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Wurst Times VIII

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The anti-Brat Fest features a healthy mix of local music. Info/tix

  No Name String Band.

No Name String Band.

One of several events launched in protest of Brat Fest sponsor Johnsonville's political ties to Scott Walker, the annual Wurst Times festival is now entering its eighth year of scrappy counter-programming. This year's festival raises money for the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, Guitars for Vets, and the Madison Area Music Association, and features a four-stage lineup of several dozen local bands at the High Noon, the Brink, the Brass Ring, and the outdoor patio those venues share. Brats and other food items are available throughout the day, and the music ranges from the rollicking sludge of Droids Attack to the sturdy reggae of Natty Nation to the congenial folk-rock of Nate Meng And The Stolen Sea. There's interesting stuff throughout the day, from Glassmen's intricately warped indie-rock at 11:15 a.m. to No Name String Band's expansive take on bluegrass at 6:15 p.m. —Scott Gordon