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Summerfest announces more headliners

Summerfest has announced a new batch of headliners, in additon to previously announced acts that will be playing the big stage at the Marcus Amphitheatre.

They haven't announced dates or times for any of these side stage shows, so you'll have to stay tuned to get all the particulars.

A lot of artists we love here at Triple M will be playing--including Bonnie Raitt, the Head and the Heart, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jake Bugg, O.A.R., Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Los Lonely Boys, Melissa Etheridge, Cheap Trick, ZZ Ward, Neon Trees, Saints of Valory, Wild Feathers, Ziggy Marley, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, and the Taj Mahal Trio.

Summerfest is also a great place to see your favorite "flashback" artists. Those include R.E.O. Speedwagon, Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Kool & The Gang, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Michael McDonald, George Thorogood, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Check out the line-up here.
 
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Make Music Madison Gets Incredible Response

If the first-ever Make Music Madison signup is any indication, June 21st will be quite a lively day in Madison's history. Over 100 artists have signed up to give over 250 free performances at over dozens of venues. It's been an amazing response from our entire community and will lead to a very memorable day of music.
 
Of the 300-some cities that offer this event on June 21st, only New York and Vancouver had more performances its first year. Yes, Madison has greater first-year participation than Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles.
 
Virtually all genres of music will be performed by musicians of all ages and experience levels in this worldwide event celebrating the summer solstice. Over 450 cities have this annual event, and this will be Madison's first year of participation.
 
A few notables include: the disco band VO-5 at Bear Mound Park. The Gomers at the top of State Street. Ritt Deitz in front of Madison Children's Museum. MadCAP School of the Arts at Capital Kids. Mama Digdown's Brass band at Monona Terrace. Forward Marching Band, sailing down the Yahara River. Shadow Strings Irish trio at Hilldale Shopping Center. Beltline Street Band New Orleans music at Old Sugar Distillery. Bernie's Bernie's Beach will have continuous Celtic and old-time music most of the day. Library Mall will feature continuous South Asian music in the afternoon and evening from 4 til 8. And Emmy award-winning classical guitarist Jaime Guiscafre will be performing at the Alicia Ashman library.
 
Most libraries, Dane County Airport, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison Children's Museum and many other public, private, and park spaces will feature music throughout the day. The Hohner harmonica company has donated 100 harmonicas for a massive lesson and concert, with DeWayne Keyes, aka the Harmonica Man. And four fire stations will have pianos out front donated by Grant Billings, available for anyone to stop by and play for a while.
 
Throughout the evening, musicians will offer paid performances at many Madison clubs and bars.
 
Volunteers are still needed for the big day, and in preparation leading up to it. Contact info@makemusicmadison.org to find out how.
 
And check the website as June 21 nears. Some great map-based technology is being created by the volunteer web team, designed to allow people to find every musician and venue throughout the city during the day and evening.
 
On June 22nd, Madison will have a big smile on its face.
 
 
 
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Rolling Stones announce American tour

WIth Keith Richards saying "this is the life blood of us," the Rolling Stones have announced details of a U.S. tour to kick off in Los Angeles this spring. The closest it will get to Madison is the United Center in Chicago May 28. Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 8  for the Chicago show.

According to a press release, Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-74, will be a special guest throughout the tour.

The band will treat their generations of fans to an evening of classic Stones hits like "Gimme Shelter," "Paint It Black," "Jumping Jack Flash," "Tumbling Dice," and "It's Only Rock and Roll," curated with lesser known gems, and a cover or two.

The stage design for the tour is based on the band's ubiquitous tongue and lips logo, which extends out into the crowd, allowing the Stones to interact directly with their audience. Known for their ground-breaking sets and use of cutting-edge technology, the Stones' set design will feature video screens and special effects that will enhance the high-octane experience of attending a live Stones' show.



"50 AND COUNTING" TOUR DATES

TBA Los Angeles STAPLES Center TBA

May 5 Oakland Oracle Arena On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST

May 8 San Jose HP Pavilion On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST

May 11 Las Vegas MGM Grand TBA
Garden Arena

May 15 Anaheim Honda Center TBA

May 25 Toronto Air Canada Centre On sale April 8 @ 10AM EST

May 28 Chicago United Center On sale April 8 @ 10AM CST

June 12 Boston TD Garden TBA

June 18 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center TBA
 
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The 2013 Lollapalooza lineup is here!

The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers and Nine Inch Nails are set to headline the 2013 edition of Lollapalooza in Chicago.

The three day festival happens August 3rd-5th at Grant Park in Chicago. Three-day passes are already sold out, but one day tickets go on sale Wednesday April 3rd for $95 excluding fees.

Other acts include Phoenix, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend, Tegan & Sara and Matt & Kim.

See the full lineup here.
 
While the music at Lollapalooza is not exactly kid stuff, children 10 and under get in free--and there's a whole Kidzapalooza going on each day with lots of kid-friendly music and activities.

Lollapalooza started in 1991, and has called Chicago's Grant Park home since 2005. Now spanning 115 acres, Lolla promises to rock responsibly.Fans can find a place to park their bicycle, hit the farmers market, grab some gourmet grub, peruse handmade arts and crafts, get rewarded for recycling and  rock out to some of the best music in the world.
 
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Madison's Music Matchmaker wants you!

MAKE MUSIC MADISON WILL FILL THE CITY WITH MUSIC
 
If you go to cities like Paris, New York City, and Los Angeles on June 21st, the Summer Solstice, you’ll notice live music performed in public places like street corners as far as the ear can hear. Amateurs and professionals alike play and sing in groups of every conceivable size and configuration. This global happening began in Paris as Fete de la Musique in 1982, and now over 450 communities offer their own versions of the event. This summer, it will debut in Madison.
 
It’s called Make Music Madison, and it will offer opportunities for Madisonians from all walks of life to perform and enjoy a celebration of free live music, creating a citywide smorgasbord buffet of musical merriment. Virtually any way in which citizens can imagine to make music can and will happen. The music performances will transform parks, front yards and more into impromptu musical stages, dance floors, and community gathering places. The new organization’s theme line is “Performed by Anyone, Enjoyed by Everyone.”
 
Make Music Madison will take place on Friday, June 21, 2013 with dozens and dozens of performances taking place primarily from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in public spaces throughout the city, and at random other times throughout the day as well. Later that evening, professional musicians will offer special concerts in traditional music venues.
 
Longtime University of Wisconsin-Madison marketing Professor Michael Rothschild, who first experienced the event live in New York City, brought the idea to Madison. Rothschild said, “Madison is incredibly suited for this event. Imagine all the creativity and ideas and passion for music in this city, unleashed in amazing ways. This should be nothing short of spectacular.”
 
Make Music Madison has launched a new website to allow musicians and venues to sign up to participate. The software was developed voluntarily with input from numerous members of Madison's tech community, and as part of an initiative to enable the city's growth through providing free, high-quality technology. Michael Fenchel (of hoos.in), leader of the technology effort along with Mike Schuette, feels that this is a great example of many projects to come in which local programmers band together to build powerful solutions for community- and city-building initiatives.
 
Rothschild explains, “Musicians of any age or ability can go to the website, and sign up to perform. And venues, from businesses to people who want to share their front yards, can sign up to find or request musicians. The site guides both musicians and venues through the matchmaking process, and we’d love them to start signing up now.”
 
The address for matchmaking is www.makemusicmadison.org.
 
Musicians can organize their own event, and get as creative as they’d like. An accordion symphony? A disco tuba quartet? A hip-hop tribute to jazz? Yes, yes, and yes. Musicians can execute virtually any vision they have. Any musician or band can organize a creative framework for the concert, and will work with their venue on logistics: timing, using electricity if necessary, and using other equipment and other details that the artist and venue care to pursue. Musicians can even “recruit” a venue that they’d love to perform outside of.
 
On the day of the big event, musicians and citizens alike are encouraged to capture and share photos and videos of the event at themakemusicmadison.org website.
 
Like other cities that provide Summer Solstice events, Make Music Madison does not provide funding to musicians or venues. It has created the web-based hub for signing up, will coordinate and promote the event, provide concert listings, will coordinate a volunteer street team, and has worked closely with the city to secure permits. Performers will be volunteering their time and talents, but both venues and musicians are welcome to seek outside sponsorship and support where appropriate.
 
For more information, visit www.makemusicmadison.org, or contact Make Music Madison at info@makemusicmadison.org.
 
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DMB still loves Alpine Valley

It's time start thinking about summer!

The Dave Matthews Band has released its summer tour schedule, and probably to no one's surprise, that includes a trip to the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy in July.

They'll be there Friday July 5th and Saturday July 6th, with tickets going on sale March 22nd.

See the full tour schedule here.

Here's a video some one made last  year as the gates opened at Alpine. Some one compared it to the running of the bulls in Spain! Amusing choice of song being played in the background as well.


 
 
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Bonnaroo Lineup Announcement

Bonnaroo 2013 has announced the lineup.  Get the full details on The Triple M Concert Page.

 

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Pearl Jam at Wrigley

Pearl Jam is coming to Wrigley Field July 19th. The band made the announcement this morning. Tickets go on sale February 9th.

They're also playing a show in London, Ontario on the 16h of July and three shows in South America this spring.

Will there be a major tour in the fall as well? We'll have to wait and see. According to Rolling Stone, the band's around half-way finished with an album to follow up 2009's Backspacer.
Tour info here.
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Green Day postpones concerts

Green Day has announced it's canceling a club tour that was scheduled for the end of this year, and is postponing concerts scheduled for January and February, 2013.
That includes the show originally scheduled for February 2nd in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center.

According to a press release on the band's website, the show in Madison and the others in January and February will be rescheduled, and tickets purchased for those shows will be honored at the future dates. They say those dates should be announced soon.

The band acknowledges that the timing of this isn't ideal, but say the well being of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is the most important thing. Armstrong entered rehab after freaking otu at a concert in Las Vegas in September.

Meanwhile the band says it has moved up the release of it's album Tre! to December 11th.

According to Green Day drummer Tre Cool, "We feel bad we have to delay our tour, so to make up for it we want to give our fans the music earlier than we had planned."

Read the full press release here.

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Rolling Stones Announce Tour

The Rolling Stones celebrate 50 years as a band this year, so there's been a ton of speculation about whether or not they'd do some kind of anniversary tour.

Just announced: the Stones will do a tour, sort of.  They're doing two shows in London at the O2 (November 25 and 29) and two shows in, of all places, Newark New Jersey at the Prudential Center December 13 and 15.

Tickets for the New Jersey shows will range from $95 to $750, and that's Ticketmaster prices....before the scalpers get their hands on them.

Here's hoping the band is in good spirits and good health, and has so much fun they decide to do a bigger tour next year.

Watch the Stones make the big announcement:

 
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MadCity Sessions

10.5.5 Triple M is proud to team up with Madison's Overture Center for a FREE series of concerts in Overture's gorgeous lobby.
Not only will this series give added exposure to some of the area's greatest musicians, local non-profit organizations will be highlighted at each event as well.

The series kicks off this Thursday, October 4, at 6pm with Madison's own Corey Hart. 

What a fun way to enjoy time with friends after work and support local music at the same time! 

Beverages and tasty treats are available.

MADCITY SESSIONS 2012-2013 SCHEDULE

THU, OCT 4, 2012 | Corey Hart

THU, NOV 29, 2012 | 80s Rockstar Gomeroke

THU, DEC 13, 2012 | Lucas Cates Band

 THU, JAN 10, 2013 | Natty Nation

THU, FEB 7, 2013 | The Dang-Its

THU, MAR 28, 2013 | Kyle Henderson

THU, APR 25, 2013 | Harmonious Wail

THU, MAY 16, 2013 | Katie Powderly
 
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It's Willy Street Fair time!

WILLY STREET FAIR SATURDAY AND SUNDAY  SEPTEMBER 15 & 16

It's time for all hippies young and old to gather on Willy Street, for the annual Willy Street Fair.

It's much more than a sea of tie dye and the soft aroma of patchouli and port-a-potties.

It's a cultural stew, made up of musicians of all kinds, bubbles and clowns and chicken satay. Expect to see a few politicians wandering around, and maybe even an anarchist or two.

The event happens on Willy Street, with a warm-up on Saturday, and and a veritable extravaganza on Sunday. Enjoy music on five stages, with every one from Lou and Peter Berryman to Truly Remarkable Loon and the Reptile Palace Orchestra providing the entertainment. The mainstage headline is Lyrics Born, a Japanese American rapper from San Francisco. (Click here to see the full lineup.)

Be sure to get there early on Sunday for the parade. It's a parade like no other, and every one's invited to join in! Look for Triple M's very own Hippie Diva Gabby Parsons riding in style and throwing out candy!  The parade starts at 11am.
 
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Live from Lollapalooza

Heading to Lollapalooza this weekend? Lucky you!

The festival's organizers have put out a list of info to make sure you have a great time, including what to bring, and what not to bring. You CAN bring soft-sided coolers and umbrellas, and up to two factory sealed water bottles. Leave the weapons, aerosol cans (even for sunscreen), and tents at home. 

Get the full list of FAQ's here.

Can't make it to Chicago for the festival?

You can pretend you're there and enjoy many of the performances from the comfort of your easy chair.
 
Click here for the Lolla stream.
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Atwood Summerfest: bigger & better

It's time once again for Atwood Summerfest, and this year it's bigger and better than ever!

It's now a two-day festival, with entertainment on Saturday and Sunday, July 28th and 29th.

The fest is a benefit for the Goodman Community Center (formerly known as the Atwood Community Center).

Most of the musical entertainment still happens on Saturday, with music on two stages. New this year: an Eclectic Stage with performances on Sunday.

The event happens on Atwood Avenue..from the Barrymore to Schenck's Corners, with icy cold beverages, ethnic food, cool stuff for sale, and more.

MUSIC LINEUP

Saturday, July 28
Harmony Bar & Capital Brewery Present

BLUES STAGE
2:00 pm Count this Penny (Appalachian Pop)
3:10 pm Josh Harty (Country Blues)
4:20 pm The Midwesterners (Roots Rock, Americana)
5:30 pm Cashbox Kings (Classic Chicago Blues)
6:40 pm The People Brothers Band (Dance-able Rhythm and Soul)
7:50 pm The Rousers (Americana, Roots Rock)
Saturday, July 28
Maximum Ink & Ale Asylum Present

ROCK STAGE
2:00 pm The Mighty Groove Masheen (Funky, Bluesy, Jazzy, Fun)
3:05 pm Phox (Like Adele meets the Beatles)
4:10 pm Altered Five (Classic songs put to funky jazz/blues)
5:30 pm Anna Wang and the Oh Boys (Fun, Sassy, Sexy, Rock N'Roll)
7:00 pm V05 (Classic 70's 9-piece disco band)
Sunday, July 29
Maximum Ink / Ale Asylum Present

ECLECTIC STAGE
2:00 pm Reptile Palace Orchestra (Balkan Lounge Music)
3:20 pm Mad Polecats (Alternative Bluegrass Rock)
4:40 pm God's Outlaw (Old-fashioned alt-country, Johnny Cash & more)
6:00 pm Hewn (Alternative Roots, Americana with a rock feel)



 

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Vive La Fete!

Another year..and another great lineup of entertainment at La Fete De Marquette!

The Wil-Mar Neighborhood Association is putting on a great party (and fundraiser) this weekend in Madison. The free entertainment is almost mind-boggling, with Sonny Landreth and Marcia Ball on Friday, eclectic French music and the Iguanas on Saturday, and more free music Sunday,  with Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk wrapping it all up on Sunday night.

Le Fete is truly a great neighborhood festival, with excellent craft beer and wine, delicious ethnic foods, and top notch live music. Here's a great insentive for you to get there early on Friday...it's happy hour with all beer, wine and soda just $2, plus free hors d’oeuvres, prepared by Fete de Marquette food vendors. Happy  Hour goes from 4:30 to 6:30, and it's hosted by Triple M's very own Jonathan & Kitty!

Click here to see the complete entertainment lineup. 

La Fete De Marquette
Where:
Corner of East Washington at Dickinson
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
What: Music, food and fun with w French/Cajun Theme
What to bring: Some sunscreen and your dancing shoes; no food or beverage carry-ins


Pictured above: Sonny Landreth at La Fete De Marquette, 2010. Photo by Kitty Dunn.
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Bonnaroo is here!

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Do you Bonnaroo?
 
We do! Join 105.5 Triple M and the winner of our Backstage Blogger Contest, Kevin, as we join the musical masses in Manchester, TN, for Bonnaroo 2012! Sad to be missing the action? Live vicariously through our photos – just head to the Triple M Facebook page for updates on the action, all weekend long.
 
While you’ve got ‘roo on the brain, check out Paste’s Guide to Bonnaroo, including a list of 20 smaller, up-and-coming acts that’ll be performing at the festival. I spy some Triple M staff favorites, including Gary Clark Jr., Grouplove, and Minnesota’s own Trampled By Turtles.

If you're missing Bonnaroo, don't fret! There are plenty of other great music festivals this summer. Find them all in Triple M's Music Festival Guide here.
 

 
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Austin City Limits Lineup Annouced

Looking for a reason to head down to Texas? Well now you definitely have one! The lineup for this year's Austin City Limits has been announced, and boy is it a doozy! Headlining acts include The Black Keys, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + The machine, Jack White, and The Avett Brothers. Rock, blues, and folk. What more could you want?

Well how about this: The Shins, Gotye, Weezer, Punch Brothers, Trampled by Turtles, Iggy & The Stooges, Andrew Bird, Metric, and The Lumineers! And that's only the starts of a long list of awesome artist only too good to be true.

So strap on your cowboy boots and hat and saunter on down to Texas for some musical delight.

Check out the rest of the lineup here.

PS: Between Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits, if you don't see the Red Hot Chili Peppers sometime this summer, you're doing something wrong.
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Springsteen adds stadium dates

Good news for those of you jonesing to see Bruce Springsteen on his Wrecking Ball tour.

Bruce and The E Street Band will be hitting stadiums starting August 18th in Boston. The tour includes a stop at Wrigley Field September 7th. Tickets go on sale April 21st at www.tickets.com.

Here's the complete list of dates:

August 18 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium
August 24 – Toronto, ON , Canada– Rogers Centre
August 26 – Moncton, NB, Canada – Magnetic Hill
August 29 – Vernon, NY – Vernon Downs Raceway
September 2 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
September 7 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
September 14 – Washington, DC – Nationals Park
September 19 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
September 21 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
September 22 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium  

Check out this new video of "Death To My Hometown," from a recent show. They're joined on stage by the Nightwatchman and workers' rights advocate Tom Morello.


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Lollapalooza lineup announced

What's Black, White and Red all over?

This year's lineup for Lollapalooza! Just announced: the Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Jack White, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining this huge music festival coming up August 3-5 at Grant Park in Chicago.

Also on the schedule: Florence and the Machine, The Shins, The Head and the Heart, fun., Alabama Shakes, and a band I'd love to see--TheNewNo2, featuring George Harrison's son Dhani.

I noticed an interesting trend at this year's fest--lots of bands named after animals, including Dr. Dog, Trampled By Turtles, The White Panda, Bears in Heaven, Yellow Ostrich, the Sheepdogs, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. In fact, the entire Animal Kingdom will be there. (Yep, there's a band called Animal Kingdom).

See the complete lineup here.

The Official 2012 Lollapalooza Line-up Video from Lollapalooza on Vimeo.

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The Lumineers @ The Frequency 4/12/12

A roots revival is sweeping the country. Bands like Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, and The Head and the Heart are taking traditional folk and Americana sounds and mixing them with modern elements to reach a new generation of audience. Hoping to make their mark on this new landscape are folk trio The Lumineers.

The Lumineers began in the suburbs of New York City. After the death of band member Josh Fraites' brother, he and friend Wesley Schultz found solace in music. They wrote music and performed gigs around New York City before packing their things and moving to Denver, CO with renewed hopes of success. There, they added cellist Neyla Pekarek, who would later expand her repertoire to piano and mandolin. Now a trio, the band cleaned up their sound and found a personal mix of acoustic folk, rock, and classic pop elements.

With the release of their first self-titled album coming Wednesday, April 3, The Lumineers have taken their show on the road. They will be stopping Madison to play The Frequency on April 12 at 9:00. Tickets are on sale for $8. They will also be stopping in Studio M earlier that afternoon to play a live, intimate session and you would be in the audience! Stop by the Triple M contest page and enter to win!


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