Good Madison events announced this week: Turkeyfest, etc.

A few fresh events worth adding to your calendar.

A few fresh events worth adding to your calendar.

Blaha. Photo by Jason Kokal.

Blaha. Photo by Jason Kokal.

We’ve always got our eyes peeled for shows being announced in Madison. Here’s what stands out from the past week’s newly added events.

Bob Bucko Jr. Sept. 6, Nottingham Co-op. Dubuque, Iowa’s Bob Bucko Jr. is an experimental-music trooper, worth catching whether in solo or collaborative settings and whether he’s wielding guitar, sax or both.

Helen Gillet. Sept. 10, Art InThe innovative cellist was just here with her newly formed quartet Tephra Sound, but is scheduled to return for this solo show.

Turkeyfest. Oct. 12-14, Mickey’s Tavern and Crystal Corner BarMadison music mainstay Bobby Hussy’s annual festival digs deep into the world of contemporary punk and garage-rock, with a consistent balance of local and out-of-town artists. In its eighth year, Turkeyfest will comprise free Thursday and Saturday shows at Mickey’s, with a Friday show at the Crystal Corner in between. The lineup features New Zeland outfit Bloodbags (the first international act to play the event), Blaha (featuring Mike Blaha of Minneapolis greats The Blind Shake), new-ish Madison noise-punk trio Solid Freex, and bracing Milwaukee punk outfit Fox Face.

Freakfest. Oct. 28, State StreetThis year and last, we’ve had to cope with the shock of Freakfest really stepping it up on the music front. Well, if the annual city-sanctioned Halloween blowout wants to do a good job, that’s fine by us. DRAM will headline the annual city-sanctioned Halloween party this time around, with other highlights on the bill including George Clinton, Kweku Collins, the Clyde Stubblefield All Stars, and Twelves.

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