Modest Mouse with Gogol Bordello September 30 · Breese Stevens Field · modestmouse.com In addition to hosting soccer and ultimate games, Madison’s historic 91-year-old sports facility is now an outdoor concert venue. This fall brings the catchy, angst-y rock of Portland’s Modest Mouse (of “Float On” fame). Come early for the delirious Gypsy punk rock of opening act Gogol Bordello.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder October 3-8 · Overture Hall · overture.org This 2014 Tony Awardwinning musical is one killer show. The high-spirited black comedy follows Monty, ninth in line to inherit his family’s fortune, who decides to knock off the eight relatives in his way. The eight unlucky victims are played, to great effect, by the same actor.
Gallery Night October 6 · Madison Museum of Contemporary Art · mmoca.org MMoCA organizes this biannual event, for which the museum and galleries across the city throw open their doors for special evening exhibitions. After you’re done touring, come back to the museum for a late-night after party with live music and drinks.
Wisconsin Book Festival November 2-5 · Madison Central Library · wisconsinbookfestival.org Authors and book lovers come together for four days of free lectures, workshops and the occasional beer tasting. Guests of honor in past years have included actor Jesse Eisenberg, comedian Phoebe Robinson and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson.
Brad Mehldau Trio December 2 · Wisconsin Union Theater – Fredric March Play Circle · bradmehldau.com/tour One of the most influential jazz pianists of the last quarter century, Mehldau has turned everything from Cole Porter tunes to Radiohead songs into eloquent jazz improvisations. He returns with his longtime trio in support of Blues and Ballads, a new album of acoustic jazz covers.