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Event Archive - 2013

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Jan 4, 2013Spoken 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 20, 2013Art reception!Come meet January's featured artist.

7 - 9 pm.

Free and open to the public.

More info - Blessings. by Fu Dawg
Jan 12, 2013High Window - $5High Window is a local folk trio that blends orchestral elements into a traditional songwriter’s pallet. Its spirit animal is "Percy", the drummer's dog, and they strive to exude a similar blend of endearing shagginess onstage. Featuring guitar, cello, vibraphone, and voice, they spin yarns both redemptive and dark, disheveled and refined.
Jan 19, 2013Echelon String Quartet - $6The Echelon String Quartet is equally comfortable performing with classical chamber ensembles as they are sharing the stage with rock bands. A large part of their repertoire includes their own arrangements of everything from rock music to jazz standards and audiences are entertained by their fun interpretations of contemporary classical music.

All Wisconsin natives, the four musicians met while pursuing degrees in music from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. During their time at UW-Whitewater, the group received a National Undergraduate Research Grant to commission and perform a piece of music by a living composer. The result of the grant was "Seven Sultry Gothic Love Songs", a seven-movement work for string quartet and percussion by New York-based composer Eric Schwartz. Other recent performances include participation as the resident string quartet in the Branson, Missouri Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, the Broom Street Theater Sessions and the Wurst Times Music Festival.
Feb 22, 2013"An Evening of Roots Music and Improvisation" Andy Ewen, Frankie Lee, Doug DeRosa and Tim Haub
Mar 15, 2013Hal Rammel and Matt TurnerHal Rammel (amplified palette) and Matt Turner (cello) present an evening of improvisations to celebrate their new recording, Fractures and Phantoms (Penumbra).

Hal Rammel designs and builds musical instruments for the recording and performance of original compositions and improvisations. He has released recordings on Atavistic, Crouton, Soutrane, and Penumbra Music. His most recent recording is titled Agog and features a variety of solo percussion pieces using tabletop arrangements of amplified palettes.

Cellist Matt Turner performs in myriad of styles and has performed in Canada, Europe and Asia. He appears on over 100 recordings on Sketch/Harmonia Mundi, Nato /Hope Street, Ayler, Clean Feed, Illusions, Music and Arts, Accurate, Polyvinyl, Cadence Jazz and others and currently performs and records with Bill Carrothers, Randy Sabien and the Jean-Marc Foltz Trio.
Jan 25, 2013Yid Vicious - $6Join Yid Vicious as they celebrate the 17th anniversary of their first public performance at Mother Fool's. The Klezmer will fly fast and furious as the band welcomes alumni and special guests galore to swell its ranks to untold numbers!

Yid Vicious was formed in 1995 in Madison, WI in order to ameliorate the woeful dearth of klezmer in America's otherwise pleasant heartland. Klezmer is Yiddish folk music, music for dancing and celebrating, and no band has caused more dancing and celebrating than Yid Vicious. Except Kool and the Gang, when they had that hit single about celebrating good times, come on; that caused lots of celebrating. But Yid Vicious is next, right after Kool and the Gang.
Feb 2, 2013All Good Things w/ Stephanie Rearick, Jr. - $6Folk by definition, All Good Things exemplifies an adherence to tradition. Twisting and bending the faithful genre as he see's see fit, John Petty puts a unique spin on the time-honored Americana sound, through a fresh batch of influences including alt rock, indie, folk, and pop.

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.
Jan 18, 2013Daylight in the Swamp w/ Above The Town - $6Daylight in the Swamp is a contemporary bluegrass band based out of Madison, Wisconsin, and is a relatively new band to hit the area music scene, having formed less than two years ago. The band's mission is to preserve the hard-driving traditional bluegrass sound, while including some material from other musical styles. Their work can best be described as "Music with a Bluegrass Accent."

Ben Wright, banjo player for nationally recognized bluegrass band The Henhouse Prowlers, had this to say about Daylight in the Swamp: "We had a great time playing with these guys in Madison! This band has tight arrangements, solid harmonies and that guitar player's voice is like butter!”

Above the Townis a contemporary bluegrass ensemble, blending a mixture of traditional bluegrass sounds with Celtic influences, jazz, and swing. The band provides a mix of the old with the new, performing music by the masters of bluegrass as well as original material. In 2005, Above the Town was nominated for the Wisconsin Area Music Industry's (WAMI) Bluegrass Band of the Year. In 2006, Above the Town was privileged to be one of thirteen bands selected to showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Association Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jan 26, 2013Open mic w/ host, Rev. Andrew MazurThe event is a musical open mic, with magicians and comedians welcome as well. Free and open to all styles of music, with performers allowed up to three songs.

Sign up begins at 7:30pm.
Mar 2, 2013Thistle Inventory - $6Gregory Taylor, electronics; Tom Hamer, percussion; Geoffrey Brady, vibraphone/theremin

Thistle Inventory began several years ago as a duo with Gregory Taylor playing electronic sounds on his lap-topped computer machine and Tom Hamer playing acoustic percussion. And also with Greg altering Tom’s percussion sounds to create a compelling, electro-acoustic mélange. Then, Geoffrey Brady horned in on their action, making it a trio and adding vibraphone and theremin to the mix. Things got even more mélange-ey. But STOP THE PHONES, ALICE, THERE’S MORE!!!

For this upcoming Mother Fool’s performance the trio will be joined by extra-super-special guest Kia Karlen on accordion and Frenched horn. The ensemble’s size will have doubled and the power that Thistle Inventory wields will be a source of awe and wonderment. Or amusement. But certainly not apathy. And THAT’S the Thistle Inventory guarantee!
Feb 8, 2013Garryowen - $6Celtic. Lots of three part harmony ballads, rippin' dance tunes, and a few ancient airs.

Sheila Shigley (vocals, bouzouki, fiddle)
Mark Hutchins (vox, flute, whistle, bodhran)
Tom Blain (vox, guitars)
Jess Lex (fiddle - of Madison County fame)

Feb 9, 2013Spoken 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.
Feb 15, 2013The Geoff and Kia Show - $6This Valentine's Recovery edition of The Geoff and Kia Show features a special acoustic Yammer set, with musical tales of love, minivans, and palindromes; plus the eagerly anticipated encore performance of the Sockrates' Sock Puppet Carnival of Morals and Logic production of Dostoevsky's "The Devils". This, PLUS all of the improvised chaos and witty married-people banter you've come to expect from The Geoff and Kia Show.

So come on down to Mother Fool's Coffee House for delicious beverages and pastries served up with a side of vibraphone, horn, accordion, theremin, scrap metal, plastic bags, and sock puppet thespianry.

$6, all ages (puppet show rated R for violence and language).

And, as always: No Refunds.
Mar 16, 2013At the end of the Rainbow IV: An open Mic Fundraiser for Proud TheaterMusicians and spoken word artists are invited to share their craft at our Proud Theater Open Mic. The focus is LGBTQ but everyone is welcome! Sign up starts at 7 and the event starts at 8.
Mar 3, 2013Art show reception.Come meet the artists. March's art show is by Mother Fool's staff. 6 - 8 pm. Free and open to the public.
Mar 8, 2013Red 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."
Mar 9, 2013The Sweetness of Gone w/ Boob Dylan - $6The 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.Boob Dylan is a meeting of musical minds, melding inspirations, making merry, and being booby.

Just some Madison neighbors networking to make noisy noises in a free moment here or there between school, research, and work. Boob Dylan will play you a varied spread of folksy tunes with hints of bluegrass, alt-country, pop sensibility, and a heaping tablespoon of whimsy.

Boob Dylan's passion is driven by Lauren, Ginny, and Allison's love of music and having a good time. They hope ya'll can join us in the making of merry at the next show!
Mar 23, 2013Paul Geremia - $10Called "one of the finest blues artists" by Rolling Stone, acoustic blues master Paul Geremia plays a concert, celebrating the release of Love My Stuff, his first new album in seven years. The most expansive live collection of his 40-year career, it features three decades of rare and classic live performances that were recorded at theaters and clubs from California to New York.

This special remastered collection of recordings was culled from an ever-growing pile of live tapes made at Paul's gigs since the early 1980’s. It features fan favorite's, including ten tracks that he has never recorded before, such as the traditional tunes "See See Rider" and "Crawlin' King Snake Blues."

"For the most part, the songs consist of early country blues, early jazz and pop tunes, along with a few of my own as well," Paul says. Some of the standout originals include "Cocaine Princess" and his poignant "Where Did I Lose Your Love," originally written for the piano but performed here on guitar and harmonica. Whether playing his own material or covering classics by Lead Belly or Blind Lemon Jefferson, Paul puts his own unique stamp on every song he performs.

From the swaggering country blues of "Lovin' Sam (The Sheik of Alabam')" to Rev. Gary Davis' haunting tune "Death Don’t Have No Mercy," the songs show Paul performing with his signature style, loose and authentic. Rarely playing from set lists, Paul's spontanaity comes through with lively performances, as in his cover of "Dr. Jazz," written by New Orleans cornetist King Oliver and his hilarious introduction to "My Money Never Runs Out." The title track "Love My Stuff" shows Paul's incredible virtuosity with his unique take on the Charlie Patton tune, doing it in a Spanish tuning and incorporating a few verses from Patton’s song "Bird Nest Bound."

A true blues lover's delight, Love My Stuff shows why the late great Dave Van Ronk called Paul Geremia one of "the best white blues players alive."
Apr 6, 2013The Jokes w/ Centime - $6Coming from Nowheresville, Wisconsin, The Jokes are clearly going for a Lou Reed or Rolling Stones type sound. This, in my opinion, is normally a disaster waiting to happen. Bands like The Black Crowes or The Strokes (and especially Wilco) always leave us feeling let down because we know that there is too much nostalgia and not enough originality to eclipse the memory of earlier and greater music. Somehow, however, The Jokes manage to avoid cliche (most of the time) while achieving a classic rock sound. How we do this I do not know ( happen to be the lead singer and main songwriter for The Jokes). Anyways, what I do know is that our live shows are volatile and unpredictable (and sometimes even very bad). In an age of cupcakes and gimmicks The Jokes are completely lacking in the customary irony that enshrines the "underground" music scene of today. We are also lacking in the overdone authenticity of the alt-country roots music scene. Anything but authentic! Listen, we all know that deep down we want real Rock and Roll--not the sex and drugs cliche--but a truly dangerous music filled with mystery and the dare of courage. The Jokes may be the last chance we have to get it.

Centime is a band from Madison, Wisconsin.
Michael Brenneis (drums, vocals)
Sean Michael Dargan (bass, guitar, vocals)
Danny Hicks (guitar)
Annelies Howell (guitar, bass, vocals)

All four members of Centime are veterans of the Madison music scene. Danny Hicks has played with a number of country and rockabilly outfits, including Danny Paris and the Shiners and The Back 40’s. Annelies plays with new wave weirdos, The German Art Students. Michael Brenneis can be found behind the drums with The New Breed Quintet, Chick Singer Band, Steely Dane, and many others. Sean Michael Dargan fronts his own band...the Sean Michael Dargan band.
Apr 19, 2013Kelley McRae Duo w/ Sarah Pray - $6Out of Brooklyn, the Kelley McRae duo has been on a never ending tour in their VW van since February, 2011. Kelley's music has garnered a 4 star review in Paste Magazine, and she was named one of WNYC Soundcheck’s ‘Performances of the Year’.

The new album, “Brighter Than the Blues”, delivers 11 stripped down tracks of heartfelt Americana in the vein of Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams.

Madison native Sarah Pray released her second album "A May Morning" in 2012. "The songs drift and sway carrying Pray’s smoky burr of a voice on the breeze." - Popdose. During the last 4 years Sarah has toured all over the county playing folk music with Wisconsin songwriter Thomas Kivi.
Apr 5, 2013Ritt Deitz w/ Boo BradleyRitt Deitz comes from the Ohio River valley, and writes songs about rivers, creeks, water, family. He's got a great voice and the music is straight-a-head honest and you may as well be hanging out on his porch.

"[Deitz] works the same side of the street as Greg Brown and Bruce Cockburn, with songs that are concurrently earthy, ethereal, and intelligent" - The Onion

Boo Bradley is Madison's amazing one-human jugband medicine show featuring Scott "Boo" Kiker pumping out deep ragtime blues on a unique ensemble of old car horns, bells, a beat up guitar made of steel, kazoo, high-hat, an old parade drum and a tamborine...all at once! As the Onion A.V. puts it, "During the warmer months, Boo's performances are a favorite on State Street and at the Dane County Farmers' Market. Thanks to his feel for the sonic quirks of the National Resophonic steel guitar, Boo Bradley is as warm and fun as bluesy acts come these days".
Apr 13, 2013Spoken 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.

(here's a nice write up about the event from project famous mazagine.)
May 5, 2013Reception for Photography by Sarah Rose SmileyCome meet May's artist. 5 - 7 pm. Free and open to the public.
Apr 14, 2013Paradox Candy Product Launch / SamplingCome sample Paradox Candies and meet their creator.

We've been selling these amazing little treats for a couple of weeks and are excited to now "launch" the product. Please join us to try all three flavors: Peanut Butter & Jelly, “Chocolate” Mint and Coconut Cream.

How they’re made: The Paradox candies are made by hand at Daddy’s Kitchen, a rental kitchen, on Williamson Street. The ingredients are pressed into mini muffin holders and refrigerated until they set. There’s no baking in the process.

*Sugar Free
*Gluten Free
*Vegan
*Appetite Control
*High Fiber
*Protein

Ingredients: Almond meal flour, coconut oil, flax, carob, shredded coconut, diced walnuts, raw pumpkin seeds, cherries, blueberries, vanilla extract and Stevia.

More info at 77 Square.
May 3, 2013Le Gran Fromage w/ Boo Bradley - $6Laying heavily on the traditional recipe of accordion, fiddle and rhythm, Le Gran Fromage purvey a simple unvarnished version of the Cajun dance canon. The trio are Prairie Bayou's Katie Ping on fiddle; lead fiddler for the Cajun Strangers, Brian O'Donnell on accordion and fiddle; and Southwest Louisiana native (and Cajun Stranger himself) Scott Kiker on guitar and vocals. Come sit by the front porch at Mother Fool's to be warmed by the bayou music of Southwest Louisiana...without all the mosquitos and alligators!

Boo Bradley is Madison's amazing one-human jugband medicine show featuring Scott "Boo" Kiker pumping out deep ragtime blues on a unique ensemble of old car horns, bells, a beat up guitar made of steel, kazoo, high-hat, an old parade drum and a tamborine...all at once! As the Onion A.V. puts it, "During the warmer months, Boo's performances are a favorite on State Street and at the Dane County Farmers' Market. Thanks to his feel for the sonic quirks of the National Resophonic steel guitar, Boo Bradley is as warm and fun as bluesy acts come these days".
May 17, 2013Spoken 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.
May 24, 2013Open mic w/ host, Rev. Andrew MazurThe event is a musical open mic, with magicians and comedians welcome as well. Free and open to all styles of music, with performers allowed up to three songs.

Sign up begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 8.
Jun 15, 2013Panther Uranus - $7WHO: Panther Sequoia and Biff Uranus Blumfumgagnge

WHAT: Get together for an unforgettable evening of music, film and eros

WHERE: Motherfool's Coffeehouse, 1101 Williamson St, Madison, WI (608) 259-1301

WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 8pm

HOW: $7 cover

Panther Sequoia (aka Juvio Delicious, aka Drake Scott) was one of the ancillary Milwaukee players who worked with Violent Femmes back in the day, performing on their second release "Hallowed Ground." Now, he travels the globe playing oddly compelling guitar music and still freaking out folks in the eros crowd.

Biff Uranus Blumfumgagnge is a Madison musician known mostly for creating The Gomers in the 1980's. He also plays violin and guitar with the Reptile Palace Orchestra, Kicksville and sings with Steely Dane.

Together Panther & Uranus will create an erotically-themed sonic onslaught that will find them looping, rocking and being joined by special guest percussionist Tom Hamer. Biff is bringing his 16mm rig to enhance the show with some vintage films, and he will also join Panther on several of his songs.
May 17, 2013Rep. Chris Taylor - Office HoursState Representative Chris Taylor will be holding office hours from 9:30 - 11 am this Friday.

This is a great opportunity for constituents of the new 76th Assembly District, to meet Chris and tell her what issues matter. And what better way to do this than over coffee and pastries?
Jun 7, 2013Brian Imig - $6Brian brings his Progressive Cosmic sounds to the intimate coffeehouse setting for a night of mystery and magic. Returning to Madison after opening for friends Venice Gas House Trolley last year at The Cardinal Bar.

Combining hammered dulcimer, synthesizer, 6 & 12 string guitars & vocals, Brian will be performing new works and selections from his recent CD "Sonic Sorcery."
Jun 22, 2013Tina & Her Pony - $6Tina & Her Pony, from Taos, New Mexico, is an indie Appalachian folk band with cello, banjo, ukulele, guitar and vocal harmonies tighter than your mama's brazier. They are nearing completion of an 18 month national tour.
Jul 5, 2013Deanna Devore - $6While most artists pack their bags for bigtime in New York, 26 year-old Toronto import Deanna Devore opted in 2006 to make music in Chicago. Just unpacked, she played anywhere she could find a stage and a PA system while spending her days at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, recording and co-producing a seven-song EP with Bjorn Thorsrud (Smashing Pumpkins, Dandy Warhols), on which she played nearly every instrument with some backup from drumming heavyweight Matt Walker (Morrissey, Garbage).

Raised by musical parents, her voice, guitar playing and songwriting well exceed her years as she carries a lyrical sensitivity, a maturity and sophistication that spans across electro-dance, alternative, Brazilian jazz and orchestral territories. With an ever-expanding song catalogue, Devore and her band have headlined and shared sold-out local, regional, and national fest stages such as CMJ, NXNE, and 80/35 with touring acts Tigercity, Bonobo, Blind Pilot and fellow Canadians Basia Bulat and Juno Award-winning Lights. Earlier this year, Devore released her second EP "X Number Of Days". She wrote, performed and produced all the songs on the album and is working on a tour in support of it later this year.
Jun 8, 2013Zach Bryson - $6Zach Bryson is a country singer/songwriter from Eugene, Oregon who, accompanied by guitar and bass, plays a variety of traditional american music ranging anywhere from hillbilly yodeling to delta blues and ragtime standards in addition to the original songs he writes and performs.
Jun 14, 2013Yid Vicious - $6First Ever Flag Day Freylekhs Klez Fest!

Starring Yid Vicious!
Jun 21, 2013Seth Hoffman - $6Seth Hoffman has been writing and performing music for more than 15 years. As a college student in Madison, WI, Seth played the local coffee house and folk scene. When he was 21, he backpacked around Europe and was a street musician in Amsterdam, Prague, London, Paris, Venice and Brussels.

After moving to Albuquerque in 2002, Seth performed at local coffee shops, bars and festivals as part of the duo, Seth and Jacob. In 2008, Seth spent a year in Chile, performing music and teaching English. Since his return to Albuquerque, Seth has been an elementary school teacher during the week, and a musician in the evenings and on the weekends.

Seth is a talented storyteller. His music is inspired by his own personal experience, nature, travel, conversations and dreams. He has written about 300 songs (in English and Spanish) and plays more than a dozen instruments, including the guitar, mandolin, ukelele, banjo and harmonica.

Seth’s eclectic style, humor and charm, coupled with his natural talent, have helped him build a devoted following in the Albuquerque area.

Seth has released three CDs: Four in the Morning, Days Go By and Seth in Chile.
Jun 27, 2013Stuart Davis - $10A rare Thursday show at Mother Fool's... but Stuart is moving to Europe and we really wanted to see him one last time before he's gone for a long long time.

Really, one of the best.
Jul 12, 2013Red 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."
Jul 26, 2013Paul Geremia - $10Called "one of the finest blues artists" by Rolling Stone, acoustic blues master Paul Geremia plays a concert, celebrating the release of Love My Stuff, his first new album in seven years. The most expansive live collection of his 40-year career, it features three decades of rare and classic live performances that were recorded at theaters and clubs from California to New York.

This special remastered collection of recordings was culled from an ever-growing pile of live tapes made at Paul's gigs since the early 1980’s. It features fan favorite's, including ten tracks that he has never recorded before, such as the traditional tunes "See See Rider" and "Crawlin' King Snake Blues."

"For the most part, the songs consist of early country blues, early jazz and pop tunes, along with a few of my own as well," Paul says. Some of the standout originals include "Cocaine Princess" and his poignant "Where Did I Lose Your Love," originally written for the piano but performed here on guitar and harmonica. Whether playing his own material or covering classics by Lead Belly or Blind Lemon Jefferson, Paul puts his own unique stamp on every song he performs.

From the swaggering country blues of "Lovin' Sam (The Sheik of Alabam')" to Rev. Gary Davis' haunting tune "Death Don’t Have No Mercy," the songs show Paul performing with his signature style, loose and authentic. Rarely playing from set lists, Paul's spontanaity comes through with lively performances, as in his cover of "Dr. Jazz," written by New Orleans cornetist King Oliver and his hilarious introduction to "My Money Never Runs Out." The title track "Love My Stuff" shows Paul's incredible virtuosity with his unique take on the Charlie Patton tune, doing it in a Spanish tuning and incorporating a few verses from Patton’s song "Bird Nest Bound."

A true blues lover's delight, Love My Stuff shows why the late great Dave Van Ronk called Paul Geremia one of "the best white blues players alive."
Jun 28, 2013Spoken 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 29, 2013Open mic w/ host, Rev. Andrew MazurThe event is a musical open mic, with magicians and comedians welcome as well. Free and open to all styles of music, with performers allowed up to three songs.

Sign up begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 8.
Jul 7, 2013Art Reception for Nadia Hassler.Come meet our featured artist, Nadia Hassler.

6 - 8 pm.

Free and open to the public.
Jul 20, 2013Open Mic w/ Andrew MazurThe event is a musical open mic, with magicians and comedians welcome as well. Free and open to all styles of music, with performers allowed up to three songs.

Sign up begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 8.
Jun 21, 2013Tristan Freides - Make Music Madison - FreeThis performance will take place from 1:30 - 2:30 out by our graffiti wall.

"I am a singer-songwriter that plays a number of genres but enjoy putting acoustic spins on a variety of classic songs. I have a growing repertoire of folk/acoustic original music and enjoy performing any opportunity I am able so I can continue gathering experience! I have performed at various open mic nights and twice at Middleton High School's Performing Arts Center, and wish to continue gathering experience and hopefully get an EP together this summer." - Tristan Freides
Jul 27, 2013Native Eloquence w/ Original Mechanical Mouse - $6Native Eloquence
Multi-Instrumentalist Adam Hirsch weaves dense sonic tapestries from disparate influences, Hirsch brings to bear a background in jazz, a keen ear for beats, and a native honesty. These songs have a true lyricist at their core: "Time on my hands and I can’t wash it off", he sings, and time is a major theme on this record. Hirsch juxtaposes this preoccupation with time’s passing against the echoing dreaminess of the production, and these contrasts are ultimately what make this record so inviting. Adam is an expert at balancing diverse impulses and creating space for the listener in between.

Original Mechanical Mouse
Joel Collinsworth is a third generation writer who struggled with short story publishing for nearly a decade. In 2001 he returned to college, got a couple short stories published in the literary journal, and won the Freshman Writing Prize. Joel began songwriting in 2006 and in 2010 began using the band name Original Mechanical Mouse. Influences include, Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, Andrew Bird, The Shins, Jim James, Conor Oberst, Andy Hull, Aly Spaltro, and many other artists from the modern folk genre. He is unsigned with over three-hundred original songs, an EP, and numerous songs online.

When you hear the name of Joel Collinsworth's solo project, Original Mechanical Mouse, it's tempting to conjure the mechanical mouse from the Tom & Jerry cartoon (used by Jerry to fool Tom). But concentrate instead on original, for it's Collinsworth's uniqueness that sets OMM apart. The acoustic guitar arrangements can be haunting and spare (like John Frusciante's To Record Only Water for Ten Days) or quietly tender like Grandaddy's "Underneath The Weeping Willow." …. “Oh Yeah, Basement Tapes! is a work of art recalling Neil Young at his most beautiful.” – Bryan Cahpin Chicago Indie Music Live
Aug 3, 2013Echelon - $6The Echelon String Quartet is equally comfortable performing with classical chamber ensembles as they are sharing the stage with rock bands. A large part of their repertoire includes their own arrangements of everything from rock music to jazz standards and audiences are entertained by their fun interpretations of contemporary classical music.

All Wisconsin natives, the four musicians met while pursuing degrees in music from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. During their time at UW-Whitewater, the group received a National Undergraduate Research Grant to commission and perform a piece of music by a living composer. The result of the grant was "Seven Sultry Gothic Love Songs", a seven-movement work for string quartet and percussion by New York-based composer Eric Schwartz. Other recent performances include participation as the resident string quartet in the Branson, Missouri Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, the Broom Street Theater Sessions and the Wurst Times Music Festival.
Aug 2, 2013Matt Nichols w/ Tristan Freides - $6Matt Nichols spent several years navigating St. Louis's live music scene with his Folk-Rock band while finishing college. As a group, they were fortunate enough to open for a few notable acts such as Portugal the Man, Matt White, and Gavin Degraw. In early 2012, Nichols self released "Here I Stand," which is a collection of genre varying tunes exhibiting their full band flavor; in addition, to the softer side of Matt's voice, which has under tones that have been compared to Paul Simon, Van Morrison, and Damien Rice.

Tristan Freides delivers pulsing acoustic music with a depth of lyrics. Growing up in the Madison area, Tristan has always had a passion for music. His goal is to share his music with everyone that is a music lover like himself and eventually be a headlining act on tour. He just recently finished recording a collection of songs titled, 'Playing With Time Travel' (which is available on most internet music providers) and is looking to start recording on his debut album come fall.
Aug 9, 2013Brian Daly - $6Brian Daly is the singer/songwriter for his project, "Sunshine For The Blind". Brian is also an award winning producer/engineer at DNA Music Labs in Madison WI.

Brian's solo performances are a stripped down, elemental format with guitar and voice. He makes innovative use sonic effects that combine to create a space that holds the listener and won't let go.

His songs are journeys through intense personal conflict and confusion to a nirvana like clarity. The lyrics are evocotive and allusive more than literal. Iimagery in the songs reflects the strangeness of the subjective experience of life.

With arrangements that are unique and imaginative, Brian creates a haunting, transcendent experience that leaves the audience wanting more. Much more.
Sep 13, 2013Ryan Hussey and the Dot Dot Dots - $5Ryan Hussey and the Dot Dot Dots are a Madison-based, soulful, folk-rock experience. Their name changes every show, and YOU can decide what their name will be at Mother Fool's on September 13th. Like their facebook page and create your own name for the band. If your creation is chosen, you can win a free ticket to the show! Click Here to WIN Free Entry to the show! Listen to Music by Clicking Here.
Aug 24, 2013Boob Dylan - $5Just some Madison neighbors networking to make noisy noises in a free moment here or there between school, research, and work. Boob Dylan will play you a varied spread of folksy tunes with hints of bluegrass, alt-country, pop sensibility, and a heaping tablespoon of whimsy.

Boob Dylan's passion is driven by Lauren, Ginny, and Allison's love of music and having a good time. They hope ya'll can join us in the making of merry at the next show!
Aug 17, 2013The Ens - $6Local Madison duo The Ens features Ben Reiser and Ellen Gibson-Kennedy playing original guitar music with a sweet, mellow indie-soul vibe. Concocting a frolicsome, wit-filled performance, the duo delivers just enough gritty edge to hook the listener via lyrics that range from banal to philosophical. With their provocative melodies, The Ens leave you wistful, contemplative, and even a bit haunted.
Aug 16, 2013Magic mic w/ host, Rev. Andrew MazurThe event is a musical open mic, with magicians and comedians welcome as well. Free and open to all styles of music, with performers allowed up to three songs.

Sign up begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 8.
Aug 10, 2013Spoken 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, 2013The Jokes w/ Conscious ObjectComing from Nowheresville, Wisconsin, The Jokes are clearly going for a Lou Reed or Rolling Stones type sound. This, in my opinion, is normally a disaster waiting to happen. Bands like The Black Crowes or The Strokes (and especially Wilco) always leave us feeling let down because we know that there is too much nostalgia and not enough originality to eclipse the memory of earlier and greater music. Somehow, however, The Jokes manage to avoid cliche (most of the time) while achieving a classic rock sound. How we do this I do not know ( happen to be the lead singer and main songwriter for The Jokes). Anyways, what I do know is that our live shows are volatile and unpredictable (and sometimes even very bad). In an age of cupcakes and gimmicks The Jokes are completely lacking in the customary irony that enshrines the "underground" music scene of today. We are also lacking in the overdone authenticity of the alt-country roots music scene. Anything but authentic! Listen, we all know that deep down we want real Rock and Roll--not the sex and drugs cliche--but a truly dangerous music filled with mystery and the dare of courage. The Jokes may be the last chance we have to get it.

Conscious Object is a fusion hip hop project based out of Madison, WI (USA). The music encompasses a wide range of moods while blurring the lines between traditional hip-hop sounds and those derived from industrial rock influences.

Mr Bomb Camp, the producer & multi-instrumentalist behind the music, began his musical pursuits by playing live in rock bands, but also tinkered with making beats on the side. Reconsiderate, the lyricist, has been writing his own brand of free form software synth music since 1999. In approximately the Fall of 2010, the two met via an online music service, intending at first to collaborate on a single song, but later decided to take the collaboration further.

Conscious Object is primarily about making enjoyable and interesting music for its own sake, though you may be able to glean some substance from it if you listen carefully.
Oct 26, 2013Maury Smith - $6Inspired by a piece of Paris street graffiti and three years in the making, the album Mirage will present itself at this October 26th show. Backed by the mythical Orchestra Bordenave, Maury Smith will paint a rich canvass of images and emotions in 12 original songs with voice, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki and drums. A second set more akin to his usual musical monologue style will focus on New Orleans, that great drain where all things Mid-American empty into the gently rising gulf. It's Maury's first performance since 2010's musical monologue, Banjo. Seriously. and he's really glad to be playing out again and to be done with this monstrous recording project that's morphed into a website with all kinds of other music and tons of Marcia Yapp's photography and some writing and other musings all somehow centered on the metaphor of Mirage (although in some cases it just looks that way). Come enjoy the show!
Sep 15, 2013Reception for Jennifer LeaverCome meet September's artist!

6 - 8 pm. Free and open to the public.
Sep 20, 2013All Good Things w/ John Clutter - $6Folk by definition, All Good Things exemplifies an adherence to tradition. Twisting and bending the faithful genre as he see's see fit, John Petty puts a unique spin on the time-honored Americana sound, through a fresh batch of influences including alt rock, indie, folk, and pop.

Josh Clutter is a solo artist in the Minneapolis area. Josh's debut self titled album released September 25th, 2012 and features full-band renditions of his original songs. Since the release of his album, Josh Clutter has stayed busy in the Minneapolis scene, playing acoustic shows with many other breaking artists. Josh also keeps up to date with the social media presence by connecting with fans on Twitter, promoting shows on Facebook, and recording cover music videos on YouTube. Josh's solo career began after he parted ways with his full-time touring band, and has taken all the skills he has acquired to make a name for himself with this new project.
Sep 28, 2013Magic mic w/ host, Rev. Andrew MazurThe event is a musical open mic, with magicians and comedians welcome as well. Free and open to all styles of music, with performers allowed up to three songs.

Sign up begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 8.
Oct 19, 2013Flowpoetry - $6Flowpoetry (aka Adam Gregory Pergament), a three-time finalist for Best Artist (Other) in the Annual Madison WI Area Music Awards, is a performer who has bridged the gap between poetry and music.

He has performed publicly over 900 times in the USA with Rock and Roll bands, Jazz musicians, and as a solo poet. He was a finalist for the MNSWA "Urban Griot" International/National Performer of the year alongside other poets such as Leonard Cohen and Saul Williams. His current projects include Venice Gas House Trolley (Jam Rock with Spoken Word Poetry) and Rock and Fire Flowpoetry (spoken word with vocal effects and loops). From 2006-2008, he led and taught Chime Collective Big Band weekly improvised free flow musical and poetic workshops at The Madison WI Center For Creative And Cultural Arts. He was also the first ever "Poet-In-Residence" at the King Club (voted Madison, WI's #1 nightclub in 2007).

In previous incarnations, Adam has played catcher for the University of Minnesota baseball team, spent five years backpacking throughout Asia and India, earned a Master of Arts Degree in Languages and Cultures of Asia and studied for seven years in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Buddhist Studies Ph.D program. He has performed with such notables as Hanah Jon Taylor (Chicago’s Artists For The Advancement of Creative Music) and Vincent Davis (Roscoe Mitchell Quartet) and Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown's Original Funky Drummer). He has opened shows for The Steve Kimock Band, Cornmeal, Groovatron, Buck 65, Claude Coleman, Jr of Ween, Roster McCabe, and UV Hippo. He has also appeared on festival billings with The Jerry Garcia Band and Indigenous.
Oct 5, 2013The Potter's Field w/ Ritt Deitz Trio - $7"The Potter's Field defies easy description -- Harmoniously haunting, deceptively simple, painting portraits of real life on the canvas of the listeners' hearts and minds with sepia undertones of edgy eeriness, poignant lyrics and bright splashes of toe-tapping energy."

Rochelle Clark and John Natiw are The Potter's Field, a Midwest based Folk/Americana/Roots duo. Known for poetic, gritty lyrics, driving instrumental style (including acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, harmonica, typical and non-typical percussion elements and the occasional kazoo), close and powerful vocal harmonies and easy stage presence, The Potter's Field surprises with new songs and ideas that sound familiar yet nostalgic.

Ritt Deitz is a mainstay of the Madison folk-rock scene. Guitar/voc, hammered dulcimer/voc, bass, and guest backing singer.
Oct 4, 2013Rep. Chris Taylor - Office HoursState Representative Chris Taylor will be holding office hours from 9:30 - 11 am this Friday.

This is a great opportunity for constituents of the 76th Assembly District, to meet Chris and tell her what issues matter. And what better way to do this than over coffee and pastries?
Oct 18, 2013Bucky Pope and Easy Company w/ Brian Daly and Andrew Rohn - $6Bucky Pope, Dave Adler, and Calvin Thorne will combine twelve string guitar. piano and string bass to perform new original music. There will be blood.
Oct 25, 2013Rob Clark w/ Christine Costanzo - $6Rob Clark and Christine Costanzo formed a friendship over years of camping and performing together at the Rocky Mountain Song School and Folks Fest in Lyons, Colorodo--one of the devastated communities from the recent flooding in Colorodo. Rob is on tour promoting his new CD. This show is a benefit for the flood victims with all CD sales and cover charge going to the Lyon's Community Fund.

Rob Clark:

"Just about everywhere I’ve ever been, I’ve played music – in homes, in pubs, around campfires – and the people I’ve played with have been everything from close friends to complete strangers. With them I sometimes learned, sometimes taught, and sometimes stood silent in complete awe of their musical genius." – Rob Clark

Rob Clark is a multi-instrument singer-songwriter. Originally from Western New York, he has been a resident of Boulder, Colorado for more than 20 years. Rob makes his way onto the music scene on multiple fronts, participating in festivals, jams, and on-stage performances -- much of these Colorado local, but he’s also taken it to places in California, Kentucky, New York, Wales, and Argentina. Rob’s instruments include the guitar, fiddle, and banjo. He enjoys singing, and especially harmony singing. Favorite genres include outlaw country, country, rock, Celtic, bluegrass, folk, and Americana. .

Rob has played in several bands in Colorado integrating his own songs wherever possible: Cheese Shoppe; a band of co-workers playing electric rock and roll and dance music, Steel Pennies; playing straight up bluegrass, Windfall; a sort of coffeehouse rock band, and RCJK; a duo with a strong emphasis on original music and harmony singing.

This year Rob made his debut album. In preparing the material, he wanted to capture a set of songs that sounded good together but also offered a broad view into his writing. That was something producer John McVey understood right away. The album Two Hands On The Wheel is Rob’s first full production effort. It features some of the best local area musicians. It was recorded at Coupe Studios and mastered at Airshow. As such, its an all-Colorado project, something Rob is quite happy to point out.

Christine Costanzo:

"Though she's from Ohio and currently resides in Madison, Costanzo favors the bare-bone melancholy musings of Appalachia, with a dash of Joni Mitchell's windswept Canada thrown in"... - The Onion

"(Costanzo's) playing and singing have the starkness of Gillian Welch. (She) has a beautiful voice that exudes a sense of weariness with a touch of hope. With an introspective streak a mile wide...(she) lets her music invite you into her world…" - The Greenman Review

"The voices of her narrators are as strong as you can wish for" - The Ectophile's Guide to Good Music
Oct 6, 2013Art reception for Sarah BottjenCome meet October's artist and check out the show. 5 - 7 pm. Free and open to the public.
Oct 11, 2013Spooky Mic w/ host, Rev. Andrew MazurSpooky Mic is open to your scary stories, spooky songs, poe-like poems, macabre monologues or magic acts, ominous one-act plays or other. Anything goes as long as it's scary, or at least eerie, and around five minutes. Costumes welcomed. Sins absolved.
Nov 1, 2013The Fatal Eggs w/ Second Hand - $6The Fatal Eggs are a 6-piece noise band from Madison, WI. They play Electro-Primitive experimentalist freakouts fronted by spoken word poetry. They build their sounds using hand-made electronics, synth, accordion and drumming.
Nov 8, 2013Matthew Frantz w/ Homer Marrs and the Excellent Adventure - $6Chicago based singer/songwriter Matthew Frantz is a maverick in the indie/freak folk music world. Not easily pigeonholed, Frantz’s music is soulful, honest, gritty and relevant to what’s going on in the world now. Matthew Frantz released his debut album, “Odessa Days” mid 2012. It features a broad spectrum of Americana/Indie/Freak Folk music, from the melancholy “Silver Dollar Stream” and “Docks” to the driving and dark, “London Honey Bee” and the emotionally epic “Epic Of Harvey Dylan”.

He tours extensively and has performed in concert with the post- punk band, Girl In A Coma, a rare appearance with Tom Waits in Sonoma, opened for both Calexico and The Swingtips, and many others.

”After four years of building his repertoire of songs and getting comfortable in his new genre, Frantz is ready” - AMARILLO GLOBE

Homer Marrs and the Excellent Adventure is a Chicago-based indie rock act that might get compared to They Might Be Giants but sounds more like David Sedaris tickle-fighting R.E.M.

A seasoned veteran of the Chicago improv comedy scene, including stints with the Second City Touring Company and GayCo Productions, Marrs started focusing his energies into music in 2011. His debut EP, Prom King (produced by JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound’s Ben Taylor) came out in May 2012 and was supported by a live performance of “The Facebook Song” on Jimmy Kimmel Live via webcam for National UnFriend Day.

"... ludicrous lyrics, offbeat themes, and impeccable melodies ... You’ll find the zinging songs stuck in your head” - Illinois Entertainer

“Homer Marrs is hilarious -- his voice, perfectly suited to the genre. Each Homer Marrs song is its own universe that either adds new insight to oft-explored cultural touchstones, or spotlights under-appreciated phenomena.” - Chicago Indie Music Live
Nov 17, 2013Reception for Brad SchwennCome meet November's artist, Brad Schwenn.

5 - 7 pm.

Free and open to the public.
Nov 15, 2013Magic Mic w/ Reverend Andrew MazurThe event is a musical open mic, with magicians and comedians welcome as well. Free and open to all styles of music, with performers allowed up to three songs.

Sign up begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 8.
Nov 30, 2013Old Earth w/ Twin Brother - $6
Dec 6, 2013Panter Sequoia w/ Philip Clayton Sadler - $6Panther was born in a den and breastfed with mommy panther until the time of his weaning and then went to roam the forest. As he heard the tweeting of the birds and the chirping of the crickets, he began to fashion instruments with his paws which became more deft with time, until he was able to construct a primitive sound chamber which recorded his chirrings on water film reflected on the stone walls of canyons. Later he left the forest to discover the havoc humans had wreaked upon themselves and upon every other living being. He left civilization in disgust and to this day, eschews the artificial in flavor of flaming briskets of capitalists roasted until just tender enough to feed to students in his "destroy civilization" primitive skills playshops.

When not prancing tirelessly for piece of capitalist meat to bring peace on earth, he recycles politicians for world peace, composting them for the nourishment of the non-human.

Philip Clayton Sadler
Scientist/musician Philip Clayton Sadler is a solo acoustic artist originally hailing from Chicago and most recently from Minneapolis. “Why Time” is his most recent project. As a former concert cellist, many of Philip’s melodies hold themes reminiscent of classical concertos with guitar acting at times as both principle and orchestra. Lyrics featured in “Why Time” have been refined from letters and journals kept meticulously from Philip’s youth are presented with a dim melodic optimism. From haunting words to impatient tempos, “Why Time” is a study in remorse and in love and in science.
Dec 7, 2013All Good Things - $6Folk by definition, All Good Things exemplifies an adherence to tradition. Twisting and bending the faithful genre as he see's see fit, John Petty puts a unique spin on the time-honored Americana sound, through a fresh batch of influences including alt rock, indie, folk, and pop.
Dec 13, 2013Mary Bue 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 brings her "Junior" show to Mother Fool's for one night only! Using a Boss Loopstation, casio keyboard, trumpet and vocals, Stephanie create lush pop soundscapes.
Dec 20, 2013Magic Mic w/ Reverend Andrew MazurThe event is a musical open mic, with magicians and comedians welcome as well. Free and open to all styles of music, with performers allowed up to three songs.

Sign up begins at 7:30pm, show starts at 8.
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