Wurst Times IV is This Saturday, May 24: Five Stages, Forty + Bands, Brats, Soda & Beer

Recent News 21 May 2014

wurst-times-festival-4Wurst Times IV is This Saturday, May 24: Five Stages, Forty + Bands, Brats, Soda & Beer


Though it sprang up in the heat of the Scott Walker recall, Wurst Times Festival (or WTF) has always been about two things: presenting a local music festival on multiple stages and providing a workingperson’s alternative to the corporate-run Brat Fest. While initial supporters would be quick to point out Brat Fest’s ties to Walker campaign contributors the WTF mission statement makes no such mention. A glance through the website FAQ, however, would reveal this answer to the question of whether WTF is a political event: “Maybe. While we aren’t trying to make a political statement, the reason for having this event is to have an alternative to a corporate-run charity.”

Each year the organizers, Rodney Knocke and Jodi Kitts, have grown the event a little more. WTF competes directly with Brat Fest as both are held the same weekend with WTF being a one-day event. WTF is held at 701 East Washington, the building that houses the High Noon Saloon, the Brink Lounge, and the Brass Ring with stages in each of the venues and two in the Brink Lounge. This year there will also be a parking lot stage instead of a patio stage and the full lot will be utilized. Another new wrinkle will be a 45-minute Comedy Hour in the Brink Lounge. Festivities get underway at 11 a.m. and run until 9 p.m. A suggested $10 monetary donation discounted with a non-perishable food item will be solicited at the door. Brats will be priced at $3 or 2 for $5 and event beer at $4 so everyone can afford to be there and enjoy the atmosphere.

Two years ago WTF,LLC approached the Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) about a fiscal sponsorship to help the group raise funds and take donations. Net proceeds from the event are split between Second Harvest Food Bank and MAMA. There is also a food drive that benefits Second Harvest and gets the donor a discount at the door.

The High Noon Saloon went the distance and also booked an event in the evening to pad the coffers. That show will feature a great local multi-genre lineup, including Annabel Lee, The Flavor That Kills, Parias Day and Sky Road Fly, who will be releasing their new EP. This inaugural afterparty event is largely due to the great support of the High Noon Saloon, which has been integral to Wurst Times Fest since its inception. The show will start at 9pm, just as the regular festival is wrapping up. The event is 21+ and will have a $7 cover for regular entry, and a reduced $5 cover charge for anyone who donated to Wurst Times Fest and has a WTF bracelet.


Sponsors of this year’s event include:

O’so Brewing Company

Hoesly’s Meats

Tofurky (serving vegetarian brats)

100 Mile Sauce Company (the official WTF ketchup)

Mandy’s Food Marts (the official WTF hot sauce)

Flavor 8 Soda

Java Cat Coffee


Heid Music

Max Ink Radio

Mad Rollin’ Dolls (an official MRD event)

Madison Chocolate Company


In addition, Pacific Bicycle has donated a bicycle to be raffled off.



Below is the complete performance lineup:


Yahara Bay Distillery & Amsterdam Stage

11:00-12:15 The Old Speed

12:30-1:15 Dover Court

1:30-2:15 A Minute Jack Forum

2:30-3:15 The Sills

3:30-4:15 Beth Kille

4:30-5:15 Underdogs from Outerspace

5:30-6:15 Gabe Burdulis

6:30-7:15 Owls, Foxes and Sebastian

7:30-8:15 Royal Station (Moldavite)


MAMA Stage

11:15-12:00 The Cut Outs

12:15-1:00 The Periodicals

1:15-2:00 The Mascot Theory

2:15-3:00 The Sharrows

3:15-4:00 A Royal Clark

4:15-5:00 I Saw the Creature

5:15-6:00 Red Tape Diaries

6:15-7:00 Sensuous Enemy

7:15-8:00 The Drain


Max Ink Radio/Rokker Vodka Singer Songwriter Stage

12:00-12:45 Blair Clark

1:00-1:45 LouRah

2:00-2:45 Dennis John Glanville

3:00-3:45 Rockwell Rice

4:00-4:45 Anna Laube

5:00-5:45 Teddy Davenport

6:00-6:45 Nadia Grundgeiger

7:00-7:45 Erik Lee Norin

8:00-8:45 Karen Wheelock


Indie/Folk Stage

11:30-12:15 The Star Bandits

12:30-1:15 Werewolverine

1:30-2:15 Zach Pietrini & His Broken Bones

2:30-3:15 The Irish Band

3:30-4:15 45min Comedy Hour

4:30-5:15 Echelon String Quartet

5:30-6:15 SheShe

6:30-7:15 Fun With Atoms

7:30-8:15 Mister Sister


Blues/Jazz Stage

11:45-12:30 Harris Lemberg

12:45 – 1:30 Michael BB Jazz Trio

1:45-2:30 The Blues Party

2:45-3:30 The Rascal Theory

3:45-4:30 Lazydeadpoet


9pm show at the High Noon Saloon

($7 cover or $5 with a Wurst Times Wristband)

Flavor that Kills, Sky Road Fly, Annabel Lee, Parias Day

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About the author

Rick Tvedt

Rick is publisher of Local Sounds Magazine, formerly Rick's Cafe, Wisconsin's Regional Music Newspaper. He is also the Executive Director for MAMA, Inc., a non-profit organization that produces the Madison Area Music Awards and raises funds to promote youth music programs.

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