Tone Madison and Half-Stack Sessions team up to present a weekend of music and workshops. Info/tix
The inaugural Infamous Local Fest, a joint effort between Half-Stack Sessions and us here at Tone Madison, showcases a variety of music from the Madison area and features a series of workshops aimed at giving musicians some practical help for building stronger communities. The hope is that people will come away from it with things they can use, from bystander-intervention skills to some actual merch for their bands. It starts out on Friday night at The Winnebago with a varied music showcase. Queer-punk duo Gender Confetti will be headlining that event in the wake of their recent debut album, We're Gay. Mineral Point's own Leslie Damaso will be opening the show up with her interpretations of the genre of Filipino art songs known as Kundiman, and the innovative Madison band Mr. Chair will be performing with her. In between, one of Madison's most accomplished DJs, Quinley, will be spinning an expertly curated mix of techno and house, and Madison band LINE will perform a set of its catchy but contemplative songs.
Infamous Local then moves over to Communication for the rest of the weekend. Saturday morning and afternoon bring a series of hands-on workshops. Musicians can collaborate with local artists to make buttons—as in, actually creating some on the spot, and then leaving with some fresh merch—as well as learn DJ and PA skills, and learn more about guitar and amp maintenance from Ellie Erickson and Kori Kent. Journalist and activist Jes Skolnik will be coming up from Chicago to give a workshop on bystander intervention, an important skill for those working to create safer spaces for music and combat harassment.
Saturday night brings more live music at Communication, from Brandon Beebe, The Lonesome Cobras, and Sage. On Sunday, things kick off early with a record sale, and then five artists will play sets that will be recorded live—again, giving folks something they can take away and put to use as they continue their creative pursuits and try to strengthen their music scenes. Those artists are Juli Johnston, Roscoe And The Talent, Flying Fuzz, Ghostar, and Bewitchin' Pool. There is still a no-fee ticket presale, both for all-weekend passes and for tickets to individual shows and sessions. There is a discount available for Tone Madison Sustainers. —Scott Gordon