METC/DDC Downtown Concert Series 2019

Fridays – June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23, September 6, 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public!

The annual Downtown Concert Series includes six FREE Friday evening, family-friendly concerts beginning Friday, June 30th. Presented by the METC and the Madison Downtown Development Commission, the concerts are held on the lawn of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (located on the corner of Main Street and Green Village Road) where picnicking is encouraged! All concerts are from 6-8:00 p.m.



June 28 - ROSEWOOD

Madison’s own classic Pop band ROSEWOOD features Mary McManus (vocals, percussion), John McManus (guitar, vocals), Leo McClusky (lead guitar, vocals), Rich Haddad (bass, vocals) and Dave Hartkern (drums, vocals). ROSEWOOD plays favorite hits from the 60s through today, including artists like Fleetwood Mac, Squeeze, The Pretenders and Elvis Costello interspersed with their own original songs. Rosewood has a synergy that unites an audience, young and old, with a powerful spirit of friendship and family fun. 

July 12 - ZAIRE

Zaire was founded in 1981 by three high school friends (Mike DiCenso, Jim Leahey and Matt Pisani). We started as a 3-piece acoustic trio, playing classic rock with an emphasis on strong 3-part harmonies. We played local bars, restaurants and festivals all around the central New Jersey area until everyone went their separate ways. After getting back together again in 2007 we’ve enjoyed playing at new venues in New Jersey as well as the Lehigh Valley, PA area to receptive audiences that appreciate the music and harmonies we still capture. So sit back and listen to classic rock favorites from The Eagles, Tom Petty, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Radiohead, Stevie Ray Vaughn and more. Whether it’s a 3-piece acoustic gig or a full band gig with Jed Hoban on the skins, we hope to see you soon. And remember – we’d be happy to play request but if we don’t know it – you’re singing it!


Over the last few years, Brynn Stanley has been charming audiences on both coasts, from New Jersey to Los Angeles, honing her smooth, silky voice in preparation for this moment: the release of her brand new “Classic” EP. The disc presents a beautiful interpretation of some of Brynn’s favorite American standards, wrapping her voice in a classic setting including a swinging rhythm section, a full big band horn section and a lush orchestra. Audiences and critics have raved about her voice, a unique blend of classic vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee with modern stars like Norah Jones and Diana Krall. Her style has been described as “warm, classic, timeless, inspiring and sincere”.


Both Baldino and Buchanan are accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, with over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.


Jumping The Gun Band enjoys playing the songs that made Rock “classic”. With a mix of Beatles, Stones, Springsteen and Petty along with Kerry Underwood, Darius Rucker and Mathew Sweet, JTG has been playing to their fans for over 10 years. Based out of Madison, JTG has played street fairs, fundraisers, local bars and private parties. If you’re looking for a rock band that gets you off your chair and on your feet then check out Jumping The Gun Band.

September 6 - HATCHET JACK

Hatchet Jack is a guitar-driven rock and blues band that covers the likes of the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bad Company, Freddie King, The Rolling Stones and Heart. The group is led by guitarist and vocalist Val Schuszler and features Doug Owen on guitar, Patrick Allred on bass, Andy McMains on drums and Anna D’Achille on keyboards and vocals.