Shitty Barn's 2017 season features Ryley Walker, Califone, Freakons

March 24, 2017 @ 11:59 pm
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Other highlights include Dosh and Margaret Glaspy.

Spring Green venue the Shitty Barn, which has become a live-music staple for Madisonians in the summer and fall, rolled out its 2017 schedule on Friday night. For the last couple years the Barn has been holding annual season-announcement shows in Madison, but this time around the event took place in Dubuque, perhaps to highlight that not all Shitty Barn-goers come from Spring Green or points east.

The Barn has a pretty well-established formula for each season by now: lots of folk and mild-mannered-ish rock, with a few eccentric departures here and there. (Past shows of the latter kind have included Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld, Death Blues, DJ Abilities, and bonkers Madison math-rock outfit Czarbles.) This year the highlights include a return performance from loop-wrangling multi-instrumentalist Dosh. with support from Madison-formed avant-jazz ensemble Lovely Socialite (Sept. 20); Freakons, a band combining members of punk legends Mekons and country outfit Freakwater (Sept.14); the Barn debut of brilliantly meandering guitarist Ryley Walker (Oct. 4); smartly barbed singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy (May 17); and the ever-woolly and great Califone (Sept. 27). One of the weird little surprises in the schedule is jazz saxophonist Frank Catalano, who will be playing with former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (Aug. 23).

If you'd like to catch some Madison acts at the Barn this season, I'd especially recommend singer-songwriter Nick Brown, opening for Esme Patterson (June 30); Dash Hounds, opening for Twin Brother (July 12); Tippy, opening for Ne-Hi (July 19); and a full night of New Orleans-style jazz outfit Mama Digdown's Brass Band (July 26).

The full schedule is below. It's generally worth buying tickets ahead of time on the Barn's website, as shows do tend to sell out early. There is a 20 percent discount for tickets purchased before April 30.

May 3: The Suitcase Junket

May 6: Legendary Shack Shakers, Jesse Dayton

May 10: Gaelynn Lea

May 17: Margaret Glaspy, Cuddle Magic

May 24: Bad Bad Hats, Disq

June 7: The Harmaleighs, Roanoke

May 14: The Sea The Sea, Hannah Busse

June 21: Dead Horses

June 28: Buffalo Gospel

June 30: Esme Patterson, Nick Brown

July 12: Twin Brother, Dash Hounds

July 19: Ne-Hi, Tippy

July 21: Pieta Brown

July 26: Mama Digdown's Brass Band

August 2: San Fermin

August 9: Lost Lakes, Anna Vogelzang

August 16: Carrie Rodriguez, Crane Wives

August 23: Frank Catalano & Jimmy Chamberlin

August 30: Mutts, Christopher Gold & The New Old Things

September 13: Boom Forest, Frankie Lee

September 14: Freakons

September 20: Dosh, Lovely Socialite

September 22: The Pines

September 27: Califone

October 4: Ryley Walker, Mike Mangione & The Kin

October 10 & 11: Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons

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last updated: March 25, 2017 @ 10:58 am

Scott Gordon

Scott Gordon

Scott is the editor and co-founder of Tone Madison. He has covered music and lots of other things for outlets including The A.V. Club, Wisconsin Public Radio, and WORT-FM.

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