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Madison Musical Memories

I’ve lived in Madison for most of the last 30 years, and have seen a LOT of concerts over the years.  Some of the shows that stand out in my mind include the first time I saw John Butler Trio perform at the High Noon Saloon. I could swear there were 5 or 6 people playing considering the sound. That was one great trio!  I was at Headliners to see The Nighthawks, a blues band from the DC area. If you remember Headliners, the stage was VERY high. That night, one of the band members ( I think it was the harmonica player) jumped from the stage , hurt himself and couldn’t perform the rest of the night. I miss Luther’s Blues, where I first saw Will Hoge, Hot Tuna and a host of other greats. Did you know the Decemberists performed there in 2004? Jackie Greene was awesome at a free show at the Memorial Union terrace. But one night stands out in my memory more than any other show.  August 4, 1989, Bob Dylan came to the Dane County Coliseum. I had not seen him since the Rolling Thunder Review in 1975, so I was pretty excited to see him. It was a dark and storm night, seriously stormy, and after only 4 songs, there was a power outage, leaving the venue lit by a few emergency lights exit lights. He stood around, strumming a bit to an instrumental jam, mostly percussion. The crowd hushed to listen, and were most patient.  When the lights came back on, he went into Shelter From the Storm. It was perfect and I will never forget it.

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