Thursday, June 1, 2017

Summer Begins!

“Art is how we decorate space; music is how we decorate time.”

Before we get to upcoming musical performances...
...this recommendation: SIMO. That’s a band. Named after guitarist, singer, bandleader J.D. Simo. Three musicians who can power-trio in the best traditions of such, but who also handily pass the acid test of taste and chops by performing with high intensity at low volume. So they did at a special lunchtime Isthmus Live Sessions last Friday. You can find SIMO all over Youtube, but check the Isthmus website to hear how less can truly be more.

Saturday, June 3 The Cashbox Kings Harmony Bar & Grill
Hardcore traditionalists of Chess-era Chicago Blues bring it on home to The Harmony. Joe Nosek and Oscar Wilson deliver a harmonica and vocal one-two punch. Expect a preview of songs
 from their soon-to-be-released CD Royal Mint (available June 30), their first on the Alligator Records label. Guest bassist Tom M. gets to team up with rock-solid drummer-man Mark Haines for an evening of movin’ plus groovin’. Downbeat at 9:45(ish).

Tuesday, June 6 The Maintainers Olin Park Pavilion
Harmonica-man Frankie Lee teams up with Mel Ford, Tom McCarty, and Rick Becker for a FREE concert in the Olin Park Pavilion. The Maintainers carry on the Madison Blues tradition that stretches back to the days of The Church Key and The Club De Wash. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Madison skyline and a gentle gem of the Madison parks system. Music from 6 to 8 pm.

Saturday, June 10 The Maintainers at Chiefs
Same band as above, but at this cozy den of east-side iniquity and live music hot spot. Music starts at 8 pm.

Saturday, June 17, The Sparks Band at The Hody, in Middleton
Are you jonesin’ for radio rarities from the 60s? Or could you just use a brew or two in the hopping nighttime heart of Middleton? The Sparks Band (Mark Loder, Rich Larson, Tom McCarty) present a distinctive retro repertoire. Music starts at 9 pm.

Wednesday, June 21 Big Wes Turner’s Trio celebrates the return of playin’ partner and good buddy Gary Hendrickson by participating in the big Make Music Madison event. Mosey on down to Talbot Studio & Gallery at 2118 Atwood Avenue. 5:30 to 7ish pm.

Summer's just getting started! Stop back here for updates.

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