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Oct 2, 2013
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Bubble Music Festival Set to Kick Off Thursday

Bubble Music Festival Set to Kick Off Thursday


If you've ever wondered about all those bands operating in Madison (almost exclusively in the inner city) here's your chance to check out the underground scene. The first annual Bubble Music Festival will take place this week starting Thursday, October 3, and runs through Saturday, October 5, at select downtown venues. The event spotlights up-and-coming artists, although a few have been on the scene for some time.

The Bubble Music Festival is organized by Ben Churley and Thomas Skibsrud who both moved to Madison about three years ago. Skibsrud is a musician, playing in the band Lazydeadpoet, and Churley worked in music venues for many years before moving to Madison.

"I have had this idea for a multi-day, multi-venue music festival featuring emerging music and artists virtually since I moved to Madison," Churley says. "After a couple of years of tossing the idea around, half hoping that someone in the music scene here would see the value and take on the project, Thomas convinced me that we would have to do it ourselves. Last October we set a target date and registered the name. Since practically everyone involved in establishing the festival this year is doing so pro bono, many with day/night jobs and families, time grew short and we tempered expectations to a sort of pilot event. Those tempered expectations seem to be on track to be exceeded. We have confirmed fifty-plus performances, including ten venues, and have been lucky enough to establish relationships with excellent sponsors."

The inaugural Bubble Music Festival is being sponsored by Ian’s Pizza, Yahara Bay Distillers, Karben4 Brewery and Blair Street Brew and BBQ.

All access VIP passes for the entire three days are available for $20 either in person or online through High Noon Saloon and from participating musicians. All access VIP passes waive the cover charge at all Bubble Music Festival events and include complimentary food and beverage from the sponsors. This includes:

  • Slice of pizza at Ian’s Pizza
  • Pint of beer from Karben4 (at select downtown establishment)
  • Mixed cocktail made with Yahara Bay Distillers product (at select downtown establishment)
  • Pork Fresco sandwich at Blair Street Brew and BBQ

Additionally, several establishments have agreed to waive the cover charge at their events for Bubble Music Festival VIP pass holders. These include:

  • Cardinal Bar (please contact cardinalclub@gmail.com for further details)
    Thursday, Oct. 3: College Night with DJ Jo-Z, 10 p.m.
    Saturday, Oct. 5: Latin Dance Night with DJ Chamo, 10 p.m.
  • The Bayou (please contact vicvineager@gmail.com for further details)
    Thursday, Oct. 3: Fashion Show with Happy Wallet Clothing and Gnar Hoops featuring music by the Deadly Vipers
    Friday, Oct. 4: Joe aka Jogre The Ogre, and Trent aka Acideon
    Saturday, Oct. 5: DJ Dance Party

The full schedule of festival appearances is as follows:

High Noon Saloon | 7pm-close | $10 | 18+

Boo Bradley Band
The Daze
Oedipux Tex
Sky Road Fly

Rigby | 7pm-close | $5 | 21+

Dana Perry
Max Dvorak

Willy Street Pub (Wisco) | 9pm - close | $5 | 21+

Benny K
The Flyaways
Exploding Sons

Blair Street Brew & BBQ | 8pm | Free | All Ages

Paul Filipowicz and his Blues Band

Argus | 9-midnight | VIP only | 21+


High Noon Saloon | 8pm-close | $10 | 18+

Frankie the Fridge and the Crispers
Marty Finkel
Shook Twins
The Living Statues
Circus Fires

Redamte | 7pm-11pm | $5 | All Ages

Mourning Dove
Matt Pierce
Corey Hart

Rigby | 9:30pm-close | $5 | 21+

The Rascal Theory
Mad City Funk
Cowboy Television
Crash the Lights

Willy Street Pub (Wisco) | 9pm-close | $5 | 21+

Maffa Rico

Blair Street Brew and BBQ | 8pm-11pm | Free

Everything Under the Sun

Redamte | 7pm-11pm | $5 | All Ages

Gabe Burdulis
Karen Wheelock
Lion's Mouth

Rigby | 9pm-close | $5 | 21+

Catch Kid
Charlie Painter and Friends
Sweet Delta Dawn

Willy Street Pub (Wisco) | 9pm-close | $5 | 21+

The Buscemis
I Saw the Creature

Madison, Wisconsin 53703

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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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