Wisconsin Smoking Ban Celebrated At High Noon Saloon

Smoke Free WI

On Monday, July 5th, Madisonians celebrated the initiation of the statewide smoking ban at The High Noon Saloon with Wisconsin Is Better Smoke-Free : A Celebration Featuring VO5 & FREEDY JOHNSTON. Thanks to all who came out to have a good time and mark this important day in our state’s history in style. We had raffles, giveaways and educational performances doing vaporization overview and a vape pen review for anyone looking to quit smoking, as it’s never too late.

NBC 15 News even covered the event on their broadcast. Check it out here.

We were extremely proud to help present the celebratory event here in Madison, and look forward to hosting similar events in cities throughout Wisconsin next month.

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Madison Week In Music + Ticket Giveaways (6.30-7.06): Black Mountain and Wisconsin Is Better Smoke Free–A Celebration Featuring VO5 and Freedy Johnston

Black Mountain

Wisconsinites will be celebrating more than just Independence Day this week.  Beginning on Monday, July 5th, absolutely all Wisconsin bars and restaurants will be smoke-free.  This is a BIG deal, and we’re marking the occasion with a free celebration at The High Noon Saloon with performances from VO5 and Freedy Johnston.

We know next Monday can feel like a lifetime away, so if you want to get some concert action in before then, we highly recommend catching Black Mountain on Wednesday (June 30th).  These psych rockers’ sound bring to mind artists like Dead Meadow, BRMC, The Black Angels, Darker My Love and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

All Music Guide says that this Vancouver-based band’s music “busts open half-lidded Velvet Underground fetishisms with squalls of Blue Cheer guitar, and further channels the heady sounds of the late ’60s with a moodily dwelling organ.”  Not bad, eh? We’re giving away tickets to this one below, so read on to find out how to win!

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Just Announced Madison Concerts: Wisconsin Is Better Smoke-Free (A Celebration Featuring VO5 and Freedy Johnston)

Wisconsin Is Better Smoke-Free: A Celebration Featuring VO5 and Freedy Johnston


Freedy Johnston

July 5th, 2010, 5:30pm – 10:00pm

(music beginning at 6:30pm)

Free Admission, Free Appetizers! (limited)

High Noon Saloon, 21+

RSVP here

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Monday Concert Connection: Free Freedy!


Hey blog readers!  Hope you’re all enjoying this gorgeous loooong weekend.  To help extend the spirit of vacation a bit longer, we’ll be bringing you two great shows in the following week; one from singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston, and another from the massively influential Meat Puppets!  As you’ve probably figured out by now, in addition to previewing our upcoming shows, we like to start the week off by rewarding our readers with a little free ticket action.   Read on to find out how YOU could win a pair of tickets to see Mr. Johnston’s show!

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Will NOT Comply: Wilco guitarist Nels Cline sticks with non-commercial fare

I’ve been fortunate to be involved with every Wilco show since their first show in Madison at Club de Wash in November 1994. The band had just formed out of the acrimonious split that occurred between Uncle Tupelo frontmen Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar. I had a birds-eye view of the last throes of that collaboration at an Uncle Tupelo show I presented at the Barrymore in March 1994, one of the last shows the band did before breaking up.

Jay Farrar (vocalist, guitarist), Jeff Tweedy (bassist, guitarist, vocalist), Mike Heidorn (drums)

The original members of Uncle Tupelo sitting From left to right: Jay Farrar (vocalist, guitarist), Jeff Tweedy (bassist, guitarist, vocalist), Mike Heidorn (drums)

Jeff and Jay at that point were not talking to each other. The tension was palpable, with Jay walled off and aloofly cocooned, and Jeff noticeably upbeat — perhaps relieved the end was near. I remember that the Bottle Rockets opened the show, and vaguely recall Brian Henneman joining them onstage. That the line-up, apart from Jay, essentially became the band that only months later debuted as Wilco. (I also remember staying up all night at a hotel on E. Wash — the Aloha?–with Jeff and the guys, joined by Mark Spencer of Blood Oranges — who was touring with Freedy Johnston. The Bushmills did us in as we watched the 1967 Casino Royale spoof on late-night television — starring Peter Sellers, Woody Allen and Orson Welles — it was a hoot.)

A lot has happened to Wilco since, more than can be captured in a single paragraph. The Reprise to Nonesuch saga resulting in the ground-breaking Yankee Hotel Foxtrot — expertly captured in the great documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, a Grammy nod for A Ghost is Born, and several line-up changes, including the addition of avante-garde jazz guitarist Nels Cline.

Jeff Tweedy & Wilco

Jeff Tweedy & Wilco

That Nels would join Wilco in 2004 was no real surprise Wilco fans, even those who preferred the early days of A.M. and Being There Cline is highly revered in No Wave and free jazz circles, an area of interest for Tweedy and Co. spurred by their collaboration with NYC producer/musician and Chicago transplant Jim O’Rourke. (O’Rourke and Tweedy had recorded a record together with drummer Glenn Kotche under the rubric Loose Fur, which led to Kotche joining Wilco in 2001.) Cline was also a member of The Geraldine Fibbers in the 1990s, a band that played the East End around 1997. I’m not sure, but they might have opened for indie supergroup Golden Smog, another one of Tweedy’s side projects.


Nels Cline Singers: Nels Cline (guitar) Devin Hoff (Bass) Scott Amendola (Drums)

Fans of Thurston Moore, Marc Ribot, Elliot Sharp, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman — you are strongly encouraged to check out Monday’s show with The Nels Cline Singers at High Noon on Monday, June 2. An instrumental trio, The Nels Cline Singers offer an evening of improvisational jazz that rarely comes to Madison, at least not since 1993-94, when John Zorn visited Madison twice in the span of six months.

Doors or this mind-blowing show open at 7pm, and Painted Saints (featuring Paul Fonfara — interviewed in this week’s Onion) kicks off the evening at 8pm. This is an 18+ show. Tickets are $16 adv and $18 dos, and are available HERE. See you there!

– Tag Evers