10 events, including lots of musical offerings and roller derby, this weekend

A big name in country music kicks off a weekend of local music, theater and dance in Madison.
Three roller derby players on skates, one person is hitting another
Photo by Steve Jurkovic/Courtesy of Madison Roller Derby

Dwight Yoakam is the biggest name in town, kicking off a weekend of local music, theater and contact sport that looks equally entertaining. For example, there’s the Wisconsin Funk Fest at the Majestic Theatre and the double header season opener for the Madison Roller Derby at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, both on Saturday night.

And showcasing the city’s diversity is a Madison Ballet production at the Bartell Theatre and a rock musical about — and staged by — performers with disabilities at the Mary Dupont Wahlers Theatre.


Dwight Yoakam, Overture Hall, Overture Center for the Arts
Thursday, Jan. 16, 8 p.m.
As a country singer-songwriter, Dwight Yoakam has more than 20 albums and more than 20 Grammy Award nominations under his belt. As an actor, he’s played memorable characters in “Sling Blade,” “Panic Room” and “Logan Lucky” among other movies, and in TV shows including “Wilfred,” “Under the Dome” and “Goliath.” On Thursday night, Yoakam brings his band to Overture Hall, where he may play songs from his first bluegrass album, “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars,” released in 2016. Jobe Fortner opens.

Black Pumas, Majestic Theatre
Thursday, Jan. 16, 8 p.m.
Black Pumas, the Austin-based duo of vocalist Eric Burton and guitarist Adrian Quesada, garnered a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist last year. The band’s Latin-infused funk has sold out shows across the U.S. and Europe. Opening their concert at Majestic are the Seratones, a gospel-rock group out of Shreveport, Louisiana.

North Mississippi All-Stars, Majestic Theatre
Friday, Jan. 17, 8:30 p.m.
The critically acclaimed southern rock, soul and blues band North Mississippi All-Stars put out their latest album, “Up and Rolling,” in October and it benefits from appearances by Mavis Staples and Jason Isbell.

Wisconsin Funk Fest, Majestic Theatre
Saturday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m.
The homegrown, genre-centric series of music fests continue at the Majestic with the Wisconsin Funk Fest featuring local favorites Phat Phunktion, Immigré, Black Market Brass, The Funkee Jbeez and DJ Phil Money.

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, The Winnebago
Saturday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.
Soul, jazz, R&B and rock are all happening when the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio from Seattle takes the stage. Check them out at The Winnebago.

“Beyond the Score: Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 5: Pure Propaganda?” Overture Hall
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2:30 p.m.
Film, music and theater all come together to tell the story of Prokofiev’s renowned “Symphony No. 5.” Actors from American Players Theatre provide the historical context for the World War II-era piece.


Madison Roller Derby, Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Saturday, Jan. 18, 5 p.m.
Madison Roller Derby opens its 16th season with a double header on Saturday at the Coliseum. First the Reservoir Dolls take on the Vaudeville Vixens. Then the Quad Squad face off against the Unholy Rollers. Come out to support the full-contact, female empowerment fun that is roller derby. 


“You Name It! The Musical,” Mary Dupont Wahlers Theatre, 1480 Martin. St.
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 17-18, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 19, 2 p.m.; Jan. 24-25
“You Name It!” is a rock musical about a program for people with disabilities put on by Encore!, a Madison theater company for people with disabilities. Reimagined since its 2005 debut, “You Name It!” features several new songs. 


“Inside Out,” Madison Ballet, Bartell Theatre
Friday-Saturday, Jan. 17-18, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m.; Jan. 24-25
Madison Ballet’s “Inside Out” is a window into the life of dancers of color who struggle to meet the demands of conforming to traditional beauty norms in order to achieve artistic success. See this one-of-a-kind performance Bartell’s Drury Stage. 


Joe List, Comedy on State
Thursday, Jan. 16, 8 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 18, 10:30 p.m.
You may recognize Joe List from the second season of “The Stand Ups” on Netflix or heard bits from his albums “So Far No Good” and “Are You Mad at Me?” on Sirius Radio. List comes to Comedy on State. Jan. 16-18

Joel Patenaude is associate editor of Madison Magazine.