Two Shows This Week On Us

This week we’ve got two unique artists to which our readers will get a chance to win tix. Whether you’ve never heard of these artists before or are die-hard fans this is your chance to check them out on us!



Thursday January 29


Genre: Folk

“Chris Pureka’s sophomore release, Dryland plays like the way she enters a room—with low, deliberate airs, quietly demanding respect. One stark, solo acoustic guitar builds into layered swan songs and raspy serenades that resonate with unassuming depth and candor.”

9pm Cafe Montmartre 608.255.5900 $10 adv &10 dos – 21+

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Chris is known for her sensual and emotionally evocative folk style, what other like-minded folk musicians do you wish would make a stop in Madison? Give us your top list by commenting on this blog and we’ll pick a winner at random tomorrow afternoon!


Friday, January 30


Genre: Indie Rock

“Elf Power’s tripped-out pop-smarts provide the contradictory musical notions that never allow the album to sway too far in one bleak direction or another: it’s the friction between Chesnutt’s shadowy worldview and the inventive bounce and bray of Elf Power’s joyful chemistry that buoys the album (Dark Developments), provides its freshness, and makes for highly rewarding repeated listens.”

Elf Power- All the World is Waiting

Vic Chesnut- Interview

9:30pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10 adv – 18+

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-Elf Power will play before Vic and then join Vic on stage as his backing band-

Since Vic Chestnutt is an adopted darling of Michael Stipe, send us a link to the most interesting Michael Stipe video and tell us why you like it. We’ll pick our fave and announce the winner of two tickets tomorrow afternoon right here!

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Added Note: Just thought I’d post the video that Jason, our Elf Power/Vic Chestnutt winner linked to (REM- Radio Free Europe 1983). Letterman is actually looking at the vinyl cover to announce the band.

Bon Iver..Free.

Yes tickets sold out a long time ago, yes his debut album was composed in a snow covered Wisconsin cabin, yes Pitchfork and others rave, and yes we will put two fortunate folks on the Bon Iver guest list.

To win both spots: Comment with your top 3-5 songs or albums to listen to in the winter and why – Our fave will be announced before noon Tuesday and perhaps we’ll all survive a bit better this season with a few musical suggestions.

Can’t see the show?  Watch the video for Flume

Download a ridiculous handful of mp3s at Daytrotter

or listen to the NPR SXSW interview.

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Dec 1 Monday Ticket Giveaway- The Sadies & Denison Witmer

“They just might be the greatest country-rock band of the modern era.“-Rhapsody
December 5 

the sadies
Friday, December 5, 9:30pm 
High Noon Saloon 
$10 adv $12 dos – 18+ 
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 “Denison Witmer takes listeners on a journey through picturesque landscapes of heartfelt dreams and hopes. … Witmer has earned a spot close to the front of the long line of young singer/songwriters who are bound to make it big.” Hyperactive Magazine

December 6

denison witmer
Saturday, December 6, (early show 7pm)
The Frequency
$8 adv $10 dos – 21+ 
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Some members of The Sadies have participated in the indie/folk rock side project named The Unintended. The name of their side project shares the album name of what progressive rock band? 

Be the first to comment correctly with the band’s name and your name +1 will be on the guest list for either of the shows listed above! Make sure to post which of the shows you would like to attend. 

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 Thanks for playing and thanks for supporting live arts

Nov 24 Monday Ticket Giveaway- Soul Excitement

From church choir to the face of soul and funk revitalization, Sharon Jones’ retro sound is pure soul that seduces the audience to let go of their inhibitions.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have built a growing reputation as the front runners of old-school soul and funk.

Show up for the music, but stay for the stage show. Sharon’s youthful energy and occasional dancing frenzies exude passion while the horn section grooves.

Think the Dap-Kings look or sound familiar?  That’s because some of the members backed up Amy Winehouse on her album “Back to Black”, check them out in her video “Rehab.”

Come to the Barrymore December 3 prepared to dance!  Get two tickets for the funk filled evening by telling us what your favorite funk/soul song to listen to in a recession is. Comment on this blog with your entry to have a chance to win a FREE pair of tickets to the Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings show.

Answers will be judged by the staff at True Endeavors- the winner will be announced Tuesday (November 25) at 6pm.

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‘Monday Blues’ Ticket Giveaway

“Susan Tedeschi is simply a breath of fresh air in the otherwise polluted world we call modern music.” (

This show will be a sizzling night of blues and soul that will have  you adoring her music from first note to last.

Spread the word and come out to the show to witness modern and old blues at its best.


November 22
True Endeavors and JAM Productions

susan tedeschi
with special guest
Saturday, November 22, 8:00pm
Barrymore Theatre
General admission $37.50 – all ages
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Tickets also available at Sugar Shack, Star Liquor, MadCity Music,
Frugal Muse (Northgate & High Pt.), Strictly Discs, B Side Records,
or charge by phone at 608.241.8633


If you were a Blues artist, what would be the title of your hit single?

Comment on this blog to win a FREE pair of tickets to the Susan Tedeschi show.

Answers will be judged by the staff at True Endeavors- the winner will be announced Tuesday (November 18) at 6pm.

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