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Trombonist Darren Sterud fills the Fountain with bold jazz shows

When Branford Marsalis performed at Overture Center in February, he got wind of the Fountain, a live-music venue across the street that's reinvigorating the city's jazz scene. After rehearsal, he stopped in to check it out, pronouncing the back bar a "cool little space." Darren Sterud, a 27-year-old professional trombonist, was bartending that day. >More
 Launchpad Wisconsin 2013 finals put talented young bands in the spotlight

Dozens of young musicians and their friends, fans and families flocked to the UW Union South Sett on June 8 for the Launchpad Wisconsin finals, a battle of the bands for high school students. Thirteen groups participated, and each brought a unique playing style to the stage. Here are some highlights from the event. >More
 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society starts summer 2013 with a bang

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society presented "Follow Suit" from its Deuces Are Wild series on Friday Night at Overture Center's Playhouse. This diverse program began with lighthearted commentary about the group's mission. Then colorfully dressed performers commanded the stage, displaying an impressive array of rich, jewel-toned pieces. >More
 Can Make Music Madison and the MAMAs get along?

Next weekend may be one of the noisiest in Madison history. Most of the noise will be joyful: live music at more than 100 pop-up venues on Friday, June 21, for Make Music Madison, and nearly a dozen performances at the Madison Area Music Awards at Overture Center on Sunday, June 23. >More
 Greater Madison Jazz Consortium takes pulse of city's scene

After launching last October, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium began collecting data about the health of the local jazz community. Local nonprofit guru Boris Frank was recruited to survey nearly 300 local fans, performers and music educators, and the results arrived in early June. >More
 Son Volt turn the High Noon Saloon into a rockin' honky-tonk

Jay Farrar's voice is like a rock in the middle of the mighty Mississippi River, which separates his hometown of Belleville, Illinois, and his current residence of St. Louis. The Son Volt frontman's almost-monotone delivery sits firmly in the middle of the songs. Everything else swirls around it, whether the instruments rock hard or are quiet as a whisper. The band played the High Noon Saloon Thursday night. >More
 The sounds of Marquette Waterfront Fest

It all begins with a smoke signal of sorts, the scent rising from the sausages at Madison's many brat celebrations. Whether you're at World's Largest Brat Fest, Wurst Times or the People's Brat Fest on Memorial Day weekend, it's clear that festival season has begun. >More
 Joan Baez, troublemaker: At 72, the folk icon continues to stir things up

In late April singer-songwriter Joan Baez sat at the bedside of her 100-year-old mother -- lovingly nicknamed Big Joan -- absorbing the final moments before she died. Despite the sad occasion, Baez felt satisfaction in remembering a lifetime together. "We got a lot of work done in our souls," says Baez, 72, who plays Overture Center'sCapitol Theater June 7. "There's no way around the sadness, but it doesn't have to be suffering." >More
 Middleton Community Orchestra closes its 2012-13 season with a refreshingly earnest take on Tchaikovsky's Sixth

Middleton Community Orchestra performed its season closer at the Middleton-Cross Plains Performing Arts Center on Wednesday evening. It was another proud achievement for conductor Steve Kurr and his plucky colleagues. >More
 How Michael Massey gave teeth to Madison Ballet's Dracula score

Filled with libidinous dancing and steampunk costumes, Madison Ballet's Dracula was one of the most provocative works to hit local stages this year. It's also one of the most inventive, even though it's based on Bram Stoker's well-known vampire novel. Much of the production's impact stemmed from an original rock score by local composer Michael Massey. >More
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