New Madison music festival underway

Bubble Music Festival will have events throughout downtown Madison all weekend

Published On: Oct 02 2013 05:09:21 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2013 12:53:47 PM CDT

By Rick Tvedt

If you've ever wondered about all those bands operating in Madison (almost exclusively in the inner city) here's your chance to check out the underground scene. The first annual Bubble Music Festival will take place this week starting Thursday, October 3, and runs through Saturday, October 5, at select downtown venues. The event spotlights up-and-coming artists, although a few have been on the scene for some time.

The Bubble Music Festival is organized by Ben Churley and Thomas Skibsrud who both moved to Madison about three years ago. Skibsrud is a musician, playing in the band Lazydeadpoet, and Churley worked in music venues for many years before moving to Madison.

"I have had this idea for a multi-day, multi-venue music festival featuring emerging music and artists virtually since I moved to Madison," Churley says. "After a couple of years of tossing the idea around, half hoping that someone in the music scene here would see the value and take on the project, Thomas convinced me that we would have to do it ourselves. Last October we set a target date and registered the name. Since practically everyone involved in establishing the festival this year is doing so pro bono, many with day/night jobs and families, time grew short and we tempered expectations to a sort of pilot event. Those tempered expectations seem to be on track to be exceeded. We have confirmed fifty-plus performances, including ten venues, and have been lucky enough to establish relationships with excellent sponsors."

The inaugural Bubble Music Festival is being sponsored by Ian's Pizza, Yahara Bay Distillers, Karben4 Brewery and Blair Street Brew and BBQ.

All access VIP passes for the entire three days are available for $20 either in person or online through High Noon Saloon and from participating musicians. All access VIP passes waive the cover charge at all Bubble Music Festival events and include complimentary food and beverage from the sponsors. This includes:

Additionally, several establishments have agreed to waive the cover charge at their events for Bubble Music Festival VIP pass holders. These include:

Cardinal Bar (please contact cardinalclub@gmail.com for further details)

The Bayou (please contact vicvineager@gmail.com for further details)


Click HERE for the full schedule. 

This story comes from the Local Sounds blog on madisonmagazine.com. Read more like it here