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Event Archive - 2014

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Jan 4, 2014Matt Blair - $5Join the Matt Blair Trio for a night of live jazz at Mother Fool's. The Trio, comprised of all local musicians, will be performing unique takes on classic jazz standards. The Trio consists of:

Will Greene-guitar
Matt Blair-keyboard
John Christensen-double bass
Jan 17, 2014Brianna Lea Prueltt - $6Folk singer-songwriter from Gold Country, California, Brianna Lea Pruett's sound reflects a mix of experience and influence. Born in the mountains of Northern California, her indie-minded folk and blues, informed by Appalachian roots and mixed heritage, strikes a unique chord.

With a voice that is fresh, raw, yet smooth and somehow familiar, Brianna Lea Pruett sews several genres together seamlessly in her own classic crafted material. Pruett has been compared to Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, and Mazzy Star. She is accompanied by banjoist Wes Murphy.
Jan 18, 2014Tim Haub, Doug Derosa, Frankie Lee and Andy Ewen. - $6Tim Haub and Doug Derosa currently have the Honky Tonk band Dollar Bill And The Bucks. Tim is also a member of the band Jim James And The Damn Shames. He has also worked with New Orleans style piano master John Chimes. Frankie Lee goes all the way back to the "70s being part of the Wi. music scene. He mostly worked with the cream of the crop Blues-oriented players in Wi. Paul Black, Mel Ford and Billy Flynn are just a few of the luminaries he has worked with.

The music of Honor Among Thieves is rooted in the blues, but strays into klezmer, bebop and beyond, backed with hypnotic, funk-laden grooves. Over the past three decades the band has amassed a broad repertoire and wields it with passion and spontaneity, making each performance unique and engaging. mbers: Andy Ewen—lead vocals, guitar Doug DeRosa—bass, vocals Randy Hoecherl—violin, vocals Joey B. Banks—drums.

So the combined efforts of Andy, Doug, Tim and Frankie is a virtual smorgasbord musical genre experience.
Feb 1, 2014Yid Vicious - $7Seven dollars for adults, free for kids
Benefiting the Adam Greene memorial fund at www.directrelief.org

The Polar Vortex returns!

Here’s how it happens in January 2014, according to the National Weather Service:

"The coldest temperatures in almost two decades will spread into the northern and central U.S. today behind an arctic cold front. Combined with gusty winds, these temperatures will result in life-threatening wind chill values as low as 60 degrees below zero. Also, heavy snow will develop from the eastern Plains to the Great Lakes today, with up to a foot of accumulation possible. ”

So it is now. Brrrrrrrr! And so it was…then.

In 1996, the intrepid Yid Vicious ventured out into the cold bleak gusty life-threatening darkness of the last polar vortex to bring exciting Klezmer to the freezing masses. On that frozen Groundhog Day a tradition was born, a tradition that lives today, eighteen years later.

Eighteen. Yid Vicious is eighteen. They’re eighteen and we don’t know what they want. They don’t always know what they’re talking about and it feels like they’re living in a world of doubt. But they’re eighteen and they like it, like it, love it, love it.

And maybe you will, too! If you attend the annual Yid Vicious Groundhog Day Kleztravaganza! There will be music, cheer, jamming, remembering, and paying tribute to a dear departed friend. All for a nominal cover fee and in close proximity to the best coffee that will ever meet your cold, parched lips.

If you’re feeling eighteen again, or are eighteen, or are under eighteen and wonder what it feels like (see above), please feel free to join us. Let’s get together and burn this polar vortex down, yo!
Jan 25, 2014Quietrise - $5Quietrise is Joshua Garner. Pennsylvania-grown electro-folk music. Bleeps and bloops mixed with folk melodies and meaningful lyrics. Joshua has performed in PA for many years in a number of different bands, but has finally settled into his favorite genre mash-up. Now living in Madison, he has started performing around the area. He makes electronic music accessable, and first and foremost, listenable. If you like singer-songwriters with a twist, come on down!

Jan 31, 2014Magic Mic w/ Rev. Andrew MazurGong Xi Fat Cai!

Chinese New Year is fast approaching. Soon it will be the Year of the Horse (finally!). Come shake off the Year of the Snake with us. Show us your stuff, or just watch. Our mic is open for any and everything*. Mandarin encouraged.

Sign-up at 7:30pm. Free.

The majesty of the horse and the cunning of the snake. And coffee. *No Wagon Wheel.
Feb 21, 2014Brennan Connors & Stray Passage with the Sockrates Carnival of Sock Puppet Morals and Logic - $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 (Yid Vicious) is featured on drums and percussion; BC Grimm on Contra-cello (and a variety of Chinese string instruments). The breadth of the group ranges from focused minimalism to fiery high energy music, all while maintaining a sense of narrative organization throughout performances.

For this performance, the Stray Passage will be joined by the Sockrates Carnival of Sock Puppet Morals and Logic. The Sockrates troupe employs dialogue, music and socks to convey the wealth and breadth of the human (and sock) experience. This performance will feature such talents as lead puppeteer Kia Karlen, along with Maggie Weiser, Steve Burke, Alex Burke, Jonathan Zarov, Lisa Marine, and probably more. This show will feature selections from the Willy Street Co-op Reader and other venerated texts.
Feb 22, 2014The Reverend Eddie Danger - $6Edward Stanton Lemar, known to most as The Reverend Eddie Danger, is an award-winning singer/songwriter, playwright, multi-instrumentalist, wedding officiant, story teller, & festival organizer. Ed Live-loop-samples 4-part vocal harmonies plus the guitar, didgeridoo, piano, pump organ, flutes, sax, various percussion, ukulele, and more.

Ed has been traveling the world collecting instruments and sharing his music for almost 2 decades. His music, stories & theatrics are a favorite among music festivals, art fairs, barn dances, college radio and concert series.

Songwriters contest winner KVAMA 2011 & 2012, and Great River Folk Festival 2012, and Rivers & Roots Festival 2013.

"Dangers most important instrument is his voice: He scats and oomps and sings through clever compositions, sounding not unlike anti-folks answer to Bobby McFerrin!" -THE ONION

"Danger is effective and environmentally aware electro-folk with an acoustic, almost spoken word vibe that reminds one of the late Frank Zappa's monologue inflections." -MAXIMUM INK
Feb 8, 2014Hanah Jon Taylor and David Adler - $8
Apr 4, 2014Erik Brandt and Noah Riemer - $6Fundamental/House of Mercy Recordings artists, Erik Brandt (of the Urban Hillbilly Quartet) and Noah Riemer (Duke Otherwise, Ticklepenny Corner), will be performing in Madison at Mother Fools on Friday, Oct 4th. Brandt and Riemer have performed all over the USA in recent years as solo acts, duos and with their respective bands. Brandt has also toured in the UK, Australia, France, and the Canadian Maritimes solo supporting the release of his solo albums: including his latest The Long Winter.

Brandt’s music has been influenced by and compared to: Americana powerhouses The Jayhawks, Gillian Welch, and Uncle Tupelo; Georgia’s Vigilantes of Love; UK’s The Waterboys; Australia’s Paul Kelly and Canada’s Bruce Cockburn.

Riemer’s music has been compared to Over the Rhine, Tom Waits and They Might Be Giants. Riemer has earned a lot of notoriety and success lately as his kids’ music alter-ego, Duke Otherwise.

In concert, Erik performs mostly original music on the acoustic guitar, piano and accordion. He has been playing the greater Midwest music scene since 1995 and he and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet have been regular visitors to Madison. Noah will be playing guitar and drums at this concert and the two musicians will play solo as well as accompany one another.
Feb 15, 2014Leah Jee w/ Mark Adkins - $6 Leah Jee is infusing the music scene with her original style of pop rock with a punk twist. With her drive, creativity, and amazing vocal and musical abilities, Leah Jee is coming full force. Born and raised in Southern California, Leah’s music reflects her deep west coast roots. Having lived in Milwaukee, WI for many years, Midwest overtones are also definitely apparent in her songs. An accomplished singer, guitarist, songwriter and lyricist with a stack credits to her name, Leah strives to capture the essence of life experiences into song.

Fully believing music can change the world, Leah works hard to perform and promote campaigns, benefits and charities with very worthy causes. Growing up in Southern California was hugely influential for Leah Jee as a musician and a performer. From the So Cal mentality to the musical styling of the west coast, Leah is the Midwest girl with California roots, ready to rock you out. Music is her passion, and one look at her up on the stage or listening to one of her songs makes it evident - she is here to share that passion with you. Leah will make you believe her mantra, “I’m Leah Jee, and I’m here to rock you out.”

Mark Adkins is a multi nominated and 4 time Madison Area Music Awards, winner.

Currently performing as a solo artist his music is dark, ethereal and transports listeners to and through the darkness, soothing listeners as they come out the other side.

"Mark Adkins is a compelling performer. He sets a mood that sweeps everyone up into it." - Pat Pattison, Berkeley School of Music.

Feb 14, 2014Matt Owen & The Eclectic Tuba w/ Stephanie Rearick Jr. - $7Matt Owen and The Eclectic Tuba is an instrumental psychedelic space-funk group that originated on Mars and migrated toward Birmingham, Alabama in early 2012. The Eclectic Tuba takes the audience on a joy ride through the cosmos with trippy lights, ripping synthesizers, funky tuba loops, latin percussive grooves, and soaring saxophone solos. Currently, Eclectic Tuba is on their "Intergalactic Domination Tour", across the United States, promoting their new album "Intergalactic Domintaion", featuring Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Amanda Palmer, & Jake Ingalls of Spaceface & The Flaming Lips.

Stephanie Rearick brings her "Junior" show to Mother Fool's for one night only! Using a Boss Loopstation, casio keyboard, trumpet and vocals, Stephanie create lush pop soundscapes.
Mar 28, 2014Slam Up Tour - $5Slam Up is an innovative mix of comedy and poetry through music and spoken word featuring Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger. They'll rap, sing, spit (poetry), & grab you by the heartstrings with their tales of the many shades of love-- requited, unrequited, gay, straight, queer, or, well, just "creative."
Feb 28, 2014Rob Ganson - Poems from the Great Divide - freeRob Ganson, author of four volumes of poetry, will read selections from his new book, 70% Water, Poems from the great divide, as well as sign copies of his books. Rob is highly involved in the struggle to save the water and air of the Northwoods from the threat of a proposed mountaintop removal mine. With Rob comes the symbol of the Penokee Hills Light Brigade, the gifted water drop.
Mar 1, 2014Vedic Eden w/ Peasants Abroad - $5Vedic Eden is a 7-piece Mystic Folk-Pop ensemble formed by composer Jaems Murphy in 2011. The members of Vedic Eden come from different musical backgrounds and that is clearly represented in their unique sound. Through the use of hypnotic guitars amidst layered vocal harmonies and playful percussion, they create a whimsical world of both wonderment and nostalgia.

Their newest release "Mono No Aware," tells a story of a traumatized soul making its way through the dark night of being into a realm of understanding. Lyrically, the story of “Mono No Aware” is an expression of love and liberation from fear. Musically, Vedic Eden tells the story of roots music as it has traveled around the world, from northern India to Ireland to the Appalachians where it merged with Native American music and culture and then infused with a low-fi 1960's folk-rock vibe.

Peasants Abroad performs a Turkish Fusion style of music - steeped in tradition and interpreted with our own unique experiences and tastes. The current band lineup has solidified to include Nazario Chickpeazio on oud , lavta and flute; Richard Miller on traditional percussion such davul, tar, and darbuka; and featuring Rana Regina belly dancing.

Mar 15, 2014Magic Mic w/ Rev. Andrew MazurThe theme this month will be break-up songs/stories and teenage love poetry. Show us your stuff, or just watch.

Sign-up at 7:30pm. Free.

And coffee and cupcakes.

*No Wagon Wheel, please.
Mar 8, 2014peel a peel
Apr 5, 2014Mal-O-Dua - $6“French guitar sorcery”

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 western swing, Gypsy jazz, Kentucky finger picking, Parisian waltz, early French pop, Hawaiian slack key, and the American standards songbook to name a few. These styles are blended to create a fresh new sound.
Apr 11, 2014The Werewolverine w / Luke Arvid - $6Three things happened that made Ryan start writing songs: He and his wife moved to a weird beautiful old farm. He made a dulcimer out of a cigar box. A very heavy thing fell on his head and messed him up pretty bad for a while. Then another thing happened: He met Laura, John, Matt, and Anneliese. They liked making music together so they started playing shows. Now they've made a record, too.

Listeners have said The Werewolverine reminds them of these artists: Low, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Silver Jews, Magnetic Fields, Smog. Someone recently described their sound as "noise folk." That sounds about right.
May 17, 2014An Evening with Tony Brown, Jim Schwall and Andy Ewen - $8For this special show, Tony, Jim and Andy will be sharing and playing their music together.

Tony Brown is a musician, songwriter, performer, visual artist and writer who has dedicated his life to sharing a message of hope, inner strength, peace, unity and love with the world

Tony’s music is a mixture of R&B, Soul, Blues, EthnoFolk, Caribbean flavors, jazz and Afro Cuban rhythms. Tony has performed in Europe, Africa, North and South America, Central America and The Caribbean. He has shared the stage with the likes of Bob Marley, Taj Mahal and a virtual who’s who of Blues, Reggae and R&B greats. This is a rare opportunity for people in Madison to experience his legendary gifts of music and Spirit.

Jim Schwall, one of the founding members of Chicago’s famed Siegel-Schwall band has been part of the Madison music scene for 20 years. A songwriter, singer, musician and visual artist--Jim plays solo and performs with various ensembles including the Jim Schwall Band, Cajun Strangers and the Chris Aaron Band. Jim also hosts “For the Sake of the Song” on WORT-FM radio.


Andy Ewen has been the front man for Madison’s Honor Among Thieves band for over 30 years. He has also performed and recorded with many other musicians including Kicksville, The Jim Schwall Band and Tani Diakite. Andy is a visual artist as well.

Apr 18, 2014The Star Bandits - $6We are a traveling duet learning what it means to be alive and writing song , meeting people and letting love be our guide . Banjo and guitar playing a unique bluegrassy - folk style.

We met in Madison and have traveled around with our voices and instruments and are now returning to Madison for this special show in our favorite neighborhood.
Apr 25, 2014Belle & the Burlymen w/ Charlie Cheney - $6Belle & the Burlymen are a new manifestation of four kids from Stoughton who grew up passionate about music. With a stripped down arrangement of acoustic guitar, upright bass, banjo and cello their sound is simple, folky and unadorned. A blend of original material, traditionals and modern covers keep the folky feel familiar and engaging. The resulting music reflects the passion and fun that comes from playing good songs with old friends.

Singer/Songwriter Charlie Cheney travels the country with a suitcase full of songs packed with nouns and regret. Back from a stint in LA playing with members of Little Feat, Janes Addiction, PFunk, and Living Color, Charlie brings a new set of songs about the LA streets to mix in with his already voluminous catalog of uptempo, broken, and intensely incisive reflections on American life. To learn less and hear more visit http://charliecheney.com
Apr 26, 2014Magic Mic w/ Rev. Andrew MazurKnock knock. Who's there? Magic Mic.

Spoken word, comedy, music, etc...

Sign-up at 7:30pm. Free.
May 2, 2014Pretend Sweethearts - $6Portland's marvelous tantric trickster twins make harmony-drenched americana folk imbued with mystic musings and molten anarchist people power.

With influences ranging from the traditional and anonymous folk songs of old to trip hop and classic rock, the Sweethearts’ blend is rich and delicious. Some fans liken them to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, others to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, while a recent reviewer said “[her] honeyed vocals and [his] smooth crooning create wonderful harmonies together, with well-crafted arrangements, and skillfull musicianship…” Popatunes, June, 2013.

The two trade off on guitars, piano and pedal steel, while locking in tight harmonies reminiscent of the Jayhawks or The Civil Wars.

Like gin and juice, like a razor and a boot, like lightning and the mountaintop, the uniting of powerful forces brings magic, storms and intoxication. The Sweethearts see visions and use music as medicine. The duo spent their first year together calling themselves Vagabond & Tramp, but found themselves more compelled by the ambiguous nature of their relationship. They’ve played the standard bill of dive bars and coffee shops, but take much more pride in their compassionate service work, performing for elders in retirement homes, community sing-alongs and for prisoners behind bars.
May 18, 2014Reception for Jessica J. RuizCome meet May's artist, Jessica J. Ruiz.

5 - 7 pm.

Free. Open to the public.

Jun 13, 2014The Falderals - $6Lucinda Williams once asked, “Is it too much to demand, I want a full house and a rock’n’roll band?” The answer is no. Life is short, so you need to do what you love. The Falderals, an alt-folk duo, have been making records and performing regularly in the Twin Cities since 2005 despite pesky day jobs and three spirited children. Now they are embarking on a cross-country tour in support of their latest album, “Witness.” They want to share their music, see this beautiful country, and show their kids that it is never too late to do what you love.

The Falderals take their name from an old nonsense folk lyric (“fal-de-ral diddle-o-day”) and trace their sound back to Andy's childhood obsession with The Kingston Trio (the only album his parents owned). They'll tug at your heart strings with buttered harmonies and foot-stomping instrumentation and a unique mix of folk and pop sprinkled with bluegrass.
May 31, 2014Yid Vicious with Sockrates Sock Puppet Carnival of Morals and Logic - $6Yid Vicious returns to Mother Fool’s for an evening of chamber-klez, powered tonight by members Daithi Wolfe (fiddle), Kia Karlen (horn and accordion), Matt Appleby (guitar), David Spies (tuba), and Geoff Brady (percussion).

Yid Vicious is delighted to share the stage with a command performance of the Sockrates Sock Puppet Carnival of Morals and Logic “Letters to the Willy Street Co-Op Reader” show. The Sockrates troupe employs dialogue, music and socks to convey the wealth and breadth of the human (and sock) experience. Tonight, this band of merry puppets lends its thespian talents to selected highlights from seven years of Owner letters to the monthly Willy Street Co-op Reader.

*** NOTE *** We have added another Sockrates Sock Puppet performance on June 14.
Jul 26, 2014Nouveau-Expo - $6Hailing from San Francisco, CA Nouveau-Expo brings listeners a quirky blend of indie-pop-rock music. The duo’s release of These Woods, the bands first LP, gave a distinct sound that left listeners wanting more. With dueling vocals and on point beats, the guitar and piano blends complement their sound and bring it full circle. Through lyrics that touch a dozen landscapes, Nouveau-Expo’s songwriting remains modern, with an appreciation for its influences. With comparisons often drawn to Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire, Nouveau-Expo hopes to continue a rigorous touring schedule to allow more fans to enjoy their music.
May 10, 2014Mississippi Sawyer - $6Mississippi Sawyer plays old time songs, traditional and original music with members playing homemade instruments and household items as musical instruments. You may find us busking on the street at a farmers market or a festival in and around Milwaukee.
May 9, 2014Rebecca Rego w/ Chris Plowman - $6The Wisconsin native Rebecca Rego dubbed her debut outing [Tolono] with the Illinois band The Trainmen after a downstate village built around the Illinois Central Railroad, where the street signs bear the names of its revered employees.
Rego stumbled upon Matt Talbott's Earth Analog Studio where the band spent three candle-burning days and nights laying down Tolono's tracks live to "2 tape.

Rebecca Has recently been featured on IPR's Java Blend, WUWM's Lake Effect, WGN Music Lounge, and WXRT's Local Anesthetic.
"[Tolono is] an album worth celebrating, from Rego's smart, attentive songwriting, to her earthy and appealing Edie Brickell-like voice, to the rustic warmth of the band that chugs along behind her" --- Piet Levy Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Chris Plowman, in his own words, "Raised between very urban (Austin, TX) and very rural (NW Arkansas) settings, with a seemingly limitless spectrum of musical and cultural influence, my music varies greatly across the board...everything from adolescent punk, gypsy rock, hip-hop, and grungy angst to classical, folk, rock, jazz, and songwriters' sentiments. A self-taught musician, I rely primarily on my ear and intuition for musical direction and composition Currently residing in Madison, WI."

May 24, 2014Magic Mic w/ Rev. Andrew MazurKnock knock. Who's there? Magic Mic.

Tell a poet!

Stand-up comedy, magic, short fiction, performance art, and any and all styles of music. Anything goes! (no covers of 'Wagon Wheel' please).


Sign up starts at 7:30. Show starts at 8.
Jun 6, 2014Dixie Duncan - $6Experimental composer John Cage once said, “it is useless to play lullabies for those who cannot sleep.” Summing up Dixie Duncan’s music in words is just as useless. The shadow of a thing rarely represents the form of the thing itself. It is less reflection, but a distortion made by the lens of the sun. Similarly, Dixie distorts his own experience of the world. He is the lens. The music is a shadow which he warps by manipulating whatever instrument he’s holding at the time: a guitar, a set of drums, a trumpet, peering down into the throat of a saxophone, the earth hum of a bass. Sometimes, he reinvents the instrument. The guitar, for example, might have to perform the work of a drum, like a dream in which the laws of physics cease to apply.

His album, LSD (acronym for Lost in the Shadow of a Dream) is “about staying beneath the dream in order to keep it. If it becomes reality, I might stop chasing it,” he says. He isn’t playing lullabies for those who cannot sleep. The concept of the album is just the inverse. The album is a map to the uncharted and intangible terrain of a lucid dream. Don’t wake up; this isn’t sleep.

But don’t let that fool you. Dixie isn’t just dreaming. Since 2005, Dixie has played over 300 shows a year--except in 2007, when he he only made it to 294--and chimes in, “I was slacking.” He has been ranked the #1 bassist (2005) and #1 acoustic guitarist (2007) worldwide by Emergenza. He has been voted best instrumentalist by Atlanta’s Creative Loafing five times.

Having played with Echovalve, Eye Empire, and The Dreaded Marco, Dixie has been playing and touring solo to promote LSD. His upcoming album, “Kingdom of Nothing” will be featuring a full band, including vocals and lyrics, and of course another year of performing almost every night. Lift your heads from your pillows. Hear the music.
Jun 14, 2014Sockrates Sock Puppet Carnival of Morals and Logic
Jun 21, 2014Jaems Murphy's Vedic Eden w/ Scott Alexander- $6Vedic Eden is a 7-piece Mystic Folk-Pop ensemble formed by composer Jaems Murphy in 2011. The members of Vedic Eden come from different musical backgrounds and that is clearly represented in their unique sound. Through the use of hypnotic guitars amidst layered vocal harmonies and playful percussion, they create a whimsical world of both wonderment and nostalgia.

Their newest release "Mono No Aware," tells a story of a traumatized soul making its way through the dark night of being into a realm of understanding. Lyrically, the story of “Mono No Aware” is an expression of love and liberation from fear. Musically, Vedic Eden tells the story of roots music as it has traveled around the world, from northern India to Ireland to the Appalachians where it merged with Native American music and culture and then infused with a low-fi 1960's folk-rock vibe.

Scott Alexander. Classically trained bassoonist and ethnomusicologist, Scott Alexander performs a sort of "non-repetitive pop.” There’s no verse-chorus-verse-chorus-OhBabyOhBaby-chorus. Despite abandoning traditional song structures that have been in place for millennia, Alexander does not leave his listeners disoriented. Instead, he creates something more catchy than experimental, and more clever than academic.

"Inimitable, absurdly hilarious" - East Bay Express
Jun 27, 2014Hanah Jon Taylor and David Adler - $10
Jun 20, 2014Magic Mic w/ Rev. Andrew MazurKnock knock. Who's there? Magic Mic.

Tell a poet!

Stand-up comedy, magic, short fiction, performance art, and any and all styles of music. Anything goes! (no covers of 'Wagon Wheel' please).


Sign up starts at 7:30. Show starts at 8.
Jun 29, 2014Art Reception for Jon HainCome meet June's artist (and Mother Fool's co-owner) and check out our June art show.

Free and open to the public.

More at Jon Hain Photography
Jun 28, 2014Hot Taco w/ Charlie Cheney - $6Hot Taco is a Fort Atkinson based Rock band with wide ranging influences including J.J. Cale, Polvo, Daft Punk, DJ Quik, and Lou Reed. The band is known for its loose feel and sunny good time vibes.

Singer/Songwriter Charlie Cheney travels the country with a suitcase full of songs packed with nouns and regret. Back from a stint in LA playing with members of Little Feat, Janes Addiction, PFunk, and Living Color, Charlie brings a new set of songs about the LA streets to mix in with his already voluminous catalog of uptempo, broken, and intensely incisive reflections on American life.
Jul 11, 2014Brian "Looper" Lucas & Frankie Lee - No coverConceptual Blues
Jun 21, 2014Make Music Madison - FreeWe will be hosting 3 musicians outside by our graffiti wall throughout the day.

Brad Graham - 1pm
Scott Olson - 2pm
Sammy V - 3 pm
Joel Gove - 4pm
Jul 19, 2014Magic Mic! w Rev. Andrew MazurShow us your stuff, or just watch. Our mic is open for any and everything*.

Sign-up at 7:30pm. Free.

And coffee / cookies. Samosa!

*No Wagon Wheel, please.
Jul 12, 2014Auralai - $5Auralai is fronted by Stephanie Tschech and her beloved cello, Cranky Agnes, and sometimes graced with the tasteful percussive work of Namiah Tribolini. Stephanie, originally a classically trained cellist, has evolved into an indie singer-songwriter using Cranky Agnes as a multi-instrument with a combination of plucking, strumming, and bowing.
Jul 25, 2014Peel a peel w/ Original Mechanical Mouse - $6Peel A Peel is B. Winterle, J. Hipple, G. Novak, J. Christman

Original Mechanical Mouse is his band name, but his friends call him "Mouse" or Joel. His real name is Joel Collinsworth and he is a third generation writer and folk musician.

His music reminds some of Bon Iver, or Neil Young. Joel has over 350 original songs. The style and songs are original, not only in name but in presentation. Joel is returning to the Madison area again this year, having recently performed at the Union for their lakeside open stage on the terrace. Joel invites you to join him at Mother Fools to enjoy some of his latest songs and maybe a few OMM classics.
Aug 16, 2014Rusty Belle - $6Rusty Belle is a nationally touring roots-rock junk-folk trio out of Amherst, MA featuring sibling harmonies, a homemade rhythm section and rock-solid musicianship and songwriting. They recently recorded an album with Chris Smither (who wrote Love Me Like a Man, a song made famous by Bonnie Raitt) who says of them: "Rusty Belle...this is some clever shit...clever both musically and lyrically...if that's all there were to it, you could leave it. but it's like clever with a sledgehammer and a knife. I love it." They are touring on the success of their most recent album Common Courtesy which came out last September. Legendary DJ Vin Scelsa, who hosts "Idiot's Delight" on Sirius/XM and WFUV, says "I can't stop listening to it. Each time through I say, okay, that's my favorite song ... and then next time I say it for a completely different-sounding song ... and the next time for yet another. Etc. This is a very strong recording."

"The mixing of genres, the interplay between the band members, and their versatile musicianship has given Rusty Belle a unique sound, and with the even more unique tact of not worrying about fitting into a particular place musically for marketing purposes keeps each album fresh and keeps them evolving." - The New York Examiner

"These artists put their spirits into every note and lyric..." - Entertainment Realm

Rusty Belle will be touring the MidWest for the month of August.
Aug 3, 2014Reception for Mia MuellerA Fine Arts Exhibition by Mia Mueller

Come meet August's featured artist. Free and open to the public. 6 - 8pm.

Sculptures! Prints! Weird Creatures! You! Me! Food! Guitar! Coffee! Maybe....Dancing!

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Aug 22, 2014Stephanie Rearick and Andy Ewen - $6Two of Madison's music scene veterans team up to bring us this special show.

Andy Ewen is best known as the fiery guitarist and lead singer for Honor Among Thieves.

Stephanie Rearick has fronted numerous Madison bands on keyboard and singer, including The Coma Savants and The There Was A Mans. She also plays drums in Ladyscissors and has an active solo career -- releasing 6 studio CDs -- utilizing keyboard, piano, trumpet, vocals and a looping pedal.

They will play separately and together.
Aug 30, 2014Alice Brightsky w / Teddy Davenport- $6“The NYC artist has everything you'd ever want from the loudest music you'll ever hear, but delivered from such an intimate place, you'll pull your ear in closer to find out just what exactly she's lost and loves.” -- The Deli Magazine

“Alice Brightsky’s début is self-assured and confident. It is wonderfully produced and does enough with the basic acoustic guitar rock formula to show that she’s capable of pouring plenty of ideas into the melting pot without forgetting what her core is. An exciting talent to watch in the future.” -- Higher Plain Music

Born and raised in Madison WI, Teddy Davenport was first introduced to old time country as a child. He got his first guitar around the age of 14. Right around then he started to search out in the world of music and discovered great artists like Bob Dylan and Jimmy Hendrix. Influenced by many styles, his sound is based in Americana. As he says, "Everybody has a story, I like to share mine in a song."
Aug 23, 2014Magic Mic! w Rev. Andrew MazurShow us your stuff, or just watch. Our mic is open for any and everything*.

Sign-up at 7:30pm. Free.

And coffee / cookies. Samosa!

*No Wagon Wheel, please.
Sep 5, 2014Traditional Frequency - $6Traditional Frequency is group of musicians based in the Madison, WI area who play traditional Irish, Scottish, and other instrumental folk music from around the world.

Although Traditional Frequency is an American band, all the members have a love and respect for the music and the culture where it originated. The goal of the band is to learn the music from the most authentic sources possible and present it in a musical setting that still retains its original spirit and magic.
Sep 6, 2014Elks Teeth & Rabbits Feet w/ Allison Merten -$6ElksTeethandRabbitsFeet: original Folk Rock Noir with little twists and lots of quirk. Big voices, some super quiet songs and some that will burn the place down. Featuring Leah Brooke and Blair Clark from The Sills.

Allison Merten is a singer-songwriter and one-woman band in Madison, Wisconsin. She released her debut album, TEMPTATION, in January of this year. 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!
Oct 3, 2014The 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.

Sep 19, 2014Mary Bue w/ Stephanie Rearick - $6There is a curious power in the ability to view one’s life with an unjaundiced eye. It’s not about being fearless, although that doesn’t hurt, it’s about the ferocity of spirit required to accept the world as it is and move forward from there.

Singer/songwriter Mary Bue’s songs crackle with this power, mixing piano and guitar, folk and pop, and redolent with private tragedy and shared elation. Her voice, described as “marvelously sultry and cool,” lends her vivid, sometimes existential lyrics a texture that is both intimate and expansive.

This intimacy is Mary’s calling card. Her lyrics invite you in and you’re right there with her as she sings, barefoot in the sand or walking along the Mississippi, heart pounding from your chest, letting go, hanging on, vibrant, alive. She brings you into her adventures, trials, and triumphs through her lyrics, and keeps you engaged with melodies you’ll find yourself humming to yourself long after the music has ended for the evening.

An accomplished recording artist and touring musician, Mary’s 5 studio albums manage to capture her electrifying stage presence. Mary’s last album, Apple in the Ocean, was 100% fan-funded via Kickstarter. She has been awarded the “Escape to Create” Artist in Residence in Seaside, FL, and the Big Cypress Nature Preserve Artist in Residence in Ochopee, FL.

Stephanie Rearick has been performing in bands and solo since 1993. She currently has 2 solo projects, Stephanie Rearick and Stephanie Rearick Jr. Stephanie Rearick Jr. is on Casio, trumpet and loops - it's beatier, bouncier Rearick. In addition, Rearick plays drums and sings in Dry Nurse, a 2-piece with Jon Hain (Coma Savants etc) on electric guitar. She also plays drums and shares vocal duties in Ladyscissors, a 4-piece also featuring Lorrie Hurckes on guitar and vox, Anne Bull on bass and vox, and Brent George on guitar.

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Sep 20, 2014Magic Mic w. Rev Andrew MazurMagic Mic is a monthly open mic at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse welcoming stand-up comedy, magic, performance art, and any and all styles of music. Anything goes! (no covers of 'Wagon Wheel' please).
Sep 21, 2014Art Reception for Jessica PankratzCome meet the artist and check out this month's show.

5 -7 pm. Free and open to the public.

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Sep 27, 2014Hanah Jon Taylor - $10Acclaimed improvisor, Hanah Jon Taylor, will have a small group for this show.
Sep 27, 2014Hanah Jon Taylor - Special Youth MatineeAcclaimed improvisor, Hanah Jon Taylor, will have a small group for this special Youth matinee.
Oct 5, 2014Art Reception for Adeline PeckCome meet our featured artist, Adeline Peck.

5 - 7 pm.

Free and open to the public.

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Oct 4, 2014Yid Vicious - $6Klezmer-ish.
Oct 18, 2014Magic Mic w Rev Andrew MazurMagic Mic is a monthly open mic at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse welcoming stand-up comedy, magic, performance art, and any and all styles of music. Anything goes! (no covers of 'Wagon Wheel' please).
Oct 31, 2014The Live Bard - Spooky Spoken - FreeAfter you’ve picked though your kids or your roommate’s Halloween Trick-or-Treat bag, join at Mother Fools Coffeehouse from 8 to 9 on October 31st, for an entertaining hour of spooky poems for intrepid adults.

In the tradition of a medieval storyteller, our guest

performer, the Live Bard will recite THE RAVEN, as well as other classic works of macabre narrative verse, appropriate for those with ghoulish temperaments.

See you then. Unless you are too afraid.
Nov 21, 2014An Evening with Tony Brown and Andy Ewen - $7Tony Brown is a musician, songwriter, performer, visual artist and writer who has dedicated his life to sharing a message of hope, inner strength, peace, unity and love with the world

Tony’s music is a mixture of R&B, Soul, Blues, EthnoFolk, Caribbean flavors, jazz and Afro Cuban rhythms. Tony has performed in Europe, Africa, North and South America, Central America and The Caribbean. He has shared the stage with the likes of Bob Marley, Taj Mahal and a virtual who’s who of Blues, Reggae and R&B greats. This is a rare opportunity for people in Madison to experience his legendary gifts of music and Spirit.

Andy Ewen has been the front man for Madison’s Honor Among Thieves band for over 30 years. He has also performed and recorded with many other musicians including Kicksville, The Jim Schwall Band and Tani Diakite. Andy is a visual artist as well.
Nov 7, 2014The Madtown Poetry Open MicFeatured poet: Andy Gricevich

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.
Nov 8, 2014Ritt Deitz trio - $8Live acoustic music, a bunch of new songs, and some more singing.

Nov 14, 2014Jack Klatt w/ Boo Bradley - $7Jack Klatt is a singer, a songwriter, a seasoned traveler, and a dexterous finger-style guitarist. Combining musical traditions from hokum blues to the roots of country music, he has been criss-crossing the lower 48, spreading his brand of American music.

"...clever, ragtime flavored tunes and he’s one helluva guitarist to boot. Great songs with witty lyrics and when he’s taking a break from a hard luck troubadour’s verse, he’s tickling our ears with fancy fingerpicking and note flying." - Rift Magazine

In 2009 Klatt settled down in Minneapolis, formed a band and founded the Cat Swingers. Soon enough he found himself performing around 100-150 nights a year perfecting his crafts of performance and songwriting. In 2011 Klatt received a Minnesota State Arts Grant to record a collaborative album with a number of veteran Minnesota legends including Spider John Koerner, Dakota Dave Hull, Cornbread Harris and Charlie Parr. Mississippi Roll has since garnered praise all the way from California to the UK. With a solo album, "Love Me Lonely" under his belt you can expect to see him on the road, with or without his band, rollin' through a town near you.

Boo Bradley is as warm and fun as blues acts come these days.” A.V. - The Onion

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 nown 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 performers such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Spider John Koerner.

Boo Bradley recently finished work on their 3rd album together - Rub Rub Rub. Opting to capture the vibrancy of their street-hewn sound (without all the bus rumble!), they set up all their busking gear and some nice mics in the living room. Then proceeded to run through their favorite tunes from their set and produced 12 live recorded tracks for the album. In keeping with their hand-made approach to their artistry, they hand print every album using block-cut stamps designed and carved by Boo himself.
Nov 15, 2014Magic Mic w. Reverend Andrew MazurMagic Mic is a monthly open mic at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse welcoming stand-up comedy, magic, performance art, and any and all styles of music. Anything goes! (no covers of 'Wagon Wheel' please).
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