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Brent Nicastro

In 1987, organizers roped Ben Sidran into playing a set — and Steve Miller stopped by. Then came Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Betty Carter and Herbie Hancock. This year’s Isthmus Jazz Festival celebrates the event’s 30th anniversary. more

Jun 15, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

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Henry Adebonojo

Jazz legend Terence Blanchard headlines 30th anniversary Isthmus Jazz Festival June 16-17. more

May 5, 2017 3:45 PM MUSIC

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Autumn de Wilde

Hatched in Portland, Oregon, as a musical accompaniment for political fundraisers, Pink Martini has grown into a globe-trotting, multilingual fun fest. Bob Jacobson talks to founder Thomas Lauderdale about creating the “little orchestra.” more

Feb 23, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

Hometown hero and DIY music promoter Ari Herstand returns to Madison for a solo show at the High Noon Saloon (Feb. 26) and a book signing at Barnes & Noble (Feb. 28). more

Feb 23, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

No alarm bells seem to be going off as the owner of Milwaukee’s Nomad World Pub takes over Madison’s longtime Cardinal Bar. New owner Mike Eitel says he plans to continue relationships with the LGBT and Latino communities. more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

Hanah Jon Taylor, sax whiz and educator, is hoping to open a dedicated jazz venue in Madison. The project’s crowdfunding campaign is underway, but the location of the venue might be in question. more

Dec 15, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

Ben Ferris, one of Madison’s busiest bassists, is releasing a harmonically rich debut album called “Home.” He’s at Crescendo Espresso Bar and Music Cafe Dec. 16. more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

Four Madison saxophone players are part of the sax choir on Bon Iver’s new album, “22, A Million.” They report that in addition to being a generous collaborator, Justin Vernon is a regular Cheesehead — and a Packers fan. more

Oct 27, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

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Dewey Nicks

At age 81, famed trumpeter and record mogul Herb Alpert has released a new rump-shaking album. He stops by the Stoughton Opera House on Oct. 14 with his longtime partner and soulmate, vocalist Lani Hall. more

Oct 6, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC 2 Comments

When “Doc” DeHaven passed away last week, Madison lost a lyrical and melodic trumpet player and a longtime music educator who left a lasting impact on this community. more

Aug 19, 2016 1:00 PM MUSIC

His work spans music, comedy, puppetry and video. Isthmus speaks to “outsider artist” David Liebe Hart in advance of his July 25 performance at the Frequency. more

Jul 20, 2016 4:00 PM Comedy

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Festival photos by David Michael Miller

Madison is rich in summer festivals, and this bounty means you get to see top national and international acts — for free— all summer long. Isthmus music critics weigh in on the summer’s don’t-miss festival shows. more

Jun 1, 2016 11:58 PM , , , , , , MUSIC

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James O'Brien

​As UW-Madison celebrates 100 years of offering Yiddish instruction, campus scholars and musicians are gearing up for “Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater,” May 1-5. more

Apr 21, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC 1 Comments

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Kelley McRae

After nearly five years on the road, singer/songwriter Josh Harty is back in Madison, with a new album, “Holding On.” He performs with Old Soul Society and Nashville artist Sarah Lou Richards at the High Noon Saloon on March 19. more

Mar 17, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

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Jeff Miller/UW Madison

When the Grammy Awards launch on Feb. 15, UW folklorist Jim Leary will be paying close attention. He’s nominated for Best Album Notes for his massive collection of recordings and writings on the folk music of the Upper Midwest. more

Feb 11, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

Madison’s Yid Vicious celebrates 20 years of existence at an anniversary show at Mother Fools Coffeehouse on Jan. 22. Founding member Bob Jacobson reflects on the series of coincidences that led to the original lineup. more

Jan 13, 2016 5:17 PM MUSIC 1 Comments

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Riley Frambes

Madison already has a happening storytelling scene. But with the arrival of national powerhouse the Moth StorySLAM in February, it’s about to take flight. more

Jan 5, 2016 11:08 AM A & E

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Daniel G. Baird

Condensed Matter Community is a curatorial project featuring work by 34 artists in a variety of media, designed to spark dialogue about the art/science nexus. And get this: The exhibit is at the UW’s decommissioned particle accelerator. more

Dec 10, 2015 5:00 AM A & E

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Paulius Musteikis

If you spot a sculpture made of repurposed metal in Madison, it was likely welded by Erika Koivunen, who got her start by working alongside the outsider artist Dr. Evermor. more

Nov 19, 2015 5:00 AM A & E

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Dan Myers

Singer/songwriter Meghan Rose has been a creative powerhouse since making a go of it as a full-time musician. But the money part has not clicked. more

Oct 29, 2015 5:00 AM MUSIC