. "We felt blatant prejudice when we first came here," she says. "It was horrible." But June and her sister Jean knew how to play ukulele, and they used their musical talent to win friends. "We played at the junior high school variety show," recalls June. "Kids started coming up to us and telling us they liked it. So it dawned on us this was a way to make friends." >More
 Madison Opera's Eugene Onegin tells of love and regret

This weekend in Overture Hall, Madison Opera gives us a rare opportunity to see Eugene Onegin, the company's first Tchaikovsky opera in its 50-year history. The libretto, by Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky, follows Alexander Pushkin's 19th-century tale about a young dandy (Hyung Yun, in the title role) who is bored with life and, when it comes to romance, loves the chase more than the woman. >More
 Madison studio DNA Music Labs earns a global reputation

Why did Bligg, the biggest name in Swiss pop music, come to Madison in September? One reason was the rapper's devotion to New Orleans-style parade music, specifically his allegiance to locally based Youngblood Brass Band. The other was to record at DNA Music Labs on Winnebago Street. "They worked 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day," says DNA co-owner Mark Whitcomb, who manned the sessions. >More
 Questions for Hank Williams III

Hank3 will play the Barrymore Theatre Dec. 1. It's the second leg of a tour that showcases four discs recorded from January through June of this year and recently released on his own Hank3 Records. He spoke on the phone from his apartment in East Nashville about his music; his father, Hank Williams Jr., whose comments comparing Obama to Hitler recently got him fired from Monday Night Football; and his grandfather, country legend Hank Williams Sr. >More
 Wonderful student talent lifts University Opera's La Bohème

Probably no serious opera company could survive if it did not mount Puccini's La Bohème every other season or so. Of course, a school opera program is not faced with the same budgetary compulsions, and can expose student performers to a wide range of literature. Paradoxically, though, part of their training should let students experience popular operas in which many will eventually be working as career professionals. >More
 The Cash Box Kings thrive on a classic Chicago sound

Joe Nosek made a hobby of perusing the pop albums archived at the Whitewater public library when he was a kid. The Rolling Stones were among his favorites. "I would study the back of the album and see all the Jagger/Richards songwriting credits," says Nosek. "But I would also see names like Chester Burnett, and that made me want to dig deeper to find out who these other songwriters were." >More
 Teacher and jazz man Terence Blanchard plays a UW gig

Jazz fanatics who love hard-bopping trumpet have been counting the days until Oct. 21, when Terence Blanchard unpacks his horn at the Wisconsin Union Theater in an Isthmus Jazz Series event. But you don't have to be a jazz fiend to be entranced by Blanchard's compositions. Fact is, you're sure to have already experienced his urgent sound. >More
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