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Event Archive - 2007

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May 4, 2007The Columbia County SheiksThe Columbia County Sheiks are John Fabke (guitar, banjo, mandolin) and Brian O’ Donnell (fiddle, guitar).

Their repertoire draws on the blues-based string band music from the 1920s and ‘30s that was recorded by artists such as the Mississippi Sheiks, Doc Roberts, Jim and Andrew Baxter, Peg Leg Howell, Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith, Memphis Jug Band, Burnett & Rutherford and others. This unique and entertaining music covers a wide variety of styles from blues to rags to pop music and bluesy, fiddle-driven country breakdowns.

The Columbia County Sheiks feature the traditional fiddle playing of Madison, Wisconsin based Brian O’Donnell. Brian can also be heard playing cajun music with the Cajun Strangers and bluegrass with the Lonesome Rogues.
Jun 16, 2007Ritt Deitz w/ The Getaway DriversRitt'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's bringing a big band for this show, musicians he has played, recorded, and consorted with over the last fifteen years.

The Getaway Drivers offer up an acoustic set of rock Americana featuring Madison singer-songer writers Bob Manor and Sheila Shigley, backed by tasty veteran bassist Ken Keeley. Manor's serrated voice will cut through heartfelt lyrics while Shigley displays the vocal prowess she is known for in the popular Celtic group, Navan. Half the band, all the energy.
Jan 19, 2007Emily White w/ Ian AlexyEmily White is a singer-songwriter well aged by living in the South, Midwest, and Northeast, and writing her way through two Boston blizzards. Her songs trade currencies of heartbreak and wit, passion and laughter, and she fuses musical influences and styles seamlessly. Although her music has currently led her to reside in Chicago, her music still resembles that of a girl with Southern blood in her veins. She is often compared to Jonatha Brooke and Ani DiFranco, but Emily's style is all her own. Check out her website to hear tracks off of her recent EP release, 'Every Pulse,' and come see for yourself what she's all about.

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

In 1995 Ian studied jazz harmony and guitar at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston Ma. "It was an amazing time, there was a wide pool of creativity to draw from. I think that I may have learned more playing in student's apartments than in the classroom."
Jan 20, 2007Underground Aviator w/ db pedersenDan Williamson has been writing and performing music since 2004. Under the name of Underground Aviator, Dan fuses acoustic alt-rock with electronica and hip-hop beats and is quickly becoming well known throughout the upper midwest. Live, Aviator mixes loops and beats with his guitar and voice to create an original and interesting sound. Aviator's first album "Sleepin On A Table In The Aboulia Nation" will be released early this year from his own label, Aboulia Nation Records.

db pedersen brings his take on extended voice/performance art to the stage for an evening of aural wonderment. self taught in the art of khoomei, db has the ability to create multiple silmultaneous tones that he sings across landscapes that he keeps safely tucked right behind his eyes.
Feb 10, 2007John Fabke & The Lonesome AcesOriginal bluegrass in a traditional style.
Jan 5, 2007Caravan G.S.E.Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is an instrumental group based out of Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT. The ensemble also pulls influences from jazz, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire, originals and classic tunes done in a uniquely arranged style.

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

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

Other past festival highlights have included: The Isthmus Jazz Festival, Overture Center "After Work" concert series, Baraboo's Faire on the Square, The Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Wisconsin Dells River Walk Series, The Great Taste of the Midwest, and Madison's Art Fair Off the Square.
Jan 6, 2007PRIMORDIAL SOUPPRIMORDIAL SOUP ---- Tom Hamer, drums ------ Uncle Larry Hancock, electric bass --------- Tom Lachmund, saxes & bass clarinet

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

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

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

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

Why, prithee, good souls, it is none, & it is all & it is more. From the Air it comes & to the Air it returns. It is the SOUND of PRIMORDIAL SOUP!
Jan 12, 2007Dakota Dave HullHailed by everyone from Dave Van Ronk to Doc Watson, from the Washington Post to downbeat, Dakota Dave Hull’s guitar style spans a wide musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely personal blend of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop. Dakota Dave is a restlessly curious, adventurous traveler along the broad highway of America’s music. In his playing the masters speak, but in a vocabulary that is Dave’s alone: alternatively mirthful and moving, always melodic.

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

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

On stage or in the recording studio Dave has performed with Utah Phillips, Doc Watson, Robin and Linda Williams, Dave Van Ronk, John Renbourn, Paul Geremia, Spider John Koerner, Cam Waters, Sally Rogers, Butch Thompson, Peter Ostroushko, Garrison Keillor, and Norman Blake, among others. His albums include three with early performing partner Sean Blackburn and five solo efforts (the acclaimed Hull’s Victory and Reunion Rag, both on Flying Fish) with three more, New Shirt, Sheridan Square Rag and The Loyalty Waltz on Arabica Records. His three albums with guitar and mandolin ace Kari Larson (also on Arabica) have become legendary.

At the urging of Van Ronk, among others, Dave released his first album of solo fingerstyle guitar tunes in 2002. He followed it up with another two years later and should have a third before too long. Watch for a live album, too.
Jan 13, 2007Venice Gas House Trolley with Adam Gregory PergamentAdam Gregory Pergament, a finalist for Best Artist (Other) in the First Annual Madison WI Area Music Awards, is a Spoken Word performer who has managed to bridge the gap between poetry and music. His dynamic style of Rock and Fire Flowpoetry combines rhythm, musicality, and a highly condensed depth of poetic language. His delivery on stage, often incorporating sound effects and loops, makes him one of the most unique and riveting performers on the Midwestern musical and artistic landscape. Adam speaks shamanically through poems of Asian Gods and Goddesses, tells Cowboy stories of the American Wild West and the Railroad Age, and poetically rants and rages about both Love and War. In 2006, he was appointed as the first ever "Poet-In-Residence" at The King Club, Madison, WI's premier live music dance club. He has performed over 400 times in the USA with Rock and Roll bands, Jazz musicians, and as a solo poet. His current projects include Chime Collective Big Band which performs improvised free flow freak-out musical explorations every Monday evening at The Madison WI Center For Creative And Cultural Arts, Venice Gas House Trolley (an all acoustic post-Beat trio consisting of voice, up-right bass, and bongos), Four-Strand-Eye-Splice (a deep-ambient groove quartet of two electric basses with effects, vocal loops, and lap-top computer glitch), and Rock and Fire Flowpoetry (Adam's solo spoken word with vocal effects and loops).
Jan 7, 2007Art reception w/ Sleeping in the AviaryStop to to meet the January's artist, Elliott Kozel. His band, Sleeping in the Aviary, will be doing an acoustic set. The event runs from 7 - 9 pm and is free and open to the public.
Jan 26, 2007James Grainger - Magic Show!!James Grainger has been performing for a variety of audiences for 20 years. Originally from DeKalb, Il James has performed in a wide aray of venues throughout the Midwest ranging from living rooms to large theaters. His show has been described as exciting and hilarious. The performance he gives is great for humans of all ages.
Feb 9, 2007Paul Geremia w/ Todd CambioLegendary bluesman Paul Geremia will be bringing his 6 and 12 string guitars to Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse on January 13th. Influenced by the playing styles of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Blake, Scrapper Blackwell and Robert Johnson, he is a must see for blues fans and guitar players alike. For 40 years Paul has traveled the world playing his own style of country blues and garnering a reputation as an underground guitar hero. During his rich career he has played and worked with some of the true giants of the blues, including Babe Stovall, Yank Rachel, Son House, Skip James, Pink Anderson and Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong.

Also appearing:

Former Cashbox King, Durable Good and Terraplane Flyer, Todd Cambio performs a variety of blues, rags, country ballads and work songs on 6 and 12 string guitars and harmonica. Todd draws from a variety of sources including 78 rpm records, old time songsters and crotchety fiddlers that he’s met in his travels.

$10.
Jan 27, 2007Jim SchwallJim Schwall was playing jazz on the accordion and drums before he completed elementary school, and found the guitar while in high school, playing mostly folk, bluegrass and traditional country blues. In collage he met Corky Siegel, added an electric pickup to his acoustic guitar, and the Siegel-Schwall Band was born. Between 1964 and 1974, they recorded a dozen albums and traveled the continent playing Iive shows. Although Jim has done other things along the way, he hasn't stopped playing. ln 1968 the band reunited and they currently play a couple dozen times a year, issuing a live CD in 1989 and their first studio recording in 3O year in 2005. In addition, Jim tours solo playing original and contemporary songs, mostly in the style of country blues.
Feb 2, 2007Lindsay Jane w/ Kristine Pettersen"Lindsay Jane is that rare artist that comes along from god knows where and blows away everybody she encounters. She is a writer of great depth with the ability to get right at the heart of things with an insightful mind that examines truth and presents it in a simple and most poignant manner. Lindsay Jane's songs move people, there is no way anybody can be indifferent. This isn't background music; her songs hit the target dead on the money." -Mitch Poldolak Founder of the Winnipeg & Vancouver Folk Festivals

"...a clear, sleepy, lights low voice sitting on top of the soft shoe shuffle of a jazz guitar that means, grab your girl, get some really good wine, and turn out the lights. Canada, once again, sends me a pleasant experience." STAVE MAGAZINE

After pedaling thousands of miles across america on four different bike/music tours, Kristine is back in Madison to record her new songs with Matthew Sanborn of The Motor Primitive, and to share stories from the road. Her songs can be described as thoughtful musings about western civilization and its destructive impact on the natural and social landscapes she has explored from the seat of her bicycle. Her melodies are intricate tapestries sung with passion and precision, while her lyrics are sometimes startling, sometimes funny and paint a picture of what the world would look like if enough of us started using the bicycle as our main mode of transportation.

"Pettersen's faith in human qualities rings extremely clear and true, loud enough to realize that peace might be just beyond chaos." - CURRENT, Ann Arbor
Feb 3, 2007Hayward Williams w/ James TravisHayward Williams' live performances provide fans with solid guitar playing, soaring vocals and an assortment of interesting and sometimes ironic cover material. His original music blends strong melodies with lyrics that reflect his smart sense of humor. Built on a foundation of folk, blues and soul, his material has been compared to Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley and Beck.

"Hayward Williams' earnestly jaunty folk-rock might seem anachronistic in the prevailing musical atmosphere of self-conscious irony, but his combination of melody, restraint, and unabashed enthusiasm saves the day. Williams also boasts a voice that sounds several decades older than he actually is, lending his songs of love and loss a gravity they might not otherwise possess." -The Onion

James Travis has developed an inspired yet original version of American music. Mixing elements of country, blues, ragtime, and rock JT has been fronting the roots-rock quartet Jim James & The Damn Shames since 2003. Through their many live shows he has honed a sense of songcraft and dynamic stage-presence that have made them a critical success. Tonight's set will be an intimate solo performance allowing for rich lyrical and melodic detail to fully be explored and examined.
Mar 9, 2007Chad Anderson's Double Shirley Poppy - CD Release Party - $5Double Shirley Poppy is a skillfully explosive musical group using grit, grace, and beauty to create an original rock and roll sound spiced with blues, folk, funk and jazz. The result is an interesting and familiar blend of music with a spontaneous feel.

Chad Anderson, composer, vocalist and absurdist, plays guitars and sings for the group. His articulate
phrasing, soulful grit and energetic stage presence
make this group's performances exciting and fun to
watch. Dave Krenz, percussion extraordinaire, plays drum kit and sings.His intimate ties to jazz and his human metronome capabilities allow him to be the pulse and the grace of the group. Todd Miller plays saxophones and accordion. His soaring melodies, buttery touch and goofy stage antics bring out the beauty of the band.

Two special guests have been added to the group for this occasion:
Nick Matthews is an extremely gifted guitarist who
composes as well. Nick will be playing lead guitar and singing. Justin Kopp is an eclectic upright and electric bass player. His jazz sensibilities will heat this gathering up to a boil. Showcasing material from Chad Anderson's new CD, "Last Things First, 1st Things Last", the Poppy will be making the rounds and spreading smiles.
Mar 15, 2007Marketing Team Appreciation DayEvery year we honor everyone who carries our mugs, wears our pins, shirts, backpacks, etc, etc.. It is our loyal customers that keep us in business through positive word of mouth and other means - from the subtle to the sublime. Working as a team. A volunteer marketing team. We bow our heads in thanks. And look forward to treating you on March 15th..

We have new stencils for you to create free Mother Fool's gear.



Feb 17, 2007Erik Brandt & the Urban Hillbilly Quartet w / Noah Riemer“These concrete jungle hayseeds from the wind-whipped plains of St. Paul are fervent eclectics, liable to wander into funk, Arabic, or Irish music at the drop of a hi-hat. But their true allegiance is to bands like the Flying Burrito Brothers and their descendents, who like to mash together country, bluegrass, and rock n’ roll.”
- Rick Mason. October 2003. City Pages. (Mpls, MN)

What started as a jam session in late fall 1995 in a now burnt-out St. Paul hole-in-the-wall bar has become an international curiosity. Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet has grown into an award-winning Twin Cities-based ensemble that delivers an eclectic mix of musical styles, blending piano, electric guitar, accordion, bass and drums. On stage, the UHQ performs mainly original material--most of which can be found on their seven albums. Tonight’s show will be a Madison CD release for Erik Brandt’s first solo album: Green Eyed Alone.

Opening the show will be former Ticklepenny Corner ringleader, Noah Riemer.
Mar 17, 2007Dan Frechette w/ Eric RogersDan Frechette is a musical force.

Just 28 years old, the Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter is a wealth of musical knowledge and experience. Frechette has written more 1,300 songs. He has been signed to a major songwriting contract. He has busked for a living on street corners and in subways all over North America and Europe. He’s played solo at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and is the man who penned the first hit for modern bluegrass stars The Duhks.

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

Critics have uniformly praised Frechette’s debut. Veteran Toronto Star pundit Greg Quill was so moved that he wrote the following:

“Manitoba singer/songwriter Dan Frechette, blessed with an enormous talent a facility for adapting elemental folk forms — bluegrass, Celtic airs, country, ragtime, country blues — to his purpose, the likes of which I haven’t heard since Dylan’s first recordings… Lucky Day is already a classic, an album that will surely find an exalted place in the canon.”

Frechette’s fascination with music began early and is the driving force in his life. He grew up in Pinawa, Manitoba, listening to Winnipeg all-oldies station KY 58 and was trying to mimic writing Beatles songs when he discovered Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen and thus began a lifelong study of singer/songwriters that has led him through every possible musical genre, from bluegrass to punk to old time country to jazz and back again.

At just 17, Frechette found himself signed to EMI Music Publishing, living in Toronto and trying to write hits. Frustrated by being encouraged to create chart-toppers for boy bands, Frechette returned home and embarked on a troubadour’s odyssey that saw him and his guitar living in impromptu co-ops, flopping in parks and hostels, and playing tunes to make enough for food and shelter. Al l the while, he kept writing songs, meeting other songwriters and learning the lore of his chosen craft.

By 2001, Dan was back home in Winnipeg. He played with several bands over the next year or so, but when the most promising project, an amalgam called Motel 75, imploded, Frechette knew what he had to do. His vision for his songs became his focus, and Lucky Day is the result.

Lucky Day is the ebullient expression of all of Dan Frechette’s multi-faceted musical influences — a distillation of all he has learned since he was a little kid in the early ’80s, listening to his uncle’s scratchy Johnny Horton and Chubby Checker LPs.

Eric Rogers, recently turned twenty year old songsmith from Minneapolis, has crafted a number of works of an increasingly eclectic nature. Through a combination of magnetic riffs, folk strumming and slide guitar he has sought out a comprehensive sound that reflects an evolving musical taste. Eric has at one time or another found influence in The Velvet Underground, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, The Doors, as well as Bob Dylan and Jack White of The White Stripes.
Feb 16, 2007Yid ViciousHow quickly they grow: practically in the blink of an eye, the tiny newborn infant grows into a hulking man or woman; the adorable cub transforms into a fearsome lion, tiger or bear; the acorn sprouts into a mighty oak; and the tiny bunny rabbit becomes a slightly larger bunny rabbit. So it is with klezmer bands.

It seems like just yesterday that Yid Vicious, then a vivacious toddler of a band, put on the first of its annual Groundhog Day concerts at the venerable Mother Fool’s. That cold, cold night was aglow with youthful dreams and wild hopes for Yid Vicious’ future. With each successive year, we marveled at the young band's progress and marked each milestone: the first tooth, the first laugh, the first terkisher. And what an adorable band: tow-headed,
quick to laugh, with a winning, gap-toothed smile. Why, you just wanted to eat Yid Vicious up, it was so sweet!

But no more.

Yid Vicious is turning eleven years old, and nearing the end of its tween years. Already experiencing abrupt growth spurts and acting moody, Yid Vicious just saw that one film in health class, and knows that acne and bad teenage mustaches can’t be far behind. No doubt about it, this year’s Eleventh Anniversary Groundhog Day Blowoutstravaganza will be your last chance to see and hear a pre-pubescent Yid Vicious with its childhood innocence still intact. After this year it’ll be all shopping, boys, cell phones, cliques, bad music and god knows what else.

Plus, Yid Vicious plays klezmer, and klezmer music is good for you, as proven by many a scientist. And it's anniversary time, which means Yid Vicious will double its firepower, joined by extended family members including Anna Purnell (vocals/trumpet), Ariella Bohrod (keyboard), Bob Jacobson (trumpet), David Austin (trumpet), David Spies (tuba), David Kantor (clarinet), Jon Pollack (percussion), and Matt Appleby (guitar).
Mar 3, 2007The Branch/Riordan/Pow!ers TrioJaimie Branch - Trumpet
Marc Riordan – Drums and Percussion
JoAnne Pow!ers – Saxophones

Staples of Chicago’s improvised music scene, trumpeter Jaimie Branch and drummer Marc Riordan are making their first Madison appearance accompanied by local saxophonist JoAnne Pow!ers. Expect heavy use of extended instrumental techniques and complex interaction ranging from high-energy free jazz to subtle textures bordering on the inaudible.

About the Performers:

Jaimie Branch:
Trumpeter Jaimie Branch has been making waves on the Chicago improvised music scene since returning to her hometown in early 2006. She has performed with Axel Dorner, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe Morris, Tim Daisy and others. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2005. She has toured and performed in this and other bands throughout the U.S.

Marc Riordan:
Drummer/pianist MARC RIORDAN (b. 1982) is a Boston-born jazz musician and improviser. He uses traditional instrumental approaches as well as extended techniques. Often appearing in collaborative settings, Marc's current projects include the Branch/Riordan/Sexton trio, Cornerback with Jason Stein and Toby Summerfield, and Marc Riordan's Phelt, with Jaimie Branch, Keefe Jackson, and Kevin Davis. He has also performed with legendary improvisers such as Steve Lacy, Joe Maneri, and Joe Morris.

In 2004, Marc co-founded the Music Workshop, a weekly event aimed at bringing together the various stylistic contingents in Boston's diverse music scene. He is now based in Chicago.

JoAnne Powers:
Free jazz outlaw 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 trio, 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.
Feb 23, 2007Mark Adkins w/ Larry RavenswoodMark Adkins is the main singer and songwriter for Madison Area Music Award winning band, subvocal. Think psychedelic-electro-tribal-folk..

Larry Ravenswood plays an acoustic guitar, but does not necessarily present his music in the "traditional acoustic sense". On his latest project "Million Miles from Zen" he combines acoustic guitar with various keyboard and beat sounds, and then mixing it all with lush melodies, vibrant vocals and songwriting. He has performed in many cities throughout the USA; venues including State Fairs,clubs,coffee houses and halls. Born in Chicago and currently living in Minneapolis, the indestructable music veteran has endeared many ups and downs, trends and non trends, but has always survived any or no fallout the music biz has or has not to offer.
Apr 21, 2007YAWO, acoustic afrofunkA native of Togo, West Africa, Yawo started his musical career at the “Ecole Experimentale de musique” of Lome where he studied flute, classical guitar, and electric bass.

As the leader of the high school band he formed with his brother and sister, Yawo Attivor developed a talent for composing and arranging music that embraces both the traditions of the Ewe tribe and the influences of the western civilization. This multicultural approach to songwriting led to the creation of the MIMI-Togo (International Movement for Innovative music-Togo branch) which Yawo directed until he left Togo in 1992 as a result of political turmoil in his motherland.

In 1993, Yawo joined the international organization Up With People, traveling the U.S. and Europe, promoting peace and understanding among the citizens of the world. After Up with People, Yawo, his cousin Ro Attivor(aka Ro Bezz), Sarah Agbeto and guitarist Matt Hupton created Doliho, an afropop project that rocked the Midwest in the late 90s.

In 2002, after he moved to Minneapolis a year earlier, Yawo launched a solo career with the album “Celebrate” (Mia du agbe) followed in October 2004 by “Take Out the Fences”, a “refreshingly upbeat” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) album that breaks musical barriers with an explosion of afrobeat, afrofunk and reggae.YAWO is currently working on an acoustic album.
Mar 10, 2007Caravan GSECaravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is an instrumental group based out of Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT. The ensemble also pulls influences from jazz, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire, originals and classic tunes done in a uniquely arranged style.

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

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

Other past festival highlights have included: The Isthmus Jazz Festival, Overture Center "After Work" concert series, Baraboo's Faire on the Square, The Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Wisconsin Dells River Walk Series, The Great Taste of the Midwest, and Madison's Art Fair Off the Square.
Mar 31, 2007Mary Bue w/ Brian JustMary 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!

Brian Just is a folk singer from Minneapolis. He has been playing in bands around Southern Minnesota for 8 years as a solo act and also in bands such as Beight and The Saturday Sun. His lyrics and melodies may remind you of that time you got lost in the woods or that drive you took through a snow storm holding hands with a special someone.

"his gorgeous execution proves that the traditional singer/songwriter wheel is far from broken when done right." - Rob van Alstyne
Mar 23, 2007John KruthKruth's mandolin is the driving force behind this wild mix of psychedelic and old world music on his new Crustacean Records release, Eva Destruction.

Kruth's curiosity and diversity continually leads him into a variety of intriguing musical settings, from New York to Nashville, from Morocco to Croatia, from to Ireland to India as well as England, Spain, Germany and the Navajo Nation. U. Rajesh, the Carnatic mandolin virtuoso of India has called John "a true artist," while jazz guitarist John Scofield hailed his performance as "burnin'."

Kruth is also a professor of music at Manhattan College, a journalist, producer of records and musical events and whenever the inspiration strikes, a poet.

Kruth's writing has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Progressive, Sing Out!, Frets, Wax Poetics, Fretboard Journal and Signal to Noise. He lives in New York City.

"The Madman of the Mandolin" - San Francisco Guardian

"An engaging frontman playing everything from folked-up funk to blitzkrieg bluegrass" - The Isthmus, Madison, Wisconsin

"Kruth's humor is sly with an understanding of how to craft a first class lyric." - The Star Ledger, Newark, NJ

"Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist John Kruth comes through with a commendably smart, catchy and intriguing album...Kruth's smooth, soothing voice and sharp songwriting make for a potent double whammy. The gorgeously fluid, rich and heady melodies artfully blend a wealth of eclectic world music elements into a very tasty and complex synthesis. A real treat." - Jersey Beat, review for Eva Destruction
Mar 2, 2007Marty Feldhake and Andy MortonMarty’s unique and expressive songwriting is equaled by his warm and engaging singing. Old Quarry Road is Marty Feldhake's first CD and the title track evokes the memory of generations of workers at the limestone quarry near Marty's home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The dream of growing up to be a cowboy, the quiet beauty of a restored prairie and cherished family relationships inspired other songs on the CD. Marty also covers songwriters like Bill Staines, Utah Phillips and Steve Earle, and his fine baritone does them justice. Joining Marty on stage will be local musician Andy Morton on the mandolin.
Feb 24, 2007Tonight's show, Chad Anderson's Double Shirley Poppy, has been rescheduled for March 9.
Mar 24, 2007Ritt Deitz & Andy EwenExpect solo sets and some playing together by two of Madison's favorite musicians.

Ritt's songs are rough and smooth at the same time, acoustic roots rock with just enough mountain music in it to remind you he is from Kentucky. He is joined by his trio, musicians he has played, recorded, and consorted with over the last fifteen years.

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

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.
Apr 14, 2007Hayward Williams w/ Richard Weigel - $7"Hayward Williams' earnestly jaunty folk-rock might seem anachronistic in the prevailing musical atmosphere of self-conscious irony, but his combination of melody, restraint, and unabashed enthusiasm saves the day. Williams also boasts a voice that sounds several decades older than he actually is, lending his songs of love and loss a gravity they might not otherwise possess." - The Onion

Ahhh, where to start? The exquisite gruffness of a manly voice that belies the strip of a lad who appears on the photographs? The moving, intelligent storytelling, from which "Doctors" and "Problems with Hemingway" stand out – but only just – from the crowd? Or the new-alt-country-blues (and will you forgive me that phrase) of the sound, put to beautiful use on 'Devil's Lament'? In truth, its hard to put it into words; this is a fantastic record, one that's a treat from start to finish. On first listen, the cover of Thunder Road strikes a jarring note; when your songs are as good as Hayward's there seems no need to walk in another's shoes, but several goes later and it melds in seamlessly. You'll like this." - Americana UK

Richard Wiegel has been a fixture on the Madison,Wisconsin music scene for more than 30 years. His stirring guitar work has added excitement to the performances of The Midwesterners, Johnny and the Hawaiians, Out of the West, The Swing Crew, Clicker and The Bowery Boys.

More recently, Richard has added solo acoustic guitar performance to his credits. On his new solo CD Out of the Blue, Richard covers classic songs from a variety of muscial genres: rock, ragtime, blues, jug band, jazz and rockabilly. The result is an upbeat and seamlessly entertaining album.

Following in the path of finger-picking guitar greats Chet Atkins, Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt, Richard pays tribute to these pioneers with his own treatments of classic songs: St. Louis Blues, Deep Water Blues, La Vie En Rose, A Good Girl is Hard To Find, and even a finger-picking version of Chuck Berry’s devilish The Thirteen Question Method. Guitar and vocals were all recorded live at DNA Studios, and mixed by Mark Haines at Smart Studios in Madison.

The Wisconsinite says, “Wiegel's warm, mellow vocals fit the smooth fingerpicking guitar accompaniment very well. If you're a fan of melodic guitar playing, you'll enjoy the album very much.”

Rick’s Café says “Wiegel possesses a smooth, rich voice that is well suited for this type of material.”

The Isthmus says, “A nicely realized solo CD that features his finger-style guitar.”
May 5, 2007Katie Todd w/ American NobodyThousands of fans and three releases into her career, Katie Todd continues to shine.

Having shared the stage with such music scene luminaries as Juliana Hatfield, Patti Labelle, 10,000 Maniacs, Steve Winwood, Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s, Kenny Loggins and The Wallflowers, the Chicago Arts and Entertainment Magazine has recognized Katie as “a breath of fresh air that the Chicago music scene has been waiting for.”

American Nobody is the voice of a new generation of artists, a generation of empowered independent touring musicians and songwriters. American Nobody has embraced the technological advances of our new 21st century, staying true to his organic roots while implementing live-looping technology to record a palette of tones and sounds using bass guitar, acoustic guitar, and percussion on stage. His eclectic home-grown creations are a fusion of Folk, Rock, Indie, and Alt Country with influences ranging from guitar mastermind Leo Kottke to songwriters like Greg Brown and the late Jeff Buckley.

American Nobody is an emerging loop artist, and is frequently compared to loop pioneers like Tim Reynolds and one-man jam band phenom Keller Williams. His songwriter's approach to arranging offers the delicate artistry that coffeehouse folkies devour, yet his energetic looping of guitars and percussion delivers the wall of sound one typically hears from a full band on a rock stage. Through various effects and technologies, American Nobody records layers live and dazzles audiences with a one-man band spectacle. A.N.'s technical ability soars through captivating tap arrangements, played with both hands on the guitar's neck using the side of his thumb to pop the strings with aggression and intensity. Slide solos and fast-picked leads are also dangerous tools in A.N.'s arsenal, not to mention a powerful, edgy voice that delivers his lyrical imagery with grace and genuine soul.

In the studio, American Nobody self-produces his own albums, writing all of the lyrics and melodies while playing nearly every instrument. A.N.'s independent spirit has earned the respect of his growing grassroots fanbase, and his artistic integrity resides at the core of his act. Unafraid to explore emotions both dark and luminous, American Nobody presents us with songs of love, war, peace, anguish, and bliss; some of them delivered as short stories and others more like poems. The American Nobody CD Release Tour is bringing real independent music to bars, coffeeshops, clubs, and colleges across the nation.
Mar 30, 2007Faghat w/ Facesteak
Mar 16, 2007MurzikIn the vein of groups such as gypsy punks Gogol Bordello and klezmer revivalists DeVotchKa; Murzik creates music that is exactly what you would expect. It is beautiful, soothing, sensual, quiet, quite pretty, a little bit naughty and more than a tad Russian at times. The band employs saxophones, accordions, mandolins, bells and glockenspiel along with more standard instruments of popular music such as bass, drums and acoustic guitar. With their unique instrumentation and well-wrought and introspective lyrics Murzik carves a dark sonic soundscape that is reminiscent of a list of analogous contemporary predecessors often bringing to mind comparisons to the work of Nick Drake, Tom Waits, or Joy Division.

When putting all relative and obvious comparisons to rest it becomes astoundingly clear that Murzik's music stands on its own. Haunched squarely upon the shear strength of its unique and exquisite sonic beauty, brash confident daring and its undeniable charm, it is meant as a centerpiece juxtaposed to the dcor of an incredibly well manicured record collection.
Apr 6, 2007The Alison Margaret Jazz Ensemble - $5The Alison Margaret Jazz Ensemble presents an individualistic and artistic approach to the history and progression of jazz. Her debut recording "Come Sunday" honors composers such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, and Chick Corea. "Come Sunday" will undoubtedly capture the ears of any listener with the irreplaceable voice of Ms. Margaret and the unmistakable sound of pianist / arranger Laurence Hobgood.
Apr 13, 2007The Hobo Nephews of Uncle FrankWhat do you get when two well traveled brothers settle down with old acoustic and electric guitars, a distorted harmonica and decide to play roots music on a front porch in rural Northern Minnesota?

Since releasing their well-received debut album in the Summer of 2005 The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank have played Two Green Man Festivals (Duluth, MN), Two Feel Good Festivals (Central Wisconsin) and The 10,000 Lakes Festival (Detroit Lakes, MN), as well as theatres, bars, coffee shops, folk societies, colleges and barns all over the Midwest and beyond.

Teague and Ian Alexy's musical paths have gone down many different roads. Between the two they have sold over 3,000 records and have established themselves as respected independent songwriters and musicians in many different regions of the country. Up until last summer their musical roads have been largely separate. The creation of The Hobo Nephews has brought their music and their lives back together.

After growing up with Ian in Somers Point, New Jersey, Teague headed west to expand his musical horizons in San Diego. Teague briefly returned to South Jersey to co-found Spilled Milk who quickly became one of the most successful original bands to ever grace the storied Jersey Shore bar scene. Teague soon left Jersey behind again to test the musical hotbed of Minnesota where he quickly became one of the most respected performers on the independent scene touring all around the Midwest and eventually all the way out to the west coast. His newest release The New Folklore (backed by The Feelin Band) has received glowing reviews including The Minneapolis Star Tribune calling Teague "a buzz-worthy singer/songwriter."

After spending a year at Berklee Music School in Boston, Ian moved to Vermont to further study guitar at Goddard College which eventually led to a semester of study in Ghana, Africa. He spent time in numerous jazz-rock outfits including while also performing as a solo singer/songwriter. The Burlington music publication Seven Days hailed Ian as "one of the area's hottest, young guitarists with a casual precision that shows in his songwriting." Ian now also lives in Minnesota and just released his second record entitled Broken Billy.
Jun 9, 2007Jim Schwall and Marques BovreJim Schwall was playing jazz on the accordion and drums before he completed elementary school, and found the guitar while in high school, playing mostly folk, bluegrass and traditional country blues. In collage he met Corky Siegel, added an electric pickup to his acoustic guitar, and the Siegel-Schwall Band was born. Between 1964 and 1974, they recorded a dozen albums and traveled the continent playing Iive shows. Although Jim has done other things along the way, he hasn't stopped playing. ln 1968 the band reunited and they currently play a couple dozen times a year, issuing a live CD in 1989 and their first studio recording in 3O year in 2005. In addition, Jim tours solo playing original and contemporary songs, mostly in the style of country blues.
Apr 26, 2007East Side Youth Poetry ReadingFeaturing poets and spoken word performers from LaFollette, East, and Shabazz high schools, as well as any other teen who wants to read their own work. This is a feel-good celebration of poetry, not a slam. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes early to sign up.
Apr 7, 2007Christine Costanzo, Mark Adkins and Jesse Banks"...Costanzo evokes the bygone whisperings of Joan Baez, Neil Young and even The Dead....her dreamy, poetic songs effectively weave the genres of country, folk and rock without getting mired in the land of neo-hippie cliche." - The Shepard Express,

Mark Adkins of two time MAMA winning band subvocal "plays moody, layered music that should appeal to fans of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois"

Jesse Banks, a young and up & coming guitarist from the near east side of Madison, plays mostly original folk-rock with some blues/jazz influences. His songwriting is soulful and poetic, his guitar playing rhythm-based with complex lead segments. Over the past year, Jesse has played at neighborhood festivals, coffee shops, on State Street and recently released his first self-titled CD.
Apr 20, 2007Painted Saints w/ Christian WilliamsPainted Saints hail from Minneapolis and subscribe to the 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.

Christian Williams' Martin guitar, six-string banjo and lonesome baritone make gothic country music in the vein of a late night Nick Cave or Johnny Cash's American series.
May 26, 2007Caravan Gypsy Swing EnsembleCaravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is an instrumental group based out of Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT. The ensemble also pulls influences from jazz, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire, originals and classic tunes done in a uniquely arranged style.

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

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

Other past festival highlights have included: The Isthmus Jazz Festival, Overture Center "After Work" concert series, Baraboo's Faire on the Square, The Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Wisconsin Dells River Walk Series, The Great Taste of the Midwest, and Madison's Art Fair Off the Square.
May 1, 2007Food Share DayMother Fool's is excited to once again participate in the annual Community Action Coalition Food Share Day. We will be donating 10% of our sales from the day to help stock the Dane County Food Pantry Network. Please come in and spend as much money as you can to insure the success of this fundraiser.
Apr 25, 2007Celtic Tree Oracle Readings by MarinaSign up in advance at the cafe during TV Turnoff Week. Each reading takes about a half hour. There will be 6 available slots so space is limited. You can sign up in the cafe starting on Sunday.

"Similar to I-Ching, Celtic Tree Oracle cards are
direct and reader interpreted. There are no 'negative' cards. A thoughtful tool for finding inspiration and insight. The Tree Oracle's tree alphabet has 25 letters, each one associated with a tree or shrub, and also a month and/or a color. The tree alphabet was developed by the ancient Celtic tribes at a time when Britain was covered by forests, and trees provided basic needs such as shelter and fuel. Today, many of us yearn to live closer to the cycles of the earth and the seasons, to the natural world, and to reclaim an existence that recognizes the spirit in all living things. For the past several years, I've done Tree Oracle readings as a way of opening to those influences and ways of living. Those who practice the religion of the Goddess, or are Wiccan, may be particularly interested, but anyone of any faith can
benefit from a reading."
Apr 23, 2007litmus0001 - Free!!Jonathan Ewald has been recording and performing as litmus0001 since 2000, using bass, guitar, synths and other instruments played through effects, delays, and loops to improvise spacy minimalist ambient shoegazer drone soundscapes. His music has been released for free by Kikapu Netlabel, his own AnubisMusic, and has been played and featured on numerous web and terrestrial radio stations. His influences include Bill Laswell, Tangerine Dream, Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, Steve Reich, LaMonte Young, Curve, My Bloody Valentine, Boards of Canada and Squarepusher.
Apr 24, 2007WORT Live Broadcast - Pastures of PlentyJohn Fabke will be broadcasting live from Mother Fool's from 9 am - noon. He'll have special guest performers so come on down and watch live radio!

Special guests will include: Catfish Stevenson, McNamara & Neeley and Harmonious Wail, Earl Foss' Brown Derby and Bruce Bollerud/George Gilbertson (from Goose Island Ramblers).

Unable to attend, tune in to WORT by dialing in their web stream.
Apr 27, 2007Show and TellIt's show and tell, like in grade school!

Presented by Club Hostess and hostessed by KeaLynn Keys.

Starting at 7pm, artists, poets, people who want to share things they find around the house, musicians, comics, dancers, filmmakers, tinkerers, thinkers, historians, etc, will each have 10 minutes to "Show and Tell." We'll have the PA set up and a video / dvd projector available for those who need it. Please contact us ahead of time if you have other technical needs.

Show whatever you want (except live animals or illegal objects). We're starting early so kids can participate and, being 24 hours, we can go as late as people have things to share.


Sign up in the cafe starting at 6pm.
Apr 26, 2007Wisconsin poets: Kimberly A. Blanchette, James P. Roberts, Judith Zukerman and you!Turn off your TV and turn on your senses to the power, passion and persuasion of poets!

Your host, Kimberly A. Blanchette and two other celebrated members of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, James P. Roberts and Judith Zukerman, and some friends will delight the audience with their multi-dimensional poems.

Romanics and Rogues... ha ha...this is your moment!! Come savor what these poets can offer your pallet. Other surprises will be in store. Stick around for the Open Mic if you want to share your own poetry and bring a smile to the audience. See you there!
Apr 25, 2007A class on herbal detoxificationIntroduction to cleansing with Vanessa Tortolano and Alla Shapiro.

A class on herbal detoxification. How to do it safely and effectively. We will go over the basics of cleansing and cover many different kinds of cleanses to suit your individual needs.

Vanessa Tortolano and Alla Shapiro are Western Herbalists who like to focus on what grows locally and can be found in the wild. They are also both
Doulas in the community, who focus on empowering families about their bodies and health by educating themselves about natural healing .
Apr 25, 2007Kombucha BrewingKombucha Brewing with Alla Shapiro and Vanessa Tortolano

Teaching you how to brew the life enhancing elixir. Where did it come from? How is it done? We'll cover everything you need to know to start your own
Kampucha brew, and there will be samples. Plus Kits will be available for sale at the end of the class.
Apr 22, 2007Environmental Documentary Film Festival ScreeningThe Environmental Documentary Film Festival will be screening 2 short films starting at 9:15 pm.

The luckiest nut in the world - 8 min.
A singing peanut and his gang of shelled friends explain that sometimes free trade is just nuts.

Buyer be fair - 57 min.
Looks at the benefits of fair trade goods and product certification for people and the environment.
May 25, 2007Tellurium - $6An evening of experimental jazz that will travel a range of sounds along the sonic spectrum. Tellurium is Joel Wanek (upright bass), Jon Mueller (percussion), and Dan Godston (trumpet, percussion).

Bios:
Jon Mueller has been an active drummer and percussionist since the early 90s. Whether utilizing bombastic minimalism, dense interplay, or electroacoustic practices, his approach focuses on a physical dialog between situation and material. He has been featured on numerous recordings and has performed throughout the U.S., Japan, and Europe.

He has performed/recorded with: Aranos, Keith Berry, Jarboe, Jason Kahn, Asmus Tietchens, Jack Wright, Carol Genetti, Chris Rosenau, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Hal Rammel, Steve Nelson-Raney, Tetuzi Akiyama, Jim Schoenecker, Tom Wincek, Bhob Rainey, Martijn Tellinga, Glenn Kotche, Pele, Steven Hess, Tatsuya Nakatani, Werner Moebius, Lionel Marchetti, Adam Sonderberg, Tim Catlin, Matt Turner, Jeff Klatt, Achim Wollscheid, Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Lightbox Orchestra…

"Mueller’s minimalist percussion raises hypnotic palettes of solid color. He merges the human touch with the objects that he vibrates, pops, scrapes, or taps." – All About Jazz

"Mueller goes straight to the core of drums' pneumonic organism, avoiding easy edulcoration to privilege spacing systems and sustained transmutations, where snare drums become turbocharged in an itinerant mass of resonant charms and the deep rumble of a sapiently treated (?) bass drum (???) skin transforms itself into a hoarse monster of droning majesty reigning in deafening volume." – Touching Extremes

"Mueller has found a way to go beyond his free jazz past and take the world of instrumental virtuosity into the 21st century." – Paristransatlantic.com

Joel Wanek is a photographer and educator living and working in Chicago. He teaches photography at many of the city's premier arts organizations including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Marwen Foundation and the Hyde Park Arts Center.
His photographs have been featured in a diversity of publications including DownBeat, Jazz Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Reader, ZoneZero, Vibrations (France) & The New Cosmos of Photography (Japan). He has participated in group shows at Bucket Rider Gallery and The Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, and CENART in Mexico City.

Recently, Wanek's creative focus has been directed towards music. For the past three years, he has studied upright bass and improvisation with master musician Tatsu Aoki. Since then, he has had the fortune of playing with some of Chicago’s finest improvisers including Aoki, Nicole Mitchell, David Boykin, Josh Abrams, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Dave Rempis and Greg Ward. Currently he is a member of Aoki's Miyumi Project Big Band, Boykin’s Microcosmic Sound Orchestra and Ways & Means Trio.

In addition to performing, Wanek is also an active music presenter. A year rafter the passing of legendary bassist Malachi Favors Maghoustut, he organized a gathering of Chicago creative bassists to pay respects to him and his spirit. That initial event has grown into The Low End Theory, a musical series highlighting the city’s many innovative bassists.

Dan Godston composes music and plays the trumpet and other instruments in Ways & Means Trio (with Joel Wanek and Jayve Montgomery) and other groups in the Chicago area. For one year Ways & Means hosted a monthly series at Muse Café called Lower & Upper Limits, which showcased collaborations between poets & musicians. He has worked with Bill MacKay, Jeff Marx, Mars Williams, Nicole Mitchell, and other musicians. He has also worked with these outstanding poets on creative projects: Jennifer Karmin, Sterling Plumpp, Ed Roberson, Toni Astante Lightfoot, and Michael C. Watson.

He teaches poetry and other art forms to young people, through these organizations: Snow City Arts Foundation, The Center for Community Arts Partnerships, The Poetry Center of Chicago, Marwen Foundation, and the Hyde Park Art Center. He also teaches at Columbia College Chicago.
Dan is also the founder and director of the Chicago Calling Festival, which provides cutting edge opportunities for Chicago based artists working in all media to collaborate with artists living in other locations around the world.
Jun 2, 2007Doug Pahl w/ Hammers of the GodsDoug Pahl is a singer/songwriter from Madison – His material ranges from the lighter subject matter of love, and seasons, to obscure discussions of despondency, loneliness, and infirmity. Set to a backdrop of savory acoustic guitar compositions, sometimes rhythmically strummed, others carefully plucked, each piece takes on a life of its own. You can listen to two tracks which are slated to be on his new album (if he ever finishes it) at www.myspace.com/dougpahl

Madison-based Hammers of the Gods (Rob Ely, Dave Foss) are a hammered dulcimer duo who play Celtic and American music. This is their first and possibly last gig, since Rob is moving to Idaho. Once-in-a-lifetime experience!
May 12, 2007No Show.We will not have a show this night so everyone can attend the Madison Area Music Awards.
Apr 22, 2007Mother Fool's Shirt Making Party!Bring a shirt and decorate it using one of our fabulous stencils! We'll have paint and brushes and all that and a few extra shirts for those in need. This is always a fun event so come on down!
May 19, 2007The Daredevil Christopher Wright"The Daredevil Christopher Wright happens to be three unassuming young dudes from the northern climes of the greater Midwest, and their blend of indie rock exuberance and classic rock rearing is completely disarming. ...These guys could trump a band like Tapes 'n Tapes in due time." - Independent Weekly, NC

The indie folk-pop trio recently charged out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin's burgeoning hipster scene to take the show on the road. In spite of their relative isolation in the western wiles of Wisconsin, they've managed to turn a few ears including those of the hip new Minnesota Public Radio station - 89.3 The Current - where they receive regular airplay and National Public Radio's All Songs Considered: Open Mic where they were featured in the song of the day.

The music is infectious, by turns peppy, manic and melancholy and all three members manage to sing and bash instruments at the same time. Jon Sunde plays the role of lead vocals and guitar while brother Jason plays bass and dear friend (nearly brother) Jesse Edgington sits behind the drums. The band recently went into the studio to record their first full length album with the help of some fine friends and they eagerly anticipate its release.

"To me, the most engaging thing about the band is the deft manipulation of vocal inflections which embellish the mood or maybe it's simply the moods themselves, which feel like the careful articulation of a compositionally conscious young band." - Rift Magazine
May 18, 2007The Gadjo PlayersThe Gadjo Players are an eclectic acoustic group from Madison, WI. String bass, guitar, violin, mandolin, and octave mandolin provide the line-up. They play a wide variety of music including Gypsy Swing, Latin, and Celtic both originals and covers.
May 11, 2007Vortex - Experimental Showcasedb pedersen, Jon Arnold, Gregory Taylor, Endless and others...

WORT experimental djs host and perform at this sonic explosion known as "Vortex."
Jun 8, 2007The Stevedores w/ Larry RavenswoodThe Stevedores formed under the canopy of the trust fund fueled drug / sex scene at Sarah Lawerence College in Westchester New York during the early part of the new century. They played extensively around the campus in ballrooms, bedrooms, and girls dorms before moving to larger venues in New York City. They played a series of shows at the Knitting Factory in lower Manhattan during the spring of 2006.

In June 2006 after recording "Tamuawok." the band moved to Madison Wisconsin under the name "The Stevedores" to begin work on their next album "The Straw That Broke The Camel's Heart". They set up a studio in a rented house on Gorham St. at the backbone of the isthmus near James Madison Park and began recording. While preparing for the Thanksgiving Day party Lead Singer Spencer Bell was rushed to the hospital by his younger brother, complaining of stomach pains. He was diagnosed with Adrenal Cancer and passed away on December 3rd in Madison.

On February 4th, 2007, in an effort to figure out how they would sound as a band, The Stevedores entered the RPM challenge to record an entire album in the month of February. They finished recording "This Is Very Important Message" on February 25th, emerging with a new sound that is as yet undescribable.

Larry Ravenswood plays an acoustic guitar, but does not necessarily present his music in the "traditional acoustic sense". On his latest project "Million Miles from Zen" he combines acoustic guitar with various keyboard and beat sounds, and then mixing it all with lush melodies, vibrant vocals and songwriting. He has performed in many cities throughout the USA; venues including State Fairs,clubs,coffee houses and halls. Born in Chicago and currently living in Minneapolis, the indestructable music veteran has endeared many ups and downs, trends and non trends, but has always survived any or no fallout the music biz has or has not to offer.
Jul 14, 2007Dakota Dave Hull - $8Hailed by everyone from Dave Van Ronk to Doc Watson, from the Washington Post to downbeat, Dakota Dave Hull's guitar style spans a wide musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely personal blend of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop. Dakota Dave is a restlessly curious,
adventurous traveler along the broad highway of America's music. In his playing the masters speak, but in a vocabulary that is Dave's alone: alternatively mirthful and moving, always melodic.

A gifted composer as well as a strikingly original interpreter of older tunes, Dakota Dave calls what he does "classic American guitar." Folk legend
Van Ronk called Dave "one of the best guitarists in the world."
Most of all, Dakota Dave's music is great fun. As Douglas Greene (Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky) puts it, "There is an imp within Dave Hull that always
expresses itself on the fretboard; a witty, intelligent yet respectful imp who frolics in his music, an imp Dakota Dave neither fights nor lets take control, but simply absorbs into the heart of his style."

On stage or in the recording studio Dave has performed with Utah Phillips, Doc Watson, Robin and Linda Williams, Dave Van Ronk, John Renbourn, Paul Geremia, Spider John Koerner, Cam Waters, Sally Rogers, Butch Thompson, Peter Ostroushko, Garrison Keillor, and Norman Blake, along with many others. His
albums include three with early performing partner Sean Blackburn and five solo efforts (the acclaimed Hull's Victory and Reunion Rag, both on Flying Fish) with three more, New Shirt, Sheridan Square Rag and The Loyalty Waltz on Arabica Records. His three albums with guitar and mandolin ace Kari Larson (also on Arabica) have become legendary.

At the urging of Van Ronk, among others, Dave released his first album of solo fingerstyle guitar tunes in 2002. He followed it up with another two years later and should have a third before too long. Watch for a live album, too.
Jul 21, 2007The Delta Jets w/ Matt Lange - $6Recreating that Delta Blues sound, The Delta Jets (from Green Bay) will get hold of you and pull you in. Dale Anderson plays an assortment of guitars and evokes that Muddy Waters thang with a mix of originals and old time blues standards. This is no ordinary blues group, this is a blues exorcism.

Matt Lange is an acoustic fingerstyle, lap slide, and Dobro player out of Madison. Matt's songs combine roots influences with a rock sensibility.
Jun 29, 2007Erik Brandt and Noah Riemer w/ The Attack PoniesErik Brandt (Urban Hillbilly Quartet) and Noah Riemer (ex-Ticklepenny Corner) have toured all around the USA playing their heartfelt original Americana music.

Tonight's show will feature the two of them performing together, trading off songs and stories.

Opening the night will be up-and-coming Madison band: The Attack Ponies.
Jun 1, 2007Kevin Kiley - Art receptionCome on down and check out the new artshow and meet the artist. Starts at 8pm and is free and open to the public.
Jun 15, 2007Rose Polenzani w/ Sharon LewisRose Polenzani and Sharon Lewis are reuniting for a two week tour in the US. Rose, a longtime fan of Sharon's old band Pooka, first brought Sharon to the states in 2004, where they began developing a musical rapport, which they continued to pursue on their UK tour in 2005. Sweet, gentle, and strange, their two voices, with barebones guitar and piano accompaniment, will thrill the listener. They will be selling a limited-run e.p. called "Kings and Queens," featuring live-in-studio recordings from the end of their 2005 UK tour, never before released.
Jun 23, 2007Pine Box OrchestraThe Pine Box Orchestra has more imagination than free time. The trio of multi-instrumentalists led by singer-songwriter Burr Settles shamelessly blends guitar with cello, trumpet, keys, mandolin, flute, and even banjo in its array of original folk-pop tunes (as well as innovative acoustic covers of 80s and heavy metal classics).
Jun 22, 2007Henhouse ProwlersThe Henhouse Prowlers strive to play bluegrass the way it was meant to be played. A six piece band (guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and upright bass) with a focus on traditional vocal harmonies, hard driving instrumentals and sincere lyrics. In keeping with the standards set 50+ years ago, the Prowlers perform around a single microphone and wear neatly ironed suits to accompany their cracking smiles. The effect of this setup draws a crowd in to an intimate performance that is virtually unmatched in the Chicago area. While standard bluegrass songs are a significant part of their sets, it's the original tunes and lyrics are frequently requested by the audience. Songs of reverence for the way things used to be, combined with stories of contemporary frustrations leave a lasting impression on any audience member listening.
Jun 30, 2007Dave Martin, Ben Reiser and Jesse BanksSinger/songwriter Dave Martin is a college graduate and vocational drop-out. Upon completion of a journalism degree from the University of Iowa Martin rifled through a series of real jobs...In February he released his debut record, "Bottom 80." He has been touring behind the album since. Martin's influences include James Taylor, (he started playing guitar after meeting Taylor at a concert when he was five) Jeff Tweedy, Tom Waits and Greg Brown.

His "roots pop" is similar in style to Mason Jennings and Josh Rouse.

Ben Reiser's first band was called illegal outpost, he was 12 years old, his sister was 10. He didn't want her in the band but she had the casio keyboard. their signature tunes were "subway shuffle", "haunted stereo"and a cover of the stones classic "can't always get what you want". Ben's second band was called Traci Lords Ex Lovers, they played CBGBs, The Pyramid Club, and Ben's parents living room. their signature tunes were "I want sex tonight", "ma, I gotta make a phone call" and a cover of the Billy Joel classic, "sometimes a fantasy". Ben's third band was called All About Chad. Chad played bass. Ben's mom booked a two week tour of the midwest, after which the drummer and guitarist quit. their signature tunes were "Chad's got an earring" "Chad's driving me home", and a cover of Linda Ronstadt's classic "how do I make you". Ben's last band was called Swim Team. Dr Steve rocked a dan electro and Gail rocked a cow bell. they played Dr Steve's living room and Mark's garage. signature tunes included "meet me in the hallway", "quick thaw", and a cover of the Knack classic "maybe tonight".
Ben may not have any band mates with him at Mother Fools, and he may not play any of these signature tunes, but rest assured, he will give you a little something something to remember.

Jesse Banks, a young and up & coming guitarist from the near east side of Madison, plays mostly original folk-rock with some blues/jazz influences. His songwriting is soulful and poetic, his guitar playing rhythm-based with complex lead segments. Over the past year, Jesse has played at neighborhood festivals, coffee shops, on State Street and recently released his first self-titled CD.
Jul 13, 2007Ice Cream Social - $6Ice Cream Social is a trio which presents original music by the members of the group, combined with total improvisation and fairly unrecognizable versions of songs by people like Tom Waits, the Mamas and the Papas and David Bowie. The musicians attempt to walk a fine line between genres like jazz, rock, tango and video game music. Sometimes they're too drunk to walk. Ice Cream Social is the remains of the Music Lover's Club, a collective quintet formed at the University of Miami in 2003, which was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2004 as part of the Weill Music Institute's Professional Training Workshops.

Dan Kinzelman (Sax, Clarinets, Voice, Dance) was born in Racine, Wisconsin. He has a degree in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Miami, where he won three Downbeat Awards and played with Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Adam Nussbaum and others. He lives in Italy where he survives performing original and free music. He has appeared in Germany, Switzerland, France, Finland, Denmark and Italy, including performances at important jazz festivals like Jazznojazz (Switzerland), Umbria Jazz (Italy), and Copenhagen Jazz Festival (Denmark).

Aaron Mitter (Bass) is from Indiana, although he now lives in Chicago where he works as a freelance musician. Little is known about his recent past, and his family background is a closely guarded secret.

Austin McMahon (Drums, Melodica, Voice, Percussion) was born in Seattle and raised in New Jersey. He has studied with John Riley and has a Master's Degree in Jazz from the University of Miami. He has performed throughout the United States, in Spain, Switzerland, Germany, France, Finland and Italy, and has shared the stage with Joe Lovano, George Garzone and David Liebman. He lives in Boston where he teaches and performs with local and touring acts including the Quartet of Happiness.
Jul 6, 2007Art reception for "Tingatinga"Stop on down and check out our new art show.

This event runs from 7 to 9:30 and is free and open to the public.
Jul 27, 2007Mary Bue w/ Dick PrallMary 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!

"Prall succeeded in recording well-crafted and understated melodies, exploring the landscapes of roots, pop, rock and honest balladry. Prall’s signature tune, displays his vocals switching “...from deadpan to gorgeous falsetto to wolf-like howl as instruments give added meaning to lyrics” in true porch pop fashion. With an album as sweet as fizzlebuzzie, Dick Prall continues to feed our ears with tastemaking tunes."
Jul 7, 2007No ShowWe have no show this evening so come on down and hang out in our beautiful yellow and blue environment. We'll be serving coffee, tea, cookies, soup and all the regular stuff..

Open until 11 pm, as always.
Jul 20, 2007Boo Bradley w/ Richard Wiegel - $5Boo Bradley is a hot blues stompin’, jelly roll jumpin’, rag jazz infusin’, two-man acoustic jug attack from Madtown, Wisconsin. These boys throw down a porch stomp boogie chock full of old time Delta moans from the likes of Son House and Charley Patton, the Piedmont shake of Blind Boy Fuller and the earliest Chicago Ragtime mastery of cats like Blind Blake and Big Bill Broonzy. None of these names sound familiar? Well, never you mind. Once you get a wiff of what these fellers are cookin’, your feet’ll know what to do, ‘cause when Boo and Brad put their groove stamp on a tune you can’t call it nothin’ but good ol’ ho-maid jelly.

Scott "Boo" Kiker: A true to life Blues Troubadour born in Houston, TX and educated down in Louisianne, Boo honed his vocal and guitar craft the old-fashioned way - tramping the street venues and campfires across the Great States – and even did a stint in Spain. He now calls Madison home where, a few years back, he began trading licks on stage with Madtown’s own slide guitar master Catfish Stephenson. Interweaving blistering fingerstyle twang and creamy smooth jazz voicing, Boo stirs up a veritable "moan" and response lover’s spat, prodding sassy lyrical backtalk to his punchy fret-grinding guitar work.

Brad Selz: A rhythmsmith who knows that a good washboard is mostly "per-cussin’” and rarely ever “fer-cussin’”, Brad provides the raw front porch shake and rattle that so many find so hard to sit still to. Of course, it’s not just about keeping the laundry clean. Brad keeps a snare, bass drum, high-hat and brushes handy for when a song might need a little more spank and rasp. Hailing from Eau Claire, WI, our stompmeister spent a summer not too long ago hopping trains and hoboing out west before settling into Madison and forming the tapping half of Boo Bradley. He must have picked up something sleeping to the clack of the track all those nights, because this train arrives on time.

Richard Wiegel has been a fixture on the Madison,Wisconsin music scene for more than 30 years. His stirring guitar work has added excitement to the performances of The Midwesterners, Johnny and the Hawaiians, Out of the West, The Swing Crew, Clicker and The Bowery Boys.

More recently, Richard has added solo acoustic guitar performance to his credits. On his new solo CD Out of the Blue, Richard covers classic songs from a variety of muscial genres: rock, ragtime, blues, jug band, jazz and rockabilly. The result is an upbeat and seamlessly entertaining album.

Following in the path of finger-picking guitar greats Chet Atkins, Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt, Richard pays tribute to these pioneers with his own treatments of classic songs: St. Louis Blues, Deep Water Blues, La Vie En Rose, A Good Girl is Hard To Find, and even a finger-picking version of Chuck Berry’s devilish The Thirteen Question Method. Guitar and vocals were all recorded live at DNA Studios, and mixed by Mark Haines at Smart Studios in Madison.

The Wisconsinite says, “Wiegel's warm, mellow vocals fit the smooth fingerpicking guitar accompaniment very well. If you're a fan of melodic guitar playing, you'll enjoy the album very much.”
Jul 28, 2007James Grainger - Magic Show!!James Grainger has been performing for a variety of audiences for 20 years. Originally from DeKalb, Il James has performed in a wide aray of venues throughout the Midwest ranging from living rooms to large theaters. His show has been described as exciting and hilarious. The performance he gives is great for humans of all ages.
Aug 18, 2007Doug Hoekstra w/ Joe Rathbone"A lot of people write songs, Hoekstra writes five-minute worlds" (Wired Magazine).

Doug Hoekstra’s instantly recognizable musical persona and deep talent for songcraft have garnered years of praise from critics, djs, and fans throughout the United States and Europe. Raised in Chicago and living in Nashville, he has earned a well-deserved reputation as a man with an ear for a phrase and an eye for detail, a man known as a “songwriter’s songwriter” (CMJ Music Monthly). Hoekstra's gentle baritone anchors his music, setting sympathetic narratives against a backdrop of memorable melodies, wry rhythms, and subtle but unexpected arrangement touches. The sum total of the parts? "Americana's answer to Oscar Wilde...mesmerizing both musically and lyrically" (Americana-UK).

In addition to live discs, eps, and other oddities, Hoekstra has released six full-length works on labels in the U.S. and Europe (When the Tubes Begin to Glow, Rickety Stairs, Make Me Believe, Around the Margins, Waiting, and Blooming Roses), earning him Nashville Music Award, Independent Music Award, and NARAS nominations. Hoekstra’s latest project, Blooming Roses, is slated for a September 2007 release date. Blooming Roses features all the Hoekstra hallmarks – honest vocals, narrative lyrics, emotive chord changes and impeccable musicianship. From the soul vibe of the title track to the atmospheric groove of the closer (Everywhere is Somewhere), the music is infused with mood and purpose, creating a unified and rich musical landscape that stands as Hoekstra’s strongest work to date. Blooming Roses was recorded primarily at David Henry’s True Tone Recording studios in Nashville, with a bevy of Nashville’s finest helping achieve its dreamlike cohesion – David Henry, Bobby Bare Jr., Jimmy Bowland, John Deaderick, Charlie Degenhart, Nirva Dorsaint-Ready, Paul Griffith, George Marinelli, Pat Meusel, Richard McLaurin, Joe Rathbone, Paul Slivka, and Barry Walsh. The album’s closing track was cut in Stavanger, Norway at Out of Tunes Recording with members of Thomas Dybdahl’s touring band – Oyvind Berekvam, Eirik Lye, and Aaddne Saeverud.

Hoekstra has toured both sides of the pond extensively, performing at bookstores, coffeehouses, clubs, libraries, pubs, festivals, radio stations, and castles, solo and with band in tow. Throughout this musical journey, Hoekstra has been participant and observer, finding time to write a boatload of prose about these and other experiences. His short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, and he was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his tale “The Blarney Stone” (2006). Hoekstra's first-full length collection of prose, Bothering the Coffee Drinkers, was published in 2006 to rave reviews and earned a Bronze Medal for Best Short Fiction in the 2007 Independent Publisher Awards (IPPYs). As Paste Magazine noted, “Music runs like a liquid vein through these 80-proof experiences. Hoekstra pours it out with a Dylan-esque fervor, giving us a sputtering catalog of beauties and terrors…”

Joe Rathbone has fashioned a new sonic landscape for himself on his upcoming release Under the Scorpio Moon, featuring contributions from renowned producer-instrumentalist Brad Jones, Venus Hum maverick Tony Miracle, as well as drummer Craig Wright (ex- Steve Earle and the Dukes.) Rathbone turns in a poetic study in the art of simplicity. Vintage-raw guitar and keys combine with techno grooves and stellar choruses to paint a picture of a world shifting beneath our feet.
Nov 3, 2007Paul Geremia w/ Paul Kaye - $10Legendary bluesman Paul Geremia will be bringing his 6 and 12 string guitars to Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse on January 13th. Influenced by the playing styles of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Blake, Scrapper Blackwell and Robert Johnson, he is a must see for blues fans and guitar players alike. For 40 years Paul has traveled the world playing his own style of country blues and garnering a reputation as an underground guitar hero. During his rich career he has played and worked with some of the true giants of the blues, including Babe Stovall, Yank Rachel, Son House, Skip James, Pink Anderson and Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong.

Thumbs up!.was the reaction of folk/blues icon Dave Van Ronk after hearing a young Paul Kaye's solo opening set. The next day Paul climbed into a weathered, baby blue, '68 Chrysler convertible and headed west. Armed with two guitars, an amp, his trusty cast iron frying pan (a man's got to eat!), and not much more than the clothes on his back - Paul Kaye landed in Chicago.

Nearly fifteen years later, Paul Kaye still has the old frying pan and has become a mainstay on the competitive windy city music scene. He has earned the respect of his peers, and those who have enlisted his talents reads like a who's who of the current Chicago scene. He initially cut his teeth on a five-year "blue Monday" residency at the legendary Checkerboard Lounge. At the Checkerboard, Paul Kaye had the opportunity to meet and work with a steady stream of south side Chicago artists including; David Myers, Harmonica Hinds, Lefty Dizz, Junior Wells, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, John Primer, and many lesser known talents.

As a founding member of the critically acclaimed Devil in a Woodpile, he recorded two cd's for Bloodshot Records as well as, an as yet to be released cd with delta blues legend David "Honeyboy" Edwards.

Paul Kaye, however, is at his best when sitting alone on a stage belting out his deep-rooted originals and the same fluid ragtime/blues that had entertained the late Mr. Van Ronk years earlier.
Aug 3, 2007Corey Hart w/ Jeff MitchellCorey Hart plays the music you wish you'd grown up to - an eclectic blend of folk, rock, and a little bit of soul. This Wisconsinite's earthy sound will tantalize your eardrums while his stage presence will captivate your eyes.

After only a few shows in his adopted hometown of Madison, WI this Berklee dropout found himself rising to the top of the local music scene. Hart recently earned the title of Madison's Songwriter of the Year.

Shortly after his award-winning performance, Corey spent some time recording at Smart Studios. His resulting new EP "Words Like Wildfire" is certain to bring national attention. Featuring stripped down production that emphasis substance over studio tricks "Words Like Wildfire" captures his awesome voice and amazing songwriting.

"Hart is out to make folk that's not about easy listening, that suggests the intensity of real life." - The Isthmus

Jeff Mitchell is a one man show from Decorah, Iowa. His songs perfectly capture the sound of the Midwest, yet his unique, off-kilter voice and instrumentation defy the traditional singer-songwriter formula. He specializes in fingerstyle guitar and plays kick-drum, analog synth bass pedals, and a sampler with his feet during his shows He claims influences that range from country-blues greats Elizabeth Cotten and Mississippi John Hurt to experimentalists like Ween and Mr. Bungle. His lyrics offer abstract impressions of small-town life, love, sex, and power.
Aug 11, 2007Michael Lee Ammons & The Water Street HotshotsThe Water Street Hot Shots are a hard working traditional blues string band. Their recording "This Will Bring You Back" is now available on PERKATONE REDCORDS. Drawing from acoustic musical styles of the 1920's and 30's, The Hot Shots' repertoire includes old-time blues, ragtime, novelty, and "hokum" party music. Listeners can expect to hear slide-guitar in the style of masters like Son House and Tampa Red, jug band tunes, and string band arrangements of ragtime pieces.
Oct 19, 2007Anaïs Mitchell w/ Tracy BeckFrom her birthplace on a Vermont sheep farm to Beirut cafés, Cairo apartments and Austin recording studios, Anaïs (ah-NAY-iss) Mitchell has been around. Therefore, it's no surprise that The Brightness, Mitchell's Righteous Babe debut, is infused with the restless, worldly perspective of a real troubadour.

With The Brightness, Mitchell gives us a glimpse into the raw talent and infectious energy of today's underground folkies, not to mention a handful of the places she's been. Over the course of 11 songs, listeners are transported to Bethlehem and the Virginia countryside; they bathe in New Mexico moonlight and hear the world whizzing by from the inside of a hobo's train car. But for all of its worldliness, this is a lovingly homemade album. During therecording process, Anaïs lived above the studio, which was built into an old Vermont gristmill. She could wake up, shake the sleep out of her eyes and record tracks in her pajamas.

Recorded with producer and long-time collaborator Michael Chorney and a handful of Vermont-based artists, The Brightness is anchored by sparse, unpretentious arrangements, whether it's the charming backwoods banjo of "Shenandoah," Chorney's warm lap-steel playing, or Mitchell's acoustic guitar work, which is almost harp-like in its soft, economical beauty. On the rare
occasions when the production gets richer, it's instantly memorable—especially the wave of vocal harmony that washes over the chorus of "Your Fonder Heart."

Mitchell spins stories about forgotten old poets, jilted lovers and the three wise men, making each one a distinct chapter of one cohesive work. Her lyrics tackle the personal and political with equal aplomb, often blurring the lines between the two. In fact, thin lines are a recurring theme in her music, whether it's between friends and lovers, religion and violence, or prosperity and pain.

"Tracy's music is about true meaning, life, and the spirit." (Gary Goldberg, host of "In The Spirit," WPRI-NY radio) Her rootsy melodies sooth the soul. Her unique style combined with infectious hooklines and ever-changing musical moods will take you on a memorable journey.

Aug 17, 2007The Bicycats w/ Kelli Rae Powell and Doug PahlThe Bicycats is a plural name for a singular musician, Zachary Bernstein who wields his ukulele, guitar or venue-provided piano to perform songs about melting ferris wheels, scenes from Sylvia Plath novels and negotiating a possible romance with a bird. His debut album "I Love You For Your Mind" is out now on 307 Knox Records.

Kelli Rae Powell is an old-timey albeit timely cabaret-style bad girl. Regarding her wry and original tunes, she has been described as a tiny uke-toting red-headed would-be step-child of Billie Holiday and Johnny Cash.

Doug Pahl is a singer/songwriter from Madison – His material ranges from the lighter subject matter of love, and seasons, to obscure discussions of despondency, loneliness, and infirmity. Set to a backdrop of savory acoustic guitar compositions, sometimes rhythmically strummed, others carefully plucked, each piece takes on a life of its own.
Aug 24, 2007Melissa Greener - $6Aboard the rough and tumble gypsy life, Melissa Greener is making it happen as only a girl can who has lived in her van offering songs to those who find her. On the Nashville Broad and the San Francisco Haight, Greeners soul-stiring songs began conception. Now, on The Drag in Austin, her music swells to the territories beyond rootsy, folk-pop and into the realms of ultimate tangibility of the soul. Between her birth town of Detroit and new home of Austin, Texas, Greener has lived and performed throughout the world - the far East, the middle-east, Europe, and North America. While marked with experiences of her solo bicycle ride across Canada and various travels throughout Europe, its American cities like San Francisco and Nashville that make their way into her music in the form of American Folk and Country. Still, Greeners globally attuned voice expresses universal notions of love, departure, regret and hope. As she travels through memories she also travels through melodies. She moves beyond the basics of Americana to capture the essence of American pop with influences like contemporary songstresses Shawn Colvin, Lucinda Williams and Ani Difranco, as well as such greats as Neil Young, Simon & Garfunkel, Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell. Greeners style is one of poetic lyricism matched with honeyed melodies and down-to-earth delivery. Her debut CD, Fall From the Sky, captures the essence of this. Greeners songs are meant for movement, whether through the terrain of lost memories or across the American landscape. Her music translates both the longing and anticipation that comes with the prolonged travel she knows so well.
Aug 12, 2007Art Reception for Cornucopia showCome meet the artists. 5 - 7 PM. Free and open to the publiic.

Aug 4, 2007No show tonight.Open until 11pm.
Aug 25, 2007John Statz w/ Jana HollandGiven a guitar by his grandmother when he was 15 years old, John Statz quickly put his background in music from playing the piano and trombone to good use. After playing in a few different bands, John began to delve into songwriting at the age of 19. Now 23, he has already played all over Wisconsin, as well as in 12 other states and the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

Since 2007 began, John has already embarked on his first Spring Tour, visiting Dallas, Kansas City, and many more cities along the way, and recently won a MAMA award for "Folk/Americana Album of the Year" for his first album, "Dusk Came Slow".

Jana Holland has been given a rich heritage in music. Often visiting nursing homes and homeless shelter's with her grandmother, singing hymns of old. She has become a voice for the wounded and down-trodden. Jana's style is melodic, folk rock. Her deep minor tones and angelic voice offer solace to any who listen.
She shares her life journey through musical memoirs, offering an emotional, intellectual and spiritual response to deeply moving issues. Jana's songs are full of depth, character and an underlying sense of peace.
Aug 31, 2007Caravan G.S.E.Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble have a great new CD and are basically on fire. Come check out one of Mother Fool's favorite bands.

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

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

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

Other past festival highlights have included: The Isthmus Jazz Festival, Overture Center "After Work" concert series, Baraboo's Faire on the Square, The Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Wisconsin Dells River Walk Series, The Great Taste of the Midwest, and Madison's Art Fair Off the Square.
Sep 21, 2007The Getaway Drivers w/ Andra SuchyThe Getaway Drivers offer up an acoustic set of folk and rock Americana featuring Madison singer-songwriters Bob Manor and Sheila Shigley, backed by veteran drummer Gail Campbell and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Barbara Chusid. Manor's serrated voice will cut through heartfelt lyrics while Shigley displays the vocal prowess she is known for in the popular Celtic group, Navan. Half the band, all the energy.

Andra Suchy: "Acoustic/Electric rock, mellow great vocals by Andra, nice clean lyrics, words influenced from where she came from growing up and her musical travels with her family"- CMR Mag

Nominated for Minnesota Music Academy Female Vocalist Of The Year in 2004,2005, and 2006. Won Rift Mag 36 Hour Songwriting Contest.
Sep 1, 2007Henhouse Prowlers - $7The Henhouse Prowlers strive to play bluegrass the way it was meant to be played. A six piece band (guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and upright bass) with a focus on traditional vocal harmonies, hard driving instrumentals and sincere lyrics. In keeping with the standards set 50+ years ago, the Prowlers perform around a single microphone and wear neatly ironed suits to accompany their cracking smiles. The effect of this setup draws a crowd in to an intimate performance that is virtually unmatched in the Chicago area. While standard bluegrass songs are a significant part of their sets, it's the original tunes and lyrics are frequently requested by the audience. Songs of reverence for the way things used to be, combined with stories of contemporary frustrations leave a lasting impression on any audience member listening.
Sep 7, 2007Art reception for Benjamin Brobst-RenaudStop down and meet the artist. Free and open to the public.
Sep 8, 2007Jesse Harris w/ Swati - $10Jesse Harris first came into the public's eye as a guitarist and songwriter on Norah Jones' 2002 Grammy-winning album Come Away with Me, but his musical career dates back well before his collaborations with Miss Jones. A native New Yorker, Harris grew up studying classical piano and teaching himself guitar, focusing on the songwriting end first, with the actual musicianship coming second.

Swati is a disarming lyricist with a lack of pretension, and a fiery guitarist that can drop jaws. Her relentless touring schedule gears up again for an extensive North American tour in November to support her debut Bluhammock release, Small Gods.

Guitar Player celebrates her "nasty blasts of wildly distorted, low octave-enhanced metallic mayhem" and the Boston Globe observes, "Acoustic guitars must fear Swati..banging out riffs like a punk flamenco player."
Sep 14, 2007Four Shillings ShortThe Celtic, Folk and World music duo Four Shillings Short "is nothing short of musical excellence encompassing an eclectic array of world music. They have carved out a musical identity all their own." (River Stages, Dubuque IA) "A duo you must see to believe. Their musical virtuosity makes old songs sound new and new songs sound like time-worn Celtic spells." (City Pages, Wausau WI)

With a decade of touring in the US and Ireland under their belts the husband and wife duo of Aodh Og O'Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Californian Christy Martin live as full time minstrels in their trusty Dodge Caravan loaded with an ever increasing array of musical instruments (over 30 at last count) including hammered dulcimer, mandolins, Renaissance woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, recorders, tinwhistles, banjo, guitar, percussion and even a bowed psaltry.

In a single night, Four Shillings Short perform Traditional Irish and Scottish songs, tunes and airs, Indian Ragas, Folk Ballads, Old-Time songs, Medieval and Renaissance instrumentals and a cappella numbers as well as contemporary folk and original compositions. Their sound has been described as "wondrously diverse", "truly refreshing" and "alternative neo-Celtic folk of the first order".
Sep 15, 2007Ritt Deitz w/ Aaron NathansRitt'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's leaving his band at home this time for a rare solo show.

Aaron Nathans is famous for writing songs about nothing. And yet, they're clearly about something. This former Madisonian (now living in Wilmington, Delaware) picks small things to write songs about, like grapefruit, squirrels and politicians. He deftly evokes a sense of place, balancing emotion with a wicked sense of humor.

Sep 22, 2007Tom Hamer and Gregory TaylorTom Hamer and Gregory Taylor are no strangers to the Madison community—Tom is well known for his varied percussion work with Fuzzy Logic, free-improv trio Primordial Soup, and as a regular for the Vortex collective. Gregory Taylor has hosted the experimental radio program RTQE for 20 years, playing everyone's music (but his own) in addition to venturing outside the city limits with Mr. Hamer. and occasional Vorticism of his own. While their rare local appearance on the 22nd of September is noteworthy enough, they'll be joined by PGT—an unusual dual laptop/acoustic mandolin trio featuring Terry Pender (the P), Brad Garton (the G), and Gregory (the T) for an evening of music where the acoustic and the electronic mix effortlessly, new forms are conjured from the air, and everyone behaves as though Lovely *is* the new loud.
Oct 13, 2007John White w/ Tom HansonSinger of long-running New Zealand Poprock phenomenon Mëstar, John White will be releasing a compilation CD of his two solo albums "Balloon Adventure"(2000) and "Mogwash"(2003) for American release on Last Visible Dog Records this October.

In the last few years, John has somehow become the generic team-up fairytale song whisperer for U.S. acts touring to New Zealand such as Crooked Fingers, the Mountain Goats and Cat Power. This October, John's taking a turn to visit the places where so much of his favorite music has come from, and is delighted to be playing several shows with Madison-based Tom Hanson.

Mëstar releases: "Mëstar"(1998, Arclife/Flying In), "Steamer EP"(2000, Arclife), "Porcupine"(2001, Yelloweye), "Shut the Squizwot Factories Down" (2006, Archhill)

Tom Hanson, Madison-based singer, guitarist and dream-pop folkie, is pleased to join his friend, New Zealand’s John White at several stops on the artist’s US tour in October. A musical recluse, Tom has been lured back to the stage in part by the prospect of playing with John, whose singular fairytale folk has been a source of inspiration.

A veteran of Madison’s rock scene and original member of local legends, the Gomers, Tom has been crafting moody, melodic acoustic music since the early 90’s. His mellow vocals, intricate finger-picked guitar and hauntingly beautiful arrangements have led to comparisons with Nick Drake, early Elliott Smith, Mark Kozelek and Donovan.

Tom’s first self-released CD, “Wake of the Moon” (2001) received numerous critical accolades, 5-star reviews, and generated considerable internet buzz. More than 1000 copies of the CD have since been distributed to listeners worldwide. Tom’s long-awaited (and aptly titled) follow-up, “Everything Takes Forever” is due out in mid-October.

Releases: “Wake of the Moon” (2001, Organ Donor Music), “Everything Takes Forever” (2007, Organ Donor Music)
Oct 6, 2007Biff Blumfumgagnge presents "An Evening of BIFFSCAPES"Biff U. Blumfumgagnge (Gomers, Reptile Palace Orchestra, Jambeau, Yammer, Headpump, etc.) presents "An Evening of BIFFSCAPES:" music made with an electric mandolin, violin, a few synths and some midi trickery... Think Keller Williams on Uranus, or maybe a Fripp/Eno soundscape crossed with a one-man-bourbon street band. This is a rare and unique one-time show with interactive elements. A question / answer / demonstration of how it all works at the end of the concert is also promised.

There's a special guest online as well.

It's Blumfumgagnge's first solo show in Madison about 10 years. He recently returned from Japan & Mexico with the Adrian Belew Power Trio, and will be touring w. Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists again at the end of October through mid-November (playing the Majestic in Madison on Nov 10).
Sep 29, 2007White Wolf and Sonic PrincessWhite Wolf & Sonic Princess started incorporating live music into thier theatrical productions a few years ago and began to build a set of original songs from there. They have been working on a "rock opera" called "Elston Gunn is Banished from Eden," but only glimpses of the work have surfaced at special events and art openings. The full piece is still slated to premiere in Chicago in early 2008. Our band started out as a duo and has now blossomed into a four piece band (vocalist, guitar, bass & drums) with occasional guests. We are working on a self-recorded, self-produced set of music tentatively entitled, "This Car Available."
Nov 2, 2007Art reception for "A Fence and a Cage"Art reception for "A Fence and a Cage" – A photographic experiment by Michael Randall. 7 - 9 pm. Free.
Oct 21, 2007Art reception for Aaron WilbersFree and open to the public. Come on down and meet the artist. 5 - 7 pm.
Oct 12, 2007Ritt Deitz CD Release Party w/ Doug PahlRitt's songs are rough and smooth at the same time, acoustic roots rock with just enough mountain music in it to remind you he is from Kentucky. This show is his CD Release Party for his brand new disc, Upstream.
Doug Pahl is a singer/songwriter from Madison – His material ranges from the lighter subject matter of love, and seasons, to obscure discussions of despondency, loneliness, and infirmity. Set to a backdrop of savory acoustic guitar compositions, sometimes rhythmically strummed, others carefully plucked, each piece takes on a life of its own.
Nov 16, 2007The Lonelyhearts w/ Skursula w/ Stephanie RearickOn record the Lonelyhearts' songs build upon waves of synths, guitars, and harmony vocals. In live performances, the band keep it simple: one keyboard, one guitar, two voices. Critics have compared them to the acoustic songcraft of the Mountain Goats as well as the synth-rock of Grandaddy.

Skursula's music is about a violinist and cellist who combine their love of stir frys, classical music, journal scribbles, and whiskey on the rocks into song. Influenced greatly by classical, folk and hip-hop, their music ranges from playful to introspective in character.

Stephanie Rearick's work is dark piano-driven classical/cabaret/pop. In addition to piano, Rearick sings, plays trumpet, and builds pieces with various sound sources live on a Boss Loopstation.
Oct 26, 2007Optometri w/ Yid Vicious - $6In a baffling sleight of hand, the American klezmer ensemble Yid Vicious will be performing the old-style music of Eastern Europe and the Ukraine, while Ukrainian entertainment legends Optometri* will THRILL AND DELIGHT with their unique brand of American rock and roll.

SEE: The guys and gals of Yid Vicious whip the crowd into a frenzy of dancing and DELIRIOUS EXCITEMENT with their rapid-fire bulgar beats!!

HEAR: Heavily accented Optometri frontman YURI MYSHKIN castigate his band members for failing to meet his high artistic standards of ROCKING!!!

SEE: Optometri's stylish and intriguing "look"!!

FEEL: The AMAZEMENT as such hits as Yid Vicious' "The Seventh Schlemiel" and "Hogar '07", and Optometri's "(I've Got a) Five Year Plan" and "My Sweet Estonia" are unleashed onto an ecstatic public!!!!

THIS IS AN EVENT OUTSTANDING IN ITS UNUSUALNESS, AND AS SUCH WILL NOT BE REPEATED AT ANY TIME OR PLACE, NOT EVER! Indeed, it is a ONE TIME EVENT.
Oct 5, 2007Solar Tour of Mother Fool'sWe will be giving tours from 10 - 4 to show people our energy efficiency efforts here at Mother Fool's. Come check out our solar lighting, tankless water heater, solar tube sunlight, LED and CF lights and much much more!

This event is part of the 2007 Wisconsin Solar Tour which is taking place at homes and businesses throughout Wisconsin. Visit their website for a list of other participants.
Oct 21, 2007The Jack and Jim Show: Think 69 -- $10In 2007, Jimmy Carl Black will have his 69th birthday. Dr. Eugene Chadbourne is happy to present his best friend and musical associate in a series of performances featuring Black's favorite musical combination, The Jack and Jim Show.

Chadbourne's knowledge of Black began the first time he saw the cover of Freak Out! by the Mothers of Invention, circa the second half of the '60s. Staring at the picture of Black and bandmates in a record store, the youthful Doc Chad was approached by an old woman who ran the music store. "Don't look at that record!" she warned him. "You're a nice boy."

Within a year Black's famous comment "Hi boys and girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black and I'm the Indian of the group" had become an in-joke among teenagers in the Doctor's hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Every day when the fascistic gym coach took attendance, someone would always repeat Jimmy's comment, totally irritating the coach who had no idea what it was all about.

Dr. Chad finally met Jimmy in the early '90s when he had a chance to invite 11 musicians of his choice to the improvisation project at the Moers Jazz Festival. When he found out Jimmy and his wife were moving to Europe, the Doc proposed they begin working as a duo, and so the Jack and Jim Show was born.

Eugene became "Jack" based on a painting Captain Beefheart had done of Jimmy Carl Black, at one point one of the drummers in Beefheart's Magic Band. The picture was of an Indian man and a jackrabbit, Beefheart entitled it "Jack and Jim." Having already stolen alot from Beefheart, Chadbourne decided stealing this title would be allright.

The Jack and Jim Show had toured in Europe, the United States and Canada ever since and has released 17 CDs of which the latest is "Hearing is Believing" , to be released in March of 2007 by the Boxholder label. A series of DVDs are also coming out on the New York City based Straw Into Gold series.

The Jack and Jim Show play a wonderful combination of styles associated with both players, inmost cases creating a transformation into something else. "Willie the Pimp" of Zappa becomes an oldstyle country blues, for example. Jazz, psychedelic rock, standards, blues, country and western, bluegrass, native American Indian music and folk rock are all part of a typical evening with Jack and Jim. Eugene plays guitar, banjo and sings. Jimmy plays drums and sings.
Nov 9, 2007Al Rose w/ Corey HartWhat is Al Rose's music like? What are Al Rose's songs like? Good questions.

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

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

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

Any other questions?

Corey Hart plays the music you wish you'd grown up to - an eclectic blend of folk, rock, and a little bit of soul. This Wisconsinite's earthy sound will tantalize your eardrums while his stage presence will captivate your eyes.

After only a few shows in his adopted hometown of Madison, WI this Berklee dropout found himself rising to the top of the local music scene. Hart recently earned the title of Madison's Songwriter of the Year.

Shortly after his award-winning performance, Corey spent some time recording at Smart Studios. His resulting new EP "Words Like Wildfire" is certain to bring national attention. Featuring stripped down production that emphasis substance over studio tricks "Words Like Wildfire" captures his awesome voice and amazing songwriting.

"Hart is out to make folk that's not about easy listening, that suggests the intensity of real life." - The Isthmus
Oct 20, 2007A.J. Love - $5Having overcome drug addiction, homelessness, and a major car accident, guitarist and songwriter A.J. Love found his truth and life's purpose in traditional American gut-bucket Honky Tonk blues.

The spirit and songs of country artists Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard flow through Love's concerts, often performed solo. Love claims Roy Nichols (the longtime lead guitarist with Haggard) as a primary influence.

Out past the down and out side of the tracks, emerging scarred but very much alive after observing and experiencing the pain, misery and hopelessness that life can bring, Love reaches for salvation in the plaintive screams and moans of a Telecaster set to the beat of true roots American music.
Nov 30, 2007The Lonesome AcesThe Lonesome Aces feature traditional-style bluegrass songs written by John Fabke. Veteran musicians Dan O'Brien, Jon Peik and Jon Vriesacker will join John on bass, banjo and fiddle for this evening of high, lonesome picking and singing.
Nov 17, 2007Andy Ewen w/ Mark AdkinsAndy Ewen is a fixture on the Madison, WI. music scene. He has fronted the band Honor Among Thieves for twenty-five years and has performed and recorded with many other musicians as well. He is also a visual artist and illustrator.

Mark Adkins of two time MAMA winning band subvocal "plays moody, layered music that should appeal to fans of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois"

Oct 27, 2007Amy Hedrickn the tradition of Alix Olson, but with her own brand of delivery, Amy uses poetry to express her frustrations with politics, love, and relationships. Don't tell anyone, but on ocassion, beauty has been known to seep out of this angry political poet! Influenced by an eclectic blend of artists including, but not limited to Maya Angelou, Jim Morrisson, Indigo Girls, Billy Collins, Rachel Kahn...the list goes on and on. Politics and sex have been traditional topics, but Amy spins a unique, and sometimes uncomfortable picture of any subject that will lead you away from the truth you think you know. Always sticking to her activist roots, she doesn't shy away from controversial subjects such as gay and womyn's rights, abuse, and the oh so frequent jab at "The Man." Amy takes spoken word to a new level...and sometimes a new low as well, but all in the spirit of creating thought and instigating change.
Nov 10, 2007Jim Schwall - CD Release Party!Come celebrate the release of Jim Schwall's first solo CD, "Getting Old."

Jim Schwall, Guitar, Mandolin, singer-songwriter - is the co-leader of the Siegel-Schwall Band, "one of the best acts in America", - Billboard Magazine.

Jim Schwall's 2007 CD "Getting Old" features Jim singing and playing acoustic 6- and 12-string guitars, recorded live in venues in or near Madison WI. There is one traditional song, one song of unknown origin and three songs by other songwriters: Bill Morrissey, David Olney and Ed Haynes. The rest of the 14 tracks are Jim's originals. About half the tunes are in some of the styles of traditional blues.

After playing drums and accordion in elementary school, Jim Schwall found the guitar in high school and has never put it down for long. In college, Jim met piano/harmonica player Corky Siegel and formed the Siegel-Schwall Band. Siegel-Schwall toured full-time for about ten years, releasing over a dozen albums on Vanguard and Wooden Nickel Records. Siegel-Schwall starting playing occasional reunion gigs in the late '80's and currently have two recent CD's in the Alligator Records catalog.

For well over 40 years, Jim has also played with various other bands, releasing recordings with many of these, including two versions of the Jim Schwall Band. He has also played solo acoustic gigs for over 40 years but, aside from acetates cut in high school, never made a solo acoustic recording until 2007's "Getting Old," on Madison WI's Uvulittle Records. Currently he lives in Madison, is a member of SoDangYang along with singer/songwriter Marques Bovre, plays solo, works in visual arts, and is recently retired from social service work.

"Throughout his witty and well sung lyrics runs a thread of experience and wisdom that can only be gained by a life spent singing and playing in honky tonks, bars and watering holes all over the country and the world, interacting on stage and off with all kinds of people." - Bill Haines, posted at CDBaby.com
Nov 24, 2007Melissa GreenerAboard the rough and tumble gypsy life, Melissa Greener is making it happen as only a girl can who has lived in her van offering songs to those who find her. On the Nashville Broad and the San Francisco Haight, Greeners soul-stiring songs began conception. Now, on The Drag in Austin, her music swells to the territories beyond rootsy, folk-pop and into the realms of ultimate tangibility of the soul. Between her birth town of Detroit and new home of Austin, Texas, Greener has lived and performed throughout the world - the far East, the middle-east, Europe, and North America. While marked with experiences of her solo bicycle ride across Canada and various travels throughout Europe, its American cities like San Francisco and Nashville that make their way into her music in the form of American Folk and Country. Still, Greeners globally attuned voice expresses universal notions of love, departure, regret and hope. As she travels through memories she also travels through melodies. She moves beyond the basics of Americana to capture the essence of American pop with influences like contemporary songstresses Shawn Colvin, Lucinda Williams and Ani Difranco, as well as such greats as Neil Young, Simon & Garfunkel, Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell. Greeners style is one of poetic lyricism matched with honeyed melodies and down-to-earth delivery. Her debut CD, Fall From the Sky, captures the essence of this. Greeners songs are meant for movement, whether through the terrain of lost memories or across the American landscape. Her music translates both the longing and anticipation that comes with the prolonged travel she knows so well.
Dec 1, 2007Ryan and Jesse Dermody w/ John Statz"The brothers, Ryan and Jesse Dermody, can't help but grow songs from themselves, as living trees can't help but grow branches. They're real musicians." - Muckross Music Review

"When I found out these guys spend most of their time in wild nature, it didn't surprise me. They know how to get the wind ruffles of their hair into the sounds. Bring a flower to their show. Bring an impossible bottle of wind. Bring the flames in your eyes. Play your breaths like they were strings reaching toward the sun. Play your breaths like they were roots sprouting from the invisible tree of your existence. Admit that you can't see the tree because it's so amazing to be alive, and there's just these leaves called tear drops, called words, called skin; and what's underneath the skin pours outside the skin through the sounds. It all comes from the heart." -Diarmada Music Monthly

"An organic music with the taste of many soils, possibly tapped into from around the world, but also tapped into from the soul. The soul's soils and the nourishment of darkness found there. The soul's vast inner skies and the nourishment of light." - Handyman's Review of music and poetry

"The Blood.... reminds me of backwoods campfires, hangin' out with someone like Hank Williams." - Summitville Journal

Given a guitar by his grandmother when he was 15 years old, John Statz quickly put his background in music from playing the piano and trombone to good use. After playing in a few different bands, John began to delve into songwriting at the age of 19. Now 23, he has already played all over Wisconsin, as well as in 12 other states and the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

Since 2007 began, John Statz has already embarked on his first Spring Tour, visiting Dallas, Kansas City, and many more cities along the way, and recently won a MAMA award for "Folk/Americana Album of the Year" for his first album, "Dusk Came Slow".
Nov 23, 2007The Gadjo PlayersThe Gadjo Players is an acoustic jazz band based out of Madison, Wisconsin. We blend a mix of styles including Gypsy jazz, Latin, and even a little bit of Celtic and bluegrass.

We started out playing bluegrass with our good friend and banjoist extraordinaire Matt Amati in an original band known as Large Marge. We were the hosts of an open mic at the Liquid Lyrics Lounge. It was there that we met our good friends from the Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble - a band influenced by the awesome music of Django Reinhardt. Caravan's leader Chris Ruppenthal and Mike Kratochwill would jam regularly and it was there that Mike's love of gypsy jazz started to develop.

It wasn't long before Large Marge started to dabble in this wonderful genre. Ben, Matt, and Mike soon added mandolinist Nate Hess to the line up. We started out learning standards but soon we were writing lots of originals. Shortly after we discovered there was a punk rock band who were also called Large Marge so a name change was in order. Thus, The Gadjo Players was born!

We've been playing in Madison and the surrounding area for the last year or so and are starting to develop a good following. Among some of the places we've played are The Brink Lounge, Restaurant Magnus, Cafe Montmarte, Weary Traveler, Cuda Cafe, The Cafe Zuzu, The Rathskellar, as well as some appearances on WORT's Mud Acres show with Chris Powers.

In the summer of 2006 Nate deciced to head off to Redwing, Minnesota to attend a school for luthiery. It wasn't long before fortune smiled upon us in the form of Amber Dolphin our newest member on the violin. We still consider our good friend Nate a member and love to play shows with him whenever the opportunity presents itself.

In February 2007 we released our debut CD Between Two Waters! It features 10 original tunes of ours and was recorded in our own Wavelength Studios. The CD mainly features our original lineup of Ben, Matt, Mike, and Nate. But we've also featured our newest member Amber on four of the tracks. We also invited some of our favorite friends to play on the CD as well including Chris Rupenthal and Ed Fila (both guitarists of Caravan G.S.E) and Matt Amati (aka Beefus) on the banjo. Be sure to check out our CD or come out and see us sometime!
Dec 21, 2007Kristy Larson Honky Tonk Trio w/ Richard WiegelNo less than renowned country music historian Bill Malone calls Kristy Larson "one of the shining lights of Madison roots music". Her light burns even brighter as she joins forces with husband and multi-instrumentalist Mark Roeder. Together, they're a Midwestern Rawlins and Welch. Individually, they've enjoyed a long road of country music experience that has shown them the way to the new trio... Kristy (vocals and rhythm guitar), Mark Roeder (steel guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals) & Steve Kasprzak (bass & vocals).

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

Now he has added solo acoustic performance to his credentials. Combining several genres of music, from rock to ragtime, blues to jug band music, jazz to rockabilly, Richard blends them semlessly into an entertaining show.
Dec 8, 2007JoAnne Pow!ers TrioThe JoAnne Pow!ers Trio:
JoAnne Pow!ers - Saxophones
Jennifer Pendur - Bass
Paul Baker - Drums; Percussion

A show to celebrate the release of their new CD "Food for Thought" on the Unofficial Records label.

After four years of aperiodic Midwestern performances and a short-run self-released CD-R (2005's "Legendary Weapons of Free Jazz"), the JoAnne Pow!ers Trio is ecstatic to announce the release of "Food for Thought" on the Unofficial Records label. Both bassist Jennifer Pendur and drummer Paul Baker had joined saxophonist Pow!ers in other free jazz combos before the Trio solidified at the beginning of 2004. Hot-off-the-presses at the end of November, the new CD displays the effortless communication and chemistry that the ensemble has developed over their long association. On "Food for Thought" the Trio displays its range, from disquieting whispers and drawn-out rumbling to heated conversations and battering squalls of sound. All tracks on the CD were completely improvised.

The centrepiece of the new CD is a lengthy suite entitled "Three for Malachi", each piece dedicated to a recently passed participant in Chicago's creative music scene: "Low Profile (for Malachi Favors Maghostut)", spanning nearly half an hour, pairs Pender's arco bass with Pow!ers' thunderous baritone in honour of the great Art Ensemble of Chicago bassist who passed on in early 2004. On "One Direction (for Malachi Thompson)", Pow!ers forgoes her usual saxophones to coax restless whispers from her cornet over quiet punctuation from the rhythm section, in tribute to the AACM trumpeter who in 2006 succumbed to lymphyoma, first diagnosed 17 years earlier. The final piece on the CD, "Exit Strategy (for Malachi Ritscher)", has the greatest resonance for Pow!ers, who recorded the piece for the antiwar activist and tireless archivist of improvised music in Chicago, who she befriended during her many visits to the Windy City over the last decade. Last November third, Ritscher doused himself with gasoline and self-immolated next to the Kennedy Expressway in protest of the illegal war in Iraq. With Ritscher's sacrifice as inspiration, the Trio stretches out on a tangled track that culminates in both a bang and a whimper.

Also on the CD are the aggitated "Improvised Explosive Device" featuring Pow!ers on a jittery soprano saxophone, and "Explosive Improvised Device", an exercise in fits and starts in which Baker's versatile percussion quarrels indignantly with tenor saxophone and a particularly dynamic bass.

Dec 2, 2007Author Anne Enke celebrates her newly published bookJoin Madision author Anne Enke for a celebration of her newly published book, *Finding the Movement: Sexuality, Contested Space, and Feminist Activism*. Conviviality and live music by Screamin' Cyn Cyn and The Pons. Free and open to the public.
Dec 15, 2007Caravan GSECaravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble have a great new CD and are basically on fire. Come check out one of Mother Fool's favorite bands.

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

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

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

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