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Dec 26, 2013
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Rick’s Top Five Local Music Picks for New Year’s Eve

Rick’s Top Five Local Music Picks for New Year’s Eve


5. Nick Nice and Mike Carlson at the Majestic

Two of Madison’s premier DJs host a NYE extravaganza entitled “Decadance.” Presented by 105.5 Triple M and 105.1 The Mix, this show celebrates the passing of time with 100 years of dance music “from the early sounds of hot jazz and swing all the way through the decades to today’s freshest dance anthems….and they’ll do it in chronological order, all set to incredible video footage from each musical era on our massive movie screen. You’ll dance to everything from Louis Armstrong to Elvis and the Beatles to Sam Cooke to the Temptations and James Brown to the Bee Gees to Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Jay-Z, LMFAO, Biggie, Lady Gaga, OutKast, Deadmau5, Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, and soooo much more.”

Doors at 8 p.m.
$15/$10 after midnight

4. The Moustache at the Alchemy Café

It’s the fourth annual Nasty New Year’s Eve celebration brought to you by WORT-FM. The nasty funk of the Mustache will provide live music starting at 11:30 with a countdown and complimentary champagne at midnight. Earth Windsday & Fire w/ MC Tank Top Troy and DJ Jorts will be doing a special set after The Stache starting around 3:30-4 a.m. “The Mustache is a seven-piece funk juggernaut that features an outrageous stage show and a high level of musicianship. They aim to present and preserve the funk sounds of the '70s and '80s with their original compositions and a few select covers. Influences include James Brown, Rick James, Zapp and Roger, and Tom Selleck.” Also enjoy the Alchemy’s outstanding beer selection – one of the best in the city.

$10 with most of the proceeds going to WORT

3. Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo and the Beth Kille Band at the Brink Lounge

Two of Madison’s classiest and most-respected acts take the stage for “Cowboys and Gangsters.” Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo and Beth Kille have enough MAMA hardware between them to fill a vault and both have large, loyal followings. Complimentary party favors, hats, noisemakers and champagne toast at midnight and drink specials.

Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo: This very popular and multi award winning blues/rock band has fused blues, roots and rock music into an original sound that a growing fan base is recognizing and following….” aaronwilliamsandthehoodoo.com.

Beth Kille: Dubbed, “Reigning Queen of the Madison Rock Scene.”   -  John Urban of UPN 14
Beth is a multi award winning Singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist. Her music is a hybrid of rock, country, folk and blues that resonates with diverse musical influences ranging from the soul of the Indigo Girls, the grit of Melissa Etheridge, the sultry vocals of Norah Jones & the groove of Ani DiFranco.”   bethkille.com

Music starts at 9 p.m.

2. Dead & Bloated as STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, Mr. Brownstown as GUNS N' ROSES, Velcro Fly as ZZ TOP, Bargain as THE WHO, Yes Yes Yesses as YEAH YEAH YEAHS at the High Noon Saloon

You can get your local music and your classic rock at once with this tribute band celebration. DJ Lovecraft and The Disc Jockey will be performing in between bands, and after the bands have finished.

9 p.m.  


1. Fire Retarded/Cribshitter/Venus in Furs at Mickey’s Tavern

If you love – really love – Madison’s eclectic rock music scene, this is the place to be. Get there early to see one of the best, Venus in Furs. This group of lady rockers will rock your world with entertainment. Willy Street will never be the same.

Venus in Furs


Fire Retarded

Tiny Daggers

Cowboy Winter

10 p.m.


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Rick Tvedt has been a performing musician since the age of eight and had regional success with local band The And. He has also been a solo performer and was a member of the Sled Dogs. He launched the monthly local music newspaper Rick’s Café in January of 2003, which is now publishing online as Local Sounds Magazine. That same year he founded the Madison Area Music Association, a charitable organization that raises money to fund music programs for kids and provides musical instruments. The MAMAs also produce the annual Madison Area Music Awards.

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