Live Concert Photos: Matt Costa

Megan Monday Photography

Photographer Megan Monday has graciously shared a few of her characteristically fabulous shots of Matt Costa‘s recent Madison performance with our readers.  You can have a gander after the jump.

Were you there?  Tell us what you thought of the show in the comments!

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Just Announced Madison Concert + Win Tickets Before You Can Buy: Matt Costa, 4.5.13

Friday, April 5, 2013


Matt Costa

High Noon Saloon – 9:30pm

$15 ADV and DOS – 18+

Tickets available through our Music Calendar soon! 

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Live Concert Review + Photos: Matt Costa @ High Noon Saloon (10.26.10)

Matt Costa High Noon Saloon Madison WI

Photo by Joel Hager (more below)

Matt Costa may have come to Madison on a tour bus, but he looked like he rode a boxcar to get here.

The folk drifter captures frontier rock at its purest, moonshining the crowd with layers of lap-steels, washboards, and mandolins, gleaming in plaid and a Southern Comfort accent. It’s a sound that would fit perfectly in after an Eastwood gunfight victory scene.

The night began when the band emerged from the crowd in a sneak-attack unplugged entrance. Costa led his band, who was then unified with the crowd, on to the stage, as he sang face-to-face with audience members in the pit.

The western romanticism filled the room, and the High Noon seemed less like a concert hall and more like a rattlesnake-ridden Old West watering hole. Costa’s set was stacked with variety, from Folsom Prison kickers to campfire heart warmers like “Astaire”, the band played an array of tunes. Much of the night harvested upbeat rockabilly, while an acoustic “Could Be Never Looking Back” lurked with the eerie lonesomeness of a whiskey-dicked 3am.  The song selection mashed vibes of “Into the Wild” with those of  “That Thing You Do” to create a dance-folk rock n’ roll throwback show.

Costa’s banter was genuine and unforced. As he apologized to Madison for canceling his last trip through the city (due to a car accident), he promised to make it up in any way he could; singing birthday songs and giving more high fives than was healthy for his right palm.

While Costa has grasped his own sound, his current external musical influences are clear.  He captures the essence of Dylan with less dust and more sparkle, delivers pop-ier side effects that of The Shins, and his mellower tunes echo Jack Johnson, minus the surf wax.

Costa makes musicians want to write better songs, as he finds his own irresistible simplicity that is impossible to replicate. Much of his success lies in conservative lyricism, keeping stories just abstract enough for each listener to find their own meaning. The crowd connected with him, and they will mark their calendars for Matt Costa’s next return to Madison.

-Brett Newski

Take a look at Joel Hager’s beautiful photos of opening act Everest, and headliner Matt Costa, after the jump.

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Madison Week In Music + Ticket Giveaways (10.20-10.26): PHANTOGRAM, K-OS, INGRID MICHAELSON, SIGNAL PATH, BOB DYLAN & HIS BAND, and MATT COSTA

Signal Path

Good morning goslings!  Ready to start your week with some free tickets?  There are some very big shows coming up in the next few days that are dangerously close to selling out, and we don’t want you to miss ’em.  Read on to get the scoop on the upcoming Madison performances from PHANTOGRAM, K-OS, INGRID MICHAELSON, SIGNAL PATH (pictured), BOB DYLAN & HIS BAND, and MATT COSTA, and enter this week’s ticket giveaways.

And be sure to check back tonight, as we’ll be releasing details about the much-anticipated ticket giveaway for GOGOL BORDELLO‘s Halloween night concert at the Capitol Theater!

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Madison Concert Ticket Giveaway: MATT COSTA (Live From Studio M)

Matt Costa

The delightfully sunny indie pop music of Matt Costa is sure to leave you smiling.  If you can’t get enough of artists like Coconut Records, Eric Hutchinson, Stephen Malkmus, or Mason Jennings, you’re going to freak when you hear Costa at his upcoming Madison show at the High Noon Saloon on October 26th.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show itself later on (so please keep checking back!), but in the meantime we’d like to offer fans a chance to experience an especially intimate performance from Matt.  He’ll be arriving in town early to perform an afternoon Live From Studio M radio session for a select group of devoted listeners.  Read on to find out how you can enter to win a pair of tickets to this very special pre-concert performance.

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