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Madison's Favorite Concert (free)

  • 100 block of State Street 100 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)


There's something inherently comical about naming a concert "Madison's Favorite Concert" before it's even happened, and then getting a Chicago band to headline it. But that's how local weekly Isthmus has chosen to celebrate the rollout of its annual MadFaves reader poll results. Garage-rock outfit Twin Peaks will be topping the bill, which is all well and good but it makes the concert feel more like an extension of the Live On King Street series than, say, a celebration of all things Madison. Madison's DJ Nick Nice will be spinning and local psych-pop outfit Disq will be playing, both of which redeem the concept a bit. Isthmus put one more spot to a reader vote, and disco band VO5 won out over outfits including furious country-punks Wood Chickens and demented spectacle-conjurors Cribshitter. Isthmus could very well have put its weight as a long-running and popular media outlet behind something that more fully celebrates the musical variety of Madison. But maybe wanting to be Madison's favorite doesn't always inspire the best decisions. For now, it's at least a chance to see the promising Disq get a shot to play for a big outdoor crowd, and perhaps the event will have a better sense of itself in the future. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: August 23
Elysia Crampton, Louise Bock
Later Event: August 24
Orton Park Festival (free)