Enter to win tickets to see the Drive-By Truckers at the MajesticFrom museum.dva.state.wi.us
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 â 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Exclusive acoustic performance
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is honored to host Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers for a special acoustic performance in its galleries. Hood has long been a supporter of American soldiers and veterans, having written such songs as "The Sands of Iwo Jima" and "The Home Front," which was inspired by the passing of Madison native, SGT Mark Maida. SGT Maida's personal effects can be seen in "Faces in the Sand," an exhibit honoring Wisconsin's men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The concert will start promptly at 3:30 p.m. and is FREE (do not be late â you will miss the show). Space is limited for this very special event, so arrive early (no advance reservations). Drive-By Truckers will be performing on the evening of September 28 at the Majestic Theater in Madison. The all-ages show starts at 8:30 p.m. with support from Henry Clay People. Purchase tickets for the Majestic Theater performance here.
4/26 - Free Energy w/ The New Loud, 8pm
High Noon Saloon, $10, 18+, more info
Free Energy is a 5-piece indie-pop-rock band based in Philadelphia. Free Energy shares similarities with bands such as: Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, Boston, Fleetwood Mac & Bruce Springsteen. They have recently released their first album "Stuck on Nothing." band website
4/27 - OTT w/ special guests TBA, 9pm
Majestic Theatre, $10, more info
OTT is a British record producer and DJ.Â He has previously worked with artists such as Sinead O'Connor and Brian Eno.Ott on MySpace
4/28 - Jakob Dylan w/ Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, 8pm
Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, $25, more info
Jakob Dylan followed his father Bob Dylan's footsteps in becoming a singer-songwriter.Â Dylan formally with The Wallflowers has recently released a new album titled "Women and Country." band website
4/28 - Yeasayer w/ Sleigh Bells, 9pm
Majestic Theatre, $13 cover SOLD OUT, more info
The experimental electronic-rockÂ sounds of Yeasayer invade Madison as they take the stage at the Majestic Theatre.Â Performing with Sleigh Bells, this is sure to be a show for any indie-rock fan.band website
4/29 - Michael McDermott w/ John Craigie and Marty Finkel, 7pm
The Brink Lounge, $10, more info
Chicago-based singer-songwriter Michael McDermott's show is "Pat's Picks," which means Pat Gallagher get to pick the set-list for the night. Look for some old, some new, some you know, others you may not know and even Michael covering Gloria Gaynor!Here are some free .mp3 downloads also!
4/29 - Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour, 7:30pm
The Capitol Theater in Overture Center, $22-$52, more info
Members of the Monterey Jazz Festival are touring the country sharing their amazing sound.Â Here is more information on this year's Monterey Jazz Festival website
4/29 - LOS CAMPESINOS! w/ Special Guest Cymbals Eat Guitars, 9pm
Majestic Theatre, $16, more info
Formed in Wales, the seven-piece indie-pop group first grabbed attention on MySpace. Despite the band forming in Wales, none of its members are actually Welsh. band website
5/2 - Chris Pureka w/ Peasant, 8pm
High Noon Saloon, $12 cover or $10 advance, more info
Chris is an acoustic singer-songwriter from Northampton, Massachusetts. She began writing songs at the age of eight and began playing the guitar at 16.
As your friendly neighborhood morning show guy, I get asked to host various events around the community.Â I enjoy doing them allÂ except for the "Help Mayor Dave Clean His Basement Event" which apparently no one but me attends each year.Â
One of my favorites is the "Fashion for All Abilities Show".Â It's put on by the UW Waisman Center.Â The idea behind it is to remind business owners around town that those with physical and mental challenges are still valuable customers who are ready to buy, buy buy!
All the models I get to work with are dressed up for the event and look great.Â The energy level of the models and the crowd is intense.Â Everyone is cheering and all the models take to the stage like they've been models for years.
It may be a simple show that lasts about an hour, but for that hour I tend to forget about all the day to dayÂ stupid stuffÂ happening in the world and I just have fun.
At one time last night, we had six tornado warnings going on at the same time in Southern Wisconsin. It seems not every body heeds the warnings to find a safe place (like a basement) to ride out the storm.
Don't do what this guy did when a tornado came straight for his Minnesota farm. He takes FOREVERÂ to decide to go to the basement.
It starts out pretty funny, because he has a classic Minnesota accent. Then it gets scary..and then the lights go out. I know it's 8 minutes long, but it's worth watching.
This morning Jonathan and I had the pleasure of meeting Charlotte Deleste from Channel 3's Morning Show..she filled us in a a benefit for a new charity that helps parents of kids with special needs. It's called Gio's Garden. There's a benefit tomorrow night (Thursday June 10) at Scatz featuring live music from Lube, SuperTuesday and Whitney Mann, plus a live auction, and more.
Find out all about it here.
Big news in the fast food world! Subway is going to start tessellating its cheese.
I thought this had something to do with the raw milk movement, but I was incorrect.
Here's the definition, from dictionary.com:
tesÂ·selÂ·lateÂ Â Â (tÄs'É-lÄt')
tr.v.Â Â tesÂ·selÂ·latÂ·ed, tesÂ·selÂ·latÂ·ing, tesÂ·selÂ·lates
To form into a mosaic pattern, as by using small squares of stone or glass.
Or in this case, cheese.
Apparently there was an internet campaign demanding this change from Subway. There was even a T-shirt.Â And now, it seems, victory.
According to a document leaked to various sources, Subway says: âtriangles or half moons of cheese will be placed on the sandwich in an offset, or staggered pattern. This will improve the cheese coverage on the sandwich.â
Can't wait to bite into more cheesy goodness in my next Subway sandwich..and to try using the word tessellate in lots of sentences.
Bet you didn't know there were lyrics to that theme song for The Andy Griffith Show. That's just one of the things I was reminded of as I got ready to write this blog about the star of that show, who celebrates birthday number 84 today.
The song was called "Down By The Fishing Hole," and the whistling was done by Earle Hagen, who was one of the theme song's co-writers.
Sing it everybody:
"Well, now, take down your fishin' pole and meet me at The Fishin' Hole,
We may not get a bite all day, but don't you rush away.What a great place to rest your bones and mighty fine for skippin' stones,
You'll feel fresh as a lemonade, a-settin' in the shade.Whether it's hot, whether it's cool, oh what a spot for whistlin' like a fool."
I also discovered that a lot of people have birds that can whistle the theme song. And their owners are so proud of that fact that they videotaped them and put the video on youtube.Â Here's the best one I found. A fitting tribute to old Sheriff Taylor.Â (What-- you were hoping for a Matlock tribute?)
So how do you pronounce the name of that volcano that's creating all that havoc in Europe? So far, I haven't even given it a try, and just say "that volcano in Iceland."Â When I have heard people trying to say it, it sounds kind of like the warblingÂ call of a chicken in heat.
In my years of newscasting I've always believed that if you mispronounce with authority, no one will notice if you're screwing it up. And I actually got pretty darn good at pronouncing Polish last names when I worked in Stevens Point. It's kind of a fun game to pick up the Point phone book and try to find the most unpronounceable name and give it my best shot!
But as far as volcano names go, I think I'll stick with "Mt. St. Helen's." That one I can handle.Â I made that decision after watching this video! It's pretty funny.
A new survey suggests that 20 percent of us belive there are aliens among us. Only 20 percent?
The poll taken of more than 23-thousand adults in 22 countries shows 1 in 5 believe aliens exist and they live among us disguised as humans. (Link to the news story here). Â
Now is where you'd probably expect me to make some kind of joke about Dick Cheney or Newt Gingrich, but I'm choosing to go in a different direction.
I guess I don't understand the 80 percent who don't believe that aliens are among us. There's plenty of concrete evidence, dating back thousands of years. And I'm not just talking about all those cool cave paintings that look like they're depicting men in spacesuits.
I'mreferring to a certain Stone-age family and their little two foot tall green friend. Don't knowÂ what I'm talking about? Watch the video.
What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial? I loved the Snickers ad with Betty White and Abe Vigoda (and so did everybody else.) But I really got a big charge out of the Hyundai ad featuring good old Brett Favre. I'm just afraid the joke may be on us in ten years when the commercial comes true!
Here's a video with some behind the scenes footage and some outtakes! I hate to admit this, but Brett's a pretty good actor. Make sure you watch 'til he gets to the part about computerized referees.
Thanks to Andy Wallman from Knupp & Watson and Wallman for coming on the show to talk about the Super Bowl ads this morning. You can read his blog on the topic here!
The Broadway musical Wicked has flown back into town, thrilling fans at the Overture Center now through June 9th.
I got a chance to see the production for the 2nd time last night, and once again was blown away. Even though I saw Wicked in 2010, I had...
Today we traveled back to 1975 for a Rendezvous with The Hudson Brothers. This song didn't make it to high on the charts, but Kitty enjoyed it. Her favorite brother was Brett. She also loved their television show. We've included a skit from...
I'm not sure why Pete Yorn decided to name his new music project after a European cave dwelling aquatic salamander, but if he stops by to play us some songs in Studio M, we'll have to ask him.
The Olms is a collaboration between Pete Yorn and...
Today's song was written by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. It was inspired by the 1957 novel Doctor Zhivago. No one was inspired by the song this morning. It was rejected by almost all the listeners.
Today is World Goth Day, a day to celebrate the post-punk, anti-establishment, dark clothes-wearing subculture.
I'm pretty sure I was a Goth for at least for little while, for two reasons.
1) I almost hardly ever wear pastels.
2) I used to...
Hello to all from Nfusion. Another round of challenges has moved beyond us all. Congrats to those of us lucky enough to have survived to this point. Sad to see the others eliminated as they were all very creative and talented. Good Bye to our new friends...
This morning it seemed like just about everyone was in the mood for some Funky Cold Medina...except Kitty. This ridiculous song made it all the way to number 3 in 1989. Jonathan says any song that references advertising dogs from the 80's has got...
Madison's summer music festival season kicks off this weekend with Brat Fest at Willow Island, where there are more bands than you can shake a bratwurst at! Check out the Brat Fest website to plan your itinerary.
Next up is the Marquette...