Live Music

Under the agreement, Live Nation, Frank Productions’ formal rival, gains access to a national arena-booking empire while the Franks get near-complete control of concert booking in Madison. Local musicians react to the news. more

Jan 18, 2018 5:00 AM MUSIC


David Michael Miller

In a shocking move, Frank Productions is selling a controlling interest to Live Nation, its former rival. Live Nation gains access to a national arena-booking empire while the Franks get near-complete control of concert booking in Madison. more

Jan 11, 2018 1:52 PM News 5 Comments

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Bill Keefrey

Renovations at the Orpheum have allowed the venue to reopen its smaller, more intimate Stage Door performance space. The Rebirth Brass Band will play there in January. more

Nov 20, 2017 2:51 PM MUSIC


Michie Turpin

Even though only two original members remain, Kansas is filling houses with a successful tour playing its “Leftoverture” album. Michael Popke talks to original guitarist Rich Williams about what’s changed and what stays the same. more

Nov 14, 2017 11:58 AM MUSIC


Chris Schellpfeffer

The Foo Fighters roared into the Kohl Center on Nov. 7 with with an infectious and long-lasting energy. more

Nov 8, 2017 3:30 PM MUSIC

This weekend is jam-packed with huge shows — Against Me!, Ryan Adams and EmmyLou Harris, Modest Mouse and Gogol Bordello. And they’re all hosted by the soon-to-be-merged Majestic-Frank empire. more

Sep 28, 2017 12:40 PM MUSIC


Nick Berard

AtwoodFest, the ever-growing east side street festival, pays tribute to the “Funky Drummer” Clyde Stubblefield with a headlining set by the Clyde Stubblefield All-Stars and a stage dedicated in his honor. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Jonathan Mannion

Madison-born Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali talks to Isthmus in advance of his headlining slot at Live on King Street July 28. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

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The Majestic Theatre's Live on King Street free outdoor concert series kicked off Friday, June 23 with Dark Star Orchestra. more

Jun 26, 2017 4:53 PM Photo Galleries

Isthmus announces a late-summer bash to celebrate MadFaves winners more

May 18, 2017 10:00 AM Isthmus Events 2 Comments

After being shut out of East Washington development, Toffer Christensen takes on new role as local talent buyer for Live Nation. more

Apr 25, 2017 2:23 PM MUSIC


Chris Winterhack

Phantogram preforms at the Orpheum Theater on Mar. 13, 2017. With The Veldt. more

Mar 14, 2017 12:01 PM Photo Galleries


Photos by Justin Sprecher

Wayne Hancock at the High Noon Saloon on Feb. 8, 2017. more

Feb 9, 2017 11:33 AM Photo Galleries


David Michael Miller

As Madison’s East Washington corridor shapes up as a thriving district, a new venue has gained city approval. Aaron Conklin talks to some of the players about what the introduction of the Sylvee, the new Frank Productions venue, means for the growin more

Feb 2, 2017 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments


Carolyn Fath

Former Isthmus editor Marc Eisen has seen approximately 500 concerts in the past ten years. He looks back at the music that transfixed and transported him at concerts in Madison...and beyond. more

Dec 29, 2016 10:44 AM MUSIC 1 Comments

Madison’s Arts + Literature Laboratory is a thriving multimedia hub on Madison’s east side. The space recently scored two grants to help support and expand its inclusive mission. more

Jul 7, 2016 5:00 AM A & E

Mike Mictlan performs "Mid-West-Coast" at an intimate Isthmus Live Session at the Isthmus offices in downtown Madison, Wisconsin on February 13th, 2016. more

Feb 19, 2016 11:09 AM Isthmus Live Sessions

Prof performs an intimate acoustic Isthmus Live Session at the Isthmus offices on Feb. 13, 2016. more

Feb 17, 2016 4:27 PM Isthmus Live Sessions


David Michael Miller

This is the 10th time I’ve written this yearly roundup of favorite concerts. I saw more than 70 performances and searched for musical extremes in 2015. more

Jan 1, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC