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Matt Joyce (free)


  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

A gifted singer-songwriter says farewell to Madison for now. Info

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Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Matt Joyce has been playing in bands and in solo settings around Madison and Milwaukee for well over a decade now, and is getting ready to move away to Colorado. He's best known for his role as leader of The Midwest Beat, a band that formed in 2005 and played a fertile swirl of psych-rock, cosmic country, and rugged R&B. Songs like "Girl Gone West," from The Midwest Beat's self-titled 2006 debut EP, and "Vortex Hole," from 2014's Free Of Being, showcase Joyce's ability to neatly pin together all those influences with sharp, propulsive vocal melodies and jangly, swerving guitar figures. His other projects over the years have included The Grizzlies, The Honey Slides, and the Neil Young cover band Shakey. For the past few years he's been organizing the Super Serious Singer Songwriter Series, a recurring night at Mickey's where he invites musicians from around the state and the Midwest to perform stripped-down solo sets. These shows usually include solo performances from Joyce as well, and perhaps a few collaborative numbers with Joyce and his guests. Before he moves, he'll be hosting this night at Mickey's, hopefully pulling from a variety of originals and covers, and, given how deeply involved he's been in local music, likely welcoming a big cast of guest performers throughout the night. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: August 4
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Later Event: August 5
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