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TedFest 2018 (free)


  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, Wisconsin (map)

A two-night event pays tribute to a late Madison music community pillar. Info

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Ted Putnam, who died in November 2017, made quite a mark on Madison's music community, spinning punk rock (but not just punk rock) and hosting in-studio sets from local bands on his Songs Of Safety And Manners show on WORT, and making a lot of connections as a friend and fan along the way. It's not easy to sum up his contributions or what he meant to his friends, so the inaugural, two-day TedFest, organized by Coney Island Studios, celebrates his life in a few different dimensions. The performers on offer include brilliant math-rock outfit Transformer Lootbag (Friday), multi-faceted musician and performance artist Nicole Gruter (Friday), Milwaukee noise-rockers Powerwagon (Saturday), and sample-based Madison electronic project Bell & Circuit. Both nights will also honor Putnam's work as a writer, with readings from The Mission Higher, a book he finished shortly before his death. The book is a fictionalized account of the life of Ernie McNealy, who coached basketball and other sports at the high school Putnam attended in San Francisco. Copies of the book will be available here, along with CDs from one of Putnam's own bands, Run, Cripple. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: November 23
Farplane (free)
Later Event: November 27
Ida (free)