Who’s streaming in Madison

An ongoing resource dedicated to tracking livestreams from local musicians and artists.

An ongoing resource dedicated to tracking livestreams from local musicians and artists.

Photo: Devin Drobka.

As public events continue to get canceled due to the ongoing safety concerns and restrictions brought about by COVID-19, expect to see a lot of people embarking on a grand experiment in livestreaming. Creativity is finding alternate ways to flourish as everyone settles into their new circumstances. Logistically, livestreaming offers the safest possible way to deliver and consume various forms of art for artists and audiences alike. Social distancing is essentially guaranteed with a strictly online means of delivery and those who are sick won’t risk endangering anyone’s health by participating.


While there have been national platforms afforded to high-profile acts engaging in scheduled livestreaming (Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie currently being one of the most visible), the Madison arts community has rallied around the practice as well. Over the past week artists in Madison have been scrambling to experiment with livestreams, we’ve been collecting various events so that we can keep our readers informed of what’s happening around town.

In that spirit, we’ll be using this page as a listing resource for notable upcoming livestreams. We will also be providing this page with frequent updates due to the fleeting nature surrounding the announcements for some of these events. Please send us an email if you have something coming up. It helps if you can provide advanced notice (at least a few days) and an easily shareable link.

There’s a wide array of events to select from and several are connected to worthy causes. For some clarification, the selections have been split into three distinct categories: upcoming, ongoing, and archived. Take a look below, catch up on what you missed, and check back soon for more updates. And remember to take the opportunity to send money to people when you’re watching their streams—look out for donation info, or seek out places where you can buy their work, to help them make up for lost income from live events.


May 28, 3 p.m.: Artist’s Talk With Jenie Gao

May 29, 12 p.m.: Reading Group Choices Presents: Book A Day Live Chat (Cynthia Leitich Smith & Cynthia Salaysay)

May 29, 7 p.m.: The JB3’s Friday Night Special

May 29, 7 p.m.: Streamin’ at the Haven: Chris Rottmayer

May 29, 7 p.m.: The Social Distance Cyber Cypher

May 30, 7 p.m.: Reading Group Choices Presents: Book A Day Live Chat (Shannon Hale)

May 30, 8 p.m.: Ryan Meisel and Susan Hofer Duo

May 31, 8 p.m.: Reading Group Choices Presents: Book A Day Live Chat (Graeme Simsion)

June 2, 6 p.m.: Arts + Literature Laboratory Community Poetry Workshop


June 3, 7 p.m.: Communication Presents: Recording Class No. 1 (Setup)

June 5, 7 p.m.: Tony Barba, Devin Drobka, Michael Rossetto, Johannes Wallmann, John Christensen, and Joshua Catania

June 6, 8 p.m.: Mother Fool’s 25th Birthday Variety Show Party

June 9, 7 p.m.: Fierce Females Online June Edition

June 10, 7 p.m.: Communication Presents: Recording Class No. 2 (Recording)

June 17, 7 p.m.: Communication Presents: Recording Class No. 3 (Editing)

June 24, 7 p.m.: Communication Presents: Recording Class No. 4 (Playback, Review, Mastering)


CONDUIT: A collaborative series between Tone Madison, Communication, and Underbelly (Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.)

UnderBelly Movie Night (Fridays)

Wild Hog In The Woods: Phillup’s Virtual Performance Series (Fridays)

Bradley Fish (Fridays, 8 p.m.)

Online Concerts To Free Them All (Saturdays, 7 p.m.)

Crucible Presents Transmuted Transmissions (Saturdays, 9 p.m.)

MC Audio Presents: Cuttin’ Class With EMC, A Record-Scratching Class (Wednesdays, 4 p.m.)

Cafe Coda Presents: Funky Mondays (Mondays)

LunART Festival: Get To Know Us (Mondays)

Henry Vilas Zoo: Keeper Chats and Activities

Gravitate Sessions (DJs at JiggyJamz)

BUBBLER: Library- and art-centric live streams; various contributors

Reading Group Choices Presents: Book A Day Live

Samantha Skar: Children’s Stories Series

Ti S. Banks Writing Lessons

Colin Edwin: Covers and Others

Tony Barba Daily Sax Loop

Tarek Sabbar Modular Streams

Liz Sexe Dance Class (Sundays, 5:30 p.m., intermediate to advanced dancers, $10 donation)

La Follette High School Band (Daily lessons from trombonist Darren Sterud, featuring “Listening examples of classic jazz or wind band literature, daily practice routines and the occasional live performance by myself and hopefully other students.”)

Storytime Live With Wisconsin Historical Society Press (Wednesdays at 10 a.m.)


March 15: Noxroy Live Set

March 17: Nicole Gruter’s “Virtual Saloon”

March 17: Ellie Erickson and Hannah Edlen

March 17: Chris Ruppenthal

March 18: We Should Have Been DJs

March 19: Mal O Dua Live Set

March 20: In Conversation with Gender Confetti

March 21: Noxroy Live Set

March 21: Leo Albertoni and the Convictions (starts at 27:00 mark)

March 21: Giant Jones Brewing Company Virtual Happy Hour

March 23: Boo Mullarky Kids Show

March 23: The Geoff And Kia Children’s Variety Show (Benefits Madison Children’s Museum)

March 25: Make Music Madison Noon Concert: Angela Puerta

March 25: Zoom Meeting: Livestreaming Instructional

March 26: Free Virtual Guitar Lesson

March 26: Red Pants Live Set

March 27: One Human Band

March 27: Kat and Alex (of Kat and the Hurricane) Acoustic

March 27: Giant Jones Brewing Company Virtual Happy Hour Vol. 2

March 29: Virtual Guitar Lesson #2 + Live Set

March 29: Let’s make a giant feedback loop on the internet (ft. Jeremy Nealis of Double Ewes and aertime)

March 30: Just Another Myshkin Monday: Yuri (of Optometri) Live

March 30: Educational Davis: Dark Monday Edition

March 31: One Human Band

April 1: Zoom Meeting: Coney Island Studios In Conversation With Justin Perkins of Mystery Room Mastering: Approaches to Mixing Your Livestream

April 2: Sockrates Sock Puppet Carnival of Morals and Logic

April 3: One Human Band (Bill Withers Tribute)

April 3: Gender Confetti Live Set

April 4: Celebrate Poetry Online Reading

April 4: DJ Vilas Park Sniper

April 4: Live From Cafe Coda: Alyssa Smith, Rick Flowers

April 4: The Mode Theater: Live Performances

April 5: Virtual Open Mic

April 5: Nick Nice Balcony Set

April 6: The Geoff & Kia Show II: Electric Boogaloo (Benefits Goodman Community Center)

April 7: One Human Band Backyard Set

April 8: TS Foss: Live at Communication

April 9: Downtown Madison: Spring Watch Party

April 10: Pat McCurdy: Shelter In Place 4

April 10: Chazen Museum of Art Virtual Q&A

April 10: The Dan Potacke Show: Social Distancing Special

April 11: Virtual Brass Orchestra Plays Duke Ellington’s “Azure”

April 13: Overture Center’s 2020-21 Programming Announcement

April 15: Erik Kjelland (of The Mascot Theory)

April 15: Red Pants – Live at the Green Monster (Video and Record)

April 15: Body To Body: Boredom Never Die Tonight

April 15: Dimensions In Sound & The Studio Orchestra: A Virtual Fundraiser

April 16: Virtual Venue Home Sessions: Paul Otteson

April 17: Happy Hour Live with Jo Marie

April 17: Sean Michael Dargan

April 17: Of Water, Land & Sky (feat. Asumaya)

April 17: Alej Perez (Centro Hispano Fundraiser)

April 18: Cafe CODA Presents: Hanah Jon Taylor Trio

April 20: Kate Elizabeth Russell Presents: My Dark Vanessa (Wisconsin Book Festival Selection)

April 20: Funky Monday: Clyde Stubblefield B-Day Celebration

April 21: WheelHouse: Pizza Night

April 23: A Bassett House Livestream

April 24: Cafe CODA Presents: Anthony Cao (Solo Piano)

April 24: Sean Michael Dargan’s Rock N’ Roll Reprieve

April 24: Guitar League Show with Richard Hildner Armacanqui

April 24: Cafe CODA Presents: Ari Smith and Timothy Russell Duo

April 24: Sinking Suns “Live” on WORT

April 24: Ravenook.com Multimedia Launch Party

April 25: Virtual Noise Show Episode II: Virtual Reality

April 25: Fire Ball 2020: Stay Home (Fire Ball Masquerade)

April 29: Live From The Living Room: High & Rising

April 30: Meet the Directors: A Conversation with The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin and Sustain Dane

April 30: Frank Martin Busch: Livestream for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services

May 1.: Cafe CODA Presents: Josh Harty (Solo Guitar)

May 1.: Lo Marie & Kenny Leiser

May 1: MMoCA Presents: Virtual Gallery Night

May 1: Cargo Coffee East Presents: 7ucky Vita

May 2: Cafe CODA Presents: Johannes Wallman (Solo Piano)

May 8.: Arts + Literature Laboratory Presents: Richard Hildner

May 8: Reading Group Choices Presents: Book A Day Live Chat (Abby Sher)

May 8: Cafe CODA Presents: Jim Erickson (Solo Piano)

May 8: Ravenook Presents: part(y) 2

May 9: Cafe CODA Presents: Tani Diakite Trio

May 10: Reading Group Choices Presents: Book A Day Live Chat (Kelly Barnhill)

May 12: Reading Group Choices Presents: Book A Day Live Chat (B.J. Hollars)

May 12: Communication Presents: Fierce Females Online

May 12: Sockrates Sock Puppet Carnival of Morals and Logic Presents: The Brechtfast Club (An Emilio Estevez Birthday Zoomstravaganza)

May 14: Virtual Madison Night Market (May Edition)

May 14: Mary Wehner: Fiction & Poetry winners’ live reading

May 15: Cafe CODA Presents: Natty Nation (Duo)

May 15: Streamin’ at the Haven: Sam Olson + Kelsey Wallner

May 15: The Voices Theatre Project Presents: Persist. The Pussy Grabber Plays: A Virtual Reading

May 16: Reading Group Choices Presents: Book A Day Live Chat (Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai)

May 16: Live From The Spaceship: J. Marsden

May 18: Reading Group Choices Presents: Book A Day Live Chat (Juliet Grames)

May 20: Reading Group Choices Presents: Book A Day Live Chat (Heather Demetrios)

May 22, 12 p.m.: Reading Group Choices Presents: Book A Day Live Chat (Jasmine Warga)

May 22, 7 p.m.: Harmonious Wail Quartini Concerts

May 22, 8 p.m.: Brennan Connors and Geoff Brady Duo

May 22, 8 p.m.: Lo Marie & Luke Hrovat-Steadter

May 23, 8 p.m.: Cafe CODA Presents: Matthew Endres & Darren Sterud Duo

May 25, 7 p.m.: Reading Group Choices Presents: Book A Day Live Chat (Erin Entrada Kelly)

May 27, 7 p.m.: Reading Group Choices Presents: Book A Day Live Chat (Deni Ellis Béchard)

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