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How did the Optometri arrive in Madison?

I went to meet the members of Optometri at the Local Tavern on King Street last week, but none of them showed up. They all sent their personal assistants instead. It was no surprise. The six Russian emigrants who make up this Madison band have largely avoided the local media since they were secretly discovered here five years ago. >More
 Rhapsodic Russians open Concerts on the Square 2009 season

Madison's Concerts on the Square are a far cry from the small-town concerts at the village bandstand of a century ago. But they have become an institution, now in its 26th season. >More
 Senior Scenesters gather at High Noon for potluck, punk rock (audio slideshow)

These are the kids who stapled hand-made band flyers to telephone polls in the snow and only knew each other's first names. They were Madison's "scene" in the days of Sonic Youth and Nirvana. And, as the self-proclaimed "aging hipster" Blunt Rapture puts it, "these are the people who aren't dead yet." >More
 Arts & Crafts stands out among high school bands to win Launchpad 2009 finals

As a 12-year-old in a rock band with high hopes for my own career in the Launchpad competition, I was excited to check out the statewide finals on Saturday, June 20, at the Wisconsin Union Theater. I'm not yet eligible for Launchpad, but as I sat through the 12 finalists I definitely got an idea of what to do and what not to do. >More
 WPT's 30 Minute Music Hour rocks the airwaves

When Andy Moore first pitched the idea of a live-music program to the management of Wisconsin Public Television, he never imagined it would revolutionize the way the station airs its goods. His project, 30 Minute Music Hour, turned out to be WPT's first venture into online broadcasting, and it seems to grow more ambitious with each episode. >More
 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society seeks Haydn

Every season of the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society has a punning theme to unite its programs. This year's is "Haydn Seek," combining the idea of children's games with marking the 200th anniversary of the great 18th-century Austrian master's death. Each program will contain a chamber work of his. >More
 The Tennessee Three resurrect Johnny Cash's spirit in Madison

Legends are rarely built without the help of some clever friends and a convincing storyteller. In the case of Johnny Cash, at least a few of these partners in crime belonged to The Tennessee Three, his backing band of more than 40 years. Friday night at the Madison Mallards baseball game and later at the Essen Haus, the current lineup of the band gave fans a glimpse into how such legends are made. >More
 The Marquette Waterfront Festival has boomed over 20 years

The 20th Marquette Waterfront Festival brings a sizzling lineup of local acts and emerging world music stars to Yahara Place Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14. My, how this festival's grown >More
 Rain changes the mood on Saturday at Isthmus Jazz Festival 2009

Rain displaced the Isthmus Jazz Festival to the cramped confines of the UW Memorial Union Rathskeller on Saturday. That changed the vibe of the night. No sweeping sunset. No shimmering lake. No girls in their summer clothes taking in the twilight. >More
 The sights and sounds on Friday night at Isthmus Jazz Festival 2009 (audio slideshow)

Memorial Union Terrace buzzed with energy last Friday evening as some 3,000 people packed into the lakeside hangout for the first night of the Isthmus Jazz Festival. Watch the following soundslide recap of the evening. >More
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