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Highlighting Madison’s biggest music, comedy acts this November

October gave us a lot in the form of entertainment, November is ready to back it up
Ben Sefarbi
Madison’s newest live music venue, The Sylvee will be opening its doors this Thursday, Sept. 27 on 25 S. Livingston St.

With a hauntingly exciting October and beginning of  November now behind us, we look ahead to the comedic and music highlights coming to Madison the rest of this November.

We will waste no time. Let’s start the music acts to keep in mind this November.

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The Sylvee:  After kicking off November with a ZZ Top show from their 50th Anniversary Tour and an Alessia Cara show the following day, The Sylvee keeps it coming the rest of the month with a killer lineup equipped with something for everyone. 

Tomorrow, Nov. 6, The Sylvee presents Jimmy Eat World. This will be one of the first stops on the band’s new “Surviving,” The Tour. The tour is named after their newest album, which just dropped Oct. 18, so they won’t just be playing their early 2000s classics. 

Nov. 10, Illenium is performing at The Sylvee. The American EDM DJ has released three studio albums since 2016. His newest, “Ascend,” just dropped in August and features Jon Bellion in what might be Illenium’s most popular track, “Good Things Fall Apart.”

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The following night at the Sylvee, Nov. 11, is the venue’s biggest of the month. Lana Del Rey is performing her “Norman F-cking Rockwell” Tour. Now with six studio albums, Del Rey has amassed quite the following over the years as she expands her library of quality music. Del Rey has done particularly well with college-age kids, so The Sylvee will be rocking.

Nov. 14, The Sylvee comes right back with an EDM act with Big Wild. Best known for tracks “When I Get There” and “Aftergold,” electronic producer Jackson Stell just released his newest album, “Superdream,” Oct. 4.

The next two days, Nov. 15 and 16, The Sylvee welcomes The Avett Brothers. The American folk rock band has been making waves for almost two decades now and will be performing their newest album, “Closer Than Together,” which also surfaced Oct. 4. 

Nov. 21, Chase Rice is coming to spread his country roots to The Sylvee. The former University of North Carolina linebacker and NASCAR pit crew member is truly a jack of all trades. Rice has released three projects since 2012 and his newest single, “Lonely If You Are,” dropped in June.

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Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center:  As always, the Alliant Energy Center has some big-time shows in November, even if it’s only a few.

Nov. 9, The Chainsmokers will be joined by 5 Seconds of Summer and Lennon Stella for a high-energy show. The American DJ and production duo The Chainsmokers have released radio hit after radio hit over the past few years so you can expect a packed house despite the fact they have only released a track or two in 2019.

Nov. 16, the Alliant Energy Center will back up The Chainsmokers with a rap trio of Logic, J.I.D and YBN Cordae. Logic is the most veteran of the group but J.I.D and YBN Cordae have been blowing up more recently with J.I.D’s “Dicaprio 2” album in 2018 and his appearances on Dreamville’s projects, while YBN Cordae just released his debut album, “The Lost Boy,” this summer to a lot of success. 

Jonathan Russell of The Head and the Heart gives inside look at group’s dynamic before Madison show

The Majestic: There are three can’t-miss shows coming to The Majestic in November. 

Nov. 7, Crumb comes to Madison to perform their critically-acclaimed debut album, “Jinx.” The American indie rock band is poised to follow up their studio success with electric live performances and further put themselves on the map.

Nov. 16, MisterWives brings their indie pop grooves to The Majestic. MisterWives blew up in 2015 with their album, “Our Own House.” They followed the album up with “Connect the Dots” in 2017. Though they haven’t released a project in a couple of years, their music has enjoyed the rare quality of staying power. Their latest single, “the end” came out Oct. 9.

Nov. 26, EARTHGANG is coming to Madison to make The Majestic bounce. The hip hop duo just released their third proper album in September, “Mirrorland.” They have been on the come-up for a few years now and “Mirrorland” is a continuation of their unorthodox style. 

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With Trey Kennedy, Michelle Wolf and Jim Breuer already performing this month, you may think November might be short on comedic acts, but fret not, there is plenty of comedy to go around this November in Madison.

From Thursday, Nov. 7 – Nov. 9, SNL’s Chris Redd is coming to Comedy on State. The actor and comedian got his big break in 2016 when he appeared as Hunter the Hungry in The Lonely Island’s film, “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.” Following his role in the movie he landed on SNL in 2017 and is now a regular cast member with a wide array of impressions. Redd continues to do stand-up as lands in TV shows and movies along the way.

Sean Patton and Hari Kondabolu are the next two acts coming to Comedy on State from Nov. 14 – Nov. 16. and Nov. 21 – Nov. 23, respectively. Patton is known for his time on Comedy Central and Conan and his stand-up material revolves around making fun of his own flaws. 

Kondabolu is all over the media as a filmmaker, a podcast host, a stand-up comic and an actor. Kondabolu’s comedy covers sensitive topics such as race, inequality and LGBTQ matters. 

Nov. 24 at the Barrymore Theater, Cristela Alonzo will perform her stand-up routine. Alonzo is the first Latina woman to create, produce, write and star in her own U.S. primetime comedy, “Cristela.”

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