Fionna-Apple
Flyer-Opener

collection of concert posters

In the not-so-distant past, the concert poster — or flyer, or handbill — was one of the only ways to find out what musical acts were coming to town. The papers that were saved bring music history buffs and hazy-headed rockers a wave of nostalgia and warm memories of younger days. They’re also sometimes the only solid proof that a particular show even happened — there weren’t exactly camera phones in every pocket back then. Evidenced by the kiosks on State Street and fueled by a revolving body of designers, artists and fans, the tradition of concert posters runs deep in Madison.

Big-Beat

Courtesy of Kurt Stream

1950s

Otis-Redding

Courtesy of Kurt Stream

Killdozer

Courtesy of Kurt Stream

They-might-be-giants

Courtesy of Kurt Stream

Meat-Puppets

Courtesy of Kurt Stream