Live at Capitol Theater
Overture’s popular series of free concerts featuring local and regional bands continues for the 2017/18 season in the historic Capitol Theater with two bands per concert. Come by any time between 7:30 and 10 PM to enjoy the best music Madison has to offer. Admission is free, dancing is encouraged, and drinks are available for purchase.
Better Yeti and VO5 | THU, NOV 9, 2017
First up is Better Yeti. The Better Yeti story begins in 1987, when a group of 7 martian teenagers were abandoned by their alien parents in the mountains of Tibet for playing their music too loud. For years the group lived in obscurity, honing their talents and shaping their sound, surviving solely on a diet of funky baselines and growing their beards and back hair. All this changed in 2016, when Swedish explorer Hans Hanson happened across the group. Quickly, word spread of the elusive Better Yeti. To escape the persecution of the Chinese government and the flashing bulbs of tourists, the group made their way to Madison, WI. To assimilate to their newfound American culture, they learned English and shaved a little. Better Yeti has one goal: to Himalaya down in a hot tub full of funky grooves.
The second act of the evening is VO5, a disco big band celebrating 11 years of epic dance parties. With their blend of 70’s hits from bands like the Bee Gees, Ohio Players and ABBA plus quirky original music, lots of dancing is guaranteed
VO5 has played every kind of gig imaginable and has paid their musical dues by having performed at dozens of oddball shows such as the Wisconsin Realtors “Stayin’ Alive (During the Recession)” convention and the Gilman Cheese Corporation celebration. They’ve even performed as an ABBA cover band and played “The Hustle” to 200 line-dancers in Sheboygan and at the Chicago Navy Pier.
Kinfolk and The Big Payback | THU, JAN 18, 2018
First up is Kinfolk, an American R&B band based out of Madison, WI. Through the creative inspiration of vocalist Anthony Ward, Kinfolk was established in the late 2000’s in order to fill a soul, neo-soul, and rhythm and blues music void that plagued the city of Madison. The group is well known for its diverse musical styles, playing an array of music from traditional jazz, to mainstream R&B and rock-based music, to funk, Latin, and Jamaican-based rhythms, as well as a variety of soulful original tunes. Kinfolk is lauded for their captivating live performances, which infuses soulful harmonies and gritty vocals to recreate memories of the past, and point to the promise of the future.
The second act of the night is The Big Payback, an award winning jazz-rock band featuring the soulful vocals of Leah Isabel Tirado and a smoking horn section. Mixing “ambitious original tunes that challenge even the most talented instrumentalists” (La Crosse Tribune) with classic covers, the band’s live show never fails to get the crowd moving. Nominated as one of Madison’s favorite “Dance Bands” by Isthmus readers in 2016, Payback is a party you won’t want to miss.
Kyle Megna & The Monsoons and The Lucas Cates Band | THU, APR 12, 2018
First up is Kyle Megna and the Monsoons, an original Wisconsin band with an ever-growing following locally and beyond. A tight-knit group of accomplished, charismatic musicians with diverse backgrounds, these guys know how to have fun while always keeping it professional. Best seen live, they feed off the vibe of the crowd as well as each other. Their “dark-indie-blues-folk-rock feel” is a magnetic force that’s ever-charged with surges of creativity and artistic experimentation. Fused with a healthy dose of spontaneity and humor, Kyle Megna and the Monsoons channel can’t-get-enough energy that’s good for the soul.
The second act of the evening is The Lucas Cates Band. From New York to Los Angeles, Madison native Lucas Cates has toured the country in support of five full-length studio albums and been awarded a plethora of music industry awards. His mix of original folk/pop/rock has been a Madison mainstay for over 10 years and has gained the attention of local, regional, and national fans.
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