We hope you’re surviving finals. Stay strong, you’ve only a few days left. Congrats to those graduating this weekend. We’ve enjoyed putting on shows for all you Badgers this year, and the good news is that the fun doesn’t end when your classes do. In fact, for Terrace-lovers it’s just getting started!
This Friday, the Union is scheduled to announce practically the ENTIRE summer schedule. How exciting is that?! It’s exciting for us, too, as we have some HUGE shows we’re really excited to share with you. It’s hard for me to hold back my fingers from writing in all caps what they are and the million reasons why they’re exciting, but I like my job and don’t want to be fired for blabbing. Call me a chicken if you must.
Now, I know that seems like Friday is a lifetime away, so in the meantime check out what we have in store for you over what we call the “interim period.” Interim is the few weekends between the end of the spring semester and start of summer classes. For all of you sticking around to get knowledge fer yer brains over the summer, interim gives you a second to relax and have some carefree fun – so it’s a perfect time to come out to the Terrace. Some of these dates you may have known, but others are new. On top of the interim schedule, check out the lineup of the Performing Art’s Committee’s Isthmus Jazz Fest, which kicks of the summer schedule.
Here’s what we’ve got for you:
Friday, 5/18, 9 p.m.
Dirty Beaches and Xiu Xiu w/ Father Murphy
We’re kicking off your vacation with a bang with two indie rock forerunners. Dirty Beaches, the project of Alex Zhang Hungtai, has gained a lot of buzz and acclaim in its short existence. 2011 debut Badlands drew an 8.2 on the ever-critical Pitchfork and was nominated for the prestigious Polaris Prize, attracting numerous fans along the way with its haunting lo-fi sound.
Xiu Xiu know something about creating “haunting” tunes. Featuring Jamie Stewart’s weepy vibrato and prominent synthesizers, the California group has been the epitome of avant garde for over ten years and at least as many full-length releases, including February’s Always. It’s no surprise that openers Father Murphy, then, show considerable influence from Xiu Xiu in their own music. Any true fan of unique, artistic music will want to be at the show this Friday.
Dirty Beaches and Xiu Xiu sound like this:
Saturday, 5/19, 9:30 p.m.
70’s vs. 90’s Graduation Dance Party featuring the VO5 and The Beat Chefs
Here’s a dance party that has something for everybody, and just in time for graduation. Bring your visiting parents and relatives out to the Terrace Saturday night to hear VO5 play covers of 70’s songs that will take them back to their own youth or college years. But first, listen to The Beat Chefs play the songs you grew up with in the 90’s (Feel free to wear Zubaz, slap bracelets, and light-up shoes). It will be a great chance to think about where you’ve been and party in honor of where you’re going. Watch VO5 tear up “We Are Family” on the Terrace last year below.
Friday, 5/25, 9:30 p.m.
The Handphibians w/ Grupo Balanca
If you’ve never seen Madison’s own The Handphibians before, do yourself a favor and come to the Terrace next Friday – but make sure to tie your shoes really tightly or wear sandals because they tend to blow peoples socks off. It is a spectacle to say the least when the samba-flavored giant ensemble (seriously, they often have up to at least twenty people) takes the stage. The beats from the onslaught of drums make not moving an impossibility, so be sure to hydrate regularly and carb-load accordingly. Just watch this insanity:
Madison’s Grupo Balanca will get the Brazilian beats going featuring a smaller (but not small by any means) lineup. Put on something colorful and get ready to dance, Madison.
The Trinidad Tripoli Steel Drum Band
Saturday, 5/26, 9:30 p.m.
The Trinidad Tripoli Steel Drum Band’s story begins before most of us (and many of our parents) were alive. Trinidad’s Hugh Borde spearheaded Trinidad’s steel drum band movement in Post-World War II Trinidad. Borde, his family, and his band made their way to the U.S. in the 70s and took it by storm; The Trinidad Tripoli Steel Drum Band appeared on various variety shows and recorded an album with Liberace in 1972 that would go on to win a Grammy. Forty years later Borde’s band is still going strong and playing sunny steel drum music that will keep a weekend of dancing going. Make sure to catch these legends when they make their stop on the isthmus.
Check Borde and the 1970 version of the band on the David Frost Show (yes, as in Frost v. Nixon) below.
Friday, 6/1, 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 6/2, 12 p.m.
Isthmus Jazz Fest
Gear up for a weekend of saxes, horns, scatting, and drum solos. The WUD Performing Arts Committee is bringing some of the best Midwest jazz talent to the Lake Mendota shore in this year’s Isthmus Jazz Fest. Check out the Performing Arts Committee’s fantastic blog, The Green Room, to get the scoop on each of the acts listed in the following lineup. Oh, and like WUD Music, the Performing Arts Committee always welcomes new student members, so consider joining over the summer or when you come back in the fall! The lineup: