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May 5, 2012Spoken Word Open Mic w/ Ani LautenbachShort fiction, poetry and other spoken forms welcome. Sign up starts at 7:30 and the show starts at 8pm.

Free.
Jan 27, 2012Words Spoken Open MicrophoneAttention lyricists and story-tellers! Mother Fool's will be hosting a free, open-mic style reading on Friday, January 27th and you are all encouraged to participate. Sign-up begins at 7:30, so dust off those manuscripts, flip through your old diaries and show us what you've got.
Feb 11, 2012Yid Vicious - $6WELL, 2012 is finally upon us! If the Mayan calendar is to be trusted (and what reason do we have to not trust the Mayans, after all), the end times are, at long last, upon us. While this seems fairly insignificant, it does carry certain ramifications. To wit: Since 2012 will be the last year in history, it also presents the final opportunity to attend the annual Yid Vicious Groundhog-Day-All-Members-Past-and- Present-Super-Ultra-Jam! That’s right, for one night only before Earth gets sucked into a black hole or collides with an asteroid or the planet Nibiru, the whole extended Yid Vicious family will slam out the klezmer jams, providing joy, mirth, dancitude, vests and good manners to the Madison community.

Yid Vicious asks that you join us for this joyous celebration of our seventeenth (and last!)anniversary as a band.

Hope to see you there, please bring six dollars, and, as always: NO REFUNDS.
Jan 20, 2012Corey Hart w/ Phox - $6From the time Corey Hart started singing at a young age, his voice has amazed audiences. "The human voice is such wonderfully complex instrument. So often, words can fail to portray the whole meaning or idea you are trying to get across, but in song you can convey more emotion and add more depth and dimension to the written word," says Hart. And he does just that with a voice that has helped him win Madison, WI Songwriter of the Year in 2007 and garner comparisons to Jeff Buckley and Ray LaMontagne. In recent years, Hart has continued to wow audiences across the country with his amazing vocal range and unique styling, sharing the stage with Dawes, The Duhks, Shawn Mullins, and Langhorne Slim. His performances possess a cathartic intensity that entrances audiences and draw them inside the music.

In his late teens, Hart enrolled in the Berklee School of Music but quickly found himself restless and left after only a brief stay. Since leaving Berklee, Hart has forged a trail that has wound and meandered from the Midwest through the Blue Ridge Mountains and back to the Great Lakes, all the while building his unique sound. Drawing on his experiences, Hartʼs songs create pictures and tell stories that are vivid and soulful, evocative and heart wrenching.

Throughout this journey Hart found himself in the studio on a number of occasions, resulting in two albums. His first EP, Words Like Wildfire, was recorded in 2007 at Smart Studios with Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Sparklehorse). While in North Carolina in 2009, Hart worked on a project with guitarist Danny Johnson, recording Wooden Houses a full-length album. It was through these projects that Hart started to feel his way into his most recent record, Winter Bones.

Recorded in only two days at Smart Studios (Nirvana Nevermind, Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream) and just weeks before the birth of his first child, Hartʼs new Winter Bones EP is his finest collection of songs to date. Being one of the last sessions completed before Smart Studios closed its doors for good, there was a great sense of reverence in the air as Hart cut most of the record live in one long session on Halloween day. There was a lot of energy in the room that day, and the performances truly showcase Hartʼs range as a vocalist. The songs run the gamut of sound from soulful delivery ("Shoot Me Up") to falsetto ("Winter Bones") and easily traverse the genres of pop ("Extinguish"), folk ("Blue Mountain Thistle"), and one downright barn burner ("Paper Fins"). This eclectic mix invites you to listen to it time and time again.
Jan 11, 2012National Day of Action Against Guantánamo Letter Writing PartyLetter writing campaign including a short presentation on the detention center, letter writing including to the men being detained at Guantanamo, and reading of poems written by the men from Guantanamo.

For more information contact: Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (608-250-9240, mbspeace1@charter.net), Madison Pledge of Resistance (608-222-7581, joyfirst5@gmail.com)
Feb 17, 2012Sound Ensemble of Wisconsin w/ Geoffrey Brady - $6Sound Ensemble Wisconsin, or SEW, presents a preview performance of pieces excerpted from their inaugural program on June 8th, 2012. Come to Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse on Friday, February 17th to hear Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, performed by Mary Theodore and Michael Allen, as well as Bartok Duos for strings. There will be a raffle for free tickets to the June 8th perfomance!

Sound Ensemble Wisconsin, or SEW, was founded in the fall of 2011 by violinist Mary Theodore and violist Chis Dozoryst. Mary and Chris have played together in orchestras and chamber music settings for several years. In their ongoing desire to pursue chamber music and serve the community, they resolved to form their own ensemble which aims to offer an authentic and provocative approach to chamber music, bringing great music to more people.

Sound Ensemble Wisconsin believes that music is a vital part of humanity and should serve everyone. Their mission is “Musicians finding the common thread”:

To SEW is to bring together. The common thread is any theme of everyday life to which we can all relate. Sound Ensemble Wisconsin weaves a theme into each season of programs through live chamber music. Musicians find and sew the common thread to create connections between people and the arts, between art forms through collaboration, between generations, between audience and musician, between musical culture and underserved populations, between diverse communities throughout Wisconsin.

Geoffrey Brady is a local drummer/percussionist who occasionally attempts to write and improvise original music. For this Mother Fool’s appearance, he’ll be performing all new original or stolen music on such instruments as the vibraphone, the theremin, and various electro-acoustical contrivances. Brady plays with local ensembles such as Glacier, Yid Vicious, The Gomers and Optometri. He’s also from Pontiac, MI and he can light a match with one hand.
Feb 10, 2012Becky Pourchot's Childhood Was More Embarrassing than YoursGrowing up in the 1980's in Madison, Wisconsin seemed to be one humiliating moment after another for author Becky Pourchot. Now twenty five years later Becky has (oddly enough) chosen to revisit the humiliation of her youth. In a collection of short stories titled, I Look Better in Binary, Becky chronicles her journey to adulthood, one shameful tale at a time.

Humorous and endearing, Binary is the unique, but also familiar story of growing up, facing fears, and, in the process discovering who we really are. Among her stories Becky tells about the time that she—a good Jewish girl—accidently ate ham (and loved it), kissed the neighborhood's self proclaimed fireworks expert (in front of her brother), and became the queen of the nerds on one of the country's first computer chat lines.

Becky worked as a freelance writer and columnist in the Madison area for over six years, covering stories that included radical home schooling, burlesque dancers, and haunted restaurants. She now lives in Flagler Beach, Florida with her husband, four year old twins, and twelve year old son, who she assures will face his own embarrassing moments in due time.
Feb 18, 2012Stacy Riedel - Author book tourStacy Riedel spent her early years in southern California and Las Vegas, eventually making her way to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. These disparate cultures and experiences inform the comic inside her, her writing marrying the amusement of life's big heartbreaks with the absurdity of our little triumphs. Ms. Riedel's work seeks out the sweetness in every last hardened soul, all with a bold and contemporary style readers absorb like a conversation with a favorite old friend.

Ms. Riedel's completed works include her debut novel, The King is Dead (2010), and her sophomore feat, The Field (2011). In between projects, she helms BananaWishbone.net, a humorous blog chronicling life in the Midwest.

Mar 23, 2012Safety Last! - $5Mother Fool’s will ring with the vintage sounds of ‘20s and ‘30s Jazz and Western Swing as Safety Last! takes the stage. Featuring Garreth Paul’s warm and bluesy vocals, the gypsy twang of Chris Ruppenthal’s guitar, Gregorio Montero’s ingenious fiddling, and Mike Steen’s rock-steady bass, the band will transport you to another place and time - one that exists only in the moment.

Where Safety Last! plays, Bob Wills hollers and stomps while Django Reinhardt smirks and sneers through his cigarette’s blue smoke, a flapper’s dance steps are accented by the sound of cowboy boots shuffling across the floor, cotton fields wave in the warm evening breeze off the French Riviera, and you smile and tap your foot to the steady groove of classic swing with a Southern twist.

Safety Last! is a 4-piece acoustic ensemble, performing “Sophisticated Western Swing & Old-School Jazz.”
Mar 30, 2012Erik Brandt (of the UHQ) CD Release show w/ opener Duke Otherwise - $6Erik Brandt is a Twin Cities-based multi-instrumentalist and singer known for his work with his group The Urban Hillbilly Quartet. Since 1995, Erik and the UHQ have released 10 albums and toured most of the United States, Canada and the UK. For his third solo release, "The Long Winter" (House of Mercy Recordings, 2012), Brandt enlisted the help of his old musical co-conspirator, Alex Oana (Romantica, Spy Mob, Storyhill) to produce and helm the recording ship. With his group the Urban Hillbilly Quartet and on his own, Erik Brandt has performed live at venues from Oakland, CA to NYC, and from pubs in Britain to clubs in Australia. In Minnesota he has appeared at clubs, theaters and premier events. The UHQ has released eight CDs, picking up a Minnesota Music Award (and several nominations) and glowing reviews along the way.

Opening the show will be Duke Otherwise:
As Duke Otherwise, Noah Riemer (formerly Ticklepenny Corner) introduces himself to the world as a playful wordsmith, energetic musician and a thoughtful and hilarious entertainer. Imagine merging the quirky storytelling of Tom Waits with the playful poetry of Shel Silverstein and setting it to the eccentric music of They Might Be Giants—take those elements, put them in tap dancing shoes, and you will have Duke Otherwise.
Mar 4, 2012Meet March's Artist - Mark WildmanArt reception from 7 - 9pm.

Live music by Joan Wildman, Richard Lottridge, Diedre Buckley, and Willy Walter.

Free and open to the public.
Mar 17, 2012The Full House Quintet - CD Release Party - $6The Full House Quintet will perform live to celebrate the release of their new CD.

The group--three retired UW Music Faculty, a retired UW scientist, and a UW Doctoral Music graduate--rehearse weekly at Joan Wildman's house. They write their own music for their highly unusual instrumental combination: viola, two bassoons, keyboards, and bass. They improvise in various jazz styles and also in the classical idiom so that the result is an interesting combination of 'orphan folk musics'.

The CD is a compilation of living room recordings throughout the past two years, some of which will be performed live at the show. Because of the goals of the group, however, new music is continually being written and rehearsed, so expect that approximately 40% of the Mother Fools performance material will be newer than the CD!

Dick Lottridge and Willy Walter play bassoons, Diedre Buckley plays viola, Joan Wildman plays synthesizer, and Doug Hill plays bass.
Feb 12, 2012Reception for Bala ThiagarajanCome meet February's artist!

6 - 8 pm.

Free and open to the public.

Bala Thiagarajan - Dots & Lines
Feb 25, 2012Open Mic w/ Brendan Loula Sign-up starts at 7, show starts at 8. Free.
Mar 2, 2012Spoken Word Open MicShort fiction, poetry and other spoken forms welcome. Sign up starts at 7:30 and the show starts at 8pm.

Free.
Mar 9, 2012Jeremiah Nelson w/ Dietrich Gosser - $6Jeremiah Nelson

"Undeniably solid songwriting" - AV Club

"Sonic poetry" - Isthmus

There's something lonely and heartbreaking hiding underneath Nelson's sonic layerings.These songs are about feeling lost, drinking, nostalgia in romance, journeying and finding one's self, in part through music. On the majestic, "Skin To Touch", Nelson sings about a sort of Midwestern ennui: "You can drive all night and get nowhere / Eighteen wheels spinning in thin air / Getting only served after last call / Counting seconds between lightning and thunder / I find diamonds in the dirt" before the song bursts into these run-on lyrics about a resurrection-through-music, "Then my ears begin to ring / And I heard my voice begin to sing / And I felt my fingers on the strings / I know the future's gonna sting." It's simply stunning. There are shades of Bob Dylan lyricism, the poetic vocal splintering and instrumental build of The Decemberists and the odd beauty of Elvis Perkins, all wrapped up in this rock and country-tinged song serving as a dynamic call to music.
- Their Bated Breath

"Dietrich Gosser makes folk-y bedroom pop that sounds big and inviting, often with the help of drummer and avant-percussionist Dan Kuemmel. With or without the atmospherics, though, Gosser's music has a quiet, unassuming quality that can set a convincing mood with just a few patient notes..." - The Onion AV Club
Mar 16, 2012Red Tail Ring - $6Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry. "We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be," says Beauchamp. "It informs how we write our original songs. There's a real energy exchange between the old and the new."
Apr 20, 2012Mary Bue w/ Ida Jo - $6Mary Bue:
What do songs sound like that come from a girl who: loves seaweed, seals and cats, has a bachelor’s in psychology, teaches yoga, used to attend rave parties in the late 90’s, adores Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and still hand-writes letters? You’ll get songs that run the gamut of curious human experience. From the epically melodramatic pop stuff of Rufus Wainwright, to the crunchy strumming of an acoustic guitar with driving, aching melodies akin to Neko Case; to the lovably raunchy poetry of Regina Spektor, the magical fairy never-never land of Tori Amos and the meloncholy lullabye drawls of Sarah McLachlan or Lucinda Williams -- Mary Bue draws from these influences to create her own home of sound. This is soothing, cathartic and quirky piano and vocal music, full of melodies with symbolic tendencies and the potential to "emotionally sucker-punch" you!

The craft of songwriting to Mary is a phenomenon that seems to come from a secret place. Her Heart? The Heavens? The Collective Unconscious? Sometimes worried that the channel will close, but mostly trusting that the words will come, Miss Bue is open to possibility and the experience of being human. The stressful graspings and yearnings of her late teens/early twenties of wanting to “hit it big” as a Rock Star has eased into an interesting story to recall -- and to launch from into her thirties. These are all adventures, and the songs she sings and the stories she tells at her shows reflect a lover of life.

Ida Jo:
Ida Jo began setting herself apart long ago. A violinist since the age of 7, her childhood was filled with countless performances on three continents and awards such as the prestigious Emerson Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp. Now, at the young age of 24, Ida Jo has added a music performance degree to her resume along with performances at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, SummerFest, and SXSW.

These days, Ida Jo is pioneering a seldom-heard violin technique called “chopping”. She uses the bow rhythmically to create a percussive sound when playing. Rooted in the folk fiddle tradition, the chopping is “original and unexpected” (Rich Albertoni, Isthmus Daily Page). Influenced by The Band and Van Morrison since she was young, Ida Jo’s music "combines soulful rhythm and blues with a folk sensibility and jazz elements to create something uniquely her own.” - Local Sounds Magazine
Mar 13, 2012Panmela CastroPanmela Castro will be painting our graffiti wall at 2pm. The public is invited to come watch her work. There will be a reception afterwards for people to meet the artist.

In 2006, Brazil passed the nation’s first federal law that affirmed every woman’s right to live free of domestic violence. The passage of the Maria da Penha Law was a leap forward in a country with a long history of such violence. Many women, however, were uninformed about the legislation and lacked an understanding as to how to access its protections.

Panmela Castro, a survivor of domestic violence, recognized that the Maria da Penha Law would remain largely on paper unless she worked to raise awareness about its implications. In response, she ventured into the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and painted powerful murals that promoted awareness and educated women about their rights under the new legislation.

Panmela – also know as Anarkia – is one of the best known grafiteiras in Rio. A young multi-media artist, she harnesses the power of street art to promote social change and raise awareness about women’s rights. She has successfully created and implemented a number of programs to promote women’s empowerment through art and continues to expand her organizational infrastructure and the Brazilian network of grafiteras who are committed to promoting women’s rights.

In 2010, Panmela formed Rede Nami, an urban art network of female graffiti artists that addresses gender inequality through public art. Although urban art and graffiti are accepted forms of artistic expression in Brazil, the number of females able to profile themselves in a world dominated by male artists is very small. Through Rede Nami, women have the opportunity to organize themselves and grow their participation in Brazilian street culture.

From Panmela’s idea to create awareness about women’s rights through graffiti emerged the need for more trained female artists to spread messages about women’s empowerment. “Atelier for Artistic Orientation - Oficina Nami” was developed to train these individuals. Oficina Nami, owned and operated under Rede Nami, is a project developed to carry out capacity building workshops for young female artists in the state of Rio de Janeiro. In addition, the project offers capacity building trainings for all women, using artistic expression as a tool for raising awareness about women’s rights and promoting women’s self esteem.

The respect that Panmela’s work has garnered provides her a platform and voice in a world comprised largely of male artists. Honoring her tremendous efforts and work, Vital Voices presented Panmela with the Leadership in Public Life Award at the 2010 Global Leadership Awards Benefit.
Mar 24, 2012Double Wide Mud Slide"Double Wide Mud Slide" is a Rockin' Honky Tonk Country band formed by members of the local Madison groups "The Blowtorches" & "Huffin" Glue" along with guitarist A.J. Love.

Playing the music of artists such as Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Sr, Buck Owens, and Johnny Cash along with some originals, "Double Wide Mud Slide" rocks and careens but is never driven off the road.
Jul 20, 2012Stuart Davis - CD Release Party - $10 Without exaggeration, Stuart Davis is one of the most fascinating and exceptional songwriters in modern music.
SAN JOSE METRO

Davis may be the best songwriter you’ve never heard of.
DES MOINES REGISTER

Not since Bob Dylan burst through has Minnesota produced such a confident and creative songwriter and social observer.
MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
Apr 6, 2012Page Foster w/ Jennifer Hedstrom - $6From Minneapolis, currently stationed in Madison, Page Foster comes to this show presenting original and borrowed songs with an honest, captivating voice, accompanied by nylon-string acoustic guitar and by local upright bass extraordinaire Ben Willis.

Jennifer Hedstrom is a perpetual daughter of the Midwest. With her voice and 88 black and white keys, Jennifer’s music explores the bittersweet complexities of a seemingly simple life. Her debut album, Bodies of Water, was released in June and is available for online download. Mastered by her good friend and creative collaborator Yoo Soo Kim of Hemmingbirds, the album showcases Jennifer’s ability to combine her classically trained background with calculated lyricism. At times swelling and full of emotion and the next as calm and clear as a reflecting pool, the themes of Bodies of Water are as varied and ever-changing as its namesake.
May 25, 2012Corey Hart w/ Jenna Lavoie - $6From the time Corey Hart started singing at a young age, his voice has amazed audiences. "The human voice is such wonderfully complex instrument. So often, words can fail to portray the whole meaning or idea you are trying to get across, but in song you can convey more emotion and add more depth and dimension to the written word," says Hart. And he does just that with a voice that has helped him win Madison, WI Songwriter of the Year in 2007 and garner comparisons to Jeff Buckley and Ray LaMontagne. In recent years, Hart has continued to wow audiences across the country with his amazing vocal range and unique styling, sharing the stage with Dawes, The Duhks, Shawn Mullins, and Langhorne Slim. His performances possess a cathartic intensity that entrances audiences and draw them inside the music.

In his late teens, Hart enrolled in the Berklee School of Music but quickly found himself restless and left after only a brief stay. Since leaving Berklee, Hart has forged a trail that has wound and meandered from the Midwest through the Blue Ridge Mountains and back to the Great Lakes, all the while building his unique sound. Drawing on his experiences, Hartʼs songs create pictures and tell stories that are vivid and soulful, evocative and heart wrenching.

Throughout this journey Hart found himself in the studio on a number of occasions, resulting in two albums. His first EP, Words Like Wildfire, was recorded in 2007 at Smart Studios with Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Sparklehorse). While in North Carolina in 2009, Hart worked on a project with guitarist Danny Johnson, recording Wooden Houses a full-length album. It was through these projects that Hart started to feel his way into his most recent record, Winter Bones.

Recorded in only two days at Smart Studios (Nirvana Nevermind, Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream) and just weeks before the birth of his first child, Hartʼs new Winter Bones EP is his finest collection of songs to date. Being one of the last sessions completed before Smart Studios closed its doors for good, there was a great sense of reverence in the air as Hart cut most of the record live in one long session on Halloween day. There was a lot of energy in the room that day, and the performances truly showcase Hartʼs range as a vocalist. The songs run the gamut of sound from soulful delivery ("Shoot Me Up") to falsetto ("Winter Bones") and easily traverse the genres of pop ("Extinguish"), folk ("Blue Mountain Thistle"), and one downright barn burner ("Paper Fins"). This eclectic mix invites you to listen to it time and time again.

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Jenna has been singing with ease and pure soul since she was a child. At the age of 6 she was able to hear harmonies in music and sing them along with the radio without even realizing she was harmonizing. Now as an adult Jenna continues to share her gift and soulful melodies with her audience. Jenna's voice, so irresistible, attracts and delights her listeners. She creates a captivating atmosphere, while inviting you into her own world. The words she writes speak to us. You cant help but be brought along for the ride...and what a sweet ride it is.

Jenna has been working on her music career in California for the past 6 years. She started in San Francisco where she formed a collaboration with guitarist, Michael Papenburg, and together they created songs. They formed a band and started playing shows in San Francisco and the SF Bay Area. They performed shows at local clubs, bars, house concerts and radio shows. An intimate performance at the "Climate Theater" with her full band, heated things up with a rave review. They wrote: "This months breakout star! I think is going to be Jenna Lavoie! It was a night of Jenna singing blues and slow-burner wrenching ballads, along with peppier tunes as well. They were so well received I immediately put them back on the schedule." Soon after that performance Jenna took her solo career to Los Angeles where she started writing her own material. Something beautiful emerged from her as she created her own melodies and continued to expand on her lyrics.
Mar 31, 2012Jess Yoakum"Jess Yoakum has a voice fit for radio; emotive, strong, and confident. So adept is she at manipulating her instrument, she could easily slide her way into the latest pop fad and sing 11 year-olds to sleep every night. If her mature lyrics and haunting sensibilities are any indication, nothing could be further from her interests. Yoakum’s sophomore venture, This Quiet Mile, finds her exploring a sound that lends itself well to those late-night notions about who we are, and where we‘re headed. She establishes herself firmly in the pantheon of darker, more confrontational songwriters who harness longing by threading it through minor keys (Ani Difranco, Fiona Apple, and Keren Ann spring to mind)... Sparse without being modest, and direct without being brash, Jess Yoakum has found a diamond in the rough: a sound she can grow old with." - Chicago Acoustic Underground
Apr 28, 2012The Sills (CD Release Party) w/ The Old Sewing Machine - $6The Sills new self-titled CD marries the city and the country with just a touch of skid row. This first release for the six local musicians has a strange genre-bending sound full of Gospel turned road house, Folk dressed up as Jazz standards and barely concealing a tainted gypsy ancestry. Just when "Stars in Your Eyes" gets you feeling all wholesome and endearing it turns into a stalkers daydream. Blair Clark's words and music interpreted by the groups eclectic tastes and made respectable by Claire Kia's all grown up vocal style lead you on a wild ride through town, down back alleys and then dumps you out somewhere in the country. Recorded in town at The Sound Garden Studio the CD is down home and up town, local, regional, and universal.

Old Sewing Machine
This acoustically based duo blends roots of folk, pop, and blues to form simple sounds and words woven without cause or abandonment.
Apr 14, 2012Al Rose - $6Al's 6th album, "Sad Go Lucky" will be released in spring 2012. Copies will be available at the show and feature Madison musician, Maury Smith, who joins Al for this special night at Mother Fool's.

What is Al Rose's music like? What are Al Rose's songs like? Good questions.

Imagine (if you will) your favorite café. Maybe it's Kopi Café on Clark Street in Chicago, Mother Fool's in Madison, or some place in Paris, or Rome, or Bali, or New York or some out of the way place in your head. It's late afternoon… or morning (if you've just gotten up). Either way, it's still a touch lighter outside than inside. You step in and your eyes adjust to the warm colors. Some of the tables are worn wood. Some are worn marble. All of the chairs are different and somewhat solid, but you have your favorites and you grab a seat.

Over by the wall, Bob Dylan is playing scrabble with either Allen Ginsberg or Serge Gainsbourg. It's tough to tell because bartender Richard Thompson makes sure to pour a shot of absinthe into every drink. Groucho Marx is over in the corner, chair back on two legs, playing ukulele and swapping songs with William Burroughs in a scene out of a Chagall painting. Henry Miller sits at a table littered with empty glasses and full ashtrays. Lucinda Williams sits on his lap, while under the table he tries, unsuccessfully to work his hand up Emmylou Harris's dress.

Neil Young sits at a table by himself eating popcorn and watching a movie that's playing in his head. While from the outside front window, Greg Brown looks in taking notes and sketching pictures.

Any other questions?

Apr 21, 2012Danielle Ate the Sandwich w/ Andrew Mazur - $6Danielle "Ate the Sandwich" Anderson is a solid young songwriter, gifted with an ethereal voice and the talent for writing honest observations of an ordinary world. Her melancholy and often times vulnerable songs are nicely contrasted by her humorous and engaging stage presence. Dubbed "Joni Mitchell meets Sarah Silverman," Danielle tours nationally. Denver's Westword described Danielle as, "cripplingly enchanting with lyrics telling the story of a generation coming of age in an age of uncertainty." And as the postings of 29,000 loyal subscribers to Danielle's You Tube channel attest, she has rapidly developed an active fanbase who feel Danielle has something to say about what it means to be young in 2011.

Andrew Mazur is a Madisonian who has played in indie and noise bands around town for years. His solo sets feature acoustic guitar originals, as well as covers of a wide and unexpected range of songs, reworked in new and unique ways.
Apr 27, 2012Earjerk Records presents... Guzzo Pinc Cassette Release Party!Cassette release for Guzzo Pinc's new cassette "PoorMan RichBoys."

Praise for Guzzo Pinc's first release "The Sea":

"Think Caethua, Uke of Spaces Corners, Woods, Neil Young, Hank Williams and Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. Something very familiar here. Like a lullaby man, like a lullaby. True bedroom folk, intimately recorded in analog warmth and with a sincere delivery." --Microphone in the Trees.

"Intimate lo-fi bedroom folk oozing analog warmth. Harry Smith, early Devendra B. and Joanna N. fanciers take note: this will hook ya' and not let go. New weird America is alive and well in Madison Wisconsin." ---Weird Brother

Pinc will be celebrating the release of "PoorMan RichBoys" his second album on Madison based EARJERK Records and Tapes.


The night will feature performances by:

db pedersen
Sonny Blood and Friends
Guzzo Pinc
and others TBA
May 4, 2012Stephanie Rearick, Jr. w/ Diana Darby - $6Stephanie Rearick Jr. -- Stephanie Rearick's latest project features her with her casio, trumpet and loop pedal. Some will be familiar to her fans but bunches of new, too and it is different enough to require its own name.

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Diana Darby’s I V (intravenous) is a brand new album of songs that have passed through seven years of fire in a real life, retaining what Pitchfork called "minimal, whispered rendition(s)" of "powerfully fatalistic evaluations of hope." I V is flooded with the full promise bled out previously on revealing, critical favorites Fantasia Ball and The Magdalene Laundries and is sure to lovingly reconnect Darby to her fervent cult, as much as entrance an entirely new crowd of noir-folk fans.

Though living in Nashville for the past several years, Darby returned to New York in 2011 to record new songs inspired by a staggering amount of blues-creating circumstances. Her guitar and vocal tracks were cut live from ferociously focused single takes. Additional instruments and harmonies were added back home. The result is a nuanced, intense, gorgeous full-length album with top-notch studio players (Viktor Krauss, Dan Dugmore, and David Henry) adding to Diana’s vision.
May 18, 2012John Craigie w/ Matthew Grimm - $6For the past seven years, John Craigie has taken his unique musical style across the western United States. He stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of our past century. With timeless melodies and insightful lyrics—interspersed with witty storytelling—his songs take many poetic turns before bringing you back home. His themes range from social commentary to personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love. He has traveled all of this planet, having played in all 50 states and beyond, bringing his music to the world.

Matthew Grimm emerged from the cauldron of the 1990s New York rock scene as frontman and primary songwriter of the leftist roots-rock band The Hangdogs, who, at their zenith of besotted spectacle, were actually listed periodically as one of the city's attractions by The New Yorker. Grimm issued five records with the Dogs, the last two of them good, before returning to his native Iowa in 2004. There, he honed his sound into a scimitar of power-pop, punk and clown-hammer-subtle metaphor in two solo records, Dawn's Early Apocalypse and The Ghost of Rock & Roll, the former helmed by multiplatinum producer Pete Anderson (Michelle Shocked, Dwight Yoakam, The Meat Puppets, Rosie Flores). Neither CD went platinum. Along the way, he lent his voice to the anti-war and labor movements where invited, the latter inspiring an ancillary repertoire of original union songs and revved-up classics of the genre, highlighted by his anthem "One Big Union," which he has played at labor actions from the steps of the Iowa capitol in Des Moines to rallies for locked out workers in Keokuk, IA, and Metropolis, IL. He also wields a voluminous and bizarre rep of cover songs said to include tunes by AC/DC, Buck Owens, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Muppets, the Smithereens and, once when he was kind of drunk, "Rhinestone Cowboy." Grimm, a onetime award-winning business journalist, relocated to Madison in 2011 to help tally recall signatures.
May 2, 2012“Revolutionary Youth as a Critical Force--From One Generation to the Next” – a talk by Carl DavidsonThis lecture is part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the completion of the final draft of the Port Huron Statement.

Carl Davidson was Vice President and National Secretary of the Students for a Democratic Society from 1968 to 1976. He is currently national co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and a national board member of Solidarity Economy Network.

Carl Davidson’s talk will be introduced by Matt Rothschild, editor of the Progressive Magazine.

Free and open to the public.
May 11, 2012Open mic w/ host Brendan LoulaSign-up starts at 7, show starts at 8. Free.
May 19, 2012Jenn Rawling & Basho Parks - $6
"Where do albums like this come from and why do they take so long to get here? Breaking down the perimeters of folk, Americana, roots etc, this duo's sound is almost like nothing else. Stone cold killer stuff." - Midwest Record


Jenn Rawling, songwriter/guitarist and vintage American folk and old-time country singer, joins masterful string player & harmony singer Basho Parks in a partnership of formidable musical talent and palpable sympathy. Rawling's playful, poetic lyrics are enhanced by her sophisticated sense of phrasing and pace. Parks' violin and viola support her message with compelling musical figures that echo and elaborate the meaning of each song. The duo's debut CD, Take The Air , is an emotionally rich recording which unfolds more gifts with each listen.

Wisconsin-born Rawling spent many summers working atop a firetower in the Mt. Hood wilderness. Wrapped in that isolation, Jenn was able to give focused attention to songwriting. She is an artist governed by intuition, tapped into the poetry of human life, who bides her time painting, gardening, cooking and admiring salamanders. "I'm inspired by nature's seasons, and these are my love songs to the moon and stars, ballads to the birth of flowers, and human expressions of love and loss," she explains.

Born to hippie idealists in an adobe hut seven miles shy of Colorado's Mt. Blanca, Basho Watson Parks comes to us from radical origins. From symphonies to punk bands, bluegrass barn storms to roma-gypsy trios, organic electronica chamber music to classic country, his twenty-six years of string-playing experience span a huge swath of musical genres. A session musician in the Portland area for the past five years, B.W. recorded with On the Stairs, Fast Rattler, Sara Jackson Holman, and Jenn Rawling in 2011. Basho plays the violin, viola, mandolin, ukulele, and guitar, providing backing vocals on most songs as well.
Jun 2, 2012Boo Bradley w/ Poor Elvis - $6"Madison outfit Boo Bradley grounds its acoustic blues in Scott "Boo" Kiker's gritty guitar work. Unlike a lot of upstart young roots bands relieving the nation's thrift stores of old waistcoats, Boo also has the genuine wear and tear of traveling and street busking in its music—during the warmer months, the group's performances are a favorite on State Street and at the Dane County Farmers' Market. All that mileage isn't necessarily a burden, either. Thanks to Kiker's feel for the acoustic guitar's sonic quirks, Boo Bradley is as warm and fun as blues acts come these days." - A.V. Events, Onion

Poor Elvis is Andrew Francis & Pamela Maurer, a Chicago-based duo that play hot-rockin', ear-splittin' original and traditional gospel tunes, blues ballads, and folk songs on guitar, washboard, mouth-harp, and ukulele.
Jun 8, 2012Medea Benjamin - Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control - Free EventIncreasing alarm is widespread among activists and intellectuals nationwide about the use of killer drones in modern warfare. Medea Benjamin will address this in a presentation of her new book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control; it is a comprehensive look at how drones are being used to assassinate people around the world, the legal and moral implications, and how to build a movement to rein in the drones. It also looks at how drones are coming to local police departments, and what that means for our privacy rights.

“In this remarkably cogent and carefully researched book, Medea Benjamin makes it clear that drones are not just another high-tech military trinket,” Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, wrote about the book. “Drone Warfare sketches out the nightmare possibilities posed by this insane proliferation.”

Drone Warfare explores the growing menace of robotic warfare, with an extensive analysis of who is producing the drones, where they are being used, who “pilots” these unmanned planes, who are the victims and what are the legal and moral implications. In vivid, readable style the book also looks at what activists, lawyers and scientists are doing to ground the drones, and ways to move forward.

In reality, writes Benjamin, the assassinations we are carrying out via drones will come back to haunt us when others start doing the same thing—to us.

This event is open to the public and press is welcome.
Jun 15, 2012Katie Todd - $6Piano based pop rock band from Chicago.

Katie has one of the most unique voices out there and her shows are sublime. The music is well crafted and infectious. We are honored to welcome Katie back to the Mother Fool's stage.
Jun 22, 2012Spoken Word Open Mic w/ Ani LautenbachShort fiction, poetry and other spoken forms welcome. Sign up starts at 7:30 and the show starts at 8pm.

Free.
Jun 23, 2012Fancyboy - $5Guitars, Bass, Keyboard, Drums, Violin, Accordion, Trombone, Vocals, Backing Vocals, Egg, Homo Sapiens, Music.

"Do you play Steely Dan Covers?"

If you really don't know what Steely Dan sounds like... sure.

Fancyboy: dislocated expectations.
Jun 29, 2012Merchants of Moonshine w/ Beau O'Reilly and Ed Reardon - $6Six musicians from all over America (TX, OH, NE, MO, MI, FL) who met in L.A. and constructed “their” version of a country band. They perform/write tunes in the spirit of country’s past greats while incorporating a sound that invites the modern listener.

Beau O'Reilly and Ed Reardon: Blue ballads and spinning story songs from the Maestro Subgum and the Whole song bag as well the great songwriters Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Greg Brown and Michael Smith, with a few of our own new ones just to keep the pot boiling.
Jun 30, 2012Stephanie Rearick, Jr. w/ Beau O'Reilly and Ed Reardon - $6Stephanie Rearick Jr. -- Stephanie Rearick's latest project features her with her casio, trumpet and loop pedal. Some will be familiar to her fans but bunches of new, too and it is different enough to require its own name.

Beau O'Reilly and Ed Reardon: Blue ballads and spinning story songs from the Maestro Subgum and the Whole song bag as well the great songwriters Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Greg Brown and Michael Smith, with a few of our own new ones just to keep the pot boiling.
Jul 13, 2012Bob Parins w/ Ben Gordon - $6Bob Parins of Brooklyn might be most known these days as the bass player of California Folk-Rock band Vetiver, but a little investigation will reveal that he's been involved in a long, trailing cloud of interesting musical projects before he joined up with Andy Cabic and company (and since). Bob has played and recorded with the likes of Rufus Wainwright, the Clientele (with whom he appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Fruit Bats, and members of the Shins, to name a few. He has music in french film "Jusqu'a toi" (Parins/Manchon composition "Nowhere" sung by Sufjan Stevens), and the American films "Paper Man" and "Fairhaven" with the composition "You're Gone," released this year. Most impressive though are Bob's own recordings. the sound is eclectic yet familiar borrowing from a wide palate of sounds ranging from Flamenco music to T-Rex.
Jul 14, 2012Open Mic w/ Brendan Loula - free!Come show us what 'cha got!

Sign up starts at 7 and the show begins a t 8.
Jul 21, 2012Getaway Drivers w/ Dave Ramont - $6Combining elements of rock, folk, country and Celtic, The Getaway Drivers were founded in 2006 by singer-songwriter Bob Manor, whose 2005 song "The Sweetness" won a Madison Area Music Award for Americana Song of the Year. Manor has since recruited some of the area's finest musicians, including Celtic singer and songwriter Sheila Shigley of the vocal group, Navan, bassist Tom Broeske (formerly of the Spanic Boys), guitarist Dan Kennedy, drummer Gail Campbell, cellist Steve Pingry and keyboard player Barbara Chusid. Shigley covers mandolin and fiddle, and Manor plays acoustic guitar. The Getaway Drivers have developed a solid local following and have been nominated for multiple MAMA awards.

The band's influences include Wilco, Steve Earle, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Fairport Convention.

The Getaway Drivers have performed at numerous regional and localvenues and festivals, and in 2010 were chosen by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to both open and share the stage with them at Madison's Overture for the Arts Center.

The Getaway Drivers can be heard on Pandora.com and over 40,000 TouchTune jukeboxes countrywide. Their most recent EP, Black Dog Days, is was released in the summer of 2011; a new EP is in production.

Dave Ramont was born in IL with a song stuck in his head. The doctors couldn't get it out. Later he started writing songs and playing his "twang-slop" around the Chicago regions- solo, duo, full band. He's since put out 4 CDs -most recently the double record "TAW"- and played throughout the Midwest and nationally too.

He also co-founded the swamp-billy band Dick Smith, who released 3 CDs. Their 2nd record "Smoke Damage" was one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's top 3 indy releases of 2002.

"Differentiating oneself in the burgeoning field of alternative country artists is a tricky proposition these days, but Dave Ramont stands tall in the crowd"
-Performing Songwriter Magazine

"Ramont's 3rd album [Scrawny] is the finest collection of songwriting I've heard in a long time."
-Mark Guarino, Chicago Daily Herald

"The world could always use another quality singer/songwriter with meaty lyrics, gritty vocals and a tight back up band"
-Austin Chronicle
Aug 3, 2012THE GEOFF AND KIA SHOW!!! - $6AUGUST 3RD!

MOTHER FOOL’S COFFEE HOUSE!!

THE GEOFF AND KIA SHOW!!!

MUSIC!!!!

MAGIC!!!!!

BICKERING!!!!!!

Okay, not so much magic. BUT, do you remember opening the newspaper comics page (also, remember newspapers?) and there was a one-strip comic called The Lockhorns, which focused on a married couple who were forever deriding one another in a variety of domestic and social situations? Hilariously and obliquely? Remember?

NOW, imagine if both members of the Lockhorn dyad played instruments! In public! And you were there! That’s The Geoff and Kia Show! Plus, with extra-special guests! And puppets!

For this RARE August 3rd performance, the intrepid duo will perform a variety of composed/improvised music on such instruments as accordion, vibraphone, “French” horn, and theremin. Joining them in this endeavor will be special guests DB Pedersen on voice, Melissa Reiser on saxophones, and Michael Brenneis on percussion. AND, various SOCK PUPPETS will be performing highlights from the film noir classic/pulp novel Double Indemnity, including the original ending that THE CENSORS DIDN’T WANT YOU TO SEE!

For the low, low price of SIX DOLLARS, you can’t afford NOT to come!

SO, in summary:

The Geoff and Kia Show

Special Guests

Puppets

Friday, August 3rd, 8 PM

Mother Fool’s (1101 Williamson St)

“Straight down the line.”
Jul 27, 2012High Society - $6Minneapolis based poet and playwright Lisa Brimmer brings together a collaborative group, High Society. The group melds a jazz based, improvisational music style with Brimmer’s voice. For one night only, an episode of High Society will be brought to you featuring Evan Montgomery, Guitar- (Minneapolis, MN- Projects include: Lulu’s Playground, Evan Montgomery Quintet, Jana Nyberg Group) and recent 2012 Drummer of the Year, MAMA Award Winning Paul Kennedy (Madison, WI- Projects include: Sexy Ester, Mulligan Stew).

In High Society, every episode is different. We improvise in order to create a world illuminated and transcendent of the one we live in, however reminiscent. We laugh, we cry and we heal.
Aug 18, 2012The Sweetness of Gone - $5The Sweetness of Gone is a trio of singer-songwriters based in Madison, WI, whose music explores the subtle complexities found in the human experience. With a focus on thoughtful lyrics, they blend strong vocal harmonies with the distinct sounds of guitar, banjo, autoharp, Appalachian dulcimer, and a variety of percussive elements. Their self-titled EP--recorded in the shadow of the smokestacks off of South Livingston Street--reveals those intangible elements that set them apart, as well as what each individual brings to the group. grey e.m. doolin weaves evocative guitar work in with her lyrics, d. allen's banjo playing is the perfect accompaniment to her unique voice, and Stacie M. Wieland's harmonies are as sweet as her instrumental versatility.
Aug 10, 2012Spoken Word Open Mic w/ Ani LautenbachShort fiction, poetry and other spoken forms welcome. Sign up starts at 7:30 and the show starts at 8pm.

Free.
Aug 31, 2012Red Tail Wing - $6Red Tail Ring is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders – Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry. "We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be," says Beauchamp. "It informs how we write our original songs. There's a real energy exchange between the old and the new."
Sep 1, 2012Bi Dana - SHOW CANCELLEDBi Dana (Gaelic: "Be Naughty") is a new celtic band in southern Wisconsin formed from elements of The Pints, An Blas & The Brothers Quinn.

Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Galician and Old-Time American songs and tunes are what you'll hear.

Fiddle, banjo, bodhran, bouzouki, bagpipes & whistle are the ingredients.
Sep 8, 2012Goongoo Peas - Benefit concert for Rose Onama - $10Goongoo Peas is a group of women musicians who play folk music from Jamaican, African and African American traditions. Their high energy music is wise, funny and authentic. Two and three part vocal harmonies are enhanced by drums and other percussion instruments. They have been playing for Wisconsin audiences for over fifteen years and adults and children alike have enjoyed Googoo Peas's music at neighborhood festivals, at the Overture Center, at school performances and, of course, at Mother Fool's.

Rose Onama, a native of Uganda and long time Madison resident, was a founding member of Goongoo Peas. Rose is a talented dancer, storyteller and musician. She currently resides in Milwaukee where she has worked in theater and in the schools. Rose was making a remarkable recovery from a debilitating stroke when she was diagnosed with cancer last spring. This benefit is helping to raise money for her care during recovery.
Sep 22, 2012Maritza - $6Maritza -"Balkan Boogie, Romany romp, Klezmer kut-ups"

This Decorah, Iowa-based ethnic folk band, plays Balkan dance and gypsy music from Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, and Greece, and traditional Jewish Klezmer music.

Players are: Pine Wilson-accordion; Ann Streufert-violin and flute; Elizabeth Finanger - mandolin and guitar; Kristine Jepsen - clarinet; and Hannah Breckbill - Acoustic bass.
Sep 23, 2012Art reception for Jon Christman7 - 9 pm. Free and open to the public.

Come down and meet September's featured artist.

more info..
Sep 14, 2012Animal - $5The two members of Animal, Philip Rabalais (Utopia Park) and Darla Murphy (Rock Paper Scissors), began collaborating in 2009 after mutually seeking each other’s musical talents. Rabalais’ delicate weaving of electronic beats and rhythms, coming from a history of ultra-joy-punk power-pop and colorfully melodic danceable tracks combined with Murphy’s haunting neo-folk explorations and rich layering vocal harmonies. They arrive at a place that is both loud and silent, mysterious and embracing, gentle and fierce, always diverse. Animal will lead you by the hand out to the open field where everything began and everything will end and they leave you there to experience, equipped with heightened senses and a swollen heart.

Diatoms is an experimental-pop multi-pack of sounds, both in musicality and lyricism. The independently-released, seven-track debut album is a significant first effort for the Iowa/France-based duo.

The way seasons change in your sleep, the state between waking and dreaming, is a suggestion of Animal's debut release Diatoms. At times delicately injured, other times aggressively joyful, the whole album observes a feeling of ecstatic or even terrified anticipation of a post-disillusioned world. It mixes, adds and subtracts from ambient electronica, Bjork-like childish wonderment, electronified indie folk rock, soaked up and spit back out again with eyes wide open.
Sep 28, 2012Spoken Word Open Mic w/ Ani LautenbachShort fiction, poetry and other spoken forms welcome. Sign up starts at 7:30 and the show starts at 8pm.

The Sound Ensemble Wisconsin will present a special preview performance of Gyorgy Ligeti's String Quartet No. 2 at the beginning of this event.

Free.
Sep 29, 2012Protest Karaoke - Hosted by the Flyaway Zinemobile!Come sing protest (*in Opposition to Almost Anything) songs at Protest Karaoke.

The show starts at 8 with signup beginning at 7:30.

The Flyaway Zinemobile will be having open library hours from 8 - 10:30 and will be parked outside Mother Fool's.

Costumes are encouraged. (Mother Fool's is a costume safe space.)

And, free.
Oct 12, 2012Jenny Dalton - $6Hailing from Minneapolis, Jenny Dalton is a self-taught musician weaving piano, autoharp and percussion in original style. Influenced by the minor chords of alternative-pop favorites like The Smiths and Kate Bush, Dalton blends words and sound in an arrestingly introspective soundscape. She has a haunting soprano voice that soars and steals hearts. WIth two independently released albums under her belt, Dalton is producing her third full-length project at her home studio.

"Jenny Dalton is a lovely girl, at once timeless and classic. There is a sense of independence and fearless creativity in Dalton’s music that leaves the listener a little unsettled, even haunted at times. Deep within Dalton's songwriting is a feeling of mysticism, an obvious and intense love for the piano that makes her music captivating and quietly beautiful." - Pulse of the Twin Cities

"Dalton's music may be described as stark: Her distant and calm voice and icy piano weave about each other, hinting briefly at Celtic inspirations." - City Pages

MUSIC VIDEOS:
"Cadence vs. Hugo Varvoglis"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9lvundGQr4

"Circles"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6wNTIPbTsQ
Oct 20, 2012Charlie Cheney w/ Color Me Once- $6Charlie Cheney is a rare collaborative songwriter, with songs included on a dozen songwriter compilations including multiple tracks on Jackson Browne and Pat MacDonald''s Steel Bridge Songfest series, the February Album Month series, AWinterstune, Americana: Handmade & Homespun, the Holiday Music Motel's Dark Songs series, and others.

He tours and performs regularly as a solo performer and plays in Michigan & Wisconsin with his acoustic trio The Significant Otters.

Color Me Once is an acoustic/soul duo based in Madison, WI. Their unique and heartwarming sound both silences and illuminates. From their melodic guitar parts to their soulful lyrics, Kelsey Nelson and Johnice Miller complement each other almost perfectly.
Nov 16, 2012Safety Last! - $5Mother Fool’s will ring with the vintage sounds of ‘20s and ‘30s Jazz and Western Swing as Safety Last! takes the stage. Featuring Garreth Paul’s warm and bluesy vocals, the gypsy twang of Chris Ruppenthal’s guitar, Gregorio Montero’s ingenious fiddling, and Mike Steen’s rock-steady bass, the band will transport you to another place and time - one that exists only in the moment.

Where Safety Last! plays, Bob Wills hollers and stomps while Django Reinhardt smirks and sneers through his cigarette’s blue smoke, a flapper’s dance steps are accented by the sound of cowboy boots shuffling across the floor, cotton fields wave in the warm evening breeze off the French Riviera, and you smile and tap your foot to the steady groove of classic swing with a Southern twist.

Safety Last! is a 4-piece acoustic ensemble, performing “Sophisticated Western Swing & Old-School Jazz.”
Oct 19, 2012Ghost Stories Open Mic with Ani LautenbachFact and fiction welcome.

If it's scary, we want to hear it! 8:00 p.m.

Free.
Nov 10, 2012Monroe Crossing - $10Minnesota Music Hall of Fame bluegrass artist Monroe Crossing will appear in concert at Madison's Mother Fool's Coffeehouse on Saturday, November 10, starting at 8:00 p.m. This concert marks Monroe Crossing's first appearance in Madison in their 12 year international touring career!

Known as "the Midwest's Premier Bluegrass & Gospel Quintet," Monroe Crossing has recently performed to sellout audiences at the Portage Center for the Arts, The Sheldon Theatre, The Farimont Opera House and The Bloomington Center for the Arts. They have previously appeared locally at the Al Ringling Theatre and the Stoughton Opera House. They are known both for their dynamic stage show and for the warmth they share on and off stage, interacting with the audience and always honoring requests after the intermission.

"Frankly, even as familiar with the band in live performance as I am, I did not expect a performance as spectacular as this one was, one of the most memorable shows I've seen during the 30-year run of the Emelin's bluegrass concert series. Both at intermission and at the close of the show, countless people stopped to tell me how much they enjoyed the band." — Arnie Fleischer, Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck NY

"I dare ANYONE to watch Monroe Crossing and not get happy!" — D.A. Callaway, Silver Dollar City, Branson MO.

"Your stage presence and interaction with the audience was outstanding. The vocals were amazing, and your musicianship was absolutely top-notch." — Marty Scarbrough, KASU's Bluegrass Mondays, Paragould AR

Monroe Crossing plays over 125 shows a year at major venues across the Midwest, including The Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield WI, Branson's Silver Dollar City and the legendary Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View AR. They are a 2007 inductee into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, and were invited by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) to showcase at the 2007 IBMA World of Bluegrass convention in Nashville.
Dec 1, 2012Rob Reid - $6A voracious listener of traditional music from around the world, Rob draws from genres such as hi-life, griot, bossa nova, and classic jazz to create a backdrop for songs about real and fictional characters. Unlike Rob, these colorful characters get involved in endeavors such as riding public transit in West Africa, surviving lightning strikes, and holding up banks.

When performing live Rob varies his arrangements, accompanied by a band of Reliable Rascals or using a looping station to layer percussion, vocal harmonies, guitar, and kitchenware.
Oct 27, 2012James The Magician! - $5Magic is all around at Mother Fools Coffee House as James the Magician brings his show on Saturday, October 27th at 8:00pm. James has been performing magic live for over two decades. Magic, Comedy and audience participation are all in store for you.

This performance is for humans of all ages.

Mother Fool's is a costume-safe space.
Nov 2, 2012Spoken Word Open Mic w/ Ani LautenbachShort fiction, poetry and other spoken forms welcome. Sign up starts at 7:30 and the show starts at 8pm.

Free.
Nov 9, 2012Mary Bue (CD Release show!) w/ Stephanie Rearick, Jr.“With a name like Mary Elizabeth and a reputation for playing piano, one might expect a more demure presence than Mary Bue brings to the stage. At once soothing, spunky, cathartic and full of vigor, when Mary appears behind the keys or guitar, her energy radiates to the back of any house. Since 1998, at age 17, Mary has been writing songs and taking them on the road – to 38 states, and counting. Now entering her thirties, she has honed a sound that earns the “emotional sucker-punch” an early reviewer felt upon hearing her songs.

“Mary’s fourth studio album, Apple in the Ocean, was recorded at an old cathedral turned music studio in her home base of Duluth, Minnesota and funded successfully with the help of Kickstarter. It drifts on a platform of piano; rises and swells like waves. Her voice is perhaps the apple: bobbing along, bouncing off the vaulted ceilings like the heavenly creature many would say that she is. Standouts like ‘Beeswax’ pick up the pace with a steady hi-hat backdrop and brilliant lyricism, while others like ‘Little Bird’ (featuring fellow Duluthian Charlie Parr) settle into a folk-lilt that is a nice contrast to the more up-beat pop tunes. Rife with metaphor and masterful melodies, “Apple in the Ocean” is well worth the five-year wait.

“Mary describes her own work as ‘the retellings of adventures, mishaps, and pains-in-the-ass.’ Which is simply to say that through her experiences touring the country, studying yoga from 2008 to 2011 in Seattle, attaining a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and falling in and out of love, she has a lot of wisdom to retell. The songs are a map she has drawn through the depths of the ocean of human experience; and even though the lyrics are often pulled from secret, dark places, Mary’s presence is a positive one, full of laughter and light.” - Amy Clark, KAXE

Stephanie Rearick has worked as a part-time musician since 1993 and has released six full-length solo albums and three albums with bands she's fronted, including Your Mom SRO and The Coma Savants. Her work is sometimes dark, often political, piano-based classical/cabaret/pop. For this performance she plays as Stephanie Rearick Jr. on casio, trumpet, voice and loops. Beatier, bouncier Rearick.
Nov 17, 2012John Craigie w/ Andrew Mazur - $6For the past seven years, John Craigie has taken his unique musical style across the western United States. He stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of our past century. With timeless melodies and insightful lyrics—interspersed with witty storytelling—his songs take many poetic turns before bringing you back home. His themes range from social commentary to personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love. He has traveled all of this planet, having played in all 50 states and beyond, bringing his music to the world.

Andrew Mazur is a Madisonian who has played in indie and noise bands around town for years. His solo sets feature acoustic guitar originals, as well as covers of a wide and unexpected range of songs, reworked in new and unique ways.
Nov 18, 2012Art Reception / Poetry Slam for Norah Perry - FreeCome meet the artist and check out this month's art show. There will also be a poetry slam. Free and open to the public.

6 - 8 pm.
Dec 14, 2012The Jokes w/ Brother Rye - $6The Jokes: The Jokes actually sorta rule. There's one side of us that fully appreciates the greatness of dudes like Tom Petty or The Rolling Stones, but we're not revivalists or anything. We also have kind of a Ty Segall, Pixies side to what we're doing. Sometimes we play noise, sometimes go for a Velvet Underground type sound. We also like country. Actually, it's sort of up in the air what you might hear at a Jokes show. We sort of wing it. It usually turns out.

Brother Rye: Brother Rye plays Americana driven by slide guitar and rock sensibility. They have found the perfect blend of Delta blues, country, and folk styles, leading them to their well-tailored sound.
Dec 9, 2012Reception for Alex WagnerCome meet December's artist!

6 -8 pm

Free and open to the public.
Dec 7, 2012Open Mic w. Andrew MazurSign up starting at 7, show's at 8.

Open mic!

Come show us what 'cha got.
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