Festival Review + Photos: Luísa Maita and Sergent Garcia at Madison World Music Festival (Madison)

Yesterday brought talent from continent after continent to Madison both at the Willy Street Fair as well as the Terrace. Thankfully Willy Street was included this year, especially after a tough summer with the neighborhood being torn to pieces to replace the main thoroughfare. Nevertheless the voice of Brazil, according to NPR, gave a vibrancy unlike anything the vendors or merchants could provide with a peek into the neo-samba world of São Paulo. In case you didn’t know, her music was also used to promote Rio to the Olympic Committee, thus helping land the 2016 Olympics. This time around the Midwest, compared to the last time I saw her in Chicagoland last fall, she debuted a good gathering of new songs, including several in English, before wrapping up a great encore that entices the ears past Lero-Lero.

Concert Review + Photography: 2nd 1st Annual Rock County Folk Symposium

The 2nd 1st Annual Rock County Folk Symposium marked the southern Wisconsin highlight of the Labor Day weekend. Basically while all the families and students escaped to the Dells, Door County or home, dozens upon dozens upon dozens made the trek through cornfields and woods to camp out along the Rock River. So many that this year was sold out, capping off earlier surprise announcements such as Julian Lynch DJing the day away and a headlining set from Group of the Altos.