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Turkeyfest 8 (multiple venues)


  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Blaha. Photo by Jason Kokal.

Blaha. Photo by Jason Kokal.

The annual Turkeyfest punk blowout, booked by Bobby Hussy of The Hussy and Kind Turkey Records, has taken on a life of its own over the past eight years, gradually expanding from two nights to three and earning a reputation for a good balance of local bands and impressive touring gets, and a good mix of the straightforward and the weird. This year's first night, at Mickey's, features the first-ever band from overseas to play Turkeyfest, Bloodbags. The Auckland, New Zealand band plays with a grim sense of urgency, fueled by blown-out-sounding drums, melted-down rockabilly licks, and Andrew Tolley's bellowing, unhinged vocals. Thursday will also include Oklahoma band Psychotic Reaction and Madison standouts Wood Chickens and Dumb Vision. Friday moves things over to the Crystal, with The Hussy and Bobby Hussy's synth-driven project Cave Curse, fittingly paired with Memphis synth-punk outfit Sweet Knives. One of Madison's newest but already most exciting punk bands, the father-and-sons trio Solid Freex, will also be playing Friday, and Bob Koch (of The Low Czars and many other local projects) will be spinning 45s from his deep collection between sets. The fest closes out Saturday at Mickey's, with a bill that boasts a new project from Mike Blaha of the wonderfully propulsive and clangy Minneapolis band The Blind Shake, simply called Blaha. Milwaukee band Fox Face and Madison's Fire Heads will both be playing that night too, both ahead of new full-lengths due out later this fall, as will Madison's long-running, lovably eccentric power-pop outfit The German Art Students. The Thursday and Saturday shows are free, with an $8 cover for Friday. —Scott Gordon