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Event Archive - 2015

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Jan 2, 2015The Madtown Poetry Open MicThe Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Each month a featured reader is showcased for 15-20 minutes, followed by the open mic. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7:00pm and the event begins at 8:00pm.

For over ten years Ron hosted poetry readings as well as an open mic at Avol's Bookstore in Madison. His poems have appeared both on-line and in print journals. His manuscript, "The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions," received an honorable mention in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. Ron serves on the board of The Council for Wisconsin Writers, and sells used and out-of-print books on-line under the name Avol's Books LLC. If you have questions about the open mic, call Ron at 608-255-4730, or email him at avols@chorus.net.
Jan 3, 2015Matt Blair Trio - $6Join the Matt Blair Trio for a night of live jazz at Mother Fool's. The Trio, comprised of all local musicians, will be performing original music and unique takes on classic jazz standards.
Feb 6, 2015The Madtown Poetry Open MicThe Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Each month a featured reader is showcased for 15-20 minutes, followed by the open mic. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7:00pm and the event begins at 8:00pm.

For over ten years Ron hosted poetry readings as well as an open mic at Avol's Bookstore in Madison. His poems have appeared both on-line and in print journals. His manuscript, "The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions," received an honorable mention in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. Ron serves on the board of The Council for Wisconsin Writers, and sells used and out-of-print books on-line under the name Avol's Books LLC. If you have questions about the open mic, call Ron at 608-255-4730, or email him at avols@chorus.net.
Jan 17, 2015Glitter Kitten w/ Allison Merten- $6Allison Merten is a singer-songwriter and one-woman band in Madison, Wisconsin. She released her debut album, TEMPTATION, in January of 2014. When she performs, you will hear an acoustic fusion of indie-rock, folk, and pop. Doing music has always been Allison's dream. She's excited to share her music with the world!Half sparkles. Half charisma. 100% kitten.

Glitterkitten - We are an all-female group that plays fun, emotionally connected, occasionally-poppy, occasionally-dark, folky, smoky alternative rock music. Glitterkitten features full drums, bass, electric guitars, and keyboards, with a viola rounding out our sound.

We all have past musical experience, gigging for years with bands in the Madison area and beyond. Ginny and Allison (Boob Dylan), Caroline (Femmefatale), Axis, (Sleep With Me, Santa), Sarah (Horses & Bayonets), and Taryn with many bands throughout her musical career.
Jan 16, 2015Elks Teeth & Rabbits Feet w/ Original Mechanical Mouse - $7This is an EP Release Party for Elks Teeth & Rabbits Feet. Billing themselves as "Folk Rock Noir" they conjure up a sound that quietly and methodically heavy. Big voices, some super quiet songs and some that will burn the place down. Featuring Leah Brooke and Blair Clark from The Sills.

"Original Mechanical Mouse" is making his third appearance at Mother Fools on Jan 16th. "Mouse" as his music friends call him is a third generation singer-songwriter but not a "roots" musician per se. His real name is Joel Collinsworth. His hardscrabble life in the working-class combined with indie music sensibilities drawn from artists such as Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, and the Shins influence much of his work. If you like songs that tell a story and paint the picture in your mind, while gripping you with rhythm and emotion, you'll like OMM. Joel has been compared to Bon Iver, Neil Young, and even Daniel Johnston among others.
Jan 24, 2015The Active Percussion Duo - $6The Active Percussion Duo was formed a long time ago by active percussionists Michael Brenneis and Geoff Brady as an excuse to bang cutlery together and call it art. Between long periods of inactivity the duo put a lot of time, effort, hard work, gumption, and creativity into finding new pieces of cutlery to bang together. Seriously, both gentlemen are accomplished bangers of cutlery....and composers and band leaders and film scorers and song writers and instrumentalists of many stripes. Attend this performance to see and hear the results of 15+ years of collaboration by two sensitive, brash, thoughtful, thoughtless, experimental, creative musicians.
Jan 23, 2015Mal-o-dua - $6“French guitar sorcery”

Mal aux doights or "Mal-O-Dua" means sore and weary finger from working!

What happened when Django Reinhardt met Merle Travis? A new style of acoustic swing was born!! Well…actually that never did ...really happen. However, that is the blending of styles that Mal-O-Dua is built on. The duo pulls from a wide range of sources including early French pop, traditional Hawaiian music, Gypsy jazz, Kentucky finger picking, Western Swing, Parisian waltz, and the American standards songbook to name a few. These styles are blended to create a fresh new sound.
Jan 30, 2015St. Valentine's Mic w/ Reverend Andrew MazurIt's St. Valentine's Mic.

Sing us your stories and songs of heartache and happiness. Or tell jokes. Odes, breakup stories/songs, magic tricks and diary entries OK. A cheap date night or a celebration of singlehood. Hosted by Rev. Andrew Mazur.

For free at Mortherfools.
Jan 31, 2015Yid Vicious - 19th Anniversary Kleztacular - $719 years! Of Klezmering! Come celebrate with us and a bevy of special deluxe musical guests!
Mar 28, 2015Helen Gillet's "BANGKOK SILVER" ALBUM RELEASE Party - $7Cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet (born in Belgium, raised in Singapore and Chicago) has forged a path for the cello in New Orleans since her arrival in 2002. She has since performed across the United States and Western Europe and Australia. Beginning cello lessons at the age of nine, Gillet has taken her classical education all the way to a Master’s Degree (Beloit College ’00, Loyola University New Orleans ’04). Her training as an improviser began with North Indian Hindustani vocal ragas in 1998, which launched her into the worlds of free improvisation, jazz, funk, rock and French chansons. The New Orleans Gambit Newspaper awarded her the Big Easy Best Female Performer Award in 2014. This Spring 2015, in addition to finishing two new albums she performs with her french big band at French Quarter Festival (April 9), her solo show at Festival International in Lafayette (April 25, 26), and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (May 2), was invited as a special guest musician at Milwaukee's Improvising music festival Okka 7 (June 5-7) and as winter solstice soundscape artist in Tasmania, Australia during MOFO festival (June 20, 21) and to Milano Oltre Music and Literature Festival in Italy (July 1).
Helen has six self-released albums. Her latest Dusk in Wallonia (April 2015) is a french big band album, celebrating her Belgian roots and recorded in Lafayette Louisiana.

Her live instrumental duo album Ferdinand (2013) celebrates her 10 year musical relationship with acclaimed New Orleans Bassist James Singleton. The album was nominated for best Contemporary Jazz album of the year in Offbeat Magazine. Her solo self-entitled album Helen Gillet (2012) includes original works of looped cello and french and English vocals. Running of the Bells (2011), an instrumental album by the “Helen Gillet Trio” featuring Tim Green (saxophones and bell tree) and Doug Garrison (drums and percussion), which received a four-star review in the October 2011 issue of Downbeat magazine. Newton Circus (2009) was her debut French chanson acoustic album with Gregory Good (guitar), Luke Brechtelsbauer (harp), Daron Douglas (violin), Walt Mclemens (accordion) and Bill Strickland (french horn).

Bangkok Silver (February 2015) is her latest electro-acoustic solo album of both original and cover songs with looped cello and vocals featuring saxophonist and horn sculptor Mark Southerland from Kansas City on two tracks.
Mar 6, 2015The Madtown Poetry Open MicThe Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Each month a featured reader is showcased for 15-20 minutes, followed by the open mic. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7:00pm and the event begins at 8:00pm.

For over ten years Ron hosted poetry readings as well as an open mic at Avol's Bookstore in Madison. His poems have appeared both on-line and in print journals. His manuscript, "The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions," received an honorable mention in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. Ron serves on the board of The Council for Wisconsin Writers, and sells used and out-of-print books on-line under the name Avol's Books LLC. If you have questions about the open mic, call Ron at 608-255-4730, or email him at avols@chorus.net.
Apr 3, 2015The Madtown Poetry Open MicThe Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Each month a featured reader is showcased for 15-20 minutes, followed by the open mic. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7:00pm and the event begins at 8:00pm.

For over ten years Ron hosted poetry readings as well as an open mic at Avol's Bookstore in Madison. His poems have appeared both on-line and in print journals. His manuscript, "The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions," received an honorable mention in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. Ron serves on the board of The Council for Wisconsin Writers, and sells used and out-of-print books on-line under the name Avol's Books LLC. If you have questions about the open mic, call Ron at 608-255-4730, or email him at avols@chorus.net.
May 1, 2015The Madtown Poetry Open MicThe Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Each month a featured reader is showcased for 15-20 minutes, followed by the open mic. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7:00pm and the event begins at 8:00pm.

For over ten years Ron hosted poetry readings as well as an open mic at Avol's Bookstore in Madison. His poems have appeared both on-line and in print journals. His manuscript, "The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions," received an honorable mention in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. Ron serves on the board of The Council for Wisconsin Writers, and sells used and out-of-print books on-line under the name Avol's Books LLC. If you have questions about the open mic, call Ron at 608-255-4730, or email him at avols@chorus.net.
Feb 7, 2015The Getaway Driversw/ Kris Sheehan - $6The Getaway Drivers are an indie folk rock band from Madison featuring original music by songwriters Bob Manor and Sheila Shigley joined by some of Madison's best musicians. The Getaway Drivers are celebrating ten years on the Madison music scene and have been nominated for several Madison Area Music Awards. The trio version of the band features Ken Keeley on bass, while Bob and Sheila round out the instruments on piano and acoustic guitar, fiddle and mandolin. This stripped down version of the band allows the storytelling lyrics and contemporary harmonies to shine.

Kris Sheehan is a singer/songwriter based in Madison, Wisconsin. While heavily influenced by traditional folk, country, and bluegrass music, Kris puts a great emphasis on thoughtful lyrics; he strives to paint a picture for the listener. Having played in a variety bands throughout the Midwest, Kris has cultivated a sound uniquely his own.
Feb 14, 2015Special Love Edition of Magic MicAll things LOVE - the good, the bad, the ugly...! Bring it ( - just no Wagon Wheel, please.)

Hosted by the Reverend Andrew Mazur.

Sign up starts at 7. Show starts at 8.

Feb 21, 2015Hanah Jon Taylor - $10Acclaimed improvisor, Hanah Jon Taylor, will have a trio for this show - with Dushon Mosley on percussion and Alex Wing on bass and oud.
Mar 14, 2015Stelth Ulvang w/ Monica Martin w/ Stephanie Rearick - $8Stelth Ulvang breathes life into ordinary things ­ a tattered, grey bowler hat made light as feather and nimble as a hummingbird when it's an extension of Stelth's palm and a piece of knotted wood sings as a new slingshot once Stelth's pocket knife has touched the bark.

Stelth is a creator; self­taught and continually curious to learn more, he's a talented multi­instrumentalist, spirited poet and composer of vulnerable, honest, and rich music. Able to balance heavy truths with the lightness of humor and observation, his songs share the wayfaring nature of his heart. His unique ability to transform living rooms, basements, backyards, kitchens, and even large venues into an intimate moment of storytelling, makes his carnival­style performance and confessional lyrics appealing to the human experience. Full­time globe traveler, currently touring with The Lumineers, Stelth first kicked off his musical travels co­founding the band known as The Dovekins.

Monica Martin was conceived in a Cadillac. . She is a hairdresser, songwriter, and singer in Madison band, Phox. She will be playing new and used songs on her parlor guitar.

Stephanie Rearick. Combining her classically-tinged piano tendencies with her love of looping Casio beats, trumpets and voice, she exudes creativity and makes a universe of music all her own.
Feb 8, 2015Art Reception for Joey EndresCome meet February's artist!

5 - 7 pm.

Free and open to the public.

more info...
Feb 20, 2015Katie Burns - $6Katie Burns is a Mineral Point indie singer/songwriter. Born and raised in Nebraska. Known for her angelic vocals and finger style guitar playing. Her band includes Madison’s cellist Eric Miller and other Madison musicians. She works with a number of accomplished indie artists such as Ben Brodin of Connor Oberst/Bright Eyes. Her music is ethereal, poetic and captivating.


Mar 7, 2015Sugar Still - $6"Handmade whiskey flavored harmonies."

Sugar Still is Sarah Blick violin/vocals and Charlie Cheney guitar/vocals.
Mar 13, 2015Magic Variety Show - $5A multi-performer extravaganza!

Curated from our monthly Magic Mics.
Mar 20, 2015Spot w/ Bucky Pope - $6It’s too bad SPOT got identified with the limitations of punk rock. Although he was once a general in that army (see SST, Descendents, Minutemen, blah blah blah) he ran outta that ballpark a long time ago and last year published the photography book “Sounds of Two Eyes Opening”—a document of SoCal culture he captured between 1969-1982. Really, at the core of it all, the guy is a multi-instrumentalist/composer/performer whose music revolved mostly around Traditional and Celtic styles through the ‘90s & ‘00s. Then he ran away from that but couldn’t fight the urge to let the Jazz, Rock, Folk, Avant- Garde, Country, Garage-Trash and Classical (and all the other styles that made him an insomniac) pull him back onto the stage. Hell, he’s been actively playing music since the early 60s so what else could he do?

Equally at home in both the electric and acoustic realms, his songs and instrumentals prompted one writer to state, "One listens to his music and tries to place his style. He comes in like a whirlwind, and leaves with everyone having a sense of liking what he saw and heard, but not understanding it. Spot would not have it any other way." (Jude Vivona /Houston Entertainer Examiner; September 25, 2009)

Bucky Pope will be performing solo versions of songs by his new band Negative Example, as well as interpretations of pop songs, and retreads of choice material from the legendary Tar Babies.

SPOT and Bucky will team up for a short set between their respective performances.
Mar 27, 2015Quietrise - $6Quietrise is Joshua Garner and Xanna. Electronic Folk music from Madison Wisconsin. Born in Pennsylvania, and migrated and manipulated in the move to Wisconsin, Quietrise's sound is comparable with bands like Fischerspooner, Metric, and ChVrches. Its a mix of electronic beats, synth symphonies, and male/female vocal melodies. With songs about the complexities of human interaction and relationships, there is always new material to draw from. Quietrise just released "Anhedoniac" their sophmoric release after 2011's "Infinaught", and will be available at the show as well as online. Personable, approachable, and always wanting to put on a good show, Quietrise is worth your time.
Apr 11, 2015Papa John Kolstad w/ Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers w/ Boo Bradley - $7Legendary folk-blues singer, guitar player and entertainer Papa John Kolstad has been performing more than 40 years, blazing a musical trail across these United States. He performed regularly on The Prairie Home Companion radio show with Garrison Keillor, has been a featured performer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. In addition he has worked with David Bromberg, Ricky Nelson, Joan Armatrading, Odetta, U.Utah Phillips, Jim Post, Willie Murphy, Spider John Koerner, Dave Ray, Lazy Bill Lucas and many others. Papa John is prominently featured in a chapter of the recent book, “The West Bank Boogie”, covering the music and musicians of the 60’s and 70’ West Bank Music Scene. Papa John with Clint Hoover won the Road To Memphis, a juried musical event, and represented the Twin Cities at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN February 2007.



Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, a duo from Viroqua, Wisconsin, perform traditional American fiddle tunes and sing tight harmony songs, including country, vaudeville, hits of the 1920s and 30s, and original songs and fiddle tunes. Peppered into their ever-evolving repertoire is also music from other lands— Canada, Transylvania, Sweden, Mexico, and Venezuela to name a few—that has caught their fancy. The duo perform frequent concerts at a variety of venues and events and are known for engaging their audiences and putting them at ease with their light-hearted stage presence. They also regularly perform as a dance band for square and contra dances. Though their dance repertoire includes tunes from across the continent, they often favor traditional fiddle music that represents their roots in the rural Upper Midwest. The Sapsuckers are Nikki Grossman on fiddle, vocals, and guitar; and Joe Hart on guitar and vocals. Hart and Grossman are also highly skilled professional kazooists. Both are seasoned musicians and performers who have worked, together and separately, in numerous other old-time, folk, rock, country bands, and other musical projects. They are regular performers on the Kickapoo Barn Dance, a live radio musical variety show on their local community radio station, WDRT (www.wdrt.org). Formed in 2013, the Sapsuckers released their first CD, "Speaking Of Music...Here Are the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers!" in early 2014. Their new album, "Ocooch Mountain Home," is due for release in early 2015.

Boo Bradley is good time two-man Hokum junk and jive orchestra who are as fun to watch as they are to listen to. Meeting up in 2007, Boo Mullarky and Bradley Selz took to Madison, Wisconsin's illustrious State Street with the full intention of bringing the rollicking sounds and antics of the early 20th century jug bands back to life. They quickly became known as the go-to act for fun in the sun at Madison's legendary farmers' market. Soon they were being asked to perform at festivals and shows around the state, sharing the stage with well-known roots performers such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Frank Fairfield. This refreshing “little jug band that could” features a delightfully rich and clunky sonic pallete that is sure to cure what ails you!
Apr 17, 2015Lillie Lemon w/ Gentle Brontosaurus - $7Lillie Lemon and Erica Wobbles are an indie electro pop duo based in Monterey, California. Songs are fueled by building crescendos and a unique hybrid of acoustic and electric sounds. Their long-awaited album, described as a "lovemaking session between folk and electro-pop", is an introspective, 11-track journey through heartbreak and tragedy. While /brak/ could be considered a downer conceptually, it’s invigorating musically and spiritually.

Gentle Brontosaurus
Literate and melodious indie pop from Madison, WI. The imaginary dinosaur that hovers in the borders of your consciousness, persistent, bittersweet, impossible to ignore.
Apr 10, 2015Magic Mic hosted by Angelica EngelYou know the drill...

Bring us your music, poetry, short fiction, comedy, skit, performance art, etc, etc..

Sign up starts at 7. Show starts at 8.

Apr 5, 2015Art Reception for Noah huberCome meet this months artist, Noah Huber.

Free and open to the public.

6 - 8 pm.
Apr 18, 2015Yid Vicious Klezmer Ensemble with Sockrates Sock Puppet Carnival of Morals and Logic- $6Join Yid Vicious for an evening of locally sourced klezmer! Tonight's show features original compositions and lesser-heard gems from the band's storied repertoire vault. Yid Vicious is joined tonight by the Sockrates Sock Puppet Carnival of Morals and Logic with a command performance of "Letters to the Willy Street Co-op Reader".
May 17, 2015Art Reception for Lola HoonCome meet May's artist, Lola Hoon.

5 - 7 pm

Free and open to the public

more info...
May 2, 2015Maury Smith Cd Release Party - $6Maury Smith and his mythical Orchestra Boredenave turn their gaze from Paris (scene of the material for the 2013 album Mirage) to focus instead on New Orleans and its environs as they release their new collection of original tunes, Looking South.

It'll get swampy, so wear your mud boots. Faulknerian story lines done up in acoustic minor keys, toe-tapping fiddle-dobro dances along the levees and crisp banjo-driven images of heat creeping northwards on the sodden wings of climate change will inspire bouts of the vapors. That ornate painted fan Auntie Blanche gave you might come in handy. Joining the Orchestra for the evening: Jacoba Epstein (violin, accordion, vocals), Kevin Clark (double bass), Clare Norelle (mandolin, guitar, vocals) and Adrian Crabb (guitar and vocals). Maury will play fretted stuff and sing his heart out for you. Y'all come down now, yuh heah?
May 8, 2015Lizzy Diane w/ Karen Wheelock - $6About Lizzy: Alternative singer-songwriter Lizzy Diane was born and raised in Sheboygan Wisconsin. She began taking classical violin and piano lessons at age 5, and eventually took up the oboe, guitar, and bass guitar. She was also a competitive figure skater and was regarded for her elegance and flow to all types of music. As a young adult, Lizzy battled a debilitating case of chronic Lyme disease and spent much of her time writing poetry and composing music during treatment. Songwriting became such a source of self-discovery and healing that she began to pursue a music career, releasing her first EP “Encompass Rose” in 2013 and her first LP “Otherkin” in December of 2014, which features Grammy nominated flautist Peter Phippen. Lizzy is known for her uniquely haunting vocal style, nuanced songwriting, and ethereal tone. She is currently touring the midwest and the nation with her new album as well as working on new compositions for future releases.

Reviews: “This melancholic enchantress from Eau Claire just released her debut album late last year and it is amazing... It will tickle your fancy whether you are into metal, folk, or anywhere in between. She brings elements of folk and alternative and adds her unique vocal style to the mix...” Midwest Mayhem Promotions and Booking

“I find the haunting vibe of “Otherkin” to be a thoroughly humanizing experience...Upon first listen to “Lo and Behold,” the first track on the album, I was immediately taken in, swept away by the instrumentation, emotion and dreamy feel of the song.From the get-go, Lizzy Diane invites listeners to engage with their emotions, intellect, and spirit. Again, she invites us to engage with those things that are integral to what it means to be human.”Ed Hudgins, “Volume One.org” - December 10, 2014

Karen Wheelock was born and raised on a farm in small-town, Wisconsin. She has always had a passion for music, and only recently began writing on her own.

Though known for her giggle, Wheelock often writes about heartbreak and other more serious subject matters. Her smooth melodies and simple guitar are complemented by her often metaphorical and poetic lyrics.

Wheelock has performed many times around the Madison area, and last year won a Madison Area Music Award for Compilation Album of the Year, and was a finalist for a MAMA in the Folk Song of the Year category. She is currently a finalist in five MAMA categories. Wheelock released her debut EP, "Imaginary Girl", on December 16, 2014.
May 9, 2015Magic Mic w/ Reverend Andrew MazurMagic Mic is a monthly open mic welcoming stand-up comedy, magic, poetry/short fiction, performance art, and any and all styles of music. Anything goes! (no covers of 'Wagon Wheel' please).
May 23, 2015 The Fatal Eggs w/ Rev. Andrew Mazur - $5Rev. Andrew Mazur is a singer/songwriter from Madison, WI. He plays punk rock originals on acoustic guitar.

The Fatal Eggs are a psychedelic 90's garage-pop band from Madison, WI. They used to be a noise band, but figured out how to write songs.
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