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.

 

Dead Horses
Sep
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Dead Horses

Since forming in 2010, the members of Milwaukee-based folk band Dead Horses have cultivated a soulful roots sensibility well beyond their years, due in part to the powerful musical and literary force that is their frontwoman and songwriter, Sarah Vos. Raised on Bible hymns by her preacher father, Vos' backstory sounds more like that of an old bluesman from the Mississippi Delta than a young folk singer from Wisconsin. Dead Horses has crafted a timeless sound, informed as much by early-American prose à la Whitman as modern Americana music.

Tickets: $20

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www.deadhorses.net

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Ásgeir
Sep
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

Ásgeir

Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir has become an overnight sensation, with Dyrd I daudathogn (“In the Silence”) breaking all records to become Iceland’s fastest-selling debut album by a domestic artist. At the Iceland Music Awards, Ásgeir made an impressive sweep of the board, picking up Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Newcomer, Award for Online Achievement, and the Public Choice Award. The album recalls the heavenly vocals of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and light electronic touch of British glitch pop sensation James Blake. In Iceland, the unusual poetry of the lyrics have attracted almost as much attention as the music itself, in part because they are mostly written by Ásgeir’s 72 year old father. The songs themselves, however, are all Ásgeir: light and airy, inset with his distinctive melancholic voice, their vibrancy elevates their appeal far beyond the folktronica tag.

Tickets: $20

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www.asgeirmusic.com

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My Bubba
Sep
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

My Bubba

Scandinavian folk duo My Bubba makes soft, soulful, sensual music that’s as playful as it is powerful. Together, My Larsdotter and Bubba Tomasdottir have toured with Damien Rice, co-written music with Matthew E. White, recorded with Noah Georgeson, and stepped on Bryan Adams’ toes. Literally. My Bubba’s new album, Big Bad Good, was recorded with Shahzad Ismaily (Will Oldham, Jolie Holland) at his Brooklyn studio, Figure 8 Recording. The songs were recorded as they were written, and most of the takes are among the first times the songs were ever sung —allowing the record to portray the immediate rawness and intimacy of a newborn song.

Tickets: $15

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www.ohmybubba.com

“My and Bubba set up off stage in front of a row of couches sans microphones and amps and entertained the 20 or so of us who came. It's so lovely to hear voices unadorned and acoustic. Honestly a night of magic.“

- Bob Boilen, All Songs Considered

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Ray Wylie Hubbard
Sep
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

Ray Wylie Hubbard

**POSTPONED: The Ray Wylie Hubbard show originally scheduled for Friday May 5th has been postponed to Friday September 22nd at 7:30pm. All tickets purchased for the original date are valid for the new date.

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

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Penny and Sparrow (Lowland Hum supports)
Sep
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

Penny and Sparrow (Lowland Hum supports)

With influences ranging from The Swell Season to Iron & Wine to Stephen Sondheim, Penny & Sparrow’s Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke create music as intimate and poignant as it is powerful and earnest. The duo started making music together as roommates at the University of Texas in Austin, quickly building a reputation for strikingly honest, bare-boned acoustic music that resonated deeply with those who heard their songs and saw their captivating performances. True to their DIY ethos, Penny & Sparrow independently released two celebrated albums and one EP and toured the country extensively, building a loyal and fervent following. Produced by John Paul White (Civil Wars) and Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes), Let A Lover Drown (EP released Mar 2017) finds Penny & Sparrow pushing forward while maintaining a firm footing in a signature sound that boasts affecting vocals and contemplative lyrics. The depth, dynamics, and soul baring in their live shows make it easy to understand why fans have such a strong connection to their music, and why so many more are beginning to.

www.pennyandsparrow.com

Virginia’s art-folk band Lowland Hum is husband-wife team Daniel and Lauren Goans. Both their live show and studio releases have garnered critical acclaim from the likes of NPR, the Washington Post, American Songwriter, and others. Lowland Hum's songs have been described as poetic and evocative, and their arrangements as minimal, hushed, and dynamic.

www.lowlandhum.com

Tickets: $15

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Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
Sep
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

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, a live concert with these two living legends is a once in a lifetime experience.

www.herbalpert.com

www.lanihallalpert.com

Tickets: $60

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Trout Steak Revival (Jack Klatt supports)
Sep
29
9:30pm 9:30pm

Trout Steak Revival (Jack Klatt supports)

Curating a polished mix of Americana and Colorado bluegrass, Trout Steak Revival has earned a place in the Western states’ music scene, performing to sold-out audiences, winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, and even winning an Emmy Award for a soundtrack with Rocky Mountain PBS. Their most recent album, Brighter Every Day, was released in March 2015. Produced by Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters, the album has received radio play and acclaim from fans and media worldwide. With their soulful narratives, heartfelt songwriting, tightly-woven instrumentation, and harmonies rooted in the band’s years of friendship, Trout Steak Revival pushes the envelope on a progressing genre while drawing creatively from the many canons of American roots music.

www.troutsteak.com

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)

http://www.jackklatt.com/

 

Tickets: $22

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Mary Gauthier
Oct
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

Mary Gauthier

Alt-country singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier wrote her first song at 35, driven after a life of extremes—plenty of negatives and a few brilliant bright spots-- to dedicate herself full-time to songwriting and a career in music. She exploded onto the scene in 1999 following her self-released sophomore album Drag Queens in Limousines, which had critics comparing her self-described "country noir" to the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine, and, not surprisingly, Lucinda Williams. The success of Drag Queens led to main-stage shows at festivals around the country and multiple tours in Europe. Embraced by critics, folkies, and No Depression fans alike, Gauthier's warmly candid treatment of her fringe-dwelling, downtrodden subjects rings true, never sentimental. Her songs-- especially on 2014’s Trouble & Love-- are painfully personal, yet they somehow infiltrate the souls of her listeners, no matter how different the paths they’ve followed through their lives.

www.marygauthier.com

Tickets: $20

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Cactus Blossoms
Oct
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

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: $20

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Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson
Oct
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson

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A virtuoso guitarist, Willy Porter has more than ten albums to his catalogue including Dog Eared Dream (1994), which yielded the top 10 AAA single, “Angry Words.” He has shared the stage with rock and pop luminaries such as Jeff Beck, Sting, Paul Simon, Tori Amos and Jethro Tull. Carmen Nickerson is an accomplished jazz, R&B, and rock vocalist from the Midwest; she has also contributed her talents to studio and voice-over work in L.A.

In their collaboration, the two artists compile candid snapshots of the human journey, exposing ideas such as hope, regret, love, loss, and connection that remain immutable against time, history, or place. Porter Nickerson embody the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans. Willy Porter’s searing finger-picking guitar style blends deftly with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades.

www.willyporter.com

www.carmennickerson.com

Tickets: $25

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The Salvation Army Brass Band from Stavanger, Norway
Oct
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Salvation Army Brass Band from Stavanger, Norway

We welcome The Salvation Army Brass Band from Stavanger, Norway to perform at the Opera House during their tour of the area hosted by the Salvation Army Band in Rockford, IL. The band, which first performed live in 1892, will share in the rich Norwegian heritage of Stoughton and the surrounding area.  

www.fh-s.org/nb/hjem

Tickets: Free Will Donation at the Door

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The Weepies--Completely Acoustic and Alone
Oct
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Weepies--Completely Acoustic and Alone

Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen had been mutual fans of each other’s music before they met-- and when they did, in 2001, they began writing together that same night. Soon, indie pop-folk band The Weepies was born—and soon after, the two married, had 3 children, and produced five records over seven years. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, The Weepies sold more than a million records, with over 17 million streams on Spotify and 20 million views on YouTube. Their music has appeared in more than a dozen TV shows and several major motion pictures and has been described as “subtly intoxicating.”

www.theweepies.com

Tickets: $30

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The Twilight Hours (Dylan Hicks supports)
Oct
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Twilight Hours (Dylan Hicks supports)

Minneapolis’ Matt Wilson and John Munson first performed together in Trip Shakespeare, an alt-rock band with a ‘60s sensibility fueled by Wilson’s sweet falsetto and offbeat songwriting. After Munson and fellow band member Dan (Wilson’s brother) went on to enjoy commercial success as Semisonic — the group that contributed “Closing Time” to our collective late ‘90s soundtracks — Wilson and Munson teamed up again in folk rock band The Twilight Hours. The call-backs to Trip Shakespeare’s Beatles-meets-Billy Preston sound in 2016’s Black Beauty are both copious and welcome, whether it’s the strumming guitars, Munson and Wilson’s voices harmonizing, or Wilson’s sweet falsetto, which hasn’t lost an octave.
www.thetwilighthours.com

Dylan Hicks and his band employ country motifs, beachy harmonies, blues riffs, and jazz tinctures to arrive at a sound once described, by Hicks himself, as "roadhouse cabaret." At other times they explore a sort of second-generation yacht rock from the bow of an inflatable dinghy. His album, Ad Out, was produced by John Munson and includes eleven smartly written and arranged songs in lyrical modes ranging from barroom monologues to domestic realism.
www.dylanhicks.com

 

Tickets: $17

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WheelHouse
Oct
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

WheelHouse

Madison’s own WheelHouse is a nationally touring Americana and bluegrass band whose high and lonesome harmonies come with a little bit of grit. As a full-time working band they perform over 220 shows per year and have garnered attention from national labels. Featuring three and four part harmonies, fiddle and guitar leads, and driving rhythm of the upright bass, WheelHouse brings an energy and attitude unique to themselves. WheelHouse also owns their own brand of whiskey appropriately named WheelHouse Whiskey, which can be found throughout southwestern Wisconsin.

www.mightywheelhouse.com

Tickets: $17

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Chicago Farmer With Guest Pat Ferguson
Oct
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

Chicago Farmer With Guest Pat Ferguson

Bloomington, IL’s Chicago Farmer (Cody Diekhoff) uses music as a commentary on modern times in the Midwest. With his unfeigned and relatable approach, the folk singer has earned a place in the heart of this generation’s rise of protest songs, composing music of the working man, the “regular person.” With his finger on the pulse of middle America, Chicago Farmer aims to capture the essence of the human condition. Coming from a long line of family farmers and factory workers in central Illinois and growing up in a rural farming community has inspired many autobiographical songs. Honest Tune wrote of 2013’s Backenforth, IL, “You can smell the dirt in the fields, hear the wind as it blows across the plains, and see the people that Chicago Farmer sings about. Each track captures a moment in time, whether for a person or a particular place.”
With his 7th album—2016’s independently-released Midwest Side Stories— Chicago Farmer builds an adventurous narrative that captures his immense capabilities as a performer, songwriter, and story teller. He draws you in with the emotion in his voice and holds you captive with the lyrical pictures he paints about the real struggle of the common man.
 

Originally making waves as a founding member and lead guitarist for the Midwest staple, Smokin' Bandits, Pat Ferguson has evolved into a renowned solo performer, songwriter, and vocalist. Based in Madison, WI, Pat is currently in the studio wrapping up his first full-length solo effort (due out in Spring 2018). The record, Light of Day / Dark of Night, is being produced by Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and features guest contributions from the likes of Sarah Vos (Dead Horses), Chad Staehly (Hard Working Americans & Great American Taxi), Jacob Jolliff (Yonder Mountain String Band), Kenny Leiser (Wheelhouse), and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.

www.chicagofarmer.com  

Tickets: $22

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Wynonna & The Big Noise
Oct
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Wynonna & The Big Noise

Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 33-year career. Dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline,” this iconic performer has received over 60 industry awards, with countless charting singles, including 20 No.1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not me,” and “Grandpa, (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).”

Wynonna and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer Cactus Moser, released their debut full-length album in 2016 to critical acclaim. Wynonna has described the new sound as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well.” It’s a rootsy work encompassing country, Americana, blues, soul, and rock, featuring Derek Trucks, Jason Isbell, Susan Tedeschi, and Timothy B Schmit. NPR’s Ann Powers noted “With her tight band behind her after touring together for several years, she just sounds like she’s home…You can just feel the grin on her face.”

www.wynonna.com

Tickets: $67

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Michael Hecht: Tribute to Carl Sandburg
Oct
25
1:00pm 1:00pm

Michael Hecht: Tribute to Carl Sandburg

Michael Hecht will present a tribute to Carl Sandburg utilizing visuals, personal discussion, and written excerpts on how Sandburg celebrates the extraordinary in ordinary people. Musical Accompaniment by Roxanne Neat and Steve Hoffenberg. Free-will donations accepted at the door.

Tickets: Free Will Donation at the Door

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Super Doppler
Oct
26
7:30pm 7:30pm

Super Doppler

Virginia-based Super Doppler’s Moonlight Anthems is a raucous blend of soul, roots, and rock that tips its cap equally to Levon and Lennon. The 2017 album builds off the wave of critical success garnered by the band’s self-recorded and released eponymous 2015 debut, which Pop Matters hailed for its "propulsive soul energy," The Huffington Post described as "Chicago meets the Grateful Dead meets The Band," and RVA Magazine raved had "not only revived, but given a psychedelic face-lift to the soundtrack of the dancehalls of the '50s and '60s." The record offered but a taste of Super Doppler’s ecstatic live show, which began to draw sell-out crowds across the region and earned the band a slew of high profile festival slots everywhere from Firefly to Floyd Fest. On Moonlight Anthems, ornately detailed arrangements and lush orchestrations make each track like opening the door to another room in an eccentrically curated mansion; the discoveries are impossible to predict, but each is more fantastic than the last.

www.superdopplerband.com

Tickets: $22

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An Evening with Junior Brown
Oct
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

An Evening with Junior Brown

Photo by George-Brainard

Photo by George-Brainard

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, is forthcoming in 2017. 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: $28

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Jeff Daniels and Ben Daniels Band
Oct
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Jeff Daniels and Ben Daniels Band

In 1976, Jeff Daniels bought a Guild D-40 from Herb David’s Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, threw it in the back of his old Buick, and moved to New York City. That guitar led to a creative outlet, became a solace, a road into the artist that he didn’t know existed. Now, over 40 years later, he releases his 8th record, Simple Truths. Though the world largely knows him as an actor with Golden Globe nominated film roles, these days he can be found on the road playing the bluesy folk music he kept quiet for so long. “[Songwriting has] been a wonderful creative friend for me between all the movies and theater and television,” Daniels says of the nearly 400 songs he’s amassed, songs that display a good-natured humor and down-to-earth honesty. The New York Times says, “Jeff Daniels sings his songs with a growly twang and barbed good humor, at its high point evoking a transcendental picture of American wanderlust.”

The Ben Daniels Band will open for Jeff and will join him on stage. With a sound that spans Americana, blues, jazz, and rock, the Ben Daniels Band cuts through with their originality and musicianship, and their arrangements pull people inside their sound: pleasantly familiar, yet unforgettably unique.

www.jeffdaniels.com

www.bendanielsband.com  

Tickets: $35

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The Milk Carton Kids
Nov
1
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Milk Carton Kids

Twice Grammy-nominated harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids released their third album, Monterey, to rave reviews, garnering their second Grammy nomination, this time for "Best American Roots Performance" for their song, "The City of Our Lady." A refreshing alternative to the foot-stomping grandeur of the so-called "folk revival," an understated virtuosity defines The Milk Carton Kids. Following their 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album for their previous release, "The Ash & Clay," The Milk Carton Kids won Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Awards in 2014. Their featured performances and interviews in T Bone Burnett & the Coen Brothers' concert documentary, "Another Day/Another Time," were hailed as a highlight by press and fans alike. Cultural purveyors from Garrison Keillor to T Bone Burnett to Billy Bragg have hailed the duo's importance among a group of new folk bands, both expanding and contradicting the rich tradition that precedes them. While some of the band's many accolades reference a specific genre, the duo quickly transcends those tags with clear inflections of jazz, classical, even the dark lyricism of modern "alternative."

With just acoustic guitars and their stirring harmonies, The Milk Carton Kids offer a performance that goes from playful to deep and dark in moments – moments that you’ll find yourself lost in and you’re never really ready for them to end. 

www.themilkcartonkids.com

Tickets: $40

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Noam Pikelny
Nov
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

Noam Pikelny

Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation. He is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a 3-time Grammy Nominee, and was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010. His fourth album, Universal Favorite, is truly his solo debut, as his previous solo efforts were full-band affairs that revealed his abilities as a dynamic bandleader while reinforcing his reputation as an inventive accompanist. The new release features only the man himself, showcasing his unique approach to the instrument and his compositional flair. For the first time in his career, Pikelny even sings-- a striking deadpan baritone that conveys humor and melancholy in equal measure. This album, he says, “is the most personal statement I’ve put forward. The setting couldn’t be more stark and I think it lays bare my musical core. Most importantly, it’s an incredibly honest solo album, in that there are honestly no other people on this record other than me.”

www.noampikelny.com

Tickets: $22

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Molly Tuttle Band
Nov
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

Molly Tuttle Band

A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award-winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. She began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then, she’s appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, won first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest, and, this fall, received a Momentum Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in the instrumentalist category. Her lovely voice, impeccable guitar playing, and sensitive songwriting make her a star on the rise. She has already received more than two million YouTube views and is currently gearing up to release her first solo EP.

www.mollytuttlemusic.com

Tickets: $22

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Leyla McCalla
Nov
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

Leyla McCalla

A Haitian-American who sings in French, Haitian Creole, and English, Leyla McCalla plays cello, tenor banjo, and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful, and witty. Raised mostly in suburban New Jersey, Leyla experienced a renewed sense of connection with her Haitian heritage after moving to New Orleans, which led to her involvement as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and deeply enriched her own music and sense of purpose. Her new album, A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey (2016) is named after the Haitian proverb that also provided the title of Gage Averill’s 1997 book about popular music, power, and politics in Haiti. The album continues to explore the themes of social justice and pan-African consciousness that marked 2013’s Vari-Colored Songs. Leyla McCalla’s music vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive, and contemporary.

www.leylamccalla.com

 

Tickets: $25

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Ruth Moody Band
Nov
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

Ruth Moody Band

Founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth Moody has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and appeared more than a dozen times on the national radio show A Prairie Home Companion. Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace, lauded for her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and masterful songwriting. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exceptionally well-crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably hers.

www.ruthmoody.com

Tickets: $25

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Richard Thompson--Solo Acoustic
Nov
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Richard Thompson--Solo Acoustic

Named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60’s, Thompson and his mates virtually invented British folk rock. Since then, Thompson has spent over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist, creating over 40 albums and numerous soundtracks and earning many Grammy nominations and Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting. As an in-demand live performer, the past two years saw Richard Thompson headlining dates around the world, co-headlining shows with Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, and participating in the Americanarama Tour with Bob Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket - which culminated with Dylan performing Thompson’s classic “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”.  

Richard Thompson’s genre-defying mastery of acoustic and electric guitar, along with his dizzying energy and onstage wit, continue to earn him massive new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos in folk rock history.

"THE FINEST ROCK SONGWRITER AFTER DYLAN AND THE BEST ELECTRIC GUITARIST SINCE HENDRIX."  - LOS ANGELES TIMES

www.richardthompson-music.com

Tickets: $45

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Richard Thompson--Solo Acoustic
Nov
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

Richard Thompson--Solo Acoustic

Richard Thompson - Solo Acoustic

(2 shows!) Fri, Nov 10 & Sat, Nov 11, 7:30pm

$45

Named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60’s, Thompson and his mates virtually invented British folk rock. Since then, Thompson has spent over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist, creating over 40 albums and numerous soundtracks and earning many Grammy nominations and Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting. As an in-demand live performer, the past two years saw Richard Thompson headlining dates around the world, co-headlining shows with Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, and participating in the Americanarama Tour with Bob Dylan, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket - which culminated with Dylan performing Thompson’s classic “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”.  

Richard Thompson’s genre-defying mastery of acoustic and electric guitar, along with his dizzying energy and onstage wit, continue to earn him massive new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos in folk rock history.

"THE FINEST ROCK SONGWRITER AFTER DYLAN AND THE BEST ELECTRIC GUITARIST SINCE HENDRIX."  - LOS ANGELES TIMES

www.richardthompson-music.com

Tickets: $45

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Michael Perry-spoken word
Nov
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Michael Perry-spoken word

Photo by _Cameron Wittig

Photo by _Cameron Wittig

Fresh off the release of two new books (Danger: Man Working and Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy), Michael Perry brings his prose and comic talents to the stage in a performance that is equal parts comedy, poetry, and roughneck rambling. Wherever you prefer to shoot the breeze-- at the local cafe, the volunteer fire department, or a literature festival-- this performance will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart.

www.sneezingcow.com

Tickets: $20

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Dave Simonett
Nov
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

Dave Simonett

As the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for Trampled by Turtles, Dave Simonett had a noteworthy 2016 full of sold out shows coast to coast –including noteworthy performances at Newport Folk Festival and Red Rocks Amphitheater. Don’t miss this opportunity to share an intimate, acoustic show with Simonett, performing songs from his solo EP ͚Razor Pony͛ as well as his other major works from TBT and Dead Man Winter.

Tickets: $25

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Jim Lauderdale
Nov
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

Jim Lauderdale

Singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale helped lay the blueprint for the Americana movement of the '90s, earning high critical marks for an eclectic series of albums that spanned hard country, slick pop, rootsy rock & roll, blues, folk, R&B, and bluegrass. Remaining open to inspiration, disdainful of genre restrictions, and in almost perpetual motion, Lauderdale has a recording career that spans a quarter century. He’s toured with artists from Freedy Johnston, Nick Lowe, and Hootie & the Blowfish to Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, and his songs have provided a rich vein of material (and numerous hits) for the likes of George Strait, Patty Loveless, the Dixie Chicks, Elvis Costello, Mark Chesnutt, Gary Allan, Lee Ann Womack and others. Lauderdale has won a pair of Grammy Awards — one for an album recorded with one of his heroes, Dr. Ralph Stanley. Lauderdale's own prolific nature has shown up with a vengeance in the last year, with his newest album I’m a Song being the fourth he’s released in the last 12 months.

www.jimlauderdale.com

Tickets: $25

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The Dustbowl Revival
Nov
30
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Dustbowl Revival

Photo by Talley Media

Photo by Talley Media

The Dustbowl Revival merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues, and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. Known for roaring live sets, The Dustbowl Revival plays infectious, joyous music - a youthful take on time-worn American traditions. Starting as a small string band playing up and down the west coast, the group has grown into a traveling mini orchestra featuring fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, ukelele, drums, tuba, organ, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica, and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck. Named "Best Live Band in LA" by The LA Weekly, each Dustbowl performance promises to be a white-knuckle ride through the history of American folk music that rarely stays just on the stage.

“...evokes a Depression-era sensibility redolent of John Steinbeck, and the spirit-raising gospel of the American South.” — BOSTON GLOBE

www.dustbowlrevival.com

Tickets: $27

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Tom Wopat-Home for the Holidays
Dec
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

Tom Wopat-Home for the Holidays

All it takes is a phrase or two from Tom Wopat’s warm, engaging baritone to trigger the desire to hear more. And the more one listens, the better it gets — from the way he finds the heart of a song’s story to his lyrical phrasing and his gently swinging, jazz-infused rhythms. Wisconsin-born Wopat may be best known for his starring role in the ’80s hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard, but his versatility shines in a career reaching from television to high visibility Broadway roles and back to his first true love-- music. This holiday season, let Tom Wopat warm your frozen toes from the inside out with his smooth, jazzy renditions of all your winter favorites.

www.tomwopat.com

Tickets: $35

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Kris Delmhorst (THE WILD CD Release) and Jeffrey Foucault
Dec
8
to Dec 9

Kris Delmhorst (THE WILD CD Release) and Jeffrey Foucault

Photo by Joseph Navas

Photo by Joseph Navas

In the fall of 2017, Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault will tour the USA on a special split-bill, sharing the stage to celebrate the release of The Wild, Kris Delmhorst’s October 2017 album featuring Foucault and members of his band. Though married since 2004, these two acclaimed artists have until now maintained independent touring careers, and The Wild marks their first foray into the studio together, to record Delmhorst’s darkly hopeful, fiercely wise new collection of songs. Merging her sophisticated melodies and hauntingly open voice with Foucault’s lean aesthetic, the album navigates the poles of home and away, known and unknown, and reunites her with old bandmates including Billy Conway - the former Morphine drummer who produced her first two albums - and bassist Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T). Featuring two distinct sets of music every night, with the two artists fronting the band in succession and joining each other’s sets, the tour offers a rare and intimate performance from two of the country’s foremost songwriters.

www.jeffreyfoucault.com www.krisdelmhorst.com

Tickets: $25

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Billy Strings
Dec
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

Billy Strings

Photo by M. Weintrob

Photo by M. Weintrob

Whether sharing stages with bluegrass acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist, or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets at festivals, Billy Strings creates fans wherever he plays. Raised in Michigan and based in Nashville, Strings learned music from his father, who learned it from his father, who learned from his father before him. Maybe that’s why at 24, Strings’ songs, articulation, and entire approach sound so authentic and steeped in tradition.

 

Strings has played on stage with the likes of Del McCoury, David Grisman, Larry Keel, and Sam Bush, and has performed at festivals such as Pickathon, Merlefest, DelFest, High Sierra Music Festival, and Grey Fox. He won IBMA 2016 Momentum Awards Instrumentalist of the Year for guitar, banjo, and mandolin and was voted #1 in scene tastemaker Bluegrass Situation’s Top 16 of ’16. Already, Billy Strings has seen many accomplishments-- but the best is yet to come.

www.billystrings.com

Tickets: $25

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Steely Dane
Feb
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

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-- 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
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Davina and the Vagabonds

Photo by Garrett Born Photography

Photo by Garrett Born Photography

 

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.

www.davinaandthevagabonds.com

Tickets: $22

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House of Waters
Feb
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

House of Waters

House of Waters is hammered dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT, master percussionist Luke Notary, and brilliant bassist Moto Fukushima, a trio drawing inspiration from Africa, India, South America, and jazz traditions. Max, a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, studied with the Cissoko griot family in Senegal and recently returned from a year in India studying with the world-renowned santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. Luke studied with djembe legend Cheik Oumar Diabate and has just returned from a year touring the world with Cirque du Soleil. Moto's finesse, subtlety and power attracted the attention of many jazz greats, who he has accompanied to critical acclaim. House of Waters has shared the stage with Ravi Shankar, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, KODO, Blitz the Ambassador, Dave Eggar, and more; their concerts are beautiful and electrifying moments of mastery and magic.

www.houseofwaters.com

Tickets: $22

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Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives: The Way Out West Tour
Feb
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives: The Way Out West Tour

Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

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: $40.00

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Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives: The Way Out West Tour
Feb
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives: The Way Out West Tour

Photo by Alysse Gafkjen  

Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

 

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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Sierra Hull
Mar
1
7:30pm 7:30pm

Sierra Hull

At 25, 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: $28

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An Evening with Dailey and Vincent
Mar
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

An Evening with Dailey and Vincent

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

www.daileyandvincent.com

Tickets: $35

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Riders in the Sky
Mar
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

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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The SteelDrivers
Mar
8
7:30pm 7:30pm

The SteelDrivers

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.

www.thesteeldrivers.com

Tickets: $35

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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Mar
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

For almost 40 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, Grammy winners BeauSoleil are notorious for bringing even the most staid audiences to their feet. Their distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country, and bluegrass. Entertaining listeners everywhere from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans to Carnegie Hall, and all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England, BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over.

www.beausoleilmusic.com

Tickets: $30

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Pieta Brown
Mar
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Pieta Brown

Hailed as a "self-styled poetess, folk goddess and country waif" by the BBC, Pieta Brown first came to international attention with her 2002 self-titled debut. The daughter of Grammy-nominated folk musician Greg Brown, Pieta has since been recognized by NPR for her "moody, ethereal" songwriting, applauded by The Boston Globe for her "mercurial voice,” and has continued to gain widespread critical attention for both her singing and songwriting with each release. She has shared stages with artists from Emmylou Harris and JJ Cale to Neko Case and Richard Thompson, in addition to performing at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam. Continually revealing new layers as both a songwriter and performer, Pieta is being recognized as one of modern Americana's true gems.

www.pietabrown.com

Tickets: $22

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Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Mar
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

One of bluegrass music’s stalwarts is singer, songwriter and fiddle player Laurie Lewis, a mainstay 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.”
www.laurielewis.com

Tickets: $25

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The Railsplitters
Mar
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Railsplitters

Colorado natives The Railsplitters believe using your roots to evolve is what bluegrass is all about. True to this ethos, their new album The Faster It Goes breaks the bonds of the genre and unleashes tradition with an adventurous spirit. The Railsplitters’ secret weapon is two-fold. First, the innovative imagination of Dusty Rider’s songwriting; second, the powerfully distinct vocals of Lauren Stovall, whose voice is as clean as Emmylou, as cutting as Allison Krauss, and carries the attitude of Dolly herself. With Joe D'Esposito’s New England-influenced fiddling, Peter Sharpe and Dusty Rider’s masterfully executed mandolin and banjo, and Leslie Ziegler’s innovative style on the upright bass, The Faster It Goes testifies to The Railsplitters’ multipolar and collaborative songwriting, giving voice to the talents of its members and a cohesive character to the sound. Though they operate with the instrumentation of a bluegrass band, The Railsplitters are making music totally unlimited by tradition. This is music for the open road, the open dance floor, and open ears--music of the American West, made for all.

www.therailsplitters.com

Tickets: $20

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The Subdudes
Mar
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

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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The Quebe Sisters
Mar
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Quebe Sisters

When Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee) raise their fiddles and play, singing in vintage style three-part harmony, hang onto your jaw. 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.

quebesistersband.com

Tickets: $25

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Charlie Parr
Mar
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

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, Stumpjumper. 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.

 

Tickets: $22

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The Harp Twins: Camille & Kennerly
Mar
24
7:30pm 7:30pm

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 64 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. 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 world’s perception of the harp and the way harp is played – one song at a time.

www.harptwins.com

Tickets: $15

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The Steel Wheels
Apr
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

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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Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
Apr
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

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.

www.rhondavincent.com

Tickets: $35

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Rosanne Cash
Apr
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

Rosanne Cash

One of the most compelling figures in popular music, with a body of work encompassing country, rock, roots, and pop influences, Rosanne Cash inherited a reverence for song and profound artistry - and an equal duty to find insights of her own. The oldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and stepdaughter of June Carter Cash, she holds a lineage rooted in the very beginning of American country music, with its deep cultural and historical connections to the South. She has responded to this heritage with 15 albums of extraordinary songs, earning a Grammy and nominations for 12 more, the Americana Honors and Awards' Album of the Year Award, and 21 top-40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles. Her latest album, "The River and the Thread," written with her longtime collaborator, producer, guitarist, and husband John Leventhal, reflects journeys through the Southern states which inevitably reconnect her to her roots. With just the right amount of patience and storytelling, this new album is an elegant, mature work of a songwriter and performer at the height of her powers.
www.rosannecash.com    

Tickets: $60

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Rosanne Cash
Apr
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

Rosanne Cash

One of the most compelling figures in popular music, with a body of work encompassing country, rock, roots, and pop influences, Rosanne Cash inherited a reverence for song and profound artistry - and an equal duty to find insights of her own. The oldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and stepdaughter of June Carter Cash, she holds a lineage rooted in the very beginning of American country music, with its deep cultural and historical connections to the South. She has responded to this heritage with 15 albums of extraordinary songs, earning a Grammy and nominations for 12 more, the Americana Honors and Awards' Album of the Year Award, and 21 top-40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles. Her latest album, "The River and the Thread," written with her longtime collaborator, producer, guitarist, and husband John Leventhal, reflects journeys through the Southern states which inevitably reconnect her to her roots. With just the right amount of patience and storytelling, this new album is an elegant, mature work of a songwriter and performer at the height of her powers.
www.rosannecash.com    

Tickets: $60

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Patty Larkin
Apr
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

Patty Larkin

Wisconsin-born Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and sonic shading.” She has been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter). Still Green, Patty Larkin’s 13th album, plays out in Technicolor sound images, a kaleidoscope of sun and sea that travels from the fluorescent-lit hallways of grief to the warm pull of love, family, and nature.

www.pattylarkin.com

Tickets: $22

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An Evening with Rodney Crowell
Apr
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

An Evening with 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.

www.rodneycrowell.com

Tickets: $35

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Del McCoury Band
Apr
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Del McCoury Band

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.

www.delmccouryband.com

Tickets: $45

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Asleep at the Wheel
Apr
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Asleep at the Wheel

Photo by MikeShore

Photo by MikeShore

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 into 2017. 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
Apr
29
4:00pm 4:00pm

Asleep at the Wheel

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 into 2017. 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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Lou & Peter Berryman
May
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

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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Harmonious Wail
May
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

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

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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Stoughton Chamber Singers
Jun
1
7:30pm 7:30pm

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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Population 485: On Stage
Aug
20
3:00pm 3:00pm

Population 485: On Stage

Opera House favorite Michael Perry is back-- in a whole new way! The author/humorist and guests present a staged adaptation of Perry’s sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking bestselling memoir of life, death and hilarity from the perspective of a small town fire department. The show includes musical collaboration with Sean Carey (of S. Carey and Bon Iver).

TICKETS $22

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Population 485: On Stage
Aug
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

Population 485: On Stage

Opera House favorite Michael Perry is back-- in a whole new way! The author/humorist and guests present a staged adaptation of Perry’s sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking bestselling memoir of life, death and hilarity from the perspective of a small town fire department. The show includes musical collaboration with Sean Carey (of S. Carey and Bon Iver).

TICKETS $22

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Population 485: On Stage
Aug
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

Population 485: On Stage

Opera House favorite Michael Perry is back-- in a whole new way! The author/humorist and guests present a staged adaptation of Perry’s sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking bestselling memoir of life, death and hilarity from the perspective of a small town fire department. The show includes musical collaboration with Sean Carey (of S. Carey and Bon Iver).

TICKETS $22

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Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
Aug
4
7:30pm 7:30pm

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

A life full of music; that's the story of Ricky Skaggs.  By 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.

Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and this 14-time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music.  With 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated classics behind him, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label, the diverse and masterful tones made by the gifted Skaggs come from a life dedicated to playing music that is both fed by the soul and felt by the heart.

http://www.rickyskaggs.com/

Tickets: $50

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Tinndølan - Norwegian Dancers
Jul
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

Tinndølan - Norwegian Dancers

Tinndølan is a Norwegian folk music and dance group from Tinn in Telemark, Norway. With 18 members aged 13 to 21, this is one of the most acclaimed groups of their kind in Norway. This year they were finalists on Norske Talenter (Norway's Got Talent)! Tinndølan's goal is to keep the Norwegian folk music and dance traditions alive so the next generation can experience the joy and value of this cultural heritage. We can't think of a better setting to experience this group's passion and commitment to traditional Norwegian music and dance.

This event is open to the public. Free-will donations accepted at the door.

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The Subdudes
Jul
6
12:30pm12:30pm

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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Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Jun
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

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

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

Wisconsin Folks: Masters of Tradition

The Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) is pleased to present “Wisconsin Folks: Masters of Tradition,” Saturday, June 3. This year’s showcase celebrates Wisconsin’s rich cultural heritage with performances from five master traditional artists of the 2016 WAB Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program. Joining these performers on stage are their apprentices, poised to carry these traditional art forms forward. We invite you to join us for an afternoon of traditional music, dance, and crafts at the Stoughton Opera House.

Master Artists featured in the showcase include:  Malia Lani Chow (Hawaiian Hula Kahiko and ‘Oli—dance and chant), Roberto Franco (Mexica dance), Meenakshi Ganesan (Bharatanatyam – South Indian classical dance), Vong Yang (Hmong qeej reed instrument music and performance), and Dylan Jennings (Anishinaabe hand drumming).

The event will also feature three of the 2016 Master Craft Artists and their apprentices: Karen Ann Hoffman (Iroquois raised beadwork), Robert Schulz (Southwest Wisconsin hand-forged hunting knives), and National Heritage Fellowship recipient Sidonka Wadina (Slovakian wheat weaving).

Craft exhibition begins at 2pm, concert at 3pm.

Tickets: $10 General, $5 Per Student

 

 

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Stoughton Chamber Singers
Jun
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

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

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

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 (free event)

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 (free event)

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.

3:30pm Orphan Trains by Deborah Craig ($12, tickets at door)

From 1853 to 1929, The Orphan Trains Project joined adoptive parents with orphans in countless towns throughout the vast American landscape. Based on primary records from the Children's Aid Society of New York, Orphan Trains brings this compelling story of hardships and victories to life, resonating with the authentic voices of a diverse group of children. Adapted and performed by the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts Drama Class and StageWorks Projects. Directed by Mary-Carel and Henry Verden. 

 

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SHEL
May
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

SHEL

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

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

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/

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Music Appreciation: Forward Theatre Company
May
1
3:00pm 3:00pm

Music Appreciation: Forward Theatre Company

Forward Theatre Company.

 Several members of this Madison based professional theatre will present selections and highlights of a number of Broadway Musical Theatre shows.

Tickets: Free-will donation

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.

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MadFiddle & Highway 151
Apr
30
4:00pm 4:00pm

MadFiddle & Highway 151

MadFiddle is a youth violin ensemble (ages 6-17) that explores fiddle music and song from around the world.  This season, their repertoire draws upon the traditions of Appalachian, Celtic, bluegrass, Brazilian, ragtime, Eastern and blues folk tunes, and also features compositions by artists on the forefront of today’s acoustic music scene.

MadFiddle performs with the adult backing band known as Highway 151.  This rhythmic backbone features the talents of Chris Powers (mandolin, bouzouki), Pat Spaay (upright bass) and Bruce Anderson (guitar). 

MadFiddle & Highway 151 have performed at venues ranging from opera houses to saloons to street corners.  This year they have appeared at Overture’s Capitol Theater, Barrymore Theater, High Noon Saloon and Trinity United Methodist Church.

The group is directed by Shauncey Ali, who was named 2016’s "Teacher of the Year" by the Madison Area Music Association for his excellence in music education within the community.

Tickets: General Admission (available at the door)

$10 regular/$5 under 18, CASH ONLY PLEASE

Tickets can also be purchased and picked up in advance at the Stoughton Opera House box office.  

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April Verch Band
Apr
29
7:30pm 7:30pm

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

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Hal Ketchum
Apr
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

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

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Suzy Bogguss
Apr
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

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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www.suzybogguss.com

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Music Appreciation: Iva Ugrcic, Flute
Apr
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Music Appreciation: Iva Ugrcic, Flute

Iva Ugrcic, Flute. 

 Iva is a Doctoral Candidate in Flute Performance at the UW Madison and returns to our sessions with a wonderful program of flute music.

Tickets: Free-will donation

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.

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Caitlin Canty (Shane Leonard supports)
Apr
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

Caitlin Canty (Shane Leonard supports)

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.

Opening act Shane Leonard is a multi-instrumentalist and composer living in Eau Claire, WI. Now increasingly sought-after as a producer and player, Shane Leonard began his relationship with music very early, sitting-in on drums as a kid at jazz sessions in Milwaukee and Chicago. From there it was classical percussion lessons with players of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and legendary percussionist Jim Sewrey. After college he embarked on a journey across Appalachia to learn banjo, fiddle, and hundred-year-old songs in the presence of masters Clyde Davenport, Lee Sexton, Frank Lee, Bob Carlin, and Joe Newberry.

These influences come together in the record, Printer's Son (under the moniker Kalispell), which Leonard crowd-funded by independently raising over $15,000 on Kickstarter. Connecting an improvisational heart with meticulously constructed arteries of melody, it eschews the stomp-clap boom-chuck trend of indie-folk, instead giving nods to the entranced sonic tapestries of Phillip Glass and lyrical sophistication of Paul Simon.

Tickets: $20

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www.caitlincanty.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Apr
8
1:00pm 1:00pm

Playtime Productions: "WWW.OZ"

A twister warps Dorothy through her computer screen into the land of the wacky, weird and wizardly Oz, who in this day and age resides in cyberspace. The noted children’s traveling theatre spirals the classic L. Frank Baum tale of The Wizard of Oz to digital life on stage. Just when you think the story is familiar, a new dimension appears. Come see what unwinds in PlayTime’s adaptation of the story for the children’s stage, WWW.OZ

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 The Little Match GirlThe 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.

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

This event will be general admission. Suggested donation $5 per family at the door.

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Victor Wooten Trio featuring Dennis Chambers & Bob Franceschini
Apr
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

Victor Wooten Trio featuring Dennis Chambers & Bob Franceschini

Bassist Victor Wooten began his musical story early in life, performing in nightclubs and theaters with the family band at age five, and going on tour with his brothers opening shows for legendary soul artist Curtis Mayfield a year later. Before graduating high school, he and his brothers had shared the stage with artists such as Stephanie Mills, War, Ramsey Lewis, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Dexter Wansel, and The Temptations. But this only begins to tell the tale of this Tennessee titan.


Wooten, now a five-time Grammy winner, hit the worldwide scene in 1990 as a founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Continuing to blaze a musical trail with the band, Victor has also become widely known for his own Grammy nominated solo recordings and tours, and has won every major award given to a bass guitarist including being voted Bassist of the Year in Bass Player Magazine's readers poll three times (the only person to win it more than once.) In 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine voted Victor one of the Top Ten Bassists of ALL TIME. Wooten has been called the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius; a master innovator of the bass guitar, gifted composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, Wooten is now joined on the road by the legendary drummer Dennis Chambers (Parliament/Funkadelic) and saxophonist Bob Franceschini for an unforgettable performance.

Tickets $35

victorwooten.com

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