Kevin Saunderson, Octo Octa to play Fete’s electronic tent

Musique Electronique returns July 14 and 15.

Octo Octa.

Octo Octa.

Musique Electronique, the electronic stage at the annual Fete De Marquette in Madison’s Central Park, has had a track record these past few years of punching above its weight with impressive and tasteful bookings, including last year’s one-two of Kid Koala’s live turntable antics and Stacey Pullen’s shimmering techno. The streak continues this year, with Kevin Saunderson, one of Detroit techno’s foundational artists, headlining the tent, and New York producer Octo Octa, playing behind her new album, Where Are We Going?

The schedule for Musique Electronique is a bit different this year. Usually it involves two nights at the Fete itself, each night continuing with a ticketed after-show at the High Noon Saloon. This time, there’s just one night at the Fete, on Saturday, July 15. But there are still two nights at the High Noon, on Friday, July 14 and on Saturday. Octo Octa will headline the Friday High Noon after-show, and Saunderson will play an extended set at the Saturday after-show. Personally I’m most excited about Octo Octa, real name Maya Bouldry-Morrison. I first heard her work on 2013’s Between Two Selves, which takes a disarmingly tender, if still rhythmic and propulsive, approach to house and techno.

Also in the lineup are veteran Chicago DJ Justin Long and Miles Maeda, Madison-based DJs Glynis and Jared Perez, and Madison-based producer Golden Donna (aka Joel Shanahan, who is a Tone Madison contributor). We’ll have more coverage of the event this summer.