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Clear skies grace Roots Fest at the Capital Brewery Bier Garten

Capital Brewery had to be happy that the weatherman was right. The skies were clear and the sun was shining for their first ever Roots Fest on Saturday. A large crowd was on hand to enjoy not only the beer but a fine line-up of local bands capped off by Wisconsin native Willy Porter. >More
 Live Local

The scene may not be Austin or Brooklyn, but it is big enough to host local shows every night of the week, every week of the year.And not just your garden-variety gigs. In Madison we have festivals, benefit shows, reunions, CD-release parties, weeklies, openers, showcases, and on and on. >More
 Her eternal flame

She was the beautifully sleepy girl mutually beckoned by her alarm clock and the kiss of a shirtless hunk on the video to "Manic Monday." Three years later, she was lovestruck in front of the ocean, bowing to the power of crashing waves and fireworks on the video to "Eternal Flame." >More
 The Ditty Bops bring their Farm Tour to Madison

The Ditty Bops have swung through town on a number of occasions since their debut album was released in 2004. Attendance at each concert since has grown in size and enthusiasm, illustrating the band's following in Madison. The appreciation seems to be mutual, as at the last show they declared: "We love Madison! You bike in the snow, you've got a great co-op, and lots of gay people!" >More
 Rock 'n' roll realists

The Grizzlies enjoy early gigs like the one they're getting set to play at the High Noon Saloon. For most young bands, six o'clock on a Tuesday evening is reserved for sleeping off the weekend or noshing in preparation for a late night. But assorted Grizzlies got their fill of the nightlife in old bands like Charlemagne and the Shivers. Putting on their contagious Guided By Voices-meets-Ryan Adams repertoire well before the sun sets isn't a hardship. "Happy-hour shows at the High Noon are fantastic," drummer Alex Fulton says brightly. "We love them." >More
 Majestic Theatre now hiring, booking shows, selling tix

Things are starting to come together at the new Majestic Theatre in downtown Madison. The interior remodeling that started a month ago is proceeding better than expected, says venue co-owner Matt Gerding. "It looks a bit like World War III there,' he notes, "but everything is on schedule for the construction deadline at the end of September." >More
 Madison Made Music Project announces song selections for benefit CD

The Madison Made Music Project has selected the 15 local musicians and groups whose songs will be featured on its homelessness benefit compilation album to be released in September. The artists -- many among the city's best-known acts in rock, hip-hop, jazz, reggae and folk -- represent one-tenth of the 151 local groups who originally submitted a song for inclusion in the project. >More
 Stubblefield and friends hold benefit for Charlie Brooks

The Madison teacher, mentor, and soul magnate suffers from Hepatitis C and was diagnosed on February 13, 2007 with colon cancer. He is now is two months into a 14-month regimen of weekly injections of Peginterferon, which leave him sick for three to four days. Out of work since February, his with struggles with disability insurance has caused considerable financial hardship. >More
 Man on the street

Among the musicians from Chicago and New Orleans performing at this weekend's Terrace Blues Festival will be a Madison original - Catfish Stephenson. >More
 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival dances through the rain

Held at Lake Farm County Park, just south of Madison, this fourth edition of the annual late-summer music festival saw its largest Friday night crowd yet, topping 460 attendees. Over 600 music fans passed through the gate by 5 p.m. on Saturday, despite some steady precipitation. But no one complained about the rain. It has been so dry in fact that, despite an all day soaking; there was very little mud. >More
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