A day-long lineup of local music benefitting the Social Justice Center's programming. Info
As part of the annual Make Music Madison event, Willy Street's Social Justice Center is taking its first crack at booking a music festival. It's an impressive lineup of Madison-area artists (see the Facebook event for set times) and the event is a good opportunity to learn about and support the SJC, which provides a home base to non-profits working in areas ranging from the Tenant Resource Center to LGBT Books To Prisoners to 608 Arts. The recently renovated building also hosts a gallery space and shared working space. The event, like all the Make Music Madison performances around the city, is free, but the SJC will be asking for donations throughout the day, and providing food and drinks.
The bill is heavy on young bands and indie-rock bands, but not exclusively so: Madison MC Red The Bully will be capping the evening off with a headlining set at 9 p.m, and R&B artist Mr. Jackson, fresh off the release of his third album, has a 7:45 p.m. slot. Miyha, which recently released its first full-length album of beautifully heartbroken guitar-pop, will be playing one of its last live sets (3:45 p.m.) before hanging it up later this summer. Teacher and musician Gene Delacourt will be leading an ensemble of fiddle students from Shabazz High School to start off the day (10 a.m.). Stephanie Rearick, of SJC member organization Madison Mutual Aid Network, will be performing both as a solo artist (noon) and as a member of the lovably lo-fi jangle-pop band Ladyscissors (5:15 p.m.). Other highlights include the sharp-witted rock of Labrador (8:30 p.m.) and the introspective experimentation of Glassmen (6:15 p.m.). Tone Madison is a sponsor of the event, and we'll have a table out during the day. Come say hi. —Scott Gordon