A few fresh events worth adding to your calendar.
We've always got an eye on shows being announced in Madison. Here's what stands out from the past week's newly added events.
Peaking Lights Sound System And Friends. Aug. 30, Robinia Courtyard. When the dub-pop duo Peaking Lights was getting started in Madison, members Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis also spun their share of DJ nights, and started a heady but laid-back night called Legalize It! that continued on after they left. As previously announced, they're playing a live set on August 27 at the High Noon, but they've added this DJ gig as well, where they'll presumably dig deep into their collection of reggae, dub, and spaced-out sounds with help from like-minded locals including the ever-eclectic DJ Evan Woodward.
Taste Of Madison. Sept. 2 & 3, Capitol Square. You know the deal with Taste Of Madison—the food itself is a bizarro hodge-podge of local and chain restaurants, there's a country stage, a WJJO-sponsored butt-rock stage (featuring Nonpoint and Powerman 5000 this year 😂), and, providing one shred of hope that we might get some good music at the event, the 93.1 Jamz stage. It's just come out this week that Naughty By Nature will be headlining that stage on Saturday, Sept. 2. Pretty damn last-minute of them, but our guy Joel Shanahan whipped up a brief preview already. Additionally, former Madisonian Ted Park and Madison hip-hop pillar DJ Pain 1 will play the stage fresh off signing to Capitol Records and the release of their single "Hello (Who Is This)?"
OTHERsound: Librator. Sept. 28, Art In. Born in Gambia and currently based in Detroit, singer/composer Librator plays an effusive and contemporary take on West African pop. He'll play here as part of Madison musician Luke Bassuener's new but already intriguing OTHERsound residency.