Enjoy a compilation of selected tracks by artists playing shows we're excited about in Madison during the week of March 2-9, 2017. For more information on these shows, read on under the Spotify playlist!
Todd Snider, Thursday, March 2, Barrymore Theatre, 7:30 pm: One of the unsung alternative heroes of the 1990s, Todd Snider is your favorite country musician’s favorite country musician. He’s seen his songs get re-recorded by mainstream acts like Mark Chesnutt and Gary Allan, and has released a staggering 13 albums in his career. His latest, Eastside Bulldog, came out in 2016, proving that that Snider is the true king of alt-country. With Allen Thompson.
Seasaw, Thursday, March 2, Frequency, 8 pm: Madison’s hometown heroes Seasaw are set to embark on a tour of the eastern U.S., so where better to kick it off than in their own backyard? The indie pop duo (who released the excellent Too Much of a Good Thing last year) will get support from Melkweed (which features former members of Modern Mod and the Recreation Station) and Hey Sorry. Come out and give Meg and Eve a proper sendoff!
The Gambol album release, Thursday, Mar. 2, High Noon Saloon, 8 pm: They’ve got the trappings of a classic Americana band — banjo, fiddle, harmonica, whiskey-soaked vocals — but Madison folk rock outfit the Gambol is no one-trick pony. After recording their forthcoming debut album in Nashville, they’re celebrating its release with a hometown shindig. Them Coulee Boys open.
Secondhand Serenade, Friday, March 3, High Noon Saloon, 8 pm: When his 2008 single “Fall For You” became an unexpected hit, John Vesely — aka Secondhand Serenade — became entwined with a group of artists who became generational icons thanks to an emo boom in the mid-2000s. Now Vesely is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his debut, Awake, in style, with a little help from his contemporaries. Screamo kings Hawthorne Heights will join Secondhand Serenade, as will Ronnie Winter of the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Arizona troubadour Kenny Holland.
LOUDPVCK, Liquid, Friday, March 3, 10 pm: Producers Kenny Beats and Ryan Marks unite N.Y.C. hip-hop and L.A. EDM into a cross-country genre mash up known as LOUDPVCK. They can engineer a trap drop with the best of ’em but also are very catholic when choosing recording collaborators, from pop singers and rappers to other producers. With Antics, Snøwmass.
Steve Martin and Martin Short, Friday, March 3, Overture Hall, 7:30 pm: True legends of the entertainment industry and two of the funniest people on the planet, Steve Martin and Martin Short have built their lives on laughter. Now the pair — who have hundreds of film and TV credits between them — will be joining forces to double the humor, presenting a night that will feature an undoubtedly hilarious Q&A between the two Martins with a musical assist from banjo-picking Steve and his band, the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Chris D’Elia, Friday, March 3, Orpheum Theater, 7:30 pm: Chris D’Elia truly is Incorrigible, living up to the name of his current tour. A wild child in the comedy scene, D’Elia is known for never pulling punches, laughing at his own jokes and accurately portraying every drunk college female you’ve ever met. Many people may recognize Chris from his roles in either Whitney or Undateable, both NBC sitcoms, where he portrays hedonistic slacker types.
Charity Jamboree, Saturday, March 4, Brink Lounge and High Noon Saloon, noon-2 am: This annual all-day concert is coordinated by Madison soul superstars People Brothers Band. In addition to their set (9 pm, HNS), 20-plus more local bands will play, from bluegrass (Material Boys, 6:15 pm, Brink) to hip-hop (Dogs of War, 12:15 am, Brink) and many stops between. The show raises funds for the local chapters of national nonprofits researching cures for cancer, diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
Kississippi, Saturday, Mar. 4, UW Memorial Union-Der Rathskeller, 9 pm: By crafting a dense atmosphere from hyper-personal songwriting and melodic guitar lines, the music of Philadelphia’s Kississippi recalls some of the best characteristics of emo kingpins Brand New. Brooklynites Fern Mayo open, setting the scene with their loud take on the post-emo indie pop wave currently rocking the east coast.
BoDeans, Saturday, March 4, Barrymore Theatre, 8 pm: It’s hard to believe that three decades have passed since the Waukesha rockers went national with their debut album Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams, and two since the Party of Five theme “Closer to Free” finally put them in the pop charts. BoDeans remain a potent stage act and Wisconsin favorite, led by co-founder and spark plug Kurt Neumann; a new album (thirteen) is set for release in April. With the Mascot Theory.
Solas, Sunday, March 5, UW Memorial Union-Shannon Hall, 7:30 pm: A pillar of the Irish music scene in the U.S. for two decades, Solas has announced it will be taking a break from performing after the current tour. Founders Séamus Egan and Winifred Horan still lead the band, along with featured singer Moira Smiley, with a blend of traditional Celtic and American sounds.
Tennis, Wednesday, March 8, High Noon Saloon, 8 pm: What began as a way to document eight months spent living on a sailboat (seriously) has became a full-time gig for Denver couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. Since 2010, Tennis has served up a dreamy, surf-tinged brand of indie pop that’s landed them everywhere from late-night television to major rock festivals to an event celebrating the music of film director David Lynch. Their next release, Yours Conditionally, drops this month. With Overcoats.
The Growlers, Wednesday, March 8, Majestic Theatre, 8 pm: With a sound that’s often described as “beach goth,” the Growlers have made a career out of the unusual. The California trio — which has been together since 2006 — has released five albums of surf-and-psych tinged garage rock that’s won spots onstage alongside the Black Keys and Julian Casablancas and at festivals like Rock in Rio and Outside Lands. Plus, since 2012, they’ve hosted their own festival in Santa Ana, California, aptly named Beach Goth. Put on your blackest swimsuit and don’t miss out.
Lost Lakes album release, Thursday, March 9, High Noon Saloon, 8 pm: This sparkling collaboration between Corey Mathew Hart and Paul Mitch, two expert vocalists and songwriters, is a seamless blend of rock, traditional folk and mysticism. The two have a great backstory: They met as competitors in a 105.5 Triple M radio performance competition, and once they crossed paths, found that they had more in common than they knew. They also both became fathers while making this impressive debut, which includes Shane Leonard (Field Report, the Stray Birds) on percussion and Rusty Lee on keyboards, and was produced by Justin Guip (Levon Helm). With Boom Forest.
Rise Up and Sing! Ruthie Foster and the Heritage Blues Orchestra, Thursday, March 9, Wisconsin Union Shannon Hall, 8 pm: Blues goddess Ruthie Foster fronts this collaboration with the Heritage Blues Orchestra. Foster grew up in a family of gospel singers and honed her talents in Austin, rising up to release nine albums and garner a number of Grammy nominations. Heritage Blues Orchestra’s debut album, And Still I Rise, also got a Grammy nod for Best Blues Album. It’s the first collaboration between Foster and HBO, and it’s bound to soar.
The Terminal Orchestra, Thursday, March 9, Gates of Heaven, 7:30 pm: Influenced by composers Stravinsky, Basinski and Morricone, this Upper Peninsula-based instrumental post-rock collective will open the 2017 season of Tone Madison’s GateSound series. With more than 10 members, it will be a thrill to hear the ensemble’s music fill this intimate venue. Ambient and experimental supporting sets by knowsthetime and Noxroy.
Ian Edwards, Thursday, March 9, Comedy Club on State, 8:30 pm: Ian Edwards was born in Jamaica, raised in England, moved to New York as a teen and now has toured the entire country with his refined and expertly timed material. He’s also written for prime-time comedies, including ABC’s Black-ish, and even acted in the Sundance award-winning Tangerine. And his debut album, 100% Half-Assed, was selected to be the first album released by Conan O’Brien’s record label, Team Coco Records, in 2014. With Davey Weston, Anthony Siraguse. ALSO: Friday-Saturday, March 10-11, 8 & 10:30 pm.
Find the full rundown of this week's Isthmus Picks here.