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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 29, 2015The Wells Division - $6Original, indie folk rock from Madison, WI, with an array of instruments including sax & accordion, in addition to trading lead vocals between Gary Flesher, Jr. and Joan Herzing, The Wells Division is a band that continually seeks growth while sticking to its roots. It offers up folk rock with taste, heart and soul, grit, and humanity.
Jun 26, 2015Freedom Night [open mic] hosted by Angelica Engel"For the bourgeoisie and the rebel." -- Madonna

Mostly music / readings of writings but any original performance = more than totally acceptable i.e. let your freak flag fly? Yes please.

Hosted by Angelica Engel

Showtime 8 pm / Sign-up at 7:30

Location: Mother Fool's Coffeehouse
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.
Jun 5, 2015The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ featured author, Dale M. KushnerDale M. Kushner grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey on a street that was once a peach orchard. Her poetry and fiction have been influenced by Carl Jung, and the power of myths and archetypal images at work in the world.

Dale was the founder and director of The Writer’s Place, a literary center in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board Grant in the Literary Arts and has been honored by a fellowship to the Wurlitzer Foundation, The Ragdale Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute as a participant of their first writers’ conference on compassion and forgiveness. Her work has been widely published in literary journals including IMAGE, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, Witness, Fifth Wednesday and elsewhere. Her most recent poetry collection More Alive Than Lions Roaring was a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award at Utah State Press, The Prairie Schooner Book Competition, the Agha Shahid Ali Prize at University of Utah Press and The Tupelo Prize. Her story “When You Open the Door, Where Are You?” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is on the core faculty of The Assisi Institute, a Jungian think-tank in Brattleboro, Vermont.

She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin. The Conditions of Love is her first novel.

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The 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.
Jun 6, 201520th Birthday Show starring Jon Hain and Stephanie Rearick - FreeMother Fool's owners, Jon Hain and Stephanie Rearick will be joined by special guests in this celebration of 20 years of Mother Fool's.
Jun 13, 2015Dumpy Jug Bumpers w/ Boo Bradley - $7The Dumpy Jug Bumpers are a string band from Minneapolis, MN that brings back the reckless sounds of country blues, ragtime, and jug band music from the era of shellac 78's. Utilizing resophonic guitar, kazoos, harmonica, double bass and the plunky mandolin-banjo, they transform any stage or street corner into a barrelhouse romp, as their hot licks get you shakin’ and stomping’.

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!
Jul 11, 2015Brennan Connors & Stray Passage - $6Brennan Connors & Stray Passage is a jazz trio lead by saxophonist Brennan Connors. The ensemble embraces free and structured improvisation, original compositions, and groove based experiments. Geoff Brady is featured on drums and percussion; BC Grimm on Contra-cello and electric bass. The breadth of the group ranges from focused minimalism to fiery high energy music, all while maintaining a sense of narrative organization and compelling ensemble interplay throughout performances.
Jul 3, 2015The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ featured author, Matthew GuenetteMatthew Guenette is the author of two poetry collections: American Busboy (U. of Akron Press, Editor's Choice, 2011) and Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, American Poetry Journal Prize, 2008). He lives, works, and loses sleep here in Madison....

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The 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.
Jun 12, 2015Starving in the Belly of the Whale w/ Original Mechanical Mouse - $6Dayton Ohio’s Starving in the Belly of the Whale is a time-tested indie folk act with heart. With four (almost five) LPs under their belts, as well as a soundtrack EP, the band continue to diligently hone their songcraft and inspire new audiences. With their forthcoming, crowd-funded album Missionaries and Imposters, which drops November 22, the band continues to explore their genre, drawing on life experiences and environmental inspiration to color their output and push them in new and exciting directions." - GHETTOBLASTER magazine

Original Mechanical Mouse
Joel Collinsworth is a third generation writer who struggled with short story publishing for nearly a decade. In 2001 he returned to college, got a couple short stories published in the literary journal, and won the Freshman Writing Prize. Joel began songwriting in 2006 and in 2010 began using the band name Original Mechanical Mouse. Influences include, Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, Andrew Bird, The Shins, Jim James, Conor Oberst, Andy Hull, Aly Spaltro, and many other artists from the modern folk genre. He is unsigned with over three-hundred original songs, an EP, and numerous songs online.

When you hear the name of Joel Collinsworth's solo project, Original Mechanical Mouse, it's tempting to conjure the mechanical mouse from the Tom & Jerry cartoon (used by Jerry to fool Tom). But concentrate instead on original, for it's Collinsworth's uniqueness that sets OMM apart. The acoustic guitar arrangements can be haunting and spare (like John Frusciante's To Record Only Water for Ten Days) or quietly tender like Grandaddy's "Underneath The Weeping Willow." …. “Oh Yeah, Basement Tapes! is a work of art recalling Neil Young at his most beautiful.” – Bryan Cahpin Chicago Indie Music Live
Jul 17, 2015Faun Fables - $8Open your doors; unlock your windows and let the vibrant collection of songs and sounds from *Faun Fables* in! *Dawn McCarth*y, along with her longtime collaborator *Nils Frykdahl* and their convoy of young whippersnappers, are ready to embark on a short tour across the US! *Faun Fables* are renowned for their swirling fusion of music, theater and the astute playfulness of their live shows, the essence of which explode on such classic recordings as "Family Album" and "Light Of A Vaster Dark" amongst their expansive catalog. Since 1998, *Faun Fables* have steadily been creating, collaborating and performing, honing an entirely unique craft that shouldn't be missed on stage when-and-wherever there is an opportunity.
Jun 19, 2015Performance Poetry: Carrie Rudzinski / Hiwot Adilow / Darline Morales / Yolanda Pruitt / Misian Taylor - $5Carrie Rudzinski is a full time performance poet and filmmaker who has since performed her work for audiences across the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and India.

Ranked 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam and 7th in the world at the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam, Carrie has represented Boston, Denver, and Los Angeles over the course of 11 national poetry competitions. Among her many Top 20 finishes, she took 2nd place at the coveted Underground Individual Competition at the 2011 National Poetry Slam, 2nd place at the 2014 Long Beach Poetry Slam Invitational, and 2nd place at the 2014 Belle’s Bakery Lounge Poetry Slam Invitational.

Carrie has facilitated workshops throughout the world and accepted a Part-time faculty position teaching Poetry and Performance at California State University Northridge during the Spring 2014 semester.

A featured performer at India’s Poetry with Praktiki Festival and New Zealand’s Auckland Readers and Writers Festival, she has performed alongside such renowned artists as Anis Mojgani, Rachel Mckibbens, Gypsee Yo, and Ken Arkind. Her work has been published in University of California Press Vol. 3, The Legendary, Catalyst, Muzzle, OnMag, Alight, and two Write Bloody Press anthology collections. Bicycle Comics published her first collection of poetry, A History Of Silence, in 2010. Her newest collection of work, The Blood Mouth, was released in 2014.

Hiwot Adilow was born and raised in a corner of Philadelphia that smells of berbere and blunts. This is to say Hiwot is a writer and the Philly-born daughter of Ethiopian immigrants. As an alum of the Philly Youth Poetry Movement, she has both competed on and co-coached the PYPM Brave New Voices youth slam team. She is currently pursuing a BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a First Wave Hip-Hop and Urban Arts Scholar. She is also poetry editor of The Madison Review. Her poems have been featured on CNN’s Black In America, NPR’s Tell Me More, Wisconsin Public Television, and more.

Darline Morales is a photographer, poet, radio DJ, videographer and researcher currently attending University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an multimedia artist, her work centers on using the intersectionality between gender, race, class and sexuality to analyze the human condition, with a hip hop analysis. Darline is interested in using hip hop culture as a tool for communication, analysis and creative documentation.

As a photographer, she has participated in galleries within her time at UW-Madison. In 2012, she was part of the FausHaus collective, which presented a performance at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and gallery presentation at Chazen Art Museum. She has also premiered works at Audre Lorde Coop and the Multicultural Student Center's "Race and Place". Darline has extensive experience in digital photography, as well as film photography, using both 35mm and 120mm. She has worked in gelatin silver printing and cyanotype prints.

Through WSUM, Darline has a weekly radio show called "RhymeBasket", which plays hip hop and R&B. RhymeBasket's aim is to prioritize women-identified and LGBT voices in hip hop.

Yolanda Pruitt is a poet and visual artist from Phoenix, Arizona. She attends UW-Madison as part of the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Scholarship Program studying African-American Studies with a focus in Black Women's Studies and Literature. She is dedicated to empowering youth through the arts and is a workshop facilitator for the One Life Workshop Series through John Vietnam Program, a nonprofit organization that offers poetry workshops to high school students in the Madison school district as well as at Dane County Juvinile Detention Center. She has one published work, Black November, a book of poems published through UW-Madison's Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives. Her work is centered around her own experiences and targets young girls and women of color who desperately need representation in the literary world. She hopes to go on to get her MFA in creative writing after undergrad.

Misian Taylor comes to writing as an attempt to bring the body and mind closer together. With poetry and prose she navigates gender, mental illness, queerness, childhood, white privilege, and social activism through an intersectional feminist lens. She has participated in the National Poetry Slam and has opened for Lauren Zuniga and Andrea Gibson. She will be attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the fall to pursue Criminology of Police Crime and Poetry.
Jun 20, 2015Fellow Creatures - $6Fellow Creatures is a swampy indie rock band from swampy Washington, DC. They like guitar synths, putting pickups on toy pianos, vocal harmonies, and getting people to dance. They emerged from the composted remains of Ugly Purple Sweater in September 2014 and quickly emerged as one of DC's most distinctive and consistent live performers. Fellow Creatures plans to release their debut album this autumn.
Jun 27, 2015The Magic Michael Variety Show - $5The Magic Michael Variety Show is back! We've got four great acts for you, including, at last, a real magician! Hosted by Rev. A.H. Mazur. $5. Something for everyone, or nothing for no one...

Ashley Peeters - musician/comedian/bongos

Matt Deblass - celtic harpist

Joey Broyles - pop musician and RAW Madison's Musician of the Year

James The Magician - a magician!
Jul 18, 2015Shawn Neary w/ Band of Lovers - $6Shawn Neary is a son of the Middle West, and his songs are of the same stock. He has lived in Southwest Wisconsin for two years now, drinking it all in with gratitude. His music has been described as slow burning Americana by folks who write these kinds of phrases.

Band of Lovers
With a folk heart and full of harmonies, Band of Lovers are modern day troubadours. Hailing from upstate New York, Dave Strumfeld (guitar+vocals) and Sabina Beachdell (ukulele+vocals) formed the band in California in the fall of 2013 and recorded their debut full-length album, 'the Coast’ near Woodstock, NY last summer.

On the road for almost two years now, their current national tour celebrates the album's February 2015 release.
Jul 4, 2015Jess Klein w/ Mike June - $8Jess Klein
Over a career that spans more than a decade and a half and has won her a devoted worldwide fan base, Klein—who possesses what Mojo magazine calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to” and a knack for writing songs that the Cape Cod Times has described as “fully realized, finely observed and deeply felt”—has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that’s seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible songcraft. As the New York Times noted, Klein is an artist who “has country roots, but who pushes her songs toward philosophical thoughts.”

Learning Faith —which marks Klein’s third collaboration with veteran producer Mark “Professor Feathers” Addison—boasts ten personally-charged new originals that rank with her most compelling and illuminating work. Such bracing tunes as “Surrender,” “So Fucking Cool,” “Wish,” “Long Way Down” and “If There’s A God” (which she was inspired to write after protesting in support of State Senator Wendy Davis’ pro-choice 2013 filibuster at the Texas state capitol building) embody the complementary mix of personal fearlessness and musical craftsmanship that define Klein’s music.

“It felt a little different this time,” the artist notes. “It was the first time that I ever went into a record really feeling that I’d paid my dues, and that now I’m just gonna do and say whatever I want. I finally feel like I really don’t care what anybody thinks. That felt huge, and it felt really empowering. I felt comfortable going as dark as I could, and not feeling like I had to pull back from that.

“It’s also the first time I’ve started a record with a concept and tried to follow it through,” she explains. “After I wrote the song ‘Learning Faith,’ that started me thinking about writing a whole album of songs about the process of developing faith—faith in people, faith in the universe, faith in a higher power.
I wanted each song to be about some kind of struggle with faith, and asking what faith really means to me.”

“Another thing that’s different for me on this record,” Klein continues, “is that I’m willing to admit that I don’t have the answer. When you’re starting out as a younger artist, you can getaway without being forced to look at yourself or ask why you’re doing this, and what you can really offer. As you get older, it starts to feel more urgent, like ‘OK, if I’m gonna drag myself all over the world singing these songs, I’ve got to get out of this what I came here to get.’”

Learning Faith’s rich emotional and musical palette is consistent with the level of commitment that Jess Klein has always brought to her music. The Rochester, NY native taught herself to play her father’s acoustic guitar in her teens, and began writing songs as a college student in Kingston, Jamaica. After graduation, she relocated to Boston, where she began performing locally and won acclaim for her self-released debut album Wishes Well Disguised. The attention helped to win her a deal with the Rykodisc label, for which she recorded the albums Draw Them Near and Strawberry Lover, which were warmly received by critics as well as Klein’s growing audience. Klein’s growing notoriety led to such milestones as an appearance on TV’s Good Morning America, and a performance for an audience of 70,000 at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival.

By 2008, when she relocated to the independent-minded musical mecca of Austin, TX, Klein had parted ways with Rykodisc and returned to her D.I.Y. recording roots. She continued to stake out brave new lyrical and musical territory on such albums as 2006’s City Garden, 2009’s Bound to Love and 2012’s Behind A Veil, while continuing to tour throughout North America, Europe and Japan. She also became a beloved presence on her adopted hometown’s music scene, while collaborating with such fellow troubadours as Jon Dee Graham, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jimmy LaFave, Slaid Cleaves, Will Sexton, Ray Bonneville, Radney Foster, Randy Weeks, Matt the Electrician and John Fullbright.

“This can be a hard job, and it does require a certain amount of faith to continue doing it,” Klein observes, adding, “There have been several points where I’ve questioned my career choice. But every time I’ve gotten close to feeling defeated, I’ve pulled myself back up and come out of it stronger. And the more times I choose to keep doing it, the stronger I feel about it, and the stronger I feel about reaching a little deeper and putting everything out on the table.

“When you’re younger, you don’t totally know who you are yet, and you’re still trying to figure things out. Now I feel more at ease with who I am and why I do this. My motivation now for playing music is to connect with people, and to do that by connecting with myself, which is the hardest and scariest part.

“The reward,” she concludes, “is those moments where all the other bullshit subsides and you have a total, pure connection with the audience, or with just one person. I feel so blessed to be able to have this connection with people that’s based on something real. That’s what I look for now.”

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Singer-songwriter Mike June has been touring constantly. In the past three years, he has played close to 600 shows, visiting 48 States, Canada and the UK. This breakneck pace, he says, is necessary for an artist like himself to survive in today's ever-changing music business . “I don't have much of a choice,” says June when asked why he spends most of his year on the road, driving six to eight hours a day, sometime only to play in front of a handful of listeners. "I'm doing this without a record label or radio promotion , so in order to connect with my fans, I have to go town to town and play my songs for people to hear them." With typical self-deprecating humor, he adds "I'm like a door-to-door song salesman."

A door to door salesman is an apt description for a man who has worked countless jobs in his time, including a stint as a vacuum cleaner salesman, to support his musical ambitions. “I've worked in landscape, construction, cooking, advertising and just about everywhere else. I worked as a garbageman for a while. It made me appreciate hard work.” But the one job that informed June the most as a musician was his time working as a talent agent, representing acts such as Janis Ian, Celia Cruz and the late Richie Havens. “I learned two things working as an agent. The first is that the music business has very little to do with music. Second, you don't need to be part of the 'music industry' to have a successful music career. There are tons of independent artists who have blazed their own path toward successful careers. I was able to see that at a relatively young age and it inspires me all these years later.”

A native of New Jersey, June started a his first band in 1999 and began playing in clubs in and around New York City. In 2002, he released his debut record, “Crooked” and followed it up with “Lovesick” in 2007. Both records were well-received, but he wasn't able to capitalize on the acclaim due to a heroin habit that landed June in jail several times. 2008, seeking a fresh start, June moved from New Jersey to Austin, TX, where he spent several years away from the stage and concentrated on his job as a music teacher in a local pre-school. When the school cut funding for the music program, the now-sober June found himself out of work. It was then that he committed himself to carving out his own path in music.

Since then, June has released two records: string-band stomper “Exile on Wilson Street” and the socio-political roots rocker “Talkin' Revolution Blues.” Both critically acclaimed records draw on June's experiences as a working-class American as well as his battles with addiction, depression and heartbreak. The songs on those records have found an audience not only in America, but across the Atlantic as well, "My story is the story of the everyday, average person: You work your ass off. You don't get paid enough. You don't get enough respect . You struggle to break even. And at the end of most days, you're left wondering if it's worth it. People everywhere connect with that. And more so these days.”

Despite the hard-hitting social commentary in certain songs like “Hard Times” and “Talkin' Revolution Blues”, June sees a light at the end of the tunnel: “I've travelled to every corner of this country, played in small-town bars in Iowa, living rooms in Pecos, Texas and art galleries in San Francisco. I've talked to a lot people, made a lot of friends, sat at a lot of kitchen tables and shared a lot of meals with a lot of different people from different backgrounds and it has given me a lot of hope for the future. I think the differences we have, like being left-wing or right-wing, are minor compared to our similarities. Basically, we all want the same things: a decent paying job, security and a little respect. We just have different ideas about how to achieve those goals. And I want people to see that”

June plans to keep on spreading his message, "All I have is a belief in what I do and faith that someone in the audience will connect with what I'm singing about. And hopefully that person will buy a CD and share it with their friends and spread the word. that's pretty much is how it's been working for me these last few years. Door to door!”
Jul 10, 2015Vedic Eden - $6
Vedic Eden has been performing their unique and inspired music since being formed by Jaems Murphy in 2011 ; catchy pop melodies and folksy chord progressions over world percussive grooves with layered vocal harmonies, keyboard and trumpet all deftly arranged in a cinematic fashion. Their lyrics capture a sense of clandestine whimsy as they explore the construct of human ego through allusions to fairy-tales, children's stories and mythology.
Jul 5, 2015Art Reception for Hanna BruerCome meet this month's artist!

5 - 7 pm

Free and open to the public
Jul 31, 2015Freedom Night [open mic] hosted by Angelica EngelFreedom Night [open mic] hosted by Angelica Engel

Mostly music / readings of writings but any original performance = more than totally acceptable i.e. let your freak flag fly? Yes please.

"For the bourgeoisie and the rebel." -- Madonna

Showtime 8 pm / Sign-up at 7:30

Location: Mother Fool's
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