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Event Archive - 2006

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Jan 13, 2006Paul GeremiaFor almost forty years, Paul Geremia has survived solely by the fruit of his musical labours. Having abandoned all other means of support in 1966, he has been travelling far and wide ever since, performing in every capacity from street singing to club and concert bookings, throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Europe.

In the years since, Geremia has built a reputation as a first rate bluesman, songwriter, a "scholar" of early jazz and blues, and one of the best country blues fingerpickers ever with his tools - six and twelve-string guitars, harmonica, piano and a husky soulful voice - and with an innate sense of the humour as well as the drama of the music, he keeps traditional blues fresh and alive with his performances.

Combining his interpretation of the earlier music of people like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Scrapper Blackwell and Blind Blake, with his original compositions, he has created a style which is very much his own and which has received accolades in the U.S.A. and Europe, too numerous to mention.

Geremia's background isn't typical for a bluesman. He is a third generation Italian-American who, as he laughingly puts it, "was born in the Providence River Delta". Growing up in a family that moved across the country and back numerous times weaned his appetite for music, history and travel, which served him well later on.

During the sixties, Paul noticed that the music he had enjoyed playing on harmonica (his first instrument) was now referred to as "Folk Music" and was enjoying popularity. During his short time in agriculture college, he was mostly occupied with learning guitar and hitch-hiking to where the music was. He soon left college and hit the road permanently. He found paying gigs in coffee houses and "basket houses" in cities and at college campuses and made occasional forays South and West in search of the music he loved and what gigs he could find.

During these years, Geremia crossed paths with people whose influences were beneficial to his development and understanding of the tradition. He worked as opening act for some of the early blues "legends" thereby gaining an immeasurable depth of knowledge from people like Babe Stovall, Yank Rachel, Son House, Skip James, Howlin' Wolf, and many others, especially Pink Anderson whose career he helped revitalize.

Geremia has recorded ten solo albums, and has appeared on numerous anthologies and compilation discs. His superb recordings have made him a critical favorite and place him firmly among the legends who inspired and influenced him over the past four decades.
Jan 14, 2006Caravan G.S.E.Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is Wisconsin's authentic Gypsy Swing group!

Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble 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, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian 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.

Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble has performed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s "Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby" numerous times, and have become a favorite of the show. They have performed live on Madison’s WMMM 105.5’s “Jonathan and Kitty in the morning.” Caravan G.S.E. has also performed on WORT FM 89.9’s "The 8:00 Buzz with Jonathan Zarov," and Chris Power’s “Mud Acres Bluegrass Show.” They have been featured on various music television shows around Wisconsin including "Hear for Your Listening Pleasure." Caravan G.S.E. has appeared on 3 episodes of Janesville, WI's JATV12's "Arts Live Show" one of witch(June 4, 2004) received an Award of Merit from the Wisconsin Association of Public Access Channels. Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble has proudly shared the stage with Amsterdam’s Robin Nolan Trio, and Wisconsin's own Harmonious Wail at the 2005 Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival.
Jan 7, 2006AJ LoveAJ's 40th Birthday Party!

Jan 20, 2006The RedbirdsThe Redbirds are a Wisconsin based duet consisting of fiddler Paul Kienitz and multi instrumentalist, John Fabke. The two are members of the popular regional bluegrass outfit, the Nob Hill Boys. Paul and John explore the byroads of American roots music with excurisions into the traditions of bluegrass, blues and old time tunes.
Jan 6, 2006The National Lights & The Bland Allisons w/ Aaron NathansThe National Lights and the Bland Allisons (the sister projects of Jacob Thomas Berns and Ernest Christian Kiehne, respectively) write songs about mid-western wife killers, zombies, Hamlet, man-eating grizzlies, and the destiny of the human soul. They are staunch proponents of traditional songwriting elements: beautifully orchestrated acoustic guitars, pianos, organs, banjos, and pedal-steels surrounding tightly wound harmonies; song structures concerned more with immediate and enduring beauty than eccentricity or dissonant charm. They are sinister and beautiful and hopelessly refreshing.

Aaron Nathans is famous for writing songs about nothing. And yet, they're clearly about something. This Madison songwriter picks small things to write about, like grapefruit, squirrels and politicians. He deftly evokes a sense of place, balancing emotion with a wicked sense of humor. He's supporting his debut album, "Same Old You," released this spring.
Mar 3, 2006The Prince MyshkinsThe Prince Myshkins (Rick Burkhardt, accordion and Andy Gricevich, guitar) have been performing original satirical songs since 1997. Their hilarious, thought-provoking, and often moving takes on war, sexuality, talk radio, traffic, high school, medicine and countless other topics have endeared them to audiences throughout the U.S. Their odd (yet strangely catchy) melodies and instrumental work support a rapid-fire stream of incisive lyrics and surprising rhymes. The Myshkins have been heard on Pacifica’s “Democracy Now” and NPR’s “Morning Edition.” Madison songwriting legend Peter Berryman says: "You two absolutely knock my socks off, and my socks have been on far too long.... I find it more and more rare to be blown away by music but you two do the trick over and over.”
Mar 11, 2006Mary Bue w/ Amy Curl and Aaron NathansMary Bue..Nominated for best folk act in the 2005 Providence Phoenix Best Music poll, this singer/pianist has the potential to emotionally sucker-punch you!

Amy Curl... Folk-pop songwriter / pianist Amy Curl entertains with musings on office dress codes, ill-behaving attorneys, the conundrum of disappearing pants, and the fine art of surviving relationships.

Aaron Nathans is famous for writing songs about nothing. And yet, they're clearly about something. This Madison songwriter picks small things to write about, like grapefruit, squirrels and politicians. He deftly evokes a sense of place, balancing emotion with a wicked sense of humor.
Jan 8, 2006Art Reception for Bird7 - 9 pm.

Come down and meet the artist. Oxford will be doing an acoustic set and it is all free and open to the public.
Jan 28, 2006SubvocalLed by singer-songwriter Mark Adkins, Subvocal is a one of kind ensemble that plays it's own genre of psychedelic-electro-tribal-folk. Subvocal won best band for 2004 and best CD for 2005 at the MAMAS.
Jan 27, 2006Emily Kate BoydEmily Kate's razor-sharp lyricism and bluesy voice coupled with her signature folk and rock-inspired guitar styling show her diverse influences (ranging from Neil Young to Billie Holiday, Beck to Nirvana); all of which have shaped Emily Kate into the original rock-soul artist she is today.

Her energetic and captivating live performances have generated talk and turnout across the Southeast. Thought-provoking testaments of hope, heartache, passion, sex and art; the tracks of her much anticipated first release will undoubtedly elevate Emily Kate and her fans to the next level in sonic inspiration.
Feb 10, 2006Yid ViciousHas it been ten years already?!?!

Ten years! That’s much longer than the life-span of a mayfly. Or any bug for that matter. Compared to how long a tortoise lives it’s not really very much. Of course, Yid Vicious is rarely compared to tortoises OR bugs.

No, Yid Vicious doesn’t need showy wings and mandibles or a fancy-schmancy tortoise-shell shell to make its presence known. Instead, Yid Vicious plays klezmer. All KINDS of klezmer:instrumental, vocal, slow, fast, loud, soft, traditional, less traditional. In short, Madison’s favorite klezmer gang plays with all the versatility and polish that only a band with ten, count 'em, TEN YEARS under its belt can muster.

In those ten years, or “that decade” as the historians like to say, Yid Vicious has recorded three CDs (the latest, The Seventh Schlemiel, is IN STORES NOW), won two Madison Area Music Awards (for Best World Music Artist), played parties and festivals across the heartland, and withstood the odd personnel change here and there. And they’re still intact and playing better than ever. You know what band can’t make those kind of claims? The Beatles, that’s who.

Yid Vicious formed through a series of serendipitous chance encounters back in 1995, and played its first concert on Madison’s coldest Groundhog Day - February 2, 1996. Since then, the band has returned to the scene of its inaugural ball each year, sometime in the vicinity of the 4th-most-famous February holiday, to ring in another year of klezmer mayhem. The anniversary party will find the seven-piece band augmented by its prodigious extended family, featuring the talents of alumni and special guests galore.

What’s more, because the traditional gift for a 10th anniversary is that most precious of metals - tin - Yid Vicious will give a limited-edition tin gift to the first 20 audience members. Each of those 20 attendees will receive a Yid Vicious 10th Anniversary MYSTERY FOODSTUFF, contained in an artfully decorated (and professionally manufactured) commemorative tin can.
Jan 21, 2006Jerry AlexanderJerry performed for years with Paul Black in The Alexander/Black Blues Band (later known as
"Kings of the World") one of the truly legendary bands in Madison's music history.Jerry's playing was also featured in the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed film "Hoop Dreams". Jerry's new CD, entitled "Radiator" is "bare bones brilliant". Recorded live in the studio, it features Jerry performing on guitar, harmonica, percussion and vocals - all at once. No gimmick, Jerry's music is powerfully soulful and poetic.
Feb 18, 2006The SexPression Tour featuring Amy Steinberg and Cynthia FrenchAmy Steinberg, singer/songwriter/poet/actress and all around bombastic entertainer will be joining forces with Cynthia French, the Slam Master for Minnesota's only certified poetry slam and and three time winner of the Minnesota Erotica Poetry Slam, for their SexPression tour, a saucy combination of music and spoken word from a female perspective.

This will be Sexciting!
Feb 4, 2006Open Mic w/ David ChastainCome on down and show us what you've got! This open mic is open to musicians, poets, comics, etc, etc. Sign up starts at 7pm and the show starts at 8.
Feb 3, 2006db pedersen and friendsdb pedersen brings his take on extended voice/performance art to the stage for an evening of aural wonderment. self taught in the art of khoomei, db has the ability to create multiple silmultaneous tones that he sings across landscapes that he keeps safely tucked right behind his eyes.

using minimal effects (reverb), and looping, db creates layers of non-traditional voice patterns, nature mimicry, fluting, and bass playing that create a dimension of sound that must be heard live to be appreciated.

also, when coaxed, he will tell stories of his compulsion to see life inverted, and how he arrived at his voice, backwards, naked, and on fire.
Feb 11, 2006Caravan Gypsy Swing EnsembleCaravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble 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, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian 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.

Caravan G.S.E. has performed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s "Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby" program many times and have become a favorite of the show. They have also performed live on Madison’s WMMM 105.5 FM ("Jonathan and Kitty in the Morning") and WORT 89.9 FM ("The 8:00 Buzz" and "Mud Acres"). They have been featured on various music television shows around Wisconsin including "Hear for Your Listening Pleasure," and three episodes of Janesville's JATV12's "Arts Live Show," one of which (June 4, 2004) received an award of merit from the Wisconsin Association of Public Access Channels.

Caravan G.S.E. Has had extensive concert series experience. They proudly shared the stage at Djangofest-Madison with Amsterdam’s Robin Nolan Trio. Later in the year Caravan G.S.E. joined the Clearwater Hotclub, Swing Gitan, and Harmonious Wail as part of the third annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival.

Other past festival highlights have included: The Isthmus Jazz Festival, Overture Center "After Work" concert series, Baraboo's Faire on the Square, The Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Wisconsin Dells River Walk Series, The Great Taste of the Midwest, and Madison's Art Fair Off the Square.
Feb 17, 2006Lindsay Mac w/ Al RoseSinger/songwriter Lindsay Mac offers a fresh look at folk music by vocalizing catchy, jazzy melodies while plucking her cello. Classically trained for over 15 years, Lindsay Mac is taking the cello to where it's never been before: to the spotlight as the lead chordal and rhythmic instrument - and to where it's rarely seen: popular music's folk/jazz stage. Mac's approach to her instrument varies from strumming to slapping to carefully coaxing beautiful and intriguing lines from the large wooden instrument all while making it seem, in former producer for The Pointer Sisters, Henry Gaffney's words, "as natural as rain."

In her short time on the acoustic music scene, Mac has already garnered diverse and impressive support. She recently opened for KD Lang at Boston's Fleet Pavilion and also for folk-goddess Catie Curtis this past June. She has several promotional deals including one with the Fostex Corporation which lands her name and image in national magazines, "Guitar World", "Performing Songwriter", and "Women Who Rock".

Lindsay Mac has just finished her debut CD, "Small Revolution", (aptly named for her groundbreaking work on the cello) and is now touring nationally in support of this release. Appearing on the eclectic and beautifully recorded album is two-time Grammy winning cellist, Eugene Friesen, The Wayfaring Strangers' (Rounder Records) leader and violinist, Matt Glaser, and
pianist Tim Ray (Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, and Jane Siberry).

"Rose blurs musical boundries while singing some of the sharpest, wittiest lyrics this side of Nas... One audaciously entertaining ride." - Chicago Tribune

"Gravity has so much meat and wit (both musically and lyrically) that it comes across as an unexpected epic" - Windy City Times

"A spectacularly interesting independant artist that you shouldn't miss" - River Cities Reader

"One of the best of the best in Chicagoland...Rose is an exceptional wordsmith with a penchant for Bob Dylan imagery" - Midwest Beat Magazine
Feb 12, 2006Art reception for JoyStop on in and meet the artist!

7 - 9 pm.

Free and open to the public.
Feb 19, 2006Game Time!Come on down to Mother Fool's Game Time!

We'll have lots of games available as well as coffee, soup and cookies for your enjoyment. Make new friends, learn new games, so on and so forth..

4 pm -- ???
Feb 24, 2006Carl Johns, Dietrich Gosser and Vid LibertCarl Johns got his start as the songwriter and singer with the group Noahjohn, which started as a loose collective and later became a 5-piece band. From 1999-2002 Noahjohn released four albums each with their own style/tone, spanning the genres of country, rock, folk, drone, and psychedelic, including a protest album as Eugene Chadbourne's backing band. In addition the group toured extensively in the US and England.

As of late Carl has released two albums for a more pop-oriented project under the moniker Charlemagne. The newest Charlemagne album, Detour Allure, was released last October and Carl is currently touring the US in support of it with various musicians accompanying.

On a break in between tours, Carl will perform this evening solo, playing some Noahjohn songs, some Charlemagne songs, some new songs, and a couple covers. This is a rare solo show and extra special since Motherfools was the venue were Carl played his first Noahjohn show in 1999.

Also on the bill are local songwriters Dietrich Gosser and Vid Libert.
Feb 25, 2006Tyger That Sleeps w/ Makeshift EgoTyger that Sleeps -- Catchy melodies and gloomy soundscapes combine to sink listeners to new levels of depression but then subtly bring them back to the surface. Brad Wik and Jake Becker are ready to take the world by storm with their rock duo.

Makeshift Ego band members Kari and Shane combine their own unique musical styles to create an original and mysterious sound. They write subtle, yet thought-provoking lyrics and use uncommon chord combinations and rhythms that define their sound as a little dark with a quirky edge.
Mar 4, 2006Primodial SoupPRIMORDIAL SOUP ---- Tom Hamer, drums ------ Uncle Larry Hancock, electric bass --------- Tom Lachmund, saxes & bass clarinet

Out of the shrouded mists of ageless time, from the primeival ooze of ceaselessly mutating lifeforms, emerge 3 strange beings, each clutching some kind of crude metal object to its breast, like a talisman.

"oh,what manner of creature be these?.. and what business brings them here, in this place of turmoil & strife?"

The beings take their metallic objects & begin to scratch at, to bang on, & to bellow into them. And lo! a strange but vital noise emerges from their midst.

"o, what manner of sound is this frightful din?", ask the people round,all awonder. "is it 'avant- guarde?' is it 'jazz'? is it 'ethnic?' is it 'experimental?'"

Why, prithee, good souls, it is none, & it is all & it is more. From the Air it comes & to the Air it returns. It is the SOUND of PRIMORDIAL SOUP!

Take a dive into their nutrient-rich sound-broth at Mother Fools on SAT. MARCH 4, 2006 @ 8PM
Mar 18, 2006Acoustic Blues Roundup With Eric Noden, Travis Koopman and Todd CambioBest know for his command of early 20’s and 30’s acoustic blues, Eric Noden’s style reflects his influences--early blues masters like Reverend Gary Davis, Tommy Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt. Blues Critic David Whiteis has called Eric’s knowledge of early blues styles “Encyclopedic” Noden’s rhythmic finger-picked guitar and barrelhouse piano playing blends perfectly with his well traveled voice. From the Carolinas to the Mississippi delta Eric takes his audience on a journey through many moods and styles of American music. With One foot in the past and one in the present, Eric Noden is a unique voice in American roots music.


Raised on a healthy diet of old blues and country, Travis Koopman of the Cashbox Kings, has turned into an accomplished blues guitar player, vocalist and songwriter. In a rare solo, acoustic performance, Travis gets a chance to show the rest of us what he's really made of. Through his great guitar playing, powerful voice and haunting, Elvis like, vibrato, Koopman will share some of his original material, as well as some timeless blues classics.

Former Cashbox King, Durable Good, and Catfish Stephenson sideman, guitar maker and multi-instrumentalist, Todd Cambio, draws from a variety of sources for his material. Whether it's old 78 records, old codger bluesmen, fiddlers or songsters, Todd tries to soak up as much of the old traditions as possible and incorporate them into his repetoire. Expect to hear some old blues, rags, hillbilly, cowboy and work songs.



Expect some ensemble playing from these three great musicians.
Mar 10, 2006The 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.
Mar 17, 2006FaghatFAGHAT 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.
Mar 24, 2006Delta Jets w/ EthyleneRecreating 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. This is no ordinary blues group, this is a blues exorcism

Ethylene started in Justin's garage and has evolved from there. They write songs, play guitar and sing. Harmonicas are played occasionally. They hardly ever whistle. They do not play showtunes.

Their first cd is title "Just Another Ruse".
Apr 15, 2006MiLkBabY: BioDuB Society w/ db pedersenMiLkBabY: BioDuB Society is Barry Bennett (elctro and acoustic drums, keys, voice); Darren Shepherd (bass, guitar, voice); Sophie Senard (accordian,voice, keys.)

After a 7 month hiatus from the stage so that MiLkBabY's papa, Barry Bennett, could get adjusted to being a papa in the literal sense to his new daughter; the MiLkBabY entity returns in yet another altered form. Adding Sophie Senard (keys accordian, voice) who also plays with BabY Darren Shepherd (bass, guitar) in his group of insurgent folkies, FIGMENT.

MiLkBabY also returns with a fresh concept playing this show as MiLkBabY: BioDuB Society. They decided that duo should become a trio and gig to explore the dub influence after an informal dub filled jam on superbowl sunday. The trio found something calming and focusing about filtering the MiLkBabY sound through a dub lens and the joy of playing with sophie in the mix.

Bandleader Bennett says, "BioDuB society is definitly not an attempt to cop or simply become a genre of music, but more of an idea to filter our own MiLkBabY sound through the spirit of a genre. it's really exciting and fun to play in this mode. Having Sophie around really effects Darren and I in a positive way." When asked about the adding of the BioDub Society tag to the name, Bennett explained, "it gives the MiLkBabY entity freedom to experiment with different modes of concept and line-ups. While this tro is the core line-up, i am mindful that Darren and Sophie are also in another pretty darn good band that they need to be able to nurture. I personally want to open up into being to play in all sorts of situations, either solo or with other collaborators. We'll see where this all leads. I don't exactly where that is, but I bet it'll be challenging and cool."

db pedersen brings his take on extended voice/performance art to the stage for an evening of aural wonderment. self taught in the art of khoomei, db has the ability to create multiple silmultaneous tones that he sings across landscapes that he keeps safely tucked right behind his eyes.


Apr 7, 2006Colin O'BrienColin O'Brien is flying solo and flying high after three years fronting Salt Creek, winner of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry award for best bluegrass band in 2004 and 2005.

In the tradition of the late John Hartford, O’Brien dances rhythms on his amplified footboard and sings while playing the daylights out of his banjo, fiddle, and guitar. With his infectious energy, witty stage manner and musical artistry Colin O’Brien kicks out a one man song and dance show that is truly unique!

His extensive repertoire of original and traditional songs appeals equally to folk, bluegrass, jam-band, old-time, and country audiences of all ages.
Apr 1, 2006An Evening With "HED" (Haub, Ewen & DeRosa)Andy Ewen and Doug DeRosa of Honor Among Thieves join forces with Tim Haub, lead guitarist of Jim James and the Damn Shames, for an evening
of blues, country blues, and general musical mayhem. Expect inspired jams from two of Madison's most inventive guitarists.
Mar 25, 2006Keith Rowland w/ Nathan XanderBorn from boredom in Missouri comes Keith Rowland. He was raised on hamburger helper and Frank Sinatra. He plays nothing like he seems to be. Born in a suburb without a city he moved to Chicago in fall of 2003 and found one failing thing after another. Taking off on his own he creates an environment that is more than just singing and playing guitar. From mono to duo phonics he creats song with substance. "Lie on the floor and dream your life away because here comes the world".

Nathan Xander is an American singer, guitar, and harmonica player; born in North Western Pennsylvania. Currently calling Chicago home, he feels that he should be an informal documentarian and reluctant. Pulling from the conventions of music that he has listened to, making music that makes himself feel he is doing more that just seeing and breathing.
Mar 31, 2006Painted Saints w. Doug PahlPainted Saints hail from Denver, Colorado and subscribe themselves to a spaghetti western/gypsy/chamber country/sad bastard school of music. They write tin can and twine romances in a color of rust with backdrops of long wind swept open roads framed by tangled barbed wire and naked telephone poles. Their songs are of ashtray broken hearts and lansdscapes of beauty and sorrow borrowing harmonies from old eastern europe, the desert southwest and the sentiments of working class rust belt americana.

Paul plays a solo show making use of guitars, clarinet, bandoneon squeezebox, viola, a fair share of whistling all aided by fancy looping pedals and he even sings.

After growing up in the wilds of Wellington Colorado, Paul went to the University of Colorado to get degrees in music and philosophy (aka the unemployment special) and then decided to play many instruments and make a career out of being a touring instrumentalist with folks like Jim White, Woven Hand (16 horsepower), Devotchka, Denver Gentlemen and Reverend Glasseye.

Over the last few years, Paul has had the pleasure of playing a former nazi bomb factory in Hamburg, an 18th century canon factory/hippie commune in Copenhagen, a hockey arena in Belgium, New York's Central Park Summerstage, a bar in Montana guaranteed to have at least one convicted murderer in attendance at any given time and Royal Albert Hall along with live broadcasts on Swedish National Radio and NPR's world cafe. After shaking hands with lots of namedroppable folks, Paul decided to sing his own songs.

A Madison Native, Doug Pahl was born to a tire store owner and a financial director. He picked up a guitar when he was nine years old and never tired of it.

He played bass in a now disassembled Milwaukee band, “Annie Hall” and in his toddler years, he was in a High School Band called “Space Junk.” They played at The Loft many times.

About his own music, Doug says, “Nowadays, call it whatever you want, I play Indiefolkishpop. Some influences for the music I perform are The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Tom Waits, and some I can’t figure out. I’m sure someone from a magazine could describe it better than I can.”
Jun 10, 2006Rose Polenzani w/ Katie ToddRose Polenzani's newest record August has been inspiring the poetic sensibilities of the world's critics. "Evocative stories that one wants to curl up with, like a cherished book," says Time Out New York.

"Like armchair travel through a newly-carved glacial valley," says UK critic Alan Pedder.

A review of her November, 2005 residency at Lizard Lounge read: "You don't just listen to Rose, she happens to you."

Rose made her debut at the 1998 Newport and Lilith Fair Festivals, and has been writing and touring ever since. She has released five albums to date; two on indie label Daemon Records, two on her own, and one on Rykodisk, as a member of Voices on the Verge, alongside Jess Klein, Erin McKeown, and Beth Amsel.

Originally from Chicago, she currently lives in Somerville, MA.

Of Katie Todd, Singer Magazine says, "Her unique voice is enchanting and her musical style is captivating; there is a welcome depth to the songs and a heart felt message intertwinedwith her talented handling of the piano."
Apr 8, 2006Caravan Gyspy Swing EnsembleCaravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble 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, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian 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.

Caravan G.S.E. has performed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s "Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby" program many times and have become a favorite of the show. They have also performed live on Madison’s WMMM 105.5 FM ("Jonathan and Kitty in the Morning") and WORT 89.9 FM ("The 8:00 Buzz" and "Mud Acres"). They have been featured on various music television shows around Wisconsin including "Hear for Your Listening Pleasure," and three episodes of Janesville's JATV12's "Arts Live Show," one of which (June 4, 2004) received an award of merit from the Wisconsin Association of Public Access Channels.

Caravan G.S.E. Has had extensive concert series experience. They proudly shared the stage at Djangofest-Madison with Amsterdam’s Robin Nolan Trio. Later in the year Caravan G.S.E. joined the Clearwater Hotclub, Swing Gitan, and Harmonious Wail as part of the third annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival.

Other past festival highlights have included: The Isthmus Jazz Festival, Overture Center "After Work" concert series, Baraboo's Faire on the Square, The Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Wisconsin Dells River Walk Series, The Great Taste of the Midwest, and Madison's Art Fair Off the Square.
Apr 22, 2006Trails End String BandTrails End String Band formed in 2004 from a casual picking session in a back room of the now defunct Paul's Speedway Bar in Madison, WI. It was during a weekly Monday bluegrass jam, and a guitar player and bass player who had played together before met up with a fiddle player and mandolin player who had played together before. We started picking some familiar tunes and by the third song had attracted a small crowd of onlookers. It was around that time we thought it would be a good idea to introduce ourselves to each other. We exchanged numbers and met up to do some weekly porch picking. Once we started to meet regularly, we realized that just doing bluegrass was not enough to satisfy our musical tastes. We added a few jazz standards to the set list, and then a few Dawg tunes. A few klezmer songs joined the list soon after that, as did many old-time and fiddle tunes.
Apr 14, 2006Ian Alexy w/ Hayward WilliamsIan Alexy is a dynamic singer/songwriter/guitarist. His new CD Rootedness is a ten song collage of original poetry, deft finger-picking, jazzy melodies, and the heart-warming tales of a well-traveled 27 year old young man.

In 1995 Ian studied jazz harmony and guitar at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston Ma. "It was an amazing time, there was a wide pool of creativity to draw from. I think that I may have learned more playing in student's apartments than in the classroom."

"Hayward Williams' earnestly jaunty folk-rock might seem anachronistic in the prevailing musical atmosphere of self-conscious irony, but his combination of melody, restraint, and unabashed enthusiasm saves the day. Williams also boasts a voice that sounds several decades older than he actually is, lending his songs of love and loss a gravity they might not otherwise possess."
-The Onion
Apr 21, 2006Pamela MeansPamela Means is a Boston-based, Out (spoken), biracial artist whose "kamikaze guitar style" and punchy provocative songs have worn a hole in her guitar. Means strays beyond the boundaries of the traditional singer-songriter genre by incorporating jazz, rock, and blues with an Afro-beat backdrop, creating her own inimitable style and sound.

Armed with razor wit poetry and irresistible charm, Pamela Means' "powerful [songs]" (Time Out Magazine, New York, NY) set the status quo and the stage afire.

Pamela Means' many honors include, most recently, the 2004 Outmusic Outstanding New Recording (Female) Award for her self-produced album, Single Bullet Theory. Pamela Means was also named Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's #1 "Most Wanted New Artist", as well as Wisconsin's "Folk Artist of the Year", "Female Vocalist of the Year", and "Best Acoustic Act". Pamela has also been a Boston Music Award Nominee ("Outstanding Contemporary Folk Artist").

Currently, Pamela performs over 150 shows a year, nationally and internationally, at theaters, clubs, coffeehouses, colleges, and festivals, most notably the Newport Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, South by Southwest Conference, and Stockholm Pride. Means is also a favorite at innumerable regional Gay Pride events, Women's History conferences, Take Back the Night rallies, and Black History Month celebrations. Pamela has shared the stage with artists including Ani DiFranco, Joan Baez, Neil Young, Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Melissa Ferrick, Violent Femmes, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Bif Naked, and Ferron.

Pamela Means' incessant touring takes her country to country, town to town, punctuating each performance with her radical feminist fueled driving rhythms, lyrical indictments, and her "have-to-see-it-to-believe-it" guitar chops. Pamela Means is currently promoting her fifth independent album, Single Bullet Theory (Wirl Records), in which "...Means fires off what is easily one of the best musical summations of our current political situation.." (Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco, CA).

With Truth as ammunition, a Pamela Means performance brings the fight for social justice and human dignity to the forefront of a new generation.
Apr 29, 2006East Side Teen Poetry ReadingJoin some of Madison's best high school poets for a night of passionate and visionary spoken word. An open mike will follow the scheduled performances. Poets: Bring your notebooks and your confident voices and show your stuff.

Contact Andrew McCuaig at 240-0889/amccuaig@tds.net for more information.
Apr 28, 2006Marlee MacLeod"Marlee MacLeod is a Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter who plays a combination of rock, twang, and sharp acoustic guitar work, all mixed together under the Americana banner." - All Music Guide
May 6, 2006Art opening for Dal LazloStop down and meet our featured artist for May, Dal Lazlo.

This is a free event and will run from 7 - 10 pm.
May 26, 2006James Grainger :: Magic Show!!James Grainger has been performing for a variety of audiences for 19 years. Originally from DeKalb, Il James has performed in a wide aray of venues throughout the Midwest ranging from living rooms to large theaters. His show has been described as exciting and hilarious. The performance he gives is great for all humans and some animals too. James' favorite venue style is coffee house parlor.
May 20, 2006Eric SommerEric Sommer is an accomplished solo singer/songwriter, and one of the premier acoustic/electric guitar players touring today. He 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
May 27, 2006No show - Mother Fool's will close early.
Jul 15, 2006el guante, rant, egon, phix, and ethHip hop showcase at Mother Fool's to benefit The Common Ground Collective.

Common Ground's mission is to provide short term relief for victims of hurricane disasters in the gulf coast region, and long term support in rebuilding the communities affected in the New Orleans area. Common Ground is a community-initiated volunteer organization offering assistance, mutual aid and support. The work gives hope to communities by working with them, providing for their immediate needs and emphasizes people working together to rebuild their lives in sustainable ways.

$5
Jul 2, 2006Art reception for Chris TalbotStop in and meet this month's artist.

7 - 9 pm.

Free and open to the public.
Jul 21, 2006Tani 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.
May 13, 2006Brent Toland w/ Joel ArantBrent Toland’s music reflects a wide range of musical influences – folk, pop, jazz, rock and blues, to name a few -- but his most lasting imprint might come from being raised in Peoria, Ill., quintessential Midwestern river town, forgotten vestige of vaudeville days, nationwide symbol of the everyman. Like all Peorians, Brent grew up with a conflicted heart: the urge to leave the town behind and the urge to explore and celebrate his roots in Average America. Unlike most Peorians, Brent was able to do both. He first picked up the guitar shortly after high school and has not traveled far without one since. He spent periods of his early adulthood in the Air Force, in and out of college, in and out of marriage, working as a janitor, a delivery driver, a day trader, a bartender -- all of which yielded him a more-or-less worthless degree in finance, an appreciation for the perfect song, and a guitar case that’s been bruised and scuffed in ways that give a man insight. Through it all, he's performed. A lot. Bars, clubs, at open mics, as a member of a band, solo. But always his own music, written with a strong, uncomplicated love for the craft of songwriting. Today, Brent makes his home in Chicago, where he lives with his loving girlfriend and a poorly behaved dog. He can be seen performing at various venues throughout the city.

Joel Arant. After performing and collaborating on 1990's 'Bite the Dirt' with the Hootch Hounds, 1995's 'Pretty as a Picture with The Sojourners and 1999's 'Get Lucky' with The Proxies, Joel Arant, a long-time member of the Iowa City music scene, has released his first solo CD. In previous incarnations, Joel played clubs and bars throughout Iowa, averaging close to 100 nights a year. With 'To Whom it May Behoove', he has returned to writing, recording, and performing as a solo acoustic artist.

"There’s more to this record than brilliant lyrics and sonic experiments. Arant has crafted a fantastic mixture of alt country and drama." -- Performing Songwriter magazine

"To Whom it May Behoove is one of the most beautifully crafted, uncontrived, genuinely affecting collections of songs I have ever heard." -- americana-UK
May 2, 2006Food Share Day!Mother Fool's is pleased to be participating in the 15th Annual Food Share.

Treat yourself to coffee, cookies, soup, tea and soda on Tuesday, May 2 and help Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin feed Dane County's Hungry Families.

We will donate 10% of our sales from May 2 to the Dane County Food Pantry Network.
May 5, 2006Nellie EveNellie Eve is a singer / songwriter who grew up in Northern Michigan. Her first lyrics and melodies were created while walking to and from elementary school, or while her mother had the vacuum cleaner on.

At ten years Nellie Eve was writing solid songs on her beloved Alvarez acoustic guitar Nellie Eves simple banjo and raw voice beg for an audience to hear her story.

Time Constant is an independent electronic/experimental-recording artist who grew up around Milwaukee. He is a multi-genrementalist, and has been writing and performing music since he was 12. Time Constant’s music reflects the nostalgia of memory uncovered from a forgotten era.

They met in the forest, near the Yellow Dog River an hour north of Marquette in the UP. Now comes "the progression of spring", a collaboration between Nellie Eve and Time Constant.
Jun 2, 2006Ritt Deitz w/ Doug PahlRitt'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.

A Madison Native, Doug Pahl was born to a tire store owner and a financial director. He picked up a guitar when he was nine years old and never tired of it. About his own music, Doug says, "Nowadays, call it whatever you want, I play Indiefolkishpop. Some influences for the music I perform are The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Tom Waits, and some I can’t figure out. I’m sure someone from a magazine could describe it better than I can."
May 19, 2006Ken LaBarre and Erica MatherKen LaBarre and Erica Mather team up, each performing a set of their own material.

LaBarre, the explosive frontman for TANGY, will present some new material written specifically for the solo acoustic environment.

Mather, likely better-known for her work in jazz, will perform new songs that traverse the boundaries between jazz composition and songwriting.
May 12, 2006Caravan G.S.E.Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble 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, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian 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.

Caravan G.S.E. has performed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s "Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby" program many times and have become a favorite of the show. They have also performed live on Madison’s WMMM 105.5 FM ("Jonathan and Kitty in the Morning") and WORT 89.9 FM ("The 8:00 Buzz" and "Mud Acres"). They have been featured on various music television shows around Wisconsin including "Hear for Your Listening Pleasure," and three episodes of Janesville's JATV12's "Arts Live Show," one of which (June 4, 2004) received an award of merit from the Wisconsin Association of Public Access Channels.

Caravan G.S.E. Has had extensive concert series experience. They proudly shared the stage at Djangofest-Madison with Amsterdam’s Robin Nolan Trio. Later in the year Caravan G.S.E. joined the Clearwater Hotclub, Swing Gitan, and Harmonious Wail as part of the third annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival.

Other past festival highlights have included: The Isthmus Jazz Festival, Overture Center "After Work" concert series, Baraboo's Faire on the Square, The Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Wisconsin Dells River Walk Series, The Great Taste of the Midwest, and Madison's Art Fair Off the Square.
Jul 8, 2006Stuart DavisThe punk monk.

Stuart is touring in support of his new CD so expect some new songs as well as the classics.
Jul 9, 2006Portrait Sketches by John MixSketches will be drawn or painted in approximately 40 minutes with non-toxic materials. (pencil, pastel, mixed media, etc.) Suggested donation $20.

Sign up at the counter.

John has been a freelance painter and sculptor for the past 20 years. He is a member of the High Street Gallery co-op in Mineral Point where he shows his landscapes in oil and pastel. He has studied with Daniel Green, Greg Kruetz, and numerous workshops at the Palette and Chisel Academy in Chicago. John currently lives in Mt. Horeb.
Aug 13, 2006Art reception for Steve Dwyer7 - 9 pm.

Free and open to the public. Come down and meet the artist.
Jun 3, 2006StoneFloatInto every vacuum a whorl will whirl and StoneFloat is proud to stake its claim as originators in the emerging new now that is Improvidelic Rock and Roll. Imagine a band that is flexible enough to flow, with all original songs, from spoken word jazz into an acoustic cowboy duets into a reggae rock and finally into a full-on blues tinged rock ensemble. For this special rare appearance at Mother Fool’s, StoneFloat will be presenting two all acoustrick quartet sets. The line-up will feature Tate McLane on guitar and vocals (hailed by Central Wisconsin’s leading music newspaper as having a voice both “raw and true”), KC McCrum on gitjo and mandolin, Bear 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.
Jul 28, 2006Ryan MeiselThe Ryan Meisel Quintet brings to their shows, a refreshing blend of traditional and modern techniques of jazz improvisation. The band is made up of Northern Illinois University Graduate Students and long time Madison native Ryan Meisel. Audiences share the energy, enthusiasm, and power with this band as they display their original and creative music.
Aug 4, 2006Stephanie RearickStephanie Rearick...
For Madison's Stephanie Rearick, labels like 'classical' and 'arty' don't do justice to the genre-bending music box of sound that comes from her upright piano. It's by turns adventurous and accessible, ancient and futuristic, comforting and scary. On her 2005 album Star Belly, sounds from an old west barroom mingle with high concept cabaret and psychedelic distortion. -- The Onion
Jun 24, 2006The Gadjo PlayersThe Gadjo Players is a jazz group from Madison, WI.

They play a wide variety of music ranging from 1920's style acoustic swing all the way to 1970's style fusion with drums and electric guitars. Their sets often include bluegrass and celtic tunes!

The Gadjo Players, although only a year old, have been spotted playing in cafe's, jazz clubs, and at festivals.
Jun 9, 2006Doc's KidsLost Cause Magazine:

“The Doc's Kids' show at was one part stand up (or in some cases fall down) comedy and one part an exhibition of music from their CD's. One attendee at last night's Doc's Kids show complained after the show that her face hurt from all the smiling and laughter. Normally I don't take a camera to gigs, but boy, do I regret that now. This show, was oftentimes a parody of mainstream rock shows and was just crying out for multimedia documentation. I've become one of the main spokespeople for these guys, and I stand by my words! I'm disappointed that the press has not generated a wider audience…yet. These are some great, crazy and fun shows!”
Jun 16, 2006FaghatFAGHAT 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.
Jun 17, 2006Jai HenryJai Henry is a song writer currently residing in Chicago. Jai's style falls somewhere between an aggressive Leonard Cohen and a laid-back At the Drive-In.

Jai's debut album, Shipwrecked on the Shores of Persephone highlights his unique guitar style and haunting lyrics.

Jai Henry is a singer/song writer attempting to change the world with his message of love and understanding; it comes in the form of bright and catchy pop rock songs.

He has been building a following in the Midwest for the last five years playing with "The Rhyme and Museum" and "The Jai Henry Band."
Jun 23, 2006Pamela MeansPamela Means is a Boston-based, Out (spoken), biracial artist whose "kamikaze guitar style" and punchy provocative songs have worn a hole in her guitar. Means strays beyond the boundaries of the traditional singer-songriter genre by incorporating jazz, rock, and blues with an Afro-beat backdrop, creating her own inimitable style and sound.

Armed with razor wit poetry and irresistible charm, Pamela Means' "powerful [songs]" (Time Out Magazine, New York, NY) set the status quo and the stage afire.

Pamela Means' many honors include, most recently, the 2004 Outmusic Outstanding New Recording (Female) Award for her self-produced album, Single Bullet Theory. Pamela Means was also named Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's #1 "Most Wanted New Artist", as well as Wisconsin's "Folk Artist of the Year", "Female Vocalist of the Year", and "Best Acoustic Act". Pamela has also been a Boston Music Award Nominee ("Outstanding Contemporary Folk Artist").

Currently, Pamela performs over 150 shows a year, nationally and internationally, at theaters, clubs, coffeehouses, colleges, and festivals, most notably the Newport Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, South by Southwest Conference, and Stockholm Pride. Means is also a favorite at innumerable regional Gay Pride events, Women's History conferences, Take Back the Night rallies, and Black History Month celebrations. Pamela has shared the stage with artists including Ani DiFranco, Joan Baez, Neil Young, Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Melissa Ferrick, Violent Femmes, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Bif Naked, and Ferron.

Pamela Means' incessant touring takes her country to country, town to town, punctuating each performance with her radical feminist fueled driving rhythms, lyrical indictments, and her "have-to-see-it-to-believe-it" guitar chops. Pamela Means is currently promoting her fifth independent album, Single Bullet Theory (Wirl Records), in which "...Means fires off what is easily one of the best musical summations of our current political situation.." (Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco, CA).

With Truth as ammunition, a Pamela Means performance brings the fight for social justice and human dignity to the forefront of a new generation.
Jul 7, 2006Subvocal w/ Christine CostanzoSubvocal: Led by singer-songwriter Mark Adkins, Subvocal is a one of kind ensemble that plays it's own genre of psychedelic-electro-tribal-folk. Subvocal won best band for 2004 and best CD for 2005 at the MAMAS.

Christine Costanzo:
"...(Costanzo) has a clear, lovely voice and writes story-songs like Dar Williams does. The voices of her narrators are as strong as you can wish for.. .Costanzo has a very real talent..." - The Ectophiles' Guide to Good Music
Jun 30, 2006Marla Hansen, Makeshift Ego, Eric ZiegenhagenMarla Hansen is a Madison native who currently lives in New York City. A classically trained violist who has branched out into popular music, she performs her own original songs accompanied by guitar-style viola. Her music is quiet and eclectic, with the mellow tone of the viola providing a refreshing new texture to the singer-songwriter format. Blending indie/folk style song writing with an alternately pure and wild voice, Marla's performances are intimate, vibrant and always surprising.

Marla is the violist for My Brightest Diamond
(formerly AwRY,) and has collaborated with Sufjan Stevens, Oneida, Kanye West and many other wonderful people while living in New York.

Makeshift Ego band members Kari and Shane combine their own unique musical styles to create an original and mysterious sound. They write subtle, yet thought-provoking lyrics and use uncommon chord combinations and rhythms that define their sound as a little dark with a quirky edge.

Playwright, folksinger, humdinger. Eric Ziegenhagen has been performing his spare, offbeat original songs in small clubs, coffeehouses and cabarets since the late 1990s. He is self-releasing his first CD, "You're Talking to the Wrong Guy" in January 2005. The CD was recorded in 2004 in one marathon session by Dan Dietrich (The Redwalls, Head of Femur) at Wall to Wall Recording in Chicago and features Elizabeth Lindau (of Canasta) on violin.

On stage, he's a casual and conversational fellow with opaque songs, treading the warm and weird ground between Jonathan Richman and David Lynch - working in the tradition of hard-to-pin-down individual artists like Leonard Cohen, Robyn Hitchcock, Vic Chestnutt, and Mary Margaret O'Hara (all big influences).

A noted playwright and stage director, Eric was singled out by American Theatre magazine (the Rolling Stone of the theater world) in 1999 as one of 15 up-and-coming U.S. theater artists under 30. Born in Minneapolis in August 1970, he has lived in Chicago since 1997.

Writes songs, plays them on a four-string nylon-string open-tuned guitar slung flat across his lap. The story: Eric's dad owned a guitar when Eric was growing up. Papa Ziegenhagen would let little Eric play the guitar as long as he kept it in the guitar case, and so he learned how to play that way.
Jul 14, 2006Lindsay Mac w/ Andy ThieleSinger/songwriter Lindsay Mac offers a fresh look at folk music by vocalizing catchy, jazzy melodies while plucking her cello. Classically trained for over 15 years, Lindsay Mac is taking the cello to where it's never been before: to the spotlight as the lead chordal and rhythmic instrument - and to where it's rarely seen: popular music's folk/jazz stage. Mac's approach to her instrument varies from strumming to slapping to carefully coaxing beautiful and intriguing lines from the large wooden instrument all while making it seem, in former producer for The Pointer Sisters, Henry Gaffney's words, "as natural as rain."

In her short time on the acoustic music scene, Mac has already garnered diverse and impressive support. Lindsay has opened for KD Lang at Boston's Bank of America Pavilion, "folk godess" Catie Curtis at Pittsburgh's South Park Amphitheater and Daemon Records' group Girlyman. She made her 'cover girl' debut, donning the cover of "Strings Magazine" in its February 2006 issue.

Lindsay is now touring nationally in support of her debut album, "Small Revolution" - aptly named as Mac straps her cello to her body in order to play and sing on stage. Contributing their thoughtful and unique voices to the album are two-time Grammy-winning cellist, Eugene Friesen, famous fiddler, Matt Glaser (Rounder Records' The Wayfaring Strangers), and pianist Tim Ray (Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Jane Siberry).

Born and raised by hard-working, party-hungry, bohemian parents in Iowa, Lindsay was fed pork tenderloin and Midwestern microbrews for breakfast (this accounts for her wholesome good looks and generally bad breath). Lindsay then set out to receive her training at The Royal College of Music in London, The San Francisco Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in Boston before eventually trading her seat in the symphony for the vagabond life of a touring singer/songwriter. Playing over 150 shows per year in the US and Canada, Mac is slowly revolutionizing the way we think about the cello while also expanding the definition of what we know the folk/singer-songwriter genre to be.

Mac has been featured on Nashville's NBC-affiliate television series, "Spotlight ON: Performing Songwriters" and "Good Morning Live" on New England Cable News. Her image appears in Guitar World, Performing Songwriter, Women Who Rock, and Harp magazines as a part of a promotion deal with the Fostex Corporation. Miss Mac has even kept up her bowing technique enough to play with jazz bass legend Charlie Haden and saxophonist Michael Brecker in Carnegie Hall as part of the JVC Jazz Festival.

Andy Thiele.
Delicately crafted exercises in tension and release, Thiele’s songs have been described as “hauntingly beautiful” by many listeners. From sentimental ballads to playfully finger-picked folk tunes, the stage is set for a journey through an original repertoire that deals with brooding unsatisfied songs of indecision, love, resolve, and remembrance. Thiele’s hushed, yet stirring, vocals are often likened to those of Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, and Leonard Cohen.
Jul 22, 2006Jim SchwallJim Schwall was playing jazz on the accordion and drums before he completed elementary school, and found the guitar while in high school, playing mostly folk, bluegrass and traditional country blues. In collage he met Corky Siegel, added an electric pickup to his acoustic guitar, and the Siegel-Schwall Band was born. Between 1964 and 1974, they recorded a dozen albums and traveled the continent playing Iive shows. Although Jim has done other things along the way, he hasn't stopped playing. ln 1968 the band reunited and they currently play a couple dozen times a year, issuing a live CD in 1989 and their first studio recording in 3O year in 2005. In addition, Jim tours solo playing original and contemporary songs, mostly in the style of country blues.
Jul 29, 2006Duo AmericasChile and the US join in a musical duo

Regina and Joseph met at acoustic jams in Milwaukee. There, Joseph heard her 60's Latin American folk songs and was moved by the beauty of the music and the strong emotions expressed in the songs. He improvised lovely mandolin back up and solos on the spot. The musical chemistry was instantaneous. Joseph's life long interest and sensitivity for Latin American music and his remarkable musical talent became the perfect complement for Regina's unique vocal style and guitar. The duo's American folk songs have a new flavor with Regina's guitar back up and beautiful harmonies and Joseph's heartfelt versions of various American song styles. AMERICAS' Latin American as well as American songs are brand new creations with their own unique sound, feel, and emotion. They transport their audience to a new musical geography sharing, not only the music, but also the poetry of the songs.
Sep 22, 2006Dorothy ScottDorothy Scott's music reminds us of something primal, spritual, beautiful and healing. It has been said that a Dorothy Scott concert is an adventure, a journey into the mystical and back again. Her music will cure your ills with it's lyrical compassion, calm your soul, and send you on a world crusade of hope.

A musical explorer whose works have incorporated blues, folk, rock and jazz, Dorothy is widely credited by her fans and peers for blazing a path for meaningful music. Often compared to Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and Jeff Buckley; Dorothy's style and sound remain uniquely her own. A versatile singer who delivers naked soul and honesty with an intoxicatingly passionate vibe.

Sep 9, 2006Doug Pahl w/ SquirtA Madison Native, Doug Pahl was born to a tire store owner and a financial director. He picked up a guitar when he was nine years old and never tired of it. About his own music, Doug says, "Nowadays, call it whatever you want, I play Indiefolkishpop. Some influences for the music I perform are The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Tom Waits, and some I can’t figure out. I’m sure someone from a magazine could describe it better than I can."

Squirt specializes in the art of improvised solo guitar soundtracks.
Aug 5, 2006Victoria VoxThe Playback magazine of St. Louis refers to the latest Victoria Vox album as “a glorious mélange!”. Ms. Vox is just that. All around. Switching it up on guitar and ukulele, Vox has been influenced by her CD collection: Miles Davis, Do Ho, Jewel, Cyndi Lauper, Noir Désir, etc… And it’s not about making it big, but making it good.

"In a musical landscape that sometimes struggles to produce artists with a unique and innovative vision, Victoria Vox and her ukulele are a definite breath of fresh air - I highly recommend you check out her new album and try to catch her when she plays in the area." - Music Monthly (Baltimore, Washington)
Aug 12, 2006James Grainger - Magic Show!!James Grainger has been performing for a variety of audiences for 19 years. Originally from DeKalb, Il James has performed in a wide aray of venues throughout the Midwest ranging from living rooms to large theaters. His show has been described as exciting and hilarious. The performance he gives is great for all humans and some animals too. James' favorite venue style is coffee house parlor.
Aug 18, 2006Jerry AlexanderJerry performed for years with Paul Black in The Alexander/Black Blues Band (later known as
"Kings of the World") one of the truly legendary bands in Madison's music history.

Jerry's playing was also featured in the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed film "Hoop Dreams".

Jerry's new CD, entitled "Radiator" is "bare bones brilliant". Recorded live in the studio, it features Jerry performing on guitar, harmonica, percussion and vocals - all at once. No gimmick, Jerry's music is powerfully soulful and poetic.

Jerry won the "Best Blues Artist 2006" award in the Madison Area Music Awards.
Sep 2, 2006Al Rose w/ Doug Hoekstra"At his best, Al 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

“Bothering The Coffee Drinkers establishes Doug Hoekstra as an outstanding writer and essayist, someone just as skilled in penning stories and essays as songs.” (Nashville City Paper)

Raised in Chicago and residing in Nashville, singer-songwriter Doug Hoekstra’s perchance for painting musical landscapes has been lauded by critics, djs, and fans throughout the United States and Europe, earning him a reputation as a man with an ear for a phrase and an eye for detail. CMJ Music Monthly called him a “songwriter’s songwriter”;

Wired observed that while “a lot of people write songs; Hoekstra writes five-minute worlds,” and Americana-UK went so far as to proclaim him “Americana’s answer to Oscar Wilde.”

Hoekstra’s gentle baritone anchors his music, setting realistic narratives against an effective backdrop of memorable melodies, easy rhythms, and occasionally, unexpected arrangement touches. In addition to touring extensively and releasing seven CDs (and one EP) on labels on both sides of the pond, Hoekstra has also found time to write a boatload of prose. His short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, and “Bothering the Coffee Drinkers” (Canopic, 2006) is his first book.
Aug 11, 2006Landau w/ SamarahLandau's work balances intimate acoustic playing with electronic craftsmanship that seamlessly pays proper homage to a chronologically diverse spectrum of musical styles. Landau brings the fruits of hearty negotiation between lush melodies and gritty hip hop beats, resulting in a twisted funk of electronic percussive depth that's augmented by a standout melodic musicianship that takes them to another level.

Samarah blends glitchy beats and soundscapes sprinkled with ethereal vocals and minimal, elegant arrangements. Her sound is a dreamy, fluttering minimal sound that floats somewhere between IDM and trip hop.
Aug 19, 2006Jeff Mitchell w/ Joel ArantJeff Mitchell is a one man show from Decorah, Iowa. His songs perfectly capture the sound of the Midwest, yet his unique, off-kilter voice and instrumentation defy the traditional singer-songwriter formula. He specializes in fingerstyle guitar and plays kick-drum, analog synth bass pedals, and a sampler with his feet during his shows He claims influences that range from country-blues greats Elizabeth Cotten and Mississippi John Hurt to experimentalists like Ween and Mr. Bungle. His lyrics offer abstract impressions of small-town life, love, sex, and power.

Joel Arant creates a fantastic mixture of alt country and drama with brilliant lyrics and plenty of sonic experimentation. A long-time member of the Iowa City music scene, is touring in support of his new solo CD, "'To Whom it May Behoove."

"'To Whom it May Behoove' is one of the most beautifully crafted, uncontrived, genuinely affecting collections of songs I have ever heard." -- americana-UK
Aug 25, 2006Jimmy DavisThe "Memphis sound" has always escaped a simple definition. Diversity and individuality characterize the musical tradition of the city that gave the world Beale Street, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, the Blues, Sun Studio, B.B. King, Rock ‘n’ Roll and W.C. Handy.
Jimmy Davis is no exception to this rule. This versatile singer-songwriter, named "Premier Male Vocalist" five times by the Memphis Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, knows no boundaries when it comes to musical styles. Influences range from The Beatles to the Eagles, Johnny Cash and Gram Parsons to Jackson Browne. His songs have been recorded by Martina McBride, Restless Heart, Joy White, Johnny Rivers, as well as many other independent artists. Davis has appeared as a backing vocalist on numerous recordings by artists such as Johnny Lang, former Eagle Bernie Leadon, Danny Tate, Eric Gales, William Lee Golden, Mark Collie, Keith Sykes, Iris DeMent, Cory Branan, Susan Marshall, John Eddie, and the late Toy Caldwell. But it’s Jimmy’s charisma, warmth and talent as a performer that make him stand out among his well known peers.
Aug 26, 2006Dale AndersonStarting with the folk music boom of the early 1960's Dale Anderson has developed his knowledge and playing to become one of the area's finest purveyors of early blues. Listen to the slide guitar resonating, bringing you back to Bukka White, Tommy Johnson, and Willie Brown. Dale's resonator guitars will take you back to the golden age of The Blues -- the beginning of Rock 'n' Roll. Deep from The Delta region of Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee, this music brings to life the early rambling musicians of the Delta Blues.
Sep 15, 2006Andy Ewen and Ritt DeitzExpect solo sets and some playing together by two of Madison's favorite musicians.

Andy Ewen is best known for his work as frontman for Madison's psycho-bluesrockers Honor Among Thieves. Andy has also contributed his guitar playing to numerous recordings and live music projects. His solo work combines raw, passionate vocals and guitar playing with unique - often surreal imagery.

Ritt'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.

The Onion says, "He works the same side of the street as Greg Brown and Bruce Cockburn, with songs that are concurrently earthy, etheral, and intelligent."
Sep 8, 2006Dan Frechette w/ Hayward WilliamsDan Frechette is a musical force. Just 28 years old, the Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter is a wealth of musical knowledge and experience. Frechette has written more 1,300 songs. He has been signed to a major songwriting contract. He has busked for a living on street corners and in subways all over North America and Europe. He’s played solo at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and is the man who penned the first hit for modern bluegrass stars The Duhks.

Now, with his first full-length solo recording, Lucky Day, Dan Frechette brings his knowledge and songwriting chops to bear on an album that brims with his unabashed enthusiasm and crackles with the sound of a writer clearing discovering the top of his game.

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 Williams' earnestly jaunty folk-rock might seem anachronistic in the prevailing musical atmosphere of self-conscious irony, but his combination of melody, restraint, and unabashed enthusiasm saves the day. Williams also boasts a voice that sounds several decades older than he actually is, lending his songs of love and loss a gravity they might not otherwise possess." -The Onion
Sep 1, 2006The Prince MyshkinsThe Prince Myshkins (Rick Burkhardt, accordion and Andy Gricevich, guitar) have been performing original satirical songs since 1997. Their hilarious and thought-provoking takes on war, sexuality, talk radio, traffic, high school, medicine and countless other topics have endeared them to audiences throughout the U.S. Their odd (yet strangely catchy) melodies and instrumental work support a rapid-fire stream of incisive lyrics and surprising rhymes. The Myshkins have been heard on Pacifica’s “Democracy Now” and NPR’s “Morning Edition.” Madison songwriting legend Peter Berryman says: "You two absolutely knock my socks off... I find it more and more rare to be blown away by music but you do the trick over and over.”
Sep 16, 2006FaghatFAGHAT 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.
Sep 29, 2006Makeshift Ego w/ Ben ConnellyMakeshift Ego band members Kari and Shane combine their own unique musical styles to create an original and mysterious sound. They write subtle, yet thought-provoking lyrics and use uncommon chord combinations and rhythms that define their sound as a little dark with a quirky edge.

Minneapolis singer/songwriter Ben Connelly's new CD, Over You, is an indy-folk beauty about love and death, an umbrella, little lights in the night, and what's beyond the stars. Connelly is touring nationwide this fall and Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine says of the new release, "Ben Connelly's music is intimate in sound and universal in message...profound and humbling."
Sep 30, 2006Dakota Dave HullHailed by everyone from Dave Van Ronk to Doc Watson, from the Washington Post to downbeat, Dakota Dave Hull’s guitar style spans a wide musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely personal blend of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop. Dakota Dave is a restlessly curious, adventurous traveler along the broad highway of America’s music. In his playing the masters speak, but in a vocabulary that is Dave’s alone: alternatively mirthful and moving, always melodic.

A gifted composer as well as a strikingly original interpreter of older tunes, Dakota Dave calls what he does “classic American guitar.” Folk legend Van Ronk called Dave “one of the best guitarists in the world.”

Most of all, Dakota Dave’s music is great fun. As Douglas Greene (Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky) puts it, “There is an imp within Dave Hull that always expresses itself on the fretboard; a witty, intelligent yet respectful imp who frolics in his music, an imp Dakota Dave neither fights nor lets take control, but simply absorbs into the heart of his style.”

On stage or in the recording studio Dave has performed with Utah Phillips, Doc Watson, Robin and Linda Williams, Dave Van Ronk, John Renbourn, Paul Geremia, Spider John Koerner, Cam Waters, Sally Rogers, Butch Thompson, Peter Ostroushko, Garrison Keillor, and Norman Blake, among others. His albums include three with early performing partner Sean Blackburn and five solo efforts (the acclaimed Hull’s Victory and Reunion Rag, both on Flying Fish) with three more, New Shirt, Sheridan Square Rag and The Loyalty Waltz on Arabica Records. His three albums with guitar and mandolin ace Kari Larson (also on Arabica) have become legendary.
At the urging of Van Ronk, among others, Dave released his first album of solo fingerstyle guitar tunes in 2002. He followed it up with another two years later and should have a third before too long. Watch for a live album, too.
Sep 10, 2006Art Reception for Phil PorterStop down and meet the artist.

7 - 9 pm.

Free and open to the public.
Oct 20, 2006The Buffali w/ PatchouliThe Buffali are a bombastic acoustic indie-pop duo from Madison, WI. Featuring quirky vocal interplay and catchy melodies, this irreverent girl/guy outfit romps through material about everything from heartbreak to alien abduction. Their songwriting incorporates influences ranging from the Beatles to Tenacious D, with a healthy dose of country and blues thrown in. The duo brings an infectious glee to their live show, combining originals with an eclectic mix of covers from hip-hop to oldies.

Clare Fehsenfeld and Andrew Yonda met in 2001 at Nottingham Co-op while attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Locally renowned for the large number of musicians that lived there, Nottingham regularly put together shows featuring a variety of experimental, hard-core and bizarre musical acts. In the midst of this avant-garde environment, Andrew and Clare's mutual affinity for pop music set them apart. The duo recorded their first ever song in 2003 (an improv hip-hop tune called "Sweet Potato Pie" - about their vegetarian co-op dinner) and proclaimed themselves the Buffali. Their first show was played to their housemates and friends at the co-op, and about a month later they decided that the band would be their career. Three years down the road, they tour nationally, have released two favorably-reviewed albums, and do the band more or less full-time. Andrew's unbounded optimism acts as counterpoint to Clare's ferocious focus, and both have an intense passion and drive to make the band part of their lives for as long as possible. The Buffali, meanwhile, have garnered a laundry list of excellent reviews, awards and honors and radio airplay.

Bruce and Julie, the acoustic duo known as Patchouli, with years of intense study and practice and a desire to make themselves happy, write new original music.

It's what they call Fast, Forward, Folk.
It's fast, rooted in current, world and Latin rhythms.
It's forward, forward thinking, forward moving, bringing international artistry together to make something original and new.
It's folk because folk means people. And Patchouli's music is meant to help people make it through their day.

The Victory Review says, "Julie Patchouli has an original sounds worthy of her own notoriety." Relix Magazine has called them "truly delectable and original." Patchouli's music is beyond borders, written by constant travelers about the life they see, trying to find some happiness in this big ol' world. Together they've performed as a duo for 8 years, toured over 500,000 miles, played over 1500 shows and recorded 8 CDs.

Julie, lead vocalist and lyricist, began writing and reciting poetry when she was seven. After dabbling in violin, drums and trombone she now performs with guitar, upright bass, marimbas and djembe.

Bruce, trained in concert piano and choral composition, stared out as a guitarist in a punk band. When all his electric guitars and amp were stolen, he took it as a sign and went acoustic.

Now he's a powerhouse lead guitarist, merging fingerstyle, flamenco, jazz and folk styles. Bruce also plays bass and hand drums on stage.
Sep 23, 2006Ian Alexy w/ Mary BueA Duluth double bill!!

Ian Alexy is a dynamic singer/songwriter/guitarist. His new CD Rootedness is a ten song collage of original poetry, deft finger-picking, jazzy melodies, and the heart-warming tales of a well-traveled man.

In 1995 Ian studied jazz harmony and guitar at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston Ma. "It was an amazing time, there was a wide pool of creativity to draw from. I think that I may have learned more playing in student's apartments than in the classroom."

Mary Bue.. Nominated for best folk act in the 2005 Providence Phoenix Best Music poll, this singer/pianist has the potential to emotionally sucker-punch you!


Oct 6, 2006Aaron Scholz w/ Josh HartySinger/songwriter Aaron Scholz writes tunes that are a cross of pop hooks and country twang.

Josh Harty is a classic example of "Made In America." He blends contemporary midwestern sensibility wth traditional gospel and blues to create a rich hybrid unique in the field of acoustic guitar. His poignant lyrics are the product of astute observation and thoughtful introspection. His crisp, emotive guitar couples with warm, smoky vocals that settle comfortably into each listener's ear. His songs are planted in the fertile soil of experience and nourished with the stuff of everyday life
Oct 7, 2006Caravan G.S.E.Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble 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, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian 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.

Caravan G.S.E. has performed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s "Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby" program many times and have become a favorite of the show. They have also performed live on Madison’s WMMM 105.5 FM ("Jonathan and Kitty in the Morning") and WORT 89.9 FM ("The 8:00 Buzz" and "Mud Acres"). They have been featured on various music television shows around Wisconsin including "Hear for Your Listening Pleasure," and three episodes of Janesville's JATV12's "Arts Live Show," one of which received an award of merit from the Wisconsin Association of Public Access Channels.

Caravan G.S.E. Has had extensive concert series experience. They proudly shared the stage at Djangofest-Madison with Amsterdam’s Robin Nolan Trio. Later in the year Caravan G.S.E. joined the Clearwater Hotclub, Swing Gitan, and Harmonious Wail as part of the third annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival.

Other past festival highlights have included: The Isthmus Jazz Festival, Overture Center "After Work" concert series, Baraboo's Faire on the Square, The Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Wisconsin Dells River Walk Series, The Great Taste of the Midwest, and Madison's Art Fair Off the Square.
Oct 28, 2006"Sam Hain" Magic Show -- James Grainger"Samhain"

Come celebrate Halloween at Mother Fools Coffee House. James Grainger will be performing a magic show in the spirit of the season. A performance of spirit invocation, levitation, and mind fusion...

There is a $4 cover for this exciting event.
Oct 21, 2006Daniele Cavallanti and Tiziano Tononi w/ Ways & Means TrioAcclaimed Italian creative jazz musicians Daniele Cavallanti and Tiziano Tononi will be embarking on a tour of the midwestern United States from October 18th – 31st.

Tenor saxophonist Cavallanti and percussionist Tononi are longstanding members of the Italian Instabile Orchestra, a super-group of Italy’s finest improvisers. They also lead several projects of their own and play together as the duo Udu Calls. They have performed and recorded with several major innovators of creative jazz music including: Cecil Taylor, Dewey Redman, Andrew Cyrille, Roswell Rudd, William Parker, Muhal Richard Abrams, Walter Wierbos, Willem Breuker, Oliver Lake, Leroy Jenkins and many others.

For this tour they will be teaming with up-and-coming Chicago improvisers to form the quintet Chicago Udu Calls. The three musicians that will join Cavallanti and Tononi are Dan Godston on trumpet, Jayve Montgomery on reeds and percussion, and Joel Wanek on upright bass.

They perform in the Chicago area as the Ways & Means Trio. These three young Chicago musicians explore the intricacies and multiplicities of sound and vibration using rhythms, melodies, drones and other soundscapes. Their performances are an amalgam of ritual and ceremony, mourning and celebration, dance and chance.

Although they are an ocean apart, these five musicians share a common affinity for American jazz, traditional African and Asian music, and European free improvisation.

Together their music will embrace and employ instrumentation, melodies and rhythms from around the world as it creates its own identity. Each performance is sure to be a different journey than the next.

Bios:
Tenor and baritone saxophone player Daniele Cavallanti was born in Milano in 1952 and is active on the Italian and European jazz scene since 1970.

At first with the Gruppo Contemporaneo with trumpeter Guido Mazzon and pianist Gaetano Liguori, then with Roman pianist Patrizia Scascitelli’s quartet, the band Aktuala and his own trio with bassist Roberto Della Grotta and drummer Filippo Monico.

In 1981, returning to Italy after a two years stay in Amsterdam, forms the band Nexus, soon co-leaded with drummer Tiziano Tononi. Nexus is considered an historical group of the Italian avant-garde jazz scene, and it has been voted best Italian band in 2003 and second best band in 2004. Daniele Cavallanti is also founding member of the celebrated Italian Instabile Orchestra.

During his career he has recorded, both as leader and as side-man, over 40 records and Cds and has played, among others, with: Gianluigi Trovesi, Enrico Rava, Giorgio Gaslini, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Cecil Taylor, Roswell Rudd, Dewey Redman, Herb Robertson, Mark Dresser, Raphael Garret, Barre Phillips, Andrew Cirylle. Maggie Nicols, Keith Tippet, William Parker, Glenn Ferris, Jean Jacques Avenel, Oliver Johnson, Trilok Gurtu, Radu Malfatti, Oliver Lake, Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Ran Blake, Nels Cline, Evan Parker, Paul Lytton, Michel Godard, Wolter Wierbos, Willem Breuker, Elliot Sharp, Jerry Granelli.

Both with Nexus and the Italian Instabile Orchestra played all over Italy, Europe and in Canada, United States and Japan.

Tiziano Tononi -- Drummer, Percussionist, Composer

Born in Milano on November 18th 1956, starts playing in rock bands and gets closer to jazz since the mid-seventies. In 1978 meets american percussionist Andrew Cyrille with whom starts studying in New York and successively in Europe as well.

In 1979 enrolls the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano, studying classical percussion under David Lee Searcy, principal tympanist at the Teatro alla Scala, Milano, and playing contemporary chamber music. Collaborates with the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala playing Boris Godunov - 1979 - Romeo and Juliet - 1980 - and a concert with music by L.Nono in 1981. In that same year returns to New York to study with Bob Moses, and founds the group Nexus with saxophonist Daniele Cavallanti. In the same period becomes a member of the D.O.M. Orchestra, with which records for the first time and partecipates at his first European festivals, Grenoble 1982 and Rive De Gier 1983.

Gets more known with Nexus, in Italy first and then in Europe, through concerts and festivals appearan ces: Milano, Cagliari, Clusone, Bolzano, Noci, Le Mans, Koln, Moers, Vienna, Vilshofen, Opeye, Mulhouse, Verona, Saarbrucken-St.Ingbert, Gent, Tampere, S.AnnaArresi, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Vancouver, Istanbul. In twenty-five years the band has seen the partecipation of some of the best Italian musicians, as well as the appearance of guests Glenn Ferris, Mark Dresser, Herb Robertson and Roswell Rudd.

Nexus has released eight works - two LP's and six CD's - all of them very well received by both the critics and the public - all of them have been included in the annual Top Jazz critics pool by the Musica Jazz review - while the band has been voted Best Group Of The Year in 2002 and 2004 in the same critics pool.

In the second half of the 80's starts a long serie of collaborations with some of the most outstanding exponents of the new Italian jazz scene, among which Tiziana Ghiglioni, Gianluigi Trovesi, Roberto Ottaviano, Stefano Battaglia, Giancarlo Schiaffini. Plays and/or records also with Muhal Richard Abrams, Pierre Favre, David Friedman, Dave Liebman, Jean-Jacques Avenel, Oliver Johnson, Maggie Nicols, Andrew Cyrille, Barre Phillps, Evan Parker, Mark Dresser, Ray Anderson, Enrico Rava, Steve Lacy, Dewey Redman, William Parker, Cecil Taylor. Founds in 1985 the percussion group Moon On The Water with David Searcy and Jonathan Scully, with whom has record ed three works with guests Pierre Favre and ex-Police Stewart Copeland.

In 1989 founds the Jazz Chromatic Ensemble orchestra with D.Cavallanti and since 1990 plays with the Italian Instabile Orchestra, with which has performed in the major international festivals and venues (Rive De Gier, Monaco, Moers, Mulhouse, Zurich, Paris, Nevers, Le mans, Grenoble, Chambery, Vilshofen, Koln, Berlin,Vossa, Lisbon, Faro, Porto, Guimaraes, Madrid, Sevilla, Salamanca, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Yokohama, Istanbul) and has recorded for ECM and Enja. Since 2000 the Instabile Orchestra started collaborating with Cecil Taylor, and the result is documented by the CD "The Owner Of The River Bank" on Enja Records.

In 1991 was hired as a percussionist to partecipate in the first edition of the "Grande Orchestra Nazionale di Jazz" conducted by G.Gaslini. In 1995 composes the music for the short "Ketchup" by Carlo A.Sigon, AIACE first price at the Mostra del Cine ma di Venezia. In the same year writes for Nexus the soundtrack for the 1929 film "The Man With The Movie Camera" by Dziga Vertov, a work that would have been recorded lately in '97.

In 1996 records under his own name "Awake Nu" a double CD dedicated to the figure of Don Cherry, first international tribute to the great musician who had died a few months before, with the Society Of Freely Syncopated Organic Pulses,with some of the best new Italian musicians and New York trumpet player Herb Robertson. "Awake Nu" was voted Best Album Of The Year in both the Musica Jazz and Musica & Dischi magazines Critics Pool. In May 1997 records a tribute to John Coltrane, "Coltrane's Infinity Train", with the same Society Of…, a work commissioned by both RAI3 Radio Audiobox and Musica Jazz magazine to celebrate the 30th anniver sary since Trane's departure. In tha same year records also with both The Multipho nics Tuba Trio (with Renato Geremia and Michel Godard) and Beppe Caruso's Mr.C. Releases in '98 Nexus' sixth recorded work, this time a double CD entitled "We Still Have Visions", and containig the ultimate version of the music for the Dziga Vertov film "The Man With The Movie Camera".

1999 is largely devoted to the realization of his most ambitious project, a homage to the music and the figure of Rahsaan Roland Kirk: the result is the triple CD "We Did It, We Did It (Rahsaan & the None)", winner once again as Best Record Of The Year in both the Musica Jazz and Musica & Dischi magazines Critics Pool in 2000. In 2001 records with The Nexus Orchestra 2001 the double CD "Seize The Time!", to celebrate twenty years with Nexus…with most of the musicians who played with the band in its different incarnations and honorable member Roswell Rudd. This time the CD wins first price in the Musica & Dischi Critics Pool and gets second in the Musica Jazz Pool, while the band is voted Best Of The Year by Musica Jazz. Since 2002 re-collaborates steadily with singer Tiziana Ghiglioni, with whom records "Rotella Variations", based on the sonic works of visual artist Mimmo Rotella, and "So Long Flores" in 2004. The latest Nexus issue is a live recording published in September 2004, "Rivers Of Dreams", that defines under the name The Nexus Workshop 2004" the mood, feeling and everchanging nature of the Nexus concept….

Next projects deal with an in-depht work on the music of Ornette Coleman (entitled "Peace Warriors", the work is made of two different volumes - the first already available since Spring 2005, the second to be released in 2007), a serie dedicated to the drummers-composers, a work on the music of Eric Dolphy, the music of an idiosyncratic band like King Crimson, and, in the long run, a "monster" work on the music of Frank Zappa.
Oct 13, 2006Subvocal w/ Brian Dalysubvocal:
Led by singer-songwriter Mark Adkins, subvocal is a one of kind ensemble that plays it's own genre of psychedelic-electro-tribal-folk. Subvocal won best band for 2004 and best CD for 2005 at the MAMAS.

Brian Daly:
Brian Daly performs edgy pop songs on voice and guitar. He is also the leader of Sunshine for the Blind a three-piece rock band as well as a producer and co-owner of DNA Studios.
Oct 14, 2006Optometri Touch and Gogol Records is delighted to announce celebration of its esteemed 26th Anniversary Reunion Event featuring the greatest of all bands Optometri. Since Touch and Gogol experienced untimely demise fairly soon after its establishment, only one band was ever signed, namely Optometri, and therefore this splendid 26th Anniversary Reunion Event will feature only one band, namely Optometri. Optometri will perform excellent songs of love and success that would have appeared on its Touch and Gogol release had label not gone belly down before we are having a chance to release it or record it or talk about it very much. Optometri, as if you didn't know this information already, is a premium band from Russia now residing in Wisconsin, America. 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 melodic mayhem. A rock and roll band of superior force and artistry, Optometri is a true geo-politico-historical treasure, and quite possibly the most brilliant act of the world, if we are being honest with ourselves in a way that most of us hardly ever are nowadays in this era of self-delusion. Optometri's March 12, 2004 engagement at the Mother Fools concert hall was selected by noted newspaper Wisconsin State Journal as one of the best shows of that year, so this is no joke about your desire to attend Reunion Event, which will certainly top all others of its category and chronology.
Oct 27, 2006Hugh G. Gogh & Yay Big! w/ Mike NicolaiMadison musician Hugh G. Gogh (Hugh Durnin - Pat The Blowfish) will be debuting his new band Yay Big! He will be joined by Julia McConahay (violin) and Mike Mixtacki (congas and percussion.)

Miles of Music had this to say about Mike Nicolai's new recording: "When you hear a bare recording of someone on their guitar - as if recorded live in an empty room - and the performance and song are strong enough to grab you, you know that performer has "it." Mike Nicolai has it for sure. Proof positive is in the stunning lead-off track, "Tarot`s Road", a "Heartworn Highways" worthy ode to freedom. And his performance remains curiously intriguing straight through to the final track, "It`s Your Blue, Swing It", a quirky lo-fi ditty which sounds like Hoagy Carmichael fronting The Residents. This record offers a progression of surprises. And at its core is a plaintively toned, but distinct songwriter on acoustic and electric guitar, capable of crack melodies of equal parts pop and folk. Marginal use of extra instrumentation elevates the mood to indie-rock territory at times, but it always returns to the stripped-down simplicity of just Nicolai alone. If pressed to describe his delivery, one might peg it as having a dash of Dylan, a smidgeon of Ray Davies, a pinch of Townes Van Zandt and a healthy dose of sincerity. The CD was produced by Rich Mattson of Ol` Yeller, with some additional help from Tom Herbers (Soul Asylum, Low, Jayhawks)."
Nov 3, 2006Meet the artist! - Reception for Randy E. WelchArt reception for Randy E. Welch. Stop down between 7 and 9 pm to check out the show and meet the artist. Music provided by L.C."Sizzle" Wheeler. This event is free and open to the public.
Dec 1, 2006Charlie Cheney w/ Hot Heels RecordsMadison ex-pat Cheney Cheney has always been maddeningly prolific, notorious for his "30 songs in 30 days" with the Fabric Indicators and "7 songs in 7 days" at Steel Bridge SongFest this past June. His just released CD "Giant Chicken" includes 3 SteelBridge songs and pitch-ins from local music royalty Lou Berryman, Sean Michael Dargan, Michael Brenneis, Pat MacDonald, and Biff Blumfumgagne. One of his songs is also featured on the upcoming "Steel Bridge Songs Volume 1" CD on Broken Halo Records in February. Cheney's latest songs are biting and sharp-witted in the Warren Zevon or Randy Newman performing songwriter tradition.

Hot Heels Records (band name, not affiliated with any label), is Beatfolk. In the neighborhood of folk, more upbeat, high energy, and aggressive at times. One part poet, one part jazz hustle-bustle, one part punk rock soul.

"Passionate vocals complemented by excellent guitar and Dylanesque harmonica work. This is a terrific debut by an artist with a poetic sensibility" - New Classics
Nov 18, 2006Caravan G.S.E.Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble 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, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian 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.

Caravan G.S.E. has performed on Wisconsin Public Radio’s "Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby" program many times and have become a favorite of the show. They have also performed live on Madison’s WMMM 105.5 FM ("Jonathan and Kitty in the Morning") and WORT 89.9 FM ("The 8:00 Buzz" and "Mud Acres"). They have been featured on various music television shows around Wisconsin including "Hear for Your Listening Pleasure," and three episodes of Janesville's JATV12's "Arts Live Show," one of which received an award of merit from the Wisconsin Association of Public Access Channels.

Caravan G.S.E. Has had extensive concert series experience. They proudly shared the stage at Djangofest-Madison with Amsterdam’s Robin Nolan Trio. Later in the year Caravan G.S.E. joined the Clearwater Hotclub, Swing Gitan, and Harmonious Wail as part of the third annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival.

Other past festival highlights have included: The Isthmus Jazz Festival, Overture Center "After Work" concert series, Baraboo's Faire on the Square, The Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Wisconsin Dells River Walk Series, The Great Taste of the Midwest, and Madison's Art Fair Off the Square.
Nov 4, 2006Hayward Williams w/ Eric RogersHayward 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 Williams' earnestly jaunty folk-rock might seem anachronistic in the prevailing musical atmosphere of self-conscious irony, but his combination of melody, restraint, and unabashed enthusiasm saves the day. Williams also boasts a voice that sounds several decades older than he actually is, lending his songs of love and loss a gravity they might not otherwise possess." -The Onion

Eric Rogers, recently turned twenty year old songsmith from Minneapolis, has crafted a number of works of an increasingly eclectic nature. Through a combination of magnetic riffs, folk strumming and slide guitar he has sought out a comprehensive sound that reflects an evolving musical taste. Eric has at one time or another found influence in The Velvet Underground, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, The Doors, as well as Bob Dylan and Jack White of The White Stripes.
Dec 2, 2006Eric SommerEric Sommer is an accomplished solo singer/songwriter, and one of the premier acoustic/electric guitar players touring today. He 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 8, 2006The JoAnne Pow!ers TrioJoAnne Powers - Saxophones, etc.
Jennifer Pendur - Bass
Paul Baker - Drums; Percussion

Occasionally punctuating high-energy free jazz with and exploratory improvisations with Arabic maqams and Hindustani ragas, the JoAnne Pow!ers Trio rose from the ashes of Madison, Wisconsin's creative music scene. Bringing the irreverent spontaneity of percussionist Paul Baker together with Jennifer Pendur's inscrutable bass and the dulcet yet harrowing tones of saxophone terrorist JoAnne Powers, the trio plays spontaneous compositions and collective improvisations characterized by densely intricate communication and the cathartic energy of early sixties fire music.
Dec 9, 2006No Show.
Nov 10, 2006Jim Schwall, Mary Gaines and Chris WagonerFor the last couple months, Jim Schwall, the guitar-playing co-leader of the Siegel-Schwall Band, has been spending most of his Monday nights hanging out at the home of Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines, the singing/songwriting multi-instrumental couple at the heart of the Stellanovas, Moon Gypsies and, before that, Common Faces. Jim had this particular Friday booked at Mother Fools, and since they were open, he invited Mary and Chris to share the stage. Expect blues, jazz, folk and pop originals by all three, plus a few carefully chosen covers played on various bowed and plucked string instruments and whatever else they bring along.
Nov 11, 2006Kim RichardsonKim's honest and believable lyrics together with her catchy blend of country, pop, and folk create a style all her own. One of the founding (and first female) members of The Memphis Troubadours songwriters' collective, Kim has been nominated for Premier Female Vocalist by the Memphis chapter of NARAS and won The World's Largest Open Mic competition in Nashville, TN. Kim's live performances are more than just a musical showcase. Whether she's playing a familiar local bar or opening for the likes of Garrison Starr, Kim uses her quick wit and easygoing charm to tailor each show to the audience at hand.
Nov 17, 2006Ritt Deitz w/ Burr SettlesRitt'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.

The Onion says, "He works the same side of the street as Greg Brown and Bruce Cockburn, with songs that are concurrently earthy, etheral, and intelligent."

Burr Settles calls Madison home these days, but he cut his teeth at the folk and bluegrass jam sessions in front of the Woodland Avenue fire station in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. Still, a wide array of influences from Beck to The Lemonheads and even They Might Be Giants has contributed to his own quirky style of folk and pop. For this special Mother Fool's performance, he will be appearing with a small folk-rock orchestra replete cello and trumpet. Rumor has it a set of holiday songs will also be involved.

"Burr Settles is one of those lucky folkies who, in the spirit of artists like Keller Williams, Jack Johnson or even early Beck, has granted himself the liberty to play whatever style he wants, whenever he wants... He has the songwriting chops to back up this genre hopping, too." -CoreWeekly

"Intelligent folk-pop... beat-inflected workouts, and introspective acoustic numbers." -The Onion AV Club
Dec 15, 2006Tom Feldmann & the Get-Rites, Colin O'Brien, and Josh HartySinger/songwriter/guitarist Tom Feldmann may have been musically weaned on the dirty, back-woods moans and hollers of blues legends like Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and John Lee Hooker, but over the years the inventive young man delved into a plethora of styles, including folk, soul, country, Americana, and gospel - a practice that eventually helped inform the confident, driven performer he is today. Though he made a name for himself as a master of the slide guitar (he plays a nickel-plated Reso-Phonic dubbed ?Sticky Nickel?), Feldmann seems to have come full circle- his most recent album, Driven To My Knees, melds, molds, and mixes all of those various influences with his own inimitable flair for lyrical intelligence, musical complexity, and soulful experimentation.

Colin O'Brien is flying solo and flying high after three years fronting Salt Creek, winner of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry award for best bluegrass band in 2004 and 2005.

In the tradition of the late John Hartford, O’Brien dances rhythms on his amplified footboard and sings while playing the daylights out of his banjo, fiddle, and guitar. With his infectious energy, witty stage manner and musical artistry Colin O’Brien kicks out a one man song and dance show that is truly unique!

His extensive repertoire of original and traditional songs appeals equally to folk, bluegrass, jam-band, old-time, and country audiences of all ages.

Josh Harty is a classic example of "Made In America." He blends contemporary Midwestern sensibility with traditional gospel and blues to create a rich hybrid unique in the field of acoustic guitar. His poignant lyrics are the product of astute observation and thoughtful introspection. His crisp, emotive guitar couples with warm, smoky vocals that settle comfortably into each listener's ear. His songs are planted in the fertile soil of experience and nourished with the stuff of everyday life.
Nov 25, 2006Vortex: Experimental Music ShowcaseFeaturing: Jon Arnold, db pedersen, Gregory Taylor, Endless and Tom Hamer.
Dec 22, 2006Marla HansenMarla Hansen is a Madison native who currently lives in New York City. A classically trained violist who has branched out into popular music, she performs her own original songs accompanied by guitar-style viola. Her music is quiet and eclectic, with the mellow tone of the viola providing a refreshing new texture to the singer-songwriter format. Blending indie/folk style song writing with an alternately pure and wild voice, Marla's performances are intimate, vibrant and always surprising.

Marla is the violist for My Brightest Diamond(formerly AwRY,) and has collaborated with Sufjan Stevens, Oneida, Kanye West and many other wonderful people while living in New York.
Dec 23, 2006John Fabke/Paul Kienitz/Paul Kowert trioAdventerous acoustic trio with two members of the award-winning Nob Hill Boys bluegrass band and featuring bassist/mandolinist Paul Kowert who will be in town on holiday vacation from his studies with Edgar Meyer.
Dec 16, 2006Andy Ewen w/ Richard WeigelTwo solo sets from two of Madison's best players..

Andy Ewen is best known for his work as frontman for Madison's psycho-bluesrockers Honor Among Thieves. Andy has also contributed his guitar playing to numerous recordings and live music projects. His solo work combines raw, passionate vocals and guitar playing with unique - often surreal imagery.

Richard Wiegel has been a fixture on the Wisconsin music scene for more than 30 years. In groups like the The Midwesterners, Johnny and the Hawaiians, Out of the West, The Swing Crew, Clicker and the Bowery Boys, Richard's guitar playing has always been exciting and stirring.

Now he has added solo acoustic performance to his credentials. Combining several genres of music, from rock to ragtime, blues to jug band music, jazz to rockabilly, Richard blends them semlessly into an entertaining show. Taking a cue from Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, and Mississippi John Hurt, Richard plays in the finger-picking style pioneered by these giants.
Dec 28, 2006Stuart Davis - $10Stuart Davis plays guitar and sings. And has rabid fans because he is one of those performers that command attention and respect. His songwriting is sickly sharp, his playing is technically and aesthically amazing, and.. he rocks.

This will be a release party for his new audio-book.
Dec 30, 2006Open mic w/ host, Stephanie RearickStephanie Rearick will host this edition of the Mother Fool's open mic. She'll have her keyboard down there for all you ivory ticklers but guitars are welcome, too. Actually, pretty much everything is.
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