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.

 

Stoughton Chamber Music Festival--TWO DAYS!
Aug
17
3:00 PM15:00

Stoughton Chamber Music Festival--TWO DAYS!

The Stoughton Chamber Music Festival is setting sail for the first time this August (2019). The festival will feature classical musicians from Wisconsin, coming together to prepare and perform meaningful and enjoyable programs for Stoughton and the surrounding communities.  Ultimately, the festival is a celebration of summer, the fantastic chamber music repertoire, a community of musicians, and the wonderful people of Stoughton.

For a festival like this, Stoughton is a perfect home, as it boasts the gorgeous Stoughton Opera House and is a rich community of people and small businesses. We aim to respond and collaborate with the community as it is, offering an outreach concert, open rehearsals, and programs that reflect the town. We also hope to grow into a yearly festival, an event that the community can look forward to and call it’s own. 

For many classical musicians, summer is a time for fun musical collaborations with friends both new and old. Musicians with meaningful and joyful projects are a force to be reckoned with and a joy to experience. The Stoughton Chamber Music Festival has been created with this in mind and aims to foster meaningful experiences and joyful opportunities for the many fantastic chamber musicians in the area (mixed with some out-of-towners).

To support this endeavor visit:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-stoughton-chamber-music-festival?create_edit=true#/

TICKETS: Suggested $15 donation at the door

 

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Stoughton Chamber Music Festival--TWO DAYS!
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

Stoughton Chamber Music Festival--TWO DAYS!

The Stoughton Chamber Music Festival is setting sail for the first time this August (2019). The festival will feature classical musicians from Wisconsin, coming together to prepare and perform meaningful and enjoyable programs for Stoughton and the surrounding communities.  Ultimately, the festival is a celebration of summer, the fantastic chamber music repertoire, a community of musicians, and the wonderful people of Stoughton.

For a festival like this, Stoughton is a perfect home, as it boasts the gorgeous Stoughton Opera House and is a rich community of people and small businesses. We aim to respond and collaborate with the community as it is, offering an outreach concert, open rehearsals, and programs that reflect the town. We also hope to grow into a yearly festival, an event that the community can look forward to and call it’s own. 

For many classical musicians, summer is a time for fun musical collaborations with friends both new and old. Musicians with meaningful and joyful projects are a force to be reckoned with and a joy to experience. The Stoughton Chamber Music Festival has been created with this in mind and aims to foster meaningful experiences and joyful opportunities for the many fantastic chamber musicians in the area (mixed with some out-of-towners).

To support this endeavor visit:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-stoughton-chamber-music-festival?create_edit=true#/

TICKETS: Suggested $15 donation at the door

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A Tribute to Bill Malone
Sep
15
5:30 PM17:30

A Tribute to Bill Malone

Bill Malone, host of Back to the Country on WORT 89.9 FM, is regarded as the leading historian of country music. He's literally written the book on it (Country Music USA). Doug Moe once said that having Bill Malone volunteer as a host for a community radio station is like having Meryl Streep perform Community Theater.

Bill turned 85 in August and has spent the last few years working with Ken Burns on the multi-part documentary, Country Music. He is the only historian Ken used for the series!

Join us for an intimate evening with Bill and Bobbie Malone. Hear about Bill’s experience working with Ken Burns and other highlights from his life; enjoy live music from Chris Plata with Extra Hot as well as The Dirty Shirts.

Proceeds from this event benefit WORT Community Radio.

Following this event, attendees can remain for a big screen showing of the first episode of the Country Music documentary. If there are seats available at that point, they will be offered for free.  

www.wortfm.org

Tickets: $20


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Edgar Knecht Trio
Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

Edgar Knecht Trio

Edgar Knecht is a professionally studied pianist and composer. In the course of a highly successful career, this ‘piano sensation,’ who was already concertizing at the age of fourteen, arrived at a musical sujet that has developed into his own personal language. In an entirely unique manner, Knecht combined jazz and folk tunes from a variety of sources with folksongs of his native Germany. He succeeded in reviving wonderful old songs, which had been almost forgotten because of the difficult times in German history. “An essential aspect of what I do is exposing my own musical roots. Whilst this is common in other cultures, in Germany it's not easy to use folk songs because of our special history“ the Kassel- born musician explains. Together with Rolf Denecke on upright bass and Tobias Schulte on percussion, Knecht has gained a world-wide reputation with his unique brand of music.

www.edgarknecht.de


TICKETS: $15

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	Lee Ann Womack
Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

Lee Ann Womack

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

www.leeannwomack.com

TICKETS: $50

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Carsie Blanton
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Carsie Blanton

New Orleans’ genre-stretching folk-rock mischief-maker, Carsie Blanton, writes songs fraught with humor and poignancy inspired by musicians as diversly rich as Ray Charles and Joni Mitchell; The Beatles and Erykah Badu; Nick Lowe, Tom Waits, Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday. With healthy doses of moxie and spice, Blanton revs up a spirited night.

www.carsieblanton.com

Tickets: $20


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 Shook Twins (Nickel&Rose supports)
Sep
28
7:30 PM19:30

Shook Twins (Nickel&Rose supports)

Everybody in your life will write his or her own chapter in your story. Take a step back, and you’ll see the influence of your loved ones, mentors, and friends in your decisions. Shook Twins refer to these folks in the title of their fourth album, Some Good Lives.

Over the course of four full-length releases and a handful of EPs since 2008, acclaim would come to the Shook Twins by way of everyone from USA Today and Baeble Music to Langhorne Slim, The Lumineers, Mason Jennings, and iconic best-selling author Neil Gaiman who enthusiastically decreed, “They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.” Beyond gigs with the likes of Gregory Alan Isakov and Ani DiFranco, they captivated crowds at High Sierra Music Festival, Lightning In A Bottle, Bumbershoot, Hulaween, Summer Camp Music Festival, and many more.

www.shooktwins.com

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

www.nickelandrose.com

TICKETS: $20


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The Accidentals
Oct
3
7:30 PM19:30

The Accidentals

Named among Yahoo Music’s “Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2017,” The Accidentals’ adventure began in their hometown of Traverse City, MI, when Larson, a sophomore cellist, and Buist, a junior violinist, were paired for a high school orchestra event. The gifted young musicians became fast friends and before long, bandmates. Having both grown up in musical families with professional pianists for fathers and vocalists for mothers, their shared influences bounced between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure.

The goal as ever is to experiment and experience, exploring new ideas and approaches while always staying true to their roots. With their third album release, Odyssey, The Accidentals have conjured a truly one of its kind sound and vision, booming with free-thinking musicality, wisdom, and an understanding that growth is a process, not something that happens overnight. The Accidentals are already moving forward on their amazing journey, rolling down the windows on an open road towards someplace that’s both true and transcendent.

www.theaccidentalsmusic.com

TICKETS: $22


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Madison Jazz Review featuring: Barbacoa, Jon Hoel Trio, Gerri DiMaggio's World Jazz Unit
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Madison Jazz Review featuring: Barbacoa, Jon Hoel Trio, Gerri DiMaggio's World Jazz Unit

A showcase of some of Madison's finest jazz musicians featuring the Jon Hoel Trio, Barbacoa, and the Gerri DiMaggio World Jazz Unit. With genres ranging from traditional vocal swing to modern avant garde to funk, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Featuring Ben Ferris on bass and Kelby Kryshak on drums, the Jon Hoel Trio  is one of Madison's hardest working jazz groups. Playing originals and seldom played standards, the group focuses on exploring the jazz idiom, sometimes pushing the limits and other times staying deep in the pocket.  They have performed at the Catfish River Music Festival, Orton Park Festival, and the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium's Strollin’ series.

www.jonathanhoel.com`

Barbacoa is an instrumental R&B quartet featuring some of the most sought after musicians in the Madison, WI area. The band consists of Tony Barba-tenor saxophone, Mike Cammilleri-Hammond organ, Richard Hildner on electric guitar, and Chris Sandoval-drums

www.barbacoaband.com

Gerri DiMaggio World Jazz Unit--With the sound of a nightclub singer right out of a 1940's film noir, Gerri DiMaggio evokes romantic nostalgia with a modern edge. Her expressive singing, warm earthiness, and emotional insight, prove that she is a true believer in the power of storytelling.

Her show is a sultry mix of songs from the American Songbook with a modern edge, to Brazilian Jazz with a seductive sound that invites the audience into her own creative and colorful world.

www.gerridimaggio.com

TICKETS: $17


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Susan Werner
Oct
5
7:30 PM19:30

Susan Werner

After writing twelve albums of songs in styles ranging from folk/rock to Tin Pan Alley to gospel, country and chamber music, what might a woman deemed by National Public Radio as “The Empress of the Unexpected” try next?

As audiences will testify, Susan Werner has been knocking it out of the park – or concert hall – all around the US for twenty years.  Renowned as a charismatic performer, she’s known above all for challenging herself to conquer new styles, almost like mountaintops, every few years.

Her songs have been recorded by Tom Jones and Michael Feinstein, Broadway stars Betty Buckley and Christine Ebersole, and countless individuals and ensembles. But Werner says she’s just getting started: “I just released an album of songs inspired by a trip to Cuba. And I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland – hey, maybe I could learn the bagpipes.  It’s not impossible...is it?”

www.susanwerner.com

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Emo Philips (Guy Weatherspoon supports)
Oct
10
7:30 PM19:30

Emo Philips (Guy Weatherspoon supports)

Described by Jay Leno as "the best joke writer in America," by British comedian Gary Delaney as the best joke writer in the world, and by "Weird Al" Yankovic as one of the funniest people on the planet, Emo Philips has performed over 6000 times throughout the English-speaking world, including a multi-week run at the Playhouse Theater in London's West End. Since starting out in Chicago in 1976 at the age of twenty, Emo has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials (including an hour-long one on HBO), and many appearances on network television, both in America and in the UK. He has appeared in films (most notably, as the table-saw demonstrator in UHF) and has lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows (such as Slacker Cats, Doctor Katz, Adventure Time, and Home Movies), but his first love, stand-up, remains his true one.

www.emophilips.com

Singer, songwriter, producer, and composer Guy Weatherspoon is a true turtleneck wearing gentleman who is here for your entertainment.

www.facebook.com/guyweatherspoonband/

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Kaki King: The Neck is a Bridge to the Body
Oct
12
7:30 PM19:30

Kaki King: The Neck is a Bridge to the Body

Kaki King’s groundbreaking new work, "The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body", is an innovative, immersive, multimedia production.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Kaki King is a true iconoclast, a visionary musician/artist whose singular work rightly stands out amongst the easily formatted. Over her decade-long career thus far, the Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer has recorded five extraordinarily diverse and distinctive LPs, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks, and played to ever-growing audiences on innumerable world tours.

Each twist and veer marked the turning of a page, another step forward on a truly exceptional musical path. Beginning with 2002’s Everybody Loves You – to date, her only fully acoustic guitar recording – King has expanded and reconceived the role of the solo instrumental artist, constantly kicking at the boundaries of what’s expected.

www.kakiking.com

TICKETS: $35


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Anaïs Mitchell (Rachel Ries -duo- supports)
Oct
17
7:30 PM19:30

Anaïs Mitchell (Rachel Ries -duo- supports)

Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry. She recorded for Ani Difranco's Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. Among her recorded works are six full-length albums, including 2010's sensationally-reviewed Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth; 2012's Young Man in America, which was described by the UK's Independent as 'an epic tale of American becoming’; and 2013’s Child Ballads, a collaboration with Jefferson Hamer, which won a BBC Radio Two Folk Award. Mitchell has headlined shows worldwide as well as supporting tours for Bon Iver, Ani Difranco, Patty Griffin, Josh Ritter and Punch Brothers. She was the winner of a Folk Alliance 2018 Spirit of Folk Award.

Mitchell's stage show of Hadestown, which was over a decade in the making, was first produced off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop and in Canada at Edmonton's The Citadel, with record-breaking runs at both. In 2018 the show opened at London's prestigious National Theatre, before transferring to Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre in April 2019.  The musical has garnered rave reviews. The New York Times called it “inventive, beguiling and spellbinding” while Vogue announced that “Hadestown will be your new theater obsession.”  If there’s a common thread in Mitchell’s work – from her earliest acoustic records to the Hadestown show – it’s that she’s as interested in the world around her as the one inside her. She has a way of tackling big themes with the same emotional intimacy most artists use to describe their inner lives. That’s perhaps why the New York Times noted that her songs “address contemporary angst with uncanny vision…. a formidable songwriting talent.”

www.anaismitchell.com

Rachel Ries (duo): In 2013, after two and a half years of marriage, Ries found herself touring a record around the world, accompanied by a stack of divorce papers in a pocket of her suitcase. She had left her marriage and a good man in New York City and leapt into the untethered unknown. What transpired was in turns euphoria and despondence; old lessons learned in new ways. The songs on To Love To Leave To Live are a compassionate and at times wry catalogue of those tumultuous years, unflinchingly captured in the studio with co-producer Shane Leonard. Several collaborators, some of whom Ries met while touring with Anaïs Mitchell, helped create the vast and varied soundscape: Brian Joseph (Sufjan Stevens, Paul Simon), Rob Moose (yMusic, Alabama Shakes), Mike Lewis (Bon Iver), Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic), Pat Keen, John DeHaven, Ben Lester and Rachel’s own siblings.

https://www.facebook.com/rachelriesmusic/

TICKETS: $25


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Harry Manx
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Harry Manx

Harry Manx has been called an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. He has created a unique sound that is hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to.

Harry forged his distinctive style by studying at the feet of the masters, first as a sound man in the blues clubs of Toronto during his formative years and then under a rigorous tutelage with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in India. Bhatt is the inventor of the 20-stringed Mohan Veena, which has become Harry’s signature instrument.

Harry played slide guitar for many years before meeting Bhatt in Rajasthan,in fact he had been living in another part of India for many years already, but he started at the beginning under Bhatt’s tutelage, unlearning most of what he knew about playing a slide instrument. He learned Eastern scales and eventually ragas, deceptively complex and regimented musical patterns that form the basis of Indian composition. Learning the voicings of Indian music is a subtle art that comes with time. Harry spent most of twelve years in India learning that. It was later on that Harry decided to explore the connection between Indian ragas and blues scales which eventually led to the Indo-blues hybrid that has become his style.

www.harrymanx.com

TICKETS: $25


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Iris Dement with Pieta Brown
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Iris Dement with Pieta Brown

The Trackless Woods, DeMent’s sixth studio album, is unlike anything else in her illustrious career. Beginning with her 1992 debut, Infamous Angel, which was hailed as “an essential album of the 1990’s” by Rolling Stone, DeMent released a series of stellar records that established her as “one of the finest singer-songwriters in America” according to The Guardian. The music earned her multiple Grammy nominations, as well as the respect of peers like John Prine, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris, who all invited her to collaborate. Merle Haggard dubbed her “the best singer I’ve ever heard” and asked her to join his touring band, and David Byrne and Natalie Merchant famously covered her “Let The Mystery Be” as a duet on MTV Unplugged. DeMent returned in 2012 with her most recent album, Sing The Delta, which prompted NPR to call her “one of the great voices in contemporary popular music” and The Boston Globe to hail the collection as “a work of rare, unvarnished grace and power.”

www.irisdement.com

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. 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 wide-spread critical attention for both her singing and songwriting with each release. Wall Street Journal, American Songwriter, and Amazon have all included her albums in year-end, ‘best-of’ picks. And along the way she has shared stages with everyone from Emmylou Harris and JJ Cale to Neko Case and Richard Thompson, in addition to performing at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam. But maybe even more importantly, to a fiercely independent artist like Pieta, she has received praise and support from many of her fellow artists and mentors - Justin Vernon, Iris Dement, Mark Knopfler, Amos Lee, producer Don Was, and film-maker Wim Wenders to name a few.

www.pietabrown.com

TICKETS: $35

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Richard Thompson (Eliza Gilkyson supports)--TWO SHOWS!
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

Richard Thompson (Eliza Gilkyson supports)--TWO SHOWS!

In 2017, Ivor Novello Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated legend Richard Thompson gave himself up to the music itself. Picking up a guitar, emotions echoed through his deft fleet-fingered fretwork, poetic songwriting, impassioned picking. Those transmissions comprise his nineteenth solo album, 13 Rivers.

In many ways, his career has pointed towards such a statement. Powered by evocative songcraft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit, this venerable icon holds a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Awards among his many accolades. 2011 saw Thompson garner an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Moreover, Time touted his anthem, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” on its “100 Greatest Songs Since 1923” list.

Thompson’s influence can’t be overstated. Everybody from Robert Plant, Don Henley, and Elvis Costello to REM, Sleater-Kinney and David Byrne has covered his music.

www.richardthompson-music.com

Eliza Gilkyson is a 2-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Dan Fogelberg.

Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and recognized with countless Austin Music and Folk Alliance awards. Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”

www.elizagilkyson.com

TICKETS: $50


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Richard Thompson (Eliza Gilkyson supports)--TWO SHOWS!
Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

Richard Thompson (Eliza Gilkyson supports)--TWO SHOWS!

In 2017, Ivor Novello Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated legend Richard Thompson gave himself up to the music itself. Picking up a guitar, emotions echoed through his deft fleet-fingered fretwork, poetic songwriting, impassioned picking. Those transmissions comprise his nineteenth solo album, 13 Rivers.

In many ways, his career has pointed towards such a statement. Powered by evocative songcraft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit, this venerable icon holds a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Awards among his many accolades. 2011 saw Thompson garner an OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Moreover, Time touted his anthem, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” on its “100 Greatest Songs Since 1923” list.

Thompson’s influence can’t be overstated. Everybody from Robert Plant, Don Henley, and Elvis Costello to REM, Sleater-Kinney and David Byrne has covered his music.

www.richardthompson-music.com

Eliza Gilkyson is a 2-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured worldwide as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Dan Fogelberg.

Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and recognized with countless Austin Music and Folk Alliance awards. Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.”

www.elizagilkyson.com

TICKETS: $50


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Pokey LaFarge--Solo
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Pokey LaFarge--Solo

Day after day, pencil in hand, always dressed in blue. Never feeling satisfied. Itchy. Incomplete. Attired halfway between a businessman and a janitor, Pokey LaFarge tries to make sense of trouble he’s seen and trouble he’s been in. This is the Great Why of his unending passion for songwriting. An unquenchable need to be heard in a world where everyone is talking and nobody is listening.

The songs on Pokey’s transformative new album Manic Revelations demand your attention. Here, you get the feeling this man is constantly reshuffling the deck in favor of some outcome or other. Each chord, each riff shades the stories he sets up in his lyrics. But make no mistake – no matter how the cards lay, he is searching for the purest truth; he loves laying in the muck. Whatever it takes to serve the song. He wouldn’t know what to do if his life were any other way.

www.pokeylafarge.net

TICKETS: $25


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Gina Chavez
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Gina Chavez

A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Gina Chavez is a 10-time Austin Music Award winner. Her bilingual record, Up.Rooted, topped both the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a feature on NPR's All Things Considered and has been hailed by The Boston Globe, USA Today, and Texas Monthly. Her Tiny Desk concert made NPR’s top 15 of 2015. Fresh off a 10-country tour as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department, Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs take audiences on a journey through the Americas, blending the sounds and rhythms of the region with tension and grace. Her Spanish-language anthem, “Siete-D” (Grand Prize winner of the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest) recounts her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she is a co-founder of The Niñas Arriba College Fund for young Latinas.

www.ginachavez.com

TICKETS: $25

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Suzy Bogguss
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Suzy Bogguss

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

www.suzybogguss.com

TICKETS: $35


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Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi--TWO SHOWS!
Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi--TWO SHOWS!

Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett-produced “Another Day, Another Time” concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. The elegant bearing, prodigious voice and fierce spirit that brought the audience to its feet that night is also abundantly evident on Giddens’ critically acclaimed solo debut, the Grammy-nominated album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess.

Giddens' follow-up album, Freedom Highway, was released in February 2017. It includes nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes its name.

www.rhiannongiddens.com

Francesco Turrisi has been defined a “musical alchemist” and a “musical polyglot” by the press. He left his native Italy in 1997 to study jazz piano and early music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he obtained a Bachelor and a Master’s degree.

Turrisi has released four critically acclaimed albums as a leader and two as co-leader (Tarab and Zahr) on Diatribe records and on his own label Taquin records.

His latest album Grigio features Sean Nos singer Roisin El Safty, early music singer Clara Sanabras and percussion virtuoso Zohar Fresco. The album was described as “Lyrical, sensitively assembled and beautifully sung” by John Fordham in a review for The Guardian.

www.francescoturrisi.com

TICKETS: $50

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Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi
Nov
3
3:00 PM15:00

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett-produced “Another Day, Another Time” concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. The elegant bearing, prodigious voice and fierce spirit that brought the audience to its feet that night is also abundantly evident on Giddens’ critically acclaimed solo debut, the Grammy-nominated album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess.

Giddens' follow-up album, Freedom Highway, was released in February 2017. It includes nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes its name.

www.rhiannongiddens.com

Francesco Turrisi has been defined a “musical alchemist” and a “musical polyglot” by the press. He left his native Italy in 1997 to study jazz piano and early music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he obtained a Bachelor and a Master’s degree.

Turrisi has released four critically acclaimed albums as a leader and two as co-leader (Tarab and Zahr) on Diatribe records and on his own label Taquin records.

His latest album Grigio features Sean Nos singer Roisin El Safty, early music singer Clara Sanabras and percussion virtuoso Zohar Fresco. The album was described as “Lyrical, sensitively assembled and beautifully sung” by John Fordham in a review for The Guardian.

www.francescoturrisi.com

TICKETS: $50


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Livingston Taylor
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Livingston Taylor

Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, which began a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—while shifting seamlessly between upbeat storytelling and touching ballads to full orchestra performances. Livingston's 50th year of making music was celebrated by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, both declaring January 18, 2017 "Livingston Taylor Day".

www.livingstontaylor.com

TICKETS: $30


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Jena Friedman
Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Jena Friedman

Jena Friedman is a stand up comedian, writer, and filmmaker. She has worked as a field producer at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has written for Late Show with David Letterman. Her critically acclaimed stand up special American C*** is now available on iTunes and her new special "Soft Focus with Jena Friedman" aired on Adult Swim in February, 2019.

www.jenafriedman.com

TICKETS: $25

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The Flatlanders
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

The Flatlanders

The fact that Texas music titans Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock - on their first go-round as The Flatlanders in 1972 - were completely rejected by the country music establishment is surprising in retrospect but, ultimately, poetic. That each went on to have formidable solo careers is a testament to their talent and determination. Add to this their diverse yet complimentary styles - Joe the street-wise rocker, Jimmie Dale the mystic with the classic country voice and Butch the cerebral folk singer - and you've got a story of one of the most extraordinary kinships in American musical history.

www.theflatlanders.com

TICKETS: $45

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Che Apalache
Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

Che Apalache

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. With a style that mixes South American music and Bluegrass they call Latingrass, Che Apalache’s repertoire ranges from vivid Latin rhythms to a-cappella mountain gospel songs sung in four-part harmony.               

The group's founder, Joe Troop (fiddle), is a North Carolina-born multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That's how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to form Che Apalache and hit the stage.

Che Apalache began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repertoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have created an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives. Evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album, Latingrass, is a testament to a powerful cultural and musical exchange.

www.cheapalache.com

TICKETS: $20

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Tommy Castro & Tinsley Ellis: The T'n'T Tour
Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

Tommy Castro & Tinsley Ellis: The T'n'T Tour

Whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, legendary blues and soul giant Tommy Castro knows how to ignite a crowd. Over the course of his still-unfolding career, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has released 15 albums ranging from horn-fueled soul and R&B to piping hot blues to fiery rock ‘n’ roll. Castro has performed all over the world, earning countless fans with his legendary, sweat-drenched, exhilarating live shows.

www.tommycastro.com

Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero.Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world's best-loved, hardest working and most well-travelled statesmen.

www.tinsleyellis.com

TICKETS: $35

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Steve Earle--Solo TWO SHOWS!
Nov
15
7:30 PM19:30

Steve Earle--Solo TWO SHOWS!

One of the great singer-songwriters of the past four decades, Steve Earle bridges the genres of rock and country music. A guitarist, actor, playwright, novelist, memoirist, and political activist, Earle, has released over 20 albums. At a young age, his grit and gristle got him up on stage with idols Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Playing alongside these country music “outlaws” gave Earle the hard-edged stamina to press on through years of hard times to win 3 Grammy awards and earn 16 nominations. Earle brings a rare and unforgettable 2 night solo acoustic show to the stage.

www.steveearle.com

TICKETS: $60

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Steve Earle--Solo TWO SHOWS!
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Steve Earle--Solo TWO SHOWS!

One of the great singer-songwriters of the past four decades, Steve Earle bridges the genres of rock and country music. A guitarist, actor, playwright, novelist, memoirist, and political activist, Earle, has released over 20 albums. At a young age, his grit and gristle got him up on stage with idols Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. Playing alongside these country music “outlaws” gave Earle the hard-edged stamina to press on through years of hard times to win 3 Grammy awards and earn 16 nominations. Earle brings a rare and unforgettable 2 night solo acoustic show to the stage.

www.steveearle.com

TICKETS: $60


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Nov
22
7:30 PM19:30

On A Winter’s Night

Presenting the 25th Anniversary concerts of "On A Winter's Night" from veteran singer/songwriters Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, and Cliff Eberhardt. These are among the brightest stars of the singer/songwriter movement for the past three decades. In 1994 Chritine Lavin gathered them together, along with folk and Americana artists to showcase music of the Winter Season on the now classic On A Winter's Night CD, followed by several years of touring collaborations. These artists have released dozens of recordings and toured steadily through the decades, with fond memories of their touring days together. Now in 2019-20, the winter season is again celebrated by these unique and popular performers, back together by popular demand.

TICKETS: $35

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Joan Shelley (Daughter of Swords supports)
Dec
6
7:30 PM19:30

Joan Shelley (Daughter of Swords supports)

Based out of Louisville, Kentucky, singer/songwriter Joan Shelley's warm and mellifluous voice evokes both the deep south and west coast, drawing from both old-time country and '60s folk. A talented songwriter and prolific performer, Shelley splits her time between solo outings and collaborations with other area musicians. For her eponymous fifth studio LP, Shelley headed up to Chicago to record with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy behind the board. The first single from the record, "Wild Indifference," dropped in March 2017, with the full-length album arriving later that May.

www.joanshelley.net

Even there, amid the throes of a life convulsion, there is a wisp of hope and possibility, framed by the way “the dim light change[s] into dawn, rosy blue, pink fawn.” The very heart of Dawnbreaker is not the impending breakup that inspired many of its songs but the sense of liberation and breaking out that the breakup inspired. Buoyed by the insistent patter of a drum machine and rich acoustic guitars, Sauser-Monnig finds herself in search of new thrills during “Gem,” whether pondering the fleeting nature of existence at a waterfall’s edge or watching the shapes of mountains seemingly dance beneath her headlights. The muted, harmonica-lined boogie of “Sun” begins with a vulnerable confession, a revelation of loneliness; it is, however, a low-key anthem for the open road, about giving oneself over to the infinity of solitude and an endless strip of asphalt. Sauser-Monnig captures these scenes with a painter’s eye and delivers them with a novelist’s heart.

www.daughterofswordsmusic.com

TICKETS: $20


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Cherish the Ladies
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Cherish the Ladies

“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says The Boston Globe of Cherish The Ladies, Grammy Award nominated Irish-American supergroup that formed in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Celtic music scene. Celebrating their 35th anniversary, Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide. They’ve brought their signature blend of virtuosic instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, and stunning step dancing to the White House, the Olympics, and to PBS with their television special, An Irish Homecoming, which recently received an Emmy Award. The Washington Post praises the ‘astonishing array of virtuosity’ that Cherish The Ladies bring to the stage on a regular basis. Their new album, Heart of the Home, embraces the gift of music passed down from generations. ‘It was the greatest gift they could give us,’ says bandleader Joanie Madden. ‘We’re carrying on the music of our fathers.’ As their reputation and admiration from both fans and critics alike continues to grow, Cherish The Ladies blazes forward into another decade of music making.

www.cherishtheladies.com

TICKETS: $40

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Christmas at the Silent Movies with the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra!
Dec
15
3:00 PM15:00

Christmas at the Silent Movies with the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra!

Hop aboard a musical time machine and experience the movies like you’ve never seen them before! The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, hailed as “the premier American ragtime ensemble”, will bring tears of laughter to your eyes as you laugh out loud to holiday themed silent films of yesteryear: Buster Keaton in The Frozen North (1922), Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy in Big Business (1929) and the first-ever film adaptations of A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas, all accompanied live with their original historic orchestral scores. Between the films, Director Andrew Greene and Peacherine play the rollicking rhythms of the early 20th century, featuring favorites by Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, and the creators of America’s first popular music: Ragtime! Featuring an audience singalong of holiday classics, and a trombone parody of the famous Hallelujah Chorus! Fun for the whole family!!

www.peacherineragtime.com

TICKETS: $20

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Mandolin Orange
Jan
31
7:30 PM19:30

Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange’s music radiates a mysterious warmth —their songs feel like whispered secrets, one hand cupped to your ear. The North Carolina duo have built a steady and growing fanbase with this kind of intimacy, and on Tides of A Teardrop, due out February 1, it is more potent than ever. By all accounts, it is the duo’s fullest, richest, and most personal effort. You can hear the air between them—the taut space of shared understanding, as palpable as a magnetic field, that makes their music sound like two halves of an endlessly completing thought. Singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz have honed this lamp glow intimacy for years.

https://www.mandolinorange.com/

TICKTS: $45

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Steely Dane
Feb
8
7:30 PM19:30

Steely Dane

Winner of the 2015 MAMA award for best cover band, Steely Dane is dedicated to not only faithfully reproducing 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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Michael Perry Presents "Half A Star"
Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

Michael Perry Presents "Half A Star"

In "Half A Star," Michael Perry draws on the worst reviews of his career to take the audience on a hilarious, heartfelt, and unvarnished journey through a life in the arts as seen mostly from behind the windshield of a used van. Perry is a New York Times bestselling (#21 for ONE WEEK) author, humorist, playwright, singer/songwriter, and radio host from New Auburn, Wisconsin.

www.sneezingcow.com

TICKETS: $20


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Sierra Hull
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

Sierra Hull

As a singer and mandolinist, Sierra Hull boasts a resume more noteworthy than most accomplish in a lifetime. The former child prodigy signed with Rounder at 13 and has traveled around the world sharing her music, playing rooms such as the White House, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Berklee gave her the school’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship (a first for a bluegrass musician), and most recently 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.

On stage, Hull shows us how versatile the roots of Bluegrass and Americana can be. Using her increasingly iconic voice and expert mandolin playing, she and fellow musicians make contemporary music, undoubtedly rooted in traditional Bluegrass, and growing into a genre all its own.

www.sierrahull.com

TICKETS: $27


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David L. Harris
Feb
29
7:30 PM19:30

David L. Harris

African American trombonist, vocalist and composer David L. Harris embodies the edge of modern jazz and the sultriness of blues. Every time he steps on stage, David takes us on the emotionally engaging journey of love and liberation, wrapped in a sound that embraces the groove, grit and swing of the past. Growing up in a neighborhood called Scotlandville, in Baton Rouge, LA, David L. found his fingers pressed against the sliding brace of the trombone at the age of sixteen and has never let go since. He has toured internationally and domestic performing  at The Newport Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, and The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. David L. has performed and been a featured soloist at legendary concert halls, such as the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY, The Lincoln Center in New York, NY, and The L'Olympia Music Hall in Paris, France; and has performed, recorded and collaborated with artist Herlin Riley, Wynton Marsalis, Shannon Powell, Aaron Neville, Aloe Blacc, Dr. Michael White, Dee Dee Bridgewater and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

www.davidlharrismusic.com

TICKETS: $30


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Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Mar
5
7:30 PM19:30

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

For over 50 years, South Africa’s Five Time Grammy Award winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy. Since the world discovered their powerful a cappella vocals from Paul Simon’s Graceland album, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading a message of peace, love, and harmony to millions of people the world over. Now led by the four sons of group founder Joseph Shabalala, after joining the group almost twenty five years ago, an infusion of youthful energy and the promise of a bright future has a firm grip within the group. It was Nelson Mandela who anointed the group ‘South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world,’ a designation the members carry with them with the highest honor. In 2017 the group released two albums that both were nominated for Grammy Awards, a first for a World Music group. On Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World, Ladysmith Black Mambazo shares their uplifting message with audiences of all ages through their music and the stories behind the songs. Their second album of 2017, Shaka Zulu Revisited, celebrated the 30th anniversary of their first Grammy Award winning album and fittingly won Best World Music Album that year.

www.mambazo.com

TICKETS: $40


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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Mar
6
7:30 PM19:30

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

For the past 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, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England.

www.beausoleilmusic.com

TICKETS: $37


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The Travelin’ McCourys
Mar
7
7:30 AM07:30

The Travelin’ McCourys

The McCoury brothers---Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo) - were born into the bluegrass tradition.  Their father, Del, is among the most influential and successful musicians in the history of the genre.  Years on the road with Dad in the Del McCoury Band honed their knife-edge chops, and encouraged the duo to imagine how traditional bluegrass could cut innovative pathways into 21st century music.

With fiddler Jason Carter, bassist Alan Bartram, and latest recruit Cody Kilby on guitar, they assembled a group that could take what they had in their DNA, take what traditions they learned and heard, and push the music forward.

www.thetravelinmccourys.com

TICKETS: $35


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Ruth Moody
Mar
12
7:30 PM19:30

Ruth Moody

Ruth Moody is an Australian-born, two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Founding and current member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin’ Jennys, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared more than a dozen times on the popular American radio show “A Prairie Home Companion”.

www.ruthmoody.com

TICKETS: $25

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The Subdudes
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

The Subdudes

Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, the Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures.

Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals; their sound is also notable for the band’s substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée,  for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass.

Their music features an intoxicating blend of passionate, joyous roots music, not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any musicians. More than just a concert, the “dudes” leave you feeling like they’re having a party and you were lucky enough to be invited.

www.subdudes.com

TICKETS: $37

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Albert Cummings
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Albert Cummings

Albert Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else. He has played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy.  Taken with Albert’s fire and passion bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton, of the band Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section, volunteered to play on and produce his solo debut recording, 2003’s self-released From the Heart. B.B. King dubbed Cummings “a great guitarist.”

www.albertcummings.com

TICKETS: $25


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Ron Artis II & The Truth
Mar
18
7:30 PM19:30

Ron Artis II & The Truth

Ron Artis II has been called “A Pure Artist”. Always keeping a connection between life and music. Think Marvin Gaye, Gregory Porter, Jack Johnson, James Brown, Gary Clark Jr. and 100% Ron Artis II. Emerging from the islands of Hawaii, surprising artists/audiences all over the world.

Ron’s new project ‘Ron Artis II & The Truth’ explores Soul, Funk and Blues--garnering praises from soul-music legend Booker T Jones, Eric Krasno & John Cruz.

With a full schedule of festivals booked across North America in Summer 2018 and a Fall itinerary that is quickly filling up, it is becoming readily apparent that the rest of the world will be finding out soon enough about this incredible talent from the remote island in the middle of the Pacific. So get ready for the tidal wave of heart and soul music that is Ron Artis II & The Truth as they come to a city near you!

www.ronartisii.com

TICKETS: $27


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The Steel Wheels
Mar
19
7:30 PM19:30

The Steel Wheels

Fans of the Virginia-based acoustic roots music collective The Steel Wheels eagerly await the release of their 7th full-length album, Over The Trees. Recorded in Maine with producer Sam Kassirer. Over The Trees draws attention to the impeccable harmonies of the four original members: Trent Wagler (guitar/banjo), Eric Brubaker (fiddle), Brian Dickel (bass), and Jay Lapp (guitars/mandolin). Kevin Garcia, who plays multiple percussion instruments, keyboard, and mallet-based instruments, formally joined the band after the 2017 release of Wild as We Came Here, which Kassirer also produced. In addition to familiar-to-fans harmonies, The Steel Wheels ventured a little farther out of their known comfort zone for Over The Trees. “This is a bit of an experimental record at times, with new sounds and influences,” Wagler says. “We know where we come from. We are a string band from Virginia, but we are evolving with this album, and we are embracing the future.”

www.thesteelwheels.com

TICKETS: $27


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Aoife O’Donovan “Songs & Strings”
Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

Aoife O’Donovan “Songs & Strings”

For a decade, Aoife O’Donovan wielded her instrument with tensile strength as the captivating lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still. She was a featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile; and collaborated with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas.Today O’Donovan receives wide praise for her work with Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz in the I’m With Her band and tours in support of her solo album In the Magic Hour.

www.aoifeodonovan.com

TICKETS: $35

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Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives--TWO SHOWS!
Mar
21
3:00 PM15:00

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives--TWO SHOWS!

With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard all passed on, country music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked: “Who’s going to fill their shoes?” The answer, in part, is Marty Stuart.

While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country-music history. He’s played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield and points in between; and safeguarded country’s most valuable traditions and physical artifacts.

www.martystuart.net

TICKETS: $45


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Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives--TWO SHOWS!
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives--TWO SHOWS!

With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard all passed on, country music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked: “Who’s going to fill their shoes?” The answer, in part, is Marty Stuart.

While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country-music history. He’s played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield and points in between; and safeguarded country’s most valuable traditions and physical artifacts.

www.martystuart.net

TICKETS: $45

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Darrell Scott --solo
Mar
26
7:30 PM19:30

Darrell Scott --solo

Multi-Instrumentalist and Singer-Songwriter Darrell Scott mines and cultivates the everyday moments, taking the rote, menial, mundane, and allowing it to be surreal, ever poignant, and candidly honest, lilting, blooming, and resonating.  The words he fosters allow us to make sense of the world, what is at stake here, and our place in it. And ultimately, Darrell knows the sole truth of life is that love is all that matters, that we don’t always get it right, but that’s the instinctive and requisite circuitous allure of things, why we forever chase it, and why it is held sacred.

Darrell Scott comes from a musical family with a father who had him smitten with guitars by the age of 4, alongside a brother who played Jerry Reed style as well.  From there, things only ramped up with literature and poetry endeavors while a student at Tufts University, along with playing his way through life. This would never change.

After recently touring with Robert Plant and the Zac Brown Band (2 years with each), and producing albums for Malcolm Holcomb and Guy Clark and being named “songwriter of the year” for both ASCAP and NSAI, these days find Scott roaming his Tennessee wilderness acreage hiking along the small river, creating delicious meals with food raised on his property and playing music.  He often leads songwriting workshops to help people tell their own truths with their stories, and is as busy as always writing, producing, performing, and just plain fully immersing himself in life.

http://www.darrellscott.com

TICKETS: $25


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Rodney Crowell--NEW DATE
Mar
27
7:30 PM19:30

Rodney Crowell--NEW DATE

Please Note: this performance has been rescheduled from April 24 to Friday, March 27

Classics can become cliches. And cliches, like whiskey, nostalgia, and orthodoxy, will deaden the mind. We can’t learn from what we know. It doesn’t work that way. But if what we know morphs and changes, and whittles itself down to truthful essence, then we can find delight and inspiration. That’s what’s going on here, in Rodney Crowell’s most unusual of retrospectives. Grammy winner Rodney Crowell explores his Lone Star roots with songs from his August, 2019 release Texas recorded with an eclectic cast of all-star friends--Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ronnie Dunn, Billy F Gibbons, Randy Rogers, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Ringo Starr and more. These are songs he wants to sing and play, performed as he wants to sing and play them.

www.rodneycrowell.com

TICKETS: $35

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Harp Twins
Apr
4
7:30 PM19:30

Harp Twins

Young harpists Camille and Kennerly Kitt, known as the Harp Twins, have achieved extraordinary success by taking Electric Harps and Concert Grand Harps to unprecedented levels and smashing boundaries between different genres of music. The duo has amassed over 1.5 million fans across their social media sites and over 100 million views on their YouTube music videos, making Camille and Kennerly the most followed and recognizable harp duo in the world. Mixing their virtuoso harp skills with their stunningly complex arrangements of rock, metal, and soundtrack hits - as well as Celtic Nordic inspired original songs - the Harp Twins deliver exciting, comedic, and interactive performances audiences cannot forget!

www.harptwins.com

TICKETS: $20


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Leo Kottke
Apr
16
7:30 PM19:30

Leo Kottke

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

www.leokottke.com

TICKETS: $35


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Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Apr
17
7:30 PM19:30

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

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

www.rhondavincent.com

TICKETS: $40


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Gibson Brothers
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Gibson Brothers

Bluegrass royalty Leigh and Eric Gibson step into what some might at first see as uncharted territory on their country-soul breakout Mockingbird. The celebrated bluegrass duo were named back-to-back Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2012 and 2013. While the Gibson Brothers’ new sound is a mix of country, soul, and seventies rock, in the second half of the show, the Brothers dip back into the their bluegrass roots, showcasing the best of their talents and creating a night fans won’t soon forget.

www.gibsonbrothers.com

TICKETS: $30

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Taj Mahal Trio
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

Taj Mahal Trio

In September 2014, some 50 years after moving to Los Angeles to form the band Rising Sons with fellow blues musician Ry Cooder and Jessie Lee Kincaid, Taj Mahal hightailed it to Nashville to receive an honor he called “one of the most powerful and wonderful things that could ever happen in my life.” Celebrating decades of recording and touring that have nearly singlehandedly reshaped the definition and scope of the blues via the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific, the two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards.

www.tajblues.com

TICKETS: $65

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Riders In The Sky
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

Riders In The Sky

Round up your herd and join in the fun with America’s favorite singing cowboys! Adorned in colorful Western wear, this quartet of madcap cowpokes consists of Ranger Doug—Idol of American Youth; Too Slim—the Fastest Wit in the West; Woody Paul—King of the Cowboy Fiddlers; and Joey—the CowPolka King. Perpetual crowd-pleasers, this Grammy-winning quartet mixes authentic Western music with yodeling, rope tricks, and a whole heap of crackpot humor in the timeless tradition of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Yes, it would be "The Easy Way" to call it a career after 30-plus years, but it wouldn't be "The Cowboy Way!"  The ponies are rested and watered, and Stoughton's Favorite Cowboys are ready to saddle up and ride.
www.ridersinthesky.com 


Tickets: $35

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MadFiddle & Hwy 151
Apr
26
4:00 PM16:00

MadFiddle & Hwy 151

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

Madfiddle.shutterfly.com

TICKETS: $10 General Admission


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Asleep At The Wheel--TWO SHOWS
Apr
30
7:30 PM19:30

Asleep At The Wheel--TWO SHOWS

50 Years of Asleep at the Wheel! Founded in Paw Paw, West Virginia in 1970 by country legend Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums, and 20 singles on the Country Billboard charts. Consistently, Benson has brought the best talents of Western Swing to the stage. Today he sings lead vocals and plays lead guitar alongside Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), David Sanger (drums), Eddie Rivers (steel guitar, sax), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Josh Hoag (bass), Connor Forsyth (piano, vocals), and Jay Reynolds (sax, clarinet). They began with a simple goal: to play and help revive American roots music--50 years later, they’re still going strong!

www.asleepatthewheel.com

TICKETS: $45


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Asleep At The Wheel--TWO SHOWS
May
1
7:30 PM19:30

Asleep At The Wheel--TWO SHOWS

50 Years of Asleep at the Wheel! Founded in Paw Paw, West Virginia in 1970 by country legend Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums, and 20 singles on the Country Billboard charts. Consistently, Benson has brought the best talents of Western Swing to the stage. Today he sings lead vocals and plays lead guitar alongside Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), David Sanger (drums), Eddie Rivers (steel guitar, sax), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Josh Hoag (bass), Connor Forsyth (piano, vocals), and Jay Reynolds (sax, clarinet). They began with a simple goal: to play and help revive American roots music--50 years later, they’re still going strong!

www.asleepatthewheel.com

TICKETS: $45


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Peter Rowan's Free Mexican Airforce feat Los Texmaniacs
May
2
7:30 PM19:30

Peter Rowan's Free Mexican Airforce feat Los Texmaniacs

The Free Mexican Airforce is flying again! This is Peter Rowan plugged in, including some of his most loved songs--Come Back to Old Santa Fe, Ride the Wild Mustang, Midnight Moonlight and, of course, Free Mexican Airforce! New material has been composed as well and will be featured in their performances.

Peter is joined in this version of the Free Mexican Airforce by Los TexManiacs, a Grammy Award winning band comprised of Max Baca -Bajo sexto, Josh Baca-accordion, Noel Hernandez-bass, Danny Martinez-drums and Peter Rowan on guitar and vocals, Carrying on the musical tradition started in the late 70’s when Peter and the great Flaco Jiminez joined forces to record for Flying Fish Records and tour the US and the UK. Peter and Flaco collaborated for over a decade and their friendship has endured!

During the nineteen eighties Flaco discovered the teenager Bajo Sexto virtuoso Max Bacca who became his band leader and musical amigo. Max Bacca called Rowan in 2018 and suggested some Texas shows with his own Tex-Mex conjunction, Los TexManiacs Peter reunited with Flaco for the Texas shows! “It was like old times” says Rowan.

“ Los TexManiacs are a modern progressive bunch of guys who grew up musically listening to what I played with Flaco. They know my songs and they include me as part of their tradition!”

http://www.peter-rowan.com

TICKETS: $35


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Harmonious Wail
May
8
7:30 PM19:30

Harmonious Wail

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

www.wail.com


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Kruger Brothers
May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Kruger Brothers

Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. Growing up in a family where music was an important part of life, they were exposed to a wide diversity of musical influences. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were eleven and twelve years old, and they began their professional career in 1979. Since their formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, The Kruger Brothers’ remarkable discipline, creativity and their ability to infuse classical music into folk music has resulted in a unique sound that has made them a fixture within the world of acoustic music. In their ever-expanding body of work – Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass and vocals) – The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. 

www.krugerbrothers.com

TICKETS: $30


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Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Jun
26
7:30 PM19:30

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society celebrates its 29th season of summer chamber music in the south-central Wisconsin area. Its three-week festival is widely known for its diverse 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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Bach Dancing & Dyanamite Society
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Bach Dancing & Dyanamite Society

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society celebrates its 28th season of summer chamber music in the south-central Wisconsin area. Its three-week festival is widely known for its diverse repertoire played by an ensemble of distinguished Wisconsin musicians and top-flight artists from around the coutnry. 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: 68.255.9866

www.bachdancinganddynamite.org

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Jun
8
3:00 PM15:00

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Adapted by Dwayne Hartford. From the book by Kate DiCamillo.

Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit made of china. He is loved by a little girl named Abilene, but Edward doesn’t care. He is vain and self-centered. He has no interest in anyone other than himself. On an ocean voyage, Edward is accidentally thrown overboard and sinks to the bottom of the sea. So begins his journey—a journey over which he has no control, for he is a toy rabbit. He can neither move nor speak. As years pass by, Edward meets many different people in many different situations: an older grieving couple who find comfort in Edward’s presence, a hobo and his dog who introduce Edward to a whole community of homeless wanderers, a farmer in need of a scarecrow, a sad little boy and his very ill sister, and finally a doll mender and an old doll who teach Edward an invaluable lesson. Through this miraculous journey, Edward learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again. Join the Stoughton Center for the Arts Drama Department for this inspiring story based on Kate DiCamillo’s beautiful novel of the same name. For tickets call Stoughton Center for the Arts at 608-873-0717 or email admin@stoughtoncenterarts.com.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

TICKETS: Free-will donation at the door

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Luren Singing Society & Grieg Male Chorus
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Luren Singing Society & Grieg Male Chorus

For over 150 years the Luren Singing Society has been delighting audiences with Norwegian music and keeping its heritage alive. As the oldest on-going men's chorus in the USA devoted to Norwegian tradition, the Society traces its roots back to March 17, 1868 when four homesick Norwegian immigrants began singing together regularly. Today the Society consists of more than 50 men who continue to keep that old-world spirit strong.

www.lurensingingsociety.com

The Edvard Grieg Chorus in Madison, Wisconsin, is an all male choral ensemble that performs Norwegian, Sacred, and secular choral pieces.

The Edvard Grieg Chorus takes its name from the famous Norwegian composer, and many of his compositions are included in their repertoire. The Chorus was founded on January 26, 1925 as the Grieg Mannskor (Grieg Men’s Chorus). Although it has since gone through several name changes, its purpose has remained the same as that of the founding group of Norwegian immigrants: to preserve and share the choral music and traditions they brought with them from Norway. While singing Norwegian songs has been the primary focus of the Chorus, sacred and secular songs are also included in its program, which varies depending on the time of year.

www.edvardgriegchorus.wordpress.com

TICKETS: Free-will donation at the door

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Intelligent Lives
May
22
6:30 PM18:30

Intelligent Lives

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.

INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.

Visit the INTELLIGENT LIVES website to learn more.

TICKETS:Free Will Donation at the door

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Che Apalache
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

Che Apalache

Thursday, May 16 @7:30pm

Tickets: $15

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. Their style is called Latingrass, a mix of South American music and Bluegrass. Their repertoire ranges from vivid Latin rhythms to a -cappella mountain gospel songs sung in four part harmony.

The group's founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolina-born multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That's how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to form Che Apalache and hit the stage.

Che Apalache began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repertoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have created an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives. Evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album, "Latingrass," is a testament to a powerful cultural and musical exchange.

www.cheapalache.com

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Music Appreciation: Ancora String Quartet
May
13
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation: Ancora String Quartet

The Ancora String Quartet is based in Madison, Wisconsin. The members’ credentials include degrees from the Indiana University School of Music and the University of Texas-Austin, as well as study at the New England Conservatory and Eastman School of Music. Individually, they have attended numerous chamber music festivals and performed across the United States and Europe.   

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Della Mae (Rachel Baiman supports)
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Della Mae (Rachel Baiman supports)

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

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

www.dellamae.com

Rachel Baiman has been recording and touring internationally for the past 4 years with 10 String Symphony, and has played fiddle for numerous other artists including Kacey Musgraves and Winnipeg folk band Oh My Darling.

Baiman’s June 2017 label debut Shame was featured on NPR’s “Songs We Love”, called a “Rootsy Wake-up Call” by Folk Alley, and described by Vice’s “Noisey” as “flipping off authority one song at a time.” Now Baiman has announced Thanksgiving (out November 2 on Free Dirt Records), a self-produced four-song EP, featuring her live trio as well as special guests including Molly Tuttle and Josh Oliver

www.rachelbaiman.com

Tickets: $27

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Playtime Productions: The Red Shoes
May
11
1:00 PM13:00

Playtime Productions: The Red Shoes

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

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

www.playtimeproductions.org

Tickets: $5 per family at the door

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Music Appreciation: Hyewon Ryou, piano
May
6
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation: Hyewon Ryou, piano

 Korean born Hyewon Ryou began playing piano at age 8 and by age 13 was accepted to the Yewon Art School in Seoul. She soon made her debut with the Romanian National Symphony Orchestra at the Little Angels Art Center. Since then, Ms. Ryou has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician all over the world.

Ms. Ryou is currently working on her Doctoral Degree at the Peabody Institute of Music (part of Johns Hopkins University). Peabody is one of the preeminent conservatories of music in the US.

Ms. Ryou will be traveling to the Midwest to share her gift with the people of Stoughton. Her program will include music by Haydn, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt.

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The Steel Wheels (Katie Powderly supports)
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

The Steel Wheels (Katie Powderly supports)

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

Songwriter Katie Powderly, formerly a long-term Madisonian, now resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Maryland with her Americana band, The Unconditional Lovers.

She has shared bills with Tony Rice, Del McCoury Band, Lake Street Dive, and many others. Her singing and harmonies have been likened to Gillian Welch (Isthmus, Madison, WI) and Gram Parsons (City Paper, Rochester, NY.) 

Powderly's first album, Slips of the Tongue (2012, Red-Winged Blackbird Records) was recorded in Madison at Smart Studios, where Smashing Pumpkins recorded "Gish" and Nirvana recorded parts of "Nevermind." Accompanying her on that recording were many Madison musicians you'll likely recognize.

While opening for The Steel Wheels she will perform as a stripped-down acoustic duo with guitarist Evan Whalen.

www.katiepowderly.com

Tickets: $25

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Del McCoury Band
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

Del McCoury Band

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

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

www.delmccouryband.com

Tickets: $45

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

Hot Club of Cowtown

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

www.hotclubofcowtown.com

Tickets: $25

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

MadFiddle & Highway 151

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

madfiddle.shutterfly.com

Tickets: $10

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

Riders In the Sky

Round up your herd and join in the fun with America’s favorite singing cowboys! Adorned in colorful Western wear, this quartet of madcap cowpokes consists of Ranger Doug—Idol of American Youth; Too Slim—the Fastest Wit in the West; Woody Paul—King of the Cowboy Fiddlers; and Joey—the CowPolka King. Perpetual crowd-pleasers, this Grammy-winning quartet mixes authentic Western music with yodeling, rope tricks, and a whole heap of crackpot humor in the timeless tradition of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Yes, it would be "The Easy Way" to call it a career after 30-plus years, but it wouldn't be "The Cowboy Way!"  The ponies are rested and watered, and Stoughton's Favorite Cowboys are ready to saddle up and ride.
www.ridersinthesky.com

Tickets: $35

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An Evening with Leftover Salmon: Stories From The Living Room (Adam Greuel supports)
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Leftover Salmon: Stories From The Living Room (Adam Greuel supports)

Few bands stick around for thirty years.  Even fewer bands leave a legacy during that time that marks them as a truly special, once-in-lifetime type band.  And no band has done all that and had as much fun as Leftover Salmon.  Since their earliest days as a forward thinking, progressive bluegrass band who had the guts to add drums to the mix and who was unafraid to stir in any number of highly combustible styles into their ever evolving sound, to their role as a pioneer of the modern jamband scene, to their current status as elder-statesmen of the scene who cast a huge influential shadow over every festival they play, Leftover Salmon has been a crucial link in keeping alive the traditional music of the past while at the same time pushing that sound forward with their own weirdly, unique style.  

www.leftoversalmon.com

Adam Greuel supports:

Adam Greuel is the guitarist and dobro player of Wisconsin bluegrass sensation Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Taking a moment away from the band’s heavy touring schedule, Adam brings his original voice and expertise to the Opera House stage.  

Tickets: $40

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The Quebe Sisters
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

The Quebe Sisters

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

Tickets: $35

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Crystal Bowersox (Coyote Brother Supports)
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Crystal Bowersox (Coyote Brother Supports)

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

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

www.crystalbowersox.com

Coyote Brother Supports
J. Hardin and Hayward Williams have been crossing paths for a decade on their separate songwriting journeys. After collaborating on their recent solo releases, the two troubadours decided to hitch their wagons together and form Coyote Brother. The duo has been compared to Gillian Welch, Milk Carton Kids and Townes Van Zandt, focusing on rich storytelling and close harmonies with an intimate atmosphere. Coyote Brother’s songs are steeped in the spirit of traditional country music with rich imagery and poignant melodies that carry the listener through the drama of the modern world.

www.coyotebrother.com

Tickets: $32

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

Asleep at the Wheel--TWO SHOWS

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

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

www.asleepatthewheel.com

Tickets: $45

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

Asleep at the Wheel--TWO SHOWS

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

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

www.asleepatthewheel.com

Tickets: $45

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

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

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

www.rhondavincent.com

Tickets: $35

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Chris Smither
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Smither

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

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

smither.com

Tickets: $25

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Music Appreciation: Middleton Jazz
Apr
8
3:00 PM15:00

Music Appreciation: Middleton Jazz

 Middleton Jazz returns to the Music Appreciation series to regale the audience with great traditional jazz tunes often in Dixieland style of the 20s, 30s, 40s. With seven horns and a full rhythm section, they play everything from blues to big band arrangements. Their lively program also includes information about the song or composer, and many of the great performers of the era.

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

Opera for the Young: Super Storm

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

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

www.operafortheyoung.com

Tickets: $5 at the door

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Harp Twins
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Harp Twins

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

www.harptwins.com

Tickets: $15

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

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Carlene Carter
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Carlene Carter

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

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

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

www.carlenecarter.net

Tickets: $30

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