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MUSIC

Jazz and jam reunite at the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest in Fitchburg

The fifth annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, held on Friday and Saturday at a farm in Fitchburg, felt more like a family picnic of talented jazz musicians than a festival. They played at Art in the Barn, with plastic chairs and bales of hay set up for seating. There were no aggressive sponsors, and the bathroom was located through the horse stall, next to a horse named Ringo. >More
 Freshman class

It's that time of year again, when Madison reinvents itself. Old stuff gets set out at curbsides. New gear arrives by the truckload. Matriculating students settle in and re-energize downtown. >More
 Madison goes electronic as Reverence Festival heats up

Look no further than the MySpace page dedicated to Madison's Reverence Festival for proof that the three-day electronic music event has developed a niche following nationwide. >More
 Will Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra musicians strike?

After seven bargaining sessions, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's 34 core musicians and the WCO aren't close to hammering out the terms of a new contract. In fact, musician representative Todd Jelen says that the players became so discouraged with the WCO's unwillingness to bargain on key issues they requested that a mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service join the proceedings. >More
 WSUM brings Snake on the Lake Fest back to the Union Terrace

The sophomore year of the Snake on the Lake Fest should have a lot of penurious students grinning from ear to ear next month. The free annual music festival put on by the student radio station WSUM announced the lineup on Wednesday afternoon for this year's party on the Memorial Union Terrace. Formerly known as "Party in the Park" when it was held at James Madison Park, the fest moved onto campus last year, guaranteeing more student interest. But the lineup of acts featured this year is so strong that the lakeside biergarten is likely to attract a capacity crowd. >More
 An exit interview with Nate Palan of Hometown Sweethearts

Look, Madison, Nate Palan is moving to New York, okay? The sooner you come to grips with that fact, the better. That means no more Tuesday nights spent dancing as his celebrated cover band, Hometown Sweethearts, pumps out the best party set ever pulled together at the Crystal Corner. So instead of blubbering about it, let's celebrate the luck we've had to be in the same town as the Sweethears lo, these many years. >More
 Forward Music Fest: Counting down

With just four weeks to go before the inaugural Forward Music Festival takes place Sept. 19 and 20, Bessie Cherry, one of the fest's five co-organizers, admits that things are getting a little harried. "I tell the other guys it's kind of like the eighth month of being pregnant," she laughs during a mid-afternoon break from her day job at a local web design and consulting firm. "You're hot. You're tired. You're uncomfortable. And it hasn't happened yet!" >More
 Hanging out at the Loft

It's been four years since Tom Klein started a local music promotion company with a niche focus on all-ages shows. Klein's Journey Music is a business that's proven resilient to the tough times the local club scene has endured as gas prices have soared. "The worst show I've done this past year brought in 105 people," says Klein, 22. "With the economy the way it is right now, the people with the most money are teenagers who don't have to work." >More
 The fifth annual Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival: A debriefing

The Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival turned out to be a great event. As one of the organizers and volunteers for the past five years, my opinion is beyond biased. If you were at the festival Aug. 1-2 at Lake Farm Park, I'd love to hear your thoughts. It's the only way we know what we're doing right or what could use changing. >More
 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival: That old-time religion

Now in its fifth year, the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival has become an established part of the city's summer music calendar. This year one of the highlights is an appearance by multi-instrumentalist Mike Seeger, who, much like his famous half-brother Pete Seeger, has used his banjo, fiddle, autoharp and voice to advance the cause of old-time music in this country for over half a century. >More
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