About the WUD Music Committee

We are the Wisconsin Union Directorate Music Committee. We book, promote and cover shows every weekend at Memorial Union's Der Rathskeller and Terrace and at Union South's The Sett.

Free Music

Band playing at Memorial Union TerraceWe program exclusively for three venues:

Der Rathskeller is a place of conviviality with a German Beer Hall feel, where artists from WHY? to Julia Nunes to Diplo have played in the quintessential college environment.

The Terrace is one of the country's only lakeside venues that offers entirely free concerts and has hosted a wide variety of bands like Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, Yo La Tengo, Janelle Monae, Caroline Smith, San Fermin, Sharon Van Etten, Betty Who, and many others!

The Sett, our newest music venue, is located on the first floor of Union South. The Sett has been home to acts such as Kreayshawn and Neon Indian, Flosstradamus, Com Truise, Los Campesinos!, Big Freedia and the Divas, Doomtree, Kimya Dawson, and Kina Grannis.

Additionally, we program a variety of series, cosponsored shows, and paid programs such as A Tribe Called Red, Fun., the Upright Citizens Brigade Improv group, and many others.

Behind the Beat:

The Behind the Beat series takes place Friday afternoons at Memorial Union from 5:00-7:00pm throughout Summer (Memorial Union Terrace) and the school year (Der Rathskeller). The series is comprised of "easy on the ears" music. For questions about Behind the Beat, contact music@union.wisc.edu


We can help you with event planning and finding a band/musical act for you event, as well as help you obtain financial support for your event. If you are an independent promoter or campus student organization looking to collaborate with the music committee please contact music@union.wisc.edu

Large Events:

We sometimes feature paid programs that extend beyond the scope of our free weekend music programming. Paid events happen in venues such as the Wisconsin Union Theater, the Great Hall in Memorial Union and Varsity Hall in Union South, and other local venues. Recent Paid Programs include fun., Nick Offerman, Of Montreal, Girl Talk, Broken Social Scene, Ying Yang Twins, Cursive, Mason Jennings, Steve Aoki, and Minus the Bear. With questions about paid programming and other large events, contact music@union.wisc.edu


 As the music industry changes we are looking for new ways to promote and reach new, broader audiences. Follow us on Twitter @wudmusic, like our Facebook page, follow our instagram @wudmusic, and check out our blog - www.wudmusic.com. We also employ a number of  traditional promotion methods such as flyering, print advertisements, ticket giveaways, silk-screen posters, etc. If you like getting out there and beating the pavement by posting fliers all over town or want to try your hand at designing posters/fliers for our shows contact music@union.wisc.edu.

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