Rave Reivew For Bela Fleck and The Flecktones’ Holiday Show In Madison

We promised an unforgettable holiday music performance from Bela Fleck, and his Flecktones, and boy, did they deliver!  You don’t have to take our word for it though.  Just listen to what Madison.com’s Rob Thomas had to say:

“Fleck is no stranger to playing in Madison, but Sunday’s show was truly special. The Flecktones’ approach to Christmas music not only showcased the incredible creativity and ability of every member of the band, it let you appreciate songs you’ve heard a billion times as music again, instead of just big-box store background noise.”

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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.

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Monday Concert Connection – Haiku Master Showdown For Free Tix

Words are great. Especially when coupled with sounds, as you all know, to make music. April is national poetry month and as its end draws near, we here at TE would like to give you an opportunity to use your words. Read more to find out how you can collect a pair of tickets by having fun!

Scroll down for chances to WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS and express your inner poet with Peanut Butter Wolf and others, Robbie Fulks, Pert’ Near Sandstone, and Dan Deacon! Any ticket contest answers in a 5-7-5 haiku format will receive extra points.

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Monday Concert Connection- Tons of Free Tix!

This week is total musical madness from bluegrass to garage rock, we’ve got at least one show per day for a week of debaucherous listening pleasure. Not only that but we’re giving away lots of free tix plus a free MP3 download to our amazing music fans!

Scroll down for chances to hang out with Greensky Bluegrass, The Drones, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Richard Buckner, Rodriguez, Natalie Zuckerman & Antje Duvekot…

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Wednesday, April 8

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS

with NEW MOUNTAIN KICKERS

Genre: Bluegrass

Sounds like: Cornmeal, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Trampled By Turtles


“It is their unique ‘fusion of tradition and enthusiasm for improvisation’ that has come to define the band’s creative and tangible compositional style.”
– Scott Preston, Cincy Groove Magazine

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Learn More: Official Website, Myspace

Win Tix!: Greensky Bluegrass is an obvious play on words that turns your world upside down. If you can send in three original or favorite similarly thought-provoking phrases, you may just find yourself in a field of some of Michigan’s own.

9:00 pm, High Noon Saloon, 608.268.1122, $10 adv./DOS – 18+

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Greensky Bluegrass Kick Off 2009!

This Wednesday, the High Noon Saloon will be the site of the first True Endeavors show of 2009!  Cobalt and the Hired Guns will start things off at 8:30 with an acoustic set, followed by headliners, Greensky Bluegrass.  They are not, in the words of JamBands.com reviewer Joy Rosenberg, “your grandfather’s bluegrass band.”  The Kalamazoo natives have made a name for themselves by fusing traditional elements of the classic genre with improvisational folk and jam band attitude.  It pomises to be a great start to start the new year–you won’t want to miss it!

Greensky Bluegrass

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Jan 5 Monday Ticket Giveaway: Greensky Bluegrass

Bluegrass fans rejoice!  This week, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the highly anticipated Greensky Bluegrass show at the High Noon on the 7th!

Greensky Bluegrass

The Kalamazoo natives make plenty of references to Midwestern living in their song lyrics.  If you wrote a song about Wisconsin, tell us what you’d name it. The True Endeavors staff will pick the most creative answer and notify a lucky ticket winner on Tuesday, January 6th.  Good luck!

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS
with
COBALT AND THE HIRED GUNS (acoustic)
Wednesday, January 7, 8:30 pm
High Noon Saloon
608.268.1122
$10 adv $10 dos – 18+

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This Week’s Shows- All You’ll Need

Need a break but lamenting the price of gas and the tumbling economy?  No need to leave town- experience the world through your local music venues.  This week in Madison offers up country, bluegrass, jam band, acoustic, americana, ska, reggae ,pop-punk, indie, folk, hip-hop, alternative, and surf from all reaches of the world.  Feel better?  Thought so.

Friday, October 17

YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND

Genre: Country, Bluegrass, Jam Band

“With little radio support, Yonder Mountain has become one of the fastest rising touring bands in the country, its fanbase having ballooned over the past five years through steady gigging and high-profile festival sets, all of which are full of improv and none of which feature the same set list.” -yondermountain.com

Similar to: The String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth, Phish, Old Crow Medicine Show

9:00pm @ Orpheum Theatre  (608.255.6005)   Tickets $25 adv $30 dos — all ages

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Saturday, October 18
An Evening with PERT ‘ NEAR SANDSTONE 

Genre:  Acoustic, Americana, Bluegrass

“They call themselves a ‘new-timey string band,’ but if you see them in action you would say they’re a steamroller of energy. Pert’ Near Sandstone plays bluegrass, both original and traditional, but they bring the old music to a young audience with their enthusiasm, tight harmonies and class.” -Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole, Minnesota Public Radio

Similar to: Twin-A, Will Bernard, The Goondocks

9:30pm @ Cafe Montmartre  (608.255.5900) $8 – 21+
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Sunday, October 19
SLIGHTLY STOOPID 

Genre: Ska, Reggae, Pop-Punk

Similar to: 311, Sublime, Fishbone

and B FOUNDATION with OUTLAW NATION  8:00 pm @ Barrymore Theatre (608.241.8864) $20 adv $25 dos – all ages
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JENNIFER O’CONNOR 

Genre:  Indie, Folk

“Over the past 6 years, Jennifer’s gotten scary good at this sort of thing, so much so that most other contenders for the hypothetical Nobel prize for Witty Pop Songs W/ Heart are either former members of this label’s roster (we’re thinking Manning/Phair/Daniel but if you wanna nominate someone more contemporary, please go right ahead) or they’ve already been embalmed in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.” -highroadtouring.com

Similar to: Elliott Smith,, Kathleen Edwards, Liz Phair, Kimya Dawson

with PATCHWORK 9:00pm @ Cafe Montmartre (608.255.5900)  $8 adv, $8 dos – 21+
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Monday, October 20
MURS 

Genre: Rap, Hip-Hop

“He may not have either the Democratic or Republican nomination, but California indie-hip-hop mainstay Murs (an acronym for “Making Underground Raw Shit”) is throwing his hat into the election ring with his seventh solo album and major-label debut, Murs For President, out tomorrow on Warner Bros. Murs For President finds the underground-rapper-gone-big-time retaining his verbose and engaging flow while sticking to the soulful, jazzy beats that have marked his best records, notably 2004’s Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition.” – SPIN

Similar to: Aesop Rock, Atmosphere. Brother Ali

with KIDZ IN THE HALL  9pm @ High Noon Saloon (608.268.1122)  $14 adv $16 dos – 18+
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MISSY HIGGINS

Genre: Pop, Alternative, Rock

“It wasn’t just that Missy Higgins played piano, or that she was barefoot. It was that she was, in her approach, doing what [Carole] King did in the 1970s: shunting aside any notions of how she ‘should’ look or what she “should” sound like, and focusing instead on strong melodies and earnest lyrics.” – Jon Gilbertson, JS Online

Similar to: Katie Melua, Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson, Kate Nash

with special guest JOSHUA RADIN 8:00pm @ Majestic Theatre (608.255.0901)  $16 – $23 – all ages
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Tuesday, October 21

THE EXPENDABLES 

Genre: Rock, Reggae, Surf

“Anyone who’s ever been to an Expendables show knows what Weers is getting at. To say that the band goes all out is a severe understatement. By the end of every performance, the band appears physically deflated–drenched in sweat, hoarse and half-drunk. But that’s the Expendables: balls to the wall, no exceptions.” -Garrett Wheeler, metrosatacruz.com

Similar to: The Aggrolites, Sublime, Pepper

with special guests OPM and REBULATION  8:00pm @ The Annex  (608.256.7750)  $12 adv $14 dos – 18+
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