Infamous Local Fest

Presented by Half-Stack Sessions & Tone Madison

In light of Madison’s changing entertainment scene it’s important for musicians and music supporters to organize, make their voices heard, and develop the infrastructure of a creative economy.

Infamous Local Fest is a weekend of music and workshops for local musicians to address those challenges from the ground up.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board.


Tickets for individual events and weekend-long passes are available now via our no-fee presale.


Friday, September 20, The Winnebago, 8pm
Infamous Local Showcase:
Featuring Gender Confetti, LINE, Leslie Damaso with Mr. Chair, and DJ Quinley.

Saturday, September 21, Communication, 7:30 p.m.
Infamous Local Saturday Show:
Featuring Brandon Beebe, The Lonesome Cobras, and Sage.

Saturday, September 21, venues TBA
Just like a gallery walk, we’re inviting local venues to host shows to celebrate the wonderful array of independent venues in and genres of music available to see in our community.

Sunday, September 22, Communication
10am-12:30pm, Record Sale
Sign up to sell, show up to buy!

1-6pm, Live Recording Sessions:
Get your set on tape, in front of a live audience!
Five slots available, we’ll take entries until Thursday, September 5th and draw for and announce spots on Friday, September 6th.
Sign up for the band drawing here.


Saturday, September 21, Communication, 10-4pm

Button-Making Workshop:
Meet with local artists to put together a logo/image for your project, then, with printouts of your new design, crank out some buttons for some trendy and reliable merch.

PA/DJ Workshop
Have all your PA questions answered and put your carefully crafted Spotify playlists to use with our PA/DJ 101!

Gear Maintenance & Repair:
Get the lowdown on keeping your gear in top shape, and learn more about how to manage some of your own instrument repairs with Ellie Erickson.

Bystander Intervention Training With Jes Skolnik:
Learn techniques, practice scenarios, and prepare yourself to be a better advocate for others, when necessary. Artists and show-goers are welcome to take part in this workshop.

About the presenter: Jes Skolnik is a writer, editor, and activist based in Chicago. They have been working on projects around direct rape survivor support, prison abolition, and other related topics, from an anarchist perspective, for the last couple of decades.


To enter the drawing for one of five live recording sessions, sign up here! Selected bands to be announced Sept 6th.

Partnership Opportunities

Table Sponsorship, $25

  • Support our mission, promote your business, and meet face-to-face with local musicians attending the festival. Tabling will take place at Communication during the workshops.

*Silver Sponsorship, $50

  • Includes Table Sponsorship plus your name on our promotional materials and website.

*Gold Sponsorship, $200

  • Includes the Table and Silver sponsorships plus two online mentions from the Infamous Local Fest Facebook page, and a banner at our Friday night showcase. 

*Partner, $500

  • Includes offerings from all sponsorship levels plus you’ll be acknowledged as a headlining festival sponsor with your name and logo top on all of our print and digital promotional materials. 

*For sponsoring venues that choose to host a show on Saturday night, we’ll include information on your show as a part of our overall promotions for Saturday night’s venue-walk at sponsorship levels designated with an asterisk.

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