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Prism Music & Arts Festival

  • Robinia Courtyard 829 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

In a year when a lot of Madisonians are trying out scrappy and eclectic visions of what a live music event can be, the Prism festival makes its first outing with a two-day cross section of eight young local acts. The first day takes place at Robinia Courtyard on East Wash, and will feature live mural painting in addition to a music lineup that comprises the Wilder Deitz Group's thoughtful blend of jazz and hip-hop, Kainalu's sleek, electronic take on Hawaiian music and pop, and electronic producer Norwei, who's known for his contributions to local hip-hop but also makes contemplative, synth-driven solo material. On day two the festival moves out to Common Gardens, a barn venue in rural Dane, Wisconsin, with music including the warped power-pop of Disq and hip-hop from Bird's Eye, plus a menu of pizza and beer. DJ Whodie Guthrie will be spinning both nights. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: September 15
Bless Their Little Hearts (free)
Later Event: September 15
Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon