Written by Greg Hettmansberger
What to do on a September Sunday when the Packers don’t play until Monday night? Well of course there’s plenty, but it may be worth a drive to East Madison’s neighbor, Sun Prairie, for the Prairie Music Festival.
Presented by the Prairie Music Academy, the Festival consists of a wide variety of local artists performing simultaneously at three venues: the Cannery Grill, the Prairie Music Academy and the Beans ‘N Cream Coffeehouse. With all three within a long touchdown throw of each other, you can play mix and match genres from 2-6 p.m.
It’s the Cannery Grill Band Stage that features a mix of rock, country and jazz, with each band beginning on the hour starting at 2 p.m.: The Soggy Prairie Boys, Mark Croft, The Rowdy Prairie Dogs and Daniel and the Lion.
The Prairie Music Family Stage offers the greatest variety, including some dance, ethnic and even kid-friendly opera arias: David Landau at 2, Granny Awards at 2:30, Storybook Ballet Demo Class at 3, Piano Campers at 3:30, Roots of Brazil Capoeira at 4, Fresco Opera at 5, and Fusion Dance at 5:30.