Stoughton Opera House

Southern Wisconsin's Most Charming Theatre

The historic Stoughton Opera House is located in Stoughton, WI just a few minutes south-east of Madison. The theater plays host to a wide variety of musical and theatrical performances throughout the season - rock, folk, classical, oddities, comedy...you name it. Known for sublime acoustics and an early 20th century aesthetic, don't pass on a chance to see a show or just pay a visit to the Stoughton Opera House.

 

Bettye LaVette
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette is an interpreter of the highest order. Her gift is being able to take a song, whether well-known or obscure, from any genre and make it completely her own. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and Bruce Springsteen are just a few of the artists who have had their work re-imagined by Bettye. Now in her 55th year in show business, she has recorded an album of Bob Dylan songs, Things Have Changed-- a masterpiece of interpretation of the songs of one of the greatest songwriters alive, by one of the greatest soul singers alive. Bettye will be performing the album in its entirety, along with other songs from throughout her career.

www.bettyelavette.com

Tickets: $32

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“Her enthralling live performances have always proven her impeccable ability to inhabit and interpret a song. Over the course of her last decade of albums, she’s covered iconic songs by Bob Seger, Lucinda Williams, Led Zeppelin and Dolly Parton, to name only a few, making each version distinctively hers.” --NPR

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Shawn Colvin (Kendra Swanson supports)
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

Shawn Colvin (Kendra Swanson supports)

In an era when female singer/songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured lifetime companions for their listeners. As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warm-hearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor. In the 27 years since the release of her debut album, Colvin has won three Grammy Awards, released eleven albums, written a critically acclaimed memoir, maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, and created a remarkable canon of work.

shawncolvin.com

Kendra Swanson is a song-writer and performer of lively, folksome music: frailing banjo, rigorous guitar, soulful strings, and hearty vocals to boot. Her music distinctly embodies a truly Americana sound from (and about) the heartland, with intimate reflections on its flora, fauna, and people. She has independently produced and released three all-original albums, “Kendra & Kin, Live in Rockford” (2013) , “Go Down to the Low Down” (2015), and "Without, Within" (2017). A troubadour and professional naturalist, she blends stories and ecology into one-of-a-kind performances of laughter and truth. 

www.kendraswanson.com

Tickets: $40

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Dom Flemons (Nickel&Rose supports)
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Dom Flemons (Nickel&Rose supports)

Black Cowboys is the new album from multi-instrumentalist, songster, and co-founding member of the Grammy Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons. More than a collection of songs from the "wild west," the record sheds light on the prominent but often overlooked role African American pioneers played in westward expansion.

Flemons is also a historian, music scholar, and collector. He has long carried a torch of awareness that many traditional American songs and tunes in fact originated from, or were influenced by, the musical and storytelling traditions of African Americans and Native Americans. On his rendition of "Home on the Range," arguably one of the most celebrated Western songs of all time, Flemons explains that the popularized version came from a variant recorded in 1908 and sung by a black bartender in San Antonio. With this recording, Flemons further solidifies his place at the contemporary forefront of the American song tradition, and presents an innovative blend of traditional forms with a modern sensibility for the 21st century.

Nickel&Rose supports: 
Nickel&Rose have influences that span the spectrum of American music. Carl’s background brings elements of West African music and Blues while Johanna brings her experience playing Bluegrass, Folk and Jazz. From loss to heartbreak to love, Nickel&Rose address the human experience with gentle harmonies and soul stirring cries. With a shared appreciation for traditional music and a desire to break rules, the two have have created a unique sound that embodies Americana's past and future.

www.theamericansongster.com

www.nickelandrose.com

Tickets: $20

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An Evening with Hawktail
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Hawktail

Brittany Haas (fiddle), Paul Kowert (bass), and Jordan Tice (guitar) brought in mandolinist Dominick Leslie to round out the full-bodied sound of Hawktail and spun a naturally cohesive groove. Music fans will recognize them from their various other outfits (Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, Crooked Still, A Prairie Home Companion) and enjoy this unique instrumental offering.

With Unless, Hawktail has delivered an album of original instrumental music that showcases their unique talents. A mixture of recordings from the studio and from shows, this album was written to be played live for people in a room. The inclusiveness of that extends beyond the speakers: a finger on the string, a rush of energy when you didn’t expect it – this is music made to be enjoyed.

www.hawktailmusic.com

Tickets: $17

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Charlie Parr
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Charlie Parr

Charlie Parr is a roots musician like no other today. His blistering picking -- he switches between acoustic guitar, dobro and banjo -- and keening, cut-through-the-crowd vocals resonate with a conviction that runs deep and true. His heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals are authentic in the truest sense. Quiet, thoughtful and humble, the Minnesota musician has built a frenzied following of fans around the world with his energetic performances and 13 records including his latest, Dog. The rural surroundings of his blue collar upbringing are reflected in his musical style and simple, honest lifestyle. Parr’s self-taught mix of slide, finger-picking, and quasi-frailing technique, together with a voice that's low on drama and high on impact, is something to behold.

www.charlieparr.com

Tickets: $25

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Loudon Wainwright III
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright III is a singer songwriter and actor. In 1968 he began to write songs and in 1969 recorded his first album. Wainwright has recorded twenty-seven albums, including his 2010 Grammy Award winning High, Wide, & Handsome. His songs have been covered by Johnny Cash, Mose Allison, Rufus Wainwright, Bonnie Raitt, and Earl Scruggs among others. As an actor he has appeared on TV (M*A*S*H, Ally McBeal, Undeclared), in movies (Big Fish, The Aviator, Knocked Up), on Broadway (Pump Boys and Dinettes) and Off (Hot Lunch Apostles, Surviving Twin).

www.lw3.com

Tickets: $35

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“Mr. Wainwright wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation.” - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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Kruger Brothers
Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Kruger Brothers

Originally from Switzerland, brothers Uwe and Jens Kruger began playing North American folk music at an early age and were particularly inspired by recordings of Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and other progenitors of country, bluegrass and folk music. Their first public performances were as a duo, busking on the streets of cities throughout eastern and Western Europe. After gaining a recording contract as well as a radio show SRG SSR, the Swiss public broadcaster, they teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, inaugurating a trio that has been playing professionally together since 1995.

The group is highly regarded within the world of acoustic music in North America, in particular by those within the industry. They have also gained the attention of some of the musicians, including Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Tut Taylor, and Babby Hicks, that once served as models. Watson has said, "The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I've ever played with. ...I love to play music with them."

krugerbrothers.com

Tickets: $25

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Brubeck Brothers Trio
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

Brubeck Brothers Trio

Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966—nearly a half century ago. They’ve subsequently played a variety of styles in a number of different groups, as well as with their father, jazz giant Dave Brubeck, and with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet. They perform at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe. The Brubeck Brothers’ latest release, LifeTimes was a hit on the Jazz Week radio chart where it made the Top Ten list as one of the most played jazz recordings of the year. Although their style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music. The group’s creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.

www.brubeckbrothers.com

Tickets: $27

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Lee Ann Womack
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Lee Ann Womack

Artists don’t really make albums like Lee Ann Womack’s The Lonely, The Lonesome, and the Gone anymore. Albums that seem to exist separate and apart from any external pressures. Albums that possess both a profound sense of history and a clear-eyed vision for the future. Albums that transcend genres while embracing their roots. Albums that evoke a sense of place and of personality so vivid they make listeners feel more like participants in the songs than simply admirers of them. The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone is her most personal album to date, marking the culmination of a journey that began with her 2005 CMA Album of the Year, There’s More Where That Came From, toward an authentic American music that celebrates her roots and adds to the canon.

www.leeannwomack.com

Tickets: $45

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Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

A life full of music. That's the story of Ricky Skaggs. By age 21, he was already considered a "recognized master" of one of America's most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music. His life's path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact.

With an astounding discography and a jaw-dropping list of accolades, Ricky Skaggs has often said that he is "just trying to make a living" playing the music he loves. But it's clear that his passion for it puts him in the position to bring his lively, distinctively American form of music out of isolation and into the ears and hearts of audiences across the country and around the world. Ricky Skaggs is always forging ahead with cross-cultural, genre-bending musical ideas and inspirations.

www.rickyskaggs.com

Tickets: $50

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Scott Mulvahill
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Scott Mulvahill

As a teenager, Scott Mulvahill picked up the bass guitar on a whim. With the encouragement of his teacher, he went on to study music in college. After graduation and a move to Nashville, Mulvahill met American music icon Ricky Skaggs and joined his Grammy-winning band, Kentucky Thunder. Touring with Skaggs for five years gave Mulvahill the impetus to begin songwriting with his upright bass.

Mulvahill has since shared the stage with some of the greatest artists of modern music such as Alison Krauss, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Bruce Hornsby, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, and many more as well as having had the honors of being featured in NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, the International Songwriting Competition, John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and American Songwriter Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Contest. Currently, Mulvahill is touring in support of his September release, Top of the Stairs (EP).

www.scottmulvahill.com

Tickets: $17

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Hal Ketchum
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Hal Ketchum

Five years ago, Hal Ketchum packed up his guitars and left Nashville, returning home to Texas after a successful, 20+ year career in country music. He was exhausted and battling multiple sclerosis, a condition that often left him partially paralyzed. What followed was a time of great reflection, a time for Ketchum to sit on his porch and document everything he saw, leading to the recording of I’m the Troubadour and the sound of an artist finding his own redemption in the strum of an acoustic guitar, the boom of a kick drum, and the trill of an upright piano. It’s an album inspired by years of struggle, performed by a songwriting legend who’s glad to finally get his groove back.

www.halketchum.com

Tickets: $30

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Words & Music by Dan Wilson
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Words & Music by Dan Wilson

“Words & Music by Dan Wilson” is an evening of songs and stories which pulls back the curtain on the art of songwriting. Between stripped down renditions of some modern-day classics he has written on his own and with collaborators including Adele, Dixie Chicks and Carole King, Grammy winning singer-songwriter and producer Dan Wilson shares his insights into writing and tells the stories behind the songs, including some of his most successful collaborations.
Wilson has brought his Words & Music series to a wide number of venues throughout the US, UK, and Europe, including: Hotel Cafe and Largo in Los Angeles, Joe's Pub in New York City, St Giles Church in London, the Red Barn concert series in Northfield, MN, and Schubas Tavern in Chicago. Wilson has also presented Words & Music workshops at UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music, and USC's Thornton School of Music. He also has a popular Instagram series called "Words And Music In Six Seconds."

danwilsonmusic.com

Tickets: $30

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Mike Farris
Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

Mike Farris

It’s in the quiet moments sprinkled deftly throughout his new album, Silver and Stone, that Mike Farris reveals a previously hidden side of his singular instrument. His voice, widely known for its power and range, becomes a vessel for something more subtle but infinitely more rare and challenging to capture—the pure, authentic nature of returning to your roots. Musically, the album delves deep into Farris' background with a wide range of influences, drawing as much from Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers as from Bon Scott and Steve Marriott. Farris’ larger-than-life vocals, straight out of the South, sharpened in the clubs of New York City, honed over a lifetime of collaboration and stage time with the likes of Patty Griffin, Patti Austin, Double Trouble, and his own Roseland Rhythm Revue, deliver not only the funky danceable blues-rock that draws audiences to his live shows but also a deeper insight into Farris’ hard-earned understanding of the complexities of the human condition.

www.mikefarrismusic.com

Tickets: $25

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Suzy Bogguss: A Swingin' Little Christmas
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

Suzy Bogguss: A Swingin' Little Christmas

Suzy Bogguss is one of country music’s most pristine and evocative vocalists. With the release of the Illinois native’s 1989 major label debut, Somewhere Between, Suzy quickly became one of the key artists that defined those golden days of ’90s country. She scored a string of Top 10 singles with country radio staples like “Outbound Plane,” “Drive South,” “Hey Cinderella,” “Letting Go” and “Aces,” and her 1991 album of that name was certified platinum. In addition, she scored a trio of gold albums and notched more than 3 million sales. On her new album, Lucky, a collection of songs all written by Merle Haggard, Suzy Bogguss, the CMA, ACM and Grammy Award-winning singer, makes the country rebel’s compositions her own, reinterpreting classics like “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “Silver Wings” and “Today I Started Loving You Again” from a female point of view.

suzybogguss.com

Tickets: $30

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The Lone Bellow: TRIIIO /// Acoustic Tour (Robert Ellis Supports)
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

The Lone Bellow: TRIIIO /// Acoustic Tour (Robert Ellis Supports)

The Lone Bellow’s third studio album, Walk Into A Storm, was released last fall on Descendant Records/Sony Music Masterworks. The album was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded in Nashville, TN.

It’s been three years since the band’s victorious, Then Came The Morning was released. The album was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner and nominated for an Americana Music Award. The Lone Bellow appeared on Kimmel, Letterman, Conan, CBS This Morning, Later…with Jools Holland and James Corden in support of the album. In the years since the release the band left their beloved adopted home of Brooklyn and moved to Nashville, TN.

Country songwriter Robert Ellis made a name for himself in Houston, Texas where he was inspired by the country, folk, and bluegrass records he’d heard while growing up in the southern part of the state. He released three albums before his 2016 eponymous recording at Sugar Hill Studios.

www.thelonebellow.com

www.robertellismusic.com

Tickets: $27

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Playtime Productions: The Prince & The Pauper
Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

Playtime Productions: The Prince & The Pauper

Mark Twain's tale of mayhem and mischief erupts when a poor boy and a prince exchange places and step into the shoes of one another. The story is based on the life of Edward VI, the last Tudor King of England.

For over two decades, Playtime Productions Children's Theatre has been delighting audiences with its creative and spirited renditions of classic tales. When performed by Playtime Productions, each of these endearing stories is retold with an eye to the present, always with a twist and many a surprise.

www.playtimeproductions.org

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Michael Perry & the Long Beds
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Michael Perry & the Long Beds

Wisconsin’s favorite bestselling humorist and author Michael Perry returns with his band the Long Beds for a night of music, storytelling, and laughter. Perry began writing songs in the early 1990s during long nights when he was struggling to survive on prose; fast-forward twenty years and the Long Beds are currently recording their third album. Often described as "country folk," "roughneck folk," "folk-twang," and Americana, they prefer the description given by an audience member after a benefit concert in Perry's old high school gym: "You sound just like Gordon Lightfoot... only zippier!"
www.sneezingcow.com

Tickets: $25

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The Cactus Blossoms
Feb
8
7:30 AM07:30

The Cactus Blossoms

The "alt country" music scene isn't as big as it used to be, but there's still a lot of vintage twang in the Twin Cities, courtesy of the Cactus Blossoms. The Minneapolis group, fronted by brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, harkens back to the roots of country with its earnest songs and pristine harmonizing. Torrey and Burkum play country music the way the best always have: with an ear for universal truth in commonplace stories and for real emotion in simple melodies and beautiful harmonies. The Cactus Blossoms deliver hand-in-glove harmonies that mimic some of the giants of early country-- the Louvin Brothers; the Delmore Brothers; the Everly Brothers. For Jack Torrey, the core of the Cactus Blossoms is the singing. “Your voice is the most expressive thing that you have, if you let it be.”

www.thecactusblossoms.com

Tickets: $25

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Steely Dane
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

Steely Dane

Winner of the MAMA award for best cover band and Madison Magazine’s Best Cover Band, Steely Dane is dedicated to not only faithfully reproducing the Steely Dan and Donald Fagen songbook, but to bringing an energetic live-show experience to the crowd. Fifteen of Dane County’s best jazz and rock musicians have banded together around their passion for Steely Dan music, playing in the same configuration as the Steely Dan touring band including a four piece horn section and three background singers. Shows consist of hits and deep cuts and sometimes even complete albums and are sure to have you out of your seats singing along.
www.steelydane.com  

Tickets: $25

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Davina and the Vagabonds
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

Davina and the Vagabonds

Since exploding onto the scene in 2005, Davina and the Vagabonds have grown from a down-and-dirty blues band into one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles on the international stage. This high-energy quintet has established itself with a stellar live show, a professional look, and good old-fashioned hard work. In recent years they have performed in 45 states, 2 Canadian provinces and 12 European countries.

With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band draws from the last 100 years of American music, and is converting audiences one show at a time. So much more than just a blues act, DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice. Davina is a true original.

davinaandthevagabonds.com

Tickets: $22

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Gaines & Wagoner
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Gaines & Wagoner

Featuring music from their 2018 release,  “LO-FI EP No. 1” and new tunes yet to be written and recorded, Gaines and Wagoner return to the Stoughton Opera House on Feb. 16, 2019 under their own names.  Joined by Milwaukee-based drummer, Erik Radloff, Gaines & Wagoner will also be introducing their new backing electrified string trio, The Diddy Wah Diddies. Some theatrics can neither be confirmed nor denied.  This is a mid-winter Gaines & Wagoner concert you should only miss if you can’t come for some reason!

Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines have been in-demand private instructors, session musicians and performers in the Midwest for over three decades with tours spanning the US and Europe. Together and separately, they are founding members of several of Wisconsin’s favorite musical groups, past and present: Harmonious Wail (vintage jazz), The Common Faces (original “folk-soul”), The Bob Westfall Band (original “jazz-grass”), The Moon Gypsies (original Americana / Roots-Rock), The Stellanovas (“cafe jazz”) and Graminy (original “class-grass”). Regular work with other ensembles and artists has included: Randy Sabien’s “Fiddlehead” Band, Salt Creek (progressive Bluegrass band based in Milwaukee), The North Country Drifters (Western Swing), The Best Westerns (Western Swing), Honor Among Thieves (Original Rock) and performance and recording with singer/songwriters, Carrie Newcomer, Tret Fure, L.J. Booth, Whitney Mann, Josh Harty and Blake Thomas.

www.gainesandwagoner.com

Tickets: $17

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Robbie Fulks
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

Robbie Fulks

Robbie Fulks is a singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. His most recent release, 2017’s Upland Stories, earned year’s-best recognition from NPR and Rolling Stone among many others, as well as two Grammy® nominations, for folk album and American roots song (“Alabama At Night”).

Fulks was born in York, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a half-dozen small towns in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. After 1980s stints playing with Greg Cahill’s Special Consensus Bluegrass Band and teaching at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, Robbie worked as a staff songwriter on Music Row in Nashville (1993-1998). His early solo work includes the influential early "alternative-country" records Country Love Songs (1996) and South Mouth (1997). His music from the last several years hews mainly to acoustic instrumentation; it returns him in part to his earlier bluegrass days, and extends the boundaries of that tradition with sparsely orchestrated reflections on love, the slings of time, and the troubles of common people.

www.robbiefulks.com

Tickets: $25

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Sierra Hull
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Sierra Hull

As a singer and mandolinist, Sierra Hull boasts a resume more noteworthy than most accomplish in a lifetime. The former child prodigy signed with Rounder at 13 and has traveled around the world sharing her music, playing rooms such as the White House, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Berklee gave her the school’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship (a first for a bluegrass musician), and now she has released Weighted Mind, her long-anticipated fourth album, on which her ethereal voice and fluid playing take center stage. Though she is best known for her work as a mandolin player, in this album of loss and restoration, Hull reveals her abundant gifts as a composer and lyricist.

www.sierrahull.com

Tickets: $27

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Marcia Ball/Sonny Landreth: Two Great Bands One Great Night
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

Marcia Ball/Sonny Landreth: Two Great Bands One Great Night

“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow.

www.marciaball.com

Virtuoso slide guitarist and bandleader, Sonny Landreth has collaborated with the very top names in guitar over the years: Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson, Derek Trucks – the list goes on. The noted slideman cut his musical teeth in The Red Hot Louisiana Band of zydeco king Clifton Chenier, and Landreth has since recorded and toured with artists ranging from John Mayall to John Hiatt.

www.sonnylandreth.com

“Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” - The New York Times

Tickets: $42

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The Milk Carton Kids
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

The Milk Carton Kids

Usually seen dressed in suits and outfitted with guitars and a single shared mic between, the Milk Carton Kids Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale are well known for their dry humor and singular harmonies. With their new ANTI-Records’ release All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do, the Kids delve into a new sound that involves a sizable band and backing vocals.

“There are only so many things you can do alone in life that allow you to transcend your sense of self for even a short period," Pattengale says. "I'm the lucky recipient of a life in which for hundreds of times, day after day, I get to spend an hour that is like speaking a language only two people know and doing it in a space with others who want to hear it.

By extending that language to a band and reimagining the boundaries around what acoustic-centered two-part harmony can sound like, All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do carries listeners down a river and out into the open sea.

www.themilkcartonkids.com

Tickets: $50

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Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives--TWO SHOWS
Mar
2
3:00 PM15:00

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives--TWO SHOWS

Five-time Grammy winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, and charismatic force of nature 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.

www.martystuart.net

Tickets: $40

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Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives--TWO SHOWS
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives--TWO SHOWS

Five-time Grammy winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, and charismatic force of nature 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.

www.martystuart.net

Tickets: $40

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Choir! Choir! Choir!
Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

Choir! Choir! Choir!

DATE CHANGED! This is rescheduled from October 11th, 2018.

Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (AKA “DaBu”) started Choir! Choir! Choir! as a weekly drop-in singing event in 2011. Equal parts singing, comedy, and community-building, the night unfolds like a dream: you get a lyric sheet at the door, DaBu teaches you the vocal arrangement, and a video is recorded. Everyone has a ball and goes home feeling great! Now touring internationally, C!C!C! boasts a dedicated and passionate membership of inspired singers from in-and-around Toronto. They have performed in holes, on hills, and on big stages, and have included guest singers such as Rufus Wainwright, Tegan and Sara, Patti Smith, Bruce Cockburn, Kathleen Edwards, Colin Hay (Men At Work), Joel Plaskett, Sarah Harmer, and Chris Murphy (Sloan).

www.choirchoirchoir.com

Tickets: $25

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Tom Sharpe
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Tom Sharpe

Tom Sharpe is the drummer for the Grammy Award winning group Mannheim Steamroller and an internationally recognized, critically acclaimed composer. He is a sought out performer and clinician, and the creator of his own group, the Tom Sharpe Ensemble. Tom’s compositions have won many awards, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the Broadjam World Music Contest. He is alumni of the Interlochen Arts Academy, and holds the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from DePaul University. Tom’s current solo performances are in support of his latest release – a symphony released in 2014 titled Lifting the World.

www.tomsharpe.com

Tickets: $20

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The Gibson Brothers
Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers’ brand of bluegrass is a visceral mix of heritage and soaring harmony, making them the premiere brother duet of the genre, following in the footsteps of legendary brother acts such as the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and the Osborne Brothers. Their first-ever album of entirely original songs, In the Ground sees the Gibson Brothers taking on their own roots as the sixth generation of Gibsons to grow up on their family farm. The two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year follow up their stellar, 5-times nominated tribute to brother harmonies, Brotherhood, with this latest effort, which digs even deeper into their commitment to family and their history. The themes come from the farm, their childhood, and the region in which they were raised. One can hear their dedication to the songs, from the lighthearted to the profound; in the modernity of the lyrics, matched with a virtuosity that feels somehow both traditional and revelatory. Featuring celebrated, award-winning Dobro player Rob Ickes, In the Ground reaches into new territory for the Gibson Brothers as they reflect on their past.

www.gibsonbrothers.com

Tickets: $25

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Eilen Jewell
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Eilen Jewell

Dubbed the Queen of the Minor Key, Eilen Jewell’s unique originals feature a blend of influences from early blues, rockabilly and surf-noir, to 1960s era rock and roll. She and her band tour relentlessly, regularly selling out venues around the world. She has shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, George Jones, Emmylou Harris and many more. Jewell is currently recording her fifth, full-length, solo album with her long-time road band of Jerry G. Miller (named instrumentalist of the year the past two years in a row), husband and drummer Jason Beek, and slapping upright bass player Johnny Sciascia.

www.eilenjewell.com

Tickets: $27

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Michael Perry: Writing From The Middle Of Nowhere
Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

Michael Perry: Writing From The Middle Of Nowhere

The New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin will unravel his accidental trip into the writing life! Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom, and his latest, Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy. His first book for young readers, The Scavengers, was published in 2014 and first novel for adult readers, The Jesus Cow, was published in May of 2015.

Raised on a small Midwestern dairy farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a ranch in Wyoming, then wandered into writing. 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 (currently recording their third album). He has recorded three live humor albums including Never Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues.

www.sneezingcow.com

Tickets: $20

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Rodney Crowell
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Rodney Crowell

The roots of Americana’s current incarnation can be traced back to Rodney Crowell, the Texas-born songwriter who’s collaborated with everyone from Emmylou Harris to Waylon Jennings, all while maintaining a solo career that's netted him two Grammys and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Crowell's new album Close Ties unfolds like a history lesson of his personal mythology and the music that shaped it. The collection considers Crowell's influences while looking to the future, each song delivered with Crowell's slight growl and poet's eye for detail. “There’s no doubt that Crowell was an architect of Americana as we know it, and with Close Ties, we’re fortunate to have a look at his blueprints.” --NPR Music
www.rodneycrowell.com

Tickets: $35

 

 

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The Subdudes
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Subdudes

Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, the Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures. The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude, and folky social consciousness — not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any five musicians.

Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist John Magnie, the Subdudes came together in 1989 after backing artists such as Joni Mitchell and Rosanne Cash. Drawing most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans and blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals, the Subdudes are also notable for the substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass.

www.subdudes.com

Tickets: $35

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Tim O'Brien Bluegrass Band
Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

Tim O'Brien Bluegrass Band

Born in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 16, 1954, Grammy winning singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. Tim first toured nationally in the 1980’s with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. Kathy Mattea scored a country hit with his song “Walk The Way The Wind Blows” in 1986, and soon more artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks covered his songs. Over the years, Tim has released 15 solo CD’s, as well as collaborations with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old time musician Dirk Powell. He’s performed or recorded with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin and produced records for Yonder Mountain String Band, David Bromberg, and Canada’s Old Man Luedecke.

timobrien.net

Tickets: $35

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Roy Rodgers and the Delta Rhythm Kings
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

Roy Rodgers and the Delta Rhythm Kings

For nearly 30 years Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings have continued to bring the blues to its legions of fans around the world. He was indeed named for the singing cowboy. A singer, himself, and also a master slide guitarist with a distinctive and instantly recognizable style, Rogers has recorded with Miles Davis, Taj Mahal and recorded two albums together in a band with former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek. As a producer he is perhaps best known for John Lee Hooker’s classic comeback album “The Healer” featuring Bonnie Raitt, Santana, Los Lobos and more which earned a Grammy Award.

A night with the Roy Rogers and The Delta Rhythm Kings features classics and originals ranging from the acoustic slide blues of Robert Johnson, Lighting Hopkins to the rockin’ blues of John Lee Hooker and Muddy Water songs such as “Shake Your Money Maker”, “Walkin’ Blues”, “Terraplane Blues” “Dust My Broom” and “The Sky is Crying.”

www.roy-rogers.com

Tickets: $25

 

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Leo Kottke
Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

Leo Kottke

Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11. Kottke has been awarded two Grammy nominations, a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.

leokottke.com

Tickets: $35

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Robyn Hitchcock
Apr
4
7:30 PM19:30

Robyn Hitchcock

Described by its creator as “an ecstatic work of negativity,” Robyn Hitchcock instantly stands among the most energized and ambitious recordings of the iconic troubadour’s long career. Hitchcock’s 21st studio recording and first-ever eponymous release, the album sees him casting familiar shapes into surprising new forms, the sci-fi fueled sounds and visions that first stimulated his work now ribboned with experience and hard-earned wisdom. Spanning dystopian psychedelia (“Mad Shelley’s Letterbox,” “Time Coast”), inspired folk baroque (“Raymond and the Wires,” “1970 In Aspic”), even rambunctious liver-fried country (“I Pray When I’m Drunk”), Robyn Hitchcock marks both a masterful new chapter and ideal entry point into Hitchcock’s wildly brilliant oeuvre.

www.robynhitchcock.com

Tickets: $25

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Carlene Carter
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Carlene Carter

Carlene Carter has been releasing music for almost four decades. The daughter of June Carter Cash and country star Carl Smith, and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, she is the physical embodiment of the Carter Family in the 21st century.

Her most recentl album release is Carter Girl, a Don Was-produced collection of Carter Family songs and originals, inspired by her family. Carlene spent the better part of the last few years on the road with John Mellencamp on his Plain Spoken tour, both as a support act and joining him on stage nightly to perform duets. She also played a role in the touring production of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the southern gothic musical play written by Stephen King and Mellencamp. The release of Sad Clowns and Hillbillies in 2017 by John Mellencamp features Carlene Carter and includes newly penned songs by Carlene.

Carlene started her career singing with The Carter Family at 17. With the 1978 release of her self-titled debut album, she established herself on the edgier end of the country music spectrum, having recorded it in England with Graham Parker’s band The Rumour. When Maybelle Carter died later that fall, Chet Flippo wrote in Rolling Stone that she “lived to see her granddaughter Carlene merge Nashville with contemporary rock and roll.”

www.carlenecarter.net

Tickets: $30

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Harp Twins
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Harp Twins

Young harpists Camille and Kennerly Kitt, known as the Harp Twins, have achieved extraordinary success by taking electric harps and acoustic concert grand harps to unprecedented levels and smashing boundaries between different genres of music. The duo has amassed over 1 million fans across their social media sites and over 65 million views on their YouTube music videos, easily making Camille and Kennerly the most followed and recognizable harp duo in the world. Mixing their virtuoso harp skills with their stunningly complex arrangements of rock, metal, and soundtrack hits, the Harp Twins deliver exciting and interactive performances audiences cannot forget!

www.harptwins.com

Tickets: $15

“Everything that they write and play is meticulously arranged and practiced to perfection. It is not hard to see why they continue to gain fans wherever they go." --Musing on Music

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Opera for the Young: Super Storm
Apr
7
1:30 PM13:30

Opera for the Young: Super Storm

A storm is brewing and it's sure to be thrilling! Opera for the Young has commissioned a brand new opera for young audiences: librettist Diane Garton Edie and composer Scott Gendel (both from Madison, WI) have already begun their work on Super Storm. This original opera showcases individuality and cooperation. Four very different vocalists discover their unique strengths when caught in a Super Storm. Students from each school play abandoned cats and dogs hiding out in the same cave during the bad weather. A lot happens…

Opera for the Young brings live, professional opera to elementary school audiences. Each year, OFTY reaches over 75,000 elementary school children throughout the Midwest to ignite an enthusiasm for opera. All productions are fully staged, sung in English and adapted especially for kids.

www.operafortheyoung.com

Tickets: $5 at the door

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Chris Smither
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Smither

Honing a synthesis of folk and blues for 50 years, Smither is truly an American original. Reviewers and fans from around the world, including Rolling Stone and The New York Times, agree that Chris continues to be a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist, and intense performer as he draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers.

Call Me Lucky is the new record from Chris Smither and is his first set of brand new originals in six years. Recorded at the gorgeous Blue Rock Studio in the Texas foothills Call Me Lucky features longtime producer and multi instrumentalist David Goodrich, drummer Billy Conway (Morphine), Matt Lorenz (aka The Suitcase Junket), Mike Meadows, and engineer Keith Gary. The new record features Smither trademark songs that offer commentary on the human condition with a wink of an eye and pulls from deep in the soul. To complete the project are a couple of surprise covers that remind us of Chris' deftness as a song interpreter as he makes the songs his own.

smither.com

Tickets: $25

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Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

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.

www.rhondavincent.com

Tickets: $35

 

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Asleep at the Wheel--TWO SHOWS
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Asleep at the Wheel--TWO SHOWS

Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 46 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums, and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star line up includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and George Strait and newcomers like The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many other fine talents.

Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look and sound. Now traveling as an 8-piece band, recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin), and Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) have instilled a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!

www.asleepatthewheel.com

Tickets: $45

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Asleep at the Wheel--TWO SHOWS
Apr
14
4:00 PM16:00

Asleep at the Wheel--TWO SHOWS

Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 46 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums, and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still The King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star line up includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and George Strait and newcomers like The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many other fine talents.

Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look and sound. Now traveling as an 8-piece band, recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin), and Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) have instilled a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!

www.asleepatthewheel.com

Tickets: $45

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Crystal Bowersox
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Crystal Bowersox

Crystal Bowersox, a northwest Ohio native currently calling Nashville home, has built her life around music.  Crystal’s love for music developed at an early age from a need to find peace in a chaotic world. Through art and creation, Crystal was able to direct her energy and emotion, finding a way to mend a mind in turmoil.  For her, music was always the most effective form of catharsis, and she would play for anyone, anywhere. In her own words, “my guitar was an appendage. I couldn’t live without it.”

Dead set on a career in music, Crystal moved to Chicago as a teenager, where she spent her days performing underground on subway platforms in between working odd jobs. While in the big city, she broadened her musical horizons and shared her talents with a variety of venues, ultimately auditioning for the ninth season of American Idol. Crystal’s time on the show proved to be well spent, as she immediately left the the soundstage for the recording studio. Since her introduction to the world through television, Crystal has released two LP’s, two EPs, and several singles.

www.crystalbowersox.com

Tickets: $32

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The Quebe Sisters
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

The Quebe Sisters

When Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (Kway-bee) raise their fiddles and play, singing in vintage style three-part harmony, jaws drop. The sisters are a marvel: three voices and three instruments rolled into a single sound, rich with harmony and sweet to the ears. With a blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz & swing standards, and Texas style fiddling, the award-winning band has caught the attention of audiences nationwide and beyond. The Quebe Sisters have performed throughout the US and Europe, making appearances on the Marty Stuart Show, the Grand Ole Opry, the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, and NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. With a sound both full and pure, at once vintage and unlike anything you’ve ever heard, the Quebe Sisters Band is a phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed.
www.quebesistersband.com

Tickets: $35

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An Evening with Leftover Salmon: Acoustic Living Room Tour
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Leftover Salmon: Acoustic Living Room Tour

For the past quarter-century, Leftover Salmon has established itself as key to the Americana genre, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences; rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues. They are the direct descendants of bands like Little Feat, New Grass Revival, Grateful Dead and The Band, born of the heart and soul of America itself, playing music that reflects the sounds emanating from the Appalachian hills, the streets of New Orleans, the clubs of Chicago, the plains of Texas, and the mountains of Colorado. They’ve endured over all these years, earning their unequivocal stature as a truly legendary band.

www.leftoversalmon.com

Tickets: $40

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Playtime Productions: The Red Shoes
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Playtime Productions: The Red Shoes

Laugh at the antics of the clowns, Mimm and Mumm, meet the mysterious Madame Pandora, come on a dancing tour of world cultures, and learn the price the heroine, Kaaren, must pay for wearing the beautiful red shoes in a musical production of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Red Shoes."

For over two decades, Playtime Productions Children's Theatre has been delighting audiences with its creative and spirited renditions of classic tales. When performed by Playtime Productions, each of these endearing stories is retold with an eye to the present, always with a twist and many a surprise.

www.playtimeproductions.org

Tickets: $5 per family at the door

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Riders In the Sky
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Riders In the Sky

Round up your herd and join in the fun with America’s favorite singing cowboys! Adorned in colorful Western wear, this 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. Yes, it would be "The Easy Way" to call it a career after 30-plus years, but it wouldn't be "The Cowboy Way!"  The ponies are rested and watered, and Stoughton's Favorite Cowboys are ready to saddle up and ride.
www.ridersinthesky.com

Tickets: $35

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MadFiddle & Highway 151
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

MadFiddle & Highway 151

With fiddles in hand, Madison's premiere youth violin ensemble, MadFiddle, gears up for its annual Stoughton Opera House performance. Drawing on music extracted from Scandinavian folk, bluegrass, Celtic songs, Eastern and blues folk tunes, Appalachian, Brazilian, ragtime, as well as modern acoustic artists, MadFiddle brings students between the ages of six and seventeen together for a romping, stomping, good time. MadFiddle is directed by the Madison Area Music Association's 2016 "Teacher of the Year," Shauncey Ali, and accompanied by the energetic adult backing band, Highway 151 which consists of Chris Powers on mandolin and bouzouki, Pat Spaay on upright bass, and Bruce Anderson on guitar. Thriving on its mad enthusiasm for the instrument, MadFiddle shows up with that blast of inherent joy that comes along with playing music with friends.

madfiddle.shutterfly.com

Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Under 18

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Hot Club of Cowtown
May
2
7:30 PM19:30

Hot Club of Cowtown

Since 1998, the Western swing-gypsy jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown has traveled the world bringing their own brand of magical musical chemistry to audiences far and wide. Along with Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin are equal partners in this original marriage of gypsy-jazz-inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt — which accounts for the “Hot Club” portion of their name — with the hoedowns, traditional tunes, and Western swing-inspired music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, represented in the “Cowtown” of their name. They have created a legacy of the preservation of musical traditions that have often been overlooked by the mainstream and alternative music worlds. Even Americana and roots enthusiasts have only scratched surface of the multitude of musicians, past and present, who continue to inspire the Hot Club of Cowtown.

www.hotclubofcowtown.com

Tickets: $25

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Del McCoury Band
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

Del McCoury Band

Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury is the kind of album only a true icon could release. The Del McCoury Band, featuring Del (guitars, vocals), his sons Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo) McCoury, Jason Carter (fiddle), and Alan Bartram (bass), epitomizes the bluegrass genre.

A devotee of Earl Scruggs, McCoury joined up with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1963 and spent time learning from the Father of Bluegrass while moving from banjo to guitar and taking up the lead vocals. McCoury took a step back while his family was young, but continued to play weekends and festivals until bringing his sons to the stage in the early '80s. It was a move to Nashville in 1992 that propelled the band forward and cemented their place in bluegrass history. Since then, the Del McCoury Band has enjoyed numerous awards and nominations, countless surprising and inspiring collaborations, and a laundry list of recordings. Today the Del McCoury Band is still playing a stand-out show and celebrating a lifetime of musical achievements one song at a time.

www.delmccouryband.com

Tickets: $45

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The Steel Wheels
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

The Steel Wheels

Like a thunderstorm rolling over the hills of their native Virginia, The Steel Wheels perform with an energy that mesmerizes. Their music melds styles from traditional country to gospel, bluegrass to 70s rock. With Trent Wagler’s weathered tenor joined by bell-clear four-part harmonies, Eric Brubaker’s lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel’s grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp’s signature mandolin style, the Steel Wheels have become festival favorites. A dynamic four-piece string band marrying old-time musical traditions to an innovative sound, they will draw you in with their soulful mountain music for a truly magnetic revival.

www.thesteelwheels.com

Tickets: $25

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Della Mae
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Della Mae

Since its formation in 2009, the Boston-bred, Nashville-based Della Mae has established a reputation as a charismatic, hard-touring live act, building a large and enthusiastic fan base while racking up massive amounts of critical acclaim with its first two albums. On their third, eponymous release, the fivesome embraces a fresh set of musical challenges with eleven compelling tunes that embody the musical and emotional qualities of the group's prior output while venturing into uncharted creative territory.

Della Mae expands upon the musical achievements of the group's widely acclaimed, Grammy-nominated 2013 breakthrough album This World Oft Can Be, which established the multi-talented female combo as a potent musical force. With a sensitive yet assertive approach that's steeped in tradition while rooted in the present, the versatile instrumentalist/vocalists draw from a bottomless well of rootsy influences to create vibrantly original music with timeless truths and a contemporary sensibility that places them alongside such roots-conscious young acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

www.dellamae.com

Tickets: $27

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Josh Rouse & Grant Lee Phillips
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Josh Rouse & Grant Lee Phillips

Yep Roc Records labelmates Josh Rouse and Grant-Lee Phillips set off a co-headline tour this fall. Touring together for the first time, the acclaimed singer/songwriters are hitting the road in support of their newest albums, Rouse’s Love in the Modern Ageand Phillips’ Widdershins
 
“I’ve admired Josh Rouse’s music for a long while, “ says Phillips, “I love that he’s always taking his songs to new places, making new discoveries. On a road-trip like this, you find yourselves sharing notes, bouncing ideas off each other, trading guitar chords, keeping each other awake on the highway. It’s a full-on mobile summit.“

Adds Rouse, “I have admired Grant since my early 20’s. When Mighty Joe Moon came out my friends and I thought it was the best record we’d ever heard. I actually sent fan mail! So sharing the stage with him will be a dream come true.”

Capturing the aesthetics of a specific moment in time, Rouse’s Love in the Modern Age takes inspiration from the sound and production of early 1980's releases by The Blue Nile, The Style Council and Prefab Sprout. Trading in his trusty acoustic guitar for a synthesizer, Love in the Modern Age still bears Rouse's distinct fingerprints even as it pushes his limits and forges a bold new chapter more than twenty years into his celebrated career.

Inspired by “the things that eat away in the late hours,” Phillips invests the insight, nuance and wit in a riveting dissection of today’s fraught social landscape. “I made a commitment to myself not to sink into despair,” explains Phillips, who sees in Widdershins a connection to his earliest work with Grant Lee Buffalo. “That was also a time of intense social anxiety. The Gulf War, the LA riots – everything became cranked up. Then a few years later there was the earthquake we lived through, which also made for a time of uneasiness. I was in a heightened state when I wrote that stuff – as I am now.” 

Solidified as one of his generation's most acclaimed songwriters in both the US and Europe, where he's lived on and off since 2004, Rouse recently returned to Nashville, TN. Spending the better part of a year touring behind his critically acclaimed eleventh album, The Embers of Time, Rouse was ready for a change. "Coming off such a heavy record, I wanted to try something different," he explains. "I wanted to explore new sounds and write with a fresh backdrop. 

Hailed by Mother Jones as “criminally underappreciated,” the California-born Phillips –singer, songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, actor, film composer and visual artist – began his career in the early ‘90s as the frontman of the acclaimed trio Grant-Lee Buffalo. Once named “male vocalist of the year” by Rolling Stone, USA Today called him a “soulful balladeer” while Uncut hailed him as a “distinguished U.S. songwriter.”

www.joshrouse.com

www.grantleephillips.com

Tickets: $22

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Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley: Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, western swing, and string band music of all kinds, the partnership of dobro player, Rob Ickes, and acoustic/electric guitarist, Trey Hensley, continues to delight and astound audiences of traditional American music around the globe.

www.robandtrey.com

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen: Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot, they were named IBMA’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year for the second time.

dirtykitchenband.com

Tickets: $25

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Sammy Miller & The Congregation
Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

Sammy Miller & The Congregation

Sammy Miller and The Congregation are on a mission to put the generosity back into jazz and bring art back to the people. They play joyful jazz - a style that entertains, enriches, and most of all uplifts. Grammy-nominated L.A. native drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his relentless focus on making music that feels good as a drummer, singer, and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at Juilliard, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation (Sam Crittenden, trombone; Ben Flocks, tenor sax; Alphonso Horne, trumpet; David Linard, piano; John Snow, bass). As a band, they share the power of community through their music. Award winning theatre incubator Ars Nova selected The Congregation for the ‘Makers Lab’ in 2017 to develop their genre-bending show, “Great Awakening.” While independently the band members have performed and recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, Lady Gaga, and Queen Latifah at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl, they have opted to stick together to spread joy throughout the world.

www.sammymillercongregation.com

Tickets: $25

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Charlie Hunter
Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Charlie Hunter

With a career spanning 25 years and almost 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight-string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms.

charliehunter.com

Tickets: $22

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An Evening with the Julian Lage Trio
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with the Julian Lage Trio

On Modern Lore, Julian Lage's second studio recording with his trio, the composer and guitarist focuses on the groove, building his melodies and solos around the work of the prodigious rhythm section of double bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Modern Lore finds Lage playfully flipping the script he followed on his acclaimed 2016 Mack Avenue debut, Arclight. That album -- produced, like Modern Lore, by Lage's friend and collaborator, the singer/songwriter Jesse Harris -- was his first trio set on electric guitar and found Lage inspired by the sounds and the attitude of the freewheeling, pre-bebop jazz era, when, as he puts it, "country music and jazz and swing were in this weird wild-west period." This time he incorporates the sensibility, if not the outright sound, of early rock and roll, a similarly hybrid form driven by rhythm, personality and a passion for the electric guitar.

www.julianlage.com

Tickets: $27

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Music Appreciation
Oct
1
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation

Soh-Yu hails from Korea and has a Doctorate in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  She and professional pianist Jeannie Yu from Milwaukee will present a concert of music for violin and piano music by women composers throughout music history.

Tickets: Free-will donation at the door

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Peter Mulvey
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

Peter Mulvey

Milwaukee’s Peter Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Mulvey began his career busking on the streets of Dublin and Boston, leading to his first record deal and a leap to full-time national and international touring in the early nineties. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, jazz, spoken word, and Americana. A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to a spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a TEDx talk and an illustrated book. In 2007 he began an annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car and airplane. Mulvey continues to tour, playing over a hundred shows a year, as he has for the past twenty five years. This is the core of what he does: music, in a room, performed for a live audience.

www.petermulvey.com

Tickets: $17

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Billy Strings
Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

Billy Strings

Billy Strings plays hard and he lives hard, picking so fast and intensely that he’s known to break multiple strings per song, and basing the songs he writes on the hard lives he grew up around in the abandoned rural communities of America. His new album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, taps into a deep vein of psychedelia in Americana, referencing everything from the Dead to Sturgill Simpson, but all underlaid by Billy’s undeniable virtuosity and his knowledge of the roots of American music. He’s one of the most beloved young bluegrass guitarists today within the bluegrass community, and his front porch in East Nashville is constantly filled up with Nashville’s best roots musicians just picking up a storm.

www.billystrings.com

Tickets: $25

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Sean Rowe (Girl Blue supports)
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Sean Rowe (Girl Blue supports)

“Like the best baritones, Rowe can sound sinister or sexy, sage-like or sweet.” --NY Daily News

Sean Rowe came of age listening to his father’s record collection that included The Beach Boys and Elvis Presley, but in his late teens it was R.L. Burnside, John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding and Ray Charles that came to epitomize Rowe’s strongest influences. Intimate and honest, Rowe’s deep baritone anchors his songs that pay close attention to the natural world, sparked by his youth in Troy, NY, and extend to his personal present.

www.seanrowe.net

Girl Blue is the pseudonym of singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Arielle O'Keefe . Born and raised in New York and Dallas on classical piano, choir music, hip hop and Ani Difranco, she developed a diverse sense for vocal arranging and storytelling through song. Her debut EP "I Am Not A Star" was embraced by Spotify right from it's release.

www.girlbluemusic.com

Tickets: $15

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Mad Folk Presents: Garnet Rogers & Archie Fisher
Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Mad Folk Presents: Garnet Rogers & Archie Fisher

Mad Folk Presents: Garnet Rogers & Archie Fisher

Garnet Rogers has established himself as ‘One of the major talents of our time”. One of the most influential acts in North American folk music and hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer”, Garnet is a man with a powerful physical presence – close to six and a half feet tall – with a voice to match. With his “smooth, dark baritone” (Washington Post) his incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Cinematic in detail, his songs “Give expression to the unspoken vocabulary of the heart” (Kitchener Waterloo Record). An optimist at heart, Garnet sings extraordinary songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of the small victories of the everyday. As memorable as his songs, his over-the-top humour and lightning-quick wit moves his audience from tears to laughter and back again.

garnetrogers.com


Archie Fisher: Beloved worldwide as one of the finest traditional singers of all time, MBE Archie Fisher is recognized as Scotland’s foremost folk troubadour with a career spanning over four decades. A talent that transcends generations and genres (Scottish indie band Frightened Rabbit had him sing on their song, “The Work”), Fisher came out of the vital UK folk scene that spawned the Incredible String Band, John Renbourn, Steeleye Span and Bert Jansch. It’s been seven years since Fisher’s last release, Windward Away, a collection of introspective ballads that evoke the wild and rough beauty of the Scottish border country. On September 18, Fisher will return with his first album in seven years, A Silent Song, on Red House Records, followed by select US dates

Tickets:  $22

www.madfolk.org

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Music Appreciation
Sep
17
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation

Korean born pianist Dr. Eun Suk Cha received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music at Yonsei University, Korea. After moving to the United States she received a Master of Music at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, achieved Pedagogy skills with Prof. Hanna W. Li, and obtained the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas, Austin. She has performed at concerts across the United States, Europe, and Korea.

Tickets: Free-will donation at the door

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The Harold  López-Nussa Trio
Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

The Harold López-Nussa Trio

Havana-based composer and pianist Harold  López-Nussa is a musician whose musical voice is now being heard around the world. El Viaje (The Journey), López-Nussa’s international debut, visits many genres of music and travels smoothly between classical, native and jazz inspirations. The album reached No. 1 on iTunes Jazz Chart and No. 2 on Amazon’s Jazz Chart. It features The Harold López-Nussa Trio with younger brother Ruy López-Nussa on drums and percussion, himself a star in the distinguished López-Nussa Family of renowned Cuban musicians. A conservatory-trained pianist, Harold  López-Nussa is the first Cuba-based musician to release an album internationally since the lifting of many of the restrictions associated with the longstanding trade embargo.

López-Nussa’s most recent release, Un Día Cualquiera is a forceful statement from a Cuban musician leading his tight-knit Cuban band, recorded in the U.S. (at WGBH Studios in Boston, Mass.), and influenced by music from both countries in ways that transcend narrow notions of “Latin jazz.” The album nods to classic Cuban composers and musicians but it focuses mostly on pianist Harold López-Nussa’s original compositions and his distinctive trio concept.

www.haroldlopeznussa.com

Tickets: $22

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An Evening with Junior Brown
Sep
8
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Junior Brown

If you haven't seen Junior Brown yet, you need to "guit with it!" A one-man musical hot fusion machine, he's coming to town with his unique guit-steel-- part electric guitar and part country steel guitar. A cross between Jimi Hendrix and Ernest Tubb, Junior Brown is one of the best surf guitarists around, with several Grammy nods, a CMA (Country Music Association) award, and an IBMA for his duet with Ralph Stanley. Junior has also collaborated with Hank Thompson, the Beach Boys, George Jones, Leon McAuliffe, Ray Price, Leona Williams, Lynn Morris, Lloyd Green and Doc Watson, and has appeared in many movies and shows (Letterman, Conan, Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits, SpongeBob, X Files, Dukes of Hazzard, Me Myself and Irene, Better Call Saul). His latest album, Deep In The Heart Of Me, was released in May of this year. Seeing Junior Brown live is a definite must; come check out the American Original voted #1 House Rocker by the readers of Guitar Player!
www.juniorbrown.com

Tickets: $30

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Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore: On Stage Together (Jon Langford Supports)
Sep
7
7:30 PM19:30

Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore: On Stage Together (Jon Langford Supports)

 backed by The Guilty Ones

Roots music legends, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, have been friends for 30 years, but only recently realized they had never played music with each other before. So in 2017, Grammy winner Alvin and Grammy nominee Gilmore, decided to hit the highway to swap songs, tell stories, and share their life experiences.

Though Texas born Gilmore was twice named Country Artist of the Year by Rolling Stone, and California native Alvin first came to fame in the hard rocking rhythm and blues band The Blasters, they discovered that their musical roots in old blues and folk music are exactly the same. In these spontaneous shows, audiences enjoyed classic original compositions from the two, and also songs from a wide spectrum of songwriters and styles - from Merle Haggard to Sam Cooke to the Youngbloods. Mutually energized and inspired by these performances, Dave and Jimmie agreed to hit the road again in 2018…this time with a full band and some new stories to share.

www.davealvin.net

www.jimmiegilmore.com

Jon Langford Supports:

Jonathan Denis Langford is a prolific Welsh musician and artist based in Chicago, USA. He is one of the founders of punk band The Mekons, post-punk group The Three Johns and alternative country ensembles The Waco Brothers and Pine Valley Cosmonauts.

jonlangford.de

Tickets: $30

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Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Madlen Breckbill Recital

Presented by John Beutel

Madlen Breckbill (viola), a Stoughton native, Micah Behr (piano) and Zou Zou Robideaux (cello) will present a special recital program at 7:00 pm, August 8 at the Stoughton Opera House. The program will be Beethoven, Brahms and Hindemith. 

Music Appreciation members may remember Madlen from early presentations in the Music Appreciation Series in the early 2000s. She and her brother(cello) and sister (violin) performed beautifully for Music Appreciation quite often when they were in Middle School and High School. Well, Madlen has grown up. She is a UW Madison Music Performance grad, a graduate of the Glenn Gould School of Music at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada and is now performing with the Berlin Konzerthaus Acadamie in Berlin, Germany. Her co-players, John and Zou zou are UW Music Graduates.

 

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The Male Voice Choir Gullgutane from Suldal, Norway
Jul
29
4:00 PM16:00

The Male Voice Choir Gullgutane from Suldal, Norway

The Male Voice Choir Gullgutane from Suldal, Norway performs their musical Farvel du Moder Norge (Farewell to Mother Norway).

Farvel du Moder Norge is a tale of emigration from Suldal, Norway to America in the mid 19th century. The audience is invited to experience the challenges present in Norwegian life at the time; the hard decisions to leave home for a new world “over there;” and the fresh experiences waiting as the travelers disembark from the ship filled with a longing for all they’ve left behind.

The production is brought to life through the use of storytelling, shanties, traditional Norwegian folk songs, and even a few American songs. Drawing on the talents of sixty actors, singers, and musicians ranging in age from eleven to seventy-five, Farvel du Moder Norge will appeal to anyone who has felt a longing for home or the call to greener pastures. 

Tickets: Free-will donation at the door

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Catfish River Music Festival
Jul
6
to Jul 8

Catfish River Music Festival

2018 Catfish River Music Fest Lineup

Friday, July 6

4:00 pm Boo Bradley

5:30 pm Cosmic Strings

7:30 pm Moonhouse

Saturday, July 7

12:00 pm Fendrick & Peck

1:15 pm Birds, Birds, Birds

2:24 pm No Name String Band

4:15 pm Nickel & Rose

5:45 pm Cactus Blossoms

7:30 pm Robbie Fulks

Sunday, July 8

12:00 pm Dave Landau

1:15 pm the iowans

2:24 pm Kendra Swanson

4:15 pm Charlie Parr

5:45 pm Scott Mulvahill

7:30 pm The Way Down Wanderers

For More Details Check the Website

 

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Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society is a homegrown classical music festival noted for diverse music, distinguished nationally-known and Wisconsin musicians, and delightful surprises.  All are invited to this playground for some serious fun!

Our theme for 2018 is Toy Stories. Chamber music is a great vehicle for recapturing that spirit of imaginative play that came to us so easily as kids. Our “toys” aren’t dolls and bears and rubber ducks, but incredible pieces of music that live and breathe, that have their own personalities, that cry with us and laugh with us. We “play” chamber music in every sense of that word. Each of our programs is organized around our quirky take on iconic toys. And in celebration of our 27th season, we’ve scattered various “27s” across our programs.

Just ask Ernie from Sesame Street: there’s nothing like a rubber ducky to transform bath time into fun time. Our week-three program RUBBER DUCKY, YOU’RE THE ONE makes concert time fun time, too, featuring music connected (sometimes obliquely) to waterfowl. This theme might seem unpromising, but in fact is the inspiration for a great program of chamber music. We start with Prokofiev’s whimsical settling of The Ugly Duckling for soprano and piano. Naturally we include The Swan, Saint-Saëns famous work for cello and piano. The British impressionist composer Eugene Goossens (get it?) is represented by  Four Sketches, a beautiful work for flute, violin, and piano. We include Ravel’s Mother Goose, a masterpiece of the four-hand piano repertoire, as well as a set of songs about ducks, geese, and swans by composers as varied as Orlando Gibbons, Gian Carlo Menotti, Emmanuel Chabrier, Gabriel Fauré, and Samuel Barber. In honor of our 27th season, the program concludes with Mozart’s 27th piano concerto, one of his greatest works.

Our third week features radiant soprano Emily Birsan, an audience favorite, singing the Prokofiev and Barber songs as well as Richard Strauss’ op. 27 songs. Local favorites Suzanne Beia, violin, and Leanne League, violin, will be joined by Dynamite Factory artists Jeremy Kienbaum, viola, Trace Johnson, cello, and Satoko Hayami, piano.

Single general admission tickets are $43. Student tickets are always $10! Various ticket packages are also available starting at a series of three for $109.50, but only until June 1. First time subscriptions are ½ off. For tickets AFTER FEBRUARY 15, visit: http://www.overture.org/events/bach-dancing­

For information visit www.bachdancinganddynamite.org or call (608) 255-9866. Tickets can also be purchased at Overture Center for the Arts, (608) 258-4141, www.overturecenter.org (additional fees apply).  Tickets are available at the door at all locations.

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Stoughton Chamber Singers
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

Stoughton Chamber Singers

The Stoughton Chamber Singers, under the direction of John Beutel, will present a variety of choral music for their annual spring concert. The program will feature choral music from various composers and various musical periods. Tickets will be available at the door, general admission.

Tickets: $5 at Door

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Syttende Mai Events
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Syttende Mai Events

The Stoughton Opera House will be participating in the city's Norwegian Syttende Mai Folk Festival on Saturday, May 19. We have several events lined up and will be open for tours in between performances (see below for details).

Saturday, May 19 Opera House Schedule

The theatre will be open to visitors between the hours of 9am-10am and 12:30pm-2:30pm. During the rest of the day, the theatre will be in use for performances.

Sid Boersma and Hardanger Friends: 10am - 10:45am

Sid is a Hardanger Fiddle player and fiddle teacher from Stoughton, Wisconsin.  He has been playing this beautiful instrument for more years than he chooses to admit.  He also plays bluegrass but prefers Norwegian music, and is interested in keeping the Hardanger fiddling tradition alive and well.

Edvard Grieg Chorus: 11:30am-12:15pm

For over 90 years, Madison’s Edvard Grieg men’s chorus has performed Norwegian, spiritual and secular songs for the public. The choir is named for one of Norway’s most famous concert pianists and composers. Grieg’s Romantic-era music borrowed from Norway’s traditional folk music themes and gave the country a national music identity. Modern listeners know Grieg’s work from television, video games and movie scores. The men’s chorus performs annually at the Syttende Mai festival.

The Yellow Boat: 3:30pm-4:30pm | Admission $12

Presented by the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts, The Yellow Boat is based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar's son, Benjamin, who was born with congenital hemophilia, and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS related complications. A uniquely gifted visual artist, Benjamin's buoyant imagination transformed his physical and emotional pain into a blaze of colors and shapes in his fanciful drawings and paintings.

A Scandinavian folksong tells of three little boats: "One was blue, one was red, and one was yellow as the sun. They sailed far out to sea. The blue one returned to the harbor. The red one sailed home too. But the yellow boat sailed up to the sun." Benjamin always concluded his bedtime ritual by saying, "Mom, you can be the red boat or the blue boat, but I am the yellow boat.”

Recommended for children ages 8 and older, parents, families and adults.

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An Evening with Sam Bush
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Sam Bush

Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride Sam Bush has long since established himself as roots royalty, revered for both his solo and sideman work, which includes time with Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and Béla Fleck. For Bush, a lifetime of channeling his energy has led to stylistic innovations that have changed the course of bluegrass and roots music alike. But instead of kicking back and soaking up honors such as an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies, Bush strives relentlessly to create something new. A rapt merging of life and art fills the legendary mandolin player’s new album Storyman, a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the Sam Bush sound.

www.sambush.com

Tickets: $40

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Harmonious Wail
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Harmonious Wail

Though richly influenced by European gypsy musicians, Madison’s own Harmonious Wail bursts through the boundaries of the genre with its enticing arrangements and sheer joy. Smoldering vocals are laced with jazzy mandolin and guitar for an infectious blend of continental jazz, swing, and gypsy music. Harmonious Wail has won multiple Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) awards.

www.wail.com

Tickets: $25

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Music Appreciation: UW Faculty Wind Quintet
May
7
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation: UW Faculty Wind Quintet

The UW-Madison Faculty Wind Quintet featuring flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon.

This is an hour long program of the Music Appreciation Series organized by John Beutel and sponsored by the Stoughton Area Senior Center, The Stoughton Opera House, a grant from the Bryant Foundation, and the donations from attendees. The sessions are free and open to the public.

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Hot Rize
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

Hot Rize

Hot Rize has been astounding the bluegrass world with their fresh, contemporary approach to traditional music ever since their formation in 1978. Named after the secret ingredient in Martha White flour (a longterm sponsor of bluegrass music), the band's unique and progressive style of bluegrass, powerful original songs, tight-as-a-drum ensemble playing, and dynamic stage show quickly made them stars on the major festival circuit and far beyond. In 1990 Hot Rize was named Entertainer of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, the first such award ever given out by the organization. They picked up a Grammy nomination the next year, also winning IBMA Song of the Year. From 1978 to 1998, Hot Rize was Tim O'Brien, Pete Wernick, Charles Sawtelle, and Nick Forster. Starting in 2002, three years after Charles' death in 1999, Tim, Pete and Nick re-formed the band, adding Bryan Sutton on guitar. "Tighter than bark on a tree, Hot Rize tears it up and pleases the crowd. Totally impressive." Billboard magazine

www.hotrize.com

Tickets $40

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Lou & Peter Berryman
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

Lou & Peter Berryman

Masters of the comedy folk song, Wisconsin’s Lou and Peter Berryman charm folk festival audiences across the country with their peculiar, offbeat songs. Lou plays the accordion and writes the music; Peter plays the 12-string guitar and writes the lyrics. The two met in high school and formed their first band in 1964; they formed a jug band in college together in 1966 and led two other bands in 1969 and 1971. Meanwhile, they married in 1967 and were divorced in 1974, but became a professional duo in 1975 and began playing a weekly show at the Club deWash in Madison, Wisconsin in 1977. During the decades to follow, the duo has entertained crowds at folk festivals and coffeehouses across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

www.louandpeter.com

Tickets: $20

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Music Appreciation: Dr. Scott Teeple
Apr
30
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation: Dr. Scott Teeple

Dr. Scott Teeple, Conductor of the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble, presents a discussion on Teaching Music in the 21st Century.Dr. Teeple is director of the Wind Ensemble made up of the most outstanding wind instrument and percussion students at the UW Madison. He also teaches conducting classes.  He will tell us about music at the UW Madison and how the current music scene has changed how music is taught in the 21st Century.  Times they are a changing'.  Come and find out how.

This is an hour long program of the Music Appreciation Series organized by John Beutel and sponsored by the Stoughton Area Senior Center, The Stoughton Opera House, a grant from the Bryant Foundation, and the donations from attendees. The sessions are free and open to the public.

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