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Event Archive - 2016

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Jan 1, 2016The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ surprise featured reader.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.
Jan 2, 2016Blood & Dust w/ Blair Clark and Leah Brooke - $6Blair Clark will preform songs from his upcoming EP Ring A Bell and others from his broken heart and broken head with Leah Brooke. These two have played together with the Sills and Elks Teeth & Rabbits Feet. Blair Clark's music is dark blue noir. He is a loud crooner, a late bloomer, oddish at best. He has promised to lite the place up or burn it down which ever your night desires. Leah Brooke will make a feeble attempt to stay out of Blairs way, which will be impossible because of her strong presence and amazing voice.

With a voice that's one part whiskey and two parts honey, Blood & Dust blurs the lines between folk, blues, and soul. Born the son of a farmer and hailing from Southern Oklahoma, this ex-Baptist preacher takes every raw emotion you know and channels it into the strings of his guitar. Coming onto the San Francisco Bay Area Music Scene in early 2012, Blood & Dust is most recognizable for gritty melodies and guitar playing. There is music you listen to and music you feel in your bones. Blood & Dust is not just for your listening pleasure.
Jan 8, 2016A Kin - $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 those kinds of phrases.

Kendra Swanson is an energetic performer of tribal and indie folk tunes and notorious singalong instigator. She employs clawhammer banjo, rigorous guitar, soulful strings, and hearty vocals for a distinctive, folksome sound.

Sandler is a purveyor of original honky-tonk and country music to remind you of where it all really comes from. His mindbendingly beautiful guitar stylings and powerful, one-of-a-kind voice convey memories of that old music, played with friends and family, and shared in all times.

Together, they are A Kin, a band founded in the autumn of 2015.
Jan 9, 2016Lil Rev w/ Boo Bradley (solo) - $7Lil’ Rev is a world-class entertainer and steward of vintage song and lore. Performing with ukulele, harmonica, mandolin, guitar and banjo, Rev has an unmatched repertoire of both traditional and original song, poetry, storytelling and humor. Audiences will sing-along, clap, laugh, and maybe even shed a tear at a Lil’ Rev performance. Both entertainer and educator, Rev is renowned as one of the preeminent ukulele instructors and performers in the nation with seven instructional books to his credit.

"Listen to this! Lil' Rev is great!" — Pete Seeger

Boo Bradley is Madison's amazing one-human jugband medicine show featuring Scott "Boo" Mullarky pumping out deep ragtime blues on a unique ensemble of old car horns, bells, a beat up guitar made of steel, kazoo, high-hat, an old parade drum and a tambourine...all at once! As the Onion A.V. puts it, "During the warmer months, Boo's performances are a favorite on State Street and at the Dane County Farmers' Market. Thanks to his feel for the sonic quirks of the National Resophonic steel guitar, Boo Bradley is as warm and fun as bluesy acts come these days".
Jan 22, 2016Yid Vicious - $6Twenty years old. It’s an awkward stage, what some societies call a “quarter-life crisis”. At loose ends, it’s hard to decide whether to stay in school pursuing a major in environmental geology, move to the organic anarcho-syndicalist turnip farm in Vermont that your eleventh grade girlfriend told you about, or move back into your parents’ place and do Minecraft stuff while you write your novel about angst and Minecraft.

It’s a tough time for Yid Vicious.

BUT, it’s also almost Groundhog Day, and Yid Vicious never misses a Groundhog Day!

As per usual, this will occur at Mother Fool’s, the birthplace of the Annual Yid Vicious Groundhog Day Midwinter Kleztacular, at which present and former and occasional members of the Yid Vicious Team team up for an evening of playing, singing, klezmering, and remembering.

Also, coffee. Really good coffee.

Join us, won’t you? We really need help to, you know…work it out.

6$ adults! Kids free! Cheap!
Jan 30, 2016Freedom Night [open mic] with host Angelica Engelyou can sing, play music, or even read poetry or a story, and you can tell jokes too

Sign up starts at 7:30
Feb 5, 2016Madtown Poetry Open Mic / Featured Reader: Bethany KanterBethany Kanter is a poet and artist from Fort Atkinson. She recently graduated from Carthage college with a degree in English literature, creative writing, and studio art. She works with the Friends of Lorine Niedecker documenting Lorine's marginalia and promoting Lorine Niedecker's work.

Sign-up 7pm to 8:30pm. Open Mic starts 8pm with featured reader, followed by Open Mic. Read up to 3 poems for a total of 5 minutes.
Feb 6, 2016Rearick does Bowie!Stephanie Rearick will play a Bowie-themed show along with Cat Capellaro, Andrew Rohn, Matthew Sanborn and Joey Zarda opening with a set - as the Rohnellaros and the Spiders From Mars.

Says Stephanie, "David Bowie has always been my artistic hero and I've played a bunch of his songs over the years, his versions of other people's songs (my recordings of Wild is the Wind and Across the Universe). And I have several songs of my own that quote or are directly influenced by him (well I suppose you could say all of them are). So, this is how I'm paying my respects."
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