Live Music Photo Tuesday – The Ditty Bops with Ruth Barrett

See below for photos from The Ditty Bops show on June 17th, and click here for more info regarding the show.

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Live Music Photo Tuesdays – Jenny Lewis

w 6633Fans came in droves to the Barrymore Theater Thursday night to see Jenny Lewis.  Audience members trekked from Green Bay, Oshkosh, Milwaukee, and even as far as Wausau.  As they traveled to the Mad-City Jenny spent the day in Madison thrift store shopping with the band where she picked up her gem bedazzled “suit”.  On stage (as well as off) Ms. Lewis simultaneously strikes a balance between witty performer and girl next door.  Jenny and the band performed a rousing encore of Acid Tongue as she stood by her mic and the 5 other band members huddled as a choir around another.

Farmer Dave opened the night as The Sadies followed.  Another great concert.  Please enjoy the photos.

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Live Music Photo Tuesdays – All That Remains

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Good News: There was a 3-foot pit, the space between the stage and the barricade, for the “bouncers” and the media, which includes photographers like me.  Bad News: When All That Remains (ATR) came on stage, the pit got smaller and smaller as the barricade got pushed closer and closer to the stage.  Saying ATR amped up the crowd would be an understatement.  Early on, vocalist Phil Labonte sounded a little disappointed as he did not see a mosh pit being generated Friday night at The Annex.  To the crowds’ defense, it was jam packed.  I mean if the person next to you decided to sway, you swayed too, regardless if you wanted to or not.  It was TIGHT!!!  Pun Intended. 

Luna Mortis opened the night up with songs from their newly released album, The Absence.  Based in Madison, the band was formed in 2001 in Monroe and went by the name The Ottoman Empire.  They later changed their name in 2008 to Luna Mortis.

Dirge Within followed.  Before the set, vocalist Jeremy “Jerms” Genske warned me that he likes to jump back and forth from the stage to the barricade.  I now see why.  The crowd loved the up-close and personal touch.  Rumor has it that a day before the show on May 14th, Dirge Within inked a deal with E1 Music (formerly Koch Records).  If it is true, congrats! 

Another great show.  Thanks for looking.

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Live Music Photo Tuesday – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit put on a great show at the High Noon Saloon Thursday night. The singer/songwriter/guitarist featured his second solo album that released in February. Before going off on his own, Jason was a member of the Drive-By Truckers. Justin Townes Earle, son of musician Steve Earle, opened for Jason. Here are some photos from the show…

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Photos from The Cabinet of Wonders

Wes and Eugene’s Cabinet of Wonders came to town Saturday night, providing both music and laughter to those in attendance at the High Noon Saloon. Musician John Wesley Harding and comedian Eugene Mirman headlined and hosted the evening’s festivities. The “cast of thousands” included Victor DeLorenzo (of the Violent Femmes) and his band Prestige Atlantic Impulse, Chicago comedian Mark Bazer, and The Zombeatles…an undead version of Madison’s own Gomers. Here are some photos from the revelry:

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