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Otis Redding Tribute

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

December 10, 2017 marks 50 years since Otis Redding's private plane crashed in Lake Monona, killing the monumentally gifted R&B artist and six of the seven other people aboard. (The sole survivor, trumpeter Ben Cauley, died in 2015.) Now, Madison has a lot to offer musically, but our greatest musical claim to fame is still that one of the greatest singers and songwriters in popular music died here, at age 26, with so much still ahead of him. (He recorded "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" just a few days before the crash, and it became a posthumous hit.) You might even think we'd be kind of solemn or sheepish about the whole thing, but Madison has marked the 50th anniversary of this tragedy with two tribute shows, one on December 7 at the Majestic and this one at the High Noon, with Milwaukee-area musician Craig Baumann and band playing two sets of Redding's covers and originals. Make of that what you will, but there's no doubt Redding left behind an incredible legacy. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: December 13
Erika Wennerstrom, Christopher Gold