‘Just me and my piano:’ Madison Malone returns to the city she shares a name with for concert

Madison Malone, now based in L.A., will perform a "homecoming" show at The Bur Oak on June 16.
Madison Malone
Photo by A. Maietta Photography. Courtesy of Madison Malone
Madison Malone returns to Wisconsin for a live show on June 16 at The Bur Oak.

The last time Madison Malone was in Wisconsin was in late February 2020, performing a show in Baraboo. Now the singer, originally from Portage, is returning to the state for what she describes as a “homecoming” show.

Malone will perform at The Bur Oak, 2262 Winnebago St., on June 16. The show begins at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10, available here.

The seated show will feature Malone’s music and the stories behind the songs. She’s in the process of producing a new album, and people at The Bur Oak will get to hear a stripped-down version of the album’s songs.

“It’s just me and my piano,” Malone says. “We’re all going to sit there and enjoy the night together.”

She will perform new songs that she’s written in the last two years over the course of the pandemic. In addition to writing songs, Malone married her wife, had their son and adopted a dog. Some of her songs she’ll perform are written about her son and about her marriage. The songs feature a new version of herself, she says.

“My life has changed so much in the last two years, so my art has changed with it,” Malone says.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Malone started Living Room Lullabies Live Stream, where each night she’d perform online concerts from her living room to soothe people before bed. “Music, to me, is another form of healing,” Malone says.

She’s met a lot of people, from as far as Argentina and India, through the livestreams. She nicknamed her livestream audience the “lullaby lovebugs,” some of whom are from the Midwest and plan to attend her June show at The Bur Oak.

Starting in Wisconsin
While growing up in Portage, Malone began performing in talent shows before moving to her uncle’s bar, The Blarney Stone, to play for pizza and bit of money in addition to tips. Malone began playing more gigs around Portage before coming to Madison to study Spanish and social work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Music is another way to communicate with people, Malone says. She describes herself as a lover of languages, especially the Spanish language, to this day.

During her time in Madison, Malone continued performing and she would busk – the technical term for a musician performing on the street – on State Street. She collaborated with other musicians in the area and she even has a few Madison Area Music Awards.

During her sophomore year at UW–Madison, Malone toured the U.S. Malone says she “proudly” withdrew from the university her senior year to focus on her music career, and she moved to L.A. in 2016.

Since moving to L.A., her music has been featured on General Hospital –where Malone even played the role of a nurse – in addition to Netflix, 20/20 on ABC, CBS This Morning and PBS.

She still considers Madison her home. The Bur Oak audience will be the first to hear the songs from her new album.

Malone’s work is available wherever people get their music.

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