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Ninety Miles Project uses jazz to mend U.S.-Cuba relations

Though Havana is about 90 miles from Florida's southernmost tip, most Americans have never experienced its wonderful sights and sounds. Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. ended more than 50 years ago, and trade and travel restrictions have existed ever since. But the ice has started to thaw, thanks, in part, to a partnership between jazz musicians in both countries. >More
 Make Music Madison would put local performers in public places for a full day

Mayor Paul Soglin wants to strengthen Madison music, but the most promising initiative he's backing comes from outside his office. During a Nov. 8 town-hall meeting, he and Ald. Scott Resnick struggled to explain why the city should spend $50,000 on a video to promote Madison as a destination for out-of-town music lovers. Only one of the night's panelists had many satisfying ideas about how to support local performers: Michael Rothschild, a retired UW marketing professor who's organizing an event called Make Music Madison. >More
 The Exclusive Company to leave State Street storefront

The Exclusive Company will vacate its space at 508 State St. on New Year's Day, after 24 years at the location. But the small record-store chain, which was founded in the Milwaukee suburb of West Bend, isn't giving up on Madison. >More
 Fiery string band Old Crow Medicine Show flies high at Capitol Theater

Madison got "wheeled" at 9:47 last night at Overture Center's Capitol Theater. That's the term string-band snobs use to describe the unexpected radio play of the Old Crow Medicine Show megahit "Wagon Wheel." It's not a term of endearment. Tell that to the audience at last night's nearly sold-out show at Overture Center's Capitol Theater, who, when the song began, jumped to their feet and wagged their asses in pure country bliss. >More
 The Bin Men get silly and political on debut EP, Sensible Hair Cuts

The Bin Men come from all over Madison's musical landscape. Singer-guitarist Jim Goronson plays with Seven Stone Weaklings, singer-guitarist Maggie Weiser sings with Reptile Palace Orchestra, bassist Kenny Stevenson plays with Jim Schwall, and drummer Nate Onsrud sings and plays guitar for Sir!NoSir! Altogether, Weiser and Stevenson play in nearly 10 bands, yet they seem to get something new out of playing in their rock band the Bin Men. >More
 Baldwin Street police shooting is doubly tragic for Madison's music community

Paulie Heenan was looking forward to "lighting this town up." That's what the musician and sound engineer told his friend Mark Whitcomb in a text message late Thursday night, after visiting Whitcomb's recording studio, DNA Music Labs, on Winnebago Street. Early Friday morning, Whitcomb learned that Heenan, 30, had been shot dead in an altercation with a Madison police officer. >More
 VH1 Save the Music Foundation equips five Madison elementary schools with new piano labs

Music in Madison schools is getting a big boost today from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and the Madison Community Foundation. Besides bolstering the arts, a new program called Music in Education is expected to improve participating students' math and reading skills. Five Madison elementary schools will receive piano labs, as well as curricula, management software and professional development for teachers. >More
 With the UW Symphony Orchestra, Joshua Roman performs Dvorák's Cello Concerto with lyricism and grace

The concert at the UW's Mills Hall on evening of Saturday, Nov. 10 was unusual in being a kind of two-in-one event. It featured the UW Symphony with a guest soloist, cellist Joshua Roman. >More
 University Opera's Medea is an engrossing tale about a vengeful sorceress

For its first production this season, University Opera is tackling a work of daunting challenges, Medea by Luigi Cherubini. Performances take place this weekend at the UW's Music Hall. >More
 Alt-country rowdies Shovels & Rope sing, shout and impress at the High Noon Saloon

A couple of couples performed at High Noon Saloon last night. In a somewhat cheesy scenario, this show featured two married acts, Shovels & Rope and Shivering Timbers. So who won the Best Couple award? I'd say the award goes to headliners Shovels & Rope. >More
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