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.

The Way Down Wanderers
Dec
9
7:30 pm19:30

The Way Down Wanderers

Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act The Way Down Wanderers draws listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. The Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following, captivating audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show. They have created a buzz with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS” - free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes. The band’s first full-length album, produced by Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers, is due to release on July of 2016.

Tickets: $15

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www.thewaydownwanderers.com

Stoughton Festival Choir & City Band: Christmas Concert
Dec
11
4:00 pm16:00

Stoughton Festival Choir & City Band: Christmas Concert

Come celebrate the community in the spirit of the Christmas season. Both the Festival Choir and the Stoughton City Band will dazzle with a variety of sacred and secular music, plus a carol sing-along. A wonderful tradition for the whole family!

Tickets: Free-will donation

Porter Nickerson - Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson
Dec
17
7:30 pm19:30

Porter Nickerson - Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson

Guitarist and singer/songwriter Willy Porter joins forces with vocalist and Milwaukee native Carmen Nickerson to form Porter Nickerson—two unique artists, one unforgettable sound.

Porter has been turning first-time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades. His blistering guitar playing, rich songwriting, and warm, playful performance style make him a one-man triple threat. Nickerson is an ideal match. Her vocals add lush harmonies to Porter’s songs, making them feel both fresh and timeless. The pair collaborated on the 2013 EP Cheeseburgers and Gasoline and again on Porter’s 2015 record Human Kindness. In 2016 the duo performed as the featured musical guests on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.

Porter Nickerson are excited to bring listeners the new disc, Bonfire to Ash, their first album of original co-writes produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Ben Wisch (March Cohn, Jonatha Brooke) slated for release November 2016.

Together these highly accomplished artists take audiences on a unique musical ride full of heart, grit, energy, and fun that showcases the best of what live music has to offer.  

         Tickets: $25

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www.willyporter.com

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Jan
6
7:30 pm19:30

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

One of bluegrass music’s stalwarts is singer, songwriter and fiddle player Laurie Lewis, a main-stay among Bay Area musicians since the mid-1970s. Lewis writes songs that cut through the noise; as one writer observed, “She does not sing inscrutably about her own life, but looks outward from an intimate perspective, in ways that let us see our own lives reflected back at us.” The members of the Right Hands give Lewis’ music a light, airy quality that complements the crystalline voice that twice won IBMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year. American folk music icon Utah Phillips put it best when he said of Laurie Lewis, “Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it.”

Tickets: $25

www.laurielewis.com

Davina & The Vagabonds
Feb
10
7:30 pm19:30

Davina & The Vagabonds

Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level A musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago.

DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original.

Tickets: $22

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www.davinaandthevagabonds.com

Pokey LaFarge
Feb
15
7:30 pm19:30

Pokey LaFarge

Something in the Water, Pokey LaFarge's seventh album, marks a new landmark in a career that’s already filled with musical highlights.  The St. Louis-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist draws from a deep well of American musical traditions to create distinctively personal music that’s timeless rather than retro, transcending the confines of genre in a manner that reflects the artist’s openhearted attitude.

Incorporating elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues, Western swing, and beyond, LaFarge has created a vibrant, deeply expressive body of work that embodies an expansive musical vision and vivid storytelling sensibility that are wholly his own.  He’s also earned a reputation as a tireless, uniquely charismatic live performer, winning a loyal international fan base that regularly packs his rousing, celebratory live shows. 

Since he began recording in 2006, Pokey has maintained an indefatigable work ethic that’s yielded a wealth of compelling music.  After making a grass-roots splash with his self-released debut album Marmalade and moonlighting as mandolinist with the Hackensaw Boys, he continued to gain notoriety with his widely acclaimed longplayers Beat, Move, and Shake, Riverboat Souland Middle of Everywhere (the latter two were both named Best Americana Album by the Independent Music Awards) and the concert set Live In Holland.

Tickets $25

Pokey LaFarge Website

Hot Club of Cowtown
Feb
16
7:30 pm19:30

Hot Club of Cowtown

Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand.  The Hot Club of Cowtown is a hot jazz/western swing trio, comprising Elana James (vocals, violin), Whit Smith (vocals, guitar), and double bass player Jake Erwin, who sing together in three-part harmony. The band's name comes from two sources: “Hot Club” from the hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli’s Hot Club of France, and “Cowtown” from the western influence of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and the band's love of fiddle tunes, hoedowns, and songs of the American west.  The Hot Club of Cowtown’s new album “Midnight on the Trail” is a vintage mix of 12 Western swing songs and cowboy ballads hand-collected to reflect the spirit and joy of the American West. Utterly danceable, romantic and rustic, these songs truly represent the Cowtown of the Imagination, a source of inspiration for the band since it first began.

Tickets: $25

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www.hotclubofcowtown.com

The Kruger Brothers
Feb
17
7:30 pm19:30

The Kruger Brothers

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.

Tickets: $25

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Steely Dane
Feb
18
7:30 pm19:30

Steely Dane

Winner of the 2015 MAMA award for 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. 20 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.

Tickets: $25

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www.steelydane.com

The Harp Twins: Camille & Kennerly
Feb
25
7:30 pm19:30

The Harp Twins: Camille & Kennerly

Young harpists Camille and Kennerly Kitt use electric harps and acoustic concert grand harps to break down boundaries between music genres. With over 34 million views on YouTube, the twins are easily the most followed and recognizable harp duo in the world. As actors, The Kitt Twins have appeared in commercials, TV shows, and three feature films - two of which also feature the twins performing on their harps. Mixing their virtuoso harp skills with stunningly complex arrangements of rock, metal, and soundtrack hits (interpreting everything from Metallica to The Beatles to instantly recognizable themes from Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings), the Harp Twins perform internationally. Camille and Kennerly’s radical duet harp revolution is changing the word’s perception of the harp and the way harp is played – one song at a time.

Tickets: $15

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www.harptwins.com

Willie Watson
Mar
3
7:30 pm19:30

Willie Watson

Folksinger, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, harmonica), and sometimes songwriter Willie Watson heard a Lead Belly record when he was 12 years old and his musical course was set. Growing up in Watkins Glen, New York, Watson listened to his father's record collection, which included plenty of artists like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, as well as Lead Belly, and later he discovered Harry Smith's famous folk anthology, all of which informed the style and substance of the traditional and old-time music Watson would make his own. He was one of the founding members of the Old Crow Medicine Show, a quintet that specialized in a traditional American string band sound and had left-field platinum success with a revamped Bob Dylan song, "Wagon Wheel," in the late '90s, recording and touring with the group for some 17 years before leaving to go solo in 2011. He released his debut solo album, Folk Singer, Vol. 1, produced by David Rawlings, early in 2014 on Rawlings and Gillian Welch's Acony Records imprint.

Tickets $22

williewatson.com

Sierra Hull
Mar
4
7:30 pm19:30

Sierra Hull

At 24, 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, finished with college, 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.

Tickets: $26

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www.sierrahull.com  

Cherish The Ladies
Mar
9
7:30 pm19:30

Cherish The Ladies

Grammy-nominated Irish-American super group Cherish the Ladies formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene. The ladies have since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, and recorded 16 outstanding albums under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden. Showcasing a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, a sound the New York Times calls “passionate, tender, and rambunctious,” and stunning step dancing, it’s no surprise that Cherish the Ladies is one of the top Celtic groups in the world.

Tickets: $40

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www.cherishtheladies.com

The Subdudes
Mar
10
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.

Tickets: $33

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www.subdudes.com

The Gibson Brothers
Mar
11
7:30 pm19:30

The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers emerged onto the bluegrass scene plucking away with unfaltering determination and skill, Leigh on guitar and Eric on banjo. A blend of powerhouse harmonies and virtuosic picking, their live performance reflect their dedicated and developed musicianship. The twice-voted IBMA Entertainers of the Year have always been inspired by brother duos such as the Monroes, the Louvins, and the Everlys, whose close harmonies have captivated listeners for decades. Their 2015 album Brotherhood salutes such groups with songs spanning nearly a century of American music history from country, bluegrass, and early rock ‘n’ roll brother acts. The tradition of families singing together stretches back through the history of folk music, and with 20 years of professional musicianship behind them, the Gibson Brothers have established themselves as proud keepers of that musical heritage.

Tickets: $25

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www.gibsonbrothers.com

Tuba Skinny
Mar
16
7:30 pm19:30

Tuba Skinny

Formed in in 2009, Tuba Skinny has steadily evolved from a loose collection of street musicians into a solid ensemble dedicated to bringing the traditional New Orleans sound to audiences around the world. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences—from spirituals to Depression-era blues, from ragtime to traditional jazz—their sound evokes the rich musical heritage of their New Orleans home. The band has gained a loyal following through their distinctive sound, their commitment to reviving long-lost songs, and their barnstorming live performances.

Tickets: $20

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www.tubaskinny.bandcamp.com

Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary)
Mar
17
7:30 pm19:30

Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary)

Singer/songwriter Noel Paul Stookey has been altering the musical and ethical landscape of this country and the world for decades—both as the “Paul” of the legendary Peter, Paul and Mary and as an independent musician who believes in bringing the spiritual into the practice of daily life. Irreverently reverent and passionately compassionate, Stookey has a voice known all across the land. Stookey’s music (including over 45 albums) addresses social change while speaking of and to the soul, fusing jazz improvisation and insightful folk lyrics. The political, sociopolitical, spiritual, and cultural dynamics of life’s stories continue to drive his songs. The connection between Stookey and his material, as well as his audience, is immediate, identifiable and electrifying.  

Tickets: $35

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www.noelpaulstookey.com

Marty Stuart
Mar
18
3:00 pm15:00

Marty Stuart

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. 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 heartache 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.

Tickets: $40

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www.martystuart.net

Marty Stuart
Mar
18
7:00 pm19:00

Marty Stuart

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. 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 heartache 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.

Tickets: $40

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www.martystuart.net

Charlie Parr & Willy Tea Taylor
Mar
24
7:30 pm19:30

Charlie Parr & Willy Tea Taylor

Minnesota roots musician Charlie Parr is dedicated to the folk and blues traditions of an earlier era. 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.

Folk singer-songwriter Willy Tea Taylor sings of profound subjects in a simple way. Much of that comes from his upbringing surrounded by rolling hills and horses in Oakdale, California, the small town Taylor calls home to this day. Saving Country Music says of his music, "it is hard to listen to and then say that better songs have ever been written". Combine such lyrics with alluring melodies and a voice that ties them together with emotion as deep as his own roots, and you have Willy Tea Taylor.

Tickets: $22

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www.charlieparr.com

www.willyteataylor.com

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
Mar
25
3:00 pm15:00

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

From the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls and interstate highways of Goodlettsville, Tennessee comes the most entertaining “blast from the past” since Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. They’re the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band — five guys and a scrubboard, with roots like wisdom teeth.  The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band presents a style of music and comedy that recalls old-time country musicians and television programs like Hee Haw, with the band wearing costumes, incorporating props into their shows, telling corny jokes with slapstick and family-friendly comedy. “Pap and the Jug Band,” a comic-relief feature from the Roy Acuff show, inspires the band’s stage show. They have appeared numerous times on the Grand Ole Opry and on the Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV.  If you like old time string band music, jug band music, or if you love good ole country hillbilly music, then the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band is for you!

Tickets: $25

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tennesseemafiajugband.com

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
Mar
25
7:00 pm19:00

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

From the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls and interstate highways of Goodlettsville, Tennessee comes the most entertaining “blast from the past” since Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. They’re the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band — five guys and a scrubboard, with roots like wisdom teeth.  The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band presents a style of music and comedy that recalls old-time country musicians and television programs like Hee Haw, with the band wearing costumes, incorporating props into their shows, telling corny jokes with slapstick and family-friendly comedy. “Pap and the Jug Band,” a comic-relief feature from the Roy Acuff show, inspires the band’s stage show. They have appeared numerous times on the Grand Ole Opry and on the Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV.  If you like old time string band music, jug band music, or if you love good ole country hillbilly music, then the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band is for you!

Tickets: $25

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tennesseemafiajugband.com

Riders in the Sky
Mar
30
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.

Tickets: $35

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 www.ridersinthesky.com    

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Mar
31
7:30 pm19:30

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

When the Queen of Bluegrass comes to town, you don’t want to miss out! Rhonda Vincent 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.

Tickets: $35

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www.rhondavincent.com

Emo Philips
Apr
1
7:30 pm19:30

Emo Philips

Comedy legend Emo Philips has been entertaining audiences and influencing other comics for a generation 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. His career has seen award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials, and many appearances on US and UK network television. He has appeared in films, lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows, 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.  

Tickets: $25

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www.emophilips.com

Music Appreciation
Apr
3
3:00 pm15:00

Music Appreciation

This is an hour long program of the Music Appreciation Series sponsored by the Stoughton Area Senior Center and organized by John Beutel.  The sessions are free and open to the public. The remainder of the 7 programs will be held at the Stoughton Area Senior Center. Program TBA. Contact the Stoughton Area Senior Center for the program a month before this date.

Tickets: Free-will donation

Del McCoury Band (The 2nd Strings supports)
Apr
8
7:30 pm19:30

Del McCoury Band (The 2nd Strings supports)

Bluegrass legend Del McCoury has expressed an authoritative and unrelenting authenticity in music for 50 years. In addition to wowing hardcore bluegrass fans with his particular blend of traditional vocals and top-flight musicianship, McCoury and his band wins new listeners by peppering solid bluegrass sound with hints of country, gospel, and jazz.  With over 30 IBMA awards and multiple Grammys, including being inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall Of Fame, they're the most honored group in bluegrass history. Fans fill venues from Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center to New Orleans' Preservation Hall and the Grand Ole Opry to watch Del and the boys play with sheer joy that shines through in every performance.

The 2nd Strings started as nothing more than a group of friends spending Sunday afternoons together.  All sharing a love for traditional bluegrass, they started to learn to pick.  Amazed at how spending the entire day on one tune could be so much fun, they continued to play and expand on a repertoire of bluegrass standards as well as traditional songs.  The Sunday afternoon sessions soon turned from entertaining themselves to entertaining others.  After many moving parts, the original quintet is together playing Bluegrass as best as a couple 2nd Strings can do. 

Tickets: $45

Del McCoury Website

The 2nd Strings Website

 

Opera for the Young: The Elixir of Love
Apr
9
1:30 pm13:30

Opera for the Young: The Elixir of Love

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. Opera for the Young’s adaptation of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love moves the action to Lonesome Gulch, a town in the American Old West. Miss Addy, Jimmy Reno, and Bill Corey form the love triangle of the story, with Dr. Dulcamara appearing as the "snake oil" peddler who sells the love potion. Students from Kegonsa Elementary will perform on stage as the Justice of the Peace and the Soldier as well as the "Citizens of Lonesome Gulch." Playful melodies and comical characters delight youngsters, while themes of bullying and substance abuse, as well as the age old wisdom of “being true to yourself,” generate thoughtful discussion.

Tickets: $5 at the door

www.operafortheyoung.com

Asleep at the Wheel
Apr
20
7:30 pm19:30

Asleep at the Wheel

Since the early '70s, Asleep at the Wheel has kept 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 its devotion to classic-style Western swing.

Tickets: $40

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www.asleepatthewheel.com

Asleep at the Wheel
Apr
21
7:30 pm19:30

Asleep at the Wheel

Since the early '70s, Asleep at the Wheel has kept 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 its devotion to classic-style Western swing.

Tickets: $40

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www.asleepatthewheel.com

Caitlin Canty
Apr
22
7:30 pm19:30

Caitlin Canty

Caitlin Canty delivers her songs with a dusky alto and a 1930’s Recording King guitar. Her breakout record Reckless Skyline features songs that veer nimbly between country ballads and straight-up rockers, dark blues and sparsely arranged folk. Produced by Jeffrey Foucault, Reckless Skyline garnered glowing praise from NPR, and The San Francisco Chronicle lauded Canty’s, “casually devastating voice and unshakable poise,” and her “easy way with folk, blues and country motifs.” Canty won the 2015 Telluride Troubadour songwriting contest, and she writes and performs with several bands including Down Like Silver, her duo with Peter Bradley Adams. Both on the road and on her records, Canty creates a sound that harnesses the grit and spark at the very heart of American music, tempered with a voice both haunting and distinct.

Tickets: $20

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www.caitlincanty.com

Suzy Bogguss
Apr
27
7:30 pm19:30

Suzy Bogguss

One of the most acclaimed female country singers of the late '80s and '90s, Suzy Bogguss is a small-town girl from Illinois whose résumé includes the Academy of Country Music’s award for Top New Female Vocalist, the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award, six top ten singles, one platinum album, and three gold albums. Bogguss is one of country music’s most pristine and evocative vocalists, with a witty charm, stunningly versatile voice, and intimate stage manner. With her new album Lucky, released on her own label Loyal Dutchess, the singer returns to her early inspiration, Merle Haggard.

Tickets: $30

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Hal Ketchum
Apr
28
7:30 pm19:30

Hal Ketchum

Five years ago, Hal Ketchum packed up his guitars and left Nashville, turning his back on a successful, 20+ year career in country music. He'd already sold more than 5 million albums, racking up a half-dozen Top 10 hits along the way. But Ketchum was exhausted. Try as he might, though, he couldn't stop his musical wheels from spinning. As he sat on the porch of his home, new songs began appearing. The process felt entirely different from his final years in Nashville, when songwriting had been a job. This time around, songwriting was something more. It was personal. It was casual. And Ketchum decided he wasn't ready to give up music, after all. Those new songs became the foundation of I'm the Troubadour. Recorded in a series of single takes, the album is the sound of an artist finding 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.

Tickets: $30

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www.halketchum.com

April Verch Band
Apr
29
7:30 pm19:30

April Verch Band

Moving from exuberant stepdancer to fiddle wunderkind and silver-voiced singer, Verch has never been content to stand still. Her victories in Canada’s Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and Grand Masters Fiddling Competition made her the first woman to take both of the country’s top contests. On her tenth album The Newpart, Verch digs deep into songs and tunes from the era before the often-mined mid-century heyday of bluegrass and folk. Harkening back to vaudeville and beyond, Verch and her fellow trio members pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of upright bass, guitar, clawhammer banjo, mandolin, voices, fiddle, and stepping in intimate conversation. At the heart lie Verch’s delicate soprano, energetic footwork, and stunning playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously for the first time on stage. With ten albums and years of touring under her belt, Verch has moved from upstart prodigy to mature and reflective songwriter, interpreter, and storyteller.

Tickets: $27

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www.aprilverch.com

Ray Wylie Hubbard
May
5
7:30 pm19:30

Ray Wylie Hubbard

At 69, Ray Wylie Hubbard’s post-psycho-country approach to drifter’s rock is more raw-boned and rough-hewn than ever. Guitars hiss, sting, and slash, and the haunted, tribal beats underscore a voice of parched earth. The Texas original continues to write, record, perform, produce, tour, and score movies with the same wily spirit trademarked in the early 70s. Since then, he’s released 17 albums, including his latest, The Ruffian’s Misfortune. The reviews describe Ray Wylie as “one of the most strikingly original musicians in the country,” praising 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.

Tickets: $25

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www.raywylie.com

The Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest On-The-Road featuring Harmonious Wail & The Gonzalo Bergara Trio
May
6
7:30 pm19:30

The Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest On-The-Road featuring Harmonious Wail & The Gonzalo Bergara Trio

Virtuoso composer and lead guitarist Gonzalo Bergara mixes a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, forging his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. His music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous.

Bergara began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. In 2000, at age 19, he arrived in America. He's toured worldwide with John Jorgensen Quintet, as well as performing and recording with hundreds of artists including Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks and Howard Alden. Gonzalo's touring resume covers Croatia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Argentina, Brazil, England, Scotland and the United States.


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. 

Tickets: $25

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www.wail.com

http://sroartists.com/artists/gonzalobergara/

SHEL (Rescheduled!)
May
12
7:30 pm19:30

SHEL (Rescheduled!)

Sisters Eva, Hannah, Sarah and Liza Holbrook, born within a five-year span, were raised in a bohemian, art-loving family in Fort Collins, CO. Each studied classical music while composing and arranging works for their anomalous instrumentation, violin, mandolin, piano and drums, and they soon had festival promoters and media figures championing their fresh, intricately drawn indie-pop-folk sound. SHEL’s spellbinding live performances tap deep skills as instrumentalists and glowing harmonies to generate improbable power on stage. The future belongs to artists who go beyond mere genre blending by focusing on their inner music, and the four powerful personalities of SHEL do just that.

Tickets: $22

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www.shelmusic.com

Syttende Mai Folk Festival
May
20
10:30 am10:30

Syttende Mai Folk Festival

Saturday May 20 – Events at the Opera House

Syttende Mai is an annual folk festival in Stoughton with many activities to celebrate Norwegian Heritage.  The Opera House is open for tours along with some very special music throughout the day on Saturday.  http://www.stoughtonwi.com/syttendemai/

10:30am Fendrick & Peck

Stoughton’s own Madeline Fendrick & Brian Peck are the contemporary embodiment of what makes folk music so intriguing.  Their original songs feature inventive song-smithing, heartfelt words, beautiful vocals and an infectious enthusiasm with a refreshing old-time sensibility.  In celebration of Syttende Mai, you will hear songs like The Lutefisk Waltz and other Norwegian tales from this outstanding folk duo.

11:30am Grieg Male Chorus

The Edvard Grieg Chorus takes its name from the famous Norwegian composer, many of whose compositions are included in the chorus’ repertoire. Founded on Jan. 26, 1925, the chorus was originally known as the Grieg Mannskor (Grieg Men’s Chorus).  While singing Norwegian songs has been the primary focus of the Chorus, sacred and secular songs are also included in its repertoire.

 

Stoughton Chamber Singers
Jun
2
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 the door

Wisconsin Folks: Masters of Tradition
Jun
3
3:00 pm15:00

Wisconsin Folks: Masters of Tradition

Wisconsin's rich cultural heritage shines in this annual concert. Experience the incredible talent of Wisconsin masters in Hawaiian dance and chant, Bharatnatyam classical Indian dance, Armenian oud, Slovenian-style polka, and Hmong qeej.  Joining these performers on stage are their apprentices who are poised to carry it forward. Off stage, meet expert craft artists whose handwork carries their culture in Norwegian rosemaling, Iroquois raised beadwork, Anishinaabe hand drums, and southwest Wisconsin hand-forged hunting knives. You'll leave proud and impressed with Wisconsin's wealth of cultures. Presented by Wisconsin Arts Board and its Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program.

Tickets: $10 General, $5 Per Student

 

 

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society: June Date TBD
Jun
9
7:30 pm19:30

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society: June Date TBD

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society celebrates its 26th season of summer chamber music in the south-central Wisconsin area. Its three-week festival is widely known for divers repertoire played by an ensemble of distinguished Wisconsin musicians and top-flight artists from around the country. A BDDS hallmark, musicians explain the work from the stage, making even the most challenging new work accessible to a general audience. “Chamber music with a bang!” is serious music-making suffused with high energy, surprises, and lots of audience appeal. Contact BDDS for tickets: 608 255 9866

www.bachdancinganddynamite.org


The People Brothers Band: Holiday Variety Show!
Dec
3
7:30 pm19:30

The People Brothers Band: Holiday Variety Show!

One of the staples of Madison's vibrant music scene, The People Brothers Band is an 8-piece Rhythm & Soul powerhouse and their only desire for this special concert is to spread holiday cheer. Their eclectic blend of original grooves, conscious lyrics, and soulfully mastered vocal and instrumental work, along with diverse self-tailored covers, holds the crowd on the edge of their seats. They are the winners of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award for 2014 Soul/R&B Band of the Year and the Madison Area Music Award for 2015 Pop/R&B Album of the Year (Middle of the In Between), 2013 Blues Album of the Year (People Brothers Live) & Blues Song of the Year (Looky Here Mister), but, most importantly, they are a family whose love for music and playing together shines brightly through each performance. This show also features special guests Wheelhouse, Gin Mill Hollow, Rev. Eddie Danger, and Gabby Parsons. Get your People together for the holidays and come to the Opera House!

Tickets: $20

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www.peoplebrothers.com

Mipso (Kristin Andreassen supports)
Dec
2
7:30 pm19:30

Mipso (Kristin Andreassen supports)

Renegade traditionalists Jacob Sharp (mandolin), Joseph Terrell (guitar), Libby Rodenbough (fiddle), and Wood Robinson (double bass) deliver powerfully rhythmic, lyrically sharp, and beautiful four-part harmonies as Mipso. The North Carolina-based indie folk band, influenced by the progressive vibes of Chapel Hill and its surrounding rural landscapes, mixes the complexities of traditional bluegrass with modern instrumentation and smart pop melodies. The result is the intoxicating blend of Americana filling their sophomore album Old Time Reverie. The 2015 album was named among the “Best Records of the Year” by The Guardian, for the band’s “aptitude for stunning harmonies” and “lush and moving songs that feel as fresh as a warm spring rain.” Old Time Reverie sees the quartet expanding its sonic resources while doubling down on experimentation with string band tradition in a gripping, mature reflection of musical and personal growth.

Kristin Andreassen is a songwriter and a percussive dancer who brings both of those talents to a live performance that has been called “inventive” (The New Yorker) and “haunting” (Folk Alley). This winter, she’s excited to be playing with Eau Claire-based drummer and multi-instrumentalist Shane Leonard (Kalispell Band, Field Report).

Kristin’s first musical obsession was American old time music – she played guitar and fiddle with the groundbreaking stringband Uncle Earl (w/ Abigail Washburn, Rayna Gellert & KC Groves) and danced with the Appalachian clogging ensemble Footworks. She turned her attention to songwriting with the "folk noir" vocal trio Sometymes Why (w/ Aoife O'Donovan & Ruth Ungar) where her bandmates lovingly dubbed her "the mistress of metaphor". 2015 saw the release of Kristin’s second album Gondolier, with tours supporting Black Prairie, Dawn Landes, Aoife O’Donovan, Mipso and Noam Pikelny. Her debut record Kiss Me Hello included the award-winning “Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes” which went to #1 on kids' radio and has been covered by dozens of artists ranging from Tyne Daly to high school marching bands. 

Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Kristin has become a respected voice in songwriter circles, with music recently heard on Showtime’s The Affair and ABC’s Nashville. Her carefully crafted lyrics continue to explore both the brightest rooms and darkest corners of the human experience with a gently deceptive simplicity that rewards close listening.

Tickets $20

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www.mipsomusic.com

www.kristinandreassen.com

 

Cloud Cult
Nov
19
7:30 pm19:30

Cloud Cult

Minnesota’s experimental, environmentally conscious Cloud Cult – formed in the mid-90s as the solo project of Craig Minowa – has expanded into an 8-piece indie rock powerhouse boasting ten albums chock full of wiry guitars, operatic orchestration, and lyrics meditating on the mysteries that saddle the human existence. The band’s nonprofit label Earthology Records, housed on Minowa’s organic farm, is powered by geothermal energy, and every performance features live painting, with the finished artworks auctioned for charity after the show. With the release of its 2016 album The Seeker, Cloud Cult has gone even further creatively, pairing the music with a feature-length film starring How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor.

www.cloudcult.com

Playtime Productions: A Cinderella Story
Nov
19
11:00 am11:00

Playtime Productions: A Cinderella Story

For over two decades, Playtime Productions Children's Theatre has been delighting audiences with its creative and spirited renditions of classic tales. Since its very first performance of Snow White, PTP has staged more than a dozen productions, including Peter PanThe Emperor's New Clothes, and Sleeping Beauty.

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. Cinderella, for example, has an ethereal godfather who carries his wand in a violin case. And in the Wonderful World of www.oz Dorothy becomes Dot and the wicked witch is Virus.

Each year, PTP brings the magic of theater to thousands of people throughout Dane County, Wisconsin.

$5 per family at the door; general admission.

Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift
Nov
18
7:30 pm19:30

Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift

One of England's most enduring contemporary singer-songwriters, Robyn Hitchcock is a surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician who stands among alternative rock's father figures. Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums. Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to.’
Wandering songwriter Emma Swift is a fan of minor chords and endless pedal steel. With a tear in her voice filtered through ’70s mariachi static, Swift’s songs are equal parts heart-worn and careworn, modern, insouciant, witty and feminist. Emma’s debut album (nominated for an ARIA— Australian GRAMMY) is imbued with an easy smile, vulnerability and toughness calling to mind artists like Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt.
www.robynhitchcock.com
www.emmaswift.com.au

The Flatlanders
Nov
17
7:30 pm19:30

The Flatlanders

The fact that Texas music titans Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock - on their first go-round as The Flatlanders in 1972 - were rejected by the country music establishment is surprising in retrospect but, ultimately, poetic. That each went on to have formidable solo careers is a testament to their talent and determination. Their diverse yet complimentary styles – Joe the street-wise rocker, Jimmie Dale the mystic with the classic country voice and Butch the cerebral folk singer – reunited in the new millennium, with their comeback album Now Again spending 17 weeks at #1 on the Americana charts and 21 weeks on the Billboard Country charts. Mojo magazine dubbed them a "country Beatles,” while The Washington Post said, "Given the jaw-dropping quality of the disc, three decades almost seems a reasonable wait."  This will be a special acoustic performance showcasing the talents of what each member–cosmic cowboy Gilmore, rocker Ely, and song crafter Hancock–bring to the group. The end result is a sort of apotheosis of Texas music, a relaxed, creative show in which anything can happen and probably will.   
www.theflatlanders.com

Michael Hecht: 272 Words: The Gettysburg Address
Nov
16
1:00 pm13:00

Michael Hecht: 272 Words: The Gettysburg Address

Michael Hecht will present a personal view of the great speech.  Utilizing visuals, personal discussion and written excerpts from Michael Shaara, Victor Hugo and Carl Sandburg.  Musical accompaniment Randy Kiel.  Free-will donation at the door.

The David Bromberg Quintet
Nov
12
7:30 pm19:30

The David Bromberg Quintet

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, 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. 

Tickets $35

An Evening With Darrell Scott
Nov
11
7:30 pm19:30

An Evening With Darrell Scott

Darrell Scott is what you might call a stealth celebrity. Chances are you’ve never heard of this Nashville-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, but his deeply personal ballads of love, loss and longing have been top-10 hits for the Dixie Chicks (“Long Time Gone”) and Travis Tritt (“Great Day to be Alive”). He’s watched Faith Hill, Keb’ Mo’, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw and other stars record his tunes, and he’s won the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award, with several Grammy nominations to his credit. Scott, who plays in Robert Plant’s Band of Joy when not on tour with his own shows, is currently touring in support of his new CD Couchville Sessions.  Scott’s performances are equal parts dynamic and powerful—for serious music lovers who love music straight from the soul.
www.darrellscott.com

Michael Perry: "Have I Said This Before?"
Nov
10
7:30 pm19:30

Michael Perry: "Have I Said This Before?"

New York Times bestselling author and humorist Michael Perry takes to the stage with 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." 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. This night will be special, so he may wear a clean shirt. Well, a shirt anyway. Prior shows have sold out, so get your tickets early.
www.sneezingcow.com

The Wood Brothers (Dylan LeBlanc supports)
Nov
5
7:30 pm19:30

The Wood Brothers (Dylan LeBlanc supports)

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.

Louisiana native Dylan LeBlanc spent his formative years surrounded by some of the region's finest musicians.  Dylan began writing his own songs at eleven, and by his late teens, had developed a soulful, bluesy voice and guitar style that resonated with the sights and sounds of his musical youth. He released Paupers Field, his smoky, languid Townes Van Zandt- and Fleet Foxes-inspired debut, on Rough Trade in 2010 at the ripe old age of nineteen, followed by the likeminded Cast the Same Old Shadow in 2012 and the lush and compelling Cautionary Tale in 2016.

www.dylanleblanc.com
www.thewoodbros.com

The Cactus Blossoms (Jack Klatt supports)
Nov
3
7:30 pm19:30

The Cactus Blossoms (Jack Klatt supports)

You're Dreaming is the national debut of acclaimed roots music duo The Cactus Blossoms. Led by brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, the band started as a vehicle for the siblings to hone their harmonic abilities on classic American songs with minimal instrumentation. They quickly amassed a fervent fanbase in Minnesota s Twin Cities and found themselves on the public radio's A Prairie Home Companion. 

Produced by JD McPherson, the 10 original songs on You're Dreaming showcase the incredible seamless vocals of the brothers in the time honored tradition of blood harmony akin to The Everly Brothers. The danceable Stoplight Kisses and Clown Collector deliver memorable, infectious melodies, while the heartfelt ballad Queen of Them All and the introspective If I Can't Win demonstrate their natural and superior songwriting prowess. Infusing elements of early rock n roll and classic country while tracing their musical heroes footsteps back to the roots, The Cactus Blossoms have arrived with a sound that’s uniquely their own.

Jack Klatt is a songwriter and finger-style guitarist based in Minneapolis.  A tried and true purveyor of American music traditions, his unique sound rides the fine line between blues and country music. He’s won recognition from the MN state arts board, recorded alongside “Spider” John Koerner, and made it onto Daytrotter’s list of best songs in 2014.  His 2016 release “Shadows in the Sunset” has been praised as “an eminently satisfying, slow rolling, Country/Blues album that can best be described as – Authentic.”  (Turnstyled Junkpiled, 8/24/16)

Tickets: $22

www.thecactusblossoms.com

 

www.jackklatt.com

 

Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show
Oct
29
7:00 pm19:00

Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show

Prepare yourself for an entertainment "3-for-all," when the other red-head on "The Carol Burnett Show" steps into the spotlight at the Opera House. First, Emmy Award-winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence lights up the theatre as herself, performing a mixture of music and conversation. Then, she takes the stage as "Mama" – the head of one of TV's most memorably dysfunctional families, complete with sensible shoes and those sharp-toughed opinions. Plus, you'll enjoy side-splitting "out takes" from "Carol Burnett" and "Mama's Family."

Tickets: $60

http://www.vickilawrence.com/

Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show
Oct
29
3:00 pm15:00

Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show

Prepare yourself for an entertainment "3-for-all," when the other red-head on "The Carol Burnett Show" steps into the spotlight at the Opera House. First, Emmy Award-winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence lights up the theatre as herself, performing a mixture of music and conversation. Then, she takes the stage as "Mama" – the head of one of TV's most memorably dysfunctional families, complete with sensible shoes and those sharp-toughed opinions. Plus, you'll enjoy side-splitting "out takes" from "Carol Burnett" and "Mama's Family."

Tickets: $60

http://www.vickilawrence.com/

 

The Honey Dewdrops
Oct
28
7:30 pm19:30

The Honey Dewdrops

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are an award-winning, nationally touring husband and wife folk duet with fresh, original songs focusing on vocal harmonies and tight instrumentation. Influenced by traditional Appalachian music and contemporary singer-songwriters, the Honey Dewdrops create music that is powerful and heartfelt. On their latest album, Tangled Country, the duo’s musical compatibility is vivid, leaving no doubt for reviews of their mesmerizing, evocative, genuine live performances. The culmination of three years of writing and arranging, Tangled Country proves that The Honey Dewdrops bear the mark of musical maturity – in performance, arrangement, and songwriting. Acoustic Guitar magazine describes "handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that churn like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway.”

Tickets: $20


www.thehoneydewdrops.com 

Roy Book Binder
Oct
27
7:30 pm19:30

Roy Book Binder

Roy has the goods: the original, the bare-knuckle, the low-down . . . blues. Who can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis and Pink Anderson? And toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, JJ Cale, Hot Tuna & Bonnie Raitt ?  Has had Rock'n Roll Hall Of Fame inductee,, Jorma Kaukonen recently record 2 of his songs?....Roy can. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers. He’s been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.”  He’s also a regular at Fur Peace Ranch, where he teaches along with Jorma Kaukonen and others. When he brings his  'Tour Bus'  to town, a one-man blues-fest ensues. He plays and he entertains, feeding us music and stories, and the evening is a celebration for us all. We’re privileged to have Roy here to preserve–and extend—the tradition of great American blues music. 

Tickets: $22

www.roybookbinder.com

Music Appreciation: Luis Alberto Pena Cortes
Oct
24
3:00 pm15:00

Music Appreciation: Luis Alberto Pena Cortes

Today's performance is presented as part ofthe Music Appreciation Series sponsored by the Stoughton Area Senior Center.  It is made possible by the Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton Area Senior Center, a grant from the Bryant Foundation and donations.  The public is invited to this free event (donations are accepted).\

Luis Alberto Pena Cortes is a Doctoral Student of UW Madison Professor Christopher Taylor and hails from Bogata, Columbia.  He has performed throughout North and South America and in Europe and has won many awards. His program will include music by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, and Ravel.  It is the program that he will use in Mexico for an International Piano Competition this November.

Tickets: Free-will donation

Heather Masse
Oct
23
7:30 pm19:30

Heather Masse

New York singer-songwriter Heather Masse trained at the New England Conservatory of Music as a jazz singer, which informs her distinct approach to singing folk, pop and bluegrass. A member of the Billboard-charting folk group, The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed at hundreds of venues across the world.  She has been a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, collaborating with artists such as Elvis Costello, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, and Emmylou Harris. Heather has performed with the contemporary bluegrass band The Wayfaring Strangers, fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing, and in 2006, she recorded an album with Joy Kills Sorrow, a contemporary string band.  She also released Tell Me Tonight with the Brooklyn-based collaboration Heather & the Barbarians.

Tickets: $22

www.heathermasse.com

An Evening with Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen
Oct
22
7:30 pm19:30

An Evening with Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen

Lyle Lovett was one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the '80s, combining a talent for incisive, witty lyrical detail with an eclectic array of music, ranging from country and folk to big-band swing and traditional pop. Robert Earl Keen struck an unusual balance between sensitive story-portraits and raucous barroom fun, unified by a mordant sense of humor that strongly influenced the early practitioners of what would become known as alternative country music. Although their careers have taken both Lovett and Keen far from home, the college friendship forged in the ‘70s remains, palpable as they sit together on stage cracking jokes, swapping stories, and delivering songs of Cadillac cowboys, family spats, and love gone awry. There is very little "show-biz" about Lovett or Keen, no matter how many movies Lovett appears in or how dramatic Keen's combo of suit and hat look on stage. Both men are worthy headliners, but the easy vibe of two friends sharing a stage makes for a truly incomparable evening.

Tickets: $77

www.lylelovett.com

www.robertearlkeen.com

An Evening with Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen
Oct
21
7:30 pm19:30

An Evening with Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen

Lyle Lovett was one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the '80s, combining a talent for incisive, witty lyrical detail with an eclectic array of music, ranging from country and folk to big-band swing and traditional pop. Robert Earl Keen struck an unusual balance between sensitive story-portraits and raucous barroom fun, unified by a mordant sense of humor that strongly influenced the early practitioners of what would become known as alternative country music. Although their careers have taken both Lovett and Keen far from home, the college friendship forged in the ‘70s remains, palpable as they sit together on stage cracking jokes, swapping stories, and delivering songs of Cadillac cowboys, family spats, and love gone awry. There is very little "show-biz" about Lovett or Keen, no matter how many movies Lovett appears in or how dramatic Keen's combo of suit and hat look on stage. Both men are worthy headliners, but the easy vibe of two friends sharing a stage makes for a truly incomparable evening.

Tickets: $77

www.lylelovett.com

www.robertearlkeen.com

An Evening with Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen
Oct
20
7:30 pm19:30

An Evening with Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen

Lyle Lovett was one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the '80s, combining a talent for incisive, witty lyrical detail with an eclectic array of music, ranging from country and folk to big-band swing and traditional pop. Robert Earl Keen struck an unusual balance between sensitive story-portraits and raucous barroom fun, unified by a mordant sense of humor that strongly influenced the early practitioners of what would become known as alternative country music. Although their careers have taken both Lovett and Keen far from home, the college friendship forged in the ‘70s remains, palpable as they sit together on stage cracking jokes, swapping stories, and delivering songs of Cadillac cowboys, family spats, and love gone awry. There is very little "show-biz" about Lovett or Keen, no matter how many movies Lovett appears in or how dramatic Keen's combo of suit and hat look on stage. Both men are worthy headliners, but the easy vibe of two friends sharing a stage makes for a truly incomparable evening.

Tickets $77

www.lylelovett.com

www.robertearlkeen.com

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
Oct
14
7:30 pm19:30

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

Lani Hall is known for her emotional vocal interpretations and Herb Alpert for his trumpet virtuosity, but the married couple’s musical gifts have become as intertwined as their lives. Grammy-award winning Lani Hall helped propel Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 to international stardom as the original lead singer, and during her solo career, she sang the title song of the 1983 James Bond movie, Never Say Never Again. Herb Alpert, best known from his Tijuana Brass period, is a legend in the music business and the co-founder of A & M Records, one of the most successful independent record labels in history. Alpert’s accomplishments include five number one hits, 28 albums on the Billboard charts and nine Grammys. From Lani's exquisite voice, to Herb's trumpet mastery, having the opportunity to enjoy a live concert with these two living legends is a once in a lifetime experience.

Tickets: $65

www.herbalpert.com

www.lanihallalpert.com

The SteelDrivers (Sarah Lou Richards supports)
Oct
13
7:30 pm19:30

The SteelDrivers (Sarah Lou Richards supports)

A group of seasoned veterans braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, The SteelDrivers bring together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid, old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys and four IBMA awards, and the movie "Get Low" (Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray) features four of their tunes. When English pop star Adele began performing the SteelDriver song "If It Hadn’t Been For Love," she said of the band, "They’re a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band and they are brilliant." The SteelDrivers have been invited to perform on numerous radio and TV shows ranging from The Grand Ole Opry to NPR’s Mountain Stage to the Conan O’Brien show.

Opening for the band is Sarah Lou Richards, a Wisconsin native who has found her musical home writing and singing intricately crafted slices of life that meld folk, pop, and Americana influences into hooky, varied, and insightful songs. Richards performs across the country in both cozy cafes and big-name music festivals like SXSW.

Tickets: $30

www.thesteeldrivers.com

www.sarahlourichards.com

Nick Lowe (Josh Rouse Supports)
Oct
12
7:30 pm19:30

Nick Lowe (Josh Rouse Supports)

Nick Lowe has made his mark as a producer (Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Pretenders, The Damned), songwriter of at least three songs you know by heart, short-lived career as a pop star, and a lengthy term as a musicians’ musician. But in his current ‘second act’ as a silver-haired, tender-hearted but sharp-tongued singer-songwriter, he has no equal. Starting with 1995′s ‘The Impossible Bird’ through to 2011′s ‘The Old Magic,’ Nick has turned out a fantastic string of albums, each one devised in his West London home, and recorded with a core of musicians who possess the same veteran savvy. Lowe brings wit and understated excellence to every performance, leading Ben Ratliff of the New York Times to describe his live show as “elegant and nearly devastating.”

www.nicklowe.com

Josh Rouse is a model of songwriting consistency.  Over the course of eleven studio albums and nearly two decades, Josh Rouse has drifted from earthy, heart-on-sleeve folk; to nostalgic, sweeping AM radio pop; to thrumming country rock. His horizons, musical and lyrical, continue to expand on his latest album The Embers of Time, which has a more-than-passing resemblance to the softly rocking countrypolitan sound that came out of Nashville during the ’70s.

Tickets: $35

www.joshrouse.com

The Best Westerns
Oct
7
7:30 pm19:30

The Best Westerns

Melding instrumental virtuosity and the powerful charm of classic songs old and new, from way out West to Tin Pan Alley, this six-piece band is nicknamed “Milwaukee's Western Swing Kings.” Founder and bass violinist Mark Hembree has performed with Bill Monroe and Randy Travis, and helped form the Nashville Bluegrass Band, which later went on to perform the music soundtrack for the movie, "Oh Brother Where Art Thou." With fiddle, piano, guitar, steel guitar, acoustic bass, and drums, The Best Western’s musical repertoire ranges from Bob Wills to Benny Goodman, with stops along the way for Slim Gaillard, Speedy West, Count Basie, Carl Smith, Ray Price and many more.

Tickets: $20

 

 

Wilder Deitz Group
Oct
6
7:30 pm19:30

Wilder Deitz Group

Midwest-based Wilder Deitz Group performs improvisational music steeped in world, hip-hop, and jazz music traditions. Using both folk textures and electronic sounds, pianist Wilder Deitz, tenor saxophonist Alex Charland, bassist Ben Johnson, and drummer Joe Galligan create music that is at once eclectic, danceable, and eminently tuneful. Deitz, the bandleader and principal composer, honed his emotionally-charged, highly creative piano style while under the tutelage of NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis. After four years in existence, the Wilder Deitz Group is releasing “Child’s Play,” a new record devoted to showcasing Deitz’s and Charland’s original compositions, which will be available for purchase at the concert.

Tickets: $15

https://wilderdeitz.squarespace.com/

Music Appreciation: Middleton Jazz
Oct
3
3:00 pm15:00

Music Appreciation: Middleton Jazz

Today's performance is presented as part of  the Music Appreciation Series sponsored by the Stoughton Area Senior Center.  It is made possible by the Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton Area Senior Center, a grant from the Bryant Foundation and donations.  The public is invited to this free event (donations are accepted).

The Middleton Jazz was formed in 2009 at the Middleton Senior Center.  This outstanding group performs for a wide variety of functions throughout the area and will present an hour long concert Come and hear some Dixie Land Music that will set your toe a tapping.. 

Edgar Knecht Jazz Trio
Oct
2
3:00 pm15:00

Edgar Knecht Jazz Trio

The Dane County Kassel-Dane Task Force presents the Edgar Knecht Trio, from Kassel County, Germany which is Dane County's sister county. A virtuoso of the piano keys, Edgar Knecht takes on the teutonic folk song with jazz and world music influences, breathing new life into a seemingly lost tradition. The pianist and composer is one of Germany's best jazz musicians who, among award-winning solo programs, has written numerous pieces for theatre, film, and television. His ensemble, featuring Rolf Denecke on bass and Tobias Schulte on drums, receives invitations to the most renowned international festivals, playing alongside established stars like John Scofield, Buena Vista Social Club, Pat Metheny, and Dave Holland. Wherever they go, Edgar Knecht and the band turn both the public and critics into fans.

Tickets: $15

www.edgarknecht.de

Martin Sexton
Oct
1
7:30 pm19:30

Martin Sexton

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Martin Sexton was one of the most talked-about arrivals on the "new folk" acoustic music scene. His diverse musical talents and extraordinary vocal range have carried him to landmark venues such as Carnegie Hall, selling
out
venues
from
Nokia
Theatre
(NY)
to
LA's
House
of
 Blues.
 When John Mayer dubbed Sexton the best live performer he has ever seen, it was clear he’d come a long way from sidewalk busking. The Syracuse native has since launched his own label and his success continues to infiltrate many
musical
worlds. The
Los
Angeles
Times
writes, "Call
him
a
soul
shouter, a
road
 poet, 
a
folkie
or
a rocker
and
you
wouldn't
be
wrong."


Tickets: $35

www.martinsexton.com  

Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur (Sweet Sheiks supports)
Sep
24
7:30 pm19:30

Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur (Sweet Sheiks supports)

In the 1960s Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur led the groundbreaking Jug Band, admired and imitated by everyone from folk and blues musicians to rockers like the Lovin’ Spoonful and the Grateful Dead, but their new album isn’t a victory lap or nostalgia trip. Back then they were exciting because they had a gift for combining a loose, good-time feel with an astonishingly high standard of musicianship, making old songs feel quirky, hip, and new – and Penny’s Farm is exciting because they still have that magic. The songs reach back to the roots of American folk music, but the performances are sparked by the interplay of two artists deeply immersed in traditional styles, who know each other well, but have distinctly different styles and temperaments: Geoff is a meticulous arranger, while Jim prefers “to find a bunch of musicians I like, work up some tunes, and just let ’er rip.” Working live in the studio with a small group drawn from some of the finest musicians on the contemporary Americana scene, they’ve made a record that perfectly captures that mix of care and energy. It feels relaxed and fun, but with a lot of living behind it – new music from artists who’ve traveled a long way since the 1960s, and never lost touch with their passion.

Tickets: $20

Sweet Sheiks will be opening for Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur. Bringing a little bit of the Big Easy to the Brew City, Sweet Sheiks is a toe-tapping foursome inspired by the popular music of the teens, twenties, and thirties. Led by the soulful vocals of Jen Müttin-Schrank (guitar/saw/washboard), this violin (Ousia Lydian), resonator (Garrett Burton), tuba (Aaron Johnson) lineup brings a modern flair to early jazz, blues, and Americana classics. Sweet Sheiks’ acoustic stylings are compelling, diverting, and are best summed up in two words, “refreshingly vintage”.

 

 

 

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