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Dust City Opera

Dust City Opera

with Old Soul Society & Old Oaks
$15 ADV / $17 DOS
Ages 18+

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Bags (max size 12″ x 6″ x 12″) are allowed and will be searched upon entry. Exceptions will be made for necessary medical equipment and bags for nursing mothers. We encourage you to pack light with only the necessities to make the entry process as smooth as possible.


We are a cashless facility meaning that we are unable to accept cash as a form of payment. Our Box Office and Coat Check will only accept credit and debit. Our Bars will only accept credit, debit, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. Please note that artist merchandise sales are separate and may still accept cash.


This unexpected alt-rock orchestra materialized out of Albuquerque, New Mexico but they might as well have slipped through an intergalactic portal or stowed away on a derelict spacecraft before crash-landing in the desert.

Dust City Opera—Paul Hunton [vocals, guitar, songwriter], Clara Byom [clarinet, accordion], Travis Rourk [trombone, vocals, synth], Scott Brewer [bass], and Jesse Culberson [drums]—tell harrowing tales of sadness, madness, and mayhem. With each performance illuminating the space between death and humor, this quintet becomes the soundtrack to stories steeped in cosmic horror and transcendence.

In many ways, it fulfills frontman and sonic ringmaster Paul Hunton’s destiny. Under the influence of everything from H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King to Tom Waits and Soundgarden, he founded Dust City Opera at the top of 2018.

In the wake of losing both of his parents to suicide, Paul initially transmuted the pain of these harrowing losses into the group’s 2019 full-length debut, Heaven. “After my parents passed, I felt free to make my own choices and live my own life,” he admits. “In the past, there was a lot of pressure for me to be something other than who I was. So, I pursued songwriting. My sense of humor got a little darker through my experiences.”

This honesty appealed to audiences. After building a cult following and raising tens of thousands of dollars on Kickstarter to launch their next chapter, the group perfected their otherworldly vision on the band’s 2022 album, Alien Summer, which was awarded Best Rock Album at the 2023 New Mexico Music Awards. Adding to their accolades, Dust City Opera was named Gold Artist of the Year by Modern Musician and awarded Top Rock Group at the 2023 New Mexico Entertainment Awards.

They continue to venture far from the desert, with their EP release “Cold Hands” with Swedish label Rexius Records, and touring aspirations for Canada, Europe and Mexico in 2024-2025.

Dust City Opera will draw you deep into their mad world of storytelling, so enter with caution. You may find yourself abducted by ancient aliens, lost in haunted fog, or more fascinating yet: face-to-face with your own insanity, with no way out.

Learn more at dustcityopera.com.

High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue
Madison, 53703