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Event Archive - 2009

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Jan 10, 2009We Burn Bridges w/ Dan Collins and a PianoAfter performing in several acts and partaking on a national tour and the Van's Warped Tour, Dan Gillis decided to try his hand at a solo career. Drawing inspiration from real life and the attitudes formed while growing up, We Burn Bridges is a heartfilled acoustic act that is sure to turn heads. Releasing the "Sad Songs and Singalongs" EP in 2007, Dan Gillis proved that his solo life is quite alive, and is a force to be beckoned with. Joined by ex-bandmate Benjamin Jaster on backing instruments/vocals, We Burn Bridges will leave you tapping your feet and wanting more.

Dan Collins and a Piano

To clarify some common misconceptions, "Dan Collins and a Piano" is more than just Dan Collins playing a piano. As contradictory as that may sound, that simple duo of vocals and pianos was just the beginning of the piano rock band "Dan Collins and a Piano", marketed under the name of his solo project. Dan Collins and a Piano (abbreviated DCP) has been in the industry since October of 2007. Their musicianship has inspired an original sound. A mixture of soaring melodies atop big beat piano and bass riffs appeals to listeners of all demographics and preferences. Sounds similar to "Ben Folds", "The Rocket Summer", and "Coldplay" can be heard from this guitar-less band. On drums, theoretic maniac, Luke Thering has been playing percussion/piano for virtually his entire life. His similar likes in music have driven him to be the "best piano-rock drummer of the ages" -Dan Collins. On bass, rocker Chris Gatz has an array of mad skills. Seeing as his primary instrument is the electric guitar, picking up the bass wasn't a problem for this musical frenzy of a man. Chris is indisputably, "the most driven musician of his kind." -Dan Collins On piano, Dan Collins. (Bio from garageband.com) Born March 12, 1990 in Rockford, Illinois, Dan Collins was ready to rock the music industry. He started playing the piano at 6 years old. As the years passed, influences like Ben Folds, Billy Joel, Jack's Mannequin, and The Fray converted his primary musical interests to piano rock . After moving to Madison, Wisconsin in 1997, his love for music introduced him to other instruments including the drums, guitar, and bass. Dan has sung and played in various groups his entire life, from classical to jazz. After attempting to put piano and vocals together, he was determined to start writing lyrically. With lyrical inspiration from loved ones, to cats, Dan’s metaphorical melodies touch the smallest of hearts. Dan released his first collection of songs in his Demo “This One’s For You.” Done on a limited budged and recorded live, these works showcase some primary ideas in his music. In June of 2008, Dan and his band released a live album titled "LIVE 2008". The album, recorded at Blackhawk Church, consists of 8 catchy tunes with a "raw-thenic" feel. It can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon.com, Rhapsody.com, or though the mail as a hard copy.
Jan 3, 2009Memorial for Eric LahaieFriends and family will gather for a memorial for Eric Lahaie.
Feb 28, 2009John Balsley w/ Richard WiegelJohn Will Balsley grew up in a family of artist but the only musician. He became interested in playing music while attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. John started listening to old rock and roll from the 50s and 60s as well as classic rock. He then started listening to old folk music originally such as Woody Guthrie and blues musicians such as Charlie Patton, Blind Willie McTell and John Lee Hooker to name only a few.
Later John started listening to older Tin Pan Alley music and old jazz and discovered musicians such as Cab Calloway, Frankie Half Pint Jaxon and Tampa Red as well as more contemporary musicians such as Tom Waits and Holly Golightly. Along with the older Jazz he also started studying old Klezmer music, Russian folk tunes and other Eastern European music.

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

Now he has added solo acoustic performance to his credentials. Combining several genres of music, from rock to ragtime, blues to jug band music, jazz to rockabilly, Richard blends them semlessly into an entertaining show. Taking a cue from Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, and Mississippi John Hurt, Richard plays in the finger-picking style pioneered by these giants.
Jan 9, 2009The Delta Jets w/ Spitzer Space Telescope - $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. They'll be bringing their new harmonica player for this gig. This is no ordinary blues group, this is a blues exorcism.

Spitzer Space Telescope: For some of his songs, aspiring singer-songwriter Dan MacDonald (CFA’10) duct tapes a tambourine to his foot as an accompaniment on stage, but “most of the time," he says, "it breaks ’cause I stomp the s--t out of it.”

MacDonald, otherwise known as Spitzer Space Telescope, is a one-man band of sorts — guitarist, harmonica and tambourine player, and vocalist.

“There aren’t too many negatives about performing solo,” says MacDonald, who studies painting at the College of Fine Arts. “I simply can’t tap into the energy I could with a band. Everything is simplified. And my mistakes are completely exposed. I can’t hide them behind a wall of sound.”
Jan 2, 2009Agent Ribbons w/ Stephanie Rearick - $6Agent Ribbons.. Baroque, intensely theatrical and always, simply, romantic. Lauren was a drumming chick band historian, Natalie was painting the walls in a record store. Somewhere in between the lines, they were introduced and it was love at first sight. In the past year, the band has performed over 50 shows in 13 cities, appearing with regional favorites and international legends alike. Guitar and drums mostly with the occasional Accordion.

Stephanie Rearick is a local favorite. Her piano based songs draw from pop, cabaret and classical traditions.
Jan 16, 2009Michael Lee Ammons and John FabkeThis show reunites two of the former members of Durable Goods (featured on the Live @ Mother Fools CD) Mike is now based in Sheboygan and fronts the popular jug/blues/string band the Water Street Hotshots (www.ammonshotshots.com) John Fabke (www.johnfabkemusic.com) is based in Poynette, WI and plays with the award-winning Nob Hill Boys and Cajun Strangers. This evening, Ammons and Fabke will share their old-time blues songs and tunes on guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and more.
Feb 20, 2009Venice Gas House Trolley w/ Enemy Lines Music Ensemble - $5Venice Gas House Trolley is a Madison, WI "Beat Freak" music driven poetry ensemble inspired by the "Holy Barbarians" of the Venice West CA Beat Scene. However simply to label what they do as traditional 'Beat' would be to miss the mark. The band initially hearkens back to the time when hipsters and cool-cats would chill out in jazzy coffeehouses digging ecstatic poets and musicians and then explodes through the present and into the future with vocal effects, driving bass, and tight rhythms. The group's sound and content runs the gamut from ambient chill groovy funk to aggressive garage to high and lonesome country to avant-garde jazz. to ambient chill. This is the next step in the spoken word revolution happening right now.

The line-up for this intimate Mother Fool's performance will feature two-time Madison Area Music Award Best Artist finalist Adam Gregory Pergament [voice, vocal effects, loops] and Kevin Arthur Knapp, who holds a degree in Music Composition from UW-Madison and plays with Jazz legend Richard Davis' Black Music Ensemble on electric bass and loops.

Enemy Lines Music Ensemble is a group of Madison-based musicians interested in exploring the interaction between composition, improvisation and everything else.
Jan 17, 2009db pedersendb (dave) pedersen brings his vocal menagerie to the stage of mother fool's for a performance loosely titled "catch a rising gas-giant". under the radar for several long months, db has been working on playing and composing for another studio album. venturing further into storytelling, he will be up to his usual hijinks of improvisation, extended voice theater, throat singing from beyond the horizon, as well as sharing anecdotes from the cradle to grave and back. a unique voice on the madison art scene, db's progress is maddeningly slow, but wonderous to catch a glimpse of. db will be joined this evening by a few local celebs for impromptu duets and merry making.

Special guests:
Tom Hamer
Wilhelmena Baker
Kathleen Baird
Rafi Boehm
Jan 31, 2009The Northside Southpaws w/ Dan PhelpsThe Northside Southpaws are an all-left-handed, all-resophonic mandolin/guitar duo based in Chicago. They perform obsolete ragtime, archaic country, proto-grass, and other obscure string band music on lefty resonator instruments. Mandolin Magazine calls their debut all-instrumental cd, STOMP GLIDE WOBBLE, "...one of the best mandolin CDs of the year, filled with an unspoiled sound and infectious enthusiasm that will win over fans from bluegrass, jazz and swing, blues and other styles" (Spring, 2008). Sing Out! magazine said "This much anticipated...CD by the Northside Southpaws was well worth the wait. (STOMP GLIDE WOBBLE) features the pair on a fascinating mixture of archaic ragtime and hillbilly, early jazz and blues, proto-grass and other string band material played with an unspoiled, back-porch fluency that skips the pyrotechnics and possesses an enthusiasm that's bound to perk a listener's ears." (September, 2008).

Dan Phelps is a Chicago artist who does one-man shows singing and playing traditional, acoustic blues such as the Delta and slide styles of greats like Son House & Charley Patton as well as ragtime styles like Rev. Gary Davis & Blind Blake.

Phelps has opened for and shared bills with Bob Brozman, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Woody Mann, Mike Dowling, Pat Donohue, Lightnin' Willie and the Poorboys and C.J. Chenier, among many others.
Jan 23, 2009Caravan G.S.E. - $6Caravan 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 24, 2009Open Mic w/ host, Heather AbneySign up starts at 7pm. Show starts at 8..
Feb 7, 2009Yid Vicious - $6Yid Vicious Klezmer Ensemble celebrates its 13th anniversary with a reunion concert at Mother Fool's Coffee House on Saturday, February 7. This all-ages show promises special guests galore at one of Madison's favorite live music venues. Yid Vicious formed in 1995 in the Williamson-Marquette neighborhood, and performed its first live concert at Mother Fool's on Groundhog Day 1996. Madison was experiencing record cold temperatures that night, but a few hardy souls braved the weather to cheer on the new band of local klezmorim. Each year, Yid Vicious returns to Mother Fool's in early February for a Groundhog Day Kleztacular, reuniting former bandmates and guest artists, until the stage can no longer contain everyone. Now in its 13th year, Yid Vicious has just released its fourth CD, Dollars to Doinas, which can be found at your neighborhood record store or at the Yid Vicious website.

Feb 22, 2009Reception for Stevie Krueger.This event will take place between 6 and 8 pm and is free and open to the public. Stop on down to meet the artist!

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Feb 6, 2009Richard Wiegel, Kristy Larson and Mark RoederAn evening of torch, twang, and acoustic roots music..

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.
Feb 13, 2009snorb! w/ Vid Libert"snorb! is an award-winning acoustic trio known regionally for its progressive original music and its odd and challenging choice of cover songs. Comprised of guitarists Steve Bucklin and Tyler Gause and electric upright bassist, Nick Smith snorb! blends soundscapes, dark improvisational jams and a fearless approach to covering diverse genres and artists into a unique and noisy sonic soup perfect for Mother Fool's.!"

Vid Libert is a near east side musician who specializes in folk on the psych side of life. This show will be the cd release party for Vid's second album 'a return to mayaguez'. Expect extra reverb and mysterious sounds mixed with catchy melodies that wouldn't be out of place on some old sixties record.
Apr 4, 2009John Fabke & Dave FallowDave Fallow and John Fabke are known for producing, hosting and tightly scripting the only 10 minute "Radio Naturalist" segment in the known universe for WORT 89.9FM on Tuesday morning's "Pastures of Plenty". This one-of-a-kind-not-to-miss show at our favorite Madison venue is guaranteed to both stun and amaze the casual listener as John and the "Bird Guy" perambulate extemporaneously through their collective repertoires of bluegrass, jazz, pop, not-so-pop, field hollers, throat singing, blues, folksong and TV themes on guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjo. This program is morally good.
Feb 14, 2009Gregory Taylor and Tom HamerTom 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.
Feb 27, 2009Al RoseWhat is Al Rose's music like? What are Al Rose's songs like? Good questions.

Imagine (if you will) your favorite cafe. Maybe it's Kopi Cafe 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?
Feb 21, 2009Kevin KileyGrowing in up a rural area south of Madison, some of my first memories were spending hours
dancing and singing in the basement to an old record player. The Beatles and The Who were a few of the favorites.

Music was always there for me as expression and a joyous release of energy.

In elementary and middle school, chorus and art were my favorite classes. They let me have an individual class to further study art.

I was the leading role in the school plays almost every time.

Around the time of fifth grade, my hands had grown enough for my dad to give me beginning lessons on an electric guitar.

He was in a band throughout high school before getting drafted to the Vietnam War. I learned basic three chord rock songs, but was instantly inclined to invent my own riffs.

High school was a largely painful time, but smattered with jewels of talent shows, recordings for the "talent and gifted" program, and a state wide honorable mention for poetry. I was voted "best artist" in our yearbook. A few friends and I began to attract small audiences at private acoustic campfires. Bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam changed everything in music at the time. A lot more could have came out of performing in this creative time, but we were young, learning and experimenting.

I enjoyed performing live music occasionally throughout college with several bands. I graduated with a B.F.A. degree.

The fact that Eau Claire had a two-to-one female to male ratio seemed more important to me, after not having much success with dating in high school.
I brought my acoustic guitar on a study abroad semester in England and met great students from all over the united states.

One friend from Indiana, John Trainor, also brought an acoustic guitar and we played fluidly together. We wrote songs together, performed numerous times and recorded in the basement of a castle. He very tragically died after returning to the states, with much mourning from those who knew him. Of all the musicians I've been blessed to perform with, Johnny was probably the most talented.

After college, I had a few random and strange performances while living in Chicago. Later, I toured Wisconsin and Minnesota with the band Partly Cloudy, Anna Hill on vocals, guitar and keyboard, Brian Keller on drums, and I played bass and electric guitars in a very wide variety of venues. Sometimes we played at a bar for free if they were on our way while travelling, it was wild and impromptu. Opening up for Adem Tesfaye and Stonefloat with Partly Cloudy were great shows. I also continued doing solo acoustic sets.

Partly Cloudy disbanded when the other two members' partners and I all had babies within months of each other.

It was inspiring to me as I had quiet times at home, playing acoustic and creating melodies with the same sparkle as when I first began playing guitar.
Home recordings progressed, which led to me going in to a studio with a sound engineer to record a full length solo album. I performed all the instruments myself, primarily the acoustic guitar, also bass and electic guitar, harmonica, mandolin, bongos and the biddenbau, a Brazilian percussion instrument.

Recently a friend referred me to Scott Young, an older, experienced drummer and percussionist. I gave him a copy of my new album, he liked it and picked up the songs quickly. Derek Tessmann later joined us on bass to complete the three piece. We fell into practicing together with ease, and we're excited about playing out live at Mother Fool's.....

Description:

I'll be performing a solo acoustic set of mostly original songs. It could be considered a sort of retrospective, as I have been writing songs
from an early age... I think it's a blend of an old fashioned Americana rock that gives way to a tinge of grunge and world music fusion.
Although music is universal and acoustic guitar versatile enough to be played around the globe, I think when I play it feels like it captures some of the local spirit, and it feels like home.
The second set shall include my new bandmates and mostly new original songs. A quasi-acoustic set of vibrant music that has positive percussion and at times psychedelic jamming. A controlled artsy rock, with brushes on the drums, warm thumping bass and amplified, echoing acoustic guitar.

Okay, so maybe I got long-winded up there, but I had fun writing it.

Thanks.

Kevin R. Kiley

Mar 6, 2009Mike Mangione w/ Michael Wagner - $7According to critics, Mike Mangione's music has been termed 'beautiful,' 'timeless,' 'stunning,' and among the 'best of the year.' Mangione combines soul, folk, roots-rock and pop to create music that emphasizes tone - both lyrically and instrumentally. On the road Mangione performs his soulful acoustic pop selections as a quartet consisting of acoustic, electric guitar, classical violin, and cello. As a live act, the group recreates the live mood of their recordings, searching for musical moments by favoring atmosphere, arrangement, and dynamics. Mangione's constant dedication to the audience and the art of live performance has been the underlying impetus behind the bi-coastal (and international), ongoing tour. Some recent highlights include appearances on Sirius Satellite Radio, WGN-TV, Milwaukee's NBC affiliate (a record five-times), SXSW, Summerfest, Taste of Chicago, World Youth Day, The Recording Academy's Chicago Bluesfest Kickoff Jam, and MPR's The Current.

Michael Wagner says, "Ukuleles can do some surprising things if you hit them just right. In fact, everything you're hearing percussion-wise on my recordings (minus the occasional washboard) is the ukulele, without overdubbing. It's a technique I fell into one summer day while writing a spoof Led Zepplin song about hobbits. Through a series of happy accidents the spoof evolved into 'Spooky Uke', which is not a spoof but a very serious song about the very real-life problems of farmers being attacked by the undead, or possibly aliens, or maybe undead aliens. You could even say that the song is really symbolic of small farmers being driven out of business by the agro-industrial complex. You could say that, I wouldn't mind."
Mar 7, 2009Vanessa Tortolana w/ The Getaway Drivers - $5Vanessa Tortolana is fairly new to the scene as a singer / songwriter but she's been active as a vocalist in SubVocal and other local projects.

The Getaway Drivers are an Americana band featuring original songs that explore life, love, restlessness, defiance, disillusionment and hope in the backdrop of the American heartland. The music is acoustically driven, featuring acoustic guitar, lap-steel and mandolin, drums, bass and piano. One can hear influences of rock, country and folk.

Mar 13, 2009Jim Schwall w/ Ritt Deitz - $6Jim Schwall, Guitar, Mandolin, singer-songwriter - is the co-leader of the Siegel-Schwall Band, "one of the best acts in America", - Billboard Magazine.

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.

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

ISTHMUS (Madison, WI) says, "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.

Mar 14, 2009Andy Ewen and Frankie Lee - $6Frankie has been playing harmonica in Madison's blue's scene for the past 25 years.

Andy Ewen fronts the popular blues-rock band, "Honor Among Thieves." His songs are lovely and his solo acoustic guitar work simply amazing.

This special show will allow both of them to stretch out and do what they do best...

An evening of blues harmonica,voice and guitar -- from the roots on up to that place where the leaves touch the sky.
Mar 20, 2009JoAnne Pow!ers/Jennifer Pendur duo - $7Unofficial Productions and the Axial Tilt of the Earth present: A Vernal Equinox concert with The JoAnne Pow!ers/Jennifer Pendur duo, Friday, March 20th.

Infamous Madison saxophonist JoAnne Pow!ers and bassist Jennifer Pendur (and special guests) celebrate the first day of spring with a program of ecstatic, spirited free-jazz. After years of collaboration, Pendur's inscrutable bass and the dulcet yet harrowing tones of Pow!ers form an intricate sonic language of whispers, growls and screams. As the celestial clockwork of the heavens prepares to free the earth (well, this part of it, anyway) from three long months of ice and darkness, this heavy dose of cosmic fire music is the perfect way to welcome the thaw.

The Pow!ers/Pendur duo:
JoAnne Pow!ers - saxophones, cornet, flute
Jennifer Pendur - bass

Musician Bios:

JoAnne Pow!ers:
Free jazz outlaw JoAnne Pow!ers plays frequently in the Madison Area both as a solo act and with her trio (The aptly-named JoAnne Pow!ers Trio). Pow!ers 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 Brtzmann, 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, Pow!ers is known for her lightning-fast keywork, and heavy use of multiphonics and other extended techniques. While largely operating within the "Energy music" school of improvisation, Pow!ers' music also incorporates elements of the music of the Middle East and India. In addition to her trios, Pow!ers' collaborators have included New York percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani; Dave Rempis (saxophones), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Tim Daisy (percussion), Jaimie Branch (trumpet) and Marc Riordan (percussion) of Chicago's thriving improvised music scene; extreme vocalist D.B. Pedersen, and the late multi-instrumentalist Lyx Ish.

Jennifer Pendur:
Jennifer Pendur evolved her eclectic multidimensional musical aesthetic from many sources, including early exposure to Cleveland radio during its experimental non-commercial heyday. As a child she cheerfully absorbed musical influences from anywhere and everywhere, discovering in her teens the works of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Arnold Schoenberg, Ornette Coleman, and Charles Mingus. The interplay of natural environmental sounds and "noise" has always fascinated her, and she began composing with magnetic tape in eight grade, when she became fascinated with collage and its application to sound and begged her parents for a tape recorder. While she has also studied French horn, piano, flute, guitar and dulcimer, her bass and her voice are her primary instruments at this time. She took up the upright bass after moving to Chicago in 1974, and has studied at length with the legendary Russell Thorne, and also recorded with him in the Giordanisti Trio and Emergency Theatre Ensemble. During her tenure in the Midwest improvised music scene, she has also performed with the likes of John Coltrane collaborator Donald Raphael Garrett, Chicago free-jazz legend Hal Russel (who began his avant-garde career with Russell Thorne in the Joe Daley Trio), Madison's No Earth Trio, and Milwaukee instrument-inventor Hal Rammel. She has appeared numerous times with the astonishing jazz-rock guitarist Elijah Israel (now tragically deceased) in the psychedelic jam-band Earthen Vessels.
Mar 21, 2009String 'em Up BluegrassOriginating from musical friendships forged at the East Troy Bluegrass Festival and in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the String em Up boys have performed as a quartet since 2004. With reverence for the traditional string band, the band mixes original material with an innovative blend of old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, Latin and swing styles. Instrumental arrangements with plenty of room for improvisation stem from the bluegrass tradition that brought String em Up together. Long a staple within the Milwaukee and Madison bluegrass communities, String em Up is taking hold of their old-time roots, singing and playing melodies of the mountain tradition. With Ben Sanders, violin, trying his luck in Nashville, String em Up currently performs as a trio in the Madison area: Grant Ziolkowski on mandolin, Starr Moss on guitar and Chris Frahm on bass. In a rare but festive reunion, you may see the quartet back out there sharing and creating new musical bonds, the same as it ever was: fiddle, guitar, mandolin and upright.
Mar 28, 2009Harbor Collective - $6You wouldn't think a sound so inherently natural could be born out of emails and long distance phone calls. After having played together twice, Brianna Lane and Cahalen David Morrison saw that a collaboration needed to happen, and so it did. Somewhere in the correspondence between Minneapolis, MN, Tierra Amarilla, NM and dozens of solo tour stops Harbor Collective was born.

Brianna's sweet, gravelly voice has the purity of youth and the prudence of old age, and her guitar playing is rooted in obvious years of performing. She is a well seasoned traveler, knitter, and runner.

Cahalen hops back and forth between instruments effortlessly, showing prowess on most things with strings. His voice lies somewhere between ragged and beautiful, but is always steady. He is also an accomplished baker and an astounding babysitter.

Together they will be performing a mash of tunes; originals, covers, and traditionals, mostly from the old-time, blues, and country traditions, and these two nearly-veteran songwriters will not disappoint. Foot stomping, soul warming, and everything in between, Harbor Collective will leave you loving the true American music tradition.

They will be joined occasionally by the forces of a large collective of musicians, webbed throughout the country. The Harbor Collective has members in most states and has tour plans that cover a good deal of the country, so keep your ear to the ground.

Apr 3, 2009Ben Connelly w/ Hayward Williams - $6Ben Connelly spent the nineties investigating clubs, studios, and late night parties in South Minneapolis and across the Eastern half of the United States with his rock band Steeplejack, who put out one full length and three EPs for a variety of record labels. His solo debut "Big Red Throbbing Heart" launched his solo career in 2001. His songs have appeared on college, commercial, and public radio, as well as national television and theatre and film productions. Live he transports audiences across the northern Midwest and East coasts with what Minneapolis's City Pages describe as "furious finger-picking and top-notch tunes."

The archetypal resonance of folk songs, spirituals, and fairy tales, the subtle power of lyric poetry, and a raw passion for rock and roll, all pour into to the indie-folk mold of Ben Connelly's sophomore CD, "You Burn Hotter" to form a beautiful, cracked, joyous, and troubling mess. Connelly's passion for storytelling and blazing finger-style guitar are carried on a river of arcane rhyme schemes and bizarre lyrical conceits which live happily next to workaday imagery and chant-like anaphora. Radiant hope wrestles patiently with cynicism and despair. Certainly worth checking out.

"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
Apr 25, 2009Executive Tea SetExecutive Tea Set came together in 2005 to explore the special textures created by pairing piano and vibraphone in the front line of a jazz band. ETSs repertoire brings together works by the masters of the hard-bop era with an equal number of mathy yet lyrical original compositions. The performance of some new material at this event may elicit comments such as: I know I know this song, but I just cant quite place it.especially as performed in a jazz setting by Executive Tea Set. To which you may choose to add: the finest jazz band in all the land! Or words to that effect.

Geoff Brady Vibraphone
Mark Siegenthaler Piano
Brad Townsend Bass
Michael Brenneis Drums

Mar 27, 2009Veritable Variety Show! - Free eventThree distinct musical acts and performances by the Veritable Variety Players!

The Recreation Station is brother and sister Shawn and Breena Wiederhoeft, spawn of songwriters and campfire singalong leaders, and members of The Family Band. Their songs represent a constant pull between silliness and melodrama. Think Sufjan Stevens.

Kelly Carrell hails from Iowa City, Iowa and brings an edgy mix of folk/blues/country. She's been known to belt out a yodel or two! Country ain't never sounded so hip.

Macabret's goal is to celebrate life & death and the justification for both. They are inspired by Eastern European rhythms juxtaposed with modern rock and roll, folk and punk traditions. A gypsy cabaret!
Apr 11, 2009Magic Show! James GraingerJames Grainger was born in De Kalb Illinois back in August of 1981 to Janice and Charles Grainger. At the age of five he expressed interest in magic after watching Wizzo perform on "The Bozo Show". His mother took him to a magic shop in Rockford, Illinois known as "Magic Manor". He met "Riverboat" Rich, the owner, and purchased his first magic set. In second grade he performed a 10 minute act for his fellow classmates with some tricks that his older brother Brian gave him and some from the magic kit. After he felt the audience reaction from his show he was inspired to continue this art form. He searched and found "Magic Manor" again and began spending hours in the store against his mothers will. With the support of his family and friends he kept performing around the De Kalb area trying every venue he could find. He put together his first full stage show at "Debbies Dance Dimensions" and later used what he learned there to perform at De Kalb's "Egyptian Theater". A stage he saw Terry Evanswood perform on.



James knew he had to keep raising the bar on magic so in June of 2003 he decided to perform an escape from a straight jacket and 100 feet of rope while suspended from a crane 35 feet in the air up side down. He teamed up with his brother to accomplish this effect. James quotes "It was incredible, but stupid. I will put much more thought into it when I try that one again." Although successful there was great potential for tragedy.



In August of 2003 James moved to Madison, Wisconsin in search of higher education in the ceramic arts. Ceramics is the field that James actually went to school for. Upon waiting for residency James began performing in the Madison area. Working jobs at restaurants to pay the bills, James realized that his first love will always be magic. James now performs all over the Midwest at various venues and private parties. Later James' first love shifted to his second as he married his wife April in March of 2008. And now the adventure continues to be written.
Apr 10, 2009Sarah Pray w/ Heather Abney - $6"If passion has a voice, it's Sarah Pray. Solid songs sung with commitment. Every sultry note is sculpted and fashioned to pierce the soul... simply masterful. I'm excited to see what's next!" - Local Lixx - KVIK, Decorah, IA

"Sarah's shows retain the same sense of spontaneity and originality in which her songs were conceived. Unexpected plot twists, dramatic tempo changes, hand drumming, and Sarah's rich soulful voice are what best characterize Sarah Pray and her band." - Sheboyan Press

Her sound is like that of Jewel with a bit more of a wispy voice. - Hudson Star Observer

Shortly after her EP release in 2007, Sarah was nominated for two Madison Area Music Awards in her home town for best new artist and best electronic song. She now resides in Minneapolis, but likes to travel all over the midwest.

Heather Abney's music is a blend of traditional roots and indie rock that is both passionate and refreshing. She is a crafty lyricist who brings it all together with songs drenched in human emotion. Her raw and powerful vocals will rip your heart out while you sit tapping your toes.
Apr 19, 2009Laura Schaefer reads from her new book - FreeLaura loves to write almost as much as she likes to drink tea. She got her start as a contributor to the University of Wisconsins student paper The Daily Cardinal and went on to write regularly for The Princeton Review and Match.com. Laura is the author of Man with Farm Seeks Woman with Tractor (Thunders Mouth Press, 2005). She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her enormous cat Ramona and she can usually be found dancing the lindy hop or volunteering as an art museum docent. Her favorite type of tea is English Breakfast with lots of milk and sugar.

Come to Mother Fool's on April 19th at noon to meet Laura. She will be reading from The Teashop Girls, answering questions, and signing books. Laura will also bring her sticker maker for girls who want to make their own original teacup decorations.
Jun 5, 2009Venice Gas House Trolly w/ Enemy Lines Music - $6Art is an expression that lives in us when we view its works. To try to capture subjects as or, certain symbols or strokes that evoke truth or beauty. With acrylic and oil I'm able to capture some time evocative musings afterward - that will stay afterwards. To live, to live to live - or die as a resident of madison for these past 10 years, I've been showing my work in hopes it will be acceptable to my audience.

Enemy Lines Music is a group of Madison-based musicians interested in exploring the interaction between composition, improvisation and everything else.
May 22, 2009Memorial Concert for Uncle LarryIn memory of Uncle Larry, Mother Fool's will host a memorial concert. Uncle Larry played here a number of times over the years. He is also known throughout the community as the long-time host of WORT's Crazyology.

This event will be a fundraiser to help cover his burial expenses and to express our condolences to his family as a music community.

Playing together and separately, the following musicians have confirmed their participation:

Tom Hamer & Tom Lachmund Duo
JoAnne Pow!ers
Marianne Egerstrand
Arthur Durkee
Gregory Taylor
Jon Arnold

Apr 18, 2009Mal-O-DuaWhat happened when Django Reinhardt met Merle Travis? A new style of
acoustic swing was born!! Wellactually that never did really happen.
However, that is the blending of styles that Mal-O-Dua is built on. The
duo pulls from a wide range of sources including western swing, Gypsy
jazz, Kentucky finger picking, Parisian waltz, early French pop, Hawaiian
slack key, and the American standards songbook to name a few. These styles
are blended to create a fresh new sound.

ABOUT THE PICKERS

CED Aching Fingers and Cracking Voice Cedric Baetche was born and raised in Reims, in the Champagne region of France. He has lived intermittently in Madison, WI for about a decade. Ced is a professional painter with a love of portrait, still live, and landscape painting. He studied Culinary Arts at Madison, WIs MATC. Ceds main guitar influence is the Kentucky finger picker Merle Travis. He is known by many to make a mean cocktail!!

CHRISTO Aching Fingers and Broken Strings Chris Ruppenthal was born in Madison, WI and grew up around the state. He is also leader for the group Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble and is primarily influenced by French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Chris is an antique dealer specializing in Art Deco cocktail shakers and barware. He is also a professional musical instrument repair technician and works primarily on woodwinds. He is known by Ced to drink many of his mean cocktails!!

May 9, 2009Dan PhelpsDan Phelps is a Chicago artist who does one-man shows singing and playing traditional, acoustic blues such as the Delta and slide styles of greats like Son House & Charley Patton as well as ragtime styles like Rev. Gary Davis & Blind Blake.

Phelps has opened for and shared bills with Bob Brozman, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Woody Mann, Mike Dowling, Pat Donohue, Lightnin' Willie and the Poorboys and C.J. Chenier, among many others.
Apr 24, 2009Jon LaDeau w/ Josh Harty - $6Jon LaDeau is a songwriter who sings and plays the songs he writes. He has lived in NJ, NYC, Western Massachusetts, Colorado, in his car, and on your couch. He currently resides on planet Earth, most of the time. He loves the outdoors and tries to get there everyday; even if it's just to check the mail. His favorite toy would be a motorcycle if he had one. His new favorite meal is pork with bacon on it. His favorite color is blue and he doesn't mind run-on sentences. He recently set a new record for himself by driving 1,070 miles in one day. After hitting a string of bad luck, Jon has begun to write country songs. By playing them backwards, he has found that his truck runs again, his girl has come back, and his whiskey bottle is refilled! Somehow he is still flat broke, but is still working on that tune.

Josh Harty sauntered onto the bustling Madison folk scene when the young songwriter settled in the small city after a 26 year spell in Fargo, ND. Josh Harty is one of the best young talents I have heard in years, says Bob Reha of Minnesota Public Radio after hearing Josh open for B.B. King in Fargo, North Dakota. Joshs performance impressed regional promoters and led to opening performances with Robert Cray, Roger McGuinn (of the Byrds), Keb Mo, Iris Dement, The Wood Brothers, and several engagements with Kelly Joe Phelps. Harty, a regular on the Madison scene, is described by the Dane 101 as one of Madisons best singer/ songwriters, while the Pulse (Minneapolis, MN) calls him an uncanny acoustic guitar based talent...a voice reminiscent of folk pioneer John Gorka.

Josh Harty is one of the brightest new things in the country blues genre...-The Guardian, Nenagh, County Tipperary Ireland
Apr 17, 2009db pedersen w/ Endless - $5Db (dave) pedersen brings his vocal menagerie to the stage of Mother Fool's. He will be up to his usual hijinks of improvisation, extended voice theater, throat singing from beyond the horizon, as well as sharing anecdotes from the cradle to grave and back. A unique voice on the Madison art scene, db's progress is maddeningly slow, but wonderous to catch a glimpse of.
Apr 21, 2009WORT Live Broadcast!Listen at 89.9 or on-line or join us live in the coffeehouse. Hosted by John Fabke. 9 to noon. Free event.

Lineup will include:

Bill Camplin. Ft Atkinson based singer-songwriter and proprietor of the Cafe Carpe in Ft Atkinson.

Kentucky Waterfalls (Evan Murdock and Katie Powderly) Original and traditional classic country music and close harmony singing.

Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines as The Stellanovas.Two of the best musicians in Madison. Both are great singers and instrumentalists.

KG and the Ranger - Award winning duo from Madison celebrating their 20th year of performing classic cowboy/western songs and tunes.
Jun 27, 2009R. Virgil Ellis, Elody Samuelson, Richard Roe, and Lynn Patrick SmithPoets R. Virgil Ellis, Elody Samuelson, Richard Roe, and Lynn Patrick Smith will be reading from their recent work.
May 1, 2009Chastity Brown w/ El quante - $6Capturing the energy of a live performance in the studio is one of the trickiest tasks in the book, and musicians across the decades have tried and often failed to do so. Singer/songwriter Chastity Brown, however, makes it sound easy on her new sophomore disc, "Sankofa." The first time I heard tracks from it was via her MySpace page through tiny laptop speakers, and it sounded like Brown was sitting right next to me with her acoustic guitar and fiery songs. Raised in Knoxville, Tenn., Brown dabbles in soul, blues, gospel and even bluegrass and, quite often, brings to mind a 21st-century version of Nina Simone. She benefits from a steadfast fan base and following in the Twin Cities.
May 2, 2009Paul Geremia w/ Todd Cambio - $10For over thirty years, Paul Geremia has survived solely by the fruit of his musical labors. Having abandoned all other means of support in 1966, he has been traveling far and wide ever since, performing in every capacity from street singing to club and concert bookings, throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Europe.

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

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

Todd Cambio. 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.
No advance tickets.
May 8, 2009Caravan Gypsy Swing Band - $6Caravan 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 15, 2009Stephanie Rearick w/ Andy Ewen - $6Stephanie Rearick is a pianist, vocalist, songwriter, and trumpeter. She regularly performs solo and often incorporates electronics into her show.

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

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

"...she sounds like the love child of Tori Amos and Robyn Hitchcock." -- The Chicago Reader

Andy 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. His solo work combines raw, passionate vocals and guitar playing with unique - often surreal imagery.He is also a visual artist and illustrator.
May 23, 2009The Northside Southpaws - $6The Northside Southpaws are an all-left-handed, all-resophonic mandolin/guitar duo based in Chicago. They perform obsolete ragtime, archaic country, proto-grass, and other obscure string band music on lefty resonator instruments. Mandolin Magazine calls their debut all-instrumental cd, STOMP GLIDE WOBBLE, "...one of the best mandolin CDs of the year, filled with an unspoiled sound and infectious enthusiasm that will win over fans from bluegrass, jazz and swing, blues and other styles" (Spring, 2008). Sing Out! magazine said "This much anticipated...CD by the Northside Southpaws was well worth the wait. (STOMP GLIDE WOBBLE) features the pair on a fascinating mixture of archaic ragtime and hillbilly, early jazz and blues, proto-grass and other string band material played with an unspoiled, back-porch fluency that skips the pyrotechnics and possesses an enthusiasm that's bound to perk a listener's ears." (September, 2008).

May 29, 2009Dr. Eugene Chadbourne - $10A special solo show by Eugene Chadbourne.

Dr. Chad is a musical force of unknown proportions. His contribution to the musical tapestry of America includes collaborations with many of the most creative artists of the last 30 years, including: Jimmy Carl Black, John Zorn, Camper Van Beethoven, Snakefinger, Charlie Haden, Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser...

This show will be a solo performance. Chadbourne typically plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar and banjo but be prepared for anything. Electric rake?
May 16, 2009Open Mic w/ Host Ben ReiserSign up starts at 7 pm. Show starts at 8. Stop down and show us your stuff.

Jun 6, 2009Stuart Davis - $10The punk monk returns!

Stuart recently kicked off his new TV show, Sex, God & Rock 'n Roll, so expect songs and etc from that.
Jul 31, 2009The Ewen-Moore Family BandTwo Near-East Side Musical Families Combine to Form Mega-Super Group

**Ezra and Maggie's Farewell Show before leaving for college!!**

Featuring:
Ezra Ewen
Maggie Moore
Andy Ewen
Riley Moore
Tucker Moore
Andy Moore
Jun 19, 2009Wooden Houses w/ Ben Reiser - $6"Music is my solace," says Wisconsin singer/songwriter Corey Hart, "Writing is a very internal process, but I love getting out and sharing the results."

With his soulful delivery of dynamic vocals reminiscent of the late Jeff Buckley and pulsating guitar that evokes the rhythmic playing of early Neil Young, Hart creates a brand of folk that "suggests the intensity of real life." (Isthmus)

It is this intensity in Hart's songcraft along with his fiery and passionate live performances that earned Hart the title of Songwriter of the Year (2007) in his adopted hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.

2007 also brought the release of Hart's "Words Like Wildfire" EP, recorded at Smart Studios with engineer Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Sparklehorse). Building on the success of "Words Like Wildfire", the past year has found Corey playing shows in support of Shawn Mullins, Dar Williams, and The Duhks.

Hart has spent the last year in Chapel Hill, North Carolina teaming up with Danny Johnson, formerly of En Serenade. They formed the group "Wooden Houses" and are currently working on an album to be released later this year.

Ben Reiser.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, like a dog chasing his tail. Like a bird in the hand and two in the bush. Like father like son. Like to get to know you better. Like a less talented Smokey Robinson and a more talented Ashley Simpson, Ben Reiser will play some songs, and you can listen.
Jun 20, 2009JoAnne Pow!ers - $7Unofficial Productions and the Axial Tilt of the Earth present: A Summer
Solstice concert with The JoAnne Pow!ers/Jennifer Pendur duo.

Infamous Madison saxophonist JoAnne Pow!ers and bassist Jennifer Pendur
(and special guests) celebrate the shortest night of the year with a
program of ecstatic, spirited free-jazz. After years of collaboration, Pendur's inscrutable bass and the dulcet yet harrowing tones of Pow!ers form an intricate sonic language of whispers, growls and screams. As daylight begins to ebb from the Northern hemisphere, the cosmic fire music of these seasoned improvisors sets the tone for sweltering season ahead.

The Pow!ers/Pendur duo:
JoAnne Pow!ers - saxophones, cornet, flute
Jennifer Pendur - bass

Musician Bios:

JoAnne Pow!ers:
Free jazz outlaw JoAnne Pow!ers plays frequently in the Madison Area both as a solo act and with her trio (The aptly-named JoAnne Pow!ers Trio). Pow!ers 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 Brtzmann, 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, Pow!ers is known for her lightning-fast keywork, and heavy use of multiphonics and other extended techniques. While largely operating within the "Energy music" school of improvisation, Pow!ers' music also incorporates elements of the music of the Middle East and India. In addition to her trios, Pow!ers' collaborators have included New York percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani; Dave Rempis (saxophones), Fred Lonberg-Hol (cello), Tim Daisy (percussion), Jaimie Branch (trumpet) and Marc Riordan (percussion) of Chicago's thriving improvised music scene; extreme vocalist D.B. Pedersen, and the late multi-instrumentalist Lyx Ish.

Jennifer Pendur:
Jennifer Pendur evolved her eclectic multidimensional musical aesthetic from many sources, including early exposure to Cleveland radio during its experimental non-commercial heyday. As a child she cheerfully absorbed musical influences from anywhere and everywhere, discovering in her teens the works of John Cage, Morton Feldman, Arnold Schoenberg, Ornette Coleman, and Charles Mingus. The interplay of natural environmental sounds and "noise" has always fascinated her, and she began composing with magnetic tape in eight grade, when she became fascinated with collage and its application to sound and begged her parents for a tape recorder. While she has also studied French horn, piano, flute, guitar and dulcimer, her bass and her voice are her primary instruments at this time. She took up the upright bass after moving to Chicago in 1974, and has studied at length with the legendary Russell Thorne, and also recorded with him in the Giordanisti Trio and Emergency Theatre Ensemble. During her tenure in the Midwest improvised music scene, she has also performed with the likes of John Coltrane collaborator Donald Raphael Garrett, Chicago free-jazz legend Hal Russel (who began his avant-garde career with Russell Thorne in the Joe Daley Trio), Madison's No Earth Trio, and Milwaukee instrument inventor Hal Rammel. She has appeared numerous times with the astonishing jazz-rock guitarist Elijah Israel (now tragically deceased) in the psychedelic jam-band Earthen Vessels.
Jun 26, 2009Katie Todd - $6Chicago based piano playing singer songwriter, Katie Todd will bring her acoustic trio to Mother Fool's for an evening of entertainment.
Jul 3, 2009The Redbirds - $6The Redbirds were formed in 2004 as a side project for John Fabke and Paul Kienitz from their award winning bluegrass band, The Nob Hill Boys. As members of the Nob Hill Boys, John and Paul have toured throughout the upper Midwest playing traditional bluegrass at many fine festivals and venues including Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion." The smaller duet format of the Redbirds gives John and Paul an opportunity to venture a little deeper into the well of American roots music.

The Redbirds' Paul Kienitz is one of the best traditional bluegrass fiddlers in the upper Midwest. He has performed and recorded with a number of fine bands. He also was the featured fiddler in a special "Blue Grass Boys Reunion" at the 2008 Sugar Maple festival where he performed with bluegrass legends Mike Compton, Bob Black, Tom Ewing and Mark Hembree in a celebration of the music of Bill Monroe.

John Fabke (fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocals) has been a mainstay in the Madison area traditional music scene for 15 years. John plays bluegrass, acoustic blues, old-time country and Cajun music (with Swallow recording artists, The Cajun Strangers) with friends, neighbors and even folk/roots legends such as Mike and Pete Seeger. Fabke has also hosts the popular weekly folk music show "Pastures of Plenty" on WORT 89.9FM in Madison, WI.
Aug 14, 2009Gina Forsyth - $6Gina Forsyth is an accomplished singer/songwriter, violinist and guitarist based in New Orleans. Her songs are marked by economically written lines that cut straight to the point, and haunting melodies drawn from a wide array of traditional and contemporary influences, all sung with a unique alto voice that has been described as "confident and expressive and... with a barefaced passion that is just lovable."

Born in Florida and raised in Alabama, Forsyth grew up on hymns, country songs and old time fiddle tunes, as well as rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues from the radio or stereo-- either of which was almost always on in the Forsyth household. In 1983, Gina moved to New Orleans, studying classical and jazz violin at Loyola University. Forsyth quickly grew to love Cajun music, even moving at one point to Lafayette to immerse herself in the Cajun tradition. She toured with the Cajun rock band Mamou in 1989, and sang "Valse de la Vie" on the group's Ugly Day CD, released on Rounder Records (1992).

After stints with a number of other Cajun bands, these days she regularly tours with Bruce Daigrepont, and appears on his most recent CD, Paradis, also on Rounder Records (1999). In addition, she is great demand as a session player for many other musicians.

Gina also tours with the Malvinas, a folk group, with current and former Texans Lisa Markley and Beth Cahill, and appears on the trios debut CD, Im not like this (2002). Their most recent CD, Love, Hope, + Transportation, was released in January, 2005.

As a singer/songwriter, Forsyth has earned many honors, including Emerging Songwriter Winner at the Napa Valley Folk Festival (1993), and New Folk Winner at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (1996). Two of her original songs, Somewhere Off the Foot of This Mountain, and St. Anthony were published in Sing Out! in 2005. Her work can also be found on numerous compilations, including two from Waterbug Records.

She has been named Offbeat Magazine's People's Choice Winner in the folk category (1994). She also won Offbeat Magazine's Best Singer/Songwriter for two years in a row (1995-96) and was the winner of the Best Cajun CD of the Year in 1996 (Dans La Louisiane, with Waylon Thibodeaux). She regularly performs at The Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, New Orleans' hangout for the singer / songwriter set, and often hosts touring shows there.

Gina Forsyth's latest release, on Waterbug Records, is You Are Here (2001). This debut solo CD was heralded as, "...an eclectic, beautifully played testament to choosing the right personnel and crafting a great song." (The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, LA).

Gina is beginning work on a new solo CD, slated to be released later this year.

"Gina Forsyth is a gifted songwriter with a passionate and honest voice...Her songs are simple, strong, insightful and original. She's a master songwriter, with a great ear for melody and an enviable way with wordsForsyths voice is confident and expressiveand she sings with a kind of barefaced passion that is just lovable." - rambles.net

"Forsyth is one of New Orleans' great unsung talents, a singer/songwriter with a voice of gold and treasure chest of moving songsShes also a wizard on the violin and the guitar." Gambit Weekly

Jul 17, 2009Missing Parts BandThe Missing Parts is an acoustic, instrumental quintet consisting of dobro, guitar, cello, violin and percussion based out of Tucson, Arizona. They play all original music inspired by Balkan, Russian, Flamenco, Tango, Classical, Southwestern and Spaghetti Western melodies and rhythms. Their tone ranges from delicate to upbeat, and they are currently touring the Rocky Mountains and the Midwest.
Aug 22, 2009New People w/ Vanessa Tortolano - $6New People is a Madison band that plays original, peppy, thoughtful rock music with two singer/songwriters and lots of nice harmonies on top of spiky guitar hooks.

Vanessa was raised in Hawaii where she studied musical theatre and vocals from the age of 5-18. She then moved to L.A. to "make it" soon realizing it wasn't all that it was cracked up to be. Then there was that whole baby making thing....Moving to Madison to raise her family she met Mark Adkins of Subvocal and developed her vocal tecnique that sets her apart. Six years later she finally picks up the guitar that has sat in a corner most of her adult life and learned to play. The result is simple guitar to accompany a strong voice and inspired words.
Jul 11, 2009db pedersen - $5Local sound-theatrics auricle-face wunderkind, db pedersen ("he's got Olga Korbut glottis") will present an evening of absurdity sure to tickle your corpus colossi. db plans to go a little more medieval on this one..

NOTE - Gregg Williard will not be performing, as planned, due to a medical emergency. We wish him well in his recovery.
Aug 9, 2009Art receptionCome meet this month's artists. This event runs from 5 - 7 pm and is free and open to the public.

more info.
Jul 24, 2009Jason Ecklund - $6Singer, songwriter, harmonica player, pianist, guitarist and banjo player Jason Eklund did not start out as a folk singer, but in a hardcore punk-rock band while in high school in southern Illinois. After three semesters studying drama at Eastern Illinois University, the young Eklund decided to live -- not just sing about -- the life of a traveling folk singer. Taking his cue from folk heroes like Woody Guthrie, he left Illinois and set out for Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he worked as a busker, playing for tips. But after finding Pete Seeger's home address in a banjo instruction book, he wrote to the folk singer and later hitched a ride to Seeger's home in upstate New York. Fortunately for Eklund, there was plenty of work to be done around Seeger's rustic house and yard, and Seeger and his wife, who have a long history of supporting struggling singer-songwriters, took him in.

After heading back to Illinois for a while, Eklund was out again looking for gigs and playing on street corners. The late founder of Flying Fish Records, Bruce Kaplan, was so impressed by Eklund's street performance during the 1992 Chicago Blues Festival that he offered the young singer-songwriter a deal.

Eklund's Flying Fish debut, Jason Eklund, was recorded in Boulder, Colorado and released in 1993. Backing musicians included Nick Forster from the Hot Rize bluegrass band and pianist Scott Kirby. His prime influences were Bob Dylan, Howlin' Wolf, Elvis Presley and a lot of Woody Guthrie. His follow-up, 1995's Lost Causeway, also for Flying Fish Records (now owned by the Rounder Records Group), is a more fleshed-out affair, with lots of Texas-based musicians accompanying him.

Both of Eklund's albums are multi-genre affairs, artful blends of blues, early rock & roll, country, and original songs that sound like traditional folk songs. Eklund, ever the vagabond, continues to tour.
Aug 1, 2009This show has been cancelled.Buffalo Tramp & V.V. Vioux - $5

This acoustic duo plays simple spooky haunted folk music. Their sound brings to mind Faun Fables, The Lonelyhearts, Pascal, Painted Saints, etc..
Aug 15, 2009Tom Hanson w/ Royal Osprey, Doby Watson and Matt Dill - $7Tom Hanson, dubbed Madison's "secret songwriter" by Isthmus Magazine (article), has been crafting moody, melodic acoustic music since the early 90's. Tom's self-released CDs, "Wake of the Moon" (2001) and Everything Takes Forever (2007) each received critical accolades and various 5-star reviews, and generated significant internet buzz. Everything Takes Forever was chosen as a "Top Editors Pick" by CD Baby, the largest online retailer of independent music, and has been included in several of their "best of" collections. Recently, two of Tom's songs were featured on national TV shows (One Tree Hill and Ghost Whisperer).

Tom is fast at work on his next collection of tunes, and hopes to have a new (possibly double!) CD out by years' end. More of a musical recluse and writing/recording-oriented artist, Tom nonetheless likes to do the occasional show, especially when the opportunity comes to play with friends or other musicians he admires. Such as this special night..

ROYAL OSPREY
Chicago-based Royal Osprey strives to make the interesting sad, and the sad interesting. Slow, melodic guitars intertwining with drones, electronic flourishes, and long, drawn out vocals are the band's forte. Never one to play the same way twice, the band constantly changes instruments, lineups, and styles in an everlasting quest for some beautiful, depressing grooves.

DOBY WATSON
Doby Watson is perhaps foremost a musician of the natural world. His pace is not that of a city dweller, caught inextricably within the steady rush of automata continuously moving headlong. His music instead revels in the surety of the tides, between passivity and kinetics, the periods of rest playing as much a part as the periods of movement. Within this framework lie the people his songs, figures of unrest mournfully caught

MATT DILL
Kansas City based artist Matt Dill is a musician in a couple different ways. At his roots, he is a soft and slow singer, a storyteller with a mandolin whose intimacy collects moments of our deep unconscious. By trade, though, Dill has developed an extraordinary electronic craft that puts his dream like narratives on a landscape of noise. Dill slowly integrates his melodious yet somber reality with an aesthetic of noise that is at times grainy, pulsating and pastoral. But unlike artists who struggle to walk the line of accessible song writing and esoteric noise, Dill's songs happen in organic moments that don't obfuscate the intimacy that keeps an audience.
Aug 21, 2009Bob Parins - $6It has been years since Bob's played at our shop, he's been off recording albums, playing in obscure rock festivals in Cyprus, and being featured on WNYC radio, having his songs covered by people like Sufjan Stevens. If you haven't seen Bob Parins (if you've spent any time at Mother Fools you've likely heard him on our iPod), I encourage you to check out his stuff. Go to bobparins.com, and click the button that says 'radio,' to be sucked into Bob's little world.


"At least half of this disc ranks among the best of the year... It's an eclectic blend indeed of songs and sounds... Through it all, Parins consistently brings two things: immaculate craftsmanship and a sense of humor." - 30Music.com
Aug 8, 2009June Madrona - $5Songs written simply and honestly, performed acoustically. Based upon the guitar and words of Ross Cowman, the varied content and carefully constructed stories of the songs may make you want to
dance, cry, sing, think, or just listen as deeply as one can.

June Madrona is an Olympia Folk band on Bicycle Records in the United States and Waterhouse Records, in France. They formed in 2004 and has played hundreds of shows and festivals throughout the US, and Europe.

For fans of: Nike Drake, Vashti Bunyon, Kimya Dawson, potlucks and kissing in the woods.
Aug 28, 2009Aniv De La Rev - Special Unplugged Show! - $5Definition of Aniv de la Rev: Mexican slang term--abbreviation of Aniversario de la Revolucion. Aniv de la Rev, Madison's "finest" punk/cumbia/new wave/merengue rock band, has its humble 2003 origins in a dingy student ghetto apartment dubbed "The People's Bunker". Brothers Martin and David Alvarado joined forces with recent Chicago transplant Jim Goronson to explore the possibilities of punk mixed with cumbia and new wave. The next 18 months saw the penning and development of several songs, some party performances, and the eventual discovery of a goldmine in the form of veteran drummer Kenn Busch and his basement rehearsal space/recording studio. "AdlR" began gigging in Madison in the spring of 2005 and released our self-produced eponymous debut album in the fall of 2008. Original bassist David left the U.S.A. to do labor organizing around the world in mid-2005 but has returned in 2009 as requinto player and second bassist! Peter Hart-Brinson assumed the position of arse-kickin' bassist at the end of 2006 and continues to rhythmically drive the good ship AdlR along with our new drummer/percussionist extraordinaire Kent Craig, who joined the fray in early '09.
Aug 24, 2009Nicole Gruter - Tea Tour 2009 Kick-OffDoes your schedule stress you out? Do you take the time to relax everyday?

By day, through September and October, performance artist Nicole Gruter is hosting tea parties at vacation destinations and work sites across the U.S. Do you wonder about the pace of your lifestyle? Does it cause you anxiety, depression or even anger? It is possible to dial down our stressful schedules, but do we even want or need to? Join in conversation concerning our 24/7 society while enjoying a cup of tea by the Tea-Mobile.

The Tea-Mobile will be parked outside Mother Fool's from 4 - 6 pm.

Gruter's Statement:
Over the past two years, my work has dealt with issues of time management, over-commitment to responsibilities, and people's emotional connection to material possessions. My interest in these issues began when I analyzed how much stuff I owned and began purging. When I came across my grandmother's tea service in my top kitchen cabinet, I wondered if I should keep it or get rid of it. I realized not only how difficult I found it to part with my over-abundance of stuff, but just how much time I committed to tending to my things (cleaning, organizing, sorting, rearranging, fixing, etc.). Having spent over a year getting rid of much of my possessions (I kept the tea set), the time I once spent on taking care of my excess belongings, I now spend enjoying the company of friends or working on my art.

The purging of my stuff brought me an immense amount of peace. It freed my time so I could focus on more important things, like simply relaxing (easier said than done!). I'm now wondering if the pace of people's lives is offering them enough time to relax on a daily basis. Tea Tour 2009 sets to find out how we might incorporate daily moments of relaxation into our day by taking a look at how we fill our time. Sometimes I feel like if I'm not busy all time, I'm seen as lazy or lacking ambition. Often, the amount of stress I have in my life is self-imposed, feeling the need to be everywhere all the time, trying to accomplish a million things at once. Isn't there a better way to live? I know I'm not alone in this, and I'm wondering what it's doing to our quality of life, our health, not to mention the earth. I'd love to hear your perspective and experiences on the issue, so please join me for tea, or come watch me perform. I promise it won't take much of your time.

About Nicole Gruter:
Performing in unexpected and varying environments, Gruter's work often relies upon interactive exchanges with the public, either through the act of handouts, food consumption, gathering of information, or the exchanging of stories, often combining humor with political and personal issues. Her varied subject matters range from political satire and family immigration to hoarding, operatic arias, and Dutch butter cake. Additionally, her stage act and persona "Wilhelmina Baker" concentrates on manipulating established genres of music and theater, changing the execution of a formal piece of work through modern commentary and the reinvention of traditional formats. Gruter resides in Madison, WI. For more information, visit www.nicolegruter.com
Sep 4, 2009Oscar Wilson with The A.J. Love Blues Band featuring Queenie McCarter - $6An under-appreciated gem from the Southside of Chicago, Oscar "43rd Street" Wilson is part Muddy Waters, part Cedric the Entertainer and a true crowd igniter. This larger-than-life front man carries on in the tradition of the great Chicago bluesmen like the Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Rogers, and Muddy Waters. Wilson was born in Chicago, Illinois on 43rd and Wells and has spent his life living and playing the blues in Chicago and Mississippi. Oscar grew up in a musical family; his father was a jazz, blues, and gospel musician and composer and performed with Nat King Cole. Oscar made his musical debut at age 11 singing at a house party with his neighbor, the legendary Dave "Honey Boy" Edwards. In his youth, Oscar immersed himself in the Chicago blues culture and taught himself guitar, piano, drums and harmonica. Throughout his adult life, Oscar frequented blues clubs in Chicago and Mississippi and performed with Chicago blues mainstays like Johnny B. Moore and Melvin Taylor.

A.J. Love is a Blues guitarist based in Madison WI dedicated to playing and promoting traditional Chicago Blues. "The Blues, the Real Blues, is a healer," says Love, "the depth and intensity of the Chicago Blues is something that took me many years to deal with, in terms of being emotionally prepared to play this music."

As a guitarist, Love is strongly influenced by Muddy Waters, Eddie Taylor, John Primer, Louis Myers, Billy Flynn and Magic Sam.

Also on this show are Queenie McCarter on vocals, Chris Boeger (of the Cash Box Kings and Hometown Sweethearts) on upright bass, and Billy McDuffee on drums.
Aug 29, 2009Northside Southpaws - $6The Northside Southpaws are an all-left-handed, all-resophonic mandolin/guitar duo based in Chicago. They perform obsolete ragtime, archaic country, proto-grass, and other obscure string band music on lefty resonator instruments. Mandolin Magazine calls their debut all-instrumental cd, STOMP GLIDE WOBBLE, "...one of the best mandolin CDs of the year, filled with an unspoiled sound and infectious enthusiasm that will win over fans from bluegrass, jazz and swing, blues and other styles" (Spring, 2008). Sing Out! magazine said "This much anticipated...CD by the Northside Southpaws was well worth the wait. (STOMP GLIDE WOBBLE) features the pair on a fascinating mixture of archaic ragtime and hillbilly, early jazz and blues, proto-grass and other string band material played with an unspoiled, back-porch fluency that skips the pyrotechnics and possesses an enthusiasm that's bound to perk a listener's ears." (September, 2008).
Oct 23, 2009The EricksonsThe Ericksons bring their indie-folk sound to Madison via Brooklyn, NY. Bethany and Jenny have been writing, recording and playing music in NYC for the past three years and are very happy to be calling Minneapolis their new home base. With sounds from tenor and acoustic guitars, banjo and vocals that interweave creating layers of harmony and skilled melodies the two create a captivating energy on stage. It is through making music together that the pair attempts to live honestly and find beauty even in the darkest of places.
Oct 2, 2009Katie Todd - $6Chicago based piano playing singer songwriter, Katie Todd will bring her acoustic trio to Mother Fool's for an evening of entertainment.

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."

Oct 3, 2009Beau O'Reilly & The Crooked Mouth String Band w/ Stephanie Rearick - $6For those who remember Maestro Subgum & The Whole, you'll be pleased to hear Beau O'Reilly and Jenny Magnus's new band The Crooked Mouth String Band. These Chicago musician/actor/performance artists have great voices and always impress with their dynamic stage presence.

Madison's own, Stephanie Rearick will warm up the stage with her unique piano/pop/cabaret stylings. This is the kick-off show for a tour that takes her out to the west coast and back so come say, "bon voyage, Stephanie!"
Sep 11, 2009Flo et Christo - $5"Christo" (Chris Ruppenthal of Caravan GSE, and Mal-O-Dua) and "Flo"(Dr.
Florian Bertrand) premire at Mother Fool's Coffee house with a new gypsy
jazz project! They will bring a variety of Django Reinhardt inspired
swing, Parisian cafe waltz, ballads, and a Gypsy Jazz version of the surf
classic Wipeout to the stage! Wear a beret, a pencil thin moustache, and
drink you espresso straight for this show.
Sep 26, 2009The Pretty Victims w/ The Shrunken HeadsThe Pretty Victims
(formerly known as G.E.L.D.)

The Pretty Victims are a Madison-based three piece who normally specialize in a blistering but melodic combo of metal, punk, and anything alternative, but for this gig they are turning the heat down and performing a set of (energetic) acoustic tunes. The Pretty Victims are: Zeyad El-Omari, guitar and vocals; Wilder Deitz, bass and vocals; and Joe Galligan, drums.



The Shrunken Heads
By now a Madison staple, the young members of the Shrunken Heads have played everything from the King Street Block Party to Celebrating Youth! at the Monona Terrace to the Lowellapalooza fundraiser for Lowell School. They are throwing away the electric guitars and picking up the acoustic ones in this opening slot for the Pretty Victims. The members of the Shrunken Heads are Mitch Deitz, Shannon Connor, Sam Galligan, and Brendan Manley.
Sep 18, 2009Melissa Czarnik w/ Darlin Nikki and Ryan HurleyMelissa Czarnik
"With slammin poetry, precise beats, and DIY authenticity, Czarnik is an inspiration to young MCs everywhere." - Bitch Magazine

"Her musicality is inclusive enough to envelop folk, jazz and pop sensibilities in loops and live instrumentation...Czarnik may not be out to set the world ablaze as a female counterpart to Eminem, but she'll fire up listeners to grab notebooks and microphones and set their observations to sounds not beholden to any commercial R&B radio format." - Shepherd Express

Milwaukee based Melissa Czarnik (Zar-nik), recently released her first full-length hip-hop/poetry based album, Strawberry Cadillac (Hyperdrive Motivator Productions). When asked why she named her first album Strawberry Cadillac, Czarnik responded, Cause Strawberry Buick just didnt cut it!

The 17 track, Strawberry Cadillac, is the product of a year long project which focuses on issues such as sexism, politics, relationships, and love. Mixing her interests in poetry and Hip Hop, her song diversity exemplifies a strong influence of artists such as Lauryn Hill, Ani Difranco, and french songstress, Edith Piaf.

Her style is a powerful mix of poetry, precise delivery, and conscious content in a voice that ranges from sweet and playful to commanding and scathing. The music that backs her up is the product of producer Eric Mire, a classically trained composer and pianist with decades of experience in both classical and popular mediums. Together, Mire and Czarnik have founded Hyperdrive Motivator Productions, a record label that prides itself on delivering conscious, original, and innovative music to its listeners.

Strawberry Cadillac blends live instrumentation with beat machines, electronics and guest appearances by some of Milwaukees most talented musicians. Collaborative appearances include, but are not limited to; Robin Pluers vocal stylings on Rue Lafayette, Robert Figueroa of Naboris latin percussion on Garden of Eden, and Maurice Cotton of Cotton Gin Music Productions keys on Thunder Summer Storm and production of the Happy Song.

Thought provoking content is the foundation of Strawberry Cadillac. After spending two years in AmeriCorps as a Volunteer in Service to America and Public Ally, Czarnik worked for justice in areas such as poverty, k-12 education, the environment, and predatory lending. Her experience in these jobs is directly reflected in her lyrics.

Czarnik is the Marketing Director at Woodland Pattern Book Center, a non-profit destination book store. For her increasingly frequent shows, Czarnik performs live with the Eric Mire Band; a five-piece band made up of Eric Mire (vocals/guitar), Maurice Cotton (keys/bass), Don Bradshaw (latin percussion), Brad Bloom (sax), and Terence Pettigrew (drums).

Darlin Nikki
DARLIN NIKKI Janzen, poet, spoken word artist, gypsy bellydancer, mentor, teacher, lover of small animals, crutons and sandles. . . she has been called by some the Janis Joplin of Spoken word, by others the Tina Marie of poetry, as the daughter of an immigrant, she was thrust in to the white washing of America, and yearns to share her enlightenment of surviving as yourself in such a globalized world while trying to bridge gaps in such a racist, sexist world. She currently teaches for Milwaukee Public schools, while performing in and out of her home town Milwaukee, WI. BET viewed Slam BUsh Milwaukee winner, She has been on the Nation Slam Team for Milwaukee in 2005 and 2006, 2006 as the Grand Slam Champion. 2008 Womens World Haiku Slam Champion; 2008 Women Worlds SLam Milwaukee Rep Her poetry chap books Dandelion and FLowers Bloom in Winter can be purchased at Broad Vocabulary or by mail order. . Her cd UNStiching the Sun, is now available for purchase. She is a member of Power of Word and also a Still Waters Collective certified Poet. . .Her work is used to inspire, teach and express the emotions that have propelled her to spread Words of Wisdom.

Ryan Hurley
Ryan Hurley is an up and coming spoken word poet and member of the 2009 Milwaukee Slam Team. Currently he works as the program coordinator for Arts at Large.
Sep 25, 2009Phil Lomac w/ Corey Hart - $5After roles as lead guitarist in the Brown Root Seed Company , Ron Neil and the Eleventh Hour and lead vocal/guitars in Senatobia (Performing Songwriter Top 12 DIY pick), musician/songwriter Phil Lomac broke away to start a solo career with his 2005 self-titled release and never looked back.

The Chicago based experimental popster (Enigma Online) brings his "honey-smooth voice and soothing melodies" (Playback STL) to Madison, WI for a solo acoustic show.

Corey Hart, aka Wooden Houses
"Music is my solace," says Wisconsin singer/songwriter Corey Hart, "Writing is a very internal process, but I love getting out and sharing the results."

With his soulful delivery of dynamic vocals reminiscent of the late Jeff Buckley and pulsating guitar that evokes the rhythmic playing of early Neil Young, Hart creates a brand of folk that "suggests the intensity of real life." (Isthmus)

It is this intensity in Hart's songcraft along with his fiery and passionate live performances that earned Hart the title of Songwriter of the Year (2007) in his adopted hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.

2007 also brought the release of Hart's "Words Like Wildfire" EP, recorded at Smart Studios with engineer Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Sparklehorse). Building on the success of "Words Like Wildfire", the past year has found Corey playing shows in support of Shawn Mullins, Dar Williams, and The Duhks.

Hart has spent the last year in Chapel Hill, North Carolina teaming up with Danny Johnson, formerly of En Serenade. They formed the group "Wooden Houses" and are currently working on an album to be released later this year.
Oct 9, 2009Lac La Belle - $6Lac La Belle is an acoustic trio that echoes Country, Western Swing and Old Timey music, but has carved their own space without succumbing to nostalgia or camp. It seems nearly impossible that singer Jennie Knaggs is Michigan-bred, yet has this music in her back pocket like she learned it on the front porch of an Appalachian cottage. On their new full-length release each member brings years of musical experience to bear. The original songs sit comfortably side by side with classics of the genre, which are delivered in an inimitable style.

"(Lac La Belle) play old-school swinging Western, country and backwoods Americana. Comprised of three of Detroit's most talented musicians multi-instrumentalists and music aficionados Joel Peterson and Nick Schillace and the owner of that sweet and plaintive warble, Jennie Knaggs Lac La Belle play pitch-perfect originals in synch with the old-timey classics that are also included in their repertoire."- Megan O' Neal Metro Times

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Jennie Knaggs moved to Detroit five years ago and her singular talent has made her a fixture on the city's music scene. Her prodigious voice excels in lost honky-tonk and western swing songs of yesteryear, but is equally convincing in her rock band, I,Crime. She is the 2000 Hollerin' Champion of Wise Co., Virginia and Letcher Co., Kentucky. One day she'll hitch back down there to claim her prizes. Jennie can also be found tickling accordion for Circus Detroit and singing back-up vocals with Odu Afrobeat Orchestra.

Nick Schillace is internationally recognized as a solo instrumentalist who has made a significant contribution to the American Primitive guitar canon with his releases Box Canyon (2005) and Landscape and People (2008.) His other recent group work includes playing tenor guitar in the Odu Afrobeat Orchestra and acoustic string instruments in the experimental/traditional music group, Duo un Duo, with Joel Peterson. He has toured and performed with other finger picking notables, including Jack Rose, Keenan Lawler and Glenn Jones. Lac La Belle finds Nick singing, writing and playing banjo, mandolin and resophonic guitar, while recontextualizing the traditions he grew up with.

Multi-instrumentalist Joel Peterson has spent 15 years performing in some of Detroit's most noted groups, including Immigrant Suns, Scavenger Quartet (with Frank Pahl), Kindred (with Faruq Z. Bey), Odu Afrobeat Orchestra and dozens of others. He's collaborated with or backed-up creative musicians in several genres, including Eugene Chadbourne, Rhys Chatham, Damo Suzuki, Thollem McDonas, Tatsuya Nakatani, Skeeter Shelton, Steve Cohn, Luc Houtkamp, Amy Denio and The Violent Femmes. He ran Bohemian National Home, Detroit's leading music/art space, until late 2008.
Oct 17, 2009 Lou and Peter Berryman - $12Long, long ago, on November 18, 1977, Lou and Peter Berryman became the first band to ever play the now defunct Club de Wash, and they kept at it once or twice a week for almost ten years. Now, 32 years later, they plan to celebrate this dubious achievement by resurrecting a night of their old Club de Wash songs, such as Are You Drinkin' With Me Jesus, the Williamson Street Shuffle, Pflaum Road, Landlady, Dingy Freighter, and You Can't Eat Ooba All Night. This is the second annual Old Berryman Songs Night at Mother Fool's. Last year the event turned out to be a glorious struggle in which amnesia and nostalgia fought to a draw for the upper hand. Everybody had a ball.
Oct 30, 2009Flo et Christo - $5"Christo" (Chris Ruppenthal of Caravan GSE, and Mal-O-Dua) and "Flo"(Dr. Florian Bertrand) premire at Mother Fool's Coffee house with a new gypsy jazz project! They will bring a variety of Django Reinhardt inspired swing, Parisian cafe waltz, ballads, and a Gypsy Jazz version of the surf classic Wipeout to the stage! Wear a beret, a pencil thin moustache, and drink you espresso straight for this show.
Oct 31, 2009Vortex!Jon Arnold (Mother Fool's featured visual artist for October) will be producing another installment of the Vortex Experimental Improvisors Series. Expect to see some of the city's finest experimental musicians as they make all manner of noise and mayhem.
Oct 10, 2009Michael G. Batdorf - $6A songwriting troubador. A blend of roots music. A storyteller that weaves the heart of a nation into song. A truth that only comes with trial. A breath of fresh air when all else seems to fail. An against the grain songwriter that has no reason to hold back.
Oct 24, 2009The Tyranny of Dave w/ Donna Herula - $6The Tyranny of Dave is David Wechsler, whose songwriting with historical rock band Pinataland has been called "eclectic" and "fascinating" [New Yorker], "truly original" [Paste Magazine] with "remarkable lyrical and musical depth" [Amplifier Magazine]. His previous album Vacations showed up on the best albums of 2007 from the popular blog, Lucid Culture, which called the album a "vivid, rain-streak travelogue, an impressively diverse, literate mix of Americana styles." His work has been compared to Camper van Beethoven, Tom Waits, They Might Be Giants and other sterling songwriters but retains a flavor all its own, tinged with everything from bossa nova to country to klezmer to Hawaiian without ever falling into cliche.

The new album, The Decline of America Part One: The Bush Years consists of songs written from 2001-2008, dovetailing the political failures of the era with Dave's personal ones.

Donna Herula. Chicago blues singer and slide guitarist, Donna Herula, will play old-time Delta and Country Blues on her 1930's National Steel resonator guitars. In her solo acoustic act, Donna performs the songs of both the early blues women (Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie) and the early blues men (Robert Johnson, Robert Nighthawk and Blind Blake). Donna has performed at numerous venues including the Chicago Blues Festival, Bayfront Blues Festival (Duluth, MN) and the Mother's Best Festival (in Helena, AR) through the Delta Cultural Center.
Nov 7, 2009Ami Saraiya w/ Hayward Williams- $6"Ami Saraiya has one of those voices that gives you a bit of pause when you first hear it because it seems that so few vocalists truly have that special something that can turn heads on their own." Almost Cool

One can never decide if Ami Saraiyas songs are sad or not. If so, its a living sadness, vibrant, flushed with heart-stuff, anger and hopefulness. Archaeologist is a collection of half heard stories, ghost myths, and magical realism. As with Saraiya's other work, there has always been the voice- a beautiful instrument of power, soul and infinite sadness. It's hard to tie her to to one genre of music. For her debut as a solo artist, Saraiya shows new depth with dark gypsy waltzes (featuring herself on accordion), chamber-ish pop (with string arrangements by Mark Messing of Mucca Pazza), and a touch of Bollywood cheekiness. Archaeologist is Saraiya taking those seemingly disparate elements and forging a new style that is entirely her own.

"If you took Billie Holiday, added a little Lhasa, some Bjork, and a smattering of Tom Waits, you'd have a vague idea of what Ami's voice sounds like. It's full-bodied, playful, edgy and lithe; it roars, growls, belts, thrashes, and purrs... continually rousing the ears with its contortionist capabilities." 75 or Less

Ms. Saraiya and band will be traveling from Chicago to celebrate the Madison debut of her new CD "Archaeologist."

"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
Oct 16, 2009Chris Powers/Randal Harrison - $7Mother Fool's is thrilled to host the first-ever duo show from two of Madison's most dynamic string musicians. Join us for a very special evening of hot swing, blues, Celtic and bluegrass music.

Randal Harrison is well-known to Madison audiences as the innovative jazz violinist in the Randal Harrison Trio, and as the blues-rock violinist in Honor Among Thieves. This summer he has also been touring with Milwaukee's Irish group Leahy's Luck, and with bluegrass stalwarts the Piper Road Spring Band. He has won Madison Area Music Awards for Artist of the Year in each of the Jazz, Classical, and Blues categories.

Chris Powers is the commanding lead singer and multi-instrumentalist with the Old Tin Can String Band. His mandolin was the third voice in the blues-roots group The Roddys. He also was band-leader for Madison's long-running Bluegrass Survivors, and for the original string jazz trio Nobody's Bizness. He hosts the weekly radio show "Mud Acres" on WORT-FM.

Powers and Harrison first played together in the mid-1980's when they were both studying jazz with Richard Davis' Black Music Ensemble. Though their paths have crossed many times over the years, this is the first time they ever collaborated an entire show.

Nov 6, 2009Bob and Paul play Kenny plays Bill while John and Brian and Mark... - $10Come down to Mother Fools on Friday, November 6th for a special evening of traditional bluegrass.

The performance will feature the Bob Black on banjo and Paul Kienitz on fiddle. Bob is a master of the five string banjo and a veteran of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. He has also performed with Ricky Skaggs, The Whites, Emmylou Harris, Norman Blake and Rhonda Vincent. Paul Kienitz is one of the finest traditional bluegrass fiddle players in the upper Midwest. He has been a long standing member of the award-winning Nob Hill Boys and Paul was also a featured performer with a reunion of Blue Grass Boys at the 2008 Sugar Maple Festival.

This evening, Bob and Paul will play all of the tunes from the classic "Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe" recording. (Bob was the banjo player on the original recording). The boys will also play a variety of songs as well in the second set.

Bob and Paul will be joined by Mark Hembree on bass (Blue Grass Boys, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Dreadful Snakes)Brian Ray on mandolin (This is the Squirrel Hunters) and John Fabke on guitar (Nob Hill Boys).
Nov 20, 2009Caravan Gypsy Swing Band - $6Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is an instrumental group based out of Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT. The ensemble also pulls influences from jazz, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire, originals and classic tunes done in a uniquely arranged style.

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

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

Other past festival highlights have included: The Isthmus Jazz Festival, Overture Center "After Work" concert series, Baraboo's Faire on the Square, The Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Wisconsin Dells River Walk Series, The Great Taste of the Midwest, and Madison's Art Fair Off the Square.
Nov 13, 2009Tom Hanson w/ Merle Outlaw - $6"From the very first bar to the very last, Everything Takes Forever mesmerizes its audience like catnip, never once letting go long enough for the listener to catch his breath. Take a little Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen but make them write dream pop, blend in Nick Drake but turn the dial towards lush atmospheric backdrops, plug in Cat Stevens-type vocal warmth and resonance then lift your eyes to a darker psych folk landscape ... Simply put, if you only buy one folk or rock album this month, this should be it."

from CD Babys "Top Editors Pick" review of Tom Hanson's Everything Takes Forever (2007)

Tom Hanson, recently dubbed Madison's "secret songwriter' by Isthmus, will play songs from his two self-released CDs2001's Wake of the Moon and the recent Everything Takes Foreveras well as tunes from an upcoming new release. During the last year, in addition to receiving numerous critical accolades, Tom's dreamy acoustic music has been heard on two national TV shows (One Tree Hill, Ghost Whisperer).

Tom will be joined on stage this evening by longtime friend, guitar guru (and fellow Gomers-founder) Gordon Ranney.

Merle Outlaw - is two girls and a boy playing experimental roots/pop,
prominently featuring three part vocal harmony. Instrumentation includes
various combinations of guitar, bajo sexto, electric mbira, piano,
electronic loops and distorted keyboards.
Nov 14, 2009Paul Geremia w / The Five Points Serenaders - $10For over thirty years, Paul Geremia has survived solely by the fruit of his musical labors. Having abandoned all other means of support in 1966, he has been traveling far and wide ever since, performing in every capacity from street singing to club and concert bookings, throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Europe.

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

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

The Five Points Serenaders are comprised of Chuck Hornemann, Todd Cambio and Tim Meehan. The Serenaders start the evening with their brand of fiddle tunes, upbeat rags and songs from the era. Hillbilly funk that will make your feet glide and your backbone slip.
Nov 15, 2009Community Supported Agriculture Presentation by Scotch Hill FarmScotch Hill Farm, a Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Farm, will give a short presentation about Community Supported Agriculture and answer questions about their farm and about CSA farms in general.

Scotch Hill Farm uses Mother Fool's as a drop spot for their CSA deliveries and will be signing up members for 2010 subscriptions at this event.

Tony and Dela Ends raise 100 varieties of certified organic vegetables at Scotch Hill near Brodhead. They have just finished their 15th growing season.
Dec 7, 2009"Bach in a Backpack" by Randall Harrison - Free!"Bach in a Backpack" solo violin performances - classical/jazz/folk...

Violinist Randal Harrison Hoecherl charms, challenges and inspires listeners of all ages. Critics have simultaneously declared him reminiscent of Nicoli Pagannini, Stephane Grapelli, Al DiMeola and Frank Zappa. His mastery of such diverse styles has garnered him an EMMY nomination for composition and three Madison Area Music Awards for Jazz Artist of the Year, Classical Artist of the Year and Blues Artist of the Year. His diverse performance credits include work with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, jazz Bassist Ben Tucker, and legendary drummer Sam Lay of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Harrisons performances and compositions appear on over 100 recordings including works for Naxos World, SRM, Boat Records, db Musique, Spiritwood and StringFling Records.
Nov 23, 2009"Bach in a Backpack" by Randall Harrison - Free!"Bach in a Backpack" solo violin performances - classical/jazz/folk...

Violinist Randal Harrison Hoecherl charms, challenges and inspires listeners of all ages. Critics have simultaneously declared him reminiscent of Nicoli Pagannini, Stephane Grapelli, Al DiMeola and Frank Zappa. His mastery of such diverse styles has garnered him an EMMY nomination for composition and three Madison Area Music Awards for Jazz Artist of the Year, Classical Artist of the Year and Blues Artist of the Year. His diverse performance credits include work with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, jazz Bassist Ben Tucker, and legendary drummer Sam Lay of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Harrisons performances and compositions appear on over 100 recordings including works for Naxos World, SRM, Boat Records, db Musique, Spiritwood and StringFling Records.
Nov 2, 2009"Bach in a Backpack" by Randall Harrison - Free!"Bach in a Backpack" solo violin performances - classical/jazz/folk...

Violinist Randal Harrison Hoecherl charms, challenges and inspires listeners of all ages. Critics have simultaneously declared him reminiscent of Nicoli Pagannini, Stephane Grapelli, Al DiMeola and Frank Zappa. His mastery of such diverse styles has garnered him an EMMY nomination for composition and three Madison Area Music Awards for Jazz Artist of the Year, Classical Artist of the Year and Blues Artist of the Year. His diverse performance credits include work with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, jazz Bassist Ben Tucker, and legendary drummer Sam Lay of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Harrisons performances and compositions appear on over 100 recordings including works for Naxos World, SRM, Boat Records, db Musique, Spiritwood and StringFling Records.
Nov 9, 2009"Bach in a Backpack" by Randall Harrison - Free!"Bach in a Backpack" solo violin performances - classical/jazz/folk...

Violinist Randal Harrison Hoecherl charms, challenges and inspires listeners of all ages. Critics have simultaneously declared him reminiscent of Nicoli Pagannini, Stephane Grapelli, Al DiMeola and Frank Zappa. His mastery of such diverse styles has garnered him an EMMY nomination for composition and three Madison Area Music Awards for Jazz Artist of the Year, Classical Artist of the Year and Blues Artist of the Year. His diverse performance credits include work with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, jazz Bassist Ben Tucker, and legendary drummer Sam Lay of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Harrisons performances and compositions appear on over 100 recordings including works for Naxos World, SRM, Boat Records, db Musique, Spiritwood and StringFling Records.
Nov 22, 2009Come meet this month's artist!Free reception from 6 - 8 pm.

Come meet this month's artist, Twyla Clark.
Nov 21, 2009Pamela MeansPamela Means, internationally touring, award-winning, singer-songwriter and jazz musician; on tour with new acclaimed, acoustic album, "Precedent."
Dec 11, 2009Ritt Deitz w/ Graham A. ParsonsRitts acoustic-electric folk sound grows through this band, almost as fast as some of the younger band members are growing out of their clothes and shoes. Since 1999, Ritt has released five full-length recordings and a collected compilation, on Uvulittle Records, and he has been at work in the studio on a brand-new one, due out in 2010, featuring new some new players and several new instruments. If Ritts previous work was reminiscent of Springsteen and Greg Brown (as critics are fond of saying), the newer directions veer a little into territory occupied by Wilco, the Band, and early REM. With a hammered dulcimer. Come hear the latest developments.

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Graham A. Parsons
Taught by needles and grooves, by airwaves and tape, Graham A. Parsons uses his handcrafted tools to build what he sees. Led by a guitar and versatile voice Graham has been writing and performing songs for nearly ten years. At the age of sixteen he was cutting his teeth playing grueling three set gigs at the various smoky dives of Upper Michigans Keweenaw Peninsula. Since then he has become a mainstay in the Michigan circuit, and is on a path of perpetual growth as a musician and performer. Now, at 22, with two full length albums as a co-founder of the Michigan based Squeaky Clean Cretins to his credit, he is set to release an exploratory solo debut early 2010.
Dec 4, 2009Charlie Cheney w/ David Cox - $6Charlie Cheney is a former Madisonian now living in mainland Michigan. "Call-and-response Cab Calloway with an acoustic guitar." He plays uptempo good time music with the occasional heart-wrenching tune to change the pace and give the audience a moment to reflect on the joys of life.
Dec 5, 2009Al Rose - $6"With a mixture of irreverence and soul, this veteran singer-songwriter
just gets better, funnier and more plaintively incisive with each release.
His latest, 'My First Posthumous Release', mixes blues, country and rock
influences with off-hand ease, while crafting indelible imagery. How, after all, can anyone resist a song that begins, The X-rays were embarrassing?" Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune

Somehow you got here and now you're checking things out and you find yourself wondering (maybe to yourself) what is Al Rose's music like? What
are Al Rose's songs like? Good questions.

Imagine (if you will) your favorite caf. Maybe it's Kopi Caf 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?
Dec 14, 2009"Bach in a Backpack" by Randall Harrison - Free!"Bach in a Backpack" solo violin performances - classical/jazz/folk...

Violinist Randal Harrison Hoecherl charms, challenges and inspires listeners of all ages. Critics have simultaneously declared him reminiscent of Nicoli Pagannini, Stephane Grapelli, Al DiMeola and Frank Zappa. His mastery of such diverse styles has garnered him an EMMY nomination for composition and three Madison Area Music Awards for Jazz Artist of the Year, Classical Artist of the Year and Blues Artist of the Year. His diverse performance credits include work with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, jazz Bassist Ben Tucker, and legendary drummer Sam Lay of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Harrisons performances and compositions appear on over 100 recordings including works for Naxos World, SRM, Boat Records, db Musique, Spiritwood and StringFling Records.
Nov 30, 2009"Bach in a Backpack" by Randall Harrison - Free!"Bach in a Backpack" solo violin performances - classical/jazz/folk...

Violinist Randal Harrison Hoecherl charms, challenges and inspires listeners of all ages. Critics have simultaneously declared him reminiscent of Nicoli Pagannini, Stephane Grapelli, Al DiMeola and Frank Zappa. His mastery of such diverse styles has garnered him an EMMY nomination for composition and three Madison Area Music Awards for Jazz Artist of the Year, Classical Artist of the Year and Blues Artist of the Year. His diverse performance credits include work with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, jazz Bassist Ben Tucker, and legendary drummer Sam Lay of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Harrisons performances and compositions appear on over 100 recordings including works for Naxos World, SRM, Boat Records, db Musique, Spiritwood and StringFling Records.
Dec 18, 2009The JoAnne Pow!ers/Jennifer Pendur/Michael Brenneis Trio - $7 Unofficial Productions and the Axial Tilt of the Earth present: A (Pre-)Winter Solstice concert with The JoAnne Pow!ers/Jennifer Pendur/Michael Brenneis Trio Friday, December 18th..

On one of the last day of autumn, multi-faceted percussionist Michael Brenneis joins infamous Madison saxophonist JoAnne Pow!ers and bassist Jennifer Pendur to ring in the longest night of the year with a program of high energy collective improvisations. After years of collaboration, Pendur's inscrutable bass and the dulcet yet harrowing tones of Pow!ers form an intricate sonic language of whispers, growls and screams. Tireless innovator Brenneis punctuates the conversation with a startling array of textures and rhythms from around the globe. The incalcitrant fire of these formidable improvisors provides the energy for a final, stubborn challenge to the encroaching winter.

The Pow!ers/Pendur/Karetnick Trio:
JoAnne Pow!ers saxophones
Jennifer Pendur bass
Michael Brenneis drums

Musician Bios:
JoAnne Pow!ers:
Free jazz outlaw JoAnne Pow!ers plays frequently in the Madison Area both as a solo act and with her trio (The aptly-named JoAnne Pow!ers Trio). Pow!ers 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 Brtzmann, with further influences from late-period John Coltrane and legendary Japanese free-improviser Kaoru Abe. With a tone that ha sbeen known to alternately peel the paint off of walls and lull angry babies to sleep, Pow!ers is known for her lightning-fast keywork, and heavy use of multiphonics and other extended techniques. While largely operating within the Energy music school of improvisation, Pow!ers music also incorporates elements of the music of the Middle East and India. In addition to her trios, Pow!ers collaborators have included New York percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani; Dave Rempis (saxophones), FredLonberg-Holm (cello), Tim Daisy (percussion), Jaimie Branch (trumpet) and Marc Riordan (percussion) of Chicagos thriving improvised music scene; Philadelphia percussionist Bob Cozzolino, extreme vocalist D.B. Pedersen, and the late multi-instrumentalist Lyx Ish.

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

Michael Brenneis:
In addition to his work with such innovative ensembles as The Active Percussion Duo and Tomato Box, Michael Brenneis, percussion, studied music with jazz master Alan Dawson, and at the Berklee College of Music. He collaborates with such musicians as: Dave Stoler, Tim Whalen, Louka Patenaude, Paul Hastil, the New Breed Quintet, Sean Michael Dargan, Albert, Alison Margaret, and many others. This Fall three of his compositions for large ensemble were featured at a performance of the Modern American Music Repertory Ensemble at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, under the direction of Charlie Kohlhase.
Dec 19, 2009Aniv de la Rev - $6 Definition of Aniv de la Rev: Mexican slang term--abbreviation of Aniversario de la Revolucion. Aniv de la Rev, Madison's "finest" punk/cumbia/new wave/merengue rock band, has its humble 2003 origins in a dingy student ghetto apartment dubbed "The People's Bunker". Brothers Martin and David Alvarado joined forces with recent Chicago transplant Jim Goronson to explore the possibilities of punk mixed with cumbia and new wave. The next 18 months saw the penning and development of several songs, some party performances, and the eventual discovery of a goldmine in the form of veteran drummer Kenn Busch and his basement rehearsal space/recording studio. "AdlR" began gigging in Madison in the spring of 2005 and released our self-produced eponymous debut album in the fall of 2008. Original bassist David left the U.S.A. to do labor organizing around the world in mid-2005 but has returned in 2009 as requinto player and second bassist! Peter Hart-Brinson assumed the position of arse-kickin' bassist at the end of 2006 and continues to rhythmically drive the good ship AdlR along with our new drummer/percussionist extraordinaire Kent Craig, who joined the fray in early '09.
Dec 12, 2009No show due to cancellation
Dec 21, 2009"Bach in a Backpack" by Randall Harrison - Free!"Bach in a Backpack" solo violin performances - classical/jazz/folk...

Violinist Randal Harrison Hoecherl charms, challenges and inspires listeners of all ages. Critics have simultaneously declared him reminiscent of Nicoli Pagannini, Stephane Grapelli, Al DiMeola and Frank Zappa. His mastery of such diverse styles has garnered him an EMMY nomination for composition and three Madison Area Music Awards for Jazz Artist of the Year, Classical Artist of the Year and Blues Artist of the Year. His diverse performance credits include work with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, jazz Bassist Ben Tucker, and legendary drummer Sam Lay of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Harrisons performances and compositions appear on over 100 recordings including works for Naxos World, SRM, Boat Records, db Musique, Spiritwood and StringFling Records.
Dec 28, 2009"Bach in a Backpack" by Randall Harrison - Free!"Bach in a Backpack" solo violin performances - classical/jazz/folk...

Violinist Randal Harrison Hoecherl charms, challenges and inspires listeners of all ages. Critics have simultaneously declared him reminiscent of Nicoli Pagannini, Stephane Grapelli, Al DiMeola and Frank Zappa. His mastery of such diverse styles has garnered him an EMMY nomination for composition and three Madison Area Music Awards for Jazz Artist of the Year, Classical Artist of the Year and Blues Artist of the Year. His diverse performance credits include work with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, jazz Bassist Ben Tucker, and legendary drummer Sam Lay of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Harrisons performances and compositions appear on over 100 recordings including works for Naxos World, SRM, Boat Records, db Musique, Spiritwood and StringFling Records.
Dec 13, 2009Art reception for Lauren MorrisonThere will be a reception to meet the artist on Sunday, Dec 13 from 7 - 9 pm. It is free and open to the public.
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