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Event Archive - 2005

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Jan 28, 2005Sara Pace w/ Patrick BrickelSara Pace wields a big acoustic guitar and writes big songs to go with. Folkish pop tunes with a thick syrup of country twang poured over the top.

Patrick Brickel has achieved a lyrical, roots/Americana hybrid that merges the pop classicism of a Paul Simon with the stark, penetrating internal explorations of an Elliott Smith or a Richard Buckner. He's been labeled "a masterful songwriter" by the Grand Island Independent, "a powerful roots musician" by Riverwest Currents, and a reviewer from Modern Vertebrate once wrote "every time I listen to his lyrics, I think to myself, 'Man, I wish I could write like that!' Then I hide in my closet and cry."
Mar 4, 2005Will BranchGraham Lindsey had to cancel and will reschedule at a later date. Check out Will Branch!!

Will Branch plays old-timey American music. Milwaukee's weekly the Shepherd Express called his duo with Dave Fox "some of the best porch music this city has to offer...their music suggests seasoned tastes from times and places far-removed from here." Branch's solo set is built around songs that have been around for decades, as well as his own originals. His new CD, "Press On," is receiving airplay on Wisconsin Public Radio - the recording features a who's-who of Milwaukee folk musicians. Branch has played around 2,000 shows in the past ten years. He's performed at festivals, in bars, on boats, in the street, in coffeehouses, for young and old and all ages in-between.
Jan 8, 2005MiLkBabYThe first art rock of 2005 finds Uvulittle recording artists, MiLkBabY, spinning in new directions. The duo of Barry Bennett and Darren Shepherd come to town toting a full drum kit, bass, and a bit more swagger than previous visits. But have no fear! Though MiLkBabY's rock influences shine brighter and bigger than previous incarnations, the can-to-can phone to that otherworldly tribe is still in working order. A great opportunity to revisit the group if you have'nt been to a MiLkBabY show in a while. If this is your first time with the 'BabY, buckle up for the ride! Finally a "jamband" that truely surprises...
Jan 14, 2005Stephanie Rearick and Andy EwenStephanie Rearick and Andy Ewen are both well-known Madison musicians. For this special show, they will each do separate sets.

Stephanie's music is primarily piano-based although she also does some work with looping machines, trumpets and toy catapillars. Her music spans the spectrum from classical to pop to experimental. Mostly, it is beautiful and nostalgic.

Andy is best known for his role as the electric guitarist and main vocalist for Honor Among Thieves. His solo stuff is more likel to be acoustic but he does pull out the electric sometimes. His music is best described as pyscho-blues.
Feb 5, 2005TELEVERSETELEVERSE are a new Madison trio consisting of Geoff Brady (drums), Dean Giavaras (Sax and wind thing), and Jack Sayre (Bass). With a rather high notes per minute (npm) rate, prepare for a lot more sound than one would ordinarily expect from a trio of this sort. For this show, TELEVERSE will play some of their own unique of polymetric compositions, as well as, some strange and wonderful aural theatre with special guest Jon Polak.
Jan 9, 2005Kate Luscher art show receptionCome meet this month's artist from 7 to 9 pm. Free and open to the public.
Jan 7, 2005AJ Love Birthday Celebration Show!The show starts at 8pm, we'll be serving free birthday cake and giving away free CD's to everyone who attends...... the cover charge at the door will be $5

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

Bassist A.J. Love has toured all over the USA, performed with Clyde Stubblefield and Buddy Miles, and is currently studying with Jazz legend Richard Davis. His latest album, "Namaste", features world-renowned tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson, a former Blue Note recording artist who has toured and recorded with many of the all-time greats of the Jazz world including Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, and Ron Carter.

A.J. Love- guitar
Alex Valdes - Upright Bass
Tom Krupsky - sax
Jan 21, 2005Graham Lindsey w/ Will BranchDue to a snowstorm, this show had to be cancelled.
Jan 15, 2005Open mic w. Ben ReiserSign up starts at 7pm. the show starts at 8..

Ben Reiser (Swim Team) will be the host so come on down and show us what you got!
Jan 22, 2005Caravan Gypsy Swing EnsembleCaravan G.S.E. is an instrumental group based out of Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. The ensemble also pulls influences from jazz, Parisian swing, traditional Latin, waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire, originals and classic tunes done in a uniquely arranged style.

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

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

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

Outside of performing, Caravan G.S.E. is busy preparing to record Hot String Swing, their first FULL LENGTH CD! It is scheduled for release in spring of 2005. Hot String Swing will include a variety of original music and arrangements of Django Reinhardt classics, standards, waltzes and Latin tunes.
Feb 24, 2005Cafe Haiku slam! w/ Nils Bultmann (viola)What can you say in 17 syllables? Find out by joining Jeffrey
Goldsmith for an evening of haiku improvised by you and everyone else
who shows up! Make yours funny or sad, truth or fiction, it's all
very good. And be sure to check out the book, Cafe Haiku, at
http://CaffeineSociety.com.

Nils Bultmann will accompany this event with viola and loops.

8 - 10 pm.

Free.
Feb 4, 2005Tracy BeckTracy Beck - a wonderful blend of folk, country, blues, and roots music all intertwined into one. Her unique vocals, combined with strong melodies, infectious hooklines and everchanging musical moods will take you on an emotional journey.
Feb 11, 2005Marianne Flemming"Marianne Flemming now makes the Midwest her home, but the
singer/songwriter's travels around the world, from the Caribbean to
Europe to South America have lent her folk-blues a singular style
ungoverned by race or region". Creative Loafing, Tampa, FL

Born and raised in South Florida, Marianne first got the music bug from
her father, a crooner from the big band era. She developed a love for
the eccentric and emotional aspects of song from listening to Jane
Siberry, Anita O'Day, OIngo Boingo, Howlin Wolf, Frank Zappa and many
others. Her music has been called both sensual and sweet, endearingly
funny, and soulfully insightful.

With the recent addition of a family, Marianne has settled down in
Madison, WI but she still tours Florida and the East Coast.

"Seekers of pleasant surprises would do well to examine Venetian Dream.
From Cafe Jazz poised and precise, to a brilliant mixture of ska, pop,
and country blues. Mapped out scats and playful torch singing produce
swinging ballads, quiet anthems, and tumbling post-bop jigs. Marianne
has melted years of experiance into a tidy package of pithy
memories....songs that are breezy and full of thought" - MaximumInk
Feb 25, 2005Ian Gorman w/ Nils BultmannIan is a singer, guitarist and banjo player from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He writes wistful songs about love, life and loss, with a distintive tenor voice and clever lyrics.

Nils Bultmann is an exceptionally unique and eclectic musician who is finding and developing his own voice within the context of a wide variety of musical styles and art forms. Bultmann received his B.A. from the University of Madison-Wisconsin on a music scholarship, studying Viola Performance with Sally Chisholm as well as German Literature. He has attended master classes at the Banff and Domaine Forget festivals with Karen Tuttel, Paul Neubauer, and Roberto Diaz.

More recent interest has developed for him in the realm of improvisation and composition. He has been active in collaborative projects of dance and film. Recent collaborations include performances with world musicians Sur Sudha from Nepal and multi-instrumentalist/instrument builder Ken Butler. In spring of 2003, he produced and recorded a CD compilation of his own compositions, Forgiveness, including a Solo Sonata for Viola which will be appearing in full score with review in the upcoming issue of Viola Journal. Nils has been the recipient of many awards including grants from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission for recording projects and outreach in the Madison Public Schools, the Music Omi composers residency fellowship in upstate New York, and the Djerassi artist residency for September 2005. In September 2004 he was a guest at the International Symposium for Improvised music in Munich Germany to perform two new works by jazz Saxophonistsí Roscoe Mitchell and Evan Parker, which was recorded and will be released by ECM records.
Jan 29, 2005Friend of Howard w/ Mark WillerFriend of Howard stands out amongst the throngs of new, budding musicians. Armed with a genuine voice and songs of depth and devotion, FOH blends acoustic folk with the energetic passion of rock & roll. The talent behind FOH is singer/songwriter Martha Berner. On her self-released debut E.P., Martha's easy, friendly manner instantly charms listeners. Her poetic lyrics create a beautiful pulse and movement, while her comforting vocals and heartfelt guitar make for a collection that's every bit as seductive as it is engaging.

Mark Willer is one of Rockford, IL’s most talented singer /songwriters. On his debut release Dirt Filled Glass, Mark invites his audience to accompany him on a journey to where they desire to be. His sometimes bold lyrics with underlying roots in folk music, (that are also shaded by the tensions of rock – akin to Tom Waits or Nick Cave) begin to define a new musical texture. And it's no mistake.
Mar 19, 2005Stuart DavisStuart Davis plays guitar and sings. And has rabid fans because he is one of those performers that command attention and respect. His songwriting is sickly sharp, his playing is technically and aesthically amazing, and.. he rocks.

His songs run the gamut from death to sex to love to yoga. His new thing is that he is a Masoninati-templarcrucian so exept songs about that (whatever that is..)

$10.
No advance tickets.
Feb 18, 2005The JoAnne Pow!ers TrioJoAnne Powers - Saxophones, etc.
Jennifer Pendur - Bass
Paul Baker - Drums; Percussion

Occasionally punctuating high-energy free jazz with and exploratory improvisations with Arabic maqams and Hindustani ragas, the JoAnne Pow!ers Trio rose from the ashes of Madison, Wisconsin's creative music scene. Bringing the irreverent spontaneity of percussionist Paul Baker together with Jennifer Pendur's inscrutable bass and the dulcet yet harrowing tones of saxophone terrorist JoAnne Powers, the trio plays spontaneous compositions and collective improvisations characterized by densely intricate communication and the cathartic energy of early sixties fire music.

About the Performers:

JoAnne Powers:

Once referred to in Isthmus as a "free jazz outlaw" and branded "probably the loudest person ever to play in San Francisco's subway system," multi-instrumentalist JoAnne Powers plays frequently in the Madison Area both as a solo act and with her trio (The aptly-named JoAnne Powers Trio). Powers also makes occasional appearances in the [sometimes literally] underground music scenes of New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Her frenetic saxophone abuse is often compared to that of Albert Ayler and Peter Broetzmann, with further influences from late-period John Coltrane and legendary Japanese free-improviser Kaoru Abe. With a tone that has been known to alternately peel the paint off of walls and lull angry babies to sleep, Powers is known for her marathon blowing sessions (occasionally long enough to draw blood), lightning-fast keywork, and heavy use of multiphonics and other extended techniques. While largely operating within the "Energy music" school of improvisation, Powers' music also incorporates elements of the music of the Middle East and India. In addition to her trios, Powers' collaborators have included extreme vocalist D.B. Pedersen, Chicago free percussionist Robert Cozzolino, free-jazz pianist Clay Ruby, turntable manipulator Endless, and the late multi-instrumentalist Lyx Ish. Her most recent CD, "Conflicts of Interest" is available on the 23 Productions label.

Jennifer Pendur: Jennifer Pendur evolved her eclectic multidimensional musical aesthetic from many sources, including early exposure to Cleveland radio during its experimental non-commercial heyday. As a child she cheerfully absorbed musical influences from anywhere and everywhere, discovering in her teens the works of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Arnold Schoenberg, Ornette Coleman, and Charles Mingus. The interplay of natural environmental sounds and "noise" has always fascinated her, and she began composing with magnetic tape in eight grade, when she became fascinated with collage and its application to sound and begged her parents for a tape recorder. While she has also studied french horn, piano, flute, guitar and dulcimer, her bass and her voice are her primary instruments at this time. She took up the upright bass after moving to Chicago in 1974, and has studied at length with the legendary Russell Thorne, and also recorded with him in the Giordanisti Trio and Emergency Theatre Ensemble. During her tenure in the Midwest improvised music scene, she has also performed with the likes of Donald Raphael Garrett, Chicago free-jazz legend Hal Russel (who began his avant-garde career with Russell Thorne in the Joe Daley Trio), and Milwaukee instrument-inventor Hal Rammel. She has appeared numerous times with the astonishing jazz-rock guitarist Elijah Israel (now tragically deceased) in the psychedelic jam-band Earthen Vessels.

Paul Baker: Percussionist Paul Baker has been playing drums and percussion for the last 35 years, in a wide variety of contexts. His musical experiences include classical music, theatre, and a number of styles of jazz, primarily free-jazz at this time. Baker has performed and recorded with musicians associated with the Madison Music Collective, including the Silt Loam Ensemble, Scott Fields, and the JoAnne Pow!ers Trio, among others. He studied drumming with Alan Dawson in Boston, and hosts a program of chamber music on WORT-FM, Madison.

"Pow!ers possesses an immense tone. Her broad vibrato, penchant for multiphonics, and tendency to push whatever sax she's playing to the edge of its range brings to mind Albert Ayler and Peter Brotzmann." -- Bill Meyer, "Signal to Noise, the Journal of Improvised and Experimental Music," Winter 2004
Feb 19, 2005Yid ViciousKlezmer, klezmer and a little klezmer.
Feb 26, 2005Ritt Deitz w/ James TravisRITT DEITZ returns with his acoustic roots sound, this time accompanied by longtime collaborator and guitar/dobro man Craig Totten, who is featured on Ritt's records HILLBILLY and PLEASURE ISLE. Pianist Wilder Deitz joins Ritt and Craig for part of the set, and they'll play songs fresh from the studio, as Ritt begins work on his upcoming Uvulittle release, tentatively titled TAP ROOT FAMILY.

James Travis has been finding success as lead singer/songwriter for local alt.-country act "Jim James & The Damn Shames" but his dusty vocals and rhythmic guitar work also suit him well as a solo/acoustic act. Excellent lyricism and a fine bit of harmonica playing compliment his rustic elan vital perfectly.
Mar 11, 2005Paul GeremiaFor over thirty years, Paul Geremia has survived solely by the fruit of his musical labors. Having abandoned all other means of support in 1966, he has been traveling far and wide ever since, performing in every capacity from street singing to club and concert bookings, throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Europe.

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

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

$10.
No advance tickets.
Feb 12, 2005el guante, Starr and Blane Blockerel guante: Emcee, spoken-word poet and activist, el guante combines politics, love songs and storytelling in a way that is compelling and original. He just released his second full-length album, "vanishing point."

Starr: Madison emcee Starr just released his debut album, "Goin' Critical" for Extortion Entertainment, a cinematic journey through politics, partying and pain. Mixing thoughtful lyrics with an aggressive delivery, Starr defies categorization.

Blane Blocker: Spoken word poet Blane Blocker has been on the Madison scene for years sharing his vivid, imaginative poetry. Also an emcee, Blocker prides himself on not only saying things in an appealing way, but also having something WORTH saying.
Apr 8, 2005Pamela MeansPamela Means is a Boston-based Out (spoken), Biracial indie folk artist whose "kamikaze guitar style" and punchy provocative songs have worn a hole in her guitar. Armed with razor wit poetry and irresistable charm, Pamela Means' "stark, defiant songs" (New York Times Magazine) set the status quo and the stage afire.
Mar 12, 2005Edith Frost w/ Eric ZiegenhagenEdith Frost has seven years of record-making & touring under her belt. No Depression called her 1997 Calling Over Time, "the strongest, most distinctive debut since Richard Buckner or Palace." Since then Edith has taken great strides into the far-flung field of pop music, releasing two more critically acclaimed records and an EP on Drag City and headling shows to enthusiastic fans all over the country. After touring on the release of Wonder Wonder, (2001) Edith has continued to write and recently released a free set of tunes called "Demos," which 1000’s of fans are still downloading at www.edithfrost.com.

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

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

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

Writes songs, plays them on a four-string nylon-string open-tuned guitar slung flat across his lap. The story: Eric's dad owned a guitar when Eric was growing up. Papa Ziegenhagen would let little Eric play the guitar as long as he kept it in the guitar case, and so he learned how to play that way.

$8
Mar 13, 2005Art Reception for Craig Grabhorn.DJ Fuzzyneedles will be spinning some mellow type stuff: piano, belly dancing with some saturday-morning-pop-toon
sampling... as people gather to meet the artist and check out the show.

This event runs from 7 - 9 pm and is free and open to the public.

Apr 2, 2005StoneFloatInto every vacuum a whorl will whirl and StoneFloat is proud to stake its claim as originators in the emerging new now that is Rock and Fire Flowpoetry.

Imagine a band that is flexible enough to flow, with all original songs, from spoken word jazz into an acoustic cowboy duets into a reggae rock and finally into a full-on blues tinged rock ensemble. The times we live in demand a vigorous response and Madison, WI based StoneFloat provides just that by playing soulful rock and roll songs connected with poetry that keeps the music flowing from one song into the next. The result is at times aggressive, at other times spacey and dreamy and always entertaining. StoneFloat explodes genre by foggily blending sludge rock, dustygritty guitars, funk-a-fried bass, and flowpoetry puddled over double clutched drum beats. This is all mixed in with a dose of twang and soul vocals, electrically and acoustically performed.

StoneFloat features Tate McLane on guitar and vocals (hailed by South Central Wisconsin's leading music newspaper as having a voice both 'raw and true'), KC McCrum on lead guitar, Bear LaValley on bass, Dave Brehmer on percussion, and Madison Area Music Award Best Artist Finalist Adam Gregory Pergament adding the spoken word. All members of StoneFloat are entirely professional and dedicated to songcraft. Within the space of this moment a new moment is born.
Mar 5, 2005Stephanie Rearick w/ Paul Fonfara of Painted Saints (1 solo set each)Stephanie Rearick... hmmm.. she plays piano, sings, plays trumpet, makes loops and weaves it all together into a dark pop/cabaret sort of thing.

Painted Saints and Paul Fonfara hail from Denver, Colorado and subscribe themselves to a spaghetti western/gypsy/chamber country/sad bastard school of music. They write tin can and twine romances in a color of rust with backdrops of long wind swept open roads framed by tangled barbed wire and naked telephone poles. Their songs are of ashtray broken hearts and lansdscapes of beauty and sorrow borrowing harmonies from old eastern europe, the desert southwest and the sentiments of working class rust belt americana.

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

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

Over the last few years, Paul has had the pleasure of playing a former nazi bomb factory in Hamburg, an 18th century canon factory/hippie commune in Copenhagen, a hockey arena in Belgium, New York's Central Park Summerstage, a bar in Montana guaranteed to have at least one convicted murderer in attendance at any given time and Royal Albert Hall along with live broadcasts on Swedish National Radio and NPR's world cafe. After shaking hands with lots of namedroppable folks, Paul decided to sing his own songs.
Apr 1, 2005Caravan Gypsy Swing EnsembleCaravan G.S.E. is an instrumental group based out of Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. The ensemble also pulls influences from jazz, Parisian swing, traditional Latin, waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire, originals and classic tunes done in a uniquely arranged style.

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

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

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

Outside of performing, Caravan G.S.E. is busy preparing to record Hot String Swing, their first FULL LENGTH CD! It is scheduled for release in spring of 2005. Hot String Swing will include a variety of original music and arrangements of Django Reinhardt classics, standards, waltzes and Latin tunes.
Mar 18, 2005The RedbirdsThe Redbirds are a new Wisconsin based duet consisting of fiddler Paul Kienitz and multi instrumentalist, John Fabke. The two are members of the popular regional bluegrass outfit, the Nob Hill Boys. Paul and John explore the byroads of American roots music with excurisions into the traditions of bluegrass, blues and old time tunes.
Apr 15, 2005Vernon Tonges w/ Eric NodenIn the fine demented folk tradition of Michael Hurley and the Holy Modal Rounders, Vernon Tonges has long been the most vibrant and maniacal performer in a scene full of vibrant maniacs. He chews through his songs like some barbarous clown, bellowing with an unlikely Chaplinesque delicacy that makes his dense but childlike lyrics surge. A hulking man, he seems an immovable force who screams thrillingly to life. Tonges is about as difficult an act to follow as there could be.

Eric Noden accompanies his rugged voice with driving steel string guitar and barrelhouse piano. The sound reflects Eric's travels through Cleveland, Chicago, Mississippi, Memphis and New Orleans. Eric has immersed himself in the music, history and sheer emotional power of old-school blues and roots music. Eric's guitar playing and singing capture the spirit of barrelhouse blues artists who recorded 78 rpm records for labels like Paramount and Vocalion in the 20's and 30's. Mixing original material, traditional blues and ragtime instrumentals, Eric offers a captivating and energetic show.
Mar 25, 2005Aaron Scholz w/ Eric Schinker and Bob KochSinger/songwriter Aaron Scholz writes tunes that are a cross of pop hooks and country twang.

This show will also feature Eric Schinker (The New Recruits) and Bob Koch (The SuperEights, The Runners-Up) doing solo acoustic sets as well as being joined by Aaron for various covers and miscellaneous debris.
Apr 30, 2005robots.txtElectronic music for people who love electronic music, robots.txt plays original Techno, Trance, Ambient and Dub with a style that is both very familiar and totally unique. If you love The Orb, Underworld or Orbital you'll be glad you came out to see robots.txt play at Mother Fools from 9 PM on Saturday April 30th until 5 AM on Sunday morning. If you are out on the town stop by after bar time for some late night beats, and don't forget to take your Vitamins, kids!

For the last 4 years robots.txt has broadcast live on the internet on full moons as the house band for LunaCast. Jason Grosz and Brian Liston have been playing electronic music in various bands and in various sub-genres since the late 80's, but robots.txt is the most un-apologetically electronic and synthetic group they have ever put together. Point your web browser to www.lunacast.com to listen to some recent past shows in the LunaCast Archive.
May 1, 2005Vortex
Mar 26, 2005No Show.just because...
Apr 9, 2005Ian Alexy w/ Christine CostanzoIan Alexy is a dynamic singer/songwriter/guitarist. His new CD Rootedness is a ten song collage of original poetry, deft finger-picking, jazzy melodies, and the heart-warming tales of a well-traveled 27 year old young man.

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

Christine's perfomance style "lets her music invite you into her world...Costanzo has a beautiful voice that exudes a sense of weariness with a touch of hope". Her recent debut CD "Big Sky" has been described as "Dreamy, and often more like musical poetry, these are confessional and heartfelt soliloquies...the whole project looks and sounds like the wide open hills and horse land praries that inspired it."
Apr 16, 2005Al Rose w/ Eric SommerWhat is Al Rose's music like? What are his song's like? Imagine (if you will) your favorite café. Maybe it's Mother Fool's in Madison or Kopi Café on Clark Street in Chicago, 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. 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 23, 2005Todd Cambio w/ Travis KoopmanFormer Cashbox King, Durable Good, and Catfish Stephenson sideman, guitar maker and multi-instrumentalist, Todd Cambio, draws from a variety of sources for his material. Whether it's old 78 records, old codger bluesmen, fiddlers or songsters, Todd tries to soak up as much of the old traditions as possible and incorporate them into his repetoire. Expect to hear some old blues, rags, hillbilly, cowboy and work songs.

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

Expect to hear some great duets from these former bandmates too.
Apr 25, 2005Liz Roth - 24 Portraits in 24 HoursLiz Roth will be painting 24 Portraits in 24 Hours. Sign up in the cafe to have your portrait done.

Here are last years portraits.

Liz Roth is a painter/printmaker who depicts social concerns in a humorous way - whether it's about coworkers functioning as a reluctant substitute family in the United States (Cheeseburger Soup, a series about Madison Department of Transportation workers), or how Americans perceive the relationship between beauty and weight (she completed a nude self-portrait-a-day project for six months, see www.lizroth.com). She's been invited to Japan to create art installations and public art works dealing with environmental issues.

In the last few months, Liz has received a Madison citiARTS grant for a public painting project, and a generous national grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation to create her next big installation, America: 101.

During the past couple of years Roth has been an artist in residence at the Jentel Artist Foundation (in Wyoming), the Awagami Paper Factory (in Japan), the Kamiyama (Japan) Artists in Residence program, and the Vermont Studio Center. In Japan, she completed a painting installation, as well as an outdoor, interactive, collaborative, printmaking/book arts project. In 2001 she was one of two painters awarded the Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist Fellowship.

Her works have been acquired by many national and international collections, including the Walker Museum of Art, the Museu del Joguet in Spain, the Museum of Awa Japanese Paper, and the KAIR Contemporary Art Collection.
Apr 10, 2005Reception for Catherine Forde-Quint Come on down and meet the artist from 7 to 9 pm.

Free and open to the public.
Apr 22, 2005The Nob Hill BoysThe award-winning Nob Hill Boys bring their tasty traditional bluegrass sound back to their favorite Madison venue. Dont miss this last chance to see the fellas in this intimate setting til next winter.
May 6, 2005Rachel Garlin w/ Joni LaurenceBerkeley's Rachel Garlin was last year's winner of the Newport Folk Festival Talent Search. She brings insightful story songs from her latest release, Big Blue Sky, recorded live at the Freight and Salvage.

Joni Laurence, based in Champaign, IL, recently leaped out of her day job at the University of Illinois into the world of a touring musician. Laurence‚s slender form and shy persona belie the tough artist inside who‚s willing to take on issues in song with a demanding delicacy.
May 7, 2005“No Camouflage” BenefitCatfish Stephenson, Freddy Faggot, Andy Ewen, Adem Tesfaye and David Hart will all perform to raise money to print "No Camouflage."

No Camouflage is a CD Project documenting the collective expression of nonviolent sentiment by Madison artists in response to our government's declaration of war on Iraq.

The power of our first amendment, of a collective voice, and the opposition to murder and violence has compelled local artists to contribute to this CD.

“No Camouflage” Features:

Skintones, Bar Tabbies, Andy Ewen, God-des, Freddy Faggot, Wendy Bugatti, Staphanie Rearick, Nicole Gruder, Jerry Alexander, Motor Primitives, Colony Of Watts, David Hart, Adem Tesfaye, Jim Schwall, Cris Plata, Jo Gabriel, Bongzilla Russell Hall – AND MORE

CD will also feature testimonials from active soldiers phoned in from Iraq.

Admission to the benefit is $3 - $10.
May 20, 2005Amelia White w/ Amelia RoykoNashville Rootsy Pop Songstress, Amelia White, sings her moody cinematic tales with a sweet and gritty drawl. Amelia’s New EP Candy Heart (Distributed Nationally by Burnside Distribution company) has garnered praise for its “Ebullient choruses, literate verses ravaged guitars and level of composition and craftsmanship that brings to mind Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty, and Ryan Adams” (Boston Globe)

Amelia has been a road dog in 2004 and 2005 touring hard and heavy, while in L.A. she has placed a song off Candy Heart on a WB TV show Summerland, and in Nashville, she continues to have co written songs placed on hold with major country stars.

Amelia Royko is sparkly sparkly horsey music with an acoustic guitar and singing.
Apr 30, 2005For Kids: Puppet makingHey kids!

Want to watch Saturday morning cartoon characters...or make up your own?

We invite you to join us for puppet making from 9 - 10 am at Mother Fool's. Hosted by a creative stay-at-home mom (Jamie Kratz-Gullickson) and her 2 1/2
year old daughter. All ages welcome.
Apr 27, 2005Cafe Haikutired of tv?
shut it off and step on down
to cafe haiku

from seven to nine
on april twenty seventh
that's on wednesday

yes, you. really. come.
we want you to. its real fun.
that's real. really real.

at the mother fool's
where you can listen or
say something instead.

kristin sage will host
with db petersen's help
with odd sung music

and all the people
will have a chance to orate
and share their haikus
Apr 27, 2005Nils Bultmann - Viola to greet the SunThis special early morning concert by Nils Bultmann will start at 5:45 to greet the rising sun. Nils is one of Madison's most interesting and creative musicians. The program will be about a half-hour long and is free and open to the public.
May 15, 2005Art Reception for Jeremy PincJeremy Pinc says, "The opening will simply be a time when interested people can come and meet me or just see the paintings while I am present. There will be some quiet music played by Chip Cruz. I am not planning to have snacks or anything like that. That's all."

From 7 - 9 pm.

About Chip Cruz
Chip Cruz is a descendent of Spanish Royalty. After being deported to the United States for conspiring to kill the king he took up the acoustic guitar. Then he decided to learn how to play it. Since then he has written many songs about the injustice done to him in his homeland and vengeance is a familiar theme in his joyous oeuvre.
Apr 30, 2005Kids Open Mic!!The TV Turn Off Kids Open Mic is one of the funnest events we do.

Bring your kids down to share their songs, poems, dance routines, stories, jokes, etc.

Angela Smith will be this year's host.

The show starts at 7pm.

Free fun!
Apr 29, 2005Swamp ThingMadison's legendary Swamp Thing will perform a free show in celebration of TV TURN OFF WEEK!

Come on down!
May 13, 2005Victoria Vox, Jamie Holesha and Hayward WilliamsVictoria Vox breathes music and knows it. She may not have had much of an audience as a 10-year old growing up in small-town, Wisconsin, but that didn’t stop her from writing her first "dance hits" on a Casio keyboard in herbedroom. At just 17, Vox taught herself to play the guitar while acting the role of foreign exchange student in rural France. "I bought the cheapest one in the store," she chimes! A new instrument and inspirational surroundings turned her away from her keyboard top-40 musings, and encouraged a more therapeutic songwriting method.

In 1997, Vox chose to continue her higher education at Berklee; a degree in songwriting was right up her alley! Her hard work paid off upon graduation when she was awarded a Berklee Achievement Scholarship and the Vince Gill Songwriting Award. After a brief post-college stint in Nashville, the songwriting capital of the world, Vox sold everything she owned to write and record in London. 2002 saw the release of her debut acoustic album. Since then, Vox has been touring across the US and London sharing her songs and her infectious smile. She became a full-time touring artist in May 2003 and performs more than 120 shows a year. She’s opened for national touring acts Ida, The Figgs, and Neko Case. Vox has also self-released 4 full-length albums, 1 EP and has appeared on 4 compilations. She's a DIY queen and the sky is the limit.

Jamie Holesha is a Chicago based singer/songwriter. Her energetic live shows are pulled together by an engaging stage presence finely tuned through a background that includes theatre and broadcast radio.

Musically, she has performed as a solo act for 7 years with 3 years of fronting and writing for her bands prior to that. Imitating none but inspired by many (Janis Joplin, Ben Folds, Etta James, Tom Jones, Kristin Hersh, Melissa Ferrick, Jeff Buckley, Louis Prima, Concrete Blonde, The Pixies), she thrills audiences with a belting, blues-tinged voice, unabashed sarcasm and sweetness, crowd interaction and a genuine love of performing. Her musical sound shines with fractured, pretty chords soaring up from and exorcised out of her 12-string with furious conviction. Not your typical acoustic female performer, she seems to wrap herself around acoustic familiarities and twist them into loud, funny, emotional and gut-wrenching pieces that leave you clutching the edge of the table and deciding whether to laugh, cry, sing along or pick up your own guitar.

Hayward Williams' live performances provide fans with solid guitar playing, soaring vocals and an assortment of interesting and sometimes ironic cover material. His original music blends strong melodies with lyrics that reflect his smart sense of humor. Built on a foundation of folk, blues and soul, his material has been compared to Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley and Beck.
May 14, 2005Eric Hofbauer w/ Active Percussion DuoGuitarist Eric Hofbauer has been called "the heir to the avant-Americana throne" (Jazzreview.com) thanks to his 2004 solo debut, American Vanity, a diverse, acoustic guitar-driven exploration of American cultural pride that led The Wire reviewer Philip Clark to write, "His acute irreverence is powerful and expertly judged." He is also a member of Charlie Kohlhase's CK5, which was voted "Best of Boston, Local Jazz 2003" by Improper Bostonian and the Blueprint Project whose critically acclaimed self-titled debut featured Jazz legend Cecil McBee and Matt Wilson. Hofbauer has also performed with musicians such as Han Bennick, Muhal Richard Abrams, Allan Chase, Curtis Fuller, James Moody, and Gunther Schuller.

check out more reviews and info on Eric Hofbauer and "American Vanity" the CD at www.cnmpro.com. visit the online jukebox to hear tracks from Hofbauer's recordings and other artists from the Boston jazz scene (www.jukebox.cnmpro.com).

Skeptics may well cluck their tongues at the mention of the Active Percussion Duo. "If they're so very 'active'," they ask, "then how come I've never heard of them running the Boston Marathon, sledding the Iditarod, or even dancing frenetically? And doesn't the very word activity conjure images of urban rioting, reckless military adventurism, and goose-stepping?"

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

Members of the duo include Michael Brenneis and Geoffrey Brady, who collectively comprise half of Madison's beloved Tomato Box band, and seperately contribute to other beloved bands such as Albert, Yid Vicious, Ten Sleeps Trio, and the Theramones. Between them, they play all manner of drums, bars, stuff that fell off of cars, and much more. Imagine the immense effort involved in consolidating, cataloguing and playing such a vast and disparate array of percussiana. Is that active enough for you? Why not come and see for yourself?
May 21, 2005Ritt Deitz w/ Bob PellegrinoRitt's songs are rough and smooth at the same time, acoustic roots rock with just enough mountain music in it to remind you he is from Kentucky. He is joined by his trio, musicians he has played, recorded, and consorted with over the last fifteen years.

After sifting through the legions of performing guitar players reviewers agree that Bob Pellegrino may well be Colorado's finest blues guitarist. After more than two decades of history playing Denver's blues music scene - including stints as lead guitarist for some of Denver's most acclaimed bands - Bob holds fast to his legacy by entertaining traditional rhythm and blues music lovers all over the nation.

Pellegrino's authentic renditions of blues classics, and his original compositions recently earned him a place in the Chelsea Theatre Works (Boston, MA) 2005 production of "The Grapes of Wrath"; where he performed live. His original composition "Somewhere West of the Mississippi" - from the Pellegrino CD, was featured in the original score.

If you want to know what traditional blues really sounds like you simply must see Bob Pellegrino perform!
Apr 30, 2005Shirt Painting w/ Heidi NelsonThis is your chance to design and create your very own very special Mother Fool's shirt. We will have official Mother Fool's stencils as well as fabric paints.

Best of all, Heidi Nelson will be on-site to help you with the process. Heidi knows shirts!

Bring a shirt (or anything else you want to make pretty) and we'll take care of the rest. If you need a shirt we will have some available for cheap.
Apr 29, 2005Late night open micWe'll start the open mic after Swamp Thing's show. It'll go as long as there are performers who want to play...
May 28, 2005Nils Bultmann & Geoff BradyVIOLA AND VIBES!

Please come to see the dynamic Viola-Vibraphone duo performance, featuring violist Nils Bultmann and vibraphonist Geoff Brady, at Mother Fools Coffee House on Saturday May 28th at 8pm. This performance will feature three sets, one shorter solo set from each of the members, followed by a longer collaborative duo set. Hope you can join us.

Geoff Brady.
Madison percussionist/theremistimproviser Geoffrey Brady plays all sorts of different music and draws on all of it in his solo and duo (with Nils) Performing. Using the vibraphone, theremin, and various other noisy accoutrements, he walks a confoundingly thin line between gentle lyricism and cringe-inducing noise. In addition, Brady can light a match with one hand.

Nils Bultmann
Violist and composer Nils Bultmann, in addition to being active in the classical music scene, is engaged in a wide variety of musical and artistic activity. Performing solo viola works and using looping pedals, he creates panoramic musical landscapes, ranging from soaring melodic lines, to deep meditative atmospheres, to fast piercing, trance-inducing rhythmic grooves.
May 27, 2005Cancelled-Graham Lindsey
Jul 10, 2005Reception for Christine CarlsonStop down to meet the artist. This reception will run from 7 to 9 pm.

Free and open to the public.
Jun 10, 2005Will Branch & Dave FoxDavid Fox and Will Branch are a folk duo from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They play a crowd-pleasing mix of old blues, Cajun dance music, fiddle tunes, New Orleans-flavored songs and early pop and jazz standards. They also perform a wide range of folk-based children's songs. The duo has played to appreciative audiences at clubs, festivals, schools, libraries and retirement centers, as well as at parties and weddings. Their music has been played on radio stations across the United States and in Canada.

David Fox began performing music as a teenager in Madison, Wisconsin. As President of the University of Wisconsin Folk Arts Society, he met many of the greats of blues, bluegrass and folk music during the 1960's and 1970's. As a member of a local jug band, he played washboard, fiddle and guitar. In Milwaukee he and his wife Penny, a fine vocalist, earned a great local reputation for their unique style and their repertoire of traditional music. In 1997, he was named World String Blues Champion at Avoca, Iowa.

Will Branch has made his living through music for most of his adult life. As a member of the Milwaukee-based dance band John the Conqueroo, he toured nationally and played often in places like New Orleans and Texas. For five years, he also led his own group, the Will Branch Trio. In addition to being half of Fox and Branch, he works as a solo performer, playing for children, seniors, and the developmentally disabled, as well as at clubs and coffeehouses.

In concert, Fox and Branch can move from a rendition of "Ain't Misbehavin'," arranged for guitar and washboard, to an old American fiddle tune like "Cowboy Waltz," to a Cajun two-step like "Grand Texas," to a bluesy version of "The Crawdad Song." Their children's show includes sing-alongs, fiddle tunes, and an opportunity for the children to play the washboard and other rhythm instruments.

In 2001, Fox and Branch released the CD "Bootlegger's Blues." The CD features a number of talented friends, including Milwaukee old-time musician Lil' Rev and Chicago blues wizard Eric Noden. The songs on the CD are representative of a Fox and Branch live performance, with a special emphasis on old-time American music.

Fox and Branch make everything they play their own, while respecting the tradition that the music comes from. The straightforward and upbeat style of their show communicates with people of all walks of life and all ages. They bring years of experience, love of the music and a winning way with an audience to every one of their performances.
Jun 2, 2005Art receptionAll are welcome.

Stop by and view artwork from Willy Street's newest addition, the Williamson Street Art Center.

4 - 7 pm.
Jun 3, 2005Andy Ewen w/ Aaron ScholzAndy is best known for his role as the electric guitarist and main vocalist for Honor Among Thieves. His solo stuff is more likel to be acoustic but he does pull out the electric sometimes. His music is best described as pyscho-blues.

Singer/songwriter Aaron Scholz writes tunes that are a cross of pop hooks and country twang.
Jun 18, 2005Caravan Gypsy Swing EnsembleCaravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is Wisconsin's authentic Gypsy Swing group!

Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is an instrumental group based out of Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT. The ensemble also pulls influences from jazz, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire, originals and classic tunes done in a uniquely arranged style.

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

Outside of performing regularly and releasing "Repertoire," a retrospective look back on their early demo recordings, Caravan G.S.E. is busy preparing to record "Hot String Swing", their first official FULL LENGTH CD! It is scheduled for release in fall of 2005. "Hot String Swing" will feature an expanded band lineup and will include a variety of original music, arrangements of Django Reinhardt classics, standards, waltzes and Latin tunes.
Jun 4, 2005Faghat w/ My Nightclub ActThe members of My Nightclub Act boast a diverse range of musical experiences - they've played in skronky experimental collectives, blistering rock bands, crunchy folk acts and have even belted it out Broadway style in musical theater shows. Ghosts of these former gigs haunt My Nightclub Act's live performances. Their stripped down rock is certain to engage, enlighten, frighten and delight.

My Nightclub Act stars vocalist Nancie Sanford (Survey Eros), violinist Ed Mish (Gaddis, MaeRae) and guitarist Erik Burtz (The Arge, Survey Eros).

My Nightclub Act will not perform feats of prestidigitation or ventriloquism.
My Nightclub Act will not regale with Borscht Belt humor.
My Nightclub Act will deliver the goods.
Jul 16, 2005Kelly Brightwell w. Hayward WilliamsGrounded in acoustic tradition but going beyond conventional boundaries, "Kelly crafts achingly beautiful songs and delivers them with simple grace" (Chicago's Green-Note House Concert Series). Minnesota Monthly Magazine says her influences run "deeper than your standard java-fueled folk" and include such diverse artists as Jeff Buckley, REM and Billie Holiday. Kelly released her debut EP "wait for your spring" this past fall, and it has already received national attention: the song Knee Deep won Honorable Mention in last year's Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and the remix of her song Recover has been tapped by San Francisco's Thump Radio for the upcoming dance-music compilation "Thump Chill".

A songwriter in the vein of Jonatha Brooke and Patty Griffin, Kelly combines evocative lyrics and rhythmic guitar work with a signature melodic sensibility. The result is thoughtful acoustic alt-pop music with a groove that explores the overlap between everyday experiences and the sublime.

Hayward Williams' live performances provide fans with solid guitar playing, soaring vocals and an assortment of interesting and sometimes ironic cover material. His original music blends strong melodies with lyrics that reflect his smart sense of humor. Built on a foundation of folk, blues and soul, his material has been compared to Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley and Beck.
Jun 11, 2005Beth Amsel"A Stunning Voice!” "Her songwriting and guitar work are extraordinary.” "The Amsel Voice...it's simply one of the most beautiful on today's folk scene." These are the things writers say about Beth. Amsel is gifted, natural performer whose love of the art is as infectious as it is intoxicating. Her live shows are a cool balance of emotionally articulate writing and bawdy humor and it's impossible to leave one of her shows without a lyric burrowed into your brain to a timeless melody. Beth, a founding member of the music road show Voices on the Verge, takes inspiration from diverse corners of the music world including Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, Maria McKee, & The Darkness. She is currently in the studio recording the follow up to her 2001 release, Kindling."
Jun 17, 2005Amelia RoykoAmelia is one of Madison's top singer-songwriters. Her music rocks in a smart pop/rock sort of way. If you haven't heard her before, treat yourself. If you have, do it again..
Jun 24, 2005Mark AmbroseMark Ambrose has traveled throughout Texas and the Southwest entertaining audiences with his wit, storytelling and most of all, his music. Any Ambrose show is sure to get you laughing, crying and wanting more. His first CD, "Shadow on the Moon," showcases his talent at communicating emotion. His new CD, "Put the Hammer Down," was recorded with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at RCA Studio B in Nashville. Welch plays bass throughout and sings harmonies on several tracks. Rawlings plays guitar and produced the record. Mark can also be heard playing guitar on Gillian Welch's latest release, "Soul Journey."
Jul 1, 2005Stuart DavisThe punk monk. Stuart's songs are incredible and his performances are legendary..

$10
Jul 15, 2005Poetic Justice League 4 AmericaThe Poetic Justice League was formed in 2002 as a collaboration of like minded poets, writers, and activists who wanted to bring creative thinking and a love of the spoken word to a broader audience. Common themes of social justice and elevated consciousness run through out this diverse group of artists/performers.

In an era of meaningless orators, shallow prose and a television-addicted nation, the inevitable reaction finally occurred in the form of six socially conscious, politically disgruntled and verbally dexterous individuals known as the Poetic Justice League 4 America (PJL4A). These poets provide "enlightenment through entertainment" with emphasis on performance to reach the unreachable, to share emotion with the apathetic, and to educate the uninformed. PJL4A transcends the condescension and snobbery associated with poetry by modernizing the entire concept and bringing it back to whom it belongs....everyone. A homogeneous mix of hip hop, classic and beat poetry creates an entertaining and educational show.
Jul 9, 2005BIFF'N'BAKER: Biff Blumfumagagnge w/ Wilhelmina BakerBiff Blumfumgagnge (Reptile Palace Orchestra, Gomers, Jambeau, Eugene Chadbourne, Adrian Belew, Willy Porter, Headpump, Brad Fish, Killbilly, Appliances-SFB, Fuzzy Logic) will cajole various electronic devices and manipulate his Mac iBook to do things musical and naughty. He'll also feature his world instrument collection, so be ready for Nyckelharpa, Oud, Manjo, Handsonic, Therolin, Airsynth and Electronic Tanpur & Tabla sounds - think world beat and loop grooves with organic live solos plus a blend of musical and celebrity vocal samples.

Wilhelmina Baker will open with her own special blend of operatic performance art that is sure to stun and please.

$6 cover
Jun 25, 2005Happy Birthday to Mother Fool'sJoin Mother Fool's owners Stephanie Rearick and Jon Hain for a fun filled evening of sharing, caring and growing to celebrate ten years of Mother Fool's.....

Free pizza and soda!

Confirmed Guests...

A juggling girl!

The Mad Rollin' Dolls
The Roman Candle
Ali Dwyer
No Camouflage Anti-war CD
Madison Area Land Trust
Nicole Gruter as herself

Prizes and samples all night plus much, much more!

Free!

Here's some photos from the party.
Jul 23, 2005Subvocal w/ Brian DalyMadison's ambient psychedelic band, Subvocal, will be performing an acoustic set featuring a solo performance by Brian Daly of “Sunshine For The Blind." This will be Subvocals first performance in about a year.

Singer and guitarist Brian Daly plays moody pop with a dark edge. He performs solo with an acoustic guitar and plays songs that are inventive and go beyond the usual singer/songwriter conventions while remaining impossibly catchy. The topic matter of the songs tends towards the personal surrealistic. Daly is also the leader of a Sunshine for the Blind, a hard rock power trio.
Sep 24, 2005Genetti / Mueller / WrightJACK WRIGHT, a sound-explorer on saxophone from Easton PA, CAROL GENETTI, a sound vocalist (as opposed to word or text) from Chicago, and JON MUELLER, percussionist of Milwaukee, are all extraordinary improvisers and soloists in their own right. Their first meeting was Sept. 2004 in Chicago, followed by another in June 2005. These were preceded by years of collaboration between Jack and Carol, who have toured several times on the east coast. The focus of the trio is on long, twisting lines of intense and sustained textures, broken abruptly by stuttered gaps and shifts of direction. They take acoustic instruments to the very edge of electronic sounds (indeed Jon is playing only snare drum, minimally amplified). This fall they will be making a huge loop through the Midwest--Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Nashville, Lexington, Columbus, Cincinnati, Bloomington IN, and Chicago.

The duo of Carol and Jack is featured on "The Shattering", a cd compiling Carol's appearances at the High Zero Festival 2000 in Baltimore. "It would certainly appear that Genetti is Wright’s vocal collaborator of choice. Genetti’s refreshing and rough-edged spontaneity definitely educes some of Wright’s best playing, perhaps because Wright’s aesthetic approximates a search for the ineffable qualities of the human voice in his palette of reed sounds, not to mention the ineffable vocal qualities of other animal species." ~ Michael A Parker http://www.allaboutjazz.com/reviews/r1002_030.htm

CAROL GENETTI is considered by many in the experimental music underground to be one of the most exceptional performers to come out of Chicago, Carol Genetti is a vocalist focused on improvisation and the pure sonic exploration of the human voice. Her work is grounded in an almost inhuman extended technique, but also contains a mastery of vocal styles such as jazz and Bulgarian folk singing, creating a distinct non-verbal sound palette that has a provocative depth. Genetti has toured throughout the US, Canada, France and Germany. She has collaborated with many of the most powerful voices in new music, including Pauline Oliveros, Jon Rose, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tatsu Aoki, Eric Leonardson, Yuko Nexus6, Kitamura, Toshi Makihara, Bob Marsh, Jack Wright, Michael Vorfeld and technology artist Andrea Polli. Her voice work appears on many cds including Hans Fjellestad's "Red Sauce Baby," "In the Eye of the Ear Sound Art Festival", and "Sounding Off" accompanying CD to the book of the same name. She has also released duet CDs, including "Animus" (Not In The Family) with Eric Leonardson in 1998 and more recently "In the Garden of Earthly Delights" (Spring Garden Music) with Bob Marsh in the fall of 2000.

"Genetti's wordless vocals dart and soar with an unforced flexibility. She effortlessly utilizes an impressive rang; leaping from warm, full tones to the highest creaks and lowest growls."
– Michael Rosenstein, Cadence (March 2001)

"Her elastic chords perform feats that seem nearly impossible. Genetti moans, shrieks, bleep, growls, blats, and produces an infinite number of indescribably subversive sputters."
– Steven A. Loewy, All Music Guide (February 2001)

JACK WRIGHT has been a bold saxophonist, as well as an influential musical personality over the past twenty-five years. Either on tour or organizing the next one, he has played in virtually every venue available to experimental improvised music in the US, and many in Europe as well. He has been called the Johnny Appleseed of free improvisation for his encouragement to young players. As a musical explorer as well, his music passes through radical shifts of style and approach from one year to the next, yet always somehow identifiable as his own. These days he is playing mostly alto and soprano saxophones, in every possible direction, sometimes even recognizable as such. Now, after fifteen years living in Boulder CO, he has returned to his native Pennsylvania and resides in Easton, which enables him to commute easily to NYC and Phila. both. He is also increasingly active in Europe, touring both sides of the Atlantic with European musicians.

The Washington Post says, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king". And a German publication, Bad Alchemy, had this to say of his solo: "Wright does not make music, he embodies it, he transforms it with a naiveté of another order. It grows into a sound river, he is part of the diaphragm through which the heterogeneous whispers."

Jack has over sixty partners around the US and in Europe with whom he plays on his travels and records. His most recent tours have been with French soprano sax player Michel Doneda and NYC percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani in France and the US; cellist Bob Marsh of the Bay area and Carol Genetti; Michael Griener percussion and Sabine Vogel flute of Berlin; Reuben Radding, NYC bassist; Phil Durrant, English laptop musician; trumpet player Tom Djll from Oakland and soprano sax player Bhob Rainey.

For a full bio, writings, sound files and list of recordings visit his website: www.springgardenmusic.com

feature article in Signal to Noise Magazine: www.paristransatlantic.com/magazine/monthly2003/04apr_text.html

2001 interview with John Berndt:
www.redroom.org/documentation/wright.html

JON MUELLER of Milwaukee was born in 1970 and started playing drums at the age of 15. For one year, he played only snare drum, which proved challenging to start a death metal band with. In 1990 he moved to Chicago, and studied drums with the late jazz legend Hal Russell, an experience that opened up a whole new approach to drumming to him. During this time he also studied film and writing, and became frustrated with how they continuously fall short of one another. He eventually received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and in 1999 finally completed the ridiculous novella Pianobread. He continues to write, but only when the voices tell him. Musically, he has been involved the groups Telecognac, Pele, and Collections of Colonies of Bees, playing drums, percussion, piano, and narrative. Always interested in the mysterious result of collaborations, he has recorded or performed with a broad range of artists, including guitarist Chris Rosenau, violinist Aranos, saxophonist Boris Hauf, vocalist/pianist Jarboe, saxophonist Steve Nelson-Raney, multi-instrumentalist Hal Rammel, saxophonist Bhob Rainey, table-top guitarist Adam Sonderberg, sound artist Asmus Tietchens, cellist Matt Turner, sound artist Achim Wollscheid, and he has also performed as part of cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm's Lightbox Orchestra. He has composed music for dance and film, has appeared on numerous CDs and LPs on labels throughout the world, and has performed throughout the U.S. and Japan. He is an active participant in organisation de Crouton - known to many people as a record label, but known to some as a strange voice in the night.

"Mueller has found a way to go beyond his free jazz past and take the world of instrumental virtuosity into the 21st century."
- Dan Warburton, Paristransatlantic.com (FR)

"Mueller is absolutely breathtaking to watch. His jazz-influenced drumming is unique, creative, and inspiring."
- Marvin Lin, Tinymixtapes.com (US)

"Mueller's drumming is quite phenomenal being at the same time sympathetic and full, always propulsive but always leaving space for the other players."
- David Cowling, Americana UK (UK)

"(Mueller's) creative drumming style ranges from fire music madness to extremely delicate textures that have little to do with conventional drumming."
- Francois Couture, All Music Guide
Jul 30, 2005Aaron Nathans w/ Eric ZiegenhagenAaron Nathans is famous for writing songs about nothing. And yet, they're clearly about something. This Madison songwriter picks small things to write about, like grapefruit, squirrels and politicians. He deftly evokes a sense of place, balancing emotion with a wicked sense of humor. He's supporting his debut album, "Same Old You," released this spring.

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

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

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

Writes songs, plays them on a four-string nylon-string open-tuned guitar slung flat across his lap. The story: Eric's dad owned a guitar when Eric was growing up. Papa Ziegenhagen would let little Eric play the guitar as long as he kept it in the guitar case, and so he learned how to play that way.
Jul 2, 2005Leslie Fletcher w/ Bryan RockEccentric acoustic rock played on miniature instruments...

Bryan Rock is a quirky pop-rocker.
Jul 8, 2005Margot and the Nuclear So and So'SMargot and the Nuclear So & So's are the pioneers of an urban folk sound now commonly referred to as 'scarf rock.' Blending cello, trumpet, and piano with a spacey wash of electronic noise, melodic guitars and clever rhythmic stylings, the So &So's also like to read long novels with big words while sipping fine wine.

Oct 16, 2005Reading and Open Mic Hosted by Randy SternAs a closing for the Madison Zine Fest, Randy Stern will host a reading and Open Mic. Signup is at 6:30pm.

A former Madisonian, Minneapolis-based writer, poet, and gay activist, Randy Stern, will read from his book of poetry, The Boy From Reseda. Randy's poetry often looks at life from the perspective of a man who "did not fit the 'ideal' stereotype of gay culture."

Sometimes witty and brash, at other times soulful and serene, Randy's writing shows more of the rough edges of personal triumph, struggles, acceptance, and hope.
Jul 22, 2005Spaghetti Western String Co.SPAGHETTI WESTERN STRING CO., a band from Minneapolis, Minnesota combines a broad selection of acoustic instrumentation. The music of Spaghetti Western ranges from soft lullabies to the sound of an inharmonious circus. While bouncing between genres such as Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz and Mussette, the group retains its signature whimsical sound in the style of European street performers, and American Vaudeville. With this group, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, cello, and guitar step out of their scripted roles.
Aug 26, 2005The Fantastic MerlinsIntensely cinematic and entirely unique, the rare beauty of New York City and Minneapolis based instrumental combo The Fantastic Merlins begins with the group’s unusual blend of cello (Jacqueline Ferrier-Ultan), saxophone (Nathan Hanson), bass (Brian Roessler), and drums (Federico Ughi). Replete with stunning dynamics and melodies that range from playful to mournful, the resulting style encompasses avant-garde jazz and chamber music alike, as well as everything in between. This kind of genre-bending anti-pop typically caters to the jazz or classical crowd, but The Fantastic Merlins have already attracted the attention of a widely diverse audience. The group will tour in Summer 2005 behind their debut live EP The Fantastic Merlins.
Aug 13, 2005Silent Movie Night!We are going to try something new...

We'll be showing The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari starting at 9pm.

Directed in 1919 by Robert Wiene, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is the story of murder and intrigue set in a small German town of Holstenwall.

Considered by many to be one of the more important German films, we are excited to present it free of charge.
Jul 29, 2005Hugh G. Gogh Trio featuring Julia McConahayThe present incarnation of Hugh's acoustic trio features once again the stunning soloing of violinist Julia McConahay. A fine singer-songwriter in her own right, Julia finds the perfect platform for showcasing her improvisational skills in the context of Hugh's inventive and philosophical song poems. The result is a high energy performance which is not afraid to also linger in pretty passages. Experiencing ecstasy in your own life is the goal - we're just here to help you along.

A good audience may be rewarded with some celtic fiddling as well. This time we have added percussionist Jesse Greist (yes, another fine singer-songwriter too) adding extra depth and articulation to the rythymic portion of the music.

Come early for some special musical treats, as we may be displaying our solo skills as well...
Aug 5, 2005Paul Fonfara w/ Stephanie RearickPainted Saints and Paul Fonfara hail from Denver, Colorado and subscribe themselves to a spaghetti western/gypsy/chamber country/sad bastard school of music. They write tin can and twine romances in a color of rust with backdrops of long wind swept open roads framed by tangled barbed wire and naked telephone poles. Their songs are of ashtray broken hearts and lansdscapes of beauty and sorrow borrowing harmonies from old eastern europe, the desert southwest and the sentiments of working class rust belt americana.

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

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

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

Stephanie Rearick is a pianist, vocalist, songwriter, and trumpeter. She regularly performs solo and often incorporates electronics into her show.

Rearick's style is pop-ish, classically-influenced music infused with cabaret.

"Imagine Tom Waits reincarnated as Debussy, playing Joni Mitchell versions of Edgar Allen Poe poems on a 1920s era piano, and you get an approximate sense of the influences singer/pianist Stephanie Rearick channels on the way to making her very unique, idiosyncratic art pop." -- Berkshire Eagle

"...she sounds like the love child of Tori Amos and Robyn Hitchcock." -- The Chicago Reader
Aug 6, 2005StonefloatInto every vacuum a whorl will whirl and StoneFloat is proud to stake its claim as originators in the emerging new now that is Rock and Fire Flowpoetry. Imagine a band that is flexible enough to flow, with all original songs, from spoken word jazz into an acoustic cowboy duets into a reggae rock and finally into a full-on blues tinged rock ensemble. The times we live in demand a vigorous response and Madison, WI based StoneFloat provides just that by playing soulful rock and roll songs connected with poetry that keeps the music flowing from one song into the next. The result is at times aggressive, at other times spacey and dreamy and always entertaining. StoneFloat explodes genre by foggily blending sludge rock, dustygritty guitars, funk-a-fried bass, and flowpoetry puddled over double clutched drum beats. This is all mixed in with a dose of twang and soul vocals, electrically and acoustically performed. StoneFloat features Tate McLane on guitar and vocals (hailed by South Central Wisconsin’s leading music newspaper as having a voice both “raw and true”), KC McCrum on lead guitar, Bear LaValley on bass, Hugo Reynolds on percussion, and Madison Area Music Award Best Artist Finalist Adam Gregory Pergament adding the spoken word. All members of StoneFloat are entirely professional and dedicated to songcraft.

Within the space of this moment a new moment is born.
Aug 12, 2005Tani Diakite and his Blues BandTani is a singer and kamele ngoni player from Mali, West Africa. Since moving to Madison two years ago, he has been thrilling audiences with his soulful, hypnotic music.

For this show he will be joined by a number of friends from the Madison music scene.
Aug 19, 2005James Travis w/ Eric SommerJames Travis has been finding success as lead singer/songwriter for local alt.-country act "Jim James & The Damn Shames" but his dusty vocals and rhythmic guitar work also suit him well as a solo/acoustic act. Excellent lyricism and a fine bit of harmonica playing compliment his rustic elan vital perfectly.

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

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

"drop dead cool... gritty, raw and evocative... you don't know what's coming next..." - Indie Max
Aug 20, 2005Tyger That SleepsFormed in the depths of Mordor, in the belly of Mount Doom, Tyger that Sleeps is one band to rule them all. Catchy melodies and gloomy soundscapes combine to sink listeners to new levels of depression but then subtly bring them back to the surface. Brad Wik and Jake Becker are ready to take the folk world by storm.

In a sense, it was nothing short of sublime. It began with the benediction of a simple town. A town so plain as to offend the eyes of those seeking the simple pleasure of passing through. It was the
paludal land that drew the only visitors: transient
creatures of flight. Would perhaps a pipit or a
lovely lark grace this wretched town and bring its
beautiful song to it? No. Maybe it was the
prevalence of pestilence that kept them away. No one knows. But no birds of that nature would be found there.

Maybe it was the dread of destitution that drove them from this wicked place. Nonetheless, they left with little to be grateful for other than their experiences and their volition. The rakehell characters combined with the naïvete of the narration forms the core of their tales of lost love and fear of eternal melancholy. Temporal distractions keep their minds at peace as they prepare to venture over lands oft-traveled. Their sadness in song is in reality a contradiction as the writing and performing of said songs creates a rapturous feeling for them. Oh yeah, Jake loves tamaracks.
Sep 2, 2005Bob Manor & The Getaway Drivers w/ Ben SchmidtBob Manor and the Getaway Drivers are an Americana band featuring original songs that explore life, love, restlessness, defiance, disillusionment and hope in the backdrop of the American heartland. The music is acoustically driven, featuring acoustic guitar, lap-steel and mandolin, drums, bass and piano. One can hear influences of rock, country and folk.

Iowa City-based folk singer/songwriter Ben Schmidt is a visionary lyricist and outstanding acoustic finger-style and slide guitar wizard. He self-produced his first CD, Write It Down, in 2002, and just released his second CD, While You Were Sleeping, in July of 2005. Cohesive and musically intricate, While You Were Sleeping speaks to contemporary issues in our culture, and gives a mature voice to classic themes of love and loss.

Ben is a favorite of public radio stations and is a featured artist on WSUI’s Java Blend compilation CD, as well as KUNI’s Best of Live from Studio One compilation disc.

Called “an extraordinary talent” and “the total package” by music critic Jim Musser (No Depression), Ben is influenced by a vast range of musicians and musical genres, most prominently folk and Mississippi delta blues. He is self-taught and has been playing guitar for 20 years and writing songs since he was fifteen. The landscapes of his songs draw equally from his upbringing in Chicago, as well as his current home in Iowa City, Iowa.

Ben performs regularly throughout the Midwest and his songs can be heard internationally on independent and public radio programs.
Sep 3, 2005Athena Reich, James Travis and Hayward WilliamsSirens Wild Ride featuring:
Athena Reich is an anarcho-feminist cabaret-punk pop star. She combines a chilling 4-octave range voice with gorgeous piano and guitar arrangements. Think Aimee Mann, Diamanda Galas and Laurie Anderson with a theatrical twist. Humorous, thought-provoking, quirky & fun!

James Travis has been finding success as lead singer/songwriter for local alt.-country act "Jim James & The Damn Shames" but his dusty vocals and rhythmic guitar work also suit him well as a solo/acoustic act. Excellent lyricism and a fine bit of harmonica playing compliment his rustic elan vital perfectly.

Hayward Williams' live performances provide fans with solid guitar playing, soaring vocals and an assortment of interesting and sometimes ironic cover material. His original music blends strong melodies with lyrics that reflect his smart sense of humor. Built on a foundation of folk, blues and soul, his material has been compared to Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley and Beck.
Sep 17, 2005The Motor Primitives w/ Josh HartyIf the Pretenders got in a car crash with Roy Orbison, and they had Stevie Ray Vaughn do reconstructive surgery, and were given a blood transfusion from the Police, you'd wind up with the quirky and introspective rock that is The Motor Primitives. They put on a dynamite live performance and the intimate nature of Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse will surely intensify that experience. The Motor Primitives are showcasing material from their recently released debut CD but you can expect to hear a couple of new tunes in the mix. Their brand of straight-up rock has made them local favorites and a sure fire bet for an enjoyable evening.

Josh Harty is a classic example of "Made In America." He blends
contemporary midwestern sensibility wth traditional gospel and blues to
create a rich hybrid unique in the field of acoustic guitar. His poignant
lyrics are the product of astute observation and thoughtful introspection.
His crisp, emotive guitar couples with warm, smoky vocals that settle
comfortably into each listener's ear.

"Josh Harty is one of the best young talents I have heard in years. His
sound is a sweet blend of folk and blues. Check it out, you wont't be
disappointed."-Bob Reha, Minnesota Public Radio

"Josh Harty is one of those naturals who you're not sure if you should
applaud in adoration or strangle out of envy."
-Sarah Henning, Duluth News Tribune
Sep 23, 2005Thollem McdonasHailed by music critics as “very original... a fresh voice”, pianist/vocalist Thollem Mcdonas will be bringing his captivating and fiercely original music to Madison for this special show.

"Unique is not adequate to describe the rich, priceless tones and clusters Thollem commands."
-Outlier, KFJC, California

"Thollem's playing is unique, with densely packed twists and turns."
-Craig Matsumoto, KZSU FM 90.1 Stanford

Sep 10, 2005Faghat w/ J. Scott FranklinFAGHAT is well known to Madison music fans for their loopy sludge/surf/glam rock.

J Scott Franklin sounds like a mixture of Soul Coughing, Drums and Tuba and Velvet Underground. Scott is a vocalist, guitarist and trumpet player who ties this all together with a loop pedal which allows him to build songs on the fly.

"The words come first". Scott says that nearly every song he writes begins with words and is followed by music. He's writing sound tracks to poems, painting life with words, searching for phrases that give us a sense of color and depth while striving to recreate personal memories for the listeners. "I'm not giving you my experience, I'm giving you a place to put yours."
Aug 27, 2005VORTEX!Another edition of the unusual music showcase.

Vortex is a showcase of local experimental improvisors. The live show is recorded and then select selections are re-broadcast on WORT, 89.9 fm on the second Friday of each month from 11 pm to midnight.

This particular version will feature: Jon Arnold, Greg Taylor, Tom Hamer and db pedersen.

Expect weird electronics, wild vocal gymnastics, virtuoso rubber band playing, odd percussions and general musical mayhem.

Sep 16, 2005Caravan G.S.E.Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is Wisconsin's authentic Gypsy Swing group!

Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is an instrumental group based out of Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT. The ensemble also pulls influences from jazz, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire, originals and classic tunes done in a uniquely arranged style.

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

Outside of performing regularly and releasing "Repertoire," a retrospective look back on their early demo recordings, Caravan G.S.E. is busy preparing to record "Hot String Swing", their first official FULL LENGTH CD! It is scheduled for release in fall of 2005. "Hot String Swing" will feature an expanded band lineup and will include a variety of original music, arrangements of Django Reinhardt classics, standards, waltzes and Latin tunes.
Sep 9, 2005Tony BTony B’s music blends rock, jazz, folk and country with introspective, soul-searching lyrics that seek the light at the end of the tunnel. In short, his music finds the heart of the matter. His latest recordings are stripped down because that’s the way they should be: it’s all about the song and the voice.

Since launching his music career in 2003, this Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter has built a solid and consistent Southern California following, performing extensively on the west coast in clubs including the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, the Viper Room, The Whisky a-Go-Go, Hard Rock Café, the El Rey Theater and many more. His songs have been in rotation at over 200 college radio stations throughout the U.S. Billboard Magazine has recognized him for his songwriting; recently, he has licensed over a dozen songs to MTV to be used in an upcoming show to be aired in September 2005.
Oct 8, 2005Stephanie Rearick, Natalie E. Illum, Sandra BeasleyThis is a special 'welcome home' show for Stephanie Rearick as she returns from a three week tour of the midwest and west coast. She will be joined by two poets that she met last year while touring the east coast.

Rearick is a pianist who's music is best described as pop/cabaret.

"Imagine Tom Waits reincarnated as Debussy, playing Joni Mitchell versions of Edgar Allan Poe poems on a 1920s era piano, and you get an approximate sense of the influences singer/pianist Stephanie Rearick channels on the way to making her very unique, idiosyncratic art pop." -- Berkshire Eagle

Natalie E. Illum is from Washington DC and is a founding board member of mothertongue which is a spoken word, poetry and creative writing women's organization. They are an all volunteer run nonprofit organization dedicated to providing women and young girls a safe space to be creative and empowered by the strength and courage of their own voices and experiences. She will read from her collected works.

Sandra Beasley is a writer, a photographer and a poet. She has had quite a few of her works published including one in the 2005 edition of Best new Poets.
Oct 28, 2005Michael Bettine"Michael Bettine is a percussionist specializing in metal (instruments)...Sinking into Bettine's sound world is fascinating and inspiring." - Modern Drummer Magazine

"Beautifully played compositions... quite original and exciting percussion music." - Hal Rammel, WMSE radio

Michael Bettine has worked as a percussionist and composer for over 30 years now. In that time he has moved from the progressive rock of the 1970s, to jazz, free jazz, improv, and composed percussion music. His work expands the role of percussion-as-time keeper, into realms of texture-as-sound & rhythm.

To this end, he currently works extensively with Gongs and metal percussion. Discovering Asian Gamelan music in the late 1970s, and the minimalist works of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and others, Michael went on to compose expanded works for multiple Gongs where rhythm & melody became one. His current project, GONGTOPIA, brings percussion to the forefront in a one man solo performance. Using an array of 40 Gongs, from 6" to 32" in diameter, Michael?s music is a panoply of metallic soundscapes and haunting melodies. He draws heavily on the spiritual aspect of his instruments, sacred geometry, and the traditions of cultures from around the world.
Oct 6, 2005Petracovich, Samarah and Tyger That SleepsA rare special Thursday night show!

Petracovich is a lo-fi experience of glitch-box aged songs, old pianos, muffled drums, sonic textures and the orchestration of vintage carnivals and soft parades with bittersweet vocals and the heartbreak of melancholy beauty. "Like Aimee Mann fronting Sparklehorse, Petracovich mastermind Jessica Petters produces a hypnotic dreamtime soundtrack, all misty insinuations and shimmering mirages" - Pitchfork Media

Based out of San Francisco, Petracovich is Jessica Peters performing under her old-world family name taken from her great-grandfather, Abraham Petracovich, who emigrated by himself from Russia at the age of eleven. Abraham was known to sit in the parlor dressed in his best suit listening to the New York opera. The music of Petracovich pays homage to this heredity of musical reverence.

Petracovich is currently on a 40 city national tour in support of her just released second album - We Are Wyoming. Her music has been aired on over 200 CMJ stations and featured in over 60 publications.

“Rarely do electronic and organic come together with such a comfortable, tactile sheen.” - San Francisco Bay Guardian

"It’s like having a flying dream, or lying out in a field of green grass, all up in the ether." - Portland Mercury

"An amazingly beautiful, fragile, airy and highly creative work of art." - Agouti Music

Samarah blends glitchy beats and soundscapes sprinkled with ethereal vocals and minimal, elegant arrangements. Her sound is a dreamy, fluttering minimal sound that floats somewhere between IDM and trip hop.

Tyger that Sleeps -- Catchy melodies and gloomy soundscapes combine to sink listeners to new levels of depression but then subtly bring them back to the surface. Brad Wik and Jake Becker are ready to take the world by storm.
Oct 1, 2005Radiant DarlingRadiant Darling is soul moving music reminiscent of Billie Holiday with an eastern Indian yet modern Indy rock flavor. Originally from Chicago, Radiant Darling is looking forward to releasing their latest album "Cryptomenisa" this fall.

“Imagine Sade but with an Eastern Indian background. When Saraiya gets on stage, she digs deep exuding raw energy.” - Metromix/Chicago Tribune

“While unleashing her most elemental roar or during her perfectly pitched seamless climbs and plunges, when Miss Saraiya took the stage, left to right, top to bottom, the audience was captivated by her voice.” - Scarlet, Sprawling Din

“Saraiya definitely set her band apart with her sexy sultry vocals.” - Chicago Sun-Times

“Saraiya has a warm, inviting voice that seems to float on air, welcoming listners to share a cloud with her.” - Kane County Chronicle

"Radiant Darling embraces the emotional and ethereal, taking in their atmospheric and internal environment to produce music that transcends the big picture and places itself directly in the moment. Sultry string instruments whisp behind singer Ami Saraiya’s haunting voice while her lyrics transport listeners into a world of gypsies and intelligent tough-girl prettiness.” - Chris Anderson, Last Alley Productions
Sep 30, 2005Mary Bue, Justin Roth and Charlene DiCalogeroMary Bue..Nominated for best folk act in the 2005 Providence Phoenix Best Music poll, this singer/pianist has the potential to emotionally sucker-punch you!

Justin Roth.. "Fans of Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges will find themselves right at home with the intricate guitar work...beautifully written lyrics." - San Francisco Art Magazine

"One of the best singer/songwriter/guitarists I've heard in ages...Justin Roth is a flat out talent. Roth rivals a young Willy Porter...His vocal delivery is smooth. His guitar playing is extraordinary." - The Journal Times, Racine, WI

As a self-taught fingerstyle guitarist, Justin’s expressive playing leaves people asking themselves ‘how’d he do that?’ Seeing him perform you’d swear there were more instruments on stage. His songwriting style is an artful blend of pop hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique that brings to mind Michael Hedges and Billy Mclaughlin. His songs are clever and beautifully hummable at the same time and have been gaining fans in AAA and college radio across the country. With the release of his third solo album “Shine,” which was mixed by Ben Wisch (Jonatha Brooke, Patty Larkin), this Minnesota-based singer/songwriter emerges as an extraordinary talent. He has also shared the stage with David Wilcox, Martin Sexton, Ellis Paul, Cheryl Wheeler, John Gorka and Shawn Colvin to name a few.
Oct 7, 2005Puppet Slam!Madison's First Ever Puppet Slam!

Please join us for an evening of short puppet pieces by artists from Madison and Chicago. It will be like nothing you've seen!

Admission - $5 - Proceeds will go to reimburse artists for travel expenses.
Oct 14, 2005Ritt Deitz w/ Bob PellegrinoRitt's songs are rough and smooth at the same time, acoustic roots rock with just enough mountain music in it to remind you he is from Kentucky. He is joined by his trio, musicians he has played, recorded, and consorted with over the last fifteen years.

After sifting through the legions of performing guitar players reviewers agree that Bob Pellegrino may well be Colorado's finest blues guitarist. After more than two decades of history playing Denver's blues music scene - including stints as lead guitarist for some of Denver's most acclaimed bands - Bob holds fast to his legacy by entertaining traditional rhythm and blues music lovers all over the nation.

Pellegrino's authentic renditions of blues classics, and his original compositions recently earned him a place in the Chelsea Theatre Works (Boston, MA) 2005 production of "The Grapes of Wrath"; where he performed live. His original composition "Somewhere West of the Mississippi" - from the Pellegrino CD, was featured in the original score.

If you want to know what traditional blues really sounds like you simply must see Bob Pellegrino perform!
Oct 15, 2005Rory StittRory Stitt, Alaskan singer songwriter, performs his signature theatre-pop at the piano. From classical piano roots springs pop music with long melodies ala Rufus Wainright, poetic license ala Tori Amos and androgynous soul ala Bowie and Lennox. Full of hooks to keep you singing and levels to keep you exploring, His hypnotic and transformational performance style wins him acclaim wherever he appears. Come hear the piano-animal dig deep into the belly of life.
Oct 21, 2005Andy Cohen and Jack RadcliffeAndy Cohen has been playing one kind of old time music or another since he was barely big enough to hold a guitar. Having known, studied and traveled with some of the legendary early blues musicians, his understanding and mastery of country blues is unsurpassed. He is a scholar of the works of Rev. Gary Davis. Andy delivers a catalogue of music, wit and wisdom from a broad spectrum of traditional American culture; he's a walking folk festival.

'Ragtime' Jack Radcliffe has been performing since the late 1950s. He is a master of country blues and stride piano, and sings with belief, punch and clarity. As a composer he has contributed dozens of pieces to the ragtime reportoire, and has also written a number of topical songs in the country blues tradition.

These two veterans of the blues and jazz scenes combine their masterful playing and enormous repertoires with a penchant for silliness. Andy and Jack deliver an incredible performance of ragtime jazz and country blues accompanied by insults, jabs and bad jokes!
Oct 22, 2005Bill Mallonee, Sara Pace w/ Milo JonesBill Mallonee, the lyrical and inspirational source behind the Vigilantes of Love, started playing music in Athens in the late 80's. Mallonee learned guitar quickly and the post-punk-pop of the La's, XTC, Elvis Costello, the Clash and Squeeze filled his family house. Great college scene bands that passed through Athens, Georgia during that time were Athen's own R.E.M., the dbs (with the great Chris Stamey and Peter Hosapple), Mitch Easter's 'Let's Active,' the Bongos and Tommy Keane: these were also big influences. Each of those bands proudly wove indebtedness to the first "British Invasion" into their musical flags.

The strange thing was that somehow Mallonee's love for Dylan and Neil Young won out (temporarily shall we say) over these early influences. The terrain viewed from the inside of a van for 10 years and over 10 albums by the Vigilantes of Love seemed to lend itself more to the themes of Americana and alternative country....and so they went with it. Until now.

With VoL behind him, Bill is focusing on the solo artist gig. He's back to being "just a guy in a college band from Athens, GA. That reference point and those elements will always surface in the work. It's the clang and bang of 12-strings, joy without lock or key, unapologetic...and above all...unafraid." He's back to bringing guest artists on the road with him—utility men like Billy Holmes, Kenny Hutson and other strong artists from various regions that put a punch in the show.

Sara Pace has become a Madison music mainstay for her hearttugging Americana.

Milo Jones is a character to watch - and possibly watch out for. What else to say about a guy who poses nude (full frontal) inside his CD and yet whose music is so special? Jones has been described as an amalgam of Chet Baker, Tom Waits, and Dracula... but we like Jones better than Waits. He seems influenced by everyone, but sounds like only himself. What sets Jones apart (from other ?folkies?) is his unstudied oddness, a radiantly weird personality that matches his thoughtful playing and phrasing, as well as his choice of covers (Lee Hazlewood, Dino Valente, Randy Newman, Gainsbourg). We'll need to have our medication adjusted to sort out his magic any better than that, but we recommend him highly." Mike Wolf - Time Out New York

"Witty, endearing, hilarious, and potty-mouthed, Boston alt-folkie (?alt,? as in alternate universe) Jones is a killer guitarist whose flat-pick motorin? right hand leaves guitar geeks drooling while his pleasantly woozy (non-sappy) sentimental songs coyly inebriate like a red-wine-and-Valium buzz. Jones channels legends such as Reinhardt, Cohen, Porter, Veloso?fucking brilliant!" Shawn Bosler - Village Voice

"...Milo Jones, a crooning trickster figure of the first order who exhibits a Cat Power-like ability to absorb any song-writer - Burt Bacharach, Bobby Russell, Iggy Pop - into his own rubber-lipped and impeccably picked acoustic universe." Matthew Duersten - LA Weekly

"No one - and we mean no one - defiles the Great American Songbook with as much skill, poignance, and black-hearted wit as local gin-mill revenant Milo Jones, a cracked and mournful chanteur who plays guitar with astounding dexterity and delicacy, and when combined with his singular croak, his songs are arsenic personified." Carly Carioli - The Boston Phoenix

"Nobody sounds like Milo Jones. He sings ballads so sincerely that he can sell sentimentality without the need to wink. From his unique voice to the rigorous way he arranges and performs his repertoire, he?s one of the most remarkable musicians tackling ?the American songbook?, the classic popular and country songs that span eras and styles." Chris Dahlen ? PitchforkMedia.com, StylusMagazine.com

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Oct 29, 2005Yid ViciousGosh, is it THAT time of year again? The spooky goings on at night under the bright autumnal moon, the jack-o-lantern colors lapping at the night sky, the youngsters gallivanting about with giddy excitement. That's right, it's nearly October 30: DEVIL'S NIGHT.

But the REAL holiday celebration mega-party will take place on October 29th at Mother Fool's, where Yid Vicious wants to help YOU usher in yet another fiery Devil's Night with their blazing bulgars, flaming freylekhs, and, um, some other Yiddish dances that sound like they're on fire. Yid Vicious is Wisconsin's most firmly established Yiddish music ensemble, having spent almost a decade honing its craft, all the while putting a smile on the ears and feet of countless listeners and dancers. On hand will be the group's recently released CD, The Seventh Schlemiel, which one local critic finds "inventive, varied, and vivacious." Who knows, maybe you will too!

But the REAL reason you don't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime blowout is: SOCK PUPPETS. THIS ONE TIME ONLY, Yid Vicious will host the Sockrates Sock Puppet Carnival of Morals and Logic, in which Schopenhauer will debate a pack of zombies. Who will come out on top? Nietzsche's mentor, the leading proponent of German pessimism? Or a throng of brain-hungry walking dead? This event will NOT be televised. You can only see it live, in person, at Mother Fool's Coffee House, Oct. 29 at 8 pm. As always, no refunds.

$6 cover; $5 in costume; $1 kids

Nov 6, 2005David Harris Ebenbach will read from his new book, "Beyond Camelots""These are stories about loss and fear, but also about the courage and intensity of feeling that drive us to reach out to people around us," says New Jersey author David Harris Ebenbach about his debut collection 'Between Camelots'. The volume takes its name from one of its stories--a man at a backyard barbecue waiting for a blind date who never arrives. "Like many of the characters in this collection, he is struggling to forge and keep connections with people, and so often fails to hold on."

Between Camelots is the twenty-fifth winner of the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize ($15,000), awarded annually by the University of Pittsburgh Press for a book of short stories. It was selected from among nearly 300 entries by this year's judge, award winning author Stewart O'Nan.

O'Nan praised Ebenbach's work by stating, "These stories of searching young Americans are intimate and sharply detailed, sometimes hopeful, often sad, with just a taste of the strange. In 'Between Camelots', Ebenbach is always in full command, leading the reader moment-by-moment through his/her people's dis- and missed connections, ultimately leaving us alone with them at the quiet end of the night."

Ebenbach earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Vermont College of Norwich University and a
Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. His short fiction and poetry has been published in numerous literary magazines, including Denver Quarterly, Beloit Fiction Journal, and Crazyhorse. A Philadelphia native, he resides in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife, Rachel Gartner.

Ebenbach said he was "overwhelmed" to hear he had won the DHLP. "This prize means that a
manuscript--a pile of pages--becomes my first book. It means that these stories I care about so much have found a home."
Nov 4, 2005Jerry Alexander and Andy EwenOn this night Jerry Alexander and Andy Ewen will each be performing solo sets.

Both Jerry and Andy have made their deep, blue marks in Madison music.

Jerry performed for years with Paul Black in The Alexander/Black Blues Band (later known as
"Kings of the World") one of the truly legendary bands in Madison's music history.Jerry's playing was also featured in the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed film "Hoop Dreams". Jerry's new CD, entitled "Radiator" is "bare bones brilliant". Recorded live in the studio, it features Jerry performing on guitar, harmonica, percussion and vocals - all at once. No gimmick, Jerry's music is powerfully soulful and poetic.

Andy Ewen is best known for his work as frontman for Madison's psycho-bluesrockers Honor Among Thieves. Andy has also contributed his guitar playing to numerous recordings and live music projects. His solo work combines raw, passionate vocals and guitar playing with unique - often surreal imagery.
Nov 19, 2005Nick Schillace w/ Michael YoungNick Schillace is a Detroit area composer, teacher, and musicologist exploring what it means to be an American musician. In 2002 he completed a graduate thesis on the late guitarist John Fahey, and utilizes Fahey's self-described style of syncopated "American Primitive" fingerstyle guitar as the foundation for his own technique. This style, based on early forms of blues, folk, and old-time music, provides the perfect foundation for larger and more expansive musical compositions incorporating a wide range of his own idiosyncratic influences. He is currently touring in support of his debut solo acoustic album "Box Canyon" on American Sketch Records.

“Nick paints melodies as a painter . . . his techniques are solid and the music is engaging. He has his own signature.” - Bridge Guitar Reviews

Michael Young is a fingerstyle guitarist who plays both the six and twelve-string guitar with driving rhythm and groove, and he carries that bouncy and energetic groove from powerful and compelling compositions to soulful ballads. Moving from daunting and alarming to lighthearted and idiosyncratic instrumentals, Michael takes advantage of the guitar's possibilities by combining standard and alternate tunings with a mix of slide guitar into his playing.
Nov 12, 2005Josh Cole w/ Makeshift EgoAfter appearing with Wilco, Patty Griffin and Chuck Prophet on Paste magazine's first-ever CD sampler, Josh Cole took a detour from indie success, disappeared from the music scene, and surfaced on an organic goat cheese farm in the Oregon Costal Mountains. Three years on, Cole and his dust-choked vocals and barbed-wire guitar are back with a new band and a new attitude that both figure prominently on his new album, Hypocriticool, a folk/rock/pop disc that corrals 13 punchy, teary-eyed, mystic songs into one household.

Hypocriticool is an eclectic collection of songs that represents a conscious effort on Josh Cole’s part to define himself by bringing together extremes of sounds and words. While there is a lot of good music being made today, when he surveys the horizon Cole sees a great vacancy or rather, a vacancy for greatness. "That vacancy is somebody who pulls together the balls of rock and the lyrical assertiveness of classic folk and country to make original, quirky, hard-hitting songs; songs that awaken people’s imaginations and create new metaphors to cope with a radically shifting world," Cole says. From Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan to the Clash to Fugazi, Cole believes that “songs — not the genres — dictate what music should sound like.

Makeshift Ego band members Kari and Shane combine their own unique musical styles to create an original and mysterious sound. They write subtle, yet thought-provoking lyrics and use uncommon chord combinations and rhythms that define their sound as a little dark with a quirky edge.
Nov 5, 2005The FrogsMilwaukee's Frogs return with their version of a rock show. This brother and brother duo have been making music together since the 80's and they combine excellent musicianship with off-kilter lyrics to create something wholly unique.
Nov 11, 2005Wendy Bugatti, Chris & Ann Plata and Jo GabrielAn evening of folk/punk/roots performance.
The legendary Cris and Ann Plata will perform Mexican Roots music and will be joined for some of the set by Wendy Bugatti who will follow with her solo material. Opening for a 30 min. set at 8pm is Jo Gabriel - local newcomer - who's voice and keyboard expression are deeply provacative and beautiful.

Wendy Bugatti is the front woman of Madison/Midwest rock staple Bugatti Type 35 performing solo - and her material is just as passionate, jagged and political without the power trio backing. Originally from New York City, this midwest transplant has been performing and producing records at her legendary analog recording studio, Coney Island, for almost a decade. This is not a navel-gazing, wallflower acoustic guitar-strummer- Wendy is rocking and raw. She will be releasing a solo EP in the spring of 2006.

“Though not at all bluesy in a stereotypical way, something of that intensity, a coiled sense of tension and urgency, breathes through the music, expressed not in flailing catharsis but as a sense of the damage a body can hold, a sense that can be purified into usable anger and determination”
- Illinois Entertainer

Cris & Ann Plata play original songs from his South Texas roots and what they like to call Mexican roots music!

Originally from New York, Jo Gabriel is best known for her intuitive control of the piano, her ethereal voice and the unique depth of her songwriting. Often assumed to be a classically trained pianist, Jo is completely self taught. Her music stands in the genre of ambient, romantic wave-pop and gothic/neo-classical and is often compared to the likes of Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, and Laura Nyro.

Her current album Island was released worldwide on July 19th through Kalinkaland Records in Germany (known for international bands such as Chandeen and Idaho), and through Projekt Records in the United States. Her previous two albums were released on the indie label FaithStrange, Tinderbox and The Unreachable Sky. Jo contributed her song "Amnesty" to the powerful anti-war cry CD compilation No Camouflage, which featured many top Madison artists.
Nov 18, 2005Katie Todd w/ Stephanie RearickKatie Todd usually fronts the Katie Todd Band. She'll be leaving them in Chicago this time though as she heads north for this speical solo show. As one of the brighter emerging songwriters Katie's shows are not to miss.

"Her unique voice is enchanting and her musical style is captivating; there is a welcome depth to the songs, and a heartfelt message intertwined with her talented handling of the piano." - Singer Magazine

"Rearick's a genre-bounding vocalist,keyboard player and trumpeter who takes great care bringing together things indie with her classical and art-music influences." - The Isthmus

Stephanie Rearick has been performing and recording since 1993, as frontwoman for Your Mom, Your Mom SRO, and the Coma Savants, occasional side-musician, film scorer and accompanist, and solo artist.
Nov 26, 2005Rose Polenzani w/ Ami Saraiya"As holy as a mystic, and profane as your perverted fantasies." This is how Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) described Rose Polenzani before signing her to Daemon Records in 1998. Soon after, Rose was sharing the stage with songwriters such as David Gray, Alejandro Escovedo, Kristin Hersh and Vic Chesnutt. In 2002 she toured the country with Erin McKeown, Jess Klein and Beth Amsel as part of Voices on the Verge [Rykodisc], a CD introducing four new and important songwriters. The record sold 30,000 copies in its first year and was featured on NPR.

The Washington Post, who called Rose "Haunting and magnificent" in a recent live review, declared that "there's a lovely, placid quality to [Rose's] singing and she uses it to disguise songs that are often dark and dire and wholly disconcerting. . . . Polenzani is staking a claim to intriguing material well beyond standard pop fare." August is Rose's fourth solo record. At times evoking early Liz Phair or Edie Brickell, the record was recorded and compiled at her apartment in Boston.

Ami Saraiya of Chicago's Radiant Darling weaves a delicate tapestry of half-heard stories, scratch jazz, ghost myth, americana and chamber pop. Radiant Darling has just released their debut album "Cryptomenisa" on Tense Forms Records. Saraiya will be performing a solo set at this show.

Reviews:
“Imagine Sade but with an Eastern Indian background. When Saraiya gets on stage, she digs deep exuding raw energy.” - Metromix/Chicago Tribune

“While unleashing her most elemental roar or during her perfectly pitched seamless climbs and plunges, when Miss Saraiya took the stage, left to right, top to bottom, the audience was captivated by her voice.” - Sprawling Din

“Saraiya definitely set her band apart with her sexy sultry vocals.” - Chicago Sun-Times

“Saraiya has a warm, inviting voice that seems to float on air, welcoming listners to share a cloud with her.” - Kane County Chronicle
Dec 16, 2005Doug Hoekstra w/ Hayward WilliamsRaised in Chicago and presently residing in Nashville, singer-songwriter Doug Hoekstra’s perchance for painting musical landscapes has been lauded by critics, djs, and fans throughout the United States and Europe, earning him a reputation as a man with an ear for a phrase and an eye for detail. CMJ Music Monthly has called him a “songwriter’s songwriter” and Wired observed that while “a lot of people write songs; Hoekstra writes five-minute worlds.” His gentle baritone anchors his music, setting realistic narratives against an effective backdrop of memorable melodies, easy rhythms, and occasionally, unexpected arrangement touches.

Hayward Williams' live performances provide fans with solid guitar playing, soaring vocals and an assortment of interesting and sometimes ironic cover material. His original music blends strong melodies with lyrics that reflect his smart sense of humor. Built on a foundation of folk, blues and soul, his material has been compared to Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley and Beck.
Dec 2, 2005Prince Myshkins
The Prince Myshkins (Rick Burkhardt, accordion and Andy Gricevich, guitar) have been performing original satirical songs since 1997. Their hilarious, thought-provoking, and often moving takes on war, sexuality, talk radio, traffic, high school, medicine and countless other topics have endeared them to audiences throughout the U.S. Their odd (yet strangely catchy) melodies and instrumental work support a rapid-fire stream of incisive lyrics and surprising rhymes. The Myshkins have been heard on Pacifica’s “Democracy Now” and NPR’s “Morning Edition.” Madison songwriting legend Peter Berryman says: "You two absolutely knock my socks off, and my socks have been on far too long.... I find it more and more rare to be blown away by music but you two do the trick over and over.”
Dec 3, 2005Nob Hill BoysThe award-winning Nob Hill Boys bring their tasty traditional bluegrass sound back to their favorite Madison venue.
Dec 10, 2005Burr Settles w/ Matt HopperBurr Settles calls Madison home these days, but he cut his teeth at the folk and bluegrass jam sessions in front of the Woodland Avenue fire station in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. Still, a wide array of influences from Beck to The Lemonheads and even They Might Be Giants has contributed to his own quirky style of folk and pop. For this special Mother Fool's performance, he will be appearing with a small folk-rock orchestra replete cello and trumpet. Rumor has it a set of holiday songs will also be involved.

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

"Intelligent folk-pop... beat-inflected workouts, and introspective acoustic numbers." -The Onion AV Club

Matt Hopper is a modern day Sal Paradise. His mix of psychedelic, folk, rock, and really anything he feels like throwing into the equation come out sounding soothingly familiar and his own. Catch him with or without his band for two completely different sounds. For fans of Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Richard Buckner.

"Alaska native Matt Hopper has the appeal and talent of a quintessential American singer-songwriter. He writes earnest alt-countrified songs that are pop without being clichéd and delicate without being sappy. -LA Weekly
Dec 9, 2005Bawbaric YawpsOne version or another of the alternative jazz group "The Barbaric Yawps" has been around town for the last 15 years. After several years hiatus, The Yawps return in their latest reincarnation as a trio.

Local veteran drummer & all-around creative musician Tom Hamer (Fuzzy Logic, Vortex) joins electric bassist Uncle Larry Hancock (WORT's late Fri. nite jazz programmer) and Tom Lachmund on saxes.

For this show, The Yawps will perform without a net, focussing on spontaneous interactive improvs without any written songs.

Speaking personally, we the Yawps, have been pleasantly surprised by what keeps burbling up out of this particular alchemical mixture, & we think that you, the listeners, may be too.
Dec 23, 2005Will Hector w/ Ben ReiserWill Hector, who spent several good years in Madison, has been a student of melody since an early exposure to his mom’s Burt Bacharach habit, and his brother’s Beatles obsession. He sings and plays guitar, and currently lives in Oakland, CA, where it's still considered daring for a man to wear a kilt.

Ben Reiser bleeds tears. Ben Reiser breeds deers. Ben Reiser feeds bears. Ben Reiser needs beers. Ben Reiser seeds pears. Ben Reiser reads fears.
Ben Reiser takes six strings and makes them sound like two. Ben Reiser takes ten songs and sings them all for you.
Dec 17, 2005Colin O'BrienAfter three years fronting the award winning band Salt creek Colin O’Brien has revitalized his solo career. Of late Colin has fallen under the spell of the late John Hartford, and it shows. With his amplified footboard board, guitar, banjo, and fiddle O’Brien dances and sings original tunes, Hartford songs and old time numbers. With these tools in the bag (Coupled with O’Brien’s relaxed stage manner) one can expect an exciting evening of musical entertainment!
Dec 30, 2005Marla HansenMarla Hansen is a Madison native who currently lives in New York City. A classically trained violist who has branched out into popular music, she performs her own original songs accompanied by guitar-style viola. Her music is quiet and eclectic, with the mellow tone of the viola providing a refreshing new texture to the singer-songwriter format. Blending indie/folk style song writing with an alternately pure and wild voice, Marla's performances are intimate, vibrant and always surprising.

Marla is the violist for My Brightest Diamond
(formerly AwRY,) and has collaborated with Sufjan Stevens, Oneida, Kanye West and many other wonderful people while living in New York.
Dec 18, 2005Reception for Sarah Marie Muehlbauer7 - 9 pm. Come down and meet the artist.

This event is free and open to the public.
Nov 16, 2005Live at Mother Fool's CD Release PartyThis event took place at The Eagle's Club.

Featured: Blunt, Elizabeth Schaefer, Your Mom, Jeff Lisk, Pascal, Stephanie Rearick, Yid Vicious, Far From Home, Jhawn Renkin and Durable Goods.
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