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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.
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.
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