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Madison Music Project -- Run Side Down

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Today's highlighted Madison musician is Run Side Down.

One of Madison's preeminent jam bands, Run Side Down's first claim to fame is its previous moniker. Originally named Space Camp, the band members changed their name in June of 2005 following legal threats, and has since taken off running with their fusion of funk, jazz and rock. Here's how the band describes itself in its registry description:

Run Side Down is quickly emerging as one of the Midwest's hottest up and coming jam bands. Innovation meets inspiration to produce an ever-evolving style that has been dubbed "eclectic bliss."

The group comes highly approved by one of its peers, which describes them as arguably "the best Jam act in Madison area," one with a not-to-miss live show. Plenty of their music is available online for listening for a preview. Four Run Side Down songs are featured on its MySpace page: "Level 4," "Patches," "Freedom," and "A Quick Story." More information about the band is available at, as well as at the old Madison Music Project profile for Space Camp.

They are a hard-touring band, and proud of it. As described in their registry biography:

Run Side Down is a touring act throughout the Midwest as well as Madison natives. Their touring in 2005 hit more than 30 Midwest cities, over 100+ shows. 2006 has seen even more touring, with breaks to work on an up coming studio effort.

The group's recent schedule has been appropriately busy. The last few weeks have seen Madison shows at the Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival on the UW Library Mall at the beginning of the month, as well as at the High Noon Saloon. They're just getting started, though.

Run Side Down's next show is set for Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the King Club, where they will be performing with Marvin's Gardens. This will be followed two days later by a show at Club Tavern in Middleton, where the band will be performing with Four Below. Just two weeks later, Run Side Down will take the stage at Mr. Roberts, which is serving as an after-party for the second of two Madison shows by Umphrey's McGee at the Barrymore. Run Side Down will then be hitting the road, playing a number of shows in Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois before year's end.

This is the latest featured entry from the Madison Music Project, an online database of Madison-area musicians. Please register or update your current profile on the project for consideration in these highlights.

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