The week’s best Madison show announcements.
It’s shaping up to be a surprisingly big winter for touring hip-hop shows in Madison. In addition to Future’s rapidly sold-out February 17 show at the Orpheum, one of 2015’s biggest breakouts, Fetty Wap, has announced a February 20 show in town, also at the Orpheum. Info/tickets
Speaking of which, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be back for a February 16 show at the Majestic. Info/tickets
Madison sludge heroes Bongzilla played some reunion shows this year, including one at the Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival in Library Mall, but finally have a local club date on the books, on February 26 at the High Noon. Info/tickets
January is shaping up to be an exciting month for new releases from Madison artists. Earnest rockers Little Legend will celebrate their first full-length album with a January 9 show at Mickey’s Tavern (info). And on January 8 at Audio for the Arts, Brain Grimmer (Madison multi-instrumentalist Brian Grimm’s warped hip-hop production project) and somber experimental voyagers Bell Monks will both celebrate new EPs (info).
Julian Lage will play April 30 at The Frequency. Info/tickets
Last but not least, we here at Tone Madison are hosting adventurous jazz drummer Ches Smith and his new trio on February 20 at the Gates of Heaven, the first in a sporadic new concert series in one of Madison’s most treasured historic spaces. The Lundberg + Packard + Pireh Trio will open this night of improvised music. Info