Madison remains during these shortest days of the year with a solid slate of live music this week. The calendar includes: shows by the Oak Street Ramblers, James Leg, The Weather Duo and Whiskey Doll, Rookie of the Year, and Star Persons.
NOTEWORTHY: House of Representatives impeaches President Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, 1998.
Oak Street Ramblers
Malt House, 7:30 pm
Local Americana purveyors SpareTime Bluegrass, Off the Porch and the Oak Street Ramblers have joined forces to create Off the Porch, a bluegrass-style take on classic Christmas carols and new holiday standards. Pick up the album at this Ramblers show.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
The raspy-voiced multi-instrumentalist from the Black Diamond Heavies rocks the living daylights out of tunes from his new solo album, Solitary Pleasure, which teems with rootsy blues, grimy garage and a caustic splash of punk (see Tour Stop). With Roboman.
NOTEWORTHY: U.S. formally takes possession of Louisiana Territories, 1803.
Mad Toast Live
Brink Lounge, 7 pm
For their fun-filled podcast, violinist Chris Wagoner and cellist Mary Gaines record live interviews and performances with the improvisational string players of the Weather Duo and the blues-rock purveyors Whiskey Doll.
NOTEWORTHY: Bomb brings down a Pan Am 747 at Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270, 1988.
Rookie of the Year
Redamte Coffee House, 8 pm
Ryan Dunson's unplugged emo-pop outfit swathe the State Street coffee joint in acoustic selections from their brand-new EP, Along for the Ride. With Mechanical Kids, Juneau and Tyler Herrick.
NOTEWORTHY: Shipyard worker-turned-Solidarity labor leader Lech Walesa takes oath of office as Poland's first freely elected president, 1990.
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
Live electronics meld catchy pop hooks with skillful rhyme-slinging when this local six-piece hits the stage. With Cory Park and DJ Pain 1.