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The Wailin' Jennys

Fri, Aug 7, 7:30pm, $40  

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The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse: three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound.

Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Moody and Mehta along with New York-based Masse continue to create some of the most exciting music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances.

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Dar Williams

Sat, Sept 19, 7:30pm, $28

New England folk veteran Dar Williams’ idiosyncratic songwriting, acerbic wit, and lovely soprano voice have earned her name as one of the most influential singer-songwriters (Rolling Stone; Spin; Paste Magazine), while NPR’s World Café praises “smart and serious songs with her trademark wit.” Plain-spoken and heartfelt, inspired and ambitious, Dar Williams is often compared to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. The beloved pop-folk singer approaches her art with a reporter’s keen eye and a fiction writer’s feel for nuance in confronting “the big picture of how people approach life,” by examining and illuminating the minute details. Dar Williams’ ninth studio record, Emerald (May 2015), marks a particularly dramatic confluence between her experiences and broader contemporary culture—and what it means to be a songwriter at this moment in history.  

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The Larry Keel Experience

Thurs, Sept 24, 7:30pm, $22

The Larry Keel Experience combines a multitude of musical influences, instrumental dexterity, and original songs to create an explosive acoustic sound. Vocalist/guitarist Larry Keel and bassist/vocalist Jenny Keel have been joined by a number of players over the years, but the instrumental finesse and energy remains a constant as the band pushes ahead with confidence and style. Keel finished first place twice at the flatpicking contest at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, but his guitar work never seems flashy. Instead, the mood is laid-back. With Keel’s gruff, down-to-earth delivery, a band of seasoned live performers, and influences from folk and progressive bluegrass to jazz and reggae, The Larry Keel Experience is an exciting mix impossible to pigeonhole.

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Mad City Jug Band

Fri, Sept 25, 7:30pm, $15

Got the Salty Dog Blues? Need some southern eel? How about some jelly roll?  The Mad City Jug Band should help you get your fix.  Forever entertaining audiences and enjoying themselves, they are on a mission to preserve the classic jug band and hokum repertoire from the 1920s and 1930s. The band features two guitars, ukulele, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, upright bass, accordion, kazoo, washboard, other percussion, and, of course, a jug.   Mixing it up a bit, they include jug band revival tunes of the 1960s from such notables as the Grateful Dead, Janice Joplin, Jim Kweskin, and Maria Muldaur.  Proud to claim the undisputed title of “America’s most adequate jug band”, the Mad City Jug Band is a hoot and consistently puts on a fun and entertaining show sure to make you smile and clap your hands.

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Tom Rush

Sat. Sept 26, 7:30pm, $30

Drawing on over four decades spent as a folk troubadour, Tom Rush's performances roam a vast musical territory, from sweet ballads to gritty blues. Rush helped shape both the folk revival in the '60s and the renaissance of the '80s and '90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, and Garth Brooks all cite Rush as a major influence, and he has long championed emerging artists, from Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor to Nancy Griffith and Shawn Colvin. Rush’s voice has grown even richer and more melodic with training, and his music, like a fine wine, has matured and ripened in the blending of traditional and modern influences. His expressive voice, distinctive guitar style, terrific yarn-spinning, and wry sense of humor have defined acoustic music for generations, and his performances are a celebration of where acoustic music has come from and where it's going.
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Wilder Deitz Group

Fri, Oct 2, 7:30pm

Wilder Deitz started his musical career at 8 years old, playing as a sideman for his father, singer-songwriter Ritt Deitz. Now 21, Wilder is one of the most exciting new players in the American Midwest’s jazz scene. Along with composing and leading his own group, he serves as both the pianist in the UW Black Music Ensemble (led by world-renowned bassist Richard Davis) and the director of the Madison East High School Black Music Ensemble. Wilder has released two discs as a bandleader, 2013’s Themes & Waltzes and 2014’s Issa.

Joining Wilder for his date at the Stoughton Opera House will be expert saxophonist Alex Charland, longtime Wilder Deitz collaborator and drummer Joe Galligan, and two superb upright bassists: Ben Johnson (pizzicato) and Liz Clawson (arco). The group mixes influences from nearly every genre imaginable— from Debussy and Chopin to hip-hop to Arab folk music—to create a unique and compelling sound that owes as much to spontaneous collective improvisation as it does to composition.

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Portland Cello Project

Fri, Oct 9, 7:30pm, $25

Since its inception in late 2007, the Portland Cello Project has wowed audiences with extravagant performances in settings from Prairie Home Companion and parties on loading docks in NYC to symphony halls from coast to coast and punk rock clubs. The band has a reputation for mixing genres and blurring musical perceptions—and no two shows are alike, with their repertoire of more than 1000 pieces both expected and surprising. Setup ranges from the very simple (4-6 cellos) to the all-out epic (12 cellos playing with full choirs, winds, horns, and numerous percussion players). The Cello Project has worked with high school and university music programs, the Dandy Warhols , Garrison Keillor, Trampled by Turtles, Corin Tucker, Maya Beiser, Ben Sollee, Zoe Keating, and Howe Gelb, among others. Said Time Online Magazine after a PCP concert, "I’m not sure that I’d truly realized how important live performances can be in helping you appreciate music."

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Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones

Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones

Tickets $25

“Lost time is not found again.” This ancient idiom is at the heart of brothers Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin’s long, tumultuous relationship. However, in Dave’s own words, “Sometimes Fate, or God or the Universe, gives you a rare chance to prove an old saying is wrong.” The brothers’ new album, appropriately titled ‘Lost Time’ (September 18/Yep Roc Records), does just that. Over ‘Lost Time’s’ twelve tracks, Dave and Phil pay homage to a number of artists and songs that had an early, formative influence, in Dave’s words “the masters of the Blues, the most transcendental form of American music.”

Everyone from Lead Belly to James Brown is represented, but the figure who looms largest on the album, and in the brothers’ own musical journey, is Big Joe Turner. The Alvins met Big Joe as teenagers, and he would mentor them for the remainder of his life. They remain his humble students, and cut four Turner songs for ‘Lost Time.’

If their GRAMMY-nominated 2014 album ‘Common Ground’ was the sound of a partnership rekindled, ‘Lost Time’ is a four-alarm fire. Dave’s guitar work slithers and stings as never before, and Phil’s feral howl cuts to the core. Dave and Phil both sing and play guitar throughout ‘Lost Time,’ and are joined by a crack band including Lisa Pankratz (drums), Brad Fordham (bass), and Chris Miller (guitar).

The Alvin brothers founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, and after Dave left the group in 1986, they did not record an album together again until ‘Common Ground.’ In addition to its Grammy nomination, that record earned wide critical acclaim, and features with NPR’s Fresh Air, The LA Times, Wall Street Journal and more.

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Charlie Parr

Tickets $15

Many people play roots music, but few modern musicians live those roots like Minnesota's Charlie Parr. Recording since the earliest days of the 21st century, Parr's heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don't strive for authenticity: They are authentic.

It's the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up without a TV but with his dad's recordings of America's musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton, Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. With his long scraggly hair, father-time beard, thrift-store workingman's flannel and jeans, and emphatic, throaty voice, Parr captures the intense sound of the folk music of America's frozen north. His raw voice, lightning finger picking, and plaintive but wry songs have made him one of the most important contemporary protagonists of the American folk tradition.  Charlie’s music isn’t from an era gone by, his music is timeless.

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Jeffrey Foucault

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Jeffrey Foucault “Salt As Wolves” Album Release show

Tickets $20

Wisconsin-raised Jeffrey Foucault plays “beat-up troubadour folk, whittled to dolorous perfection” (Uncut). He writes songs about love, memory, God, desire, wilderness, and loss – songs that mine the darker seams of American music to distill a terse amalgam of blues, country, rock ’n’ roll, and folk. In addition to having worked with poet Lisa Olstein on two albums under the moniker Cold Satellite, the singer-songwriter is set to release his fifth collection of original music under his own name this year. This Salt As Wolves album release show features Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums, Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass, and legendary electric guitar player Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown).  It exists out of time, like a field recording of a place that never was: a lean, bold blues record that deftly weaves together disparate strands of sound and experience, raw love, and desperate wisdom.  

 

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Michael Perry & The Long Beds

Tickets $25

Join Michael Perry and his band the Long Beds for a night of music punctuated by stories (some new and some “classic”). Band member Billy Krause was the first to encourage Perry to perform the songs he’d composed in between writing bestselling books; as Perry says about that inaugural concert, “I ain’t sayin’ I was nervous, but I ripped out a 60-minute set in 32 minutes flat!” The New York Times bestselling author, humorist, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin has since become more relaxed singing onstage. Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love StoryCoop, and Visiting Tom. His first book for young readers, The Scavengers, was published in 2014 and first novel for adult readers, The Jesus Cow, debuted in May of 2015He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with the Long Beds, a roughneck folk group that honors the spirit of folks like John Prine, Waylon Jennings, and James McMurtry.

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The Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers

Fri, Nov 6, 7:30pm, $30

Genuine charisma sets The Wood Brothers apart from other contemporary rock bands. Many knew Chris Wood as the virtuoso bass ace of avant-garde jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood—but that was before he joined with brother and guitarist Oliver Wood. Together, they created something organic and new. Their brand of Americana, a fusion of two different musical paths, has evolved from a genre-bending project into a highly popular full-time band, fusing Southern rock, American traditionals, New Orleans funk, and Manhattan free-jazz seamlessly, flawlessly, lovingly. Since their inception, the Wood Brothers have developed from a stripped-down, roots-rock-inspired duo with jazz leanings to a rollicking trio capable of holding their own captivating theatres filled with a thousand fans.

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Keep Me In Your Heart For A While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux

Keep Me In Your Heart For a While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux

Sat, Nov 7, 7:30pm, $50

“The only thing that matters is the song,” says singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux. That conviction, along with a ‘one of a kind’ voice, has carried the Jazz artist from busking on the streets of Paris all the way to mainstream recognition. Through intensely distinctive renditions of  old classics and modern tunes by the likes of  Leonard Cohen and The Beatles, Peyroux has proven herself an uncannily insightful ‘interpreter’ with her consistently impeccable choice of material. Peyroux’s new album, The Blue Room, sees the genre-blending singer reworking some landmark musical gems, in a repeat collaboration with producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Walter Becker, Tracy Chapman, Herbie Hancock). The result is a sophisticated album that, rather than just ‘crossing over,’ seamlessly fuses musical styles together to create an entirely new sound.

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David Bromberg Quintet

Fri, Nov 13, 7:30pm, $35

Allow us to re-introduce David Bromberg, the Godfather of Americana. During his rise to prominence in the 70s, he became a first-call, “hired gun” guitarist, playing on hundreds of records by artists including Bob Dylan, Link Wray, The Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, and Carly Simon. Bromberg’s material, based in the folk and blues idioms, continually expanded with each new album. On Only Slightly Mad, set for release Sept 24th, fans will find blues, bluegrass, gospel, folk, Irish fiddle tunes, pop, and English drinking songs happily coexisting as they can only on a Bromberg album. For newcomers, the new album will be an introduction to an astonishing performer whose range and musical depth have delighted devoted audiences for over forty years and will for many years hence. “The reason man created stringed instruments. David touched them with a lover’s fingers and they moaned that true love right back at him. Wood and wire and flesh spoke.”Jerry Jeff Walker.

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Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: Visions from Cape Breton & Beyond--A Celtic Family Celebration

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond--A Celtic Family Celebration

Wed Nov 18, 7:30pm

Master fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and her husband Donnell Leahy meld their virtuosities into a whirlwind of fiddle-driven music, dance, and song, combining the best of French, Celtic, American Bluegrass, and even Cajun styles, and making it their own. You'll be treated to the foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-wrenching ballads, and world-class step dancing that have brought audiences to their feet on three (and counting) continents. For the first time on stage, they'll feature their children alongside dancers and singers from the traditions of their hometowns of Cape Breton and Lakefield, Ontario. "To call Natalie MacMaster the most dynamic performer in Celtic music today is high praise, but it still doesn't get at just how remarkable a concert artist this Cape Breton Island fiddler has become." -The Boston Herald

 

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Jeff Daniels with Ben Daniels Band

Thurs Nov 19, 7:30pm, $35

The world largely knows Michigan-raised Jeff Daniels as an actor with Golden Globe nominated film roles (Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Something Wild," "The Squid and the Whale") and a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway run in "God of Carnage." But these days, Daniels can be found on the road with his guitar, playing the bluesy folk music he kept quiet for so long. “[Songwriting has] been a wonderful creative friend for me between all the movies and theater and television,” Daniels says of the nearly 400 songs he’s amassed, songs that display a good-natured humor and down-to-earth honesty.Daniels’ music career has turned into a growing family project, with his son at the helm of the recordings. “Ben went to school for sound engineering, which is great for me,” Daniels laughs, reflecting on their at-home studio sessions where together they hone in on the singer-songwriter style Daniels admires from artists like Steve Goodman, Arlo Guthrie and John Prine.The New York Times says, “Jeff Daniels sings his songs with a growly twang and barbed good humor, at its high point evoking a transcendental picture of American wanderlust.”

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I'm Not a Pilot

Friday, Nov 20, 7:30pm, $20

Milwaukee indie rock band I’m Not A Pilot takes its name from frontman Mark Glatzel’s musings on the idea of the control –or lack of it—one has over life. Adrian Esguerra (bass guitar), Steve Vorass Jr (drums), and Peter Thomas (cello) complement Glatzel’s keyboard and vocals for a cache of intricately melodic songs about uncertainty and lack of control. Voted Best Rock Band three times in Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express Weekly, along with a host of other awards and nominations and two featured songs in the independent film The Surface, I’m Not A Pilot has toured extensively, performing at colleges, high schools, performing arts centers, music venues/clubs, music festivals, and house concerts. . “I'm Not A Pilot is four musicians coalescing to reach a state of gestalt by exploring new sonic territories,” writes Charles Nevsimal of INFO* Magazine, “and in doing so, they're charting a course to the stars."

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BoDeans

Sat, Nov 21,7:30pm, $45

There’s a reason The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum has a permanent display honoring these Wisconsin natives. Back in the 80s, the BoDeans blended the grit of American roots music with the upbeat elements of pop, creating a sound that caught the attention of both superstars and music fans around the country. Since then, the BoDeans have brought their unstoppable live talent on tour with legends like U2, The Pretenders and David Bowie. They’ve released Top 40 tunes like “Good Things,” “Stay” and their smash hit “Closer to Free.”
Singing earnest, solid rock songs with infectious hooks, the BoDeans have always presented an urgent, heartfelt hopefulness, which is exceptionally evident on their 12th album I Can’t Stop (April 2015).  More than 30 years after their first album hit the airwaves, the guys are bringing that real, heartfelt and trend-free music you know and love to the Opera House.  “I’ve always thought of the BoDeans as a truly American band,” says Kurt Neumann, the founder, primary writer and frontman of the veteran Milwaukee-based group. “We were blue-collar kids straight out of the heartland, how could we be anything else? Roots rock was a label I fought when I was younger, but I came to realize that if by roots you meant blues, rock, country and soul all slammed together into one sound, then I’d say yes that is the sound of American-made music.”

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Harmonious Wail

Harmonious Wail                                                                                                                                                              Holiday Wail and Good Cheer
Fri Dec 4, 7:30pm
Madison’s Harmonious Wail will be ringing in the holiday season gypsy-style! Though richly influenced by European gypsy musicians, the Wail bursts through the normal boundaries of the genre with its intoxicating vocals, enticing arrangements, and sheer joy. Smoldering vocals are laced with jazzy mandolin and guitar for an infectious blend of continental jazz, swing, gypsy music, and melodic vocals. Harmonious Wail has won multiple Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) awards including Best Jazz CD, Best Ensemble Vocalists of the Year, Best World Artist, Best World Song, Best Instrumentalist, and Favorite Jazz Band.  And now they have just the right swingin’ recipe for Christmas spirit.

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Sonny Landreth

Sat Dec 5, 7:30pm

Southwest Louisiana-based guitarist, songwriter, and singer Sonny Landreth is a musician's musician whose unorthodox virtuosic slide guitar style is unique and unforgettable. He plays with the slide on his little finger, using the other fingers to fret notes on the guitar's neck, all while playing chords and melodies in his right hand. A formidable studio musician, Landreth has built up a loyal following among his fans and musical peers.  Just as Muhammad Ali once boasted that he could "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee," Sonny can make his slide guitar “roar like a rocket ship and dance like a ballerina.”  Sonny will feature songs from his newest album Bound by the Blues with his electric trio for this show. The songs return to the slide guitarist's musical roots, presenting a bold, big-sounding collection of tracks that swagger like the best of classic rock, climb to stratospheric heights of jazz informed improvisation, and inevitably remain deeply attached to the elemental emotional and compositional structures that are at the historic core of the blues.

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Detour Bluegrass Band

Fri Dec 11, 7:30pm, $20

The holiday season is ripe with traditions, old and new, that come out this time of year as people dust off their celebratory moods. And that's bluegrass in a nutshell; full of tradition. With recognizable and memorable songs played by some of some of the brightest bluegrass stars, grab your friends and families and join the Detour Bluegrass Band for a festive evening of great music and holiday cheer.

Detour is a “bluegrass powerhouse” that features heartfelt originals, tightly focused harmonies, and high-steppin’ instrumentals from a superbly talented sextet of veterans of Michigan’s bluegrass scene.  Since they put out their 3rd CD, A Better Place, Detour has been garnering attention across the US and been nominated for the IBMA Emerging Artist award.  The combinations of the band’s dynamic writing, Missy Armstrong’s soaring voice, and the strength of their inventive instrumental work are making their mark with music lovers across the country.  Detour’s tight focused harmonies, precision instrumentals, and creative melodies will most certainly get you into the holiday mood - bluegrass style

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Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets

Sat, Dec 12, 7:30pm, $20

Milwaukee’s premiere doo-wop group, Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets is an energetic musical cabaret blending vivacious vocals, animated choreography, and quick-witted humor. Performing together for about 10 years, the Guyz are Reggie Kurschner, high tenor; Don Lobacz, first tenor; Tommy Lueck, baritone; and Aaron Schmidt, bass—all of whom have worked together in professional theatre at Milwaukee’s Skylight Opera Theatre and other venues. From street corner to contemporary cabaret, these sharp-suited, classically vintage Guyz will have young and old clapping, snapping, tapping, and singing along. This show promises to deliver high-velocity holiday cheer as the Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets and their band croon seasonal favorites in glorious 4-part harmony that will hold you, thrill you, and delight you, as your feet and heart are carried away. 

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work are making their mark with music lovers across the country.  Detour’s tight focused harmonies, precision instrumentals, and creative melodies will most certainly get you into the holiday mood - bluegrass style

 

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The Occasional Quartet

Fri, Jan 29, 7:30pm, $30

A conversation with music, from songwriter to songwriter, trading songs and stories, an amazing night of music to be shared with friends… Come join us for this special, rare concert as four of Wisconsin’s finest songsmiths join forces for an intimate evening of original acoustic music

Extraordinary guitarist and singer/songwriter Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades now with his signature, finger-picking guitar work and playful performing style.  Porter is a major force in the worlds of Americana and contemporary folk and folk-rock music.

A live-wire on any stage, Peter Mulvey is an acoustic singer/songwriter/guitarist who, in fact, defies this categorization. His ferocious guitar playing whisks him through more tunings than he has fingers in the course of an evening, as he winds his way from full-throated rockers to deceptively plain-spoken musings.

Bill Camplin has been an integral part of the Wisconsin acoustic music scene for many years both as a performer and as co-owner of the legendary Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson. Bill is a strong guitarist with a beautiful tenor voice and he is noted for penetrating, intensely emotional performances of both his original songs and his interpretations of others such as Bob Dylan.

Dubbed “the past, present and future of jazz violin” by NPR’s Jazz Profiles, Randy Sabien is a regular at Big Top Chautauqua and has performed on A Prairie Home Companion and Austin City Limits.  His instrumental skill on the violin, guitar, mandolin, and piano, in the genres of jazz, country, and rock, is legendary.

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Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus

Sat, Feb 6, $12

Offering harmony in music to inspire harmony in community, Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus exists to provide a visible presence and a positive voice in and for the Wisconsin LGBT communities. Perfect Harmony is Madison's gay and gay-friend men's chorus, using music and performance to enrich the lives of its audience and supporters. Members serve within the LGBT communities of the area and in the Madison Area community at large; in their own words, "we sing to make a better world."

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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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Melody, Harmony & Melharmony

Fri, Feb 12 – 7:30pm, $30

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. 

The Arohana Ensemble supports.

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Clocks in Motion

Sat, Feb 13 – 7:30pm, $15

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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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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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."

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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

Guided By Puppets is a strange collection of musicians with a strange collection of instruments. Musical saw, accordion, bass, violin and unique percussion including a custom bamboo marimba are some of the sounds you'll hear. Lisa Marine, Biff Blumfumgagnge, Kia Karlen and Geoff Brady look forward to not only warming up the crowd for Emo, but jamming with the man himself.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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Asleep at the Wheel

Fri, April 29, 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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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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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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