Dropkick Murphys: SOLD OUT!

Dropkick Murphys

Can’t say we didn’t warn ya!  We’re thrilled to announce that our  February 21 Dropkick Murphys’ show at the Orpheum Theater with Lucero and Skinny Lister is now officially sold out.  Thanks to everyone who bought their tickets early.  We’ll see you at the show!

Just Announced Madison Concert: Dropkick Murphys, 2.21.14

Friday, February 21, 2014



Dropkick Murphys

with special guests Lucero and Skinny Lister

Orpheum Theater – 8pm

General Admision: $30 adv, $35 dos

Gold Circle Tickets (allowing access to front section of balcony): $50

All Ages

Tickets on sale through our Music Calendar Friday, November 8 at 10am.


Soundcheck Sessions: Lucero

True Endeavors is proud to present the latest installment of our Soundcheck Sessions where we give the fans an insider’s look into what goes on before the doors open.  Along with our friends at Triple M, we got a chance to talk to Lucero frontman, Ben Nichols, who also let us watch them soundcheck their song “The Devil and Maggie Chascarillo.”

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Artists You Should Know: Ha Ha Tonka and Lucero

Ha Ha Tonka


Ha Ha Tonka (originally Amsterband) have spent years on the road, honing their craft and releasing two of the best southern-fried Americana albums ever.  Their music on record, as strong as it is, barely even holds a candle to their blistering live show. I saw them when they stopped at the High Noon a few months ago with a large group of people who had little-to-no knowledge of Ha Ha Tonka and we all left as massive fans.  We had just as much fun watching them as we did the headliners (Murder By Death), who they nearly outplayed—no small feat.

On Friday, July 30th, they’ll be at the High Noon Saloon opening for Lucero—a band with a continuously rising profile, as well as a very strong reputation as a live band. Over the course of seven albums they’ve become somewhat of a perennial underdog band, surprising listeners with each new release. They’ve built up a loyal following, toured with (and gained comparisons to) The Hold Steady.  Listeners may also find their sound akin to bands like The Gaslight Anthem, but the most prevalent comparison all along has been to Drive-By Truckers.  Just imagine a band with an even more gruff-voiced frontman and whose stylistic emphasis leans decidedly more towards the punk/rock n’ roll thing than southern rock, and you’ve just about got it.

Lucero formed in 1998 and has spent much of their time since 2001 on the road (150-200 shows a year). Everyone I’ve talked to that has seen the band live at one time or another have all described that transcendent visceral in-the-moment feeling every band yearns for their audience to palpate. That should tell you something. What should tell you even more is that, despite all their time on the road, they’ve somehow managed to release  seven outstanding albums – each of which could easily be considered a modern day classic, right up to their most recent: 2009’s 1372 Overton Park.

Now when considering Friday night’s show, Ha Ha Tonka alone is well-worth the price of admission, but seeing as how they’re opening for Lucero, there’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t go to this.  Get your ticket now. It’ll be the best purchase you make all day.

-Steven Spoerl

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Madison Week In Music + Ticket Giveaways (7.28-8.3): Greg Laswell & Cary Brothers, John Eddie, Lucero, Bill Maher, and The Portland Cello Project

Portland Cello Project

You may have noticed that we’ve been adding new shows left and right lately (see our Music Calendar for the latest).   We’re hard at work putting together a pleasantly busy fall schedule to entertain, educate, and delight your ears as summer fades away.  But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves!  There’s still plenty of hot lazy days ahead of us to fill with great tunes.

Take this week for example.  Maybe a little rock, a pinch of comedy, or even a sprinkle of classical performances can seduce your senses in the coming days as we welcome the likes of Greg Laswell & Cary Brothers, John Eddie, Lucero, Bill Maher, and The Portland Cello Project to Madison.  (We’re also looking forward to presenting a second John Eddie show in Milwaukee this week if you can’t make the Madison gig.)  Read on to get the show details and find out how to win tickets!

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