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Event Archive - 2010

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Jan 29, 2010Yid Vicious and Friends present A Tribute to David Austin - $10Proceeds benefit La Jugarreta

As local klezmophiles know, Yid Vicious members past and present gather each year at Mother Fool’s to mark the anniversary of the band’s debut concert on Groundhog Day 1996. This year, as we celebrate 14 years of music-making, we remember our friend and bandmate David Austin, who passed away in August. Join us as we celebrate David’s life with music and merriment. All proceeds benefit La Jugarreta in Tepoztlan, Mexico, a community organization with a spirit of joy and play to support children and youth.
Jan 30, 2010Jim Hurst - $10Jim Hurst was born in Middleboro, Kentucky into a musical family and was raised with a guitar in his hands. Jim was influenced early in his career by flatpickers such as Tony Rice and George Shuffler, but Doc Watson and Clarence White especially.

He also heard Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, and especially Jerry Reed, calling his discovery of their fingerstyle playing "a turn in the road" for him. His diverse tastes led him to play in several bands, playing country, bluegrass, blues, jazz and other styles.

He joined Holly Dunn’s Rio Band as guitarist/mandolinist and harmony vocalist, touring the US and internationally, playing live TV, and stunning audiences with his musicianship. He joined Trisha Yearwood's band in 1992 adding electric guitar, something he spent many years doing, to his job description and toured more extensively including many high-profile radio and television appearances.

In the mid 1990's’ Jim also performed with Sara Evans, Travis Tritt, and the McCarter Sisters. He recorded with Sara Evans on her 1998 RCA release "No Place That Far", on harmony vocals and acoustic guitar.

In search of more bluegrass playing, Hurst joined Grammy nominated and IBMA Vocalist of the Year - Claire Lynch in 1995 and toured with Claire and The Front Porch String Band until the end of 1999. Jim joined Claire (and then husband, Larry Lynch), multi-instrumentalist Michael McLain and bassist Missy Raines to complete the Front Porch String Band ensemble.

It was then that Jim and Missy realized the similarities in their playing styles and musical desires. Jim and Missy began the duet "Jim Hurst & Missy Raines" in 1998 while touring with Claire Lynch. They broke off from Claire Lynch's band in 2000 to focus more sincerely on the duet, a groundbreaking arrangement in bluegrass music circles.

Together Jim & Missy's music delved into several different genres, while staying close to their bluegrass roots. Their two Pinecastle Records releases "Two" and "Synergy" received critical acclaim, culminating with Jim and Missy receiving the Guitar Player and Bass Player of year awards as well as nominations for Emerging Artists of the Year at the 2001 and 2002 IBMA Awards Ceremonies. Jim and Missy rejoined Claire in the newly formed "Claire Lynch Band" in 2004, but continued playing as a duet for until November 2006.

Jim is a sought after Nashville studio musician, recording and performing with many acoustic artists such as John Cowan, Mark Schatz, Tim O'Brien, and Sam Bush. Jim continues to record and tour working solo dates, guitar workshops and clinics, and teaches private lessons as well as at music camps around the country.

What others are saying about Jim Hurst:

"Jim is one of the most under-rated musicians on today's acoustic scene. He always mines a deep grove and heats things up to a rolling boil. Combining strong country and bluegrass roots, subtle invention, and a big beautiful sound. Jim's music is consistently fresh and friendly."
- Tim O'Brien

"Jim uses his family background, along with his exceptional talent, to build upon a foundation of his own memories and inspiration to create a contemporary sound that is still able to reflect strong traditional values... Jim Hurst is a very hard-working musician with clear goals for himself."
- Country Review

"There's not a more inventive, talented guitar player in the bluegrass business than Jim Hurst. He brings a world of experience in so many different kinds of music and formats to everything he does."
- Tim Stafford

"In a field known for great instrumental work, Hurst is as good as they come...His guitar playing is marked by pure abandon."
- Country Standard Time

"Jim Hurst is one of the most versatile and tasteful guitar players I know. Whether he's flailing the rhythm for an old time fiddle tune, laying down a funky groove, or finger picking a beautiful ballad, his playing is both impeccable and creative. Accompanying this instrumental virtuosity is a rich and expressive voice with a surprising range."
- Mark Schatz

"Jim Hurst has an attractive vocal delivery with his songs...but it has to take a back seat to his incredible flat-picking guitar work."
- Country Music News
Jan 2, 2010Vortex! - Experimental Improv - $5New Years after party with Leftover Noisemakers. Experimental Improv Music.

Featuring: Endless, JoAnne Pow!ers, The Pageboys and others.
Jan 23, 2010Stephanie Rearick w/ Skye Carrasco - $6Stephanie Rearick is well known around these parts for her piano based rock cabaret music shows. She creates beautiful and haunting music using piano, trumpet, voice and a Boss Loopstation.

Keyboard Magazine says, "Amanda Palmer gone psychedelic and retro -- one of the rawest, most original aesthetics we've heard in awhile."

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Skye Carrasco has played the violin since the wee age of 5. Childhood=violin practice every day, making paper snowflakes while reading green eggs and ham, & worshiping Alanis Morissette. Years later, when Skye was studying Sonata in D major Opus 94 bis for violin & piano by Prokofiev, she felt her relationship with music changing. She wanted to find a way to write original music that expanded her classical training & that also encompassed her love for singing, poetry & the rich culture of gypsy folk music. Skye has been writing & performing her own music ever since, with special inspiration from her first chamber-pop band, Skursula (violin, cello & accordion, 2006-2008). In 2008, Skye spent some time in Portland, Oregon. She found creative solitude with the Cascadian pine trees & old time music radio. Her time out west has fueled a new kind of solo music-making, a style born from Stumptown espresso, steady rain, & drinking red wine in woolen slippers. Once again based out of Iowa City, Skye calls on company of J.S. Bach, Bjork, Ella Fitzgerald, Shostakovitch, & Violeta Parra to create a mingled duet that resonates between her violin-playing & vocals.
Jan 8, 2010Katie Todd - $7Chicago 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."

Here's a video from one of her shows at Mother Fool's.


Jan 1, 2010No Show.
Jan 9, 2010Melissa Czarnik w/ Evergreen (of Nama Rupa) - $5Melissa Czarnik..

"With slammin’ poetry, precise beats, and DIY authenticity, Czarnik is an inspiration to young MC’s 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 didn’t 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 it’s listeners.

Strawberry Cadillac blends live instrumentation with beat machines, electronics and guest appearances by some of Milwaukee’s most talented musicians. Collaborative appearances include, but are not limited to; Robin Pluer’s vocal stylings on Rue Lafayette, Robert Figueroa of Nabori’s 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).
Jan 16, 2010Christine Costanzo w/ Lucus Westcott - $6It has been awhile since Christine Costanzo graced the Mother Fool's stage. We welcome here back and look forward to hearing her new songs and line-up.

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

"She has a clear, lovely voice and writes story-songs like Dar Williams does. The voices of her narrators are as strong as you can wish for... Costanzo has a very real talent..." - The Ectophiles' Guide to Good Music

"...Costanzo evokes the bysgone whisperings of Joan Baez, Neil Young and even the Dead..her dreamy, poetic songs effectively weave the genres of country, folk and rock without getting mired in teh land of neo-hippie cliche." - The Sheperd Express, Milwaukee

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A recent transplant to Kalamazoo, Michigan, Lucas Westcott grew up in New York’s Capital Region and studied traditional American folk music and claw hammer banjo with folk musician John Kirk. In college he played with a variety of bands ranging stylistically from rock, to Japanese pop. Lucas has engineered more than 15 live and studio albums including two of his own releases.

A largely acoustic singer/songwriter, Westcott’s music draws from influences including Townes Van Zandt, Johnny Cash, Todd Snider, and Ani DiFranco. His bare bones, rhythmically driven guitar accompanies punch line laden lyrics that tell stories ranging from family tragedy to quirky tales of romance.
Jan 22, 2010Andy Ewen, Frankie Lee and Tom McCarty Trio - $6The show: A trio performance featuring Andy Ewen of Honor Among Thieves, Blues Harmonica veteran Frankie Lee and Upright Bassist Tom McCarty from The Midwesterners. An evening of Blues and Roots music with forays into the Surreal.
Feb 20, 2010calicoDrifters - 5 Year Anniversary Show - $5A contemporary folk sound with a roots-blues pedigree and a touch of jazz, calicoDrifters' original songs and soulful vocals create an altogether authentic Americana style of music that is both compelling and captivating.

Based in Madison, Wisconsin, calicoDrifters is an acoustic duo comprised of Thomas Burns and Sue Prodell. Thomas has been singing and playing fingerstyle, flatpick style, and rhythm acoustic guitar for over 20 years. He has played professionally on both coasts of the United States and numerous venues in between. Sue has been singing and writing music for over 20 years. In addition to playing mandolin, she enjoys connecting with audience members through her soulful vocal artistry.

Since 2005, Thomas and Sue have performed at venues such as the Olbrich Gardens Summer and Winter Concert Series, Mount Horeb Art Fair, Mount Horeb Fall Heritage Festival, The Brink Lounge, The Grumpy Troll, Cambridge Pottery Festival, Café Montmartre, Wild Hog In The Woods Coffeehouse, and a number of house concerts, weddings, and other private events. They played monthly at Fyfe's Bistro, before it closed in 2007.

They've also performed twice on Bill Malone's Back To The Country on WORT 89.9 FM, Live From Triple M in the WMMM studio, and on the evening news on WB57. In addition, several of their songs have been featured on NPR's Open Mic, WCUW's Pastures of Plenty in Worcester, Mass., GidaFolk Net Radio, the Online Folk Festival, KPFK's FolkScene in Los Angeles, and many other radio programs.

Reviews of calicoDrifter's most recent CD "Turning Home":

"Thomas Burns' lyrics weigh like a yoke with their heavy implications, yet sit
comfortably with a quiet sense of love and loyalty. He and Sue Prodell trade off lead vocals as if they're taking turns telling each other an old story. Burns sharpens these stories with a tight lyrical focus and details that expand in their specificity." - 77Square

"Far too little attention gets paid to the lyrical aspects of music, especially the poetic in contrast to the outrageous. For calicoDrifters, however, it's all about the emotion, the feel and the words." - Local Sounds Magazine

"The CD thrives on the marriage of Thomas Burns' delicate and reflective songwriting and Sue Prodell's emotional vocals. The best songs include an element of mystery' The album satisfies as a bittersweet love letter that, despite its title, is never sure which turn leads home." - Isthmus
Jan 17, 2010Art reception for JP GraceCome meet January's featured artist. This event will run from 7 to 9 pm and is free and open to the public.

More info on the show.
Feb 27, 2010My Sweet Patootie - $8Armed with fiddle, finger-style guitar and two voices, My Sweet Patootie is an old-fashioned shotgun wedding of cool uptown swing and rural Ontario grit. Hayseed jazz, perhaps?

Based in Mount Forest, Ontario, Terry Young (guitar & vocals) and Sandra Swannell (fiddle & vocals) met as soloists touring and recording with Canadian Folk Music Award winning veteran roots-group Tanglefoot. They soon discovered a mutual love of big bands and swinging country blues. Thousands of miles and shows later, when Tanglefoot made the decision to trade in a life of touring for shuffleboard and wearing pants up to their armpits, Terry and Sandra changed into their zoot suit and party dress to re-emerge as My Sweet Patootie. They had one goal, to produce fun music with deadly playing.

"a world of string wizardry" - Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange (FAME)

"You hear their positive happiness shine all over the place". - FolkWorld Magazine

"Good Stuff? You bet your...well, you know." - Dirty Linen Magazine

"Musical mayhem expertly played and executed by two outstanding musicians who no doubt will paint a grin on the longest faces with their good humoured and quirky songs." - Shining Friends Roots Music
Feb 5, 2010Boo Bradley - $5Boo Bradley is a hot blues stompin', jelly roll jumpin', rag jazz infusin', three-man acoustic jug attack from Madison. You may know 'em best for their big crowd draws in the summer months, sweating out the oldies at the Dane County Farmers' Market. These boys throw down a porch stomp boogie chock full of old time Delta moans from the likes of Son House and Charley Patton, the Piedmont shake of Blind Boy Fuller and the earliest Chicago Ragtime mastery of cats like Blind Blake and Big Bill Broonzy.

Once you get a wiff of what these fellers are cookin', your feet'll know what to do, ‘cause when Boo Brad and Bill (coming to you in 3D) put their groove stamp on a tune you can't call it nothin' but good ol' ho-maid jelly. Well now, before y'all start clearin' tables and pullin' chairs back

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

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

Bil Solomon: A real stand-up guy. He's kept the floor with his solid and sure bass thump for such local famed acts like Yid Vicious and The Dangits. Bil does his fair share in this band. Besides keeping the other two wild seeds in line with that porch humming low end, he also throws in sweet harmonies that will have you longing for the smokey trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Feb 7, 2010Art reception for the Drumlin Farm ArtivistsCome meet the artists for this month's show.

6 - 8 pm.

There will be live music by son mudanza and thistle and the thorns and a short video documentary about Drumlin Farm.

Free and open to the public.
Feb 13, 2010Hanah Jon Taylor Artet - $8The Artet for this concert will feature Vincent Davis on percussion and Harrison Bankhead on string bass.
Feb 12, 2010Bathtub Mothers - $5All proceeds to benefit Haiti Relief efforts.

Each member of this southwest Wisconsin area band shares a love of blues, folk, rock, and acoustic music, creating a blend that is unique to the Mothers. Stripping away excess until only bare essentials remain, the result is soulful and haunting “folk-rock-blues with bite” that bears little resemblance to bluegrass groups with similar instrumentation. The vocal harmonies carry a simple beauty, and the stark lyrics conjure compelling visual images. Top it off with some rock and roll attitude and that's the Mothers!
Apr 23, 2010Rachael Cantu - $8Rachael Cantu is known for her evocative blend of indie folk rock delicately infused with distinctly powerful vocals, gentle melodies and heartfelt lyrics. This SoCal native has the whole package -- it's no wonder she's been aptly described as "something a mix of The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, PJ Harvey, Sarah McLachlan and Norah Jones."

Rachael's second studio album "Far and Wide" (released Nov 17, 2009) is an artistic departure from the brooding and moody sounds of her impressive debut CD "Run All Night" (Q Division) and highlights her growth, maturity and evolution as a rising singer/songwriter. Produced by Futcher (The Be Good Tanyas) in Vancouver, the captivating collection of ten eclectic songs with thoughtfully layered arrangements showcase her effortless stylistic versatility, which ranges from upbeat pop, forlorn folk, characteristically haunting pieces and splashes of everything in between. Standout tracks like the ethereal "Devil's Thunder" and contemplative "Make A Name For Me and You" were both featured on ABC's "Private Practice" in 2009.

In addition to solo shows in Los Angeles and major cities on the East Coast, Rachael honed her live show and won over new fans during Summer/Fall 2009 touring with blues legend B.B. King, and opening for generational powerhouses like Pat Benatar and Peter Frampton. She has also previously toured with Tegan & Sara and Ben Lee. With national exposure through TV placements and prominent tour dates, as well as a growing dedicated fan base, the building momentum surrounding "Far and Wide" is poised to make 2010 a breakout year for Rachael Cantu.

"It's safe to call 'Far and Wide' a hot ticket, full of a myriad influences and emotions that range from cheeky to cheerless in one four-line bridge. Really, it's just so damn pretty. The perfect mix of sweet and standoffish, Cantu is a breath of fresh O.C. air in a lady of Lady Gaga showmanship and Taylor Swift sticky-sweet. The earnest 'Far and Wide' is honestly good." -- CWG Magazine

"'Far and Wide' borrowed blues, soul and heartache, transforming her influences into a stunning collection of breezy slow james and gorgeous rhythmic tracks. She reminds me of a laid back Regina Spektor, with more soulful and dynamic voice range. It's tough to find original female songwriters that aren't a total bore, but she's definitely a gem - with some poetic prose that are imaginative and playful, she's a delight to listen to" -- Friends With Both Arms
Mar 6, 2010Parallels - $5Parallels is 4 piece hip hop outfit hailing from Southwest Kansas. In a hip hop genre flooded with artists looking to write million dollar hits about "drinkin' in the club", Parallels keeps it honest, borrowing inspiration from their everyday lives to write meaningful songs that REAL people can relate too. Fresh off the release of their debut album "The Silver Lining EP", the group has taken the show on the road in many forms, performing not only in song and show format, but entrancing crowds with both their freestyle ability, spoken word performances, and street corner jam sessions; abilities that have made them one of the most talked about hip hop outfits in the midwest.
Jan 31, 2010The Wicked Stitch ProjectA stitch and bitch for all the crafty crafters

A bi-weekly gathering to connect all the knitters, crocheters, embroiders, or any other crafter in the Madcity area.

9 am - 11am.

If you have never stitched anything, ever, we'll teach. Bring a project in mind or not. Throw a ball of left over yarn into the pot to share. It's time to craft.

For more information join The Wicked Stitch Project group page on Facebook.
Feb 19, 2010Dustin Pence - $5New to Madison, Dustin Pence brings an indie/folk sound that captures eardrums and makes angels cry. While Dustin’s fans have compared his music to that of Elliott Smith and Nick Drake, Dustin would say that he’s just singing about things that wake him up at night. With a "no talk, just play" mentality, listeners will enjoy his somber, yet intense, low-key whispers that will make you feel like he’s sitting next to you on the curb, telling you his life story.
Feb 26, 2010Corey Hart w/ Ryan Gavin - $5"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. In 2009 Hart spent time in North Carolina and teamed up with Danny Johnson. The collaboration is called Wooden Houses, and their self-titled debut album was released in September of 2009.
Mar 12, 2010Ami Saraiya - $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 Saraiya’s songs are sad or not. If so, it’s 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
Mar 13, 2010Eric Sommer - $6Part urban poet, part guitar virtuoso and part vocal stylist, Eric Sommer brings an added dimension to any music venue.

Eric Sommer has played on many tours with the best: Jerry Douglas, John Mayall, Little Feat & Lowell George, David Bromberg, Wreckless Eric, Leon Redbone, Spider John Koerner, Brahm Tschaikovsky, Dr. John, The Byrds and many, many more.

"Anyone who's been in need of a fix of spectacular, percussive and virtuosic guitar work can rest easily. Eric Sommer's coming to town; One of the finest American guitar players on the road today Eric's truly an American original - a poet, songwriter, showman... and the master of all things Americana" - Savannah Connect

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

"drop dead cool... gritty, raw and evocative... you don't know what's coming next..." - Indie Max
Mar 19, 2010Al Rose - $6"Rose blurs musical boundries while singing some of the sharpest, wittiest lyrics this side of Nas... One audaciously entertaining ride." - Chicago Tribune

What 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?
Mar 27, 2010Flo et Christo - $5"Christo" (Chris Ruppenthal of Caravan GSE, and Mal-O-Dua) and "Flo"(Dr. Florian Bertrand) première 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.
Apr 2, 2010Pamela Means - $7Pamela Means, internationally touring, award-winning, singer-songwriter and jazz musician; on tour with new acclaimed, acoustic album, "Precedent."

Armed with razor wit poetry and irresistible charm, Pamela Means' powerful songs set the status quo and the stage afire.
Mar 5, 2010Jeff Mitchell w/ Attack Octopus - $6Jeff Mitchell
Jeff Mitchell's songs are flashes of memory, emotion, and dry humor. His raw approach to fingerstyle guitar swerves from pedestrian to bizarre without warning. Live shows have earned him a reputation for emotional intensity, lyrics that silence a room, and genre-bending electro-roots music that can bring the house down.

Mitchell has played everything from metal in dive bars to jug band music in grade schools, sharing the stage with folkies, punks, honkey-tonkers, barbershoppers, hip-hoppers, yodeling cowboys, and cardboard robots.

Attack Octopus In its acoustic form, Attack Octopus is a solo looping project that layers textures and tones with guitar, piano, bells, drum machine, and vocals.
Apr 10, 2010Donna Herula w/ Lonesome Dan KaseChicago blues singer and slide guitarist, Donna Herula, plays old-time Delta and country blues on her National steel resonator guitars. With a percussive guitar style and a soulful voice, Donna performs the songs of the early blues men and women. Donna has performed at numerous clubs and festivals across the U.S., including the Chicago Blues Festival, Bayfront Blues Festival (Duluth, MN) and the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival.

Lonesome Dan's live performances showcase both his unique finger-picking style and dynamic vocals as well as his depth of knowledge of the history of the blues. If you catch a live performance, you're bound to walk away with some interesting tidbits about known artists like Blind Lemon Jefferson or more obscure performers like Funny Papa Smith. Lonesome Dan's trusted companions are his custom Kennedy 6 string and his 1935 National played bottleneck/slide style. He has performed at numerous clubs and various festivals including Bayfront Blues Fest and Lyons Colorado Blues Fest. He lives in St. Paul, MN.
Mar 20, 2010A Spring Equinox concert with The JoAnne Pow!ers/Jennifer Pendur/Michael Brenneis Trio - $7Multi-faceted percussionist Michael Brenneis joins infamous Madison saxophonist JoAnne Pow!ers and bassist Jennifer Pendur to 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.  Tireless innovator Brenneis punctuates the conversation with a startling array of textures and rhythms from around the globe. 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.

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 Brötzmann, 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; 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. While she has also studied French horn, piano, flute, guitar and dulcimer, her bass and her voice are her primary instruments at this time. She took up the upright bass after moving to Chicago in 1974, and has studied at length with the legendary Russell Thorne, and also recorded with him in the Giordanisti Trio and Emergency Theatre Ensemble. During her tenure in the Midwest improvised music scene, she has also performed with the likes of Donald Raphael Garrett, Chicago free-jazz legend Hal Russel (who began his avant-garde career with Russell Thorne in the Joe Daley Trio), and Milwaukee instrument-inventor Hal Rammel. She has appeared numerous times with the astonishing jazz-rock guitarist Elijah Israel (now tragically deceased) in the psychedelic jam-band Earthen Vessels.

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.
Mar 26, 2010Rose Polenzani w/ Rose Cousins - $8About Rose Polenzani:

Rose Polenzani has spent the past ten years living and writing songs in Somerville, MA. Her most recent project, "SUB ROSA," is a monthly live show that brings the best and brightest of Boston's songwriters together with some of the most talented and adventurous musicians. SUB ROSA has featured such luminaries as Catie Curtis, Melissa Ferrick, Anne Heaton, Mark Erelli, and Antje Duvekot. Her collaborations have spawned several playful YouTube videos--YouTube's music editor once pulled Rose aside at a music conference to confess that her channel was a personal favorite. Rose has been recently nominated for Best Folk Act in the 2009 Boston Music Awards, and won the 2008 Mountain Stage Newsong competition. In January of this year, the Boston Herald called Polenzani "Not just another singer/songwriter... Polenzani's songs are full of hidden lyrical corners and ghostly beauty."

About Rose Cousins:

Halifax-based singer songwriter Rose Cousins grew up on a potato farm in Prince Edward Island, one of 5 children. She played her first open mic in 1997, and twelve years later was playing a sold out show with the Halifax symphony in Nova Scotia. Considered an honorary local in the Boston music scene, Exclaim! Magazine describes her as “Neither folk nor country, Cousins straddles that middle ground blazed by strong, independent singer­songwriters like Shawn Colvin before her, a similarly fresh voice rising above cliché, one armed with an exceptional grasp of pop sensibilities.” Recent honors include the 2008 East Coast Music Awards, where she won “Female Recording of the Year,” and the 2007 Mountain Stage Newsong Contest, where she won top honors.
Apr 9, 2010Aniv de la Rev - $5Aniv de la Rev, Madison's premier punk/cumbia/rock band since 2003, will be performing for the last time at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse on Friday April 9th at 8PM. We hope that friends and fans will join us for this farewell gig!

The band is breaking up in amicable fashion. In fact in coming months look for an offshoot called Los Colgados (comprised by David and Martin Alvarado and Kent Craig) doing some Aniv de la Rev songs along with Spanish-language versions of Clash tunes! Jim Goronson continues on with the retro-punk outfit the Seven Stone Weaklings and hopes to start an originals-based rock band later this year. Peter Hart-Brinson is leaving Madison in coming months to pursue his career in revolutionary academia.

We are grateful for the support we have received from folks who have attended our gigs and bought our CDs. We are also grateful for the coverage we have received from the Madison media and airplay on local radio stations--particularly WORT Community Radio.

We also appreciate the opportunity to play at several local venues--particularly the High Noon Saloon, Crystal Corner Bar, the Frequency, Glass Nickel Pizza, Mickey's Tavern, and Mother Fool's.

In 2007 our song "El Dishwashero" (the epitome of our punk/cumbia experimentation) was selected to be on the Madison Made Music Project compilation CD--sales of which benefited Porchlight, Inc. and the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin.

In September 2008 we released our self-produced debut album. Much thanks to former drummer Kenn Busch for his heroic engineering efforts to get it done. The album was nominated for best "Unique" album of 2008 in the MAMAs last year.

Come join us on April 9th at 8PM for a Friday night acoustic punk/cumbia farewell party at Mother Fool's! Cover is five bucks.
Apr 3, 2010No Show. We will be open until 11 so stop on in.
Apr 4, 2010Meet April's artistFree and open to the public! Come meet this month's artist.
Apr 16, 2010Poor Howard Stith - $6"Poor Howard" Stith has been performing traditional and original 12-string blues for over thirty years and has shared the stage with such notable bluesmen as John Jackson, Archie Edwards and Peg Leg Sam. Born in Kansas City, Howard has performed across the U.S., as well as in Germany and Japan. His latest project is a library and school program on "The Music Of Leadbelly and His Contemporaries". Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe says, "Poor Howard's 12-string guitar has the solid propulsive groove of a steady-moving freight train... In his care, old songs never seem old, but timeless, personal, pulsing with knowable human emotions. His own songs nestle beside them as if they grew up together.
Apr 17, 2010Lac La Belle - $6Strains of the early decades of recorded rural American music informed by Detroit's post-industrial decay. Lac La Belle has all the vitality and beauty of the best Americana. Americana / Western Swing / Folk.

Lac La Belle began with learning an extensive repertoire of old-timey country and folk songs before developing its own material, but soon was paring back the covers to some personal favorites as more and more original music was written. The songs were honed during two sizable tours in 2009 and this creative flurry culminated in its first eponymous recording, released in November of that year. Recorded by Jim Diamond (The White Stripes, Detroit Cobras, The Dirt Bombs etc), the entire record was cut live in the studio, using only a few microphones. Its spare production captures the timeless quality of Lac La Belle's sound.

Jennie Knaggs moved to Detroit in 2004 and her singular talent has made her a fixture on the city's music scene. She is the 2000 Hollerin' Champion of Wise Co., Virginia and Letcher Co., Kentucky. In the course of travel and advocacy work in Appalachia, she learned folk music from local musicians. Knaggs has also studied opera and toured the Ukraine and Europe in various vocal ensembles. She currently performs in the rock group I, Crime and Odu Afrobeat Orchestra.

Nick Schillace is internationally recognized as a solo instrumentalist who has contributed significantly to the American Primitive guitar canon with his releases Box Canyon (2005) and Landscape and People (2008.) Raised by folk and blues enthusiasts, he acquired early training at Augusta Heritage in Elkins, West Virginia. Schillace draws on this background as he sings and plays banjo, mandolin and resophonic guitar in Lac La Belle. Other recent work includes tenor guitar in Odu Afrobeat Orchestra, electric guitar in Indoorpark (with percussionist Jon Moshier) and acoustic strings in the experimental/traditional group Duo un Duo with Joel Peterson. Schillace has toured and performed with other finger picking greats, including Jack Rose, Keenan Lawler, Eric Carbonara and Glenn Jones.

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, Xenharmonic Gamelan, BoxDeserter (with Thollem McDonas and Skeeter Shelton); he has also collaborated and performed with Rhys Chatham, Damo Suzuki, Amy Denio, Gino Robair, Luc Houtkamp, Tatsuya Nakatani and many others. He ran Bohemian National Home, formerly Detroit's leading music/art space, from 2005 until late 2008.
May 21, 2010Ricky Stein - $6Ricky Stein aspires to make music that comes straight from the heart. Whether singing to small audiences with just an acoustic guitar or bashing out loud rock n' roll to a packed house, Ricky always tries to deliver something unique and special.

Having been born and raised in Austin, he is the product of a unique musical upbringing flavored by generations of legendary Texas artists such as Townes Van Zandt, Doug Sahm, and Willie Nelson. His father, Rick Stein, was an Austin singer/songwriter in the 1970's, and introduced him to the music of his contemporaries at an early age.

At the age of 14, Ricky picked up the guitar and soon after developed a keen interest in songwriting. Since then he has never looked back, continuously working on expanding and improving his craft, both as a songwriter and as a performer. He also harbors a deep love and respect for music history and musicology. Favorite artists, artists who's influence can be felt in the songs he writes, include a wide range of performers, from the Flaming Lips to the Velvet Underground to Elvis Costello to John Coltrain to the Beatles to Beethoven to Bruce Springsteen. Such artists, as well as the many friends he is fortunate to have in the vibrant Austin music scene, fuel Ricky's drive to grow creatively, to make music that is meaningful and sincere.
May 1, 2010Boo Bradley w/ Bare Hands Jug Band - $6Boo Bradley is a hot blues stompin’, jelly roll jumpin’, rag jazz infusin’, two-man acoustic jug attack from Madtown, Wisconsin. These boys throw down a porch stomp boogie chock full of old time Delta moans from the likes of Son House and Charley Patton, the Piedmont shake of Blind Boy Fuller and the earliest Chicago Ragtime mastery of cats like Blind Blake and Big Bill Broonzy.

May 8, 2010Crooked Mouth String Bandw/ special guest Bob Jacobson - $7String band cabaret? Vaudeville honky-tonk?

Featuring former members of the legendary Maestro Subgum & The Whole, The Crooked Mouth String Band combine the folksiness of old-timey string bands with the harmonies and sensibilities of Bertolt Brecht.

Hailing from the world of Chicago's vibrant theater scene, Crooked Mouth puts on a delightfully entertaining show. Not to be missed.

Bob Jacobson played with Maestro Subgum during its glory days (at least they seem like glory days in 20-20 hindsight) of the late '80s and early '90s. He was the self-proclaimed idiot-genius behind such esteemed Madison outfits as Yid Vicious, The Theramones, and Optometri, and has also dabbled in Latin music and a few other things he has stumbled across haphazardly.

This show is not to be missed!

BEAU O'REILLY [lead vocals and good cheer]
MATT TEST [accordion, banjo, piano, backup vocals]
TROY MARTIN [guitar, banjo, backup vocals]
JENNY MAGNUS [drums, backup vocals]
May 14, 2010Katie Todd - $6Piano based pop rock band from Chicago.

Katie has one of the most unique voices out there and her shows are sublime. The music is well crafted and infectious. We are honored to welcome Katie back to the Mother Fool's stage.
Apr 24, 2010Charlie Cheney w/ Julia Brown - $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.

"With elements of R&B, trance, electronica and soul, Julia Brown’s first record succeeds as a fresh and vital update of modern, intelligent pop music. Maintaining a steady diet of Elvis Costello, Neil Finn, and Andy Partridge from her earliest development (and I do mean early – Brown began writing songs at age 12, extending her repertoire to 100 originals by age 16), the NYC-based artist wears her influences well. However, while each of these consummate songwriters seem always somehow present, they serve merely as starting points for Brown’s fully-realized, groove-inflected storytelling." - Performing Songwriter
Apr 30, 2010Recreation Station w/ Vanessa Tortolano - $6Vanessa 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.
May 7, 2010No ShowWe'll be open but don't have a show scheduled.
May 2, 2010Art reception - free and open to the publicCome meet the artist!

Dana O'Shea will be hosting a reception from 6 - 7 pm.
May 29, 2010Stephanie Rearick - $6Piano pop cabaret.

"Amanda Palmer gone psychedelic and retro -- one of the rawest, most original aesthetics we've heard in awhile." - Keyboard Magazine

Stephanie Rearick is a solo artist and fronts The There Was a Mans. Previous bands include Your Mom SRO and The Coma Savants.

Rearick has issued 4 full-length solo releases plus recordings with Your Mom, Your Mom SRO and The Coma Savants, along with side work with musicians such as Eugene Chadbourne and The Crest.

Rearick's work is sometimes dark piano-based classical/cabaret/pop. In addition to piano, Rearick sings, plays trumpet, and builds pieces with various sound sources live on a Boss Loopstation.

Stephanie Rearick has won three Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs) - for Best Classical Album (The Bucket Rider) and Best Classical Artist in 2005 and Best Unique Album (Star Belly) in 2006.

Rearick has been honored to have shared the stage with Faun Fables, Eugene Chadbourne, Rose Polenzani, The Detholz!, Stuart Davis and many others. She is often compared to The Dresden Dolls, Tom Waits, David Bowie and Regina Spektor.
May 23, 201010% Day to support East Timor Action NetworkMother Fool's will be donating 10% of our proceeds to the East Timor Action Network sister city project.

The Madison-Ainaro Sister City Alliance, a project of ETAN-Madison, has organized several delegations to Ainaro, including one this March. Previous Tour de Timor bike rides have raised thousands of dollars to prevent and investigate domestic violence in Ainaro in 2009; to bring two Ainaro community leaders to Madison in 2008; to help fund a joint international / Timorese election observer project in 2007; and to provide grants to women’s income-generation projects, sustainable agriculture groups, a local radio station, and other community-led projects in Ainaro, East Timor.
Jun 5, 2010The do-it-yourself People's Slam! - $5An open mic night honoring Howard Zinn and the agitators, organizers and radicals who shaped US history.

In the groundbreaking book A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn educated millions of Americans about the ordinary people who shaped history: abolitionists, rank-and-file union organizers, civil rights activists who sat in at lunch counters, socialists, communists, anarchists and rabble rousers who forced the hand of those in power to achieve social change.

The original speeches, essays, letters, poems, songs, and diaries of these people, collected in the book Voices of a People's History, have been performed for audiences across the country, most recently by Matt Damon, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei and others in the History channel special The People Speak.

To continue that tradition, Madison is hosting its own do-it-yourself People's Slam at Mother Fools.

Bring your favorite speech by Fredrick Douglass, Cesar Chavez or Leonard Peltier; your favorite poem by Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, or Allen Ginsberg; your favorite song by Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, or Bob Dylan; or bring your own original composition and help keep the tradition alive.

This event will be $5 at the door and is a fundraiser for the International Socialist Organization. For more information about the People's Slam call 608-220-9395.
Jun 4, 201015 Mother Fool's 15 - Live and Web Stream - Starring Jon and Stephanie Come celebrate 15 years of coffee with Mother Fool's owners Jon and Stephanie.

Featuring: Music - Talking - Jingle Contest - Food - Memory Lane Slideshows - Prizes

Come perform your original Mother Fool's jingle for the crowd assembled to win prizes.

Everyone is welcome!

Out of town? Turn that frown around! This event will be broadcast live on the world wide web! Big thanks to Red Dragon TV for making that happen.

Confirmed for this special Birthday show: Green Owl's Jennie Capellaro, NessAlla's Vanessa Tortolano, Trip Down Memory Lane Slideshow, Andy Ewen and much much more. LIVE WEBCAST FOR OUT OF TOWNERS!!
May 22, 2010Daniel Girma - Reading - freeDaniel Girma is a senior who will soon be graduating from Middleton High School. Next year he will be attending Columbia University to study writing and music.. He envisions a potential career in journalism, but states that the performing arts wouldn't be bad, either.

The elder of two children, Dan and his sister both love learning, and both especially love writing. Strong academic influences, Dan's parents are originally from Ethiopia, His dad is a vascular surgeon at the UW hospital, and his mom is the owner of a Kuman Center on the east side of Madison.

Dan is full of personality and a ready conversationalist. When pressed, he said that high school was "a'ight", but feels that he is ready for the challenges that college life will bring. He looks forward to feeling really small both on his future campus, and in New York in general. When reflecting on his senior year, he shared that he most enjoyed Advanced Physics and Advanced Placement Language and Composition. English class makes him think which makes him happy, and with a smile he shares that "You just have to love the concepts of physics".

Dan possesses a wide variety of talents and accomplishments. He is the lead alto sax in the 7 o'clock jazz band at Middleton High School, was selected to the State Honors Jazz Band, and serves as the president of the Model United Nations Club. With an enigmatic smile, Dan shares that he tends to "read too much and sleep too little".

For an independent study project at MHS, Dan is at work on a manuscript dealing with the construction of a future society. To date, Dan has written several chapters of his dystopic novel, which has some parallels to other novels of this type, such as Brave New World and 1984.

For his reading at Mother Fool's Coffee House, Dan will be sharing excerpts from this work in progress. If you are interested in his work and want to secure a future copy of his book, Dan asks that "all payments be made in high five currency".

Thanks for your attendance and support!
Jun 6, 2010Reception for Tad Alan BrucknerCome meet the artist and check out the show!

5 - 7 pm.

Free and open to the public.

Art show details.
Jun 18, 2010Greg Novak - $5Greg Novak is an independent musician from Madison, Wisconsin. His focus is positive songwriting expressed through ambient, lo-fi, folk tunes. His influences range from Bob Dylan, the Clientele, Neil Young, Beck, Travis, Townes Van Zandt, and the Beatles. Since the age of 8 he's been playing drums and began playing guitar and writing songs around age 16. Since 2005 there have been two solo releases under a different pseudonym, Francis Dav Fem, but due to simplicity he now goes by his real name. Also, he has played drums and guitar on 3 Winterleaves (Brandon Winterle) albums and plays drums, guitar and bass with Zimri's Black Box (Michael Quilling). With those two members he originally started a band called, Gemmenneer, but disbanded in 2006. Currently, Greg is working in a new 60's tinged, melodi-hop band called, Peel a Peel, alternating with Brandon Winterle on drums and guitar along with backing vocals with lead vocalist/lyricists, Jon Christman.
Jun 19, 2010Vortex: Special Edition - db visits from the westdb pedersen will be in town for this special edition of Vortex.

Vortex is an experimental music showcase we do a few times each year. Odd improvised music is the norm.

Featuring: db pedersen, Tom Hamer, Endless and The Pageboys.
Jul 2, 2010Camela Kraemer Camela pronounced like "Pamela", a native of Wisconsin plays a blend of folk, rock & rhythm with a mystical twist. The obvious care she takes in crafting songs that feel both familiar & fresh, with themes that are imaginative & honest marks her as a talent that has ascended above the norm. If it's true that great songs can feel like old friends, then Kraemer's selections blending folk and rock, layering catchy melodies with hopeful, evocative lyrics, will leave listeners nostalgic & revived.

The Women's Radio Network named Camela as "Hot Up & Comer of 2010".

"Oh, her voice! It's like bubblegum one moment and then offers a glint of rasp the next, & all the while oh-so-captivating! An accomplished touring songwriter, with room to boast, having already added performances at several UK and US Festivals as notches to her bedpost. All the while, she maintains a humble and appreciated demeanor, often saturating intimate settings such as Coffeeshops and Songwriter Circles with her electrically-charged personality and gift of acoustic song."

Camela returns to the region she calls home for only 3 weeks this summer, Mother Fool's is her only stop in Madison. Don't miss this show!
Jun 26, 2010Jess Yoakum - $6At the end of 2008, in the midst of an intense economic recession, Jess Yoakum made the risky decision to leave her day job and follow her musical passion. She set out from her hometown of Boston, MA on a 2-month long national house concert and coffeehouse tour. While on tour, Yoakum felt called to leave Boston permanently and has now settled in Chicago, IL. Yoakum has begun to tour regularly around the midwest, singing songs from her debut album as well as her much anticipated sophomore album "This Quiet Mile" which will be released at the end of summer 2010.

She is accompanied by cellist Ira Ochs and violin/mandolin player Monica Hammer. "Yoakum's vocals transcend genre while pulling the listener in with uncommon tones and flavors. Lyrically refreshing, she hooks the listener with thoughts and ideas not often found in today's mainstream music." (IMG Music Promotions)
Jul 10, 2010Magic Mama - $6Magic Mama is an Eco-Edu-tainer who performs Organic Hip Hop and World Beats for all ages. Through her music, Magic Mama delivers an empowering and hope-filled message of love and respect for all and inspires creative thinking and Earth-friendly actions. Her music has been described as "De La Soul meets Keller Williams on Sesame Street" and Hip Parent calls Magic Mama "The Ani DiFranco of family entertainment."

Magic Mama plays a Taylor guitar, harmonium, beat box, washboard, and canning jars filled with water making her genre-elusive music challenging to describe. You just have to see it to hear it!
Jul 24, 2010Bob Parins w/ Josh Mease - $6Bob Parins of Brooklyn might be most known these days as the bass player of California Folk-Rock band Vetiver, but a little investigation will reveal that he's been involved in a long, trailing cloud of interesting musical projects before he joined up with Andy Cabic and company (and since). Bob has played and recorded with the likes of Rufus Wainwright, the Clientele (with whom he appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Fruit Bats, and members of the Shins, to name a few. He has music in french film "Jusqu'a toi" (Parins/Manchon composition "Nowhere" sung by Sufjan Stevens) and the american "Paper Man" this year. Most impressive though are Bob's own recordings. the sound is eclectic yet familiar borrowing from a wide palate of sounds ranging from Flamenco music to T-Rex. Bob's 2nd solo effort "lucky Little guy" will be released in Wisconsin at Mother Fools on July 24th.

Josh Mease, originally from Houston, Texas, lives in Brooklyn, where he can often be found exploring the abandoned corners of the city, finding peaceful solace in cemeteries, empty swimming pools, and abandoned waterfronts. His debut LP, Wilderness, is the result of these wanderings.   Each song evokes a scene from an imaginary world. The album takes us from the front porch summer swing sing-along "Days Like This" to the day-glo world of "White Diamonds" and ends with the ambient and beautifully strange "Tall Trees." Mease also shows a talent for love songs. "I See You," a duet featuring Jess Martins (Via Audio), is a lovely campfire stargazer about finding your other half - and "Eleanor" evokes silent movie imagery from the past. The topics of each song are diverse, but the theme remains that world of Mease's mind where the music and listener are safe from the daily hustle.
Jul 30, 2010A Crush on Yesterday w/ Adam Pedersen - $5Originally hailing from the hardcore scene this young singer/songwriter from Magdeburg, Germany, has put his sound on the music map since several years now He recently switched electric guitar, screaming and mosh pits for acoustic melodies, mellow vocals and hypnotizing listeners.

Many songwriters use their own name for their project but let's be honest; No one would seriously title their project "Christopher Wieduwilt".
However, he does not hide behind his title. The name "A Crush On Yesterday" is a part of the whole concept. It stands for everything you have experienced and everything that you want to hold on to but you can't.
Being negative? Not at all. In the end, you stick to the good memories and not drown yourself in yearning.

He has shared the stage with artists such as Beth Hart [USA] and Snailhouse [CAN]. After putting out his first album "Between Reality and Insanity" last year in December and having the song "Rewrite this path" being featured on national tv in Germany, his new EP called "Strong On The Surface" is about to be released in August 2010.

This show will be streamed live at Red Dragon TV.
Jul 7, 2010Tess Challis - "How a vegan diet can transform your health""Quintessence ("Tess") Challis began her holistic health journey in her late teens. After a lifetime of numerous health ailments (including acne, obesity, strep throat, constant illnesses, anxiety, and depression), she found that a vegan diet along with an "inner wellness regime" of meditation and visualization literally made a world of difference.

In 1994, she began sharing this knowledge through cooking classes, catering, meditation classes, and workshops. She has also been a personal chef to many clients across the United States.

In 2008, Tess published the 1st edition of "Radiant Health, Inner Wealth" which was the culmination of knowledge from her many personal experiences and work as a chef and instructor. In 2009, her 2nd edition was published, which has been noted as the most unique, comprehensive book on the subject of holistic health to date.

Tess's latest book, The Two-Week Wellness Solution: The Fast Track to Permanent Weight Loss and Vitality was just released this month (click here for information). Tess resides in southwest Colorado.
Jul 23, 2010The Pretty Victims w/ Shrunken Heads (acoustic) - $5The Pretty Victims normally play a unique brand of soulful metal that draws from a wide variety of influences, such as Deftones, the Minutemen, and Pantera. On occasion, however, they set down the electrics and play a set of energetic acoustic music. Their acoustic set is where they embrace all of their other loves in music, from Johnny Cash, to Norah Jones, to old folk traditionals. The Pretty Victims are Berti Jan-McMahon, Wilder Deitz, and Joe Galligan.



The Shrunken Heads play a fast-paced blend of new wave, punk, and garage rock that has landed them gigs everywhere from the King Street Block Party to the Lussier Teen Loft to the Monona Terrace. Their acoustic set is a collection of beautiful originals that pays homage to such influences as the Beatles and Coldplay. The Shrunken Heads are Shannon Connor, Mitch Deitz, Brendan Manley, and Sam Galligan.
Jul 17, 2010Hanah Jon Taylor - $8Avant sax master will bring his current trio to Mother Fool's for one night only.
Apr 14, 2010Lonelyhearts w/ Melissa Czarnik - $7On record the Lonelyhearts' songs build upon waves of synths, guitars, and harmony vocals. In live performances, the band keep it simple: one keyboard, one guitar, two voices. Critics have compared them to the acoustic songcraft of the Mountain Goats as well as the synth-rock of Grandaddy.

Melissa Czarnik..

"With slammin’ poetry, precise beats, and DIY authenticity, Czarnik is an inspiration to young MC’s 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

A powerful mix of poetry, precise delivery, and conscious content in a voice that ranges from sweet and playful to commanding and scathing.
Aug 20, 2010Melissa Greener w/ Corey Hart - $8Aboard the rough and tumble gypsy life, Melissa Greener is making it happen as only a girl can who has lived in her van offering songs to those who find her. On the Nashville Broad and the San Francisco Haight, Greeners soul-stiring songs began conception. Now, on The Drag in Austin, her music swells to the territories beyond rootsy, folk-pop and into the realms of ultimate tangibility of the soul. Between her birth town of Detroit and new home of Austin, Texas, Greener has lived and performed throughout the world - the far East, the middle-east, Europe, and North America. While marked with experiences of her solo bicycle ride across Canada and various travels throughout Europe, its American cities like San Francisco and Nashville that make their way into her music in the form of American Folk and Country. Still, Greeners globally attuned voice expresses universal notions of love, departure, regret and hope. As she travels through memories she also travels through melodies. She moves beyond the basics of Americana to capture the essence of American pop with influences like contemporary songstresses Shawn Colvin, Lucinda Williams and Ani Difranco, as well as such greats as Neil Young, Simon & Garfunkel, Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell. Greeners style is one of poetic lyricism matched with honeyed melodies and down-to-earth delivery. Her debut CD, Fall From the Sky, captures the essence of this. Greeners songs are meant for movement, whether through the terrain of lost memories or across the American landscape. Her music translates both the longing and anticipation that comes with the prolonged travel she knows so well.

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

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

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

"Hart is out to make folk that's not about easy listening, that suggests the intensity of real life." - The Isthmus
Jul 18, 2010World Listening Day Celebration with Endless. 1 - 7 pm.Endless will be making an environmental mix all afternoon in celebration of World Listening Day.

"We will be creating a few different soundscapes: One of all generaly interesting evvironmental sounds (birds wind rain waves cities...) One where we do the same but will be incorporating different sound field recordings and regular recordings of different ethnic folk music... and one where we use just local sounds..."

Also, stop by to pick up a neighborhood Self-guided Listening Walking Tour. Endless has put this map together to help clue people in to the wide variety of sounds available to the astute listener. We'll have these maps starting Sunday and until we run out.

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The purposes of World Listening Day are:

. to celebrate the practice of listening as it relates to the world around us, environmental awareness, and acoustic ecology
. to raise awareness about issues related to the World Soundscape Project, World Listening Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, and individual and group efforts to creatively explore phonography
. to design and implement educational initiatives which explore these concepts and practices

July 18 was chosen as the date for World Listening Day because it is the birthday of the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. Schafer is one of the founders of the Acoustic Ecology movement. The World Soundscape Project, which he directed, is an important organization which has inspired a lot of activity in this field, and his book Soundscape: The Tuning of the World helped to define many of the terms and background behind the acoustic ecology movement.

Here is how you can participate in World Listening Day:

· You can set aside some time when you pay attention to your soundscape.
· You can organize a listening party when people play field recordings.
· You can organize a soundwalk.
· Other possibilities…
Aug 29, 2010Art Reception for Lauren WellsCome meet August's artist, Lauren Wells. This event is free and open to the public and will run from 5 - 7 pm.

More info.
Oct 9, 2010Pineross - $6Kevin Larkin's Pineross is an ever changing musical exploration. The Michigan native recorded his debut in a cabin outside of Boulder, Colorado in 2005, playing the majority of the instruments himself. It is a meditation on the dying American West, a fusion of Spaghetti-Westerns, bluegrass, Irish melodies, and classic country - funneled through his hypnotic, often delusional lyrics. In 2006, Larkin relocated to Oxford, Mississippi to join the outlaw bluegrass rebels, the Mayhem String Band on mandolin, accordion and harmonica. SPIN magazine named their live show "The Best Time You'll Have all Month" and their latest release, Land Pirates (2009) was produced by Jimbo Mathus (Squirel Nut Zippers) has seen regular airplay on SIRIUS/XM. Earlier this year, Larkin split time between Mississippi and Colorado recording the second Pineross album, to be released this fall. In a progression from his earlier work, the songs incorporate Latin rhythms, soul sampling and flowing lyrics into the string band foundation. Now he is on the road playing a couple dozen dates across the country with a stripped down version Pineross - perched upon a rigged up Samsonite suitcase, playing guitars, mandolins, tambourines, and harmonicas.

"Larkin re-casts an American past; he does so fluently, with eyes as encompassing as Walt Whitmans" - Independent Clauses
Aug 13, 2010Jim Seem - $6Jim Seem and Melissa Hyman play a unique blend of hip-hop-influenced, cello-spiked acoustic R&B. Based out of Asheville, NC, this soulful duo's live shows have drawn enthusiastic crowds and rave reviews in the Midwest and up and down the East Coast as their reputation grows for putting on a powerful, sexy and entertaining performance.
Aug 14, 2010The Lonelyhearts w/ Melissa Czarnik - $7On record the Lonelyhearts' songs build upon waves of synths, guitars, and harmony vocals. In live performances, the band keep it simple: one keyboard, one guitar, two voices. Critics have compared them to the acoustic songcraft of the Mountain Goats as well as the synth-rock of Grandaddy.

Melissa Czarnik
"With slammin’ poetry, precise beats, and DIY authenticity, Czarnik is an inspiration to young MC’s 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
Aug 21, 2010Mother Fool's Open Mic hosted by Monica MartinSign up starts at 7. Show starts at 8.
Sep 10, 2010Yid Vicious w/ The Mothers of Invective - $6 Yid Vicious, at fifteen years old, is one of Madison’s klezmer bands. They’ve played Yiddish party music to the delight and/or bafflement of many listeners and dancers alike, and hope to play for many more…maybe even YOU!

Briefly preceding Yid Vicious will be The Mothers of Invective, which performs beloved American music “hits” on oft-maligned instruments such as the accordion, the triangle, the tuba and the (soprano) saxophone. Featuring arrangements by former Madison composers James Bohn and David Drexler.





Sep 18, 2010Skye Carrasco w/ Ida Jo - $6Skye Carrasco has played the violin since the wee age of 5. Childhood=violin practice every day, making paper snowflakes while reading green eggs and ham, & worshiping Alanis Morissette. Years later, when Skye was studying Sonata in D major Opus 94 bis for violin & piano by Prokofiev, she felt her relationship with music changing. She wanted to find a way to write original music that expanded her classical training & that also encompassed her love for singing, poetry & the rich culture of gypsy folk music. Skye has been writing & performing her own music ever since, with special inspiration from her first chamber-pop band, Skursula (violin, cello & accordion, 2006-2008). In 2008, Skye spent some time in Portland, Oregon. She found creative solitude with the Cascadian pine trees & old time music radio. Her time out west has fueled a new kind of solo music-making, a style born from Stumptown espresso, steady rain, & drinking red wine in woolen slippers. Once again based out of Iowa City, Skye calls on company of J.S. Bach, Bjork, Ella Fitzgerald, Shostakovitch, & Violeta Parra to create a mingled duet that resonates between her violin-playing & vocals.

Ida Jo: It is easy to wonder where Ida Jo came from. A student of violin from the age of 7, her life has been full of honors including the prestigious Emerson Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Center at the age of 14, and the first of several performances at the Winnipeg Folk Festival at 15. These days, Ida Jo employs a seldom heard violin technique that is developed from a folk fiddle style called "chopping".

"Providence is a reminder that pop instrumentation still has a lot of boundaries to be pushed. To that end, Ida Jo's violin is a welcomed shove." - Isthmus
Sep 17, 2010Stephen Nelson-Raney & Hal Rammel - $6Steve Nelson-Raney: tenor saxophone
Hal Rammel: invented instruments

Steve Nelson-Raney and Hal Rammel have been playing together since the early 1990s in duo performances, in the trio Audiotrope , and in a wide variety ensemble projects in Milwaukee, Chicago, and New York. In 1998 they released the duo CD titled breathing on the Penumbra Music. This return performance at Mother Fool’s will include solo and duo improvisations on tenor saxophone and invented instruments.

Steve Nelson-Raney teaches jazz studies and composition at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Besides performing regularly as saxophonist with Audiotrope, and in a duo with percussionist Jon Mueller, Nelson-Raney performs in a variety of other contexts in the Milwaukee area. His art-making extends to writing, photography and book-making as well as presenting and recording ongoing improvisations for saxophone and piano and composition in various mediums .

Hal Rammel has been designing and building musical instruments since the mid 1970s. He was an active participant in the improvised and experimental music scene in Chicago from the early 1980s through the mid 90s. Since moving to southeastern Wisconsin in the early 1990s, Rammel has been deeply involved in Milwaukee's experimental music scene, playing in the ensembles Audiotrope, Raccoons, and the Lost Data Project.
Sep 24, 2010Flo et Christo - $5"Christo" (Chris Ruppenthal of Caravan GSE, and Mal-O-Dua) and "Flo"(Dr. Florian Bertrand) première 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 11, 2010Hannah Luree w/ Chris Bargmann - $6Hannah, 20 began her music career at the age of 8 with the ukulele. She transitioned into the violin at age 9 - and by the time she was 14, had found herself an electric bass and cello. But, it all changed when she picked up the guitar her freshman year of high school.
At UW-Milwaukee Hannah has focused primarily on her studies of art, until recently when she has transformed her music into a unique project. With recent inspirations of life, love, and her growing curiosity of the world- she hopes to take her music farther with her move to Madison, WI this July.

Chris Bargmann: After spending much of her life as a "closet musician," Chris has only recently began writing lyrics and performing in front of people. She began playing guitar at age 13 and started writing her own music (guitar parts only) soon after. For Chris, it is her sincere hope that someone will take from her music what they need to, when they need to. Her stories are heart-felt and personal. She says, "music has been for me; a shoulder to lean on, encouragement to get through the tough times, an aid in celebration, a best friend. Now it is my turn to give it back. This is the thought that finally got me on stage - and this will be the thought that keeps me going."
Sep 19, 2010Reception: "Yarn Pictures" by Stephen CunninghamReception for "Yarn Pictures" by Stephen Cunningham.

6 - 8 pm.

Free and open to the public. Stop down and meet the artist.
Oct 1, 2010RItt Deitz Family Hootanny w/ Dustin Pence - $6Ritt Deitz is about to finish POP, his first record since 2007’s UPSTREAM (Uvulittle) and has been honing a more electric sound. The October 1 set will feature new songs from POP, in addition to a number of unexpected covers and a new band member, daughter Ella on electric piano, joining the quintet. Strings and amplifliers and a new drum kit join the dulcimer, acoustic and electric guitars you already associate with Ritt’s act. Tube-amp electric harmonious cowbell stompfest.

Dustin Pence brings an indie/folk sound that captures eardrums and makes angels cry. While Dustin’s fans have compared his music to that of Elliott Smith and Nick Drake, Dustin would say that he’s just singing about things that wake him up at night. With a "no talk, just play" mentality, listeners will enjoy his somber, yet intense, low-key whispers that will make you feel like he’s sitting next to you on the curb, telling you his life story.
Sep 25, 2010Memorial for Jean ListerJean Louise Lister passed away on August 23, 2010 near her home in Emerald, WI. Jean's legacy includes Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, which she founded on Madison's near east side in 1994. There will be a gathering to honor her memory and celebrate her life this Sat., Sept. 25, 7 to 10 PM at Mother Fool's, 1101 Williamson St. Bring your memories of Jean to share, as well as any photos you might have.
Oct 2, 2010No Show.
Oct 16, 2010Paul 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.
Dec 17, 2010Icarus Himself w/ Jeremiah Nelson - $5Icarus Himself:
What first began in 2008 as a one-man-show side project by Nick Whetro under the Icarus Himself moniker has developed into an indie psych-electro-folk trio for 2010. The band’s third release, a five-song EP entitled "Mexico", was released by Madison, Wis., label Science of Sound on May 25. Leaning slightly more toward the electronic limb of the band’s sound, the songs on "Mexico" utilize a good helping of drum machine beats and baritone guitar run through effects pedals, with added noise from electric guitar, percussion and various keyboards/organs for good measure. The band’s instrumentation sets the perfect tone for Whetro’s haunted tales of death, a childhood obese babysitter and love almost lost.

This show will feature Nick Whetro solo.

"A carefully considered pop gem...A-" -Onion A/V Club Madison

"lo-fi guitar warblings with some f@#!ed-in-the-head narration" -Cokemachineglow

Jeremiah Nelson:
"Heartfelt, high-quality stuff - mixed with a little smoke, whiskey and grizzle" -My Old Kentucky Blog

"It's easy to fall in love with Jeremiah Nelson's sound" -Muzzle of Bees
Nov 12, 2010Chastity Brown"One-of-a-kind soul singer Chastity Brown straddles multiple genres on stunning new album..." - City Pages

Tennessee-raised, Minneapolis-based soul-songstress Chastity Brown has an alluring tendency to turn heads and hold audiences captive with her emotive folk compositions, mesmerizing voice and hypnotic acoustic guitar.

She has released three full-length albums. Her first disc was recorded live on television, and her sophomore disc, Sankofa (March 2009), was recorded solo in the studio. On their first album, High Noon Teeth (June 2010), Chastity and her bandmates have concocted a powerful combination of roots, rhythm, and blues. The emotional improv at the heart of Chastity's storytelling is fully evident on High Noon Teeth and it has her garnering attention from fans across the country.

In the past nine months she has shared the stage with Angelique Kidjo, Toshi Raegon, Dessa, and Raul Midon.
Oct 23, 2010Lou 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 third annual Old Berryman Songs Night at Mother Fool's.
Oct 24, 2010Reception for Jessica MundtCome meet this month's artist, Jessica Mundt.
Oct 29, 2010Katie Todd w/ Anna Coogan - $6Piano based pop rock band from Chicago.

Katie has one of the most unique voices out there and her shows are sublime. The music is well crafted and infectious. We are honored to welcome Katie back to the Mother Fool's stage.
Oct 24, 2010P.C. Stevie LoveP.C. Stevie Love will be reading from his new book. He addresses racism in his life and in all our lives.


PC Biography

PC has lived in Madison for 37 years. He currently lives on the eastside with his wife Karla where he spends his time playing drums and listening to good music. When he is not pursuing his musical interests he is working to spread his message of acceptance and respect for people who are differently-abled. He has written three self advocacy books in which he tries to change the way people treat and look at those who are mentally challenged. PC tells some tough, painful stories of his past; and these experiences still evoke strong feelings of hurt and anger deep within. Throughout his work, though, PC returns to a message of hope, freedom and equality- standing up for the rights of those our society diagnoses and labels.
PC challenges even those of us who consider ourselves advocates. How does our language of labels, although intended to be respectful, infect the way we see the people with whom we work?
PC has a strong, unyielding message. Listen.
Nov 5, 2010Caravan G.S.E.Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is an instrumental group based out of Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT. The ensemble also pulls influences from jazz, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire, originals and classic tunes done in a uniquely arranged style.

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

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

Other past festival highlights have included: The Isthmus Jazz Festival, Overture Center "After Work" concert series, Baraboo's Faire on the Square, The Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, Wisconsin Dells River Walk Series, The Great Taste of the Midwest, and Madison's Art Fair Off the Square.
Nov 6, 2010Jess Yoakum w/ Emily White - Double CD Release Party!! - $6"Jess Yoakum has a voice fit for radio; emotive, strong, and confident. So adept is she at manipulating her instrument, she could easily slide her way into the latest pop fad and sing 11 year-olds to sleep every night. If her mature lyrics and haunting sensibilities are any indication, nothing could be further from her interests. Yoakum’s sophomore venture, This Quiet Mile, finds her exploring a sound that lends itself well to those late-night notions about who we are, and where we‘re headed. She establishes herself firmly in the pantheon of darker, more confrontational songwriters who harness longing by threading it through minor keys (Ani Difranco, Fiona Apple, and Keren Ann spring to mind)... Sparse without being modest, and direct without being brash, Jess Yoakum has found a diamond in the rough: a sound she can grow old with." - Chicago Acoustic Underground
Nov 13, 2010The Crooked Mouth String Band - $6String band cabaret? Vaudeville honky-tonk?

Featuring former members of the legendary Maestro Subgum & The Whole, The Crooked Mouth String Band combine the folksiness of old-timey string bands with the harmonies and sensibilities of Bertolt Brecht.

Hailing from the world of Chicago's vibrant theater scene, Crooked Mouth puts on a delightfully entertaining show. Not to be missed.

BEAU O'REILLY [lead vocals and good cheer]
MATT TEST [accordion, banjo, piano, backup vocals]
TROY MARTIN [guitar, banjo, backup vocals]
JENNY MAGNUS [drums, backup vocals]
Nov 19, 2010Al Rose - $6"Rose blurs musical boundries while singing some of the sharpest, wittiest lyrics this side of Nas... One audaciously entertaining ride." - Chicago Tribune

What 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?
Nov 20, 2010Open MicOpen Mic hosted by Monica Martin. SIgn up starts at 7 and the show starts at 8. Come show us what you've got!
Dec 3, 2010Jeff Mitchell"Tenderly apocalyptic music from the Midwest. Jeff Mitchell's songs are flashes of memory, emotion, and dry humor. His raw approach to fingerstyle guitar swerves from pedestrian to mind-melting without warning. His live shows have earned him a reputation for emotional intensity, lyrics that silence a room, and genre-bending roots-rock that can bring the house down.

Jeff claims influences that range from country-blues greats Elizabeth Cotten and Mississippi John Hurt to experimentalists like Ween and Mr. Bungle. His lyrics offer abstract impressions of small-town life and a bewildered view of humans in general.

Mitchell has played everything from metal in dive bars to jug band music in grade schools, sharing the stage with folkies, punks, honkey-tonkers, barbershoppers, hip-hoppers, yodeling cowboys, and cardboard robots."
Dec 11, 2010Khalfani & Phelps - $6CANCELLED.

Khalfani Makalani and Dan Phelps have had critically-acclaimed careers as blues performers. They now have paired up to create a duo that puts a new twist on Delta blues classics. Khalfani's powerful vocals and Phelps' powerful slide guitar make for a highly entertaining show.
Dec 10, 2010Marques Bovre and Maggie WeiserMARQUES BOVRE and MAGGIE WEISER with special guest KEN STEVENSON on bass.

Original music on acoustic and electric guitars with heartfelt lyrics and soaring vocal harmonies. A marriage of musical styles - something old, something new, something borrowed, and even something blue.
Dec 12, 2010Art Reception for Richard ElyCome meet December's artist. Lite refreshments and live music from 4 - 6 pm.

Jan 21, 2010Bathtub Mothers w/ Doug Pahl - $6Each member of this southwest Wisconsin area band shares a love of blues, folk, rock, and acoustic music, creating a blend that is unique to the Mothers. Stripping away excess until only bare essentials remain, the result is soulful and haunting “folk-rock-blues with bite” that bears little resemblance to bluegrass groups with similar instrumentation. The vocal harmonies carry a simple beauty, and the stark lyrics conjure compelling visual images. Top it off with some rock and roll attitude and that's the Mothers!

Doug Pahl is a Madison born and raised musician with a penchant for clever lyrics and a rare talent for the acoustic guitar. The power behind his every piece is a well crafted song structure and chord progression with an overlay of heartfelt vocal melody.
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