Tim Consequence (Pistols at Dawn)
I think the next big thing in Madison is going to be a hit single or maybe a video. It seems like that's the way things are moving lately. Nobody cares about CDs or LPs anymore. Now, it remains to be seen if any Madison bands have what it takes to get a hit single.
Art Paul Schlosser (artist, musician, poet, comedian)
Folk hip-hop. Madison is a very folk town. Madison is also a very hip-hop town. People like both styles of music, especially the students, and the people that like to remix stuff feel that folk music needs something more. Also bluegrass is very dominant in Madison and I wouldn't be surprised if some artist will start adding beats and rapping to bluegrass.
Tristan Gallagher (King Club)
I have no idea. But we will showcase it!
Jessica Thompson (executive director, Foundation of Retaining Creative Energy)
The next big thing in Madison music will be a collection of a couple different things. We are on the brink of some really big things that are being molded and taking shape. Having the Majestic Theatre reopen and focus on live music acts combined with other new music club openings coming in the future, as well as our great existing venues, gives room for Madison to really have a music scene to be reckoned with. The online music promotion and blogging component is also getting stronger every day with entities like Dane101, MuzzleofBees and I'mJust SayingIsAll. The venues, the promotion, and the help of organizations like FoRCE [Foundation of Retaining Creative Energy] are going to bring about a music community that will be able to give birth to and nurture an annual music festival similar to South by Southwest.
Elliott Kozel (Sleeping in the Aviary, She Is So Beautiful/She Is So Blonde) Milwaukee.