Live music in Madison is about to get a much-needed boost with the opening of The Frequency just off Capitol Square in June. The music scene in the city has seen the departure of multiple small clubs recently, including the King Club and Adair's Lounge over the winter and The Klinic earlier this spring. The pendulum is also swinging in the other direction, though, with the spring opening of The Project Lodge and now with this new venue. Owned and operated by local musician and promoter Darwin Sampson, the club is getting ready to embark upon a busy summer as the only regularly booked small venue to be found downtown.
Darwin Sampson's promising new live music club The Frequency opened its doors on Friday night with an invite-only preview show featuring Stephanie Rearick, Awesome Car Funmaker and The Treats. This varied lineup of bands represents the kind of musical diversity Sampson is hoping to bring to the club just off the Capitol Square as he books local bands to play every weekend this summer.
Musicians are lucky. They've found a means of truly expressing themselves. But it can be hard to keep the musical lifestyle going. Darwin Sampson knows this. In fact, that's a major reason he opened the Frequency nightclub last June at 121 W. Main St.
Local blues guitarist A.J. Love doesn't just like Chicago blues; he lives it and loves it. Though he has family and work responsibilities here in town, he drifts down to the Windy City a few times a week simply to listen to its stars and learn from them.
Sunday nights are notoriously slow for many Madison bars, especially during the summer. So Darwin Sampson, owner of the Frequency, 121 W. Main St., has been using a senior center staple -- bingo -- to get folks off their porches and to his downtown club. He calls it Band Bingo.