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Fox Prairie: Aristocats Kids

Tues Feb 10 & Wed Feb 11: Free-will donation at door (general admission)

Peter Pan Jr. Neverland is just past the second star to the right in Disney's Peter Pan JR. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's enchanting play, this modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up is sure to delight. When Wendy's father tells the children they must leave the nursery, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell bring everyone along on an enchanted journey. Captain Hook, Tiger Lily, and all the rest are in on the fun. It's an adventure your entire family will enjoy!

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6:30 pm
Stoughton Opera House Stoughton, WI
Online sale stopped on 2/10/2015 at 6:35:00 PM CST

Fox Prairie: Aristocats Kids

Tues Feb 10 & Wed Feb 11: Free-will donation at door (general admission)

Peter Pan Jr. Neverland is just past the second star to the right in Disney's Peter Pan JR. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's enchanting play, this modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up is sure to delight. When Wendy's father tells the children they must leave the nursery, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell bring everyone along on an enchanted journey. Captain Hook, Tiger Lily, and all the rest are in on the fun. It's an adventure your entire family will enjoy!

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6:30 pm
Stoughton Opera House Stoughton, WI

Michael Perry "Off On a Tangent"

Thurs, Feb 11, 7:30pm, $20

Author, Humorist and Singer/Songwriter, Michael Perry, takes to the stage with a microphone and a passel of stories that range well beyond the pages of his books.  Whether discussing vicious chickens, homeless guinea pigs, long underwear for ladies, or getting your feelings hurt by the New York Times, Perry moves easily from the heartfelt to hilarious in an easygoing performance some have called "country stand-up." Raised on a small Midwestern dairy farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a ranch in Wyoming, then wound up writing by happy accident. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an intermittent pig farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds.

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7:30 pm
Stoughton Opera House Stoughton, WI

Melody, Harmony & Melharmony

Fri, Feb 12 – 7:30pm, $30
(18 and under $15, available by phone or at door)

Defying the conventional wisdom that east and west cannot meet in their musical traditions because of the clash and contradictions of cultures, Ravikiran provide a platform for Indian and western classical music to beautifully coalesce on the same stage. 

Since his grand entrance at age two, Chitravina N Ravikiran has been one of the most inspiring ambassadors of Indian music and culture. The substance and quality of his contributions as instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, guru, author, and orator are held in the highest regard.  Ravikiran is the inventor of the Award-Winning world music concept Melharmony—a synergy between melodic concepts not common in the West (in terms of form, structure, and ornamentation) and harmonic dimensions that are almost totally absent in the East.  The Wisconsin State Journal got it right: Ravikiran is the "Mozart of Indian music." 

Highlighting the differences and common factors between the melody-dominant Indian classical music, and harmony-based western classical, the concert features some of the finest classical musicians from across the globe proving once again that music is a universal language we can all understand. 

 

Ravikiran will play with Madison Bach Musicians: Kangwon L. Kim, violin 1, Nathan Giglierano, violin 2, Micah Behr, viola, Martha Vallon, cello


The Arohana Ensemble supports.

ravikiranmusic.com

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7:30 pm
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Clocks in Motion

Sat, Feb 13 – 7:30pm, $15
(18 and under $7.50, available by phone call and at door)

With a fearless and uncompromising ear to programming challenging and adventurous contemporary percussion ensemble repertoire, Clocks in Motion consistently performs groundbreaking concerts which involve performance art, theater, and often the construction of new instruments.  Hailed as “nothing short of remarkable” by Cleveland Classical, Madison’s own Clocks in Motion is a group that performs new music, builds many of its own instruments, and breaks down the boundaries of the traditional concert program. Formed in 2011, Clocks in Motion began as an extension of the UW-Madison’s Graduate Percussion Group, and now serves as the ensemble in residence with the UW-Madison percussion studio.  

The individual members of Clocks in Motion’s unique skill sets and specialties contain an impressive mix of musical styles including, rock, jazz, contemporary classical music, orchestral percussion, marching percussion, and world music styles including Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern, West African, and Indian. Come, be enthralled with the ethereal, ambient music on a variety of percussion instruments in a show unlike any other. 

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7:30 pm
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Sierra Hull

Sat, Feb 20, 7:30pm, $25

There aren’t many twenty three year old musicians whose careers have already spanned more than a decade, and there aren’t many at any age who can compare resumes with Sierra Hull. She was given her first mandolin at age 8. By age 11, Alison Krauss had called with an invitation to the Opry stage; by 12, Rounder was expressing interest (she signed a record deal with Rounder at 13, with her first album released at 16). She’s also played the White House, Carnegie Hall (twice), the Kennedy Center, traveled around the world sharing her music, and released three albums. Berklee gave her the school’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, a first for a bluegrass musician; her choice to accept it, to delay her dream of hitting the road full-time after high school in favor of expanding her musical worldview, was hardly a light one.

“Sierra is a remarkably talented, beautiful human being. Success could not have come to a more worthy person. I adore her.” – Alison Krauss

“I can’t say enough about Sierra Hull… Sierra is truly a beautiful and talented gift to this world, so special and unique.” – Dolly Parton

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7:30 pm
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Shawn Colvin

**THIS IS THE RESCHEDULED SHAWN COLVIN DATE: 2-21-16**

Sun, Feb 21 7:30pm, $35

Shawn Colvin is one of the leading lights of the so-called "new folk movement" of the late '80s, keeping the form fresh with a diverse approach, avoiding the genre's clichéd sentiments and all-too-often formulaic arrangements in favor of a more personal, pop-influenced style. Colvin's debut record won a Grammy in 1991, but it was 1997’s, "Sunny Came Home," that catapulted her into the mainstream. Music critics liken her to Suzanne Vega, Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Janis Ian, and Emmylou Harris. Colvin drew praise for her profound and personal songwriting, which is, according to Martin Johnson of New York Newsday, " a startlingly articulate chronicle of the pain of adult love," while, as Darryl Morden of the Hollywood Reporter noted, there is "a child-wonder in Colvin's writing that balances out her more serious work." The Hudson Current described her voice as "fragile as antique glass, sultry as smoke," "bouncy," "hypnotic," "supple," and "so soft it's like breathing cotton." As Peter Howell observed in the Toronto Star, "Her voice wraps itself around you, like a favorite song heard on a car radio during a long night ride home."

shawncolvin.com

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7:30 pm
Stoughton Opera House Stoughton, WI

Graminy

Fri, Feb 26, 7:30pm, $20

Founded in 2010, Madison band Graminy seeks to fuse classical and grassroots traditions—from Bach to bluegrass, Copland to Celtic, Gershwin to Native American, Kodaly to Klezmer. Graminy composes and arranges all its music, including frequent quick changes, generous improvisations, and occasional singing. They call their style "class-grass": cramming more class in grass and more grass in class. Graminy’s music focuses on themes of ecology and place, and just as its botanical namesake Gramineae encompasses the entire grass family, Graminy draws on the entire family of grassroots traditions, from all places and ecologies, to develop its refreshing, surprising, ever-captivating sound.

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7:30 pm
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Robin Pluer with Mrs. Fun

Sat, Feb 27, 7:30pm, $20

Robin Pluer joins forces with MRS.FUN to perform a passionate melange of vintage French chansons with a twist of je ne sais quoi. Robin Pluer, a perennial WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award winner, has been performing and composing music for more than 20 years. Her fresh, engaging talent has afforded her opportunities from Garrison Keeler's "Prairie Home Companion" and NPR's "World Café” to touring in Europe.Wherever she performs, the chanteuse with panache effortlessly captivates her audiences. She can transport you to a more genteel France through chansons of the past, or strike your inner musical soul with her funky R&B style.

MRS. FUN plays hardcore electra-acid-jazz. Complex, sophisticated and adventurous, their music is a provocative blend of off-center jazz, ulta-funk, spoken word rap, and their own brand of neo-cabaret. The MRS. FUN sound derives from Connie Grauer's funky bass-driven keyboard playing and Kim Zick's aggressive in-the-pocket drumming. Intelligent lyrics, flawless musicianship, and a dynamic stage presence are hallmarks of their music.

 

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7:30 pm
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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Friday, Mar 4, 7:30pm, $30

For the past 37 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, Grammy winners BeauSoleil are notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. Their distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass. Entertaining listeners everywhere from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans to Carnegie Hall, and all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England, BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over.

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7:30 pm
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Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives

Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives: 3pm

Sat Mar 5, TWO SHOWS! 3:00pm & 7:00pm-- $40

Five-time Grammy winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan, Marty Stuart has spent over 4 decades celebrating American roots music with a missionary’s zeal. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt were followed by six years in Johnny Cash’s band and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist. Stuart’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music is also seen regularly on RFD-TV’s The Marty Stuart Show.

On his latest release, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues of country music – from love and sex to heartache and hardship to family and God – in a rousing blend of originals, classic covers, and traditional hymns and that throw their arms around the whole history of not only country but modern American music.

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3:00 pm
Stoughton Opera House Stoughton, WI

Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives

Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives: 7pm

Sat Mar 5, TWO SHOWS! 3:00pm & 7:00pm-- $40

Five-time Grammy winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan, Marty Stuart has spent over 4 decades celebrating American roots music with a missionary’s zeal. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt were followed by six years in Johnny Cash’s band and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist. Stuart’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music is also seen regularly on RFD-TV’s The Marty Stuart Show.

On his latest release, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues of country music – from love and sex to heartache and hardship to family and God – in a rousing blend of originals, classic covers, and traditional hymns and that throw their arms around the whole history of not only country but modern American music.

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7:00 pm
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Del McCoury Band - Mipso opens

Del McCoury Band

Thurs Mar 10, 7:30pm, $40

Bluegrass legend and Stoughton Opera House favorite Del McCoury is the real deal. For over fifty years, his music has expressed an authoritative and unrelenting authenticity. In addition to wowing hardcore bluegrass fans with his particular blend of traditional vocals and top-flight musicianship, McCoury and his band won new listeners over by peppering their solid bluegrass sound with hints of country, gospel, and jazz.  Holding more than 30 trophies from the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards (including 9 for Entertainer of the Year) and multiple GRAMMY awards and nominations, including being inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall Of Fame in the fall of 2015, they're the most honored group in bluegrass history, earning the acclaim of colleagues throughout the music industry, ranging from Dierks Bentley to pop star Bjork to jam band favorites Phish.  Their fans, many of whom proudly claim the title of "Del- Head," are equally diverse and unanimously passionate, filling venues from Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center to New Orleans' Preservation Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.  Del and the boys play with sheer joy that shines through in every performance.

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MIPSO - Renegade traditionalists of Mipso — Jacob Sharp on mandolin, Joseph Terrell on guitar, Libby Rodenbough on fiddle, and Wood Robinson on double bass — are doing their part to take three-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory. The three North Carolina songwriters have wandered off the path blazed by Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson to find a new clearing for their southern string band sound.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pskx1w4rOEg 

 


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Rhonda Vincent

Fri Mar 11, 7:30pm, $35

When the Queen of Bluegrass comes to town, you don’t want to miss out! She is the only artist to receive seven consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year titles from the International Bluegrass Music Association; she has seen multiple Grammy nominations and 5 consecutive Entertainer of the Year Awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America. In 2010, she received the prestigious "Star Award" from the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. With over 80 awards, her band is the most awarded group in bluegrass music, incorporating savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the haunting mountain soul of classic Monroe-styled bluegrass.  Constantly forging connections with fans through her invigorating performances, she continues to grow as a songwriter, with an optimism that bursts through the speakers, both believable and inspiring.

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7:30 pm
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John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

Sat, Mar 12, 7:30pm, $30

One of the most respected and accomplished instrumentalists in popular music, Grammy-winning John Jorgenson is known for his blistering guitar and mandolin licks and mastery of a broad musical palette.  Jorgenson co-founded country-rock's pioneering Desert Rose Band, spent more than half a decade in Elton John's touring band, and led the group of country-guitar wizards known as the Hellecasters.  He has collaborated with Earl Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan, and played with Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jim and Jesse, David Grisman, and many others.  Jorgenson's newly formed bluegrass project reunites him with fellow Desert Rose bandmate (and former Dillard) Herb Pedersen, revered Nashville singer-songwriter and guitarist John Randall, and Ricky Skaggs cohort Mark Fain on bass.

Impeccable musicianship, incomparable songwriting, and seasoned showmanship.  Part bluegrass and part 70's singer-songwriter vocal harmonies, the diverse material performed by these four legendary musicians is a spot-on union. 

 

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7:30 pm
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Count This Penny.

Sat, Mar 19, 7:30pm, $20

Originally from Tennessee, this duo brings a sweet sound fresh from the hills: like a pure mountain stream, their “Appalachian pop” runs gritty underneath, spilling over with crystal clear harmonies. On guitar and bass, Amanda and Allen Rigell tell stories through song, their voices—a bit of gravel and glass—intertwining to form gorgeous textures. The musical traditions of the mountains are a cornerstone of Count This Penny’s sound: Appalachia was their back yards, their front porches, and they take on the voices of well-crafted characters in ways that resonate empathy. Though the subjects are often bleak, the melodies and harmonies are cathartic. The Rigells’ talent and love of the music has seen them on A Prairie Home Companion, WPR, Wisconsin Public Television’s 30 Minute Music Hour, and WDVX’s Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN. Let Count This Penny take you on a journey: it’s worth every penny!

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7:30 pm
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The Kingston Trio

The Kingston Trio

Wed March 30, 7:30pm, $35

In 1957, The Kingston Trio emerged from San Francisco’s North Beach club scene to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition of American folk music into the mainstream. Becoming the number one vocal group in the world, the Trio was a musical and cultural phenomenon whose record sales and concert draws were matched only by The Beatles. In a feat yet to be surpassed, Billboard magazine listed four Kingston Trio albums in their Top 10 at the same time. The group has also won two Grammy awards and numerous gold records. Today, Bill Zorn, George Grove, and Rick Dougherty continue the legacy. Through changing times, the Trio has remained popular for a simple reason: songs that sound as good today as the first time you heard them. Over forty years after the song "Tom Dooley" shot to the top of the charts, the Trio is still on the road, bringing back all the great memories and making new ones.

kingstontrio.com

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7:30 pm
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Aoife O'Donovan

Aoife O’Donovan’s sophomore album, In the Magic Hour — produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case) and out Jan. 22, 2016 via Yep Roc Records — is a 10-song album full of the singer’s honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds: splashing cymbals, airy harmonies, the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar. Written in the wake of O’Donovan’s grandfather’s death, In the Magic Hour is her most introspective effort yet, an aching exploration of memory and mortality.

For a decade, O’Donovan wielded her instrument with tensile strength as the captivating lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still. She was a featured vocalist on “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, has made regular appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and collaborated with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas

In 2013 O’Donovan released her debut solo album, Fossils, a moody collection of original songs with a country lilt. The album garnered praise from The New York Times and Rolling Stone, while The Guardian deemed O’Donovan the “next Americana celebrity.” Most recently O’Donovan has lent her voice to the folk trio I’m With Her with singers Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Sarah Jarosz.

 

 

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Emo Philips with special guests Tiny Band

Emo Philips

Fri, April 1, 7:30pm, $25

Emo Philips is a comedy legend. For a generation, he's been entertaining audiences and influencing other comics with his blend of misdirection and odd-but-clever punchlines. Jay Leno called him “the best joke writer in America,” and "Weird Al" Yankovic describes him as one of the funniest people on the planet. His wandering, child-like delivery belies a razor sharp wit and an uncanny knack for timing. Philips has performed over 6000 shows throughout the English-speaking world, including a multi-week run at the Playhouse Theater in London's West End. His career has seen award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials (including an hour-long on HBO), and many appearances on US and UK network television. He has appeared in films (most notably as the table-saw demonstrator in UHF), lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows (Slacker Cats, Doctor Katz, Adventure Time, Home Movies), and appeared recently on the Comedy Central series “Review” with Andy Daly. But his true love is his first love—stand-up—and he will leave you standing too, cheering for more.   emophilips.com

 

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7:30 pm
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Cantus: Vocal Ensemble

Sat, April 2, 7:30pm, $35

Hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare) and winner of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America, Cantus enjoys an active schedule of national tour dates, subscription concerts in its home of Minneapolis/St. Paul, educational outreach programs, and recordings.  The Washington Post hails the ensemble's sound as having both "exalting finesse" and "expressive power," and refers to its music-making as "spontaneous grace."  Cantus is acknowledged around the world for its programmatic versatility, artistic excellence, and charismatic personality.  Combine those voices with the superb acoustics of the Opera House and you are in for a most memorable evening.

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7:30 pm
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Ray Wylie Hubbard

Thurs April 7, 7:30pm, $25

At 68, Ray Wylie Hubbard is more raw-boned, knotty, knobby and rough-hewn in his post-psycho-country approach to drifter’s rock than ever. Guitars hiss, sting and slash; the beats haunted and tribal all underscore a voice that’s parched earth—as much by design as what’s leftover from a life lived to the hilt.  Ray Wylie Hubbard is a Texas original. He’s old enough to collect retirement, but he’s still writing songs, recording, performing, producing, touring, and scoring movies, and he still has the same wily spirit that has been his trademark since he wrote “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mothers,” a hit for Jerry Jeff Walker in the early 1970s and an anthem for the Texas music scene. Since those early days, he’s released 17 albums of his own, including a brand new one, The Ruffian’s Misfortune, which Elmore Magazine calls “one of the tightest records he’s ever recorded” and American Songwriter calls “a lean, mean set that wraps up in just over a half hour but whose raw reverberations last long after.” The reviews describe Ray Wylie as “one of the most strikingly original musicians in the country” and praise his “crusty, ornery, and authentic growl” and his “taut, dynamic, and compelling” music. He’s a presence you won’t soon forget, and his songs have a gritty intensity that will stay with you for a good long while.

 

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7:30 pm
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Tim O'Brien & Old Man Luedecke

Fri April 8, 7:30pm, $27

In Tim O’Brien’s music, things come together. The uncanny intersection of traditional and contemporary elements in his songwriting, his tireless dedication to a vast and still-expanding array of instruments, and his ongoing commitment to place himself in as many unique and challenging musical scenarios as possible has made him a key figure in today’s thriving roots music scene – and well beyond it. That roundness of vision and scope permeates every aspect of O’Brien’s 13th solo album. Mixing O’Brien originals, collaborations, and a handful of outside compositions, Chicken & Egg is an illuminating, engaging, and ultimately life-affirming meditation on the art of living.

Playing with O’Brien is multiple Juno Award-winner Old Man Luedecke, an artist honing his cunning lyrical flair in a unique mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks. With skillful precision and a storyteller’s heart, Luedecke’s narrative-driven folk songs are playful, coy, and soul warming. Rich in metaphor, heart, and instrumentation, his newest album Tender Is The Night (produced by O’Brien) muses on love, art, and purpose.

 

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Riders in the Sky.

Sat, April 9, 7:30pm, $35

America’s favorite singing cowboys are still saddled up and singing after 30+ years.  The quartet of madcap cowpokes consists of Ranger Doug, Idol of American Youth; Too Slim, the Fastest Wit in the West; Woody Paul, King of the Cowboy Fiddlers; and Joey, the CowPolka King. Perpetual crowd-pleasers, this Grammy-winning quartet mixes authentic Western music with yodeling, rope tricks, and a whole heap of crackpot humor—in the timeless tradition of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. In addition to winning two Grammys and being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Riders are in the Western Music Association's Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation's Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars.   With these and countless other awards and accolades, it comes as no surprise that Billboard magazine's Jim Bessman counts them as one of "the most historically significant acts in the history of American music." 

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Chris Smither in Concert

Fri April 15, 7:30pm, $25

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, guitarist-singer-songwriter Chris Smither is truly an American original.As Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, Smither sings about “the big things – life, love, loss – in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.” His career began in the 1960s blues revival – ever since then, he has been a mainstay of the festival, coffeehouse, and club circuits around North America and Europe. Associated Press calls Smither “a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.” Reviewers will continue to praise the dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice, and songwriting of Smithers, who continues to be an unheralded master of modern acoustic blues.

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The Kruger Brothers

Sat, April 16, 7:30pm, $25

Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age and were performing regularly at eleven and twelve years old. Since their formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, The Kruger Brothers’ remarkable discipline, creativity and their ability to infuse classical music into folk music has resulted in a unique sound that has made them a fixture within the world of acoustic music. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work. In their ever-expanding body of work – Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass and vocals) – The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Their original music is crafted around their discerning taste, and the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh. Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, lectures, and collaborative efforts, The Kruger Brothers’ powerful artistic statement continues to inspire and enlighten audiences and musicians around the world.

krugerbrothers.com

 

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7:30 pm
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MadFiddle & Highway 151

Join MadFiddle & Highway 151 for an inspiring journey of fiddle music and song from around the world.  This youth ensemble, ages 5 to 17, is anchored by the rhythmic backbone of Highway 151, featuring Chris Powers (mandolin/bouzouki), Bruce Anderson (guitar) and Pat Spaay (bass).  Their debut cd, “Live at Old Music Hall,” takes us on an energetic ride through Appalachia, Scotland, Eastern and Northern Europe and the U.S. - featuring traditional and contemporary tunes that appeal to all ages.

 

MadFiddle is directed by Shauncey Ali, who is recognized nationally as an instructor, clinician and premiere fiddler and violist.  In 2012, he created MadFiddle as a way to nurture the alternative string scene in and around Madison. 
Tickets $10 (17 and under free). Available by phone call and at the door day of show.

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4:00 pm
Stoughton Opera House Stoughton, WI

Kacy & Clayton

Thurs, April 21, 7:30pm, $20

 In recent decades, too many folk songs have been burdened by over- sung vocals and cluttered arrangements. Second cousins Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum, hailing from the Wood Mountain Uplands of Southern Saskatchewan, restore space to the art form by dealing in subtlety instead of tinsel. Kacy’s completely unforced refreshing vocals are always in her own distinct and natural timbre; Clayton’s instrumental talents serve every song with modesty.

Educated by their Grandfather/Great-Uncle respectively, Kacy and Clayton interpret and compose music inspired by the traditions of Southern Appalachia and the British Isles. Kacy’s vocals, virtuous and pure, weave seamlessly with Clayton’s finger-style guitar accompaniment. Though young, the duo has been playing together for over a decade and has created a distinctive, cohesive sound that delights and soothes the soul.

 

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7:30 pm
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Peter Yarrow

Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) with Mustard’s Retreat

Fri April 22, 7:30pm, $35

As a successful artist and activist, Peter Yarrow’s talent is legendary. Known for his songwriting, sound quality, and commitment to excellence, he comprises a third of the popular folk group Peter, Paul & Mary. His gift for songwriting has produced hits such as Puff, The Magic Dragon, Day Is Done, The Great Mandala, and Light One Candle. His musical creativity has always gone hand in hand with his commitment to social justice and equity in society, with themes including war, homelessness, the environment, world hunger, apartheid, and the Sanctuary Movement. Peter Yarrow's ability to write songs about social concerns made him an internationally recognized singer and songwriter – and today, he’s reaching a whole new generation with his music and advocacy.

Mustard’s Retreat is a Michigan-based duo comprising David Tamulevich and Michael Hough. For over four decades, the two have developed a reputation as top-notch interpreters of traditional and contemporary songs and stories. An MR show is packed with enthusiasm, good humor, and fine musicianship.

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Iris De Ment

Sat, April 23, 7:30pm

One of the most celebrated country/folk performers of her day, singer/songwriter Iris DeMent won almost universal acclaim on her debut album Infamous Angel for her pure, evocative vocal style and spare, heartfelt song craft. Where this and My Life were introspective and deeply personal, DeMent’s third album featured rock influences and fierce political themes. She earned a Grammy nod for her recordings with John Prine in ’99; an album of gospel hymns followed, and 2012’s Singing the Delta saw DeMent working again with the sparse and emotional quilt of her early releases. Says David Cantwell, “Her singing—highlighting a sweet Ozark twang—is that rarest of gifts: a wise, friendly voice that can break your heart even as it’s making it swell with a reason to love again.”

DeMent’s new album The Trackless Woods, (out August 7th) is described thusly by NPR: “Iris DeMent makes music that celebrates humanity’s efforts toward salvation, while acknowledging that most of our time on Earth is spent reconciling with the fact that we don’t feel so redeemed. Grounded in hymns, early country songs, gospel, and folk, DeMent’s work is treasured by those who know it for its insight and unabashed beauty.”

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7:30 pm
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Dailey & Vincent

Thurs April 28, 7:30pm, $35

Born of the ever-vibrant Nashville bluegrass and traditional country scenes, Dailey and Vincent started their careers playing separately with some of the finest bands on the scene. Jamie Dailey was the lead singer and guitar picker for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, while Darrin Vincent was performing with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. In 2008, the pair—whose voices matched like brothers—left their prior obligations to focus on a career as their own band. Since then, Dailey and Vincent have earned dozens of nominations - from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America , the Grammys, and elsewhere. They've consistently won awards from the IBMA for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Contemporary Gospel Group of the Year, as well as awards for vocals and instrumental performances. Their backing band is widely recognized as one of the finest in the field, and all six of their albums have appeared on some Billboard chart or another.Two men born to sing together, Dailey and Vincent deliver with a thrilling blend of clarity, precision, and soul, the outcome proving it is possible to be both classic and brand new.

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7:30 pm
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Asleep at the Wheel

Fri, April 29 & Sat, April 30 (BOTH SHOWS - SOLD OUT!)

7:30pm, $35

Since the early '70s, Asleep at the Wheel has been the most important force in keeping the sound of Western swing alive. In reviving the freewheeling, eclectic sensibility of Western swing godfather Bob Wills, the Grammy-winning Wheel has earned enthusiastic critical praise throughout its lengthy career; not only has it preserved classic sounds that had all but disappeared from country music, but it has been able to update the music, keeping it a living, breathing art form. Typically featuring eight to 11 musicians, the group has gone through myriad changes (at last count, over 80 members had passed through the ranks), but frontman Ray Benson has held it together for four decades, keeping Asleep at the Wheel a viable recording and touring concern and maintaining their devotion to classic-style Western swing.

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7:30 pm
Stoughton Opera House Stoughton, WI

Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel ADDED SHOW!!

Fri, April 29 & Sat, April 30 (BOTH SHOWS - SOLD OUT!)

7:30pm, $35

Since the early '70s, Asleep at the Wheel has been the most important force in keeping the sound of Western swing alive. In reviving the freewheeling, eclectic sensibility of Western swing godfather Bob Wills, the Grammy-winning Wheel has earned enthusiastic critical praise throughout its lengthy career; not only has it preserved classic sounds that had all but disappeared from country music, but it has been able to update the music, keeping it a living, breathing art form. Typically featuring eight to 11 musicians, the group has gone through myriad changes (at last count, over 80 members had passed through the ranks), but frontman Ray Benson has held it together for four decades, keeping Asleep at the Wheel a viable recording and touring concern and maintaining their devotion to classic-style Western swing.

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7:30 pm
Stoughton Opera House Stoughton, WI

Eilen Jewell.

Friday, May 7, 7:30pm, $25

Honesty, confidence, and respect permeate Eilen Jewell’s music, dating back to her self-released Boundary County album in 2006. Since then, the Boise native has recorded five studio albums, with 2015’s Sundown Over Ghost Town presenting a masterful culmination of her work to date. Rich with cinematic visions, elegant sweet and smoky vocals, and hauntingly autobiographical songs, the record is a poignant, flavorful reflection of the artist’s return to Boise after nearly a decade in the Northeast.

As hard as it is to categorize Jewell’s music—terms like alt-country, roots-rock, country-noir, and Americana get used a lot—it’s even harder not to become thoroughly enraptured by the singer/songwriter’s powerful versatility and musical stories and images. As an NPR commentator declared, “She’s got a sweet and clear voice with a killer instinct lurking beneath the shiny surface.”  

 

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7:30 pm
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Wisconsin Folks: Masters of Tradition

Sat, May 21, 3:00pm, $10

Wisconsin’s rich cultural heritage is in the spotlight. Experience the incredible talent of Wisconsin masters Kripa Baskaran in Bharatnatyam classical Indian dance, Alberto Cardenas in Mexican mariachi music, Dylan Jennings in Annishinabe (Ojibwe) hand drumming, and Vanitha Suresh in South Indian singing. Joining these master artists are their apprentices, poised to carry it forward. These diverse cultures come together to share traditions at an unforgettable concert. Music and dance usually found only in home communities is brought on stage for a statewide spotlight. You’ll leave proud and impressed with Wisconsin’s wealth of cultures. Presented by Wisconsin Arts Board.  

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3:00 pm
Stoughton Opera House Stoughton, WI

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