Music roundup for Dec. 19-25, 2013

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By Kareesa Wilson, Special to The Gazette
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison. With Joseph Huber (of .357 String Band). Tickets: $8. Call 608-268-1122.

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is possibly the best band name ever. This lively Wisconsin-grown group of fiddlers and pluckers also makes close-to-perfect bluegrass music. The quintet has played together for several years; last year, the group was featured at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and toured with Yonder Mountain String Band. Bluegrass fans will love this band’s infectious energy and accomplished musicianship.

Chasin’ Mason at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee. Tickets: $10 or $5 with donation of new toy. Call 414-286-3663.

Chasin’ Mason is a country rock band based in Milwaukee. Frontman Billy O’Dwyer, Donn Trampe, Ryan Rossebo, Johnny Calarco, Keith Pulvermacher, Joe Hite and Jon Armstrong have been together 10 years, playing more than 100 shows annually and slowly climbing the ladder to fame.

The band plays country on its own terms, infusing it with rock, country rock and alternative rock sounds. It has released several independent records and sold more than 15,000 copies.

This year’s concerts mark a new start for Chasin’ Mason. The band has added members and revamped its repertoire to include more original songs.

Waylan St. Palan and the Magic Elves at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison. With The August Teens. Tickets: $10. Call 608-268-1122.

This Santa and elves are more naughty than nice. In what’s become a holiday tradition, Waylan St. Palan and the Magic Elves perform an irreverent, rollicking show filled with Christmas carols and holiday standards.

Favorites such as “Blue Christmas,” and “Mele Kalikimaka” often are on the playlist for Waylan St. Palan (aka Janesville native Nate Palan).

The August Teens are a rock ‘n’ roll band. Their latest record, “A Kiss in Wisconsin,” features traditional rock with modern sounds. Band members are Dan Hargrove, Kyle Urban, Josh Labbus and Dave Esmond.

Devil in the Outhouse at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St., Fort Atkinson. Tickets: $4-$8. Call 920-563-9391.

Devil in the Outhouse offers a devilishly good time. The local band’s whirling set is where blues and folk music meet. Its engaging repartee and onstage presence keep audiences laughing, dancing and clapping.

Band members Brian Lucas, Scott McCormick and Greg Valde are accomplished on guitar, fiddle, harmonica, accordion and bass—instruments that capture the music for which Wisconsin is known.

Kareesa Wilson

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