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Give the Drummer Some!

In Madison, we have a musical legend in our midst. He is none other the The Funky Drummer, Clyde Stubblefield, who drummed for James Brown, and has had his drumming sampled in more songs than any other.

An effort is underway to honor Clyde, and support music education. It's called "Give The Drummer Some," because that's what James Brown would call out when he wanted to put Clyde in the spotlight. It's a three concert series, which will raise money for the newly established Clyde Stubblefield Music Scholarship fund.

The Coalition for Recognition of Clyde Stubblefield reached out to six decades of musicians who have played with Clyde, from legendary members of James Brown's band, to national, regional and local luminaries in blues, funk, soul and rock. You'll get to hear a mix of them at the upcoming concerts.

According to one of the organizers, Joey B. Banks, "Clyde's a living legend. He's given back through his time and talents again and again over the years. It's time to honor his achievements, and to begin a permanent scholarship for deserving kids in our area."

Put these shows on your calendar:


Sunday, August 30th at the High Noon Saloon

Friday, September 11th at the Barrymore Theatre

Thursday, October 8th at the Overture Center lobby, a free Mad City Sessions Show

Clyde Stubblefield and Joey B. Banks visited Triple M to talk about the series of concerts. Listen here.
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Born to Run

The iconic Bruce Springsteen album Born to Run was released 40 years ago today. This album is an undeniable classic. Even if the title track were the only memorable song, odds are people would still be buying this record today. But "Born to Run" also brought us "Thunder Road," "Backstreets," Tenth Avenue Freeze-out," and "Jungle Land." Not too bad for a guy who at the time was mainly known for his energetic live shows, and not his songwriting.

According to Rolling Stone writer Greil Marcus's original review, "Springsteen's singing, his words and the band's music have turned the dreams and failures two generations have dropped along the road into an epic." (Hint: he liked it.)

Here are a few things you may not have known about this great album.

1. "Thunder Road" was almost called "Wings for Wheels." Luckily, Bruce saw a movie poster for the film "Thunder Road" starring Robert Mitchum. He never saw the movie, but liked the title.

2. While a lot of people already loved Springsteen for his amazing live shows, this album launched him into the mainstream. In October of 1975, he appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek simultaneously.

3. Despite the album's success, Springsteen remained humble, telling Newsweek, ""What phenomenon? We ain't no phenomenon. The hype just gets in the way."

4. There's a Madison connection to the album. On the song "Meeting Across the River," Richard Davis plays bass. Davis is a Professor of Bass, Jazz History and combo improvisation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2008, Davis, then 77, joined Springsteen on stage during a concert at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

5. Bruce doesn't take himself too seriously--even with this highly regarded record. In 2014, he joined Jimmy Fallon on stage to poke fun at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, with a new version of "Born to Run."



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Best Beer Names from the Great Taste 2015

Aside from drinking beer and checking out everybody's humorous beer-related T-shirts, one of the best parts of the Great Taste of the Midwest is all the creative names that brewers come up with for their concoctions.

This year was no exception!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Beer that tells you to do something--Citra Ass Down (Against the Grain, Louisville, KY)

Beer for Doomsday drinking: Yeah, Bye Earth (Logboat Brewing, Columbia MO)

Beer for a dysfunctional holiday Fruitcake and Shame (Hailstorm, Tinley Park, IL)

Beer that doesn't make you think iof beer at all: Velour Soccer Mom (Sun King, Indianapolis, IN)

Beer that refers to an over-rated 80's band Sweet Child of Vine (Fulton Brewing. Minneapolis MN)

Beer that sounds a like a beer wopatoolie: John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt Dunkel Doppel Hefe Weizen Bock (Great Dane, Madison)

And my new favorite beer name for 2015 (drumroll please)....

Chateau La Douchebag, from 2nd Shift Brewing. Next time I'm in New Haven, Missouri, I will order it with pride!

Hey beer lovers, the next Great Taste is August 13. 2016. You might want to start lining up for tickets now.




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The GOP Debate Drinking Game (If you want to stay sober)

So the internet has been flooded with drinking games in advance of teh first GOP presidential debate. (Okay I saw two). What I haven't seen yet is a drinking game for those of us who don't really want to get hammered on a Thursday night.

So I guess it's up to me.

THE GOP DEBATE DRINKING GAME (TEMPERANCE VERSION)

Donald Trump says to any of his opponents, "Would you like a hug?" Do a shot of some kind of high priced liqueur.

Any candidate says "Obamacare needs to go. What we really need is a single payer health care system." Drink one glass of Alka-Seltzer Plus.

Scott Walker mentions the importance of a college education. Play a quick game of beer pong.

Any candidate talks about the science of climate change. Or evolution. Drink a small glass of Cold Duck.

Jeb Bush talks about his brother's legacy. Slam back a can of beer, preferably one brewed in Texas.

Any candidate mentions that Ronald Reagan was over-rated. Take a shot of Doctor's, with a jellybean chaser.

When talking about immigration, Donald Trump quotes Carlos Santana. Do a body shot of tequila.

Any candidate mentions how much he will miss Jon Stewart. Just take a moment of Zen.

And if any of those things actually happens, you might want to drink a big bottle of your favorite booze to warm you up, because hell has just frozen over.

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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Breese Stevens Field

With the big concert with the Avett Brothers and Brett Dennen coming up at Breese Stevens Field in October, I did a little digging to find out more about the facility that was just put on the National Register of Historic Places last year.

1. I always thought it was named after 2 people named Breese and Stevens, but it actually pays homage to Breese Stevens, who was mayor from 1884-1885. His widow sold the land for $35,000 and the naming rights.

2.  The original brick grandstand was built in 1925, and the stone wall was built in 1934 by workers from the Civil Works Administration, using quarry rock from Madison's Hoyt Park.

3. The field has been used as a location for professional baseball and football games, boxing matches, prayer services and even marble competitions. n 1946, the New York Yankees held a 3-day tryout camp there.

4. In 1938, Olympic gold medalist sprinter Jesse Owens ran three races at an exhibition following a Madison Blues baseball game.

5. Some really scary looking clowns have hung out there. Check out this picture from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
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Dancing, Romance, Laughter, Tears: Dirty Dancing the Musical

I got a chance to go see Dirty Dancing The Musical at Overture Center last night. Before I tell you what I thought of it--here's the deal. I am not a fan of sappy love stories that seem like really long MTV videos (Sleepless In Seattle, I'm looking at you!)

While this was a love story with a lot of music like an MTV video, I didn't like it--I loved it!

I hadn't seen the movie since the 1980s and had completely forgotten the story. So I was sucked in by the plot, the amazing singing and dancing, fantastic costumes, and elaborate staging. I actually cried a litle at the end.

But will folks who know the movie by heart love this version? If my friend Wendy is any indication, YES they would! She said it stayed true to the movie and didn't cut much out--and she says she would go back every night if she could.

It's at Overture Hall thru Sunday. More info here.


 
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about the Late, Great B.B. King

When B.B. King passed away May 14th, he left behind a legacy that's impossible to measure, influencing everybody from John Lennon and Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the man born Riley B. King in a sharecropper's shack.

1. Before he was a famed bluesman, King was a DJ in Memphis, hosting a show called the Sepia Swing Club on radio station WDIA.

2. His songs have been sampled by many artists in varying genres, including Ice Cube and Christina Aguilera.

3. B.B. King was an FAA certified pilot, but he stopped flying at the age of 70.

4. He had a bunch of hits on the Rhythm and Blues charts, but he had a few hits that crossed over to the pop charts in the United States. "The Thrill is Gone" went to #15 in 1969.

5.  He made guest appearances on many TV shows, including The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Young & The Restless, General Hospital, Sanford and Son, and Sesame Street.

 

Photo courtesy Getty Images.
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Kitty's Picks for Madison Craft Beer Week

Madison Craft Beer week is once again upon us, and the hopheads and malt minions rejoice and say "Hallelujah!"

Starting May 1st and running through May 10, hundreds of bars, restaurants and liqour stores are celebrating the goodness known as beer with a lot of fun (and tasty) events. You could spend hours scrolling through the events list here, or you could take my word for it and go with my picks!

Friday May 1st  3pm-9pm Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona 
It's opening night of the brewery's "back yard," with free live music from the Stringdusters, and Triple M's Marshall Pierce broadcasting live. While you're there, try the Common Thread, which was brewed by brewers from WBC as well as Wisconsin Dells Brewery, Thirsty Pagan, Pearl Street, Capital Brewery, The Vintage, Mob Craft, Potosi, The Great Dane, Titletown, Alt, Grumpy Troll, New Glarus, Next Door and Tyranena as well as some folks from Gorst Valley Hops and the Wisconsin Brewer Guild.

Friday May 1st  Craftsman Table and Tap in Middleton 6-9pm
Remember the old Pinewood Derby? Boy Scouts would build race cars out of pine and race them. Well this is like that--only the cars are made with beer cans. Note: only American craft beer cans allowed.

Saturday May 2nd at the VFW on Highway CV  Noon-5pm
Join Triple M for the wrap party for Ale Asylum "Hummmane" beer, plus learn more about Badger Honor Flight. There will be beer to drink, brats to eat, and fun for the kids as well. Pay it forward while tipping one back!

Monday May 4  Malt House on East Washington Avenue all day
"May the Fourth Be With You" It's a day of space themed beers, with a costume contest at 9pm. Beer discounts of you are dressed as a character from a Star Wars film or "Spaceballs."

Wednesday May 6 High Noon Saloon on East Washington 8-11pm
Ignite Madison "Life With Beer"  Some of the best stories are told over a pint or two. At this event, 10 people will share a variety stories about their life with beer (and slides!)  It's a benefit for the Wisconsin River Alliance.

Friday May 8th Echo Tap on West Main Street 5-8pm
Compete in beer-related challangers and win the first Ultimate Beer Geek title!  There will be special release beers from New Belgium. Last year I tried a curry beer which was really unusual..can't wait to find out with New Belgium will have this time around.

Saturday May 9th (a variety of locations) 11:30am-4pm
Madison Brewery Bike Tour with Hope Head Brewery Tours. Start and finish at Machinery Row Bicycles and make stops at Karben 4, Next Door, and One Barrel Brewery. Bike rentals are available.

Is there another super-cool event that you think I should know about? Tell me in the comments section! Enjoy, and please drink responsibly.


 
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Kitty's Day with Badger Honor Flight

On Saturday, I was honored to take part in a Badger Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with an awesome group of veterans and volunteers.

We got on the plane bright and early (actually dark and early) and took off at 7am for Washington, and then made stops at Arlington National Cemetery, The Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial), the World War II, Korean, Vietnam, and Lincoln Memorials, and finally the Air Force Memorial. We didn't get back until around 10pm. It was a long day, but well worth it.

I went there in honor of my dad, who served in WWII and passed away 11 years ago. Saturday would have been his 96th birthday. I didn't realize how sad this trip would make me. I was proud and happy to represent my dad, but didn't realize how much it would make me miss him. Everywhere we went, the vets were greeted with so much love and respect, and my father deserved to experience that as well.

In addition to the veterans, I would like to salute the volunteers that put this project together.I can't even imagine how much hard work went into making everything come together without a hitch. From snacks on the bus, a tour guide to point out Washington D.C. sites as we went from place to place, to lunch and snacks and a really cool surprise that happened on the flight home, everything was covered! They even had doctors and other medical personnel along to help, just in case.

One thing they didn't plan was the lucky surprise encounter with Badger basketball star Frank Kaminsky. That was just a happy coincidence..for me and many of the veterans who thanked him for a great season, much as everyone else was thanking them for their service. (Pictured below).

If you know someone who is a veteran of either the Korean War or World War II, you really should let them know about this amazing opportunity. There are three more coming up this year. More information here.




 
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Local Musician Needs Our Help--Sunday Benefit for Robert J's family

What are you doing this Sunday (April 19th)? Head over to the High Noon Saloon to hear some great live music, and at the same time help a local musician.

Robert J. Conaway, who usually just goes by Robert J., has been a friend to 105.5 Triple M for a long time. The first time I met him he filled in for another artist who canceled on us last minute at the Taste of Madison. Since then, he's been a guest on Jonathan & KItty in the Morning numerous times, as a solo act and with the Moon Gypsies.

Robert's family is going through a rough patch. Earlier this year, his 12-year-old son Jacy became very ill and was diagnosed with a bacterial brain infection. He recovered, but has a long road ahead of him.

Robert J's buddy and bandmate Chris Wagoner has put together a stellar lineup for a benefit to help defray medical costs for the family. The show gets going at 6pm this Sunday at the High Noon Saloon. The suggested donation is $10 to see the Stellanovas, the Lucas Cates Band, the Beth Kille Band, Boys Town featuring the O'Bros, and the Moon Gypsies with special guests.

You can get tickets for the show here, or at the show this Sunday.

Check it out! I found a video of the Robert J. and the Moon Gypsies playing for us in the Triple M studio a few years ago!


 
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