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Central Park Sessions: JD McPherson, The Modern Sounds, The Handphibians, Hometown Sweethearts (free)

  • Central Park 202 South Ingersoll Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Photo by Alexander Thompson.

Photo by Alexander Thompson.

This year's final installment of the Central Park Sessions series features a couple of artists who draw a lot of inspiration from the nascent days of rock 'n' roll. For Oklahoma-via-Chicago singer/guitarist JD McPherson and band, that means festive but gritty songs that bop and swing, but don't get too wrapped up in nostalgia, like "It's All Over But The Shouting," from his 2015 album Let The Good Times Roll. He plays here ahead of the October release of a new album, Undivided Heart & Soul. The Modern Sounds, featuring Madison native Joel Paterson on guitar, work in a similar spirit but go one step further, pulling deliberately at the threads of blues, jazz, and rockabilly embedded within early rock music. There's a dash of playful nostalgia to it all, but The Modern Sounds are also versatile, keen musicians, the kind who can help you refresh your fascination for well-worn influences. —Scott Gordon

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