This Week’s Nightlife and Giveaways: Bluegrass Bonanza

Trampled By Turtles

Madison music fans sure do love their bluegrass!  This week our fine city will see the return of two of its favorite quick pickin’ roots groups.  Trampled By Turtles and Pert’ Near Sandstone have wowed us before, now they’re back to impress again.  Read on to find out how you could win tickets to one of these sure-to-put-a-smile-on-your-face-shows.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Daytrotter presents…


Genre: Bluegrass, Folk

Sounds Like: Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band

Win A Pair Of Tickets: The band has a song called “Written On The Wall.”  Tell us about the best/worst/funniest/most creative piece of graffiti you’ve seen.  Could be a mural, a statement or even just a symbol.  Tell us about why it caught your eye, and where you spotted it.

Show Info: High Noon Saloon – 8pm $12 adv $14 dos – 18+

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Friday, November 13, 2009


Genre: Bluegrass, Folk, Country

Sounds Like: Greensky Bluegrass, The Big Wu, Thunder In The Valley

Win A Pair Of Tickets: The band’s name reminds us of a hopeful response to that classic road trip question: “Are we theeeere yet?!”  So, with that on the brain, we’d like you to tell us about one of your all time favorite road trips.

Show Info: High Noon Saloon – 9:30pm $10 – 18+

Welcomed by

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Winners will be announced tomorrow (November 10th).

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13 Responses

  1. The graffiti that most stands out in my mind was in Lisbon, Portugal. I was walking in the Barrio Alto neighborhood and the image of a woman’s back and a man’s torso caught my eye. I had to look twice to see exactly what this graffiti depicted – it was a woman orally pleasuring a man – but was at least somewhat tastefully done. The reason it was so eye-catching was that it was in a small alley but surrounded by some of the most beautiful tile work that Lisbon is famous for…

  2. Trampled – I’m not sure if this counts as graffiti but I think it is hilarious and somewhat fitting. While taking a road trip to Cali with my girlfriend, we were driving thru Montana at about 5 in the morning. It was an absolutely beautiful blue sky and the sun was just starting to peak thru the mountains. As I looked in my rearview mirror I could see a very large white pickup truck (you know, the kind with huge tires and shocks with the double extended cab and bed) quickly catching up to me. As the truck sped past me there was a slogan written in what looked like black electrical tape across the back truck bed door that read “HEY OSAMA, KISS MY AMERICAN ASS!” We got a quick picture of it and now have it framed in our house. We thought the whole scene of sunrise, mountains, speeding pickup truck and good ol’ USA pride were very fitting and hilarious!

  3. Graffiti, beautiful graffiti.. Some of my favorite cities for spotting interesting works have been Detroit, NYC and San Francisco. Here are a few really elaborate works that I came across while walking around Manhattan a few months ago:

    We get some in Madison as well – I like the Mother Fools ever-changing wall of graffiti. And then there are some interesting miniature works I have come across in the men’s loo at some of Madison’s clubs. The freight cars that shunt across the east side of the Isthmus will also surprise you at times. For example, this one should be familiar to some:

    However, this one resonates the most with the interesting juxtaposition of words painted, and printed wording on a freezer box car:

    … my entry is for Trampled By Turtles tickets please…

  4. Not sure what the issue is with the Facebook links, perhaps they were broken.. hope this works this time!

    In any case, here’s take 2:
    Photos from NYC:

    One from London:

    Madison pics:

  5. Pert’ Near Sandstone

    My favorite road trip of all time took place when my girlfriend and I had just started going out, she randomly picked me up at my house and we just started to drive for the fun of it. She didn’t have anywhere specific in mind and just drove for the fun of it. We ended our trip in Freeport, Illinois at a retro ice cream parlor ( not my photos, but this is the dairy bar we were at). We walked around the town a little bit and discovered that we were near the location of one of the Frederick Douglass debates (I’m a bit of a history buff so I was excited haha). I didn’t ask the classic “are we there yet” question because I didn’t need to, it was a great trip.

  6. Pert’ Near Sandstone tickets:

    My favorite road trip took place 3-4 years ago. The place: the jungles of Costa Rica; the soundtrack: Bob Marley. For two weeks, I road tripped, backpacked, kayaked, hiked, swam, danced and sang Bob’s songs around a fire. Being that close to nature with good friends and good music was a truly life changing experience. Cliche or not, it was a lovely, surprising and truly life changing adventure. Ah, the memories…

  7. pert near-

    best roadtrip ever…driving our schoolbus turned RV across the country for 2 weeks, playing shows all over the midwest/east coast. we cruised the entire length of shenandoah national park on this road called skyline drive, which basically takes you through a bunch of peaks through the blue ridge mountains in the heart of appalachia. cruising along at 3-5,000 ft during sunset with misty fog rising out of the hills is pretty damn magical. also, we somehow managed to drive our bus up one of the steepest graded roads ive ever been on, which was a feat in and of itself. from there we rode on to NYC and decided not to pay $200 a day for parking. we parked guerilla style and got out of there the next day sans parking tickets/towage or a bus break in! the downfall of that was driving straight through to cleveland after our show, but that is another story….

  8. These were really fun to read! Thanks everybody. Ankur, for some reason we still can’t see the links, but it was awesome of you to collect so many examples.

    P.S. All your road trip stories make me long for a vacation!

    Winners will be notified shortly.

  9. Yup, the winners were notified via e-mail. Thanks everybody for participating and keep your eyes peeled for more ticket giveaways! Joining our Facebook group and signing up for our bi-monthly newsletter also give you exclusive chances to win!

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