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May 21, 2014
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Local Music, and Now Comedy, at Wurst Times Festival This Saturday

Local Music, and Now Comedy, at Wurst Times Festival This Saturday

PHOTO COURTESY OF WURST TIMES FESTIVAL

The Brat Fest alternative takes place at the High Noon, Brass Ring and Brink Lounge this Saturday.

Though it sprang up in the heat of the Scott Walker recall, Wurst Times Festival, or WTF, now in its fourth year, has always been about two things: presenting a local music festival on multiple stages and providing a workingperson’s alternative to Brat Fest. WTF is a one-day event this Saturday that runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., while Brat Fest spans the entire weekend. While initial WTF supporters would be quick to point out Brat Fest’s ties to Walker campaign contributors, the WTF mission statement makes no such mention. A glance through the website FAQ, however, would reveal this answer to the question of whether WTF is a political event: “Maybe. While we aren't trying to make a political statement, the reason for having this event is to have an alternative to a corporate-run charity.”

Each year the organizers, Rodney Knocke and Jodi Kitts, have grown the event a little more. WTF is held at 701 E. Washington Ave., in the building that houses the High Noon Saloon, the Brink Lounge and the Brass Ring with stages in each of the venues and two in the Brink Lounge. This year there will also be a larger parking lot stage instead of a patio stage. Another new aspect this year will be a forty-five-minute Comedy Hour in the Brink Lounge, and the music lineup includes such local favorites as Beth Kille and Gabe Burdulis. For the complete schedule, visit wursttimes.com.

 A suggested $10 monetary donation discounted with a non-perishable food item will be solicited at the door. Brats will be priced at $3 or 2 for $5 and event beer at $4.

WTF has recruited many local sponsors—including Pacific Bicycle, who has donated a bicycle to be raffled off—and two years ago the organization approached the Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) about a fiscal sponsorship to help the group raise funds and take donations. Net proceeds from the event are split between Second Harvest Food Bank and MAMA. There is also a food drive that benefits Second Harvest and gets the donor a discount at the door.

The High Noon Saloon went the distance and also booked an event in the evening to pad the coffers. That show will feature a great local multi-genre lineup, including Annabel Lee, The Flavor That Kills, Parias Day and Sky Road Fly, who will be releasing their new EP. This inaugural afterparty event is largely due to the great support of the High Noon Saloon, which has been integral to Wurst Times Fest since its inception. The show will start at 9 p.m., just as the regular festival is wrapping up. The event is 21+ and will have a $7 cover for regular entry, and a reduced $5 cover charge for anyone who donated to Wurst Times Fest and has a WTF bracelet.

For the complete performance lineup and more information, visit wursttimes.com.

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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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