Maynard G. Mallard
The sounds of summer come alive on the north side this week as the Madison Mallards play their season opener at the Duck Pond. The calendar also includes: a screening of the documentary We Are Wisconsin; and, live music from Michael Cooney, The Antlers, Rachel Platten, Tech N9ne, Ben Daniels Band, and Sleeping in the Aviary with Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps.
NOTEWORTHY: Wisconsin achieves statehood, 1848.
NOTEWORTHY: Joan of Arc burns at stake, 1431.
Brink Lounge, 7 pm
Armed with jaw harps, penny whistles and two different types of banjo, Cooney has been described as a one-man folk festival and an encyclopedia of story and song. Sample his catalog of cowboy tunes, ancient ballads and sea shanties at this concert hosted by the Madison Folk Music Society. With indelible Madison folkies Lou & Peter Berryman, who got help from Cooney in the 1980s when they started touring the folk circuit.
Warner Park Duck Pond, 7:05 pm
The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the quack of the duck. The local baseball franchise kicks off its home season with a game against the Bombers of Battle Creek, Mich
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
After releasing the quiet, melancholy gem Hospice to much critical acclaim in 2009, this chamber-pop trio from Brooklyn, N.Y., launched itself onto the Billboard charts in 2011 with an electronica-tinged follow-up called Burst Apart. With Sat. Nite Duets.
NOTEWORTHY: Timothy Leary dies, 1996.
Barrymore Theatre, 7 pm
Director Amie Williams' documentary profiles Wisconsinites who converged on the Capitol early last year to protest Gov. Scott Walker's policies.
Redamte Coffee House, 8 pm
This extroverted songbird's 2011 release, Be Here, teems with Caribbean rhythms and sparkling pop melodies. The album's most prominent single, "1,000 Ships," has made a splash on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart and as the intro to the ABC Family series Jane By Design. With Madi Diaz and Cait Shanahan.
Orpheum Theatre, 8 pm
This rapper's rapid-fire rhymes earned him his stage name, which is a reference to a TEC-9 semiautomatic handgun. This show will likely feature songs from his new EP, Klusterfuk, and his 2011 studio albums, Welcome to Strangeland and All 6's and 7's. With Machine Gun Kelly, Krizz Kaliko, Prozak, Mayday and Stevie Stone.
Frequency, 9 pm
The son of actor Jeff Daniels transforms poetry into Americana music using inspiration from artists such as legendary bluesman Robert Johnson and White Stripes crooner Jack White. With Little Legend.
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
Former Madison dwellers Sleeping in the Aviary will release a quirky new LP, You and Me, Ghost, after a folk-pop set by rising stars Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps. Find out more about Smith's songwriting in this week's Tour Stop. With Icarus Himself.