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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 12, 2016Leah Brooke - Royal Jelly album release with Karen Wheelock and Dana Perry - $6Wisconsin Indie Rock artist, Leah Brooke, is an artful arranger of poetic oddity. Brooke's lyrical compositions are disenchanted portraits of the world around her studded with dry wit and gentle sarcasm. Brooke's haunting vocals saturate each song leaving listeners suspended in a state of wistful longing. Her latest album, Royal Jelly, is formed essentially from acoustic and electric guitar foundations backed with a mixture of additional production techniques that move between traditional bass guitar and drums to electronic elements, beautifully bound together byBrooke's moving vocal performances that, at times, reach an ethereal status.



Madison-based singer and songwriter, Dana Perry, is a one-woman acoustic band who shares her music with strangers in Midwestern coffee houses regardless of the weather outside. With just a guitar, her voice and the tap of her foot on the floor, or the slap of her hand against the wood grain of her guitar, Perry delivers stripped down, soul-baring folk songs that cut through the mundane buzz of everyday humdrum life.

Karen is one of those folk artists that manages to put a modern twist on a music tradition as old as time. She actively encourages audience participation, and covers the songs of old in addition to those of other local and indie artists.
In her short time performing in Madison and surrounding areas, Wheelock has proven herself to be a force, who can hold her own at a rock show or benefit concert.
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."
Mar 18, 2016Jorrit Dijkstra - $8Jorrit Dijkstra SOLO

The music of saxophonist and composer Jorrit Dijkstra (Eindhoven, Netherlands, 1966) draws from the jazz tradition in spirit and sound, but has crossed stylistic and cultural borders in order to express a strong, evolving personal vision. He spent his formative years in Amsterdam’s vibrant improvisation community playing jazz, free improvisation, and world music. Since moving to the United States in 2002, Dijkstra has deepened his affinity with the experimental forces of American music, while staying in touch with his Dutch musical roots. His recent projects include the octet Pillow Circles, his quartets BOLT and Matchbox, Music for Reeds and Electronics, and the large ensemble Bathysphere.

In his Solo project he uses analog synthesis and effect pedals to process his improvisations live on stage. By using techniques such as looping, feedback, and microtonal pitch shifting, he extends his already flexible saxophone style into an idiosyncratic mix of cool jazz, free improvisation, and electronic minimalism. He has also resurrected the Lyricon, a vintage analog wind synthesizer from the 1970s, bringing the instrument into more experimental and improvised music settings.

As a composer he has received commissions from the North Sea Jazz Festival, the David Kweksilber Big Band, Tetzepi Big Band, Amstel Saxophone Quartet, and The Harvard Jazz Band. Dijkstra has released eighteen CDs as a leader, and has participated in projects ranging from Anthony Braxton’s Ghost Trance and Guus Janssen’s opera Noach to a rare live performance of Texas outsider musician Jandek. He is a co-founder of the independent record label Driff Records, and an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music.
Mar 19, 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.
Mar 13, 2016Art reception for Tony SheltonCome meet March's artist.

5 - 7 pm

Free and open to the public
Feb 29, 2016Art Reception for Crystal CudworthCome meet February's featured artist, Crystal Cudworth.

5 - 8 pm

Free and open to the public
Feb 27, 2016Freedom Night Open MicFreedom Night Open Mic

- music
- writing
- other performance (you decide)

Hosted by Angelica Engel

Sign up starts at 7:30.
Mar 25, 2016Aaron Scholz & Chris Boeger with Motoday (Wendy Schneider & Jeff Jagielo) - $6Aaron Scholz is a Madison singer-songwriter who plays sweet and dark country songs. Scholz is a founding member of the collective known as The Low Czars as well as holding down the low end in the Sean Micheal Dargan Band. This is Aaron's first official solo show after taking a few years off and he is delighted to be joined by his old pal Chris Boeger (Hometown Sweethearts, Cash Box Kings) on steel guitar.
Apr 16, 2016Black Marigold - $6Join Black Marigold for an informal evening of coffee and chamber music. Tonight's program will feature contemporary compositions for wind quintet, including dance music by Brian DuFord and a suite inspired by Alexander Calder's mechanical circus; as well as a tangorific arrangement of Astor Piazzolla's Contrabajissimo that puts the bassoon in the driver's seat where it belongs.

Black Marigold members Elizabeth Marshall, flute; Laura Medisky, oboe, Bethany Schultz, clarinet; Kia Karlen, horn; and Carl Wilder, bassoon can be heard in ensembles throughout the area, ranging from the Madison Symphony and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestras to Klezmer stalwarts Yid Vicious. Together as Black Marigold, they have graced traditional stages, such as Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen, and have popped up at less-expected spots for chamber music, such as Orton Park Festival and Reedsburg Fermentation Fest.
Mar 11, 2016The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ featured reader Charles CantrellA long-time resident of Madison, Charles Cantrell retired from teaching English at Madison (WI) College in 2005. He has published two chapbooks: Cicatrix, and Greatest Hits 1978-2003. His poems have appeared in over 200 journals, including Poetry Northwest, The Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, and most recently in Confrontation, Soundings East, UCity Review, Free State Review, Mudfish and others. His work has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. His awards include several fellowships from Ragdale and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the 2011 Aga Shahid Ali Scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. An earlier version of his manuscript was a finalist twice in Four Way Books competition and a semi-finalist in the Samuel French Morse Award. The new version of his manuscript was semi-finalist in the UW’s 2016 Brittingham-Pollak Prizes.

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 2, 2016John Fabke and John Mailander - $6Former Madisonian, John Fabke returns to Mother Fools with an evening of acoustic roots music. He'll be joined by fiddle phenom, John Mailander.
Mar 12, 2016Eddie Danger - $6“Cosmic Country-folk with a Tribal Twist of Jazz”
Eddie Danger started his career in music as an alto sax player in the 5th grade. In the 9th grade he was kicked out of the Jazz band and stopped playing music for about 4 years. At age 18 an enlightening experience in the parking lot at a Grateful Dead concert reintroduced Ed’s Love of music and he started frequenting drum circles. Now he plays the upside-down guitar, bass, ukulele, and banjo. He also plays the didgeridoo, piano & keys, pump organ, saxophone, flute, and a plethora of percussion instruments he has collected in his world travels.

Eddie Danger is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, band leader, playwright, festival & parade organizer, story teller, sound & lighting tech, stage manager, master of ceremonies, wedding man, actor, blogger, educator, puppeteer & all around creative being.

Danger has bicycled from Canada to Mexico, worked on organic farms. He has been a sea kayak instructor, a school bus driver, a raft guide, and recently co-starred in a film about jug band music with Garrison Keillor from A Prairie Home Companion. He has released 11 albums and is an advisor for multiple music festivals including Boats and Bluegrass (where he also performs and is master of ceremonies), Great River Folk Festival, and the worlds largest renewable Energy Fair.
Mar 26, 2016Freedom Night [open mic] with host Angelica EngelFreedom Night Open Mic

- music
- writing
- other performance (you decide)

Hosted by Angelica Engel

Sign up starts at 7:30.
Apr 1, 2016The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ Steve TomaskoSteve Tomasko has written about himself in the first, third and possibly fifth person (don’t ask). You can often find him trying to interest people in the eyebrow mites that live on our skin and the fact that slime molds are most likely more intelligent then Donald Trump. Steve and his wife, Jeanie, edited the 2015 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. They live with three cats, a revolving number of kids and the aforementioned eyebrow mites. His first chapbook, “and no spiders were harmed,” was published recently by Red Bird Chapbooks.

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.
Apr 8, 2016Mary Bue w/ Leah Brooke - $6MARY BUE
“Heretofore more of a tender coffeehouse balladeer, the Duluth music scene mainstay plugged in and blew off a harbor’s worth of steam while recording her breakthrough collection at Sacred Heart Studio (which adds a “holy” spirit to many a record). Fans of ’90s alt-rock darlings like Belly and Jen Trynin will immediately take to the rocky hooks of songs like “Candy” and “Heart’s Desire.” Bue’s ghost-confronting, demons-wrestling lyrics seep in more slowly but prove similarly alluring.” – Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune
www.marybue.com

LEAH BROOK
“Solo album by Leah Brooke, Royal Jelly, is complex and lyrical, featuring intricate layers of sound and oddity. Brooke's poetic writing and haunting voice are uniquely captivating in this diverse collection of original works of art. Royal Jelly is formed essentially from acoustic and electric guitar foundations backed with a mixture of additional production techniques that move between traditional bass guitar and drums to electronic elements, beautifully bound together by Leah Brooke's moving vocal performances that, at times, reach an ethereal status. Scheduled to release February 5th 2016”
Apr 10, 2016Art Reception for Benjamin PierceCome meet this month's artist.

6 - 8 pm

free

May 6, 2016The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ Richard MerelmanRichard Merelman, a native of Washington, D. C., is Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

His research explored the subject of culture and politics in Western societies, including race and popular culture. His The Imaginary Baritone (Fireweed Press) appeared in 2012. It was his first volume of poems. He has published poems in Contemporary American Voices, Main Street Rag, Measure, Stoneboat, The California Quarterly, Loch Raven Review, Common Ground Review, Verse Wisconsin, and Blue Unicorn, , among others. Forthcoming are two poems in Danse Macabre and two in Common Ground.. His most recent publication is The Unnamed Continent, a chapbook from Finishing Line Press, which appeared this February.

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.
Apr 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
May 15, 2016May Art ReceptionCome meet May's artist and watch him paint a worker’s rights’ themed mural on our permission wall.

5 - 8 pm

Free!
May 7, 2016Royal Jelly w/ Tin Can Diamonds - $6Royal Jelly is a jazzy pop rock foursome put together by front woman, Leah Brooke, just before the beginning of this year. The group has crafted a sound unique to the Madison scene with their intuitive rhythm, melodic bass lines, and a synthesizer keyboard that can go from decorative ambiance to dinosaur cricket with the push of a button (you'd have to be there). Brooke's moody song writing is rich with literary angst and dry wit delivered by a voice that you won't soon forget and has earned her several nominations for the MAMAs! The group's days are numbered as Brooke has plans to relocate to Austin TX at the end of the summer so each show is a rare chance to catch Royal Jelly before they are gone for good.

Tin Can Diamonds is a folk rock band from Madison, WI. Infectious melodies, cutting lyrics and powerful female lead vocals over a broad interplay of driving folk and blues stylings keep their songs echoing in your thoughts days after a performance.

The vocal powerhouse provided by Madison music veteran Aarushi Agni bursts forth amid a versatile, grounded, and sometimes funky rhythm section provided by Ben Strohbeen on the bass and Dave Janus on the drums. Mitch Johnson, a Houston native, provides a melodic counterbalance to Aarushi’s vocals, with his dusky crooning and his guitar lines that meander to a cities far away and forgotten.
Jun 24, 2016Book Release reading for Samsara Congeries by mIEKAL aND Book Release reading for Samsara Congeries by mIEKAL aND

Also book release of EVERY LINES OTHER, The Collected Poems of Elizabeth Was (aka Lyx Ish)

Opening reading by Robin Brox

Copies of Samsara Congeries & EVERY LINES OTHER will be available for sale.

mIEKAL aND lives outside the constraints of academia in the most lush and rural part of the unglaciated Driftless area of southwest Wisconsin. Choosing to focus on creating wilderness and abundance surrounded by the perfect setting for limitless imagination his course of action includes demonstrating alternatives to inbred aesthetics, delighting in the play of DIY culture, and making art and writing that is both anarchic and noisy.

aND is the author of numerous books, many available via Xexoxial Editions (http://xexoxial.org). After many years working in the realms of digital poetry and video, he has surrendered his role as author and focused exclusively on interactions that allow the author to be reconfigured by the mysteries of the collaborative process. Anyone wanting to tap into his stream can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/miekal.

His newest book, SAMSARA CONGERIES is a long poem began while still in high school and completed almost 40 years later. Each of the 14 books that make up the Samsara Congeries long poem sequence is an instance of the poet writing thru a different voice / entity, unique reincarnations of language, almost as if a different person has created each book. The book is published by BlazeVOX [books] in Buffalo, New York.
May 14, 2016Ellie and Cam w/ Original Mechanical Mouse - $6 Ellie and Cam
Cam and Ellie Kennedy are recently based out of Madison Wisconsin. Their performances are presentations of original songs, and selected covers, and their sound is filled with great voices, acoustic guitars, and multiple layers.

Ellie, an American, and Cam, an Australian, travel the world making music. They have played places such as The Hub in Edinburgh,The Universal Forum of Cultures in Barcelona, and in countries all around the world including Australia, Scotland, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, England, Canada and Mexico.

Original Mechanical Mouse
For ten-years before writing my first song I tried to become a published novelist and short story writer. Creativity and music is in my blood. In 2010 I began playing my original songs for audiences, wondering if they would be accepted. I’ve performed a couple hundred times since then, and now have written over 500 songs. If you enjoy original music that is both different but seems familiar, I hope you come to my show. Stop by and say hello after. You can find my music on Pandora Radio and Bandcamp, as well as Reverbnation. I’m on social media at Twitter @origmechmouse Facebook Original Mechanical Mouse.

May 21, 2016Randy Wilson - $6Randy Wilson is the director of the folk arts program of the Hindman Settlement School. In that capacity he does music, stories, dance, and theater in the schools and the community. As folk artist he represented Appalachia at the Smithsonian Folk Festival on the National Mall. There, he performed along with artists from West Africa and Scotland tying the cultural threads that bind these cultures together in the Appalachian experience.

For the past ten years he has been putting together banjos and presentations on the history of the instrument from West Africa to colonial days to the present. This project grew out of numerous cultural exchanges across the nation- Latino culture in San Antonio, Native culture in Alaska, and Puerto Rican culture in the Bronx. Lately he has done a cultural exchange with kids from the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC.

A collaboration with Kentucky poet, James Still, culminated in performances for the University of Rome, Rome, Italy. Their combination of poems and songs traveled to colleges across the region from the University of Kentucky to Virginia Tech.

Mr. Wilson produces a weekly kid’s radio program for the Appalshop’s WMMT station. You can catch that program streaming live at appalshop.org.

Randy Wilson calls folk dances from Onion Blade, Ky to Puget Sound, WA. He is a regular caller at Carcassonne, the longest community dance event in Kentucky.
Jun 3, 2016The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ featured author Hanz OlsonHanz Olson is a poet born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. He earned a BA in English from the University of Wyoming where he was the recipient of an undergraduate creative writing award for poetry. His poems have appeared on Uut Poetry, in Flag and Void, Alt Poetics, and in a couple of pamphlets issued by Greying Ghost Press. Carried by the old echoes of detected planets tinkering next to their summit ceasefire or the boarded up down towns of Wyoming, his aim is that each poem should resonate on some level; that each should be personal having come from somewhere with a listener in mind.

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.
Jul 29, 2016Pretend Sweethearts w/ Treemo- $7Pretend Sweethearts is a trio of songwriter/multi-instrumentalists whose voices blend in richly hued harmony, wrapping themselves around songs of love and loss, spiritual yearning and social justice. Their music is a blend of Southern, West Coast and World roots music - a 21st century folk amalgam that simultaneously represents and transcends cosmic americana. Upright bass and pedal steel, guitar and banjo, South American drums and a good ol’ fashioned tambourine shape a music that is well-traveled but still identifiably American.
May 28, 2016Freedom Mic [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
Jul 1, 2016Madtown Poetry Open Mic / Featured Reader: Angie Trudell VasquezAngie Trudell Vasquez is an award winning poet, writer, activist and publisher. Her words, poetry, essays and op-eds, have appeared in print and on stage, nationally and internationally. Her poems have appeared most recently in the San Diego Annual Review and are forthcoming in Basta! She was a panelist at Split This Rock in DC in April. She is currently getting her MFA in poetry at IAIA, the Institute of American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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.
Jul 15, 2016Dan Phelps w/ The Afterwhile - $6Illinois native Dan Phelps has been playing his unique style of blues and roots music for over 30 years. He has played all over the US as well as several tours to the UK, Ireland, and Europe. He has shared bills with Alvin Younblood Hart, Doug MacLeod, Pat Donohoe, as well as many others. His latest CD, "Going Home," has been met with critical acclaim and was nominated for best acoustic album of the year by Blues Blast Magazine in 2015.

The Afterwhile is an award winning folky/blues duo comprised of two highly talented and versatile sibling musicians. Together, with years of performing and touring experience The Afterwhile can cover a wide range of sonic platforms. They have been compared to the likes of Mumford & Sons, Johnny Cash, The Black Keys, Ray Lamontagne, and Dave Matthews just to name a few.

The Afterwhile's sibling harmonies coupled with the groups versatile instrumentation make for an old time sound with a modern twist. The duo's members Anthony Cuchetti (acoustic and electric guitar/harmonica/lead vocal), and his brother Chris Cuchetti (percussion/vocals), consistently bring audiences a musical experience and live show worth talking about.
Jun 25, 2016Freedom Night [open mic]Open mic!

Music / Spoken Word / Comedy / Etc

Sign up starts at 7:30.

With host, Angelica Engel

“The brain appears to possess a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful.” -- Milan Kundera
Jul 22, 2016Major Vistas -$6"Madison-based trio Major Vistas’ debut album, Minor Anthems, crafts flowing and subtly ambitious instrumentals from a gentle palette of jazz, rock, and electronic sounds. Chris Bucheit’s mostly clean-toned guitars, Mike Weiser’s electric piano, and Geoff Brady’s drums give these songs an approachable surface, but also give the band a lot of room to explore a variety of textures and feels. Weiser and Bucheit dart around each other through the ascending figures of “Deep Space” as Brady weaves tastefully mutating grooves. “Beginning Mind” uses rich piano chords ands delay-streaked guitar loops to craft a melody that’s at once conversational and ominous, with rhythms that alternate between mid-tempo rock and nimble swing. That versatility—and the band’s balance of hooks and improvisation—makes Major Vistas a worthy addition to Madison’s jazz offerings." - Tone Madison
Aug 5, 2016The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ featured readers Shoshauna Shy and Angela RydellThe 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.

SHOSHAUNA SHY wrote her first stories on a manual Olivetti at the age of eight, and sees all spoken words in Palatino font complete with quotation marks, and other punctuation. Her poetry has recently been published courtesy of IthacaLit, Hartskill Review, RHINO, Gulf Stream and Sliver of Stone, and her flash fiction by 100 Word Story, Fiction Southeast, Sou'wester, and other journals. She is also the founder of Woodrow Hall Editions which sponsors the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf initiative, and the Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Awards.

ANGELA RYDELL teaches creative writing for the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Her work has won the Portland Review Flash Friday contest, received honorable mention in New Millennium Writings Awards and was a finalist for the American Short(er) Fiction Prize, Passages North's Neutrino Short-Short Prize and the Grey Sparrow Journal Flash Fiction contest. She’s currently taking a break from revising her novel True North to work on a collection of linked very short stories tentatively titled The Incredible Shrinking Olivia Jones.

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.
Jul 30, 2016Freedom Night [open mic]Whether brand spanking new to live music or OLD HAT, we would love to hear your stuff, whether it be music, stand-up, or a few poems.

This open mic is a great place for first-timers to get over that hump and let their fresh voice be heard.

Casual.

Intimate.

Inviting.

Hosted by Angelica Engel
Aug 3, 2016Faun Fables w/ Tar Pet and Negative Example - $8 at HigWe are excited to be promoting this show at High Noon, 701 E Washington Ave.

Since 1998, Faun Fables has represented the musical world of Dawn McCarthy, visited in collaboration with her partner Nils Frykdhal. In early times, their wild spirit roamed the streets and hills of the SF-Oakland community and, pilgrim-like, wandered the world, self releasing music before continuing onward to create six albums for Drag City.

Over previous albums, the passions of Faun Fables seemed to be laid firmly on the stones of the Old World. Dawn's songs seemed to well forth from a more elementary fundament: one that lived in knowing intuition with nature, gathered in blood-based tribes, worked in the light of day and played by the fire at night. Born of the Sun continues in this exalted tradition but also reflects the new rhythms of life, and as such, the necessarily scorched earth of raising children, each day becoming a new and irreversible step forward. Living what was once only dreamed and sung about makes for an earthier and more expansive Faun Fables record, informed by the slow and sudden progress of time that occurs when we are with the very young. And so Born of the Sun became another birthing, gestating over several years, then recorded mostly in concentrated periods over the past two winters.

Six years have passed in highly dramatic, entirely everyday fashion since their last album, Light of A Vaster Dark. Born of the Sun is forged in the crucible of NOW, and as such has a feeling apart from the previous phases of Faun Fables. Riding along with Mother Nature, Dawn and Nils and the kids (whose vocals on "Wild Kids Rant" suggest they are following their parents path into the forest) are embracing the phenomena of creation as they move inexorably forward. Born of the Sun is the bountiful and exuberant album of this place and time, so go forth and mark your calendars for July 22nd!

http://www.faunfables.com/

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Tar Pet is the solo project of Taralie Peterson from the legendary psych veterans Spires That In The Sunset Rise. Both projects seek to recapture creative music through invention. Taralie has recorded and released 9 albums with her band and two with her solo project. She has toured throughout the states and Europe extensively over the past 15 years. Over the years there has been a focus on using and manipulating acoustically based instruments from around the world, though lately there has been a settling on the cello and alto saxophone. There is a constant disintegration of oppositions in her ritualistic music – meandering yet simultaneously focused, beautiful and melodic but unnerving and discordant. Great for opening the mind to the cracks between worlds. Tar Pet is completely riveting, mysterious, and a very rare occasion to listen again, as if for the first time.

https://soundcloud.com/hairy-spider-legs/sets/tar-pet-deaf-drawing-blind

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Negative Example has a singular sound inhabited by odd chord structures that are dissonant but warm and accessible at the same time. Rock veteran Bucky Pope, who cut his teeth in the early eighties hardcore scene with the Tar Babies, fronts the band and has a lot to say after wandering through the wilderness of his life for the past 25 years, which is when he last released a set of new music. There is a lot weird stuff going on within Negative Example's songs but it melds together into sharp musical hooks that are actually good for you.

https://www.facebook.com/Negative-Example-342769655918225
Aug 19, 2016Peel a Peel w/ Deadbeat Pete - $6Peel a Peel: Straight from the Midwest comes a funky quartet, with Motown and Hip Hop in their repertoire. Catchy, driving choruses will induce dancing and singing. Tunes range from simple, melodic, heartfelt songs to hard-hitting, distorted rockers. Sprinkled in are covers by The Kinks, Gnarls Barkley, Travis, and Sam Cooke. Looking for some new local music? Give this band a listen.

Deadbeat Pete: Gritty, grooving one-man band, Deadbeat Pete will astound the eye and the ear with guitar and vocals on top, and percussion on the bottom. Inventive punk/blues/folk songs done entirely by one man will inspire you to try this yourself. Continually evolving his set-up, you won't want to miss this exhibition of musical ingenuity. Rest assured, this will be a performance you'll remember and enjoy.
Aug 20, 2016Freedom Night [open mic]MUSIC / WORDS (FUNNY AND UNFUNNY)

host: angelica engel
Sep 3, 2016Hope Arthur - $6Hope Arthur began playing the piano at age 8, growing into vocal performance during high school, and beginning to compose her original songs during her time living in Thailand. Originally influenced by contemporary singer-songwriters like Regina Spektor, Hope Arthur's musical points of reference have grown to include the Dirty Projectors, Bjork, Beirut, Noir Desire, and Joanna Newsom, while she is still inspired by her classical history with Revel, Debussy, Brahms, and Amy Beach. She is the founder of The Hope Arthur Orchestra, a compelling, ever growing (roughly 25 members currently) ensemble of Fort Wayne, Indiana based musicians performing her intriguing, heart wrenching, and overall entertaining original compositions. The Orchestra was conceived of in 2011, gathered in 2012, and first debuted in the early 2013 Fort Wayne Fringe Festival to sold out crowds each night! Since then, the Orchestra has collaborated with the Fort Wayne Ballet, Mikautadze Dance Theatre, Wunderkammer Company, Arts United, Cinema Center, Pyroscope Entertainment and other local and regional performance groups to produce evocative experiences which leave their audiences wanting more. Hope also continues to collaborate as a solo artist with film makers, musicians, artists and dancers locally and across the world.
Sep 23, 2016The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w Featured Readers Jeanie Tomasko and Steve TomaskoJeanie Tomasko and Steve Tomasko share a house, 3 cats (which means cat hair drifts under the couch), a revolving number of kids at home (down to 1 for now, thank god), a daily piece of dark chocolate, 1 canoe and 2 forthcoming kayaks. After many years of finding themselves reading at the same events and having the same last name, they decided to make it formal and get married. Jeanie has 4 chapbooks of poetry, the latest being "Violet Hours." Steve has one, "and no spiders were harmed." That said, Steve has harmed the occasional spider when asked to by Jeanie.

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.
Oct 23, 2016Art Reception for Amber SolowCome meet our September featured artist, Amber Solow.

Free and open to the public.

5 - 7 pm.
Sep 30, 2016Medicine Brothers - $6Medicine Brothers are Sandler Waggoner and Shawn Neary. They are from the Midwest. They sing winter songs. They sing water songs. They sing what moves them. They sing what they write and they tend to sing it loud. They sing because it has always been their medicine, and always will be.
Sep 24, 2016Freedom Night [open mic]MUSIC / WORDS (FUNNY AND UNFUNNY)

host: angelica engel
Oct 15, 2016Noah Riemer (Duke Otherwise) - $6"A wide variety of musical styles, vocal ranges, musical instruments, clever lyrics, and clean, honest humor make this an enjoyable experience in vocabulary building." - School Library Journal
Oct 29, 2016Freedom Night [open mic]Music. Words. Comedy.

A costume contest to be judged by the barista.

Host: Angelica Engel
Oct 8, 2016Lil' Rev and Boo Bradley - $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.

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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 half guitar and half bass...guitar, kazoo,an old suitcase for a 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 dime store acoustic guitars, Boo Bradley is as warm and fun as bluesy acts come these days".
Oct 7, 2016The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ Paul BakerMaking his home in north america, Paul Baker speaks a dialect of american english and prefers to drink water in its liquid form. He enjoys the surreal and the grotesque and finds humor in the work of the marquis de sade. Paul hosts a weekly program of chamber music on the student radio station WSUM. He earns his daily crust as a communicator in education. Paul subscribes to the theory of retro incarnation, which posits that, after death, we return as random articles of vintage clothing.

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 4, 2016The Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ Amy Elizabeth GaetaAmy Gaeta is a Boston local who moved to Madison last year to study in the English PhD program at UW. She’s been writing poetry and reading way too much Frank O'Hara since high school. Her creative work overlaps with the themes of her scholarly interests. She deeply considers the potentials of contemporary art, miscommunication, and embodiment. In both poetry, art, and literature she poses and and attempts to answer this question: “Where do our messages go when the sender is unavailable?” In other words, how to treat meaning that occurs without intent and when we least expect it.

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 19, 2016Taylor Rushing - $6Taylor Rushing has been collecting and exploring the incredibly vast catalogue of American Vernacular Music since a young age. He works to explore the history of traditional music through the numerous lenses of truth and let the artists tell their own tales. Through his sharing of these recordings he hopes to expose a new generation of analog listeners to music in its purest, emotional and raw form.
Nov 11, 2016Dan Phelps - $6Illinois native Dan Phelps has been playing his unique style of blues and roots music for over 30 years. He has played all over the US as well as several tours to the UK, Ireland, and Europe. He has shared bills with Alvin Younblood Hart, Doug MacLeod, Pat Donohoe, as well as many others. His latest CD, "Going Home," has been met with critical acclaim and was nominated for best acoustic album of the year by Blues Blast Magazine in 2015.
Nov 5, 2016 James the Magician - $6James the Magician has been performing magic for 30 years (since the age of 5). He has performed his comedic style of magic for all sizes of audiences doing close-up, parlor and stage magic.

Come share with him his favorite style of magic in the parlor at Mother Fools.
Nov 12, 2016Troy Petty w/ Dana Perry - $6"Through stories of survival, escape, redemption and regret, tunesmith Troy Petty pens lyrics that sting as well as soothe atop a flawless mix of Indie and polished alternative pop." - Forest Bride PR

With a gentle, yet commanding diction and a voice that recalls a less-sinister Brian Molko (Placebo), Chicago singer/songwriter Troy Petty is making a strong case for being one of today's most dynamic performers. His sound could be characterized as REM and Placebo channeling Jeff Buckley, but his music often defies a standardized label, and Petty's authenticity radiates from each song.

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Madison-based artist Dana Perry has been making music passionately for over 25 years, with over 10 years of focus on playing guitar and songwriting. A unique and semi-percussive guitar style, combined with poignant lyrics and powerhouse vocals; her music resonates with anyone who recognizes that we are all on a Journey. Her goal is to continuously open to the Experience of her music making, and to share it with anyone who wishes to come along.

Dana has released 2 full-length DIY albums (Here Try This in 2009, The Shit in My Pockets in 2012), and has plans for releasing a third in the fall of 2016. She is one-third of the hard folk trio SHESHE (MAMA’s Unique Performer of the Year, 2015), and used to lend her guitar sound and vocals to the band Royal Jelly. Dana recently formed another Madison-based band, Imaginary Watermelon, in winter of 2015. In 2016, she was nominated for the MAMA’s Guitarist of the Year! Between all of her endeavors, she can be found sharing her music on big stages, small coffee shops, or out in the street.
Nov 20, 2016Art reception for Jesse PfammatterCome meet November's featured artist, Jesse Pfammatter.

7 - 9 pm

Free and open to the public.

More information.
Nov 26, 2016Freedom Night [open mic] with host, Angelica Engel“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde

Express yourself at Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse. Some ideas: play a guitar, read a poem, express big feelings in a beautiful manner, crack some jokes, talk to your friendly hand puppet about the weather.

Sign up starts at 7:30 / show starts at 8pm.

Nov 18, 2016Ken Lonnquist and Dave Adler - $6Ken Lonnquist began writing songs at seven, took up the guitar at twelve, and has performed professionally since his college days at UW-Madison. He won a national audition and traveled widely as “Minstrel for the Environment”, writing and performing for K-12 students about environmental concerns. A series of acclaimed recordings for adults and children followed. Recognition from Parents Choice, American Library Association, Booklist, Children’s Music Web, Parents Guide To Children’s Media and others solidified his reputation as a family writer and entertainer. His love for theater found an outlet as composer for Children’s Theater of Madison, where 15 productions of his full-scale musicals have been presented by CTM and other theater companies. His “Old Befana” yuletide musical, sign-language videos and other special projects have widened his reach beyond his singer-songwriter status… but his charm and energy as a live performer remain the heart of his work.

Dave Adler is keyboardist with The Gomers, Willy Porter, The Love Monkeys and many others.
Dec 2, 2016Madtown Poetry Open Mic w/ Featured Reader, Kevin DuceyKevin Ducey’s poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Zoland, Circumference, Hotel Amerika, & etc.

In response to Ducey’s collection of poems, Rhinoceros, winner of the Honickman Award, Rupert Loydell writes in Stride Magazine, “Ducey must decide whether he is going to be court jester, stand-up comedian or a kind of postmodern satirist, for this book suggests he can do all three....” While the book prompted the critic Judith Kitchen to ask: “Where are the chickens?”

Ducey lives on the west coast of Wisconsin. He is the former editor of Madison’s Chew Magazine. His current interests include penumbral graphic behaviors, esp. in regard to the anthropophagous behavior in tribal poetics. And garlic.

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.
Dec 3, 2016Reecy Pontiff - $6Reecy Pontiff's southern-fried vaudeville sound began while performing smutty songs in New Orleans burlesque shows in 2009. Now this professional vagabond spends her summers as a Colorado Springs Jeep tour guide; the rest of the year she roams the globe with her 8-string ukulele. Reecy has lived in seven time zones on three continents.

Reecy presents candid, tragicomic topics from her unusual wayfaring existence in the form of toe-tapping tunes such as, “(I Liked You Better When) You Were on the Drugs.” Interspersed are gritty, heart-wrenching ballads like “Queen of the Birds on a Wire.” In her live shows she favors oddball covers like Brittany Spears' “Toxic” in a bluegrass style; sweet, folksy Sex Pistols songs; and traditionals like “The Cat Came Back.” Reecy's influences include Southern Culture on the Skids, Mae West, Amanda Palmer and Tom Waits.
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Reecy, also known as the “Rocky Mountain Flirt,” will be touring with her third album “Mississippi Mountain Mud” in the winter of 2016/17. In true gypsy style this solo tour will span 12 states and three countries. Her first two albums are “The Fabulous Sideshow Apocalypse” (2009) and the “Rocky Mountain Flirt” EP (2015).
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Reecy's music has been played on New Orleans' WWOZ, San Francisco's Radio Valencia, Colorado's KCMJ and Burning Man's BMIR radio. She's performed in over 30 burlesque shows, including Slow Burn Burlesque and Bella Blue's Dirty Dime Peep Show in New Orleans, Red Hots Burlesque in San Francisco and Johnny Porkpie's Burlesque in Times Square in New York City.
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