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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
 Warm night, cool sounds on Friday at the 2009 Isthmus Jazz Festival

I walked in just as Patrick Breiner blew the first blast of the evening: a startling, corkscrewing, unaccompanied improvisation on tenor sax that lasted for minutes without a break. It was an impressive feat of circular breathing -- the method of sucking air in while simultaneously blowing it out -- and it served notice that Breiner is a force to be reckoned with. >More
 Isthmus Jazz Fest headliner David Sánchez keeps the form vital

The Isthmus Jazz Festival peaks on Saturday, June 6, at the Wisconsin Union Theater with David Sánchez and his post-bop quartet. Sánchez is the top tenor saxman in a new-century florescence of Latin-tinged Big Apple jazz led by players with superlative chops -- conservatory-trained expats from across the Caribbean and the continent who bring their own heritages to the table. >More
 Greg Smith spreads his talents among 10 Madison groups

Devoting a serious amount of time to an activity -- a beloved hobby, an exercise routine, even raising a family -- is a big challenge when you have a demanding day job. Those who manage to excel at it are something of a mystery to those of us who just get by the best we can. >More
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