The WORT Underground Stage presents an eclectic bill of Badger State bands this Sunday (9/18), from noon till 7:00 p.m., at the fabulous 39th annual Willy Street Fair. The Underground Stage will again be located in the Struck & Irwin lot at 826 Williamson Street.
The fun starts at noon with the surf/cowpunk sounds of Wood Chickens, followed by psychedelic goth-pop trio Neens at 1:10, Lurk Hards (rockabilly/punk) at 2:20, Me eN You (soulful hip-hop/funk) at 3:30, Control (hard psych-rock) at 4:40, and finishing off with The Grovelers at 5:50 p.m. No need to beg for variety here.
You can also meet your favorite WORT music hosts at the fair. PC Allen (One Fine Morning) will introduce Wood Chickens. Dave 3000 (Kosmik Radiation) will give you Neens. Bad Sister Heidi (Psychoacoustics) will welcome Lurk Hards. Mr. G and DJ Mr. Dance (Saturday Night at Smokey’s Joint) will spin tunes before presenting Me eN You. Cooper T (Her Infinite Variety) will set up Control. And, finally, El Serpentine (Friday on My Mind & Rattlesnake Shake) will introduce The Grovelers.
The Grovelers proffer a bracing blend of ’50s rockabilly, ’60s garage rock and ’80s punk. They are a mixed-gender foursome, featuring Skip on vocals & harmonica, Graff on guitar & vocals, Freight Train Dane (Didier) on drums, and Lemonie Fresh on bass & vocals. A mainstay of street festivals in the Brew City, The Grovelers formed in Milwaukee in 2013. They released their debut CD, Derelicts & Screw-ups, last year. For an exclusive free stream, check out this review: http://milwaukeerecord.com/music/exclusive-stream-the-grovelers-delightfully-trashy-debut-derelicts-and-screw-ups/. This is a rare chance to see them in Madison, so don’t miss it!
WORT 89.9 FM Community Radio thanks sponsors Capital Brewery and Lakepoint Realty for supporting the Underground Stage. WORT is a longtime media sponsor of the Willy Street Fair. Stop by the WORT booth on Sunday and say hello to Rockin’ John from 1:00 to 3:00. We’ll have CDs, t-shirts and other WORT swag for sale at end-of-the-season prices.
The 39th annual Willy Street Fair runs Saturday, September 17th (2:00 – 9:00 p.m.) and Sunday, September 18th (11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.). It’s organized by, and for the benefit of, Common Wealth and the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center. The 800, 900 and 1000 blocks of Williamson Street will be jammed with five stages, nearly 150 food and goodie vendors, plus some impromptu performers, starting Saturday afternoon. Check out Sunday’s parade starting at 11:00 a.m. for some extraordinary people-watching.
For a look at this year’s poster, with its complete list of the musicians scheduled to perform, click this link: http://www.wil-mar.org/2016-willy-street-fair/