Dane County Fair
Summer in Madison extends its hot streak this week with the start of the Dane County Fair. The calendar also includes: the opening of Blooming Butterflies at Olbrich Gardens; a Simon & Garfunkel tribute at Concerts on the Square; and, more live music from Les Racquet, Watsky, Lydia Loveless, Saint Motel, and Wook with Madison Dubstep.
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Frequency, 8:30 pm
This trio from Brooklyn, N.Y., pack a wallop with dramatic louds and softs, killer vocal harmonies and guitar showmanship that's earned them comparisons to Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. With Stephanie Rearick, Castor & Pollux and Modern Mod.
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Alliant Energy Center, through July 22
The county displays its bounty: sheep, horses, pigs, cows and frighteningly large rabbits. On the non-furry end of things, there's main stage entertainment tonight by indie hip-hop duo the Cataracts and, tomorrow, country newcomer Dustin Lynch (both shows 7 pm).
Olbrich Gardens, 10 am-4 pm through Aug. 12 The annual event offers an up-close look at the miracle of metamorphosis. More than a dozen species of butterflies emerge from their chrysalises and flutter picturesquely around the Bolz Conservatory.
Capitol Square, 7 pm
Conductor Michael Krajewski leads the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and guests A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle in a tribute to Simon & Garfunkel. No doubt they'll play familiar favorites, but we'd love to hear some great lesser-known tunes, too. "Keep the Customer Satisfied," say.
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
This West Coast rapper pairs light-hearted comedy with heavy-hearted poetry. He delivers rhymes so fast that his videos have become viral sensations. With Dumbfounded, the Breezy Lovejoy Band and Ted Park.
Frequency, 8:30 pm
This 21-year-old singer has been branded a hellraiser since releasing Indestructible Machine, a stellar release filled with outlaw country heritage, punk-rock attitude and so many swear words that FCC censors are still shaking in their boots (see Music). With Rodeo Bums and the Melon Heads.
Terrace at UW Memorial Union, 9:30 pm
Madison fans are among the first to hear this L.A. garage-glam quartet perform their debut album, Voyeur, which has already generated positive buzz from Alternative Press. With Races.
Majestic Theatre, 10 pm
The local jamtronica purveyors of Wook kick off the evening with some prog-inspired noodling before Madison Dubstep initiates a DJ battle at the stroke of midnight.