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.

 

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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The Quebe Sisters
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

The Quebe Sisters

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

Tickets: $35

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

An Evening with Leftover Salmon: Stories From The Living Room (Adam Gruel 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 Gruel 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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Riders In the Sky
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

Riders In the Sky

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

Tickets: $35

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

MadFiddle & Highway 151

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

madfiddle.shutterfly.com

Tickets: $10

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

Hot Club of Cowtown

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

www.hotclubofcowtown.com

Tickets: $25

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Del McCoury Band
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

Del McCoury Band

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

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

www.delmccouryband.com

Tickets: $45

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The Steel Wheels (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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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.

Free-will donation at the door

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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

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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

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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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Robyn Hitchcock
Apr
4
7:30 PM19:30

Robyn Hitchcock

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

www.robynhitchcock.com

Tickets: $25

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Leo Kottke
Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

Leo Kottke

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

leokottke.com

Tickets: $35

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

Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings

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

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

www.roy-rogers.com

Tickets: $25

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

The Tim O'Brien Band

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

timobrien.net

Tickets: $35

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The Subdudes
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Subdudes

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

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

www.subdudes.com

Tickets: $35

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Rodney Crowell
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Rodney Crowell

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

Tickets: $35

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

Michael Perry: Writing From The Middle Of Nowhere

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

Raised on a small Midwestern dairy farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a ranch in Wyoming, then wandered into writing. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an intermittent pig farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds (currently recording their third album). He has recorded three live humor albums including Never Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues.

www.sneezingcow.com

Tickets: $20

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Eilen Jewell
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Eilen Jewell

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

www.eilenjewell.com

Tickets: $27

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Sam Bush Band
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

Sam Bush Band

Thurs. March 14 @7:30 pm

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

TICKETS: $40

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The Gibson Brothers (Chicago Farmer supports)
Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

The Gibson Brothers (Chicago Farmer supports)

Bluegrass royalty Leigh and Eric Gibson step into what some might at first see as uncharted territory on their country-soul breakout “Mockingbird”, the new album produced by Grammy Award winners Dan Auerbach and Fergie Ferguson. The celebrated bluegrass duo — named back-to-back Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2012 and 2013 — played the Nashville game two decades ago, while in their early 20s, and were offered a major label deal, only to be told at the last minute that they were too "retro" for modern country music. Today, such characterizations, along with their authenticity, set them apart and describes the marvelous “Mockingbird”.

A mix of country, soul and seventies rock, the album further cements the sibling duo as musical trailblazers. As players and vocalists, they are superb, harmonizing as only siblings can; as songwriters they stand without peer, having long been a band awarded for their songs and songwriting.

Looking back on the brisk week and a half of writing and recording “Mockingbird” in Nashville, the Gibson Brothers are confident in what they've accomplished. This is an album that exemplifies the sibling bond and is poised to introduce them to an entirely new audience.

"We'll be able to reach more people than we have in the past," says Eric. "I don't want to downplay what we accomplished in bluegrass, but I didn't know our voices would suit this variety of music so well."

His brother agrees. "If you thought you knew the Gibson Brothers and had them figured out," Leigh says, "well, maybe you didn't."

www.gibsonbrothers.com

Lyrically driven, Chicago Farmer delves into the social and political issues of today’s world, taking it all in and putting it back out through music as a commentary on modern times in the Midwest. With his unfeigned and relatable approach, Chicago Farmer has earned a place in the heart of this generation’s rise of protest songs. He composes music written and sung by and for the working man, the “regular person”, bringing to mind modern day folk tales.

www.chicagofarmer.com

Tickets: $25

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

Choir! Choir! Choir!

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

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

STUDENT PRICING! Students enter the coupon code STUSOH003 at the checkout and get your tickets for $15 (Student ID required when picking up the tickets at Will Call).

www.choirchoirchoir.com

Tickets: $25

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

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives--TWO SHOWS

Five-time Grammy winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, and charismatic force of nature Marty Stuart has spent over 4 decades celebrating American roots music with a missionary’s zeal. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt were followed by six years in Johnny Cash’s band and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist. Stuart’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music is also seen regularly on RFD-TV’s The Marty Stuart Show.

www.martystuart.net

Tickets: $40

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

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives--TWO SHOWS

Five-time Grammy winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, and charismatic force of nature Marty Stuart has spent over 4 decades celebrating American roots music with a missionary’s zeal. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt were followed by six years in Johnny Cash’s band and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist. Stuart’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music is also seen regularly on RFD-TV’s The Marty Stuart Show.

www.martystuart.net

Tickets: $40

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The Milk Carton Kids (Vera Sola supports)
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

The Milk Carton Kids (Vera Sola supports)

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

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

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

www.themilkcartonkids.com

Vera Sola is a poet, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist.

A drifter performing her own songs alone in and out of dark bars under various pseudonyms, Vera Sola toured and recorded with a variety of artists, for a long while accompanying singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins on the road. She has in turn collaborated on film scores and provided original music for theater and performance art.

www.verasola.com

Tickets: $50

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

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

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

www.marciaball.com

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

www.sonnylandreth.com

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

Tickets: $42

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Sierra Hull (10 String Symphony supports)
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Sierra Hull (10 String Symphony supports)

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

www.sierrahull.com

10 String Symphony supports:

Two years after releasing Weight of the World, the sophomore recording which earned them attention from NPR: All Songs Considered, a #3 slot on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts, and took them on tour all over the US, UK and Australia, 10 String Symphony felt the desire to create a new type of album. Looking to expand their sound in an organic and authentic way, an extension of their two musical voices, rather than a layering of foreign elements, they sought out the talents of Scotland’s Kris Drever. Drever is one third of BBC award-winning folk trio LAU and the 2017 BBC Folk Singer of the year. With LAU, Drever has launched a formidable exploration of acoustic and electronic sounds, combining the rawness of traditional music with lush electronic soundscapes.

www.10stringsymphony.com

Tickets: $27

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Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis (Scott Miller supports)
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis (Scott Miller supports)

Grammy nominee Robbie Fulks is a founder of the “Alternative Country” genre who has appeared multiple times on the Grand Ole Opry. A critics’ darling with devoted fans to match, Fulks has been featured everywhere from the New York Times (“his lyrics are literature”) to Austin City Limits, from NBC (Today Show, Conan O’Brien, 30 Rock) to NPR.

Linda Gail Lewis and Robbie Fulks met while touring in Europe, and the unlikely pair quickly found they had much in common. He was raised in the upland south (inspiration for his 2016 multiple-Grammy-nominated album Upland Stories). Linda’s formative years were spent in a destitute sharecropper’s shack, and, after dropping out of school to join brother Jerry Lee Lewis’s act, barrooms and night clubs throughout the deep South. From childhood she was steeped in Southern musical culture and rock-and-roll high and low living, as she tagged along on her brother’s journey through fame, fortune, scandal, exile, and full-throated comeback.

Of course, she did more than tag along—by 14, she was playing, recording, and touring with him and others. After leaving the limelight to raise a family, she reemerged in the 1980s as a rock-and-roll pianist with skills rivaling her brother’s. A string of records and endless touring followed. In 2000, Van Morrison invited Linda to join him for a tour that led to their acclaimed collection of country classics You Win Again.

Robbie Fulks’s admiration for Linda’s talents led to their new collaboration: “Wild! Wild! Wild!” Lyrically, the album delves into the roots of her upbringing, and tells her life story in simple but poetic language. Musically, it’s 100% American Roots in all its colorful variants: Blues, Country, Boogie-Boogie, Jazz, Gospel, and Rock-n-Roll.

Their stage show is a rocking, wild, and moving. It features master players with amazing and diverse resumes: Redd Volkaert, the Austin king of the Telecaster and longtime Merle Haggard sideman; drummer Alex Hall, who produced and played on some of the best new records by young Americana acts like JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, and Cactus Blossoms; Scott Ligon, of the legendary rock band NRBQ; and upright bassist Beau Sample, the founder of Chicago’s traditional jazz ensemble Fat Babies, and who has also toured with Wanda Jackson and Hot Club of Cowtown, among many others. These men not only pump up each performance with their in-themoment playing — they’re also the players from the record, and close friends. That chemistry and close experience make authentically happy music, and raise every show to a one-of-a-kind experience. 

www.robbiefulks.com

Scott Miller released his tenth studio record, Ladies Auxiliary, since leaving the V-Roys, the 1990s Knoxville-based thinking-man’s party band. The V-Roys caught the ear of Steve Earle, who signed them to his somewhat ephemeral E-Squared label. Band and label collapsed at about the same time. Miller has survived a health scare, scaled back his erstwhile stoically-crazed lifestyle, hightailed it from the city lights of Knoxville, and taken up the life of a cattleman on his family’s Shenandoah Valley ranch. Somehow amid all that, this record is his tenth release under his own name, or that of his post V-Roys band, the Commonwealth.

“If justice is served, Ladies Auxiliary ought to bring Miller the wider attention he clearly deserves. Four solo albums on, Miller’s made it clear that southern spirit and an elegiac attitude can create a particularly touching combination.” –No Depression

www.thescottmiller.com

Tickets: $25

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Gaines & Wagoner
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Gaines & Wagoner

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

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

www.gainesandwagoner.com

Tickets: $17

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

Davina and the Vagabonds

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

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

davinaandthevagabonds.com

Tickets: $22

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STOUGHTON OPERA HOUSE - 381 E. MAIN ST. - STOUGHTON, WI - 53589

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