Live music provides a nighttime respite from the annual mid-August moving frenzy in downtown Madison, with shows by The Gallery, Chic Gamine, Fantini Akord Quintet, Doña Ana Music Night Union, The Aristocrats, and Icarus Himself. The calendar also includes: the second week of Jazz at Five; and, a RAW: Natural Born Artists gathering.
NOTEWORTHY: Isaac Singer receives patent for sewing machine, 1851.
Frequency, 8 pm
This band from itty-bitty Wilbraham, Mass., aim for an epic rock sound featuring blues-infused guitar jams, shout-it-out choruses, and a hint of the Boss' charisma. They've gained a national profile -- and a new L.A. address -- since competing in Rolling Stone's Rock 'n' Roll Star contest two summers ago. With the Palisades, the Olympics and Wild Rose Harmonic.
NOTEWORTHY: Opha Mae Johnson becomes first woman to enlist in U.S. Marine Corps, 1919.
High Noon Saloon, 7 pm
With a rotating lineup of four lead singers and a penchant for wall-of-sound harmonies, this group nod to Motown and the Beach Boys as well as the French pop tradition. With Ida Jo.
Brink Lounge, 7 pm
The accordion-wielding Polish ensemble performs dance-friendly tangos, waltzes and more.
100 block of State Street, 5 pm
At this week's free outdoor event, UW professor Johannes Wallmann plays a 5 pm set with his fine quintet, followed by the rhythmically brilliant pianist Chuchito Valdés, son of Cuban piano legend Chucho Valdés. Expect passionate versions of danzon, mambo and jazz.
High Noon Saloon, 5:30 pm
Hailing from Las Cruces, N.M., these funky folksters harmonize with male and female voices and instruments such as the cello and dobro. With Hewn.
NOTEWORTHY: Woodstock begins, 1969.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
The local branch of RAW presents another wild night of indie arts, drawing on every imaginable genre: music, fashion, painting, belly-dancing, even yoga.
Brink Lounge, 8 pm
Virtuosos from the bands of Steve Vai, Asia, Dethlok and Steven Wilson gel rather than compete in this lively rock act. With the Brains of This Operation.
Frequency, 9 pm
The local indie rock project turns five this year, and frontman Nick Whetro's autobiographical songwriting is stronger than ever. See what the group have been up to since releasing 2011's excellent Career Culture. With Rupert Angeleyes, Teenage Moods and TT & the Night Owls.