By Nath Dresser
The incomparable David Olney and his sidekick, guitar-slinger Sergio Webb, will be holding forth in The Sh*tty Barn in Spring Green tonight, Sept. 18. Townes Van Zandt himself included David Olney in a list of his favorite writers, so it’s not just me who’s telling you how good he is. Check out the Sh*tty Barn Sessions webpage and get your tickets here.
If you haven’t been to The Sh*tty Barn, this would be a great introduction to a wonderfully intimate space. There’s room for an audience of 80 or so, and the listeners sit on three sides of the performers, though most are in front of the musicians. It’s kinda like hearing a concert in your living room (especially if you were raised in a hog barn). Think of it as the antithesis of the Overture Center — more grit and less glitz, e.g., a deconstructed Grain Belt beer can, reasonable ticket prices ($15), and better beer, I’m sure. (Do they let people drink in the Overture Center?) Better event posters, too!
And that’s not even mentioning the fact that you can buy a great meal from the folks of Enos Farms, who’ve been catering at the Barn every Wednesday evening this summer.
Yes, I’ve probably gone on enough about Olney & Webb and The Sh*tty Barn. But it never ceases to amaze me how many music lovers in these parts haven’t yet been there to hear music. Along with Kiki’s basement in east Madison and the Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, it’s one of the best places to hear music in southern Wisconsin. Find out for yourself. David Olney & Sergio Webb. The Sh*tty Barn. 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Nath Dresser is a Spring Green singer-songwriter who frequently photographs shows at The Sh*tty Barn. You can view his images on the Barn’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/barnsessions.