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Madison World Music Festival (multiple venues, free)

  • Memorial Union Terrace 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)


It's a bit of a shame that the Madison World Music Festival gets threaded into an already busy season for live music in Madison, and announces its lineup only a month or so ahead of time. It tends to be a good lineup that deserves some room to breathe, not to mention a little more time for people to get excited about the acts—even the problematically packaged "world" music that gets a meaningful stab at the U.S. market tends to require some extra digging to get familiar with. Friday's installment at the Memorial Union Terrace will include Ho-Chunk music from the Wisconsin Dells Singers and the charged cumbia-rock fusion of Orkesta Mendoza. The fest's Saturday stage at the Willy Street Fair will feature Ladama, a quartet of women from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and the U.S. who blend sounds from across the Americas and have a self-titled debut album out on Six Degrees Records, and Haitian-Canadian hip-hop artist Vox Sambou. Things close out Saturday on the Terrace with a performance from long-running Jamaican ska institution The Skatalites, whose visit to Madison would be a pretty big deal on its own. In any case, if you find yourself downtown or browsing the Willy Street Fair, take some time to check out just about anything in the lineup. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: September 14
Ron Funches (multiple showtimes)