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Saint Motel to headline Shake the Lake festival

Saint Motel to headline Shake the Lake festival


Fans of two emerging bands will have something to look forward to at this summer’s Shake the Lake festival in addition to the popular fireworks display.

Saint Motel, an indie band from Los Angeles known for its single “Move” off their 2016 album Saintmotelevision, will headline on the rock stage on June 24.

The one-day event will feature a large fireworks display over Lake Monona, two music stages and a market with local vendors and artisans on John Nolen Drive from Broom to Blair streets.

Vern Stenman, president of the Madison Mallards, who co-sponsor the event with Festival Foods, said Saint Motel, whose songs have been featured in TV commericals for Uber, is the biggest name act in the festival’s three years. He said it shows that the event, which started on rocky footing in 2015 after replacing the longtime “Rhythm and Booms” festival, is getting bigger and better by listening to its audience.

“It’s always been a Madison-first event,” Stenman said. “We try to get our entertainment to match the tastes of the people that live Downtown.”

Along with Saint Motel, The Record Company will also play on the rock stage. The Record Company has been increasing in popularity, Stenman said, and its songs “Rita Mae Young” and “Off the Ground” have been getting some airtime on rock stations.

Another plus of having The Record Company is its Wisconsin background, Stenman said. The band’s frontman, Chris Vos, is from New Munster in Kenosha County.

If rock isn’t your thing, Stenman said, a second stage will offer different genres, including a headlining country act.

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