45 must-attend March events in Madison

There's music, theater, dance and comedy galore
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British-American classic rock band Foreigner plays its radio hits on March 15 at The Sylvee. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)

Special Event
Award-winning writer and author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Rebecca Skloot gives a free lecture at Wisconsin Union Theater’s Shannon Hall as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series. March 4

Special Event
Children’s entertainer and educator Blippi brings his energetic live performance to the Orpheum Theater for a night of singing and dancing. March 5

Comedy
Six-season SNL alum Jay Pharoah brings his masterful impressions to Comedy on State for three nights of hilarious laughs and gasps. March 5-7

Music
The psych-rock Italian duo Dumbo Gets Mad comes to Der Rathskeller at Memorial Union for a free show. Mar. 6 

Special Event
Violinist Blake Pouliot joins the Madison Symphony Orchestra to play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at Overture Center. March 6-8

Comedy
Nate Bargatze takes the stage of the Orpheum Theater prior to the March 26 premiere of his first solo one-hour Netflix special, “The Tennessee Kid.” March 6

Music
Up and coming Minneapolis indie rockers Bad Bad Hats bring their punk-pop spunk and introspective songwriting to the High Noon Saloon. Madison band The Racing Pulses opens. March 6

Music
Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, pianist Wu Han, performs with the UW Symphony Orchestra for three incredible movements from Brahms to Beethoven. March 7

Dance
The Dansu Dance Co. performs Falling, their first annual performance to the Overture Center. March 7

Special Event
The world renowned Trinity Irish Dancers skip and tap their way onto to the Kids of the Rotunda Stage at the Overture Center. March 7

Music
The Austin based group Summer Salt blends jazz, beach rock and bossa nova for a unique sound that has made them one of the most exciting new acts in the indie scene. Don’t miss them at the High Noon Saloon. March 8

Music
Multi-instrumentalist Theo Katzman fuses pop, jazz, funk and indie rock for an eclectic smoothie of catchy toons. Catch him at the Majestic Theatre. March 8

Music
Chicago indie rock legend Wilco return to Madison as part of their Stay Country Tour. They will be joined by the Canadian duo Kacy & Klayton at The Sylvee. March 9

Music
of Montreal will bring their new album “UR FUN” to life at the Majestic Theatre for a night of toe tapping and head bobbing. March 10

Theater
Teleport to the Land of Oz for the memorable tale of how the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good rose to stardom. “Wicked” comes to the Overture Center for two weeks. March 11-29

Music
Louisiana rockers The Revivalists hit The Sylvee with up and comers Tank and the Bangas for an energizing show. March 11

Musical Theater
The new musical “When the Music Stops: The Anita O’Day Story” celebrates the late jazz singer’s decades-long career fronting big bands and performing as an unapologetic solo artist starting in the 1930s. At Café Coda, Madison’s Sarah Streich sings O’Day’s songs — including “Beautiful Love” and “Whisper Not” — with the backing of a jazz trio. March 11-13 

Comedy
The Sklar Brothers have appeared on the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” The duo put their stand-up to the test at Comedy on State. March 12-14

Music
Nashville singer-songwriter Ward Davis brings his country twang to the High Noon Saloon with support by fellow mid-westerner Josh Morningstar. March 12

Special Event
Experience Japan’s traditional Taiko drumming when Yamato plays Wisconsin Union Theater’s Shannon Hall. March 12

Music
Jason Aldean makes a return to the stage with a new set of material from his latest release “9.” He will bring his dynamic live performance to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. March 12

Music
Fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt, The Bel Airs get feet moving with their lively mix of blues, country and soul. Catch them at Knuckle Down Saloon. March 13

Theater
The Children’s Theater of Madison brings the cherished fairytale “Peter Pan” to the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center. Backed by a live orchestra, the Tony Award Winning musical is a must see for the whole family. March 14-22

Special Event
Tom Pease’s whimsical songs have been a staple of Kids in the Rotunda. His eccentric humor and improvisational spirit will be on fully display at the Overture Center. March 14

Music
Los Angeles innovator ZZ Ward mixes southern blues swing and hip hop swagger. Her elastic energy hits the Barrymore Theatre. March 14

Special Event
Don’t miss one of the most unique events Madison has to offer. The Madison Roller Derby comes to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, pitting four teams against each other in an epic competition. March 14

Music
Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque bring the sounds of the Baltic region to North Street Cabaret. March 14

Music
The British-American crossover icons Foreigner will light up The Sylvee with their greatest hits. March 15

Music
Renowned guitarist Julian Lage and jazz drummer Dave King come together for a duel show at The Winnebago. March 15

Music
The Grammy Award-winning Robert Cray Band bring their soul roots to the Barrymore Theatre. March 17

Comedy
Nicole Byer’s comedy resume is sure to turn heads. Currently host of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated competition baking series “Nailed It,” she has also shined in the comedy series “Loosely Exactly Nicole.” Don’t miss her at Comedy on State. March 19-21

Music
Minneapolis synth-pop quartet Poliça hit the High Noon Saloon to debut their 2020 release “When We Stay Alive.” March 19

Music
The Angela Puerta Band, led by Madison-based Columbian singer-songwriter and guitarist Angela Puerta comes to The Brink Lounge for a full-band performance. March 20

Theater
Well-known local choreographer Lyn Pilch showcases an original performance of modern dance and monologues with the production “When You’re Falling.” Don’t miss the premiere at The Bartell. March 20-21

Music
Coming off the release of their newest album “Screamer,” West Coast rockers Third Eye Blind drop by the Sylvee for a high energy performance. March 21

Special Event
The 14-time Dove Award nominee Mark Schultz comes to The Winnebago for a unique event that mixes live performance and thought-provoking conversation. March 21

Music
A night of up-and-coming Midwest indie rock hits the High Noon Saloon when Night Moves and Sleepy Gaucho join forces. March 26

Special Event
The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra presents harp sensation Yolanda Kondonasis at the Overture Center. March 27

Music
Mattiel is turning heads with her invigorating spin on classic rock. Her love of punk and folk shine in her electric live performances. She comes to The Winnebago. Mar. 27

Music
Honky-tonk revivalist Dale Watson brings two nights of his energizing live show to the High Noon Saloon. March 27-28

Special Event
Magnum Opus Ballet partners with Gigi’s Playhouse to stage “Seeds,” an inspiring show directed and choreographed by Abigail Henninger at The Bartell. March 27-28

Music
Madison alum Yung Gravy joins EDM powerhouse Dillion Francis at The Sylvee for a hometown return. March 28

Music
Cheap Trick’s Rick Neilsen’s new family-oriented side project, The Nielsen Trust, drops by the Majestic Theatre. March 28

Comedy
Steven Wright boasts one of the most impressive comedy resumes in the game. Whether you’ve seen him on “Saturday Night Live” or as a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” don’t miss him at the Barrymore Theatre. March 28

Music

Madison’s own blues-jazz hybrid group the Bill Roberts Combo slide by The Brink Lounge. March 28

Henry Michaels is an an editorial intern at Madison Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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