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3rd Annual Capital Land Music Fest will feature national artists representing cross section of pop, contemporary jazz, R&B and soul


The 3rd annual Capital Land Music Fest will take place this Saturday, Sept. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Sun Prairie Performing Arts Center. Sounds for the event will be provided by Madison’s own DJ Ace and the main line-up will feature a diverse array of national recording artists. Clyde Gaines, founder of the Capital Land Music Fest, says the event is open to everyone, especially those who love R&B. 

“Actually, I’ve been doing music events of this nature for about 15 years,” Gaines told Madison365. “And we started with Fall Gospel Fest, which brings in national recording gospel artists such as Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs, Jonathan McReynolds, and the sort. But we also wanted to provide an event that gave an opportunity for people who enjoy R&B, Soul music, and pop to see artists like that, as well. And so, we came up with Capital Land Music Fest, which has been around for three years now.”

Kevin Ross
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The Capital Land Music Fest will provide Madisonians access to music that doesn’t typically come and perform here. This year, the concert features three musical guests: songstress Vivian Green, award-winning Motown artist Kevin Ross, and Rodney Poe, a former member of the group Blackstreet. Gaines talked about how R&B lovers have to leave Madison to attend concerts and enjoy these artists.

Vivian Green
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“We’re pretty excited about the event,” said Gaines. “We want people in Madison who really enjoy the R&B genre, the soul music format, to have an opportunity to see these national recording artists,” he said. “Because, typically, in order to see these artists, you have to go leave your city and go to places like Milwaukee, Chicago, Cincinnati, places that are generally outside of the Madison.”

Masks are recommended to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19. All tickets will be refunded if the event is canceled and no other refund requests will be honored. 

“With people being able to be vaccinated and testing being at a high level, the mask mandate that’s out there, the CDC protocols being adhered to, we thought that having an event this year would be something that would be positive and give people an opportunity to get a chance to feel normal again in terms of and enjoying family and friends in this kind of setting,” Gaines said. “And it’s outside.”

Gaines wants Madisonians to come and enjoy music, enjoy time with family and support R&B artists. This event is open to all, and Gaines is hoping attendees stay safe and enjoy the show.

“I want people to really get an opportunity to embrace what Capital Land is bringing,” said Gaines. “Because if you think about it: what is Madison known for musically? Do we do country? Do we just do events with local groups … free events? Every artist that comes to Madison is set at the Overture Center. Is that the only place you can see these artists?

“Capital Land gives Madison an opportunity to connect with something that they can call their own. And this event is open to everyone, but it has a sense of that connection to R&B, which is the to me, the foundation of a lot of music genres that have developed,” Gaines continues. “We want to keep R&B alive and afloat while giving the artists opportunities to perform and go to places they generally wouldn’t go to.”


This concert is sponsored by the City of Sun Prairie, Woodman’s Markets, and TDS Telecom Wisconsin. Sun Prairie Performing Arts Center is located at 888 Grove St. in Sun Prairie.  VIP tickets include premier seating and artist meet and greet. For more information about the 2021 Capital Land Music Fest and tickets, click here.