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Madison Pop Fest: Movies, workshops, convocations, panels, and...oh

Post by Jesse Russell on 11/6/2007 6:15pm

mpf007.jpgI'll be honest, when I first sat down with Madison Pop Fest organizers Jamie Hanson and Wyndham Manning three months ago I wasn't sure if they were going to be able to pull the event off for a third year. Now, two days out from the Opening Convocation/Revival by Andrew W.K., I feel the need to pat them on the back. Last year the future of Mad Pop Fest was put in jeopardy when there was a failure to plan for a bum rush of Joanna Newsom fans. According to orders from the Memorial Union they weren't allowed to let a line form on the stairwell which contributed to some major disorganization and confusion. This time around they have moved most of the events to the UW Music Hall.

This year Manning and Hanson have outsourced the quest for talent to Madison's leading music bloggers: Ryan Matteson at Muzzle of Bees and Kyle Pfister of Just Sayin' Is All. The combination of the two and their diverse tastes has resulted in a respectable lineup including Bon Iver, Billy Harvey, Murder By Death, Common Loon, and more. In addition Manning and Hanson have also added films to the line-up including Sigur Ros' Heima (which doesn't come out stateside until November 20) and Daft Punk's Electroma (which currently has no U.S. release date).

In addition to bringing eclectic music, Pfister will also be bringing an interactive circuit bending workshop as he did in June of this year at Cafe Montmartre.

Finally, not to leave ourselves out, Manning asked dane101 to put together a music panel for Friday at 6 p.m. to discuss the state of the Madison music scene and how local musicians can benefit from various resources around town. Our panel includes Darwin Sampson from the Annex, Justin Bricco of the Blueheels, Kiki Schueller of Kiki's House of Righteous Music , Tom Laskin from Isthmus, and Matt Gerding of The Majestic Theatre.

Tune in tomorrow as we take a deeper look into the lineup planned for this year as well as pretend to sit down for conversations with Pfister and Matteson.

Jesse Russell


Jesse was born and raised in Connecticut, began blogging in 1997, and moved to Madison in 2003. In 2005, he co-founded dane101 along with Kristian Knutson and Shane Wealti. In addition to helping nearly a dozen contributors run this website he's helped launch various events in the city including What's Your Damage?!, the MadPubQuiz of Awesomeness, the Fire Ball Masquerade, Dane101's Freakin' Halloweekend, and more.