How We Got There
Fate is a funny thing.
What’s a small band from Madison doing all the way up in Beaver Dam on a Saturday night?
It came from a chance meeting at a Madison concert last summer.
Sue and I have been trying to get to a Dale Watson show at the High Noon Saloon for years. This traditional country music legend has played occasional shows in the Madison area for over 25 years and has been coming to the High Noon regularly in recent years.
Sadly, he plays weeknights when it’s tough to stay out late at concerts in Downtown Madison. But last September the stars aligned and we made the trek to see the show. Our guitar man Steve Oasen joined us and we stood down front waiting for Watson to take the stage.
Steve drifted away from us and struck up a conversation with someone we didn’t know. We figured it was someone who wanted to talk about guitars, which is a fairly common occurrence when you go anywhere with Steve.
It turned out that he was talking with Steven Hubbard, a fellow musician and acquaintance from ‘way back. The same Steven Hubbard who hires the bands for The Thirsty Beaver.
This chance encounter led to our first appearance at the Beaver.
What We Found
We played our first show there last November. None of us had been there before so we didn’t know quite what to expect. Boy, did we get an education!
The Thirsty Beaver is a cozy neighborhood bar at the corner of Madison and Wall Streets. The bar itself is good sized with as much seating on the floor as the space allows. We set up in the corner as the crowd arrived.
Sue went up to the bar and got a round of beers for us. She got change back from a $10 bill! Drink prices are amazing here! Whatever you spend in gas to make the trip you’ll easily make up on your bar tab!
When we started the show the crowd reaction was amazing! Everyone knew the songs and were not shy about making requests and dancing in the limited space on the floor in front of the band.
The Thirsty Beaver patrons have high expectations for the bands which appear before them. They engage in a high level of interaction with the band (which we are especially geared to provide,) and they are generous in making “green” requests, which is the process of making requests of the band accompanied with $$$ headed for the tip jar!
Again, we are happy to oblige!
One of the other things we really like about this place is the show time. Instead of starting late and playing until bar time they start us at 7:00 and finish at 11:00. It’s a reasonable time spread for everyone involved: the band, the bar, and the bar patron who may not want to stay out until 2:00 AM just to hear music.
We’re Just Warming Up
This Saturday and April 18 we will be playing inside. But the Thirsty Beaver has an outdoor stage and we’re booked to play outside on July 17 and August 28th!
The Thirsty Beaver has also become known for their outdoor shows during the summer. The setting is gorgeous on the shore of Beaver Dam Lake. The outdoor bar and the extended seating makes it a great place to enjoy summer in full!
So, we encourage you to make the trek up Hwy 151 and experience the magic of The Thirsty Beaver for yourself. Grab a drink and be reminded of their motto, “A Wet Beaver…Is A Happy Beaver!”