What’s up, Madtown? Let us explain why you should be on the Terrace this Friday. Charlie Brooks and The Way It Is will be performing an entire show, starting at 9:30 and in order to appreciate their R&B and soul music, you must be present.
Charlie Brooks and The Way It Is have certainly made an impression on every crowd they have performed for. Their classy dress and comedic banter with the crowd add to their already stellar R&B music. Even more impressive are the bands that they have opened and played with through the years, including Sly & The Family Stone, The Temptations, and even Ray Charles.
When they start playing their Motown sound songs such as classics “Brick House” and “Mustang Sally,” all that a person can do is get up and start dancing. Charlie Brooks’ voice is also not completely overpowering, meaning we can also enjoy the soul coming from the other members, which include Steve Skaggs, Joe Wickam, Dave Goblin, Nathan Merone K, Eric Koppa, Darren Sterud, and Mike Bowman.
So this Friday, come feel the soul in you as Charlie Brooks and The Way It Is takes over the Terrace stage. Check out their take on “Brick House” below.
Someday, Kids These Days will out-grow their name, and it seems that day is quickly approaching. The Chicago natives possess talent and maturity well beyond their years, a group of six men and one woman all under the age of 20. How many 20-year-olds do you know that have shared the stage with Snoop Dogg, played to an endless sea of fans at Lollapalooza, and recorded an album with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy producing?
KTD is diverse in every way, blending funk, soul, hip-hop, acoustic rock, and rap to create something truly original. There’s something for everyone, which is why they regularly sell out shows in Chicago and have played with a vast array of popular artists. They attract extremely energetic crowds with their own energy, giving the feeling that each concert is a party. Believe me, this Friday’s show will be a party – and a free one at that!
The action starts at 9 p.m. when Fresh Cut Collective takes the stage, a Milwaukee band that won a WAMI award this year for the best Hip-Hop/Rap act in the state of Wisconsin. That’s no small feat, my friends. They’re an excellent complement to the energy and uniqueness of Kids These Days.
Head to the Facebook event and KTD and FCC‘s band pages for more details. Check out some videos of each band below for a taste of what you can expect to see Friday night.
Come see Memoryhouse, The Loom and Cat Martino this Saturday in the Der Rathskeller at 9:30 PM!
Memoryhouse, a dreampop ensamble from Sub Pop Records, is currently in the final stages of production for their first LP after a September release of a fully re-recorded, remixed and re-mastered version of their EP, The Years. If you haven’t yet, check out the dreamy sound of Memoryhouse in the video below.
The show will kick off with indie-folk songstress Cat Martino, who has opened for the likes of Rufus Wainwright, RIDE frontman Mark Gardener, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and more.
Yr Not Alone – Cat Martino
Following, WUD Music is proud to bring the Brooklyn-based indie-rock band, The Loom to Madison. NPR‘s World Cafe assures us that they’re sure to put on an “electrifying onstage performance that combines lots of instruments and lots of chemistry, and now lots of buzz as well,” according to an article released just this month. Check out their sound below:
Were you born in the wrong era? Do you long to live in the days where you could take a stroll in Motown and run into Barry Gordy, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, or Diana Ross? How about the 70′s – do you find wish you could have seen Lou Rawls live or have a strong urge to “stay together” with Al Green? Charlie Brooks and The Way It Is are the answer to your prayers, and lucky for you their home is in Madtown rather than Motown. Soulful guitar solos, horn sections, and hammond organs are still alive, and this band is evidence.
Charlie Brooks has established himself amongst the finest names of his Motown and soul, having shared bills with Sly and the Family Stone, Percy Sledge, Chicago, Ray Charles, The Supremes, and The Temptations. You know he’s got to have soul to find himself in that kind of company. He’s proof that there are those of us that know the best way to keep our feet warm in this town known for its frigid weather is to dance.
The dancing doesn’t end with Charlie Brooks and Co., either, as Nick Nice will be back yet again to spin songs of a more contemporary nature at DNCE MTHR FCKR at midnight. It’ll be a cool opportunity to witness the evolution of dance music, all while burning some calories. So get yourself to The Sett on Friday to see some local legends do what they do best: get you out of your seats and having a good time.