Musicians from across multiple genres come together at a rural retreat outside of Madison. Info/tix
The second annual Prism Festival is held on the autumnal equinox, complete with onsite camping and performances by poets, installation artists, dancers and tons of musicians, not to mention copious craft beer and food carts. The venue, Common Gardens in rural Dane northwest of Madison, is itself an attraction, as its owners ethically produce agricultural goods within a beautiful, forested landscape that also serves as a countryside retreat.
The music lineup is an inclusive grab-bag of Madison and Midwestern music, with hip-hop heavy-hitters Lucien Parker, Trapo and Ra'Shaun performing alongside rock outfits like Slow Pulp and DISQ. Punk bands Proud Parents and The Hussy also appear, along with high-energy pop from GGOOLLDD and sensuous electro-funk from Mr. Jackson. The Chicago-based five-piece Post Animal headlines. The band hammers out a niche in the ongoing psychedelic rock revival, joined in recent years by former Dolores guitarist Javi Reyes. Reyes’ influence comes through on songs like “Special Moment,” from the 2018 release When I Think of You In A Castle, on which Post Animal’s huge sound is understated, favoring a dreamy funkiness. —Reid Kurkerewicz