Summer Terrace Lineup Announcement!

Terrace After Dark

Yes, the rumors are true, it’s finally that time of year again. May 7th is truly the most wonderful day on the calendar because (drumroll please)

…our lineup for the entire summer has been released! We have some incredible fun ready for you on the shores of our beautiful Lake Mendota between the months of May and August. Check out all of our concerts (along with all the Lakeside Cinema movies and other special events) at, for more detailed descriptions, times, contact information, band websites, and more. This website will become your go-to resource for all things “Terrace”.

As always, WUD Music will feature a weekly Open Mic Night, Wednesday nights from 7:45-11 PM. Singing, instrument playing, Comedy, poetry all welcome. No house instruments provided, backing tracks can be accommodated.

We will also be bringing back our much-loved Thursday Bluegrass Series, taking place from 5-7 PM. 

Our Friday “happy hour” series, Behind the Beat, will also continue as it has all school year, continuing to happen from 5-7 PM

And we have some INCREDIBLE headlining acts coming through, bringing you live music from 9:30-Midnight on every single Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Get pumped, you guys. It’s going to be another great summer.

Check out our band listing below: 

Fri 5/16/14 Behind the Beat: Tritonics

Fri 5/16/14 16 Candles (Graduation Weekend Dance Party)

Sat 5/17/14 V05 (Graduation Weekend Dance Party)
(two sets)

Fri 5/23/14 Behind the Beat: John Widdicombe Blues Band Combo

Fri 5/23/14 Handphibians

Sat 5/24/14 Jeffrey Broussard

Thurs 5/29/14 Kishi Bashi w/ Busman’s Holiday

Fri 5/30/14 Behind the Beat: The Firebirds

Fri 5/30/14 Swearin’

Sat 5/31/14 Trinidad Tripoli Steel Drum Band

Thurs 6/5/14 Bluegrass Series: Sparetime

Thurs 6/5/14 Brett Newski w/ Pete Donnelly

Fri 6/6/14 Behind the Beat: Drobka/Hastil/Christensen Trio

Fri 6/6/14 JR Donato w/ L.E.X.

Sat 6/7/14 Kikeh Mato w/ Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble

Thurs 6/12/14 Bluegrass Series: tba

Thurs 6/12/14 Betty Who

Fri 6/13/14 Behind The Beat: The Sundogs

Fri 6/13/14 lazydeadpoet

Sat 6/14/14 The Whiskey Farm w/ Whitney Mann

Thurs 6/19/14 Bluegrass Series: tba

Thurs 6/19/14 Haley Bonar

Fri 6/20/14 Isthmus Jazz Fest (All Day)

Sat 6/21/14 Isthmus Jazz Fest (All Day)

Thurs 6/26/14 Bluegrass Series: Mad Pole Cats

Thurs 6/26/14 Wild Cub w/ Escondido

Fri 6/27/14 Behind the Beat: Little Margie’s Soul Band

Fri 6/27/14 Natty Nation

Sat 6/28/14 Roots Collective

Thurs 7/3/14 Bluegrass Series: Eric Lambert and Friends

Thurs 7/3/14 Carsie Blanton w/ Briar Rabbit

Fri 7/4/14 Behind the Beat: tba

Fri 7/4/14 Hometown Sweethearts

Sat 7/5/14 Gabe Burdulis w/ Sexy Ester & Beth Kille

Thurs 7/10/14 Bluegrass Series: Sortin’ The Mail

Thurs 7/10/14 tba

Fri 7/11/14 Behind the Beat: tba

Fri 7/11/14 Big Leg Emma

Sat 7/12/14 Maffa Rico w/ Zaramela & Ben Karbank

Thurs 7/17/14 Cajun Strangers

Thurs 7/17/14 Sharon Van Etten w/ Jana Hunter

Fri 7/18/14 Behind the Beat: Charlier Painter

Fri 7/18/14 tba

Sat 7/19/14 F. Stokes w/ Frankie Flowers

Thurs 7/24/14 Bluegrass Series: tba

Thurs 7/24/14 tba

Fri 7/25/14 Behind the Beat: tba

Fri 7/25/14 Madison County w/ Mark Croft

Sat 7/26/14 WADOMA w/ Tani Diakite and the Afro Funk Stars

Thurs 7/31/14 Bluegrass Series: Jack Klatt Trio

Thurs 7/31/14 San Fermin

Fri 8/1/14 Behind the Beat: tba

Fri 8/1/14 Ariada w/ Honey & the 45s

Sat 8/2/14 ROE

Thurs 8/7/14 Bluegrass Series: tba

Thurs 8/7/14 Matrimony

Fri 8/8/14 Behind the Beat: Tim Whalen Trio

Fri 8/8/14 Adelyn Rose w/ Softly Dear Jake & Armerding

Sat 8/9/14 Caroline Smith

Fri 8/15/14 Alison Margaret Jazz Quintet

Fri 8/15/14 Pat McCurdy

Sat 8/16/14 Johnny Chimes w/ The Queenie McCarter Band (Blues Fest)

Fri 8/22/14 Behind the Beat: tba

Fri 8/22/14 Kissers (Irish Fest)

Sat 8/23/14 Whiskey of the Damned (Irish Fest)

Fri 8/29/14 Behind the Beat: tba

Fri 8/29/14 Steez

Sat 8/30/14 John Vietnam Day

Fri 9/5/14 David Gerald

Sat 9/6/14 The Dig

You’re Back!

Welcome back to campus! You look tanner. Have you lost weight? Must have been all that walking around Daytona Beach. I see you picked up some sweet sunglasses. Those will look great on the Terrace. How was the music? Flo Rida is great, but I don’t blame you for being sick of hearing him all break. Good thing we’ve got some awesome shows to look forward to for the rest of the semester and spilling into the summer. Let us help you ease back into the business side of things by providing you with some weekend fun, outdoor tunes with a scenic background, and crowds of peers ready to party.

Let’s start with April. We’re leaving it all out there for the last full month of school. This weekend we’ve got the awesome, crowd-interactive shows of Caveman, Screaming Females, and Giant People on Friday at Der Rath, and Big Freedia on Saturday on the same stage. We’ll have previews of both of those shows later in the week, but here’s a very short preview of the previews (I know, we’re going full Inception on you): They will be loud. They will be fun. You will sweat.

RON SWANSON. That’s all the segue I need. Tickets are still miraculously available for the April 18th show at the Union Theatre with Parks & Recreation‘s Nick Offerman. Jump on them so you can see the man behind the notorious mustache give a Q & A, share anecdotes, sing songs, and give tips on living a prosperous life. Considering how wise Ron Swanson is (see video), this show may will change your life. Tickets been be purchased online, at the Union Theater on the Park Street-facing side of Memorial Union, or by phone at (608) 265-ARTS (2787).

It’d be easy to devote whole posts to each show beyond that point (and that’s just the treatment they’ll get the week of the shows), but you’ve got homework to catch up on and we’ve got more shows to book, so check out the Facebook events for more info on the following dates. We’ve got the EMMIE Battle of the Bands on April 20th, where you’ll get to see your classmates rock the Terrace. That same night anti-folk legend Kimya Dawson rocks one of our final shows in the Sett for the season. Rap fans will get their fill on April 21st at the Sett when Fake Four, Inc. acts bleubird and Ceschi hit the Sett with local rhymester genius Phonetic ONE. If silky smooth pop is more your thing, you can catch Jason Reeves with Anais Mitchell and Cuddle Magic across town at Der Rath. California electronic act Blackbird Blackbird and Canopies will get the Sett jumping on April 27th while across town Ezra Furman, Chamberlin, and Coo Woo will get Der Rath chilling. The Surgeons in Heat vinyl release party with The Midwest Beat, The Fatty Acids, and Pioneer takes the party outside to the Terrace again on the 28th while prog geniuses The Dear Hunter play the Sett. Yes, that’s all in the next three weeks.

We don’t quit during the summer, though. The Terrace kicks into full swing after school gets out. May 18th sees indie legends Xiu Xiu with buzz-makers Dirty Beaches, and June 8th brings Aussie band Royal Headache on the same day they drop their much-anticipated U.S. release of their debut album. Check out the calendar for the full breakdown of who will be rocking our stages (Remember we have the Behind the Beat series Friday afternoons and Open Mics the second and fourth Thursdays of the month). We’re excited, we hope you’re excited, and we look forward to seeing you out there!

This Weekend in Der Rath

Friday 4/22: Higher Education Records Showcase @ 9 PM

Come out to Der Rathskeller tonight and check out some local rap at the Higher Education Records Showcase. Expect Phonetic ONE, Sleepy, G DeLo, Bonnie and Korim to show up. DJ Illy Holiday will be DJing the event as well. Should be a great time, come get your freak on!

Here’s some video of Phonetic One performing at Mifflin Street Block Party last year:

Saturday 4/23: The Selfish Gene with Christopher Porterfield @ 9 PM

For Saturday night we have Madison band The Selfish Gene  in Der Rath. This great group of alt-rockers have been around Madison for a while now, they won the Isthmus’ Band to Band Competition back in 2009. Here’s a little taste:

Opening up for them will be Christopher Porterfield, of Milwaukee’s great Conrad Plymouth. He’s sure to start things off on a softer, more peaceful note. Why not have a peaceful Saturday in Der Rath before next Saturday’s madness that is Mifflin?

LitFest Concert: Owen Pallett w/ Land of Vandals

Don’t forget, Owen Pallett will be performing in the Sett at the new Union South this Saturday, April 16th at 9:00 PM. This is a concert that we are very excited about! Remember that the concert is free and open to the public (18+). Take this opportunity to see a wonderful free show in the new music venue at Union South, the Sett.

Land of Vandals, a local Madison band, will be starting the show off for us. They were fantastic when they opened up for My Brightest Diamond in der Rath, so get here early!

Our friends at the WUD Publications Committee kicked off LitFest today. Besides this concert there is a great deal more to get excited about! LitFest celebrates and promotes literacy and writing in all of it’s forms.  They will be having a variety of events going on through April 19th. Check out the LitFest website for more info.

Just Announced: Maps & Atlases with Bears Climb Mountains on Friday, March 4th

Maps & Atlases will be returning to der Rathskeller this Friday, March 4th. The Chicago based indie-rockers headlined WSUM’s Snake on the Lake festival in September 2009 and this show looks to be just as exciting as the last. Come on out for a fantastic night of live music.

Maps & Atlases

Perch Patchwork, the band’s debut album, was released in June 2010 and saw the band transition into a softer sound. Their distinct math rock style blends astoundingly with the new folk and pop influences. Having just wrapped up a tour of Europe, Maps & Atlases will be opening for Menomena for several dates and then the band heads down to Austin for SXSW.

Local act Bears Climb Mountains will also be performing.

Just Announced: Pepper Rabbit and Jeremiah Nelson

Pepper Rabbit of Los Angeles will be visiting der Rathskeller on Saturday, March 5th. They are touring in support of their October debut album, Beauregard. Formed by Xander Singh and Luc Laurent, Pepper Rabbit is a fusion of both musicians’ unique experiences. According to their Kanine Records bio, Pepper Rabbit sounds “like a patchwork quilt woven from their adventures, whether it be featuring the horn section from a Bayou funeral procession or a chord progression borrowed from Southeast Asia.”

Pepper Rabbit

Although the band just released their first album in October, they have been diligently recording and plan to release a second album this summer, so Pepper Rabbit could bring some brand new songs to the table. They have recently toured with Ra Ra Riot and will be stopping by SXSW and then be opening for the likes of The Rural Alberta Advantage, Telekinesis and Miniature Tigers after their stop in Madison.

Local act Jeremiah Nelson has quickly been garnering more popularity and press.

If a band plays in der Rath and no one is there to hear them, do they make a sound?

This of course would never happen given the immense coolness of all the bands we book, so we’ll leave the pondering of that question for a different venue.

Luckily for you readers of this week’s WEEKEND ANNOUNCEMENTS, and thanks to my English professor David Zimmerman, I’m waxing poetic today. Please feel free to give me snaps after reading.

since it is too much to rhyme, both shows begin at 9:30pm and will be in der Rathskeller

FRIDAY: Grandchildren with Dinosaur Feathers and Temple (formerly known as Arto)


Grandchildren= chillwave


Though their name descends from old, their music is new

The songs start out with drums but there’s more to come it’s true.

Layer upon layer, a constant buildup

Both sides of the Atlantic is where the lead man grew up.

This music puts you in a state of flux

and Dinosaur Feathers and Temple also don’t suck.

Come experience the experience. –>

SATURDAY: Ari Herstand with Daniel and the Lion

Smooth and cool like water in a pool


Ari Herstand


Ari Herstand’s voice glides over you.

Swishing and swaying is what you’ll be doing

Boys bring your girls and they’ll surely be swooning.

On One Tree Hill is where his music has played

And if you leave early you’ll wish you’d have stayed.

Plus he’s from Minneapolis, so help support the midwest! –>



SXSW 2010: We Made It!

After about 20 hours in the car and several 5 hour energies for John Ash later, the UW Fleet Vehicle (now known as The Chariot) has reached its destination at the Holiday Inn (Formerly the Radisson North) in Austin, TX.  We actually made such great time that we’re too early to check into our hotel, so I am updating you all from the hotel lobby as we wait for our room.

We drove past a really freakin’ big wind farm in Illinois, and I thought it was cool.

Ethan Berlin took the wheel for the majority of the trip, taking us all the way into (Bro)klahoma!

1 Box of 5 Hour Energy (The #Wudswsw sponsor) = 60 hours of good times

The Chariot.

John Ash introduced as all to Pickle – O’s at Sonic (fried pickle slices). We had a super friendly waitress to send us off to our final 2 hours into ATX. After a Gabe and Ethan, Weezer/Rubber Soul sing-along we finally arrived, and are ready to get downtown to our first day of music and shenanigans.

Gabriel Herrera doesn’t have anything to add to this post.

A happy Paddys day to all of you,


So It Begins: WUD Goes to Austin

I feel like a proud parent, or that king elf from Lord of the Rings. But I am happy to say that the posse from WUD Music is off and running to Austin for SXSW 2010. There are 9 people from the committee going this year and the legend himself is creeping the streets of Austin, yup Trubes is there. There are sure to be some stories coming back from the trip.

The crew is just outside St. Louis as I write this and they have a long night of driving ahead of them. But soon enough the adventures start.

Check back here every day as they will be updating you on the good and the bad at SXSW this year. If you can’t hold your excitement back search #wudsxsw on Twitter for constant updates.

As for now I wish the posse in the UW Fleet Vehicle somewhere in the middle of the nation: godspeed. Back to my academic pursuits.

–matt forrest

If I Stay In This Room, They’ll Remember Me For… This Radio Show

CLUB 770 Week 9!!!!!!!!!

Dudes, I flaked last week and somehow managed to sleep through my alarm. So yeah, there was no show. Sorry. But hey, I came back.

I don’t really have anything else to tell you, so here’s the playlist.


Upcoming. (Check our schedule for details.)

  • Every Little Bit Hurts – Title Tracks
  • Breakdown – Sick of Sarah
  • State of the Union – David Ford
  • Fast Forward Regrets. – The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt

Other songs and things like that.

  • When You Call My Name – Dawes
  • TiK ToK – Ke$ha (sorry.)
  • Middle Distance Runner – Sea Wolf
  • Ten Thousand Words – The Avett Brothers
  • Shhh – Donora
  • I’m A Pilot – Fanfarlo
  • Vincent O’Brien – M. Ward
  • No One Does It Like You – Department of Eagles
  • Pulling On A  Line – Great Lake Swimmers
  • To Ohio (reprise) – The Low Anthem