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MadHatters Delight Sold Out Show

April 17, 2011

A few years ago I had the chance to hear the UW MadHatters sing at an a cappella event.  I loved their sound.  They had fun, sounded great and the audience loved them.

Since that time I’ve made a point to attend their spring concert.  Last year it sold out before I could buy tickets.  This year I scored the tickets early.  The show was at the Orpheum Theater on State Street.  The line to get in to the general admission show started to que up at 6:30 for an 8:00 show.    Again, the 1 show was sold out.  The Oprheum seats roughly 1800 people. 

The show began a little late as people were still being seated.  The opening act was the Madison West High School A Cappella.  Gotta give them credit they looked as if they were having fun.  Need a little work on the tightness of the singing and stage presence yet overall enjoyable.

The 2nd opening act I’m not sure I understand.  It was Wisconsin Bhangra–a co-ed cultural dance team dedicated to teaching and performing Bhangra at the UW.  Bhangra is an Indian form of dance.  It was set up by a tongue and cheek showing of their version of the reality show “Jersey Shore” entitled something like “Punjabi Shore”.  Their dance numbers were very energetic and fun to watch.

Then there was a 15 minute intermission.  So bear in mind, you que up in the line for a seat at 6:30 p.m.  wait until doors open at 7:00 p.m. then depending upon where you were in the line, got seated anywhere from 7:00-8:10 p.m.  Then there are opening acts for 1 hour and now a 15 minute intermission.  The MadHatters didn’t take to the stage until almost 9:30. 

What’s amazing is people do this every year in order to see and hear their spring concert. 

Once the MadHatter took the stage they thoroughly entertained.  The show didn’t end until nearly 10:45 and the crowd was on their feet for the last 2 numbers. 

Are they good?  Absolutely!  There’s a reason they sell out every show.  They are great peformers.  Their vocals are incredible.  They enjoy what they do and it shows. 

Highlights (in my opinion) were the Beat Box performance by Andrew Fitzpatrick which literally had everyone in the audience in awe of his ability to recreate and perform so many percussion and other sounds.  The other hightlight was the encore number dedicated to female performers…topped off with a vocal and DANCE rendition of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” with 2 MadHatter back up dances and Bucky Badger.  Truly a crowd pleaser.

If you ever get a chance to hear these guys perform–DO IT.  Even with the hassles of the venue, long lines, etc…it was worth it.

By the way, they have recorded 6 albums since their inception in 1997.  If you like a cappella music, these are worth a download.  You can visit their store by clicking this link.   Also, a certain percentage of their proceeds go to a charitable cause.  This year its the Wisconsin Chapter of the National MS Society.

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