Chance the Rapper performs nighttime concert on Library Mall

Sergei Rachmaninoff

February 14, 1927
Stock Pavilion

The 6’6” piano virtuoso migrated from Russia in 1917 and extensively toured the United States before his death in 1943. He returned to Madison for a performance on November 1, 1932.

Marian Anderson

April 23, 1940
Wisconsin Union Theater

One year before her UW appearance, the opera singer was denied permission to perform in the D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., because she was African American; she performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial instead.

Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

November 8, 1946
Field House

The trombonist and big band leader headlined the UW’s 1946 Homecoming Weekend, playing a swing concert on Friday and a ball in the Great Hall of Memorial Union the next night.

Ella Fitzgerald

October 2, 1959
Wisconsin Union Theater

The “First Lady of Song” headlined the UW’s first campus jazz festival with the Oscar Peterson Trio, on the heels of her performance at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Chicago. She returned to the UW for a November 9, 1962, Homecoming performance at the Field House.

Harry Belafonte

October 30, 1964
Field House

The singer and civil rights activist, who had delivered cash to Freedom Summer volunteers in the South just months before, electrified a crowd of 9,000 with a three-hour concert that also featured blues legends Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

Duke Ellington Orchestra

July 18, 1972
Camp Randall Stadium

The jazz legend drew 6,000 fans to the stadium when tickets cost $1. It was one of four concerts his orchestra performed on campus during “Duke Ellington Week,” declared by Wisconsin Governor Patrick Lucey ’46.

Itzhak Perlman

October 19, 1978
Wisconsin Union Theater

Perlman, once a child prodigy, “doesn’t play a violin, he works it,” a reviewer wrote for the Capital Times following the then–32-year-old’s concert, his fifth visit to the Union Theater in a decade. He returned for performances in 1980 and 1988.

Pink Floyd

May 20, 1988
Camp Randall Stadium

More than 45,000 fans witnessed this stop on the band’s first tour since 1981. The concert laid the groundwork for more major acts — including Genesis and The Rolling Stones — to visit Camp Randall over the next nine years. Pink Floyd played the stadium again on July 3, 1994.


September 13, 1992
Camp Randall Stadium

The Irish rock band’s ZOO TV tour drew a sellout crowd of 62,280, accompanied by opening acts Big Audio Dynamite II and Public Enemy. The group, whose “Where the Streets Have No Name” is now a staple of Badger football game days, returned to Camp Randall on June 25, 1997.

Janelle Monáe

April 23, 2010
Memorial Union Terrace

The 2009 Grammy-nominated singer wowed campus during the annual Line Breaks Festival. She has since launched an acting career, including roles in Hidden Figures and the Oscar-winning Moonlight in 2016.

Chance the Rapper

May 2, 2015
Library Mall

The hip-hop star, who built a career on giving away his music for free, made his second appearance at Revelry, a short-lived campus music and arts festival, in 2015. (He first performed in 2013 at Union South.) In 2016, he became the first artist to win a Grammy without selling physical copies of his music.


  • Shawn September 22, 2023

    What about Jefferson Airplane playing the Volunteers album at the field house a few weeks after Kent State? Afterwards they all trooped over to the Nitty Gritty for a free concert.

  • Andy Prodanovic September 29, 2023

    The best was Emerson, Lake and Palmer with a 65 piece orchestra in 1976(?).

  • Steve Olson September 29, 2023

    How about the concert that never happened? Otis Redding in Dec 1967 when his plane crashed in Lake Monona.

  • Ralph Layman September 29, 2023

    Bob Marley and the Wailers, Orpheum Theater, May 25th, 1978. EPIC

  • Bill Bock September 29, 2023

    No mention of Genesis or the Rolling Stones!!!

  • Dick Stark September 29, 2023

    I remember seeing Andre Segovia, world famous guitarist, perform at the union in the mid 60s

  • ellie murtha September 29, 2023

    Springsteen Dane county coliseum

  • Sean Clancey September 29, 2023

    Little Feat on the Waiting for Columbus tour, fall ’78 Homecoming show at the Fieldhouse. Leslie West made a guest appearance.

  • James Meinberg September 29, 2023

    Souter Finigan for Homecoming in 1954.
    , in the Field House.

  • John P Giovannini BS62 and MS67 September 29, 2023

    Duke Ellington was “Artist in Residence” for a week in ’75 and we went to performances on six of his seven days in Madison.

  • Gary Bushland September 30, 2023

    Johnny Mathis’ 1959 Homecoming concert was magnificent, especially for a freshman attending his first “big star” concert.

  • Charles Tompkins September 30, 2023

    The English Beat at the Stock Pavilion, 1983

  • Milt Vasich October 1, 2023

    I saw Randy Newman and Ry Cooder at the Wisconsin Union Theater in 1974. Each played a solo acoustic set. Our group was about 20 rows from the stage. Unforgettable and amazing in such an intimate setting.

  • Suzi Giesen October 5, 2023

    Harry Belafonte also was at Homecoming again between 1965 and 1968.I saw him at the Field House.

  • Robert Alderson '86 November 21, 2023

    I saw REM on campus in 1985 at the Stock Pavillion.

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