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Event Archive - 2004

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Feb 8, 2004David MuellerCome on down and meet the artist. The reception will run from 6 - 8 pm and, as always, it is free and open to the public.
Jan 9, 2004Tomato BoxTomato Box: A vigorously creative jazz-battle between
melody and chaos



Now entering its sixth year of existence, Tomato Box
creative music ensemble continues to evolve. Over the
course of its history the band has toured the Midwest
twice, recorded two cds, released two authorized
bootlegs, and developed a vigorous and captivating
stage performance. The group plays everything from
short and lively ditties to long works of epic
proportions. A Tomato Box performance is a feast for
the senses, full of surprises, always changing and
challenging. The full effect of the show can best be
appreciated in its entirety. No two pieces are alike.
The program follows a contour full of twists and
turns. Just when you think you've heard everything,
they will surprise you once again.



Tomato Box's lineup consists of Michael Brenneis and
Geoff Brady on Drum Kit and Marimba respectively,
Scott Lamps on Bass, and Todd Munnik on Saxophone and
Clarinet.
Jan 10, 2004MiLkBabYw/ Stephanie RearickThis will be a special show as Tracee Westmoreland will be joining MiLkBabY for the first time in two years. Sink
into one of our couches and let the sonic sculptures caress you but good.


Stephanie Rearick is best known for her piano work with The Coma Savants. This will be a special show
highlighting her work with trumpet, thumb piano, voice and electronics.
Jan 16, 2004Captain YonderCaptain Yonder was an anomalous man, but we will persistently confront the half-truths and speculations that have begun to exaggerate and sometimes soil his memory. We insist on remembering him as he was -- not as a media construct. For instance, a Wyoming newsman recently asserted that the Captain was a convicted arsonist. In response, we exhaustively searched a federal databank for the circumstances of the alleged conviction. The search failed to even turn up the Captains name.



The following, however, is true. Captain Jack Yonder (who was never a captain) was a brilliant musician who died unrecorded and virtually unnoticed last spring. At his timely death, Yonder bequeathed Mr. Pfeiffer hundreds of original song tabs and lyrics, many incomplete. Within a month, Mr. Pfeiffer retreated into the studio to record Whence, Whither Hence, the Sordid?, which consists of songs the Captain and Mr. Pfeiffer worked on together in the course of their several-year friendship, and then of the other songs Mr. Pfeiffer pieced together from the inherited materials. The results were sufficient to impress Dave Fridmann of the Flaming Lips and producer Bill Racine, who invited Pfeiffer to record at their studio (Tarbox Road Studios) in New York. With his newly formed band (named in the Captains honor), Pfeiffer accepted Fridmann's offer and recorded Mad Country Love Songs, which consists of Pfeiffer's own American-gothic songs about madness, infatuation, solitude, country and nature.

Current Personnel



Ryan Pfeiffer: Voice, Preaching, Guitar, Baritone Guitar, Cello. Ryan recently quit his job as a staff attorney for the federal government in St. Louis, MO (where he specialized in criminal appeals), and moved to a log cabin in northern Michigan, where he lives alone in the woods and attends the Great Lakes Maritime Academy by day. He recently finished writing his third album, called A Shirtful of Ephemera, and hopes to soon proceed into the studio to record it. When not holding a musical instrument, a motorcycle wrench, or a maritime device, he might be seen with a can of Old Style, a fishing rod and some Orwell in his lap.



Esme Schwall: Cello. Esme is a cello teacher, an English teacher and a Francophile. The daughter of hippies, she has confessed to secretly envying the hobo and his unattached modus vivendi. The only problem is that animal glue doesn't fare well in the rain.



Craig Johnson: Drums/Percussion. Craig is a highly qualified recent addition to the Yonder enterprise. He has played extensively with the Deadstream Frogs, as well as various noise collectives and Native jamborees. A better horses clop could be generated by no man east of the Mississippi (or Austin, for that
matter).
James Scab Edlund: Guitar/Wurlitzer. Ryan's former college roommate and 10-W-40s long-time front-man. When not playing a wide assortment of musical instruments (including his own pink-naugehyde apholstered saloon piano), James can be found trolling pawnshops for musical/recording equipment and working on his home studio. Like Ryan, James is a fisherman of wishful repute. James will join the Yonder enterprise for select performances.
Jan 17, 2004Big Breakfast w/ Graham LindseyBased out of Chicago IL., Big Breakfast got rolling
back in 1999 when songwriter Peter Joly
teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Jon Williams.
Along the way they picked up upright bassist Brian
Dibblee and drummer Nadine Schneller.


Their first
album, "This Kind" was released in 2000. Building on the foundation
they laid with their first record, Big Breakfast
continues to develop their unique approach to a truly
original sound with their second independently
produced full length offering, "Stripper Music"! With
this new album, the band ventures into deeper
emotional waters both lyrically and musically. While
they still construct around the literate songwriting
style of lead singer Peter Joly, Big Breakfast
conscientiously nurtures each tune with thoughtful
arrangements and inspired performances. Recorded in
their hometown of Chicago, at Truckstop recording
studio, "Stripper Music" has an honest Midwestern
energy that isn't afraid to open up its soul to the
listener!




"Big Breakfast represents the very best of whats
happening in new Chicago music" -- Richard Milne, Local
Anesthetic,
WXRT radio Chicago



Graham Lindsey is a local who is quickly making a national name for himself.


"In a voice that spits, sneers, howls and hopes, he lays bare beauty and
ugliness, rails at his failings, and offers up his heart. Like Dylan, Cohen,
Kerouac and Townes, Lindsey's relentlessly percussive, consonant verses are
calculated and writerly, but they come out in a gush, the better to capture
the frantic tangle of his fears and desires. ...the most audacious roots
songwriter's debut since Gillian Welch's Revival." -NO DEPRESSION

"Lindsey ekes out the kind of country music that Nashville forgot, thankfully
without pop influence. His voice is as gravelly but earnest as John Prine's,
and his lyrical stanzas are long enough to make three-pack-a-day smokers
faint." -Baltimore City Paper
Mar 5, 2004 AJ Love TrioAJ Love returns with his trio, featuring Casey Wright on drums.

The A.J. Love Quartet is a Jazz band from Madison WI that has achieved acclaim in the musical community for their blend of both straight ahead Jazz and Funk styles and their intense live performances.

Bassist A.J. Love has toured all over the USA, performed with Clyde Stubblefield and Buddy Miles, and is currently studying with Jazz legend Richard Davis. His latest album, "Namaste", features world-renowned tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson, a former Blue Note recording artist who has toured and recorded with many of the all-time greats of the Jazz world including Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, and Ron Carter.
Jan 23, 2004Seth Blair solo, Biff Blumfumgagnge solo, and DJ B-Ray!Very special 'triple solo bill.'

Seth Blair (Reptile Palace Orchestra) will sing and play cello and bring the room to a halt with his incredible wordplay and talent.

"Seth's acoustic sound and word play had everyone straining to catch every
musical drop..." Mark Manning, Victory Music Review

"What this guy does with a cello will surprise, delight and amaze you."
Paul de Barros, Seattle Times

Biff Blumfumgagnge (Gomers, Reptiles, Yammer) will then
provide a set of experimental midi and analog implimentation, electric
violin, a couple goofy tunes and more.

Brian Liston, aka DJ B-Ray (EOR, Urban Myth) will
round out the night with an incredible DJ / computer / live remix setup that
will blow your mind and provide the perfect ending to the evening.

DJ B-Ray is a member of the new wave in live remixing. Rather than just
spinning pre-recorded records, DJ B-Ray creates music on the fly and warps
it with effects for a psychedelic good time.
Jan 30, 2004Yid ViciousFor seven or eight years now, Wisconsin klezmer juggernaut Yid Vicious has been serving the community by helping it cast aside its mid-winter doldrums...with KLEZMER! And this year will be no exception. Ergo, Yid Vicious will be performing on FRIDAY, JANUARY 30th (a date that may or may not actually be Groundhog Day; no one knows for sure) at 8:00 ish at MOTHER FOOLS place of coffee and performing. As per usual, this year's

MEGATACULAR SUPER FABULISTIC GROUNDHOG DAY KLEZMER BLOWOUT
will feature:

* klezmer music
* fun
* goodwill
* laughs
* more klezmer music
* maybe some minor prizes awarded to audience members under some pretext or other
* the gracious and welcome presence of former members of Yid Vicious, who now number
well into the hundreds.

THINK ABOUT IT! What chases away seasonal (or other) depression more quickly and effectively than healing, soul-stirring klezmer?

And what klezmer band has always been there for you, through the floods, the heartbreak, the audits and the cracked teacups? What, the Klezmatics? They could care less about you, with their jet-setting ways! The Klezmer Conservatory Band? Why, they're too busy pressing their velvet jackets and garters to care! No, the only klezmer band that's always looked out for you and every thing you hold dear is Yid Vicious. In your heart you know this to be true.
Jan 31, 2004Castle OldChair w/ Amelia RoykoCastle Oldchair is a pretty cool outfit out of Indiana.
Bohemian folk-like rock telling sad stories about confusion, growing up,
and growing apart.


Amelia is a twinkly folk musician with a horse-ridin' rock 'n' roll guitar show.
Feb 6, 2004Eugene Chadbourne -- Chadfest!Eugene Chadbourne will be presenting three Madison concerts to celebrate.. himself!

The first two nights are at Mother Fool's and the third is at Nottingham Co-op.

Friday night's show will be a trio with Dr. Chad, Judge Pete Friendly and Stephanie Rearick. They will be playing a selection
of songs plus performance premieres of excerpts from the "Emotional and
Intellectual World of the Cockroach."
Feb 7, 2004Day 2.. Eugene Chadbourne -- Chadfest!Eugene Chadbourne will be presenting three Madison concerts to celebrate.. himself! The first two nights are at Mother Fool's and the third is at Nottingham Co-op.

Saturday night's show will be a special solo performance.
Feb 28, 2004Tin Ceiling w/ Rev. Eddie DangerTin Ceiling is a five piece band from Madison billing itself as Alt-Americana, an eclectic blend of folk, country and rock that will be sure to get your foot tapping and a sneaky grin on your face.



The Reverend Eddie Danger is a One-man Band with a Big Band Feel!
He preaches about Life, Love and Sundress'
Playing instruments such as guitar, mandolin, didgeredo, sax,
flutes, accordion and percussion from around the world.
Feb 13, 2004Shauna Wells, Chris Plata and Marques BovreMarques Bovre, Cris Plata and Shauna Wells team up to give you a great
evening of entertainment with some of Madison's best songwriters. Marques
Bovre is well known from his band "Marques Bovre and the Evil Twins" which
enjoyed a large following throughout the Mid-west and national praise from
Billboard Magazine. Bovre is flying solo these days and just released a new
CD, "Marques Bovre's Yarn: The Great Unraveling".

Cris Plata is well known for his original brand of Tex-Mex music and his
band "Cris Plata and the Extra Hots". A talented songwriter and performer,
Plata's soulful style really shines with his solo performances. He recently
released a CD, "Life is Hard".

The evening's opening performer will be local singer/songwriter Shauna
Wells. Wells performs lyrcial acoustic pop music with a jazz edge and a
contemporary style.
Feb 20, 2004Frankie Lee and Andy EwenFrankie has been playing harmonica in Madison's blue's scene for the past 25 years.

Andy Ewen fronts the popular blues-rock band, "Honor Among Thieves." His songs are lovely and his solo acoustic guitar work simply amazing.

This special show will allow both of them to stretch out and do what they do best...

An evening of blues harmonica,voice and guitar -- from the
roots on up to that place where the leaves touch the sky.
Feb 21, 2004No Earth Duo w/ special guest Paul BakerNo Earth Duo:
Jennifer Pendur - Bass
JoAnne Powers - Saxophones, etc.

Occasionally punctuating high-energy free jazz and exploratory improvisations with Arabic maqams and Hindustani ragas, No Earth Trio has, in the words of one listener, "a palpable, infectious energy that's a pleasure to be around." The group, consisting of the infamous Lyx Ish on drums and percussion, bassist Jennifer Pendur, and saxophone terrorist JoAnne Powers, plays spontaneous compositions and collective improvisations characterized by densely intricate communication and undeniable acoustic chemistry. The result is a visceral and cathartic music, tightly woven from the diverse approaches of the participants. With women severely underrepresented in the world of free jazz, No Earth Trio's powerhouse lineup is a call-to-action for the avant-garde.

This will be a benefit show to help raise money for medical expenses for No Earth Trio drummer, Lyx Ish.

Paul Baker will be joining the Pendur and Powers for this special show.
Feb 27, 2004Sam Shaber w/ Kristin Rönne'Folk-Influenced Pop' is how Sam Shaber describes her music. Her soulful vocals, strong guitar playing, and rich but unfussy songs really grab your ear and make an impression.

Chicago native Kristin Rönne combines thought-provoking lyrics with complex song structures that are defiantly non-commercial. On her mostly-acoustic debut, Red Line Train, Rönne flavors her folk tunes with elements of jazz and Latin music. Her rough-edged, soulful voice serves to focus and direct the music. The CD finds her collaborating with guitarist/mandolin player Ben Lansing, who also joins Rönne for live performances.
Mar 20, 2004aerin tedesco and Andrea Bunchaerin tedesco and Andrea Bunch are two singer/songwriters from the
Chicago area. Their performances include tenor guitar, guitar, piano,
electronic tracks, and vocal harmonies. With songs ranging from soulful
acoustic ballads to fierce electronic frenzies, this duo is not to be
missed!!
Feb 14, 2004Freddy Faggot w/ Sreaming Cyn Cyn and PonsMr. Faggot is known for both his solo work and his contributions to Madison's "Brat." This intimate show will showcase his unique insightful songwriting.
Mar 6, 2004Nob Hill BoysBluegrass. Great harmonies, great playing...The Nob Hill Boys always serve up a high energy set.
Mar 12, 2004The Theramones w/ OptometriThe Theramones have deconstructed the music of the Ramones and reassembled it in a different conceptual workshop using a different set of tools (including theremin and keytar) and according to a different architectural philosphy (one so profound it can't possibly be articulated in this blurb, or perhaps anywhere else for that matter). Or maybe they have melted down the music of the Ramones and recast the resulting puddle of molten ooze in a profoundly different mold. Moldy or not, The Theramones are musical and creative and fun, and are not just some boring cover band on a madcap side trip from the county fair circuit. The Theramones are Geoff Brady (theremin), Bob Jacobson (vocals, keytar, pocket trumpet), Matt Appleby (guitar), Kia Karlen (bass), and Dan Hobson (drums).

Optometri is the best band of Russian has-beens ever to vanish from sight at the height of their popularity only to re-emerge unexpectedly more than a decade later in South-Central Wisconsin in a new millenium whose sensibilities they do not fully grasp. Frontman Yuri Mishkin and his merry band of ersatz surgeons will rock you from east to west and back again with their unique brand of pre-post-Soviet malarkey. Optometri is a true geo-politico-historical treasure, and quite possibly the most brilliant act in the world, if not a pathetic parody of something.
Mar 19, 2004Tani Diakite and FriendsTani is a singer and kamele ngoni player from Mali, West Africa. Since
moving to Madison a year and a half ago, he has been thrilling audiences
with his soulful, hypnotic music.

Tani will be accompanied by several other musicians, including Honor Among Thieves' guitarist, Andy Ewen
Apr 3, 2004Uvulittle Records Showcase w/ MiLkBabY, Stephanie Rearick and Pascal** STEPHANIE REARICK is a pianist, vocalist, songwriter, sometimes trumpeter. She is one of the founding members of Madison, Wisconsin garage-cabaret, circus-rock outfit The Coma Savants. She also regularly performs solo. Rearick's style is pop-ish, classically-influenced art music sometimes tinged with cabaret.

"Rearick faithfully follows her muse here, allowing listeners into her oddball, often dark and always fascinating musical personality, which encompasses pop, jazz, classical and experimental tendencies.

From soothing instrumentals (the three-passage "L'Inhumaine") to ethereal pop (the slowly building "I Need Sunflowers!") to dark ditties (the train-wreck subject matter of "Clyde") to witty excursions (the perky "Buster Moon," with lyrics penned by P.S. Mueller), Rearick delivers a cornucopia of aural moods, all via her upright piano -- and occasionally her trumpet." - Goldmine

** PASCAL's style has been described as anti-folk, indie punk-folk and things like that. His major influences include Vic Chesnutt, Elliott Smith, Beck, Red House Painters, and Bright Eyes.

The Nashville Rage says, "PASCAL, whose startling CD from Uvulittle Records opens with a jaunty little murder ballad that sounds something like Will Oldham and Beck drunk on Robitussin (in other words, dark, weird, creepy and really cool)"

** MILKBABY "have every right to wonder why they do not have a larger than national following... a great roller coaster ride." --- Jim Brenholts for Abmientvisions.com

"Tribal percussion keeps clock while shamanic chants apostrophize friendly spirits, and sheets of disembodied tonality play footsie with dust particles...MiLkBabY mean to repave your mental landscape" -- THE ISTHMUS Madsison, WI
Apr 22, 2004Eugene ChadbourneDr. Eugene Chadbourne will be helping us kickoff our annual TV Turnoff Celebration.
Mar 14, 2004Kids Open Mic!!This open mic will run from 2 - 4 pm and is open to any kid who wants to perform. Music, dance, spoken word, etc, etc.

So, kids, get your act together and come on down!

Adults, come check out the young up-and-comers as they do their thing.

This event is free and open to the public.
Mar 13, 2004The FrogsThe Frogs are a Milwaukee based cult band. Not for the faint of heart, The Frogs are known for their "anything goes" attitude towards performance.
Apr 17, 2004Easily Amused w/ Sasha MercedesEasily Amused is Renée Lamoureux and Keith Macpherson. This Canadian duo's songs combine searing harmonies and sophisticated, infectious songwriting. Two years and almost 400 live performances later, Keith and Renee have garnered Canadian Music Week's award for Best Online Indie Artist and are poised for a much bigger breakthrough with the release of their second CD, "Simple Stuff."

Singer/songwriter Sasha Mercedes has performed from coast to coast. With a witty and down to earth stage presence, brilliant lyrics born of true experience and command of a rock solid guitar style, she never fails to draw an audience into the realm of her art.
Apr 2, 2004Gutbucket w/ FaghatGutbucket is a free-range band. The five-year-old New York quartet is not only equally comfortable playing in front of 900 sweatily pogo-ing teenage skate-punks, or a crowd of stoned jamband freaks, or on an anarchist German art collective houseboat, but also, most importantly, their music fits right in. On 'Dry Humping the American Dream,' the band the Village Voice dubbed "stomprovisors" thrashes and twitches (sometimes literally) through 10 cartoonishly complex compositions.

Flitting from Latin to thrash to polka to klezmer and back, often within the space of a few bars, the group veritably attacks their music with the kind of ferocity usually reserved for punk, despite having earned their jazz bona fides. "We‚re all pretty serious about rock," says saxophonist Ken Thomson, "and not just a token throwing-in of some different tunes. Its something intrinsic to who we are as people. We've all had training in jazz, but we'd like to move outside that world into the rock world, and actually bring something new to that."

Though the band might seem rooted in the genre exploding of avant-squonk (their 2001 debut, InsomniacsDream, was released on the Knitting Factory house imprint, while Dry Humping the American Dream was issued in Europe on the legendary Enja label), this might be an easier move than it sounds. The four band members are, if nothing else, products of suburban radio. Bassist Eric Rockwin claims to have learned every Paul McCartney bassline by heart before his father humbled him with a Ray Brown CD. Guitarist Ty Citerman was "into everything that was Hendrix and Van Halen and Led Zeppelin." And drummer Paul Chuffo learned to play by mimicking The Who's Keith Moon.

It's only fitting, then, that the band came together under the auspices of Columbia University's WKCR, where Ty had a late-night radio show and Paul was the self-admitted "crazy guy in the corner smoking cigarettes and writing papers." After playing together for four years in the soul-jazz Ex Caminos, Ty, Ken, and Paul split off in 1999 to form what would become Gutbucket. Introduced through a friend, Eric and Paul found an instant rhythmic rapport, and the band was born. Four months later, they debuted before a packed house at Manhattan's Baby Jupiter.

Gutbucket set to work building the all-important live rep, gigging first throughout Manhattan, before spreading across the collegiate markets of the east coast and - with the release of InsomniacsDream - making the leap over the big pond to Europe in 2001. "They think we're jazz over there," Ty says of the idyllic trips. "Over there, we stay in hotels and get fed. We like to go there. We're art over there. I'm not sure what we are over here."

FAGHAT is well known to Madison music fans for their loopy take on slightly lethargic surf/glam rock. Think Roxy Music and Velvet Underground if they didn't take themselves so seriously and with a touch of circus.
Apr 18, 2004"Two Minds, One World"Donald J. Swadley and Karin Wrzesinski welcome you to the reception for their art show. In addition to the regular 'meet and greet' they will also be presenting a TV-focused performance piece in anticipation of TV Turn-off Week.
Mar 27, 2004Ben Connelly w/ Sara PaceBen Connelly spent the nineties investigating clubs, studios, and late night parties in South Minneapolis and across the Eastern half of the United States with his rock band Steeplejack, who put out one full length and three EPs for a variety of record labels. His solo debut "Big Red Throbbing Heart" launched his solo career in 2001. His songs have appeared on college, commercial, and public radio, as well as national television and theatre and film productions. Live he transports audiences across the northern Midwest and East coasts with what Minneapolis's City Pages describe as "furious finger-picking and top-notch tunes."

The archetypal resonance of folk songs, spirituals, and fairy tales, the subtle power of lyric poetry, and a raw passion for rock and roll, all pour into to the indie-folk mold of Ben Connelly's sophomore CD, "You Burn Hotter" to form a beautiful, cracked, joyous, and troubling mess. Connelly's passion for storytelling and blazing finger-style guitar are carried on a river of arcane rhyme schemes and bizarre lyrical conceits which live happily next to workaday imagery and chant-like anaphora. Radiant hope wrestles patiently with cynicism and despair. Certainly worth checking out.

Sara Pace resides in Madison, Wisconsin and performs with guitarist, Doug Milks and pedal steel guitarist, Adam Davis. In the fall of 2002, Sara released her debut album, 'self-titled.'

Draped in pure acoustic arrangements that span a breadth of styles, this album is a lyrical heavy-hitter. Incorporating both fictional storytelling and poetic personal reckonings, 'self-titled' gracefully tips its hat to topics such as growing better (not older), politeness, and the carousel ride of love.
Mar 26, 2004Andrea ReisingAndrea Reising, of Milwaukee, founded The Drunken Buffalo Collective, a web-based publisher of music, visual arts and writing. She continues to run Drunken Buffalo, write, make art, as well as compose and perform music.

"Reising is singer/songwriter who also plays a mean guitar... an unusual mixture of Nancy Sinatra and Liz Phair. She belts out heartfelt lyrics with a sweet, sometimes raspy voice." --Mara Kachelski, Gil's Cafe
May 1, 2004Motor Primitives w/ Swim TeamThe Motor Primitives formed in 2003 to perform one concert, "Peace in Our World," a benefit for The Madison Hostel. Their new fans were rocked. And frankly, the band had a good time and wanted to keep going! Their most recent gig, played at the Klinic, packed the house. In fact, the bar ran out of glasses!

Take 1/2 power pop, mix with 1/2 indie rock, add a splash of punk, pour into casserole dish. sprinkle one cup new wave, grate emo to taste. heat in 85 degree rock club or coffeehouse for 45 minutes, and voila: Swim Team.

The band describes their music as unhyphenated rock -- clean, straight forward, enjoyable. One local critic described their music thusly: "[The Motor Primitives] falls more under the category of Canadian 'prairie rock' also known as 'wheatfield soul', the late sixties Winnepeg music with clean, slightly jazzy guitars made famous by the likes of The Guess Who and Buffalo Springfield." In any case, heads have been known to bob!
May 15, 2004Rev. Eddie Danger w/ David RogersThe Reverend Eddie Danger preaches of Peace, Love and Sundresses. He's a One-Man Band with a Big Band Feel playing an upside down guitar, didgeridoo and lots more! A rare performer and a must see!

David Rogers - Singer/songwriter from Iowa City, IA who combines the
intimacy of folk with acoustic pop dynamics.

"David's music floats in the window, tender & strong as his heart,
calling you to come on out, to listen. I'm telling you, he's a good
one!" - Greg Brown, Red House Records

"There is a diamond in his throat." - Stuart Davis, Post Apocalyptic
Records
Apr 9, 2004Cary Hudson w/ Patrick BrickelAfter 8 years and 5 national releases one might wonder what lies beyond Blue Mountain. Singer / Songwriter / Guitarist Cary Hudson has discovered the answer. This debut solo album is one of his strongest and compelling works. He proves that he is a true master when it comes to mixing blues and mountain music. He thrashes our humanity with compassion, spirit, and wit like never before. Ted Gainey (Drums) and Justin Showah (Bass) round out Cary's new trio and the energy couldn't be higher. He will be joined by a stand-up bass player for this show.

Ranging from subtle, singer-songwriter finger stylings to aggressive, emotional, pounding pop-Americana, Patrick Brickel can be many things... from a powerful roots musician to the unassuming guy sitting next to you on the bus. Newly added to the Trailer Records roster (home of such noted performers as Dave Zollo, Pieta Brown. Bo Ramsey, and Greg Brown), Patrick is quickly gaining national recognition as a masterful songwriter and has been creating a buzz with his new album, (Songs From) The Pink Sofa.
May 29, 2004Barn Burning w/ Graham Lindsey"[Barn Burning's]influence is not from country, but from the country; not of Nashville-inspired Southern country music, but of the rural spaces of New England. And that means that, while there are acoustic guitars, mandolins, dobros, banjos and twangy voices, a different language is being spoken. Is "New England country music" a category? Maybe it should be. And Barn Burning would be one of the first and finest examples." - Providence Journal

Graham Lindsey: "In a voice that spits, sneers, howls and hopes, he lays bare beauty and ugliness, rails at his failings, and offers up his heart. Like Dylan, Cohen, Kerouac and Townes, Lindsey's relentlessly percussive, consonant verses are calculated and writerly, but they come out in a gush, the better to capture the frantic tangle of his fears and desires. ...the most audacious roots songwriter's debut since Gillian Welch's Revival." -NO DEPRESSION

"Lindsey ekes out the kind of country music that Nashville forgot, thankfully without pop influence. His voice is as gravelly but earnest as John Prine's, and his lyrical stanzas are long enough to make three-pack-a-day smokers faint." -Baltimore City Paper
Apr 10, 2004The RedbirdsPerforming as a duo, The Redbirds is a new venture for John Fabke and Paul Kienitz, mainstays of Madison's popular bluegrass band, the Nob Hill Boys. The venture was started with an idea of being able to play small venues and create an open "air" in which to present the music to the audience. Stripped to the bare essentials, The Redbirds' recipe is simple, mix traditional tunes and songs drawn from American "roots" music (old-time, early-country and bluegrass styles) and mash vigorously through their "Redbird" filter. By constantly investigating different styles in the genre, The Redbirds' keep the creativity in the music alive, incorporating the feel and emotion of the music into a personal expression. Paul Kienitz welcomes this opportunity to share his passion and respect for traditional fiddle styles and repertoire he has absorbed over 20 years. John Fabke contributes his unique and "powerful high" vocals and multi-instrumentalist talents (guitar, banjo, mandolin) to the mix.
Apr 16, 2004Stuart DavisThe punk monk. Stuart Davis' shows are legendary for his great playing and songwriting.
Apr 25, 2004Vortex!This show will showcase some of the many improvisors and experimenters in our music scene.

Greg Taylor will be broadcasting his laptop sonic creations over WORT (89.9 fm) and the musicians at Mother Fool's will collaborate with him live.

Featuring: Jon Arnold, Tom Hamer, Gregg Williard, db pedersen, Endless, Donald Swadley, Stephanie Rearick, and others...
Apr 27, 2004Rise Up Singing Sing-alongJoin us for two solid hours of participatory musical fun. Bring your voice and/or a musical instrument of your choice so you can sing and play some of your old favorites and learn some new favorites.

We will be using "Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook" as our common reference. You don't need to have a copy to attend, but do bring one if you own or can borrow it; it includes words and chords to 1,200 songs, "from ballads to Beatles, Bob Dylan to Broadway."

Journalist Studs Terkel, author of Working, describes "Rise Up Singing" as "the best, most exhilerating and glorious history of the United States: a singing history. It is more than a lovely songbook -- it's a play-work-fight-freedom hymnal." We don't know what we'll be playing yet -- that's up to whoever shows up. All ages.
May 16, 2004Touch of Art - Art reception for Paul BriskeyCome meet May's artist. This event will run from 7 to 9 and is free and open to the pubic.
Apr 30, 2004Dorothy ScottEqual parts sincerity and strength, Dorothy Scott has established herself as a respected artist and performer across the U.S, Sweden, Ireland and Canada.

NYC/ Midwest based songstress Dorothy Scott has led the life of a contemporary folk/rock, singer/songwriter for over a decade, releasing two albums, touring the U.S and receiving radio play on over 50 stations across the US and abroad. Still, the independent career of the astonishing musician is blossoming into a major creative force to be reckoned with.

With an acoustic guitar, electric guitar and keyboard, powerful vocals and songs you can relate to, Dorothy draws her audiences in and invites them to stay for more. Her music is best described as "contemporary folk with a rock 'n roll edge, " a cross between Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.

What makes Dorothy really stand out, however, is her delivery. Her performance is often described as unpretentious or natural; not engineered. She sings from her soul, and you can hear the passion in her voice.

With a flair for the serious and a great sense of humor, Dorothy makes you come face to face with your own emotions, just as she faces her own. She'll sing what your heart is feeling. And she'll tell it like it really is.

Critics have described her performances as "smoldering, sincere, and captivating": and her songs as "intelligent: and passionate." With her versatile voice, memorable songs, quick wit, and warm stage presence, it is no wonder that fans are flocking to Dorothy's shows.
May 14, 2004mae rae w/ Aaron ScholzThe songs of Noahjohn bassist, Lisa Hinzman. Part cowboygirl, part smokey chanteuse, MaeRae spins an intriguing blend of cabaret, country, and quirky rock. Instrumentation includes fiddles, singing saw, and in utero heartbeats.

Singer/songwriter Aaron Scholz writes tunes that are a cross of pop hooks and country twang. The Have Nots flesh out these songs with their special blend of pedal steel and high harmonies.
Apr 26, 2004Liz RothArtist Liz Roth will paint a portrait every hour for 24 hours. Sign-up in the cafe starting April 22 and the painting starts Monday at 11 pm.

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Liz Roth is a painter/printmaker who depicts social concerns in a humorous way - whether it's about co-workers functioning as a reluctant substitute family in the US (Cheeseburger Soup, a series about Madison Department of Transportation workers), or how Americans perceive the relationship between beauty and weight (she completed a nude self-portrait-a-day project for six months). She was invited to Japan in the Fall to create funny and sharp art installations and public art works dealing with environmental issues. She turns her brush towards her favorite cafe, and hopes to memorialize a cross section of Mother Fool's patrons for posterity.

Liz holds an MFA from UW-Madison, and has plenty of awards and grants to show for her years as a starving artist, including a 2001 Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artists Fellowship. Her works have been acquired by many national and international collections, including the Walker Museum of Art, the Museu del Joguet in Spain, the Museum of Awa Japanese Paper, and the KAIR Contemporary Art Collection.

Apr 24, 2004robots.txtElectronic music for people who love electronic music, robots.txt plays original Techno, Trance, Ambient and Dub with a style that is both very familiar and totally unique. If you love The Orb, Underworld or Orbital you'll be glad you came out to see robots.txt play at Mother Fools from 10 PM until late on Saturday Apriol 24th! If your out on the town, stop by after bartime for some late night beats!

For the last 3 years robots.txt has broadcast live on the internet on full moons as the house band for LunaCast. Jason Grosz and Brian Liston have been playing electronic music in various bands since the late 80's, but this is their first time out of the studio as robots.txt. Point your web broswer to www.lunacast.com to listen to some recent shows in the LunaCast Archive.
Apr 23, 2004Yarn lovers unite!Come join other neighborhood knitters for an early morning knit-fest. Kristin Sage and master-knitter Molly Mendota are running the show and will have yarn, tools and helpful hints for kneedlers of any skill level. Mother Fool's will provide a bottomless cup of brewed coffee for all yarnheads during this special knit-fit.

If you are yearning for yarn and lively conversation fueled by Madison's best joe, grab your needles and come on down!

Starts at 5:30 am and runs thru 7:30.

knit, knit, knit... yeah, knit!
Apr 23, 2004Shirt making party w/ Heidi Nelson.Bring a tee-shirt or backpack or whatever... We'll have paints, stencils and anything else you might need to create your own lovely Mother Fool's gear.

This has become one of the wonderful traditions of TV Turn-off Week at Mother Fool's. Come on down and get creative while meeting new friends and breathing paint fumes.
May 22, 2004Paul GeremiaPaul Geremia is one of the most respected acoustic blues musicians in the world and is the current King of the 12 String Guitar. For 38 years he has been playing blues and ragtime guitar on instruments that he has restored, traveling from festivals to cafes in his mid 70's Chevy Nova, which he works on almost religiously. He is a lone wolf! This will be his first show in Madison.

8 - 10 p.m.

$10
May 8, 2004Ned Massey with Anna Fritz and Laurel BraunsNed Massey describes his carrer like this:

"This album was a long time coming. I was signed to my first major label deal in 1984. You do the math. I had moved to NYC to be discovered by John Hammond, the Columbia Records A&R man responsible for signing and recording such acts as Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

Through a lot of crazy coincidence, and zealous persistence on my part (Hammond's secretary thought I was a stalker), I finally got into see Hammond and play him songs on my guitar in his office. He stood up behind his desk and started making phone calls to the heads of the label and press people that he'd found found "the next Dylan, the next Springsteen."

We were in the studio recording what was to be my debut album on Epic Records when Hammond had a massive stroke and never recovered.

Then, I had a series of record deals and development deals that led nowhere. When the last label I was on went out of business the month my album was released, I decided to do an album on my own, recording it myself and playing most of the instruments, to sell at gigs and have as a calling card to get a new deal with perhaps an acoustic indy label. The album, "A Brief Appearance," garnered a lot more attention than I thought it would and helped land me the new deal I have on Sonablast Records, a NYC based indy with national distribution.

So, now, I've got a new album, "Bloodties." I actually had a recording budget for this one. Mostly acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, drums, strings. Pretty simple and coherent. It's an album with a theme and a philosophy. But hopefully the songs and arrangements are good enough to stand on their own.

Lately, I've also been doing a lot of acting. I had the lead in two NY theater productions last year and was recently featured in a principal role on the CBS TV series, "Hack", starring David Morse.

And I recently finished shooting my directoral film debut, a short film from a script I wrote called "Katie, Bar the Door."

Over the years, I've received great reviews on my music and live performance. One year, I was voted one of the Top Ten Concerts of the Year by the Riverfront Times for a solo acoustic show I did in St. Louis. I was a semi-finialist in the Billboard Best Unsigned Band Contest.

But really, it's all about this album. I hope you listen to it and it moves you."

Anna Fritz and Laurel Brauns are an acoustic/indie duo from Portland, Oregon. Fritz is most known in the region for her band Annavox who toured the region last February, and currently she is working on her first solo album in nearby Milwaukee. Indie-music.com wrote of Fritz cello work, "You'll hear your own memories. You'll close your eyes and not be sure of where you'll be when you open them. Not a bad way to spend the evening..."

Singer/songwriter Laurel Brauns has been back and forth between the Oregon & New Hampshire & Alaska for the past two years touring and recording. She was recently nominitated New Hampshire Artist of the year. "A nice mix of Cat Power and Sinead O'Connor... the best of both really," said Mike Johnson of Reclinerland.
May 7, 2004Joy Dragland and Erica MatherGuitarist/singer Joy Dragland and pianist/singer Erica Mather team up to present an evening of original music. You can expect ode-like country tales from Dragland and latin-pop influenced grooves from Mather. Don't miss their very first collaborative show!
May 21, 2004Frankie Lee and Chris PowersRoots music! Frankie Lee is one of the city's finest blues harp players. Chris Powers is a wizard of the mandolin.
Jun 11, 2004JusThisDetroit native Ryan Mackstaller, heralded as "one of the most progressive and broad-minded" guitarists around, brings his new stunning avant jazz-rock trio, JusThis to Mother Fool's. Anchored by bari saxophonist Dan Bennett and drummer Tim Brown, the three have a sound that immediately brings to mind the band Morphine musically turned up on its head. Incorporating elements of group improv and carnivalesque theatrics, JusThis regularly performs an original suite based on music icon Tom Waits, a work which jazz critic Mark Stryker declares, "the title is enough to make me want to be there when it goes down."
May 28, 2004Wendy Bugatti w/ Stephanie RearickWendy Bugatti of Bugattitype 35, Coney Island Studios and Sparkledog Records rocks out solo on the Mother Fool's stage. Loud electric guitar, cool songwriting and eloquent meaningful lyrics. Don't miss her!

Stephanie Rearick is a pianist, vocalist, trumpeter and occasional electronic tinkerer. Her music blends pop, cabaret, classical and rock to create a unique sound.

Until recently she was the lead pianist and vocalist for The Coma Savants. She is now focusing more on her solo career and has just come off a 3 week tour. She is also a recent winner at the Madison Area Music Awards.

Come check out one of Madison's more interesting performers.
May 20, 2004Calvin Johnson w/ Gal and LadCalvin Johnson is the founder of K Records and is a top-notch acoustic performer. He's played with Dub Narcotic Sound System and Beat Happening, among others. His songwriting tends towards the sweet and simple.

Wisconsin pop magic with a somewhat Japanese sensibility. Keyboard, guitar, and drums. Two gals. One lad. Sometimes they wear motorcycle helmets. Influences range from circus
arrangements to Sam and Dave.


Jun 4, 2004Jon Mueller/Steve Nelson-Raney DuoThe Jon Mueller/Steve Nelson-Raney Duo boldly treads in territory between avant garde jazz and free improvisation. Drums and saxophone move from wisps of subtlety to sonic brutalities in seconds, without any loss of coherence. Milwaukee's VITAL SOURCE says of the duo's CD 'Cutting Off The Edge Of Time' : 'Nelson-Raney and Mueller's collaboration is true improvisation that knows no boundaries....'

Jon Mueller has been an active percussionist since studying jazz with the late Hal Russell in the early 90s. Since then, he has performed with the groups Telecognac, Pele and Colonies of Bees. He has collaborated with a variety of American and European artists including Bhob Rainey, Byard Lancaster and Hal Rammel. He has written music for dance and film, performed on numerous CDs and LPs, and has toured throughout the U.S. and Japan.

Steve Nelson-Raney has been performing his own music since the late 60s. His solo performances have included two in New York City. In addition, he has performed numerous coucerts throughout the Midwest and Southwest, appearing with such musicians as Malcolm Goldstein, Peter Kowald and Michael Zerang. He performs as saxophonist with the free improvisation trio Audiotrope. His work is documented on an LP, two tape cassettes and six compact discs.
Jun 12, 2004Yid Vicious w/ special guests the Vicious Brass Band and dulcimerist Phil WendtKlezmer...

Wherein, Madison's prize-winning purveyors of ready-made Klezmer will, in addition to their usual hijinks, augment the hot air output of hornist Kia Karlen with such local valve-ticklers as:

David Austin, esteemed Yid Vicious alum; Bob Jacobson of the Theramones and Que Flavor; Anna Purnell of the Reptile Palace Orchestra and tuba maven David Spies of the Denton (TX) Klezmorim.

Who can imagine such unimagined flights of music brilliance, where Old World songs and dances of joy and woe clash with the cacophony of 100% genuine modern-day orchestra-grade musical instruments of forged metal tubing, manufactured and tuned to the most exacting specifications?

What can compare to the artistry of these titans of the tubes, this collective colossus of copper, who use air, force and saliva with such precision as to impress the most curmudgeonly of scholars, and who use these means to emote in a manner by turns moving and startling?

Take into consideration: included with the nominal price of admission, at no extra cost, you will witness the most astonishing spectacle of Phil Wendt, who, with delicate manipulations of tiny hammers on strings, evokes the most translucent and mysterious sound from the hammer dulcimer, whose subtle and ethereal tone stands in stark contrast to the thunderous shreiking brutality of the aforementioned amassed brass forces.

The venerable Mother Fool's coffeeiarium, long heralded as an important avenue of expression and discourse, where the most provocative and accomplished of performing and visual artists have long plied their trades, will host this once-or-twice-in-a-lifetime, not-to-be missed event in the heart of Madison's prestigious new condominium district.
Jun 5, 2004Amy Curl w/ Mark Hutchins and Tom Blain"This young local singer-songwriter makes use of piano, acoustic guitar and a positive attitude as she crafts personal music with both sensitivity and a sense of humor." - The Isthmus

Mark Hutchins and Tom Blain play Irish flute and guitar and are a lot of fun.
Jun 18, 2004Open Mic w/ Ben ReiserIt has been quite awhile since Mother Fool's has hosted an open mic so we are quite excited about this one. We are honored that Ben Reiser (Swim Team) has agreed to host this special event. It's free so you don't have any excuses -- come listen to some of the new talent in Madison and don't be shy -- sign up and show us your stuff!

Sign up starts at 7 pm.
Jun 19, 2004Andy Ewen w/ Sara PaceAndy Ewen is best known as the fiery electric guitarist and vocalist with Honor Among Thieves, one of Madison, WI's most respected and longest lived bands. "Andrando Solo" is his first effort completely on his own, and represents a more intimate, though equally intense side of Ewen's music.

Sara Pace wields a big acoustic guitar and writes big songs to go with. Folkish pop tunes with a thick syrup of country twang poured over the top. Quite lovely, really.
Jun 26, 2004The Fabric Indicators w/ Jonathan ZarovThe Fabric Indicators return to Mother Fools Coffeehouse with their zany theatrical antics and high voltage acoustic folk-punk in a very special CD release party as they prepare for their upcoming fall tour of the eastern U.S. and U.K.

Possible special guest appearances are expected from Jonathan Zarov of
Yammer and Biff Blumfumgagne of The Reptile Palace Orchestra.

Jonathan Zarov is a Madison legend, having played with Swamp Thing and Yammer. His oddball sense of humor and great pop chops serve him well. He will be joined by Joey Zarda, late of The Coma Savants.
Jun 25, 2004Amelia Royko w/ Aaron Scholz Amelia Royko is a solo performer. When she tours, she tours with her voice and an acoustic guitar, and sometimes, a dog. Tonight she leaves the dog at home and plays a stripped down "the way the songs were written" version of her debut album, Sharp Steel Pinafore. She will share the evening with the wonderful Mr. Aaron Scholz.

Singer/songwriter Aaron Scholz writes tunes that are a cross of pop hooks and country twang.
Jul 10, 2004Caravan Gypsy Swing EnsembleCaravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble will be performing as a trio composed of guitars, and upright bass. The group is primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. They also incorporate modern Gypsy compositions, Latin influences, and original music while still authentically honoring the past. Expect historical anecdotes about songs, new versions of old favorites, and a swingin' good time!
Jul 2, 2004Wendy Bugatti w/ Chris PlataWendy Bugatti of Bugattitype 35, Coney Island Studios and Sparkledog Records rocks out solo on the Mother Fool's stage. Loud electric guitar, cool songwriting and eloquent meaningful lyrics. Not to be missed!

Chris Plata is well known and loved for his Rockin' Tex/Mex tunes.
Jul 3, 2004Freddy Faggot w/ Charlemagne and Gal n LadFreddy Faggot has been sharing his trademarked brand of strange, sarcastic, snotty and sweet acoustic music with madison's many-faceted music scene for over five years. His song topics have ranged from brutalizing police to pagan spirituality to various bodily functions. Including, but not exclusive to: love.

Charlemagne is Noahjohn singer Carl Johns. For the most part, the music is pop, sometimes borrowing elements of upbeat folk, roots-rock and droning psychedelia. Nevertheless, the songs have a certain sensibility and structure that share a common lineage with country. Charlemagne recently toured England with a 6-piece band. This performance will be as an acoustic duo. Ladybird will accompany with voice, triangle and tambourine.


Gal n Lad: Wisconsin pop magic with a somewhat Japanese sensibility. Keyboard, guitar, and drums. Two gals. One lad. Sometimes they wear motorcycle helmets. Influences range from circus
arrangements to Sam and Dave.
Jul 9, 2004Ritt Deitz w/ Tracy BeckRitt's songs are rough and smooth at the same time, acoustic roots rock
with just enough mountain music in it to remind you he is from Kentucky.
He is joined by his trio, musicians he has played, recorded, and
consorted with over the last fifteen years. They are an authentic,
well-honed piece of work.

Tracy Beck - a wonderful blend of folk, country, blues, and roots music all intertwined into one. Her unique vocals, combined with strong melodies, infectious hooklines and everchanging musical moods will take you on an emotional journey.
Aug 21, 2004Audrey Auld w/ Eric HeiligensteinWith a healthy balance of respect and irreverence for the traditions Audrey Auld is an engaging entertainer who writes and performs with passion, humor and insight. Her love of roots music is evident, as are the influences of Lucinda Williams, Loretta Lynn and her Australian mate Kasey Chambers.

"Music with the dirt left on" is how the country/roots singer/songwriter describes her music. "Closer to being organic, than something that's been manufactured." Whether humorous or poignant, Audrey’s songs carry the ring of truth.
Aug 7, 2004Joy Dragland and Erica MatherGuitarist/singer Joy Dragland and pianist/singer Erica Mather team up to present an evening of original music. You can expect ode-like country tales from Dragland and latin-pop influenced grooves from Mather.
Jul 23, 2004Greg HodappGreg Hodapp currently hails from nowhere in particular, but is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. Previously he lived for six years in Wisconsin's Chequamegon bay area. It was really there in the rich musicality and varied traditions of the north country that his interest and proficiency in appalachian and celtic music flourished. Greg is currently a one man band incorporating dual instrument playing (harmonica combos) and foot stomping sleigh bell rythym. He currently counts in his repetoire the mountain dulcimer, guitar, five string banjo, penny whistle, concertina, bodhran (Irish drum), the highland bagpipes, parlour pipes, and harmonica. The traditional music of the appalachian mountains, Great Lakes, and British Isles flow through and around Greg's tunes, songs and stories. Come have a listen, you will enjoy the unique humor and rich variety that characterizes his enjoyable performances.
Jul 16, 2004Will BranchWill Branch plays old-timey American music. Milwaukee's weekly the Shepherd Express called his duo with Dave Fox "some of the best porch music this city has to offer...their music suggests seasoned tastes from times and places far-removed from here." Branch's solo set is built around songs that have been around for decades, as well as his own originals. His new CD, "Press On," is receiving airplay on Wisconsin Public Radio - the recording features a who's-who of Milwaukee folk musicians. Branch has played around 2,000 shows in the past ten years. He's performed at festivals, in bars, on boats, in the street, in coffeehouses, for young and old and all ages in-between.
Sep 10, 2004Stuart DavisThe punk monk. Stuart Davis' shows are legendary for his great playing and edgy songwriting.

$10
Nov 12, 2004Yid ViciousMadison's finest klezmer emsemble.
Jul 17, 2004Jen Glockner w/ Christine CostanzoWith atmospheric song writing combined with meticulous compositions and arrangements, along with the far-reaching influences, Jen has the potential to attract fans of almost any musical genre. Jen's Mother Fool's debut will include Jen on guitar and vocals, as well as a cellist and percussionist.

Jen will be performing a colorful array of original material, including songs off her debut album 'Miles Away'. 'Miles Away is receiving worldwide recognition, and will also be reviewed in the August edition of MOJO Music Magazine out of the UK. Jen was also recently featured artist in Laney Goodman's nationally syndicated radio show "Women In Music".

Christine Costanzo is a talented Madison singer/songwriter. Her lush atmospheric acoustic guitar playing gives a proper sense of space to her descriptive lyrics.
Jul 24, 2004Tin Ceiling w/ The Delta JetsTin Ceiling is a five piece band from Madison billing itself as Alt-Americana, an eclectic blend of folk, country and rock that will be sure to get your foot tapping and a sneaky grin on your face.

Recreating that Delta Blues sound, The Delta Jets (from Green Bay) will get hold of you and pull you in. Dale Anderson plays an assortment of guitars and evokes that Muddy Waters thang with a mix of originals and old time blues standards. Drummer Mark Riggenbach kicks a steady back-beat that gets the juke joint rockin. This is no ordinary blues group, this is a blues exorcism.
Jul 15, 2004Hardy Garrison, Storyteller"CAUTION! This storyteller is known to have sent his audiences into frequent episodes of full convulsive laughter. Listeners have complained (or bragged) about sore muscles for several days." -- Karl Hallsten, Producer/Director, Door County Storytelling Festival



Madison's Hardy Garrison -- a popular family entertainer and an award-winning storyteller known to many simply as "The Story Guy" -- has been weaving stories for audiences of young and old alike since 1983, presenting programs for camps, libraries and schools, as well as for other groups and events. Listeners of all ages delight year-round in his rollicking retellings of folktales from around the globe -- stories told with a lively energy, Hardy's unique and colorful chorus of character voices, and often a healthy dose of humor and audience participation.



For this special FREE show at Mother Fool's, Hardy will present "Conundrums and Comeuppances" ... a program of some of his favorite stories. Think you're too old to enjoy storytelling? Think again! Join us for this magical evening as Hardy shares tales of fortunate fools, some fairytale fractures, and a few other fun surprises thrown in for good measure. And, while this particular performance is designed for an adult audience, "The Story Guy" is a performer everyone in the family will enjoy.
Jul 30, 2004Big Breakfast w/ Mark AmbroseBased out of Chicago IL., Big Breakfast got rolling back in 1999 when songwriter Peter Joly teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Jon Williams. Along the way they picked up upright bassist Brian Dibblee and drummer Nadine Schneller.

Their first album, "This Kind" was released in 2000. Building on the foundation they laid with their first record, Big Breakfast continues to develop their unique approach to a truly original sound with their second independently produced full length offering, "Stripper Music"! With this new album, the band ventures into deeper emotional waters both lyrically and musically. While they still construct around the literate songwriting style of lead singer Peter Joly, Big Breakfast conscientiously nurtures each tune with thoughtful arrangements and inspired performances. Recorded in their hometown of Chicago, at Truckstop recording studio, "Stripper Music" has an honest Midwestern energy that isn't afraid to open up its soul to the listener!

"Big Breakfast represents the very best of whats happening in new Chicago music" -- Richard Milne, Local Anesthetic, WXRT radio Chicago

Mark Ambrose has traveled throughout Texas and the Southwest entertaining audiences with his wit, storytelling and most of all, his music. Any Ambrose show is sure to get you laughing, crying and wanting more. His first CD, "Shadow on the Moon," showcases his talent at communicating emotion. His new CD, "Put the Hammer Down," was recorded with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at RCA Studio B in Nashville. Welch plays bass throughout and sings harmonies on several tracks. Rawlings plays guitar and produced the record. Mark can also be heard playing guitar on Gillian Welch's latest release, "Soul Journey."
Aug 6, 2004The TheramonesThe Theramones have deconstructed the music of the Ramones and reassembled it in a different conceptual workshop using a different set of tools (including theremin and keytar) and according to a different architectural philosphy (one so profound it can't possibly be articulated in this blurb, or perhaps anywhere else for that matter). Or maybe they have melted down the music of the Ramones and recast the resulting puddle of molten ooze in a profoundly different mold. Moldy or not, The Theramones are musical and creative and fun, and are not just some boring cover band on a madcap side trip from the county fair circuit. The Theramones are Geoff Brady (theremin), Bob Jacobson (vocals, keytar, pocket trumpet), Matt Appleby (guitar), Kia Karlen (bass), and Dan Hobson (drums).
Aug 14, 2004John KruthMandolin master...
Aug 20, 2004MiLkBabY w/ Dave CiprianiChicago's MiLkBabY blends rockin' guitar organic handdrums, primal chants and ambiant keyboards to create a swirling improvised sound that ranges from soft, beautiful and lovely to chaotic, noisey and frightening.

A guitarist/songwriter/composer who hates to be pigeonholed, Dave Cipriani plays original solo guitar pieces that draw on American folk and country blues guitar traditions, as well as Classical, Middle Eastern, Chinese, and North Indian Classical traditions. Cipriani studied with the late jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd and also studies in India with Pandit Barun Kumar Pal, the senior disciple of Ravi Shankar. He is also a talented songwriter and performer, frequently compared to the likes Jeff Buckley, Radiohead and U2.
Aug 1, 2004Yarn Art by AsparagusCome meet the artist for August's show.

The reception will run from 7 to 9 and is free and open to the public.
Sep 18, 2004The Buffali w/ Aaron ScholzThe Buffali are a guy and a girl playing acoustic bass and guitar and singing sweet harmonies. They play pop music in a quirky/indie/folk/rock style. They can be real funny or real serious and they'll make you feel all funny inside either way.

Clare Fehsenfeld plays acoustic guitar, Andrew Yonda plays acoustic bass guitar and both sing. Clare and Andrew met at Nottingham Housing Co-op while they were attending UW-Madison. They soon discovered their similar taste in music and highly developed senses of humor, so they formed the Buffali in the fall of 2003. This spring they won the UW-Madison Battle of the Bands and their debut EP was released in July.

Singer/songwriter Aaron Scholz writes tunes that are a cross of pop hooks and country twang.

$5
Aug 27, 2004Jim James & The Damn Shames w/ The Motor PrimitivesJim James & the Damn Shames are a Madison, based trio who sound like they just rolled into town off the hot dusty trails of West Texas. Performing material off their upcoming debut CD, JJDS mix the Honky Tonk swagger and sun-drenched sounds of their myriad influences into a unique and organic original sound. Whether it be a rollicking train tune or a rolling river song the rhythm section of Brian Bentley (drums) and Jeff Hammes (upright bass) stand tight behind singer/songwriter/harmonica/guitarist James Travis.

The Motor Primitives are best known for their straight forward, unhyphenated rock. Well, they've got something very special in store for you! While two of the principle band members are currently out of country, singer & guitarist Pam Barrett along with drummer Robin Davies are carrying on with Motor Primitives Orientale. Pam & Robin will be joined by Terri Felton, an accomplished player of a Japanese stringed instrument called the Koto. This performance at Mother Fool's marks the only opportunity this summer to hear fresh tunes and a few band standards performed in a "stripped down" way that expertly blends traditional western music with exotic sounds of the East.
Jul 31, 2004Vortex!This show will showcase some of the many improvisors and experimenters in our music scene. Vortex shows are recorded for broadcast on WORT's Vortex show.

Featuring: Jon Arnold, Tom Hamer, greg Taylor, Stephanie Rearick, and others...
Jul 25, 2004Art reception for Eric HagstromCome meet July's artist. This event is free and open to the public and will run from 6 - 8 pm.
Oct 9, 2004J Scott FranklinSounds like a mixture of Soul Coughing, Drums and Tuba and Velvet Underground. Scott is a vocalist, guitarist and trumpet player who ties this all together with a loop pedal which allows him to build songs on the fly.

"The words come first". Scott says that nearly every song he writes begins with words and is followed by music. He's writing sound tracks to poems, painting life with words, searching for phrases that give us a sense of color and depth while striving to recreate personal memories for the listeners. "I'm not giving you my experience, I'm giving you a place to put yours."
Oct 23, 2004Static Films"Static Films produces a completely original soundscape which is equal parts Nico (atmospherics), Radiohead (Thom Yorke's croon), symphonic sounds and mellow folk" --THE COLUMBIA CHRONICLE, CHICAGO

In an era where chemicals are prescribed to maintain bland facial expressions and level off emotions to a flat-line, [Static Films'] intensity is distinctly out-of-place. But that's just the point. . . .Like LEONARD COHEN and NICO singing hymns in a church backed by MOGWAI or THE RACHEL'S -UR CHICAGO, CHICAGO

Being more of a spirit than a band with specific members and assigned roles, STATIC FILMS has drawn comparisons similarly organized ensembles such as NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL. But that very spirit of STATIC FILMS may fit more comfortably among the soulfulness of TIM BUCKLEY and the expansiveness of TALK TALK. STATIC FILMS' live performances range from solo, voice-and-ukulele to a ten-piece band a la VAN MORRISON's Caledonia Soul Orchestra. This tour will see STATIC FILMS as a three-piece involving violin, percussion, bass, melodica, and singing.
Sep 17, 2004Nob Hill BoysThis special Nob Hill Boys' show will introduce guitarist Lonnie Meeker. He is a very hot flat picking guitar player and former band member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and a former member of Alison Krauss and Union Station. Mark Hembree is also a part of the the new band. He is the current Nob bass man, although he's not played at Mother Fools. Mark is also a Bill Monroe veteran and fromer member of Nashville Bluegrass Band and Nashville session bass player. Other than that its John Fabke, Paul Kienitz on fiddle and Jon Peik on banjo as per usual.
Aug 28, 2004Tani Diakite and FriendsTani is a singer and kamele ngoni player from Mali, West Africa. Since
moving to Madison a year and a half ago, he has been thrilling audiences
with his soulful, hypnotic music.

He will be joined by a gaggle of Madison musicians.
Sep 4, 2004No Show.AJ Love Trio was scheduled to play but had to cancel.
Sep 24, 2004Open Mic w/ host DB PedersenAnother edition of Mother Fool's famous open mic!

Come on down and show us what you got.

db pedersen (vocal artist) will be our host for this edition.

Sign up starts at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.
Sep 29, 2004Meet the Growers!We are very excited to welcome Rigoberto Augustin Ramirez and Roberto Ramirez Lainez to Mother Fool's for a presentation about Coffee.

They are two of the growers that supply us with coffee. Their story is fascinating, former guerrillas, they acquired their land as part of the peace accords that ended the Guatemalan Civil War seven years ago.

We will be cupping some of the coffee from their farm starting at 6pm. They will be leading a discussion of organic coffee growing, fair trade issues and presenting a slide show.

This event is free and open to the public.

Rigoberto Augustin Ramirez and Roberto Ramirez Lainez are members of Santa Anita la union in Colomba Guatamala. Santa Anita is the source for Just Coffee's Guatemalan coffee.

Santa Anita is a collective of 33 families growing coffee, banannas, avacadoes and community on 100 beautiful acres in the costal mountains of the pacific coast. They were able to acquire this land as a part of the peace accords that ended the civil war there 6 years ago. Previous to becoming coffee growers, this group fought with others (who are now also on parcels of land growing food and community) for indigenous rights and land reform, and against descrimination and injustice.

Among their achievements in 5 years of maintaining this land are, organic certification, fair trade certification, a primary school and pharmacy onsite, and they just opened their ecotourism project. they have converted a building and are now able to accomodate visitors and have built a small kitchen and dining area to serve meals. The 100 acres they sit on are full of trails, creeks,tropical beauty and there are several palapas from where one can sit and enjoy the weather and view of 2 volcanoes.
Sep 11, 2004Beth Amsel"A Stunning Voice!” "Her songwriting and guitar work are extraordinary.” "The Amsel Voice...it's simply one of the most beautiful on today's folk scene." These are the things writers say about Beth. Amsel is gifted, natural performer whose love of the art is as infectious as it is intoxicating. Her live shows are a cool balance of emotionally articulate writing and bawdy humor and it's impossible to leave one of her shows without a lyric burrowed into your brain to a timeless melody. Beth, a founding member of the music road show Voices on the Verge, takes inspiration from diverse corners of the music world including Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, Maria McKee, & The Darkness. She is currently in the studio recording the follow up to her 2001 release, Kindling."
Sep 3, 2004No Show. Cancelled.
CommonbonD
DC's blues-edged folk/rock duo, CommonbonD, returns to Madison as part of their Ten Years! Live tour wrap-up.

Writes the Salt Lake City Weekly, "CommonbonD aren’t all about gauzy ruminations of Lilith Fairs past: With bluesy, meaty chops and tight harmonies, they’ve got some tough-love soul and humor, as well."

Join CommonbonD in their final Madison appearance as they carry you from soulful, lyrical ballads to ragged rock and blues, with lots of humor in between.

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Aug 13, 2004Al Rose


Al Rose is a striking songwriter and musician with a unique and powerful vision that continues to jell and focus on his 4th and latest release (in January 2003), “Gravity Of Crow”. His previous albums have received extensive airplay on AAA and Americana stations throughout the US along with a bevy of critical praise. He is a mesmerizing transformer when performing live. This drives the songs each night, but the songs have always been what drives the music in what The Chicago Tribune has called “one audaciously entertaining ride”.

Al will be joined by Maury Smith for this show.

Sep 25, 2004Rev Eddie Danger w/ Sasha MercedesThe Reverend Eddie Danger preaches of Peace, Love and Sundresses. He's a One-Man Band with a Big Band Feel playing an upside down guitar, didgeridoo and lots more! A rare performer and a must see!

Singer/songwriter Sasha Mercedes has performed from coast to coast. With a witty and down to earth stage presence, brilliant lyrics born of true experience and command of a rock solid guitar style, she never fails to draw an audience into the realm of her art.

Oct 8, 2004Charlie Kohlhase & Matt LangleyCharlie Kohlhase and Matt Langley first began working together in 1977, when they were members of the New Hampshire based quintet ESP. They did their first duet performances in 1983. They would also, on occasion, work as a front-line with bass and drums. This activity solidified into the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet in 1989. The CKQ toured extensively in the US, performed with Roswell Rudd and John Tchicai, and released six critically acclaimed recordings on the Accurate, CIMP, Nada and Boxholder labels. In addition to rehearsing compositions and concepts for improvising, Kohlhase and Langley practiced together regularly for many years - working on the building blocks of music - intervals, harmonies, overtones. The years of hard work have given their Duo performances an organic unity that can only be achieved over time - these musicians are capable of improvising simultaneously while still being aware of the other?s line and the overall flow of the piece. Their Duo work was first documented on the cassette-only "Charlie Kohlhase Saxophone Quartet" release in 1985. More recently, Boxholder Records has issued their definitive Duo statement, "You Start," in 2000. Kohlhase and Langley toured the Midwest and South as a Duo in 2001 and have since been appearing regularly in New England and New York.
Oct 1, 2004The FrogsMilwaukee's Frogs tend to confuse, amuse and abuse their audiences. Musically, this duo covers a lot of ground -- rock to pop to folk to downright odd. They are best known for their more satirical work but can be endearingly sweet when they want to.

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Nov 6, 2004JusThisDetroit native Ryan Mackstaller, heralded as "one of the most progressive and broad-minded" guitarists around, brings his new stunning avant jazz-rock trio, JusThis to Mother Fool's. Anchored by bari saxophonist Dan Bennett and drummer Tim Brown, the three have a sound that immediately brings to mind the band Morphine musically turned up on its head. Incorporating elements of group improv and carnivalesque theatrics, JusThis regularly performs an original suite based on music icon Tom Waits, a work which jazz critic Mark Stryker declares, "the title is enough to make me want to be there when it goes down."
Oct 16, 2004Kristy Kruger w/ Danya RiverBoulder artist Danya River and Texas artist Kristy Kruger are on a two-month 14,000 mile Swing State Tour, hitting 15 battleground states for the upcoming presidential election, performing and offering voter registration.

Texas singer/songwriter Kristy Kruger has been touring the US indepdently for over six years. She recently released her third CD, "An Unauthorized Guide to the Human Anatomy," an elaborate anatomical concept album, that pairs each song with a part of the human anatomy. Recorded in New Orleans with Dave Pirner (of Soul Asylum) and co-produced by Andrew "Goat" Gilchrist (modern folk artist Ani DiFranco?s long-time studio and live engineer), the progressive pop/rock album was just nominated for Best Singer/Songwriter Album of the Year by the Just Plain Folks International Independent Music Awards. Fans of Aimee Mann, Ani DiFranco, and Juliana Hatfield will appreciate Kruger's lyric-driven material.

Press quote: "The real heart of 'Anatomy' lies in Kruger's knack for memorable lyrics and melodies, her careful,evocative vocals and smart, contemporary arrangements." -The Times Picayune, New Orleans

Voted Boulder's "Best Artist" (2003 Folk-n-Rock Awards), Danya River reveals a "stark honesty, an uncanny charisma, an overwhelming intimacy in the way she [sings] into each person's eyes" (Scene Magazine).

Opening for many national acts including Shawn Colvin and Sloan Wainwright, River has been called "uplifting, startling and incredibly evocative" by Rosanne Cash. Her new EP, "Bone by Bone" showcases poignant writing, rich vocals, and dark, intriguing instrumentation.


Oct 2, 2004Amelia Royko w/ OldmanoakAmelia Royko says, "I'm a twinkly folk musician with a house-ridden rock 'n' roll air guitar show."

What she means to say is, "I write really good pop-rock tunes that manage to sound just a little bit 'country.' I won a bunch of awards last year for my debut CD and people really like my shows."

So, come on down...

"Oldmanoak" (John Williams) is a solo acoustic folk artist from Waukesha, WI. His performances are a blend of his original music and an assortment of interesting and sometimes ironic cover material.

Oldmanoak's material consists of bitter melodies and a sense of humor which are held together by a foundation of folk, blues and soul. Because of his solid guitar playing and soaring vocals, Oldmanoak has been compared to artists such as Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley and Beck.
Oct 22, 2004Rose Polenzani and Sharon LewisSharon Lewis received an unexpected package at her flat in Brighton, England last year: A homemade tribute record to herself. American songwriter Rose Polenzani (who had long cited Sharon' now-defunct duo Pooka as one her most important influences) had spent the late winter recording covers at home and while busking in the Boston subway. Rose wanted Sharon to know, especially in the wake of the duo's breakup, that her music had meant the world to someone she'd never even met.

Sharon was so bowled over by the interpretations of her songs that she invited Rose to share a concert with her deep in the Sussex countryside. There, on August 2nd, 2003, they performed together to the ardent delight of a crowded house. In the final days of their visit, they recorded the Throwing Muses' song ‘Ellen West', and the track appeared later that year on a Throwing Muses tribute album called Hot Hands [Kuma-Chan Records, 2003].

These two artists will now reunite for a US tour in support of their latest albums: Sharon has just released The Hour Lilies, her debut solo record, and Rose has produced a new record entitled August, a misfit, intimate collection of home recordings.

The artists

"As holy as a mystic, and profane as your perverted fantasies." This is how Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) described Rose Polenzani before signing her to Daemon Records in 1998. Soon after, Rose was sharing the stage with songwriters such as David Gray, Alejandro Escovedo, Kristin Hersh and Vic Chesnutt. In 2002 she toured the country with Erin McKeown, Jess Klein and Beth Amsel as part of Voices on the Verge [Rykodisc], a CD introducing four new and important songwriters. The record sold 30,000 copies in its first year and was featured on NPR. The Washington Post, who called Rose "Haunting and magnificent" in a recent live review, declared that "there's a lovely, placid quality to [Rose's] singing and she uses it to disguise songs that are often dark and dire and wholly disconcerting. . . . Polenzani is staking a claim to intriguing material well beyond standard pop fare." August is Rose's fourth solo record (release date: 10/6/2004). At times evoking early Liz Phair or Edie Brickell, the record was recorded and compiled at her apartment in Boston.

Sharon Lewis' band Pooka (signed to Rough Trade) was critically lauded and cultishly followed. Pooka toured the UK, USA and Europe as headliners, as well as alongside acts such as Everything But The Girl and Kristin Hersh, releasing 4 albums along the way. Sharon is now performing songs from her debut solo album The Hour Lilies. Q Magazine exclaimed that Sharon's music is "so fine… it's almost worrying!" Sharon has collaborated with The Chemical Brothers, Orbital, Ultramarine, and Rob Ellis of PJ Harvey.

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Oct 3, 2004Art Reception for Robert AndersonStop down and check out the new show and meet the artist. 7 - 9 pm. Free and open to the public.
Oct 15, 2004el guante, Stephanie Rearick and Aporia. Benefit for The Madison Million Worker MarchBenefit for The Madison Million Worker MarchThe Madison Million Worker March Committee will use funds raised to (1) subsidize travel costs for Madison-area people to participate in the march, and also to (2) organize a solidarity event in Madison to promote the message of this march.

el guante is a Madison-based emcee and spoken word poet currently working on his second album, "vanishing point." His music focuses on content and poetry, and is sometimes political, sometimes tongue-in- cheek, and always original. Influences include the Pharcyde, Boots Riley, Mos Def, Cee-lo, Andre from Outkast and Saul Williams.

Stephanie Rearick is a pianist, vocalist, songwriter, sometimes trumpeter. She is one of the founding members of Madison, Wisconsin's now-defunct garage-cabaret, circus-rock outfit The Coma Savants. She regularly performs solo on the aforementioned instruments plus a little electronic manipulation.

Rearick's style is pop-ish, classically-influenced art music sometimes tinged with cabaret.

She won the Madison Area Music Awards for best classical artist and best classical album for 2003.

Currently calling Madison, Wisconsin their home, Aporia is a passionate, acoustic rock/folk rock trio with incredibly eclectic musical influences and tastes and an energetic live show. Their song styles range from mellow folk songs to harder edged rock, and in addition to their unique love songs, they also don't shy away from tackling stickier topics like politics and social action.

The two original members of Aporia found one another while attending Edgewood College in early 2003. They are Justin Woodward (guitar/vocals) and Emily Mills (percussion/vocals). Initially, the set list included mostly songs from Justin's impressively enormous knowledge of covers and a hand full of his originals. The duo has since evolved to the point of being able to play a normal length set of just their own originals (of which Emily is now an equal partner in writing) plus a few choice, retooled covers. They also added a third member in July of 2004, bassist Morey Burnard, which brought the music to a whole new level and helped improve their live show by leaps and bounds.
Oct 30, 2004StoneFloat w/ Jamie HoleshaInto every vacuum a whorl will whirl and StoneFloat is proud to stake its claim as originators in the emerging new genre that is Rock and Fire Flowpoetry. The times we live in demand a vigorous response and Madison, WI based StoneFloat provides just that by playing soulful rock and roll songs connected with poetry that keeps the music flowing from one song into the next. The result is at times aggressive, at other times spacey and dreamy and always entertaining.

StoneFloat explodes genre by foggily blending sludge rock, dusty gritty guitars, driving bass and flowpoetry puddled over double clutched drum beats. This is all mixed in with a dose of twang and soul vocals, electrically and acoustically performed.

StoneFloat features Tate McLane on guitar and vocals (hailed by South Central Wisconsin's leading music newspaper as having a voice both raw and true), KC McCrum on lead guitar, Dave Brehmer on percussion, Andy LaValley on bass, and Madison Area Music Award Best Artist Finalist Adam Gregory Pergament adding the spoken word. All members of StoneFloat are entirely professional and dedicated to songcraft. Within the space of this moment a new moment is born.

Jamie Holesha is a Chicago based singer/songwriter currently playing in front of any audience that will let her. Her energetic live shows are pulled together by an engaging stage presence finely honed through years of theatre and broadcast radio. Musically, she has performed as a solo act for 7 years with 3 years of fronting and writing for her bands prior to that. Drawing her influence from artists like Janis Joplin, Ben Folds, Kristin Hersh, Etta James and Tom Jones and armed with a 12-string guitar, a belting voice and a twisted sense of humor, she strives to make her loyal audiences laugh, cry and sing along to her own brand of rock, blues and folk.
Oct 29, 2004Will BranchWill Branch plays old-timey American music. Milwaukee's weekly the Shepherd Express called his duo with Dave Fox "some of the best porch music this city has to offer...their music suggests seasoned tastes from times and places far-removed from here." Branch's solo set is built around songs that have been around for decades, as well as his own originals. His new CD, "Press On," is receiving airplay on Wisconsin Public Radio - the recording features a who's-who of Milwaukee folk musicians. Branch has played around 2,000 shows in the past ten years. He's performed at festivals, in bars, on boats, in the street, in coffeehouses, for young and old and all ages in-between.
Nov 5, 2004Ritt Deitz w/ The Delta JetsRitt's songs are rough and smooth at the same time, acoustic roots rock
with just enough mountain music in it to remind you he is from Kentucky.
He is joined by his trio, musicians he has played, recorded, and
consorted with over the last fifteen years. They are an authentic,
well-honed piece of work.

The Delta Jets (from Green Bay) will get hold of you and pull you in. Dale Anderson plays an assortment of guitars and evokes that Muddy Waters thang with a mix of originals and old time blues standards. Drummer Mark Riggenbach kicks a steady back-beat that gets the juke joint rockin. This is no ordinary blues group, this is a blues exorcism.
Nov 7, 2004Opening Reception for Todd HafeleStop down and meet the artist. There will be live music. 4 - 6 pm. Free and open to the public.
Nov 13, 2004Tom Hamer and Greg TaylorGreg is a laprovisor. His axe is a powerbook laptop.

Tom is a percussionist. He works with found objects, little instruments and electronics.

An engaging and at times peaceful evening of improvised sound from 2 of Madison's sonic pioneers.
Nov 19, 2004Frankie Lee, Andy Ewen and Wendy BugattiThree mainstays of the Madison Music scene will do individual sets and then some songs together.

Frankie plays harmonica in the blues tradition.

Andy plays acoustic and electric guitar in the style of 'psycho-blues.'

Wendy plays electric guitar in a rock fashion.
Nov 27, 2004Steev Baker's Inkwell Collective w/ Amelia RoykoSteev Baker's Inkwell Collective spans urban folk, alternative country, acoustic indie, bedroom pop--there are a number of ways to describe the songs Steev Baker writes, none of them completely adequate or accurate. Cram yourself in between the tired angst of Nirvana's unplugged album and the barely-controlled orchestration of Jeremy Enigk's "return of the frog queen" and you'll find Steev waiting for you, already tuning his guitar and shaking from too much caffeine. Steev writes literary music and is often accompanied by cello, banjo, and other instruments.

Amelia Royko is one of Madison's finest! She straddles the line between folk and rock and is a darn good songwriter to boot.
Nov 20, 2004Naomi SommersWith roots in blues, jazz, country, bluegrass and more, singer/songwriter Naomi Sommers is emerging as an exciting and important new voice on the music scene.

Based in the Boston area, Naomi performs regularly at Club Passim, Paradise Lounge, and other popular venues, and also hosts the monthly Boston Songwriter Showcase at the Zeitgeist Gallery. In addition, she tours frequently throughout New England and New York City (at the Living Room and Mercury Lounge) and beyond to ever-growing and enthusiastic audiences. She was a 2004 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk finalist.

Naomi began her professional music career at age six, playing onstage at Washington D.C.'s Birchmere with Jonathan Edwards and the Seldom Scene (her dad, Phil Rosenthal, was lead singer and guitarist in the legendary band at the time), and singing on an award-winning series of bluegrass children's albums for American Melody Records. Now 25, she has grown into a striking, lyrical songwriter, an exceptional guitarist, and rich, expressive singer, completely at home and enchanting in live performance.
Dec 11, 2004Caravan G.S.E.Caravan G.S.E. is an instrumental group based out of Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. The ensemble also pulls influences from jazz, Parisian swing, traditional Latin, waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire, originals and classic tunes done in a uniquely arranged style.

The idea for Caravan G.S.E. started in early 2002 when Chris Ruppenthal, the group's leader and an aspiring jazz guitarist, first heard a recording by the amazing child prodigy Jimmy Rosenberg. Jimmy, a Dutch Gypsy guitarist who played in the style of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, would continue to be a huge influence on Chris. He soon turned away from the American bebop style of jazz guitar to follow in the long shadow of Django and seek out fellow Gypsy swing enthusiasts.

Caravan G.S.E. sprang out of that inspiration as a trio of lead and rhythm guitar, and violin. The trio played a barrage of open mikes and busked at local farmers markets to get their repertoire together. They were soon playing parties, nightclubs and swing dances. The addition of an upright bass player and some lineup changes brought further success. Soon they were recording, and performing even more consistently in a large variety of public and private events.

It was during this time they played their first "Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby" on Wisconsin Public Radio. Since then, they have become a favorite of the show and have been featured on the program numerous times. They have also been on various music television shows around Wisconsin including JATV12's "Arts Live Show," and "Hear for Your Listening Pleasure." The recent addition of clarinet to the ensemble has brought further depth to their sound.

Outside of performing, Caravan G.S.E. is busy preparing to record Hot String Swing, their first FULL LENGTH CD! It is scheduled for release in spring of 2005. Hot String Swing will include a variety of original music and arrangements of Django Reinhardt classics, standards, waltzes and Latin tunes.
Dec 12, 2004Art reception for Cid FreitagStop down and meet the artist. the reception will run from 7 to 9 pm and is free and open to the public.
Dec 4, 2004VortexImprovised music.

Greg Taylor, Tom Hamer, db pedersen, Endless and Jon Arnold.

Singularly and in combinations, these local improvisors will create sounds hitherto unheard.

This will be a CD Release party for a new 3 inch CD of live recordings from on-air appearances by the various players on WORT, 89.9 fm.
Dec 3, 2004Al Rose w/ Hayward Williams"At his best, Rose writes intimate songs, bristling with sharp turns of phrase and a level of introspection that by itself would be worth venting accompanied by little more than an acoustic guitar. But Rose doesn’t stop here. Gravity Of Crow, his fourth album, sidesteps categorizations that might befall less ambitious singers: ‘folk,’ ‘pop,’ ‘Dylan wanna be.’ The arranging on Gravity is as ambitious as Rose’s lyricism, an orchestral country-blues that magnifies and dramatizes his wordplay: the dark comedy of ‘Shut,’ to the majestic chorus of ‘Egg Me On.’ Too many would-be poets treat sonics as an afterthought, but with Rose his language was music." — Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune

Hayward Williams' live performances provide fans with solid guitar playing, soaring vocals and an assortment of interesting and sometimes ironic cover material. His original music blends strong melodies with lyrics that reflect his smart sense of humor. Built on a foundation of folk, blues and soul, his material has been compared to Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley and Beck.

Hayward is currently recording his second CD, Uphill-Downhill, which is due to be released in early 2005.
Nov 26, 2004Tracy Beck w/ Eric SommerTracy Beck - a wonderful blend of folk, country, blues, and roots music all intertwined into one. Her unique vocals, combined with strong melodies, infectious hooklines and everchanging musical moods will take you on an emotional journey.

Eric Sommer - As an accomplished solo singer/songwriter, and as one of the premier acoustic/electric guitar players touring today, Eric Sommer is building a dedicated and vocal fan base. Part urban poet, part guitar virtuoso and part vocal stylist, Eric Sommer brings an added dimension to any music venue.

"stunning... aggressive... a powerful delivery of beautiful, eerily crafted pop songs mixed in with some of the most outstanding guitar jams I've ever heard..." - DC Music Match

"drop dead cool... gritty, raw and evocative... you don't know what's coming next..." - Indie Max
Dec 17, 2004Nob Hill BoysThe Nob Hill Boys return to their favorite Madison venue for an evening traditional bluegrass music.
Dec 10, 2004The Buffali w/ Yammer"Simple folk-pop with endearing lyrics... expect an earnest, cheery performance including lots of story-songs." -The Onion

The Buffali are a quirky folk-pop duo consisting of Clare Fehsenfeld on vocals and acoustic guitar and Andrew Yonda on vocals and acoustic bass guitar. Their lighthearted, collaborative approach to songwriting creates sing-along melodies and bluegrass-inspired harmonies. They have been described as sounding like a mix of the Beatles, Patsy Cline, and Mates of State.

In April 2004 the band won the UW-Madison Battle of the Bands and are currently working on their debut full-length album at Madison's Smart Studios.

Yammer is one of Jonathan Zarov's projects. Expect well-crafted weird pop-rock tunes and a stage show that never ceases to amaze.
Dec 18, 2004Active Percussion DuoSkeptics may well cluck their tongues at the mention of the Active Percussion Duo. "If they're so very 'active'," they ask, "then how come I've never heard of them running the Boston Marathon, sledding the Iditarod, or even dancing frenetically? And doesn't the very word activity conjure images of urban rioting, reckless military adventurism, and goose-stepping?"

Interesting questions all, but entirely wide of the mark. For the Active Percussion Duo espouses activity not for it's own sake, but in the service of thoughtful and free-wheeling percussion music, often improvised but not always.

Members of the duo include Michael Brenneis and Geoffrey Brady, who collectively comprise half of Madison's beloved Tomato Box band, and seperately contribute to other beloved bands such as Albert, Yid Vicious, Ten Sleeps Trio, and the Theramones. Between them, they play all manner of drums, bars, stuff that fell off of cars, and much more. Imagine the immense effort involved in consolidating, cataloguing and playing such a vast and disparate array of percussiana. Is that active enough for you? Why not come and see for yourself?

The Duo will be performing in the respendent intimacy of the Mother Fool's Coffee House and Place of Performances on December 18, starting at around eight-o-clock. Admission is five dollars (cheap!) and in addition to playing for you, the Active Duo will be happy to answer any questions you may have, banter good-naturedly, and let you buy them drinks after the performance. Lots of them!
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