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The Low Czars, The Also-Rans at Red Rooster

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

An illustration shows a series of multicolored guitar necks pointing in from either side of the frame.

The Also-Rans, a new Madison band, combines four musicians with a long track record in the area. Aaron Scholz added a third album to his solo discography in 2021, the understated but powerful Third Place, after putting his original work on ice for quite a few years. Matt Joyce is best known for his work in The Midwest Beat, a Madison/Milwaukee band that had a long and fruitful run of jangly, psych-blasted rock, much of it on the strength of Joyce’s songwriting, before they hung it up in 2019. Dan Kennedy’s career has reached confidently across charming, jazzy soul (including his 2013 solo album Seems Like Forever) and a range of Americana elements (which can be heard in his guitar-playing with Madison band The Getaway Drivers). 


Along with drummer Eric Salisbury, of country outfit The Ramble, they’ll be showcasing work from across Scholz and Kennedy’s songbooks at first, and eventually working on songwriting contributions from all four members. Audiences will have their first chance to hear full-band versions of songs from Third Place, too. The Also-Rans open up here before a set from cover band par excellence The Low Czars, which also features Scholz on guitar, vocals, and keys.

—Scott Gordon

Illustration by Shasya Sidebottom.


January 25
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Red Rooster
2513 Seiferth Road
Madison, WI 53716 United States
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