Friday, July 03, 2009
How to top "The 1812 Overture"? How about the Clyde Stubblefield Band at the Monona Terrace?
When Wednesday night's Concert on the Square was rescheduled for Thursday night due to weather concerns, it dropped on top of the previously scheduled Community Care Concert by the Clyde Stubblefield Band on the Monona Terrace rooftop. A double treat for Madison music lovers -- two great concerts in different downtown open air venues on the same night. On one stage, Maestro Andrew Sewell, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, "The 1812 Overture" with full cannon support -- on the other, Madison's Maestro of the funk beat with his band. It doesn't get better than that.
We had not meant to go to the Concert on the Square last night. It seemed a bit too cold, cloudy and gloomy. But it warmed up and then late in the day, the sun started breaking through, and we decided at the last minute to go after all. Too late to find a parking space downtown, and anyhow, we had told ourselves this year we would bike to the Concerts, so we hit the Southwest Bike Path a little after the concert started. Arrived during the intermission, stayed for the second half, the one with the "1812 Overture" pyrotechnics. The light on our ride was extraordinary -- bright, warm lighting breaking under the dark, low-hanging cloud cover. (This is along the path between West Washington and Brittingham Park.)