Live Music

Local and regional concert series and music festivals are outdoing themselves this year. Here’s some we recommend rocking wristbands for this summer. Read more

Isthmus Summertimes

The Sylvee isn’t finished, but the new 2,500-seat venue has announced an impressive fall lineup: The Decemberists, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Death Cab for Cutie, and Madison’s beloved Garbage. Read more


The Ben Ferris Octet visited the Isthmus office on Tuesday for a special session announcing the lineup for the 31st annual Isthmus Jazz Festival. The event will bring dozens of acts to venues all over the city June 1-10. Read more



Alex Wong

Madison music fans are mourning the impending closure of The Frequency, which ends its 10-year run downtown on June 30. But the space could see new life as a craft beer bar and music venue run by the BarleyPop guys. Read more

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Carolyn Fath

A beloved part of the Madison music scene for 10 years, The Frequency will close its doors June 30. But owner Darwin Sampson hopes to find a new location soon on the north or east side. Read more



Matthew Murphy

Hot off the presses: Overture Center announces a huge new season, including “Miss Saigon” and “School of Rock.” Read more



Aaron Conklin

Fresh off their Grammy win, Portugal. The Man delivers a high-energy trip through their back catalog at Overture Hall. Read more


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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more



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. Read more



Chris Schellpfeffer

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


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. Read more



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. Read more



Jonathan Mannion

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


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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. Read more

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



Chris Winterhack

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

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

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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 Read more

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