New Zealand duo Sandboards heads up a rare daytime edition of the Jams dance-party series. Info
The Jams dance night series at Robinia Courtyard is usually a late-night Saturday affair, where local DJs and producers share the bill with a mix of ambitiously booked touring electronic artists (past headliners have included Ciel, Eris Drew, and modular-synth artist Antenes). This time around, Jams will try out a daytime format, with an expanded lineup running from noon to 10 p.m. New Zealand producer/DJ duo Sandboards give house music a sleek and restrained polish on a couple of the EPs they've released so far, last year's Nights Over Taieri and 2016's Visa. The pacing of tracks like "Go Purple" and mixes like an April set for Rinse FM suggest that Sandboards members Eden Burns and Tomas Krammer will be able to translate the exuberance of house for people ready to succumb the soupy torpor of a Wisconsin summer.
Baltimore-based Customer Service, meanwhile, will likely bring a more effervescent touch to the proceedings, to judge from a recent DJ mix titled "happy butterfly mix for dancing \ (•◡•) /"—it begins with the vocal track from Bjork's "Violently Happy" over a surging house beat awash in glossy piano chords. Over the course of an hour and 18 minutes, the mix also gets into more experimental and abstract territory, but it pretty much sticks to tempos that will suit people who manage not to let the humidity wear them out. Chicago's Tamahori is another solid addition to the bill, which also features Madison DJs Glynis, MCG, DJ Zip Disk, and Natural Language Processing. Set times have not been posted yet, but the music is scheduled to go until 10 p.m.. —Scott Gordon