MATT FANALE’S CAUSTIC WILL MAKE FIRST APPEARANCE IN TWO YEARS AT MAMA FINALIST ANNOUNCEMENT PARTY
The lineup is really varied this year and the votes in the first round are in. It’s the Finalist Announcement Party for the 11th Annual Madison Area Music Awards. The event will once again be held at the Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Avenue on Tuesday, April 1st. Doors will commence opening at 6pm.
This event is the annual unveiling of the first round voting results. The finalists in nearly seventy categories will move on to the final round of voting which runs April 2 through May 17. Winners will be announced on June 22 at the MAMA Awards in the Capitol Theater.
The Finalist Announcement Party features a variety of performances including sixteen-year-old singer/songwriter Corinne McKnight. McKnight is already a veteran having performed solo for some time and in several bands including Modern Mod. She recently spent time in Nashville, where she worked with songwriters such as major TV network composer David Harper, Karen Staley (Faith Hill, Leann Rimes), and CJ Watson and Marty Brown (Tracy Bird). McKnight has released her full-length debut, Surprised Me, on Slothtrop Records.
Little Margie and Jimmy Voegeli join forces with their ever-popular Dueling Hammonds show featuring both their organ-playing and singing skills as well as their effervescent personalities and quick wit. Two of Madison’s most popular musicians.
Even the punks get in on the act with a performance from the Moguls. You can check out the band’s music here including the hilariously titled 30 Helens Agree: Getting Laid > Getting Paid and also the split recording with Burrito Drive entitled I’m a Burrito, which features the cutest kitten cover ever.
Something for everyone then, right? Well yes, especially when the icing on the cake will come in the form of a rare local performance from industrial rockers Caustic, whose last Madison appearance was some two years ago. The band was formed in 2002 by Matt Fanale who is also known as DJ Eurotic. Fanale is also the man who was behind the hugely successful Reverence Festival which ran from 2004 through 2009. You can check out the music here including the most recent release Obamacare (read the review here). Fanale’s been busy with his other side projects too. Causticles released the Marco Visconti EP in November 2013 and Roughest Cuts – the Demos by Beauty Queen Autopsy was released in December.
With all the fantastic live music it might be easy to forget the real purpose of the event: supporting the MAMA mission of supporting youth music education programs and providing musical instruments. The finalists will be announced for the Awards show and also the battle-of-the-band finalists for the new Breakthrough Artist Competition happening April 4 at the Inferno.