Sugar Maple Series presents Ray Bonneville    $18/Advance   $25/Door
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Sugar Maple Series presents Ray Bonneville $18/Advance $25/Door

https://m.bpt.me/event/4319504

https://raybonneville.com/home

Acclaimed raconteur Ray Bonneville strips his bluesy Americana down to its essentials and steeps it in the humid grooves of the South, creating a compelling poetry of hard living and deep feeling. His ninth release, At King Electric, delivers more than his trademark grit and groove. Songs such as “The Next Card to Fall” and “Codeine” gleam with intimate narratives of characters reaching for hope and wrestling with despair. Rich guitar and harmonica lines resonate over spare but spunky rhythms, while Bonneville’s deep, evocative voice confesses life’s harsh realities. 

Jim Withers (Montreal Gazette) describes his sound as “folk-roots gumbo… a languid Mississippi Delta groove, seasoned with smooth, weathered vocals and a propulsive harmonica wheeze.” Whether performing solo or fronting a band, playing electric or acoustic guitar, Bonneville allows space between notes that adds potency to every chord, lick, and lyric. Thom Jurek (Allmusic.com) remarks, “With darkness and light fighting for dominance… he’s stripped away every musical excess to let the songs speak for themselves.” 

Often called a “song and groove man,” Bonneville has lived the life of the itinerant artist. From his native Quebec, he moved to Boston at age twelve, where he learned English and picked up piano and guitar. Later, he served in Vietnam and earned a pilot’s license in Colorado before living in Alaska, Seattle, and Paris. Six years in New Orleans infused his musical sensibilities with the region's culture and rhythms. And then, a close call while piloting a seaplane proved pivotal: After two decades working as a studio musician, playing rowdy rooms with blues bands, and living hard, Bonneville’s lifetime of hard-won experience coalesced into an urge to write his own music. 

Ray recorded his first album, On the Main, in 1992. He’s since released nine albums, earned wide critical and popular acclaim, and won an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His awards include a prestigious Juno, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy, for his 1999 album, Gust of Wind. In 2012, Ray won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. His post-Katrina ode, “I Am the Big Easy,” earned the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, placed number one on Folk Radio’s list of most-played songs of 2008, and was recently covered by Jennifer Warnes for the BMG label. 

Other notable artists who have recorded his songs include Ronnie Hawkins (“Foolish”) and Slaid Cleaves (“Run Jolee Run”). Ray has shared the bill with blues heavyweights Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Dr. John, J.J. Cale, and Robert Cray, and has guested on albums by Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and other prominent musicians. He has performed at renowned venues around the world, including South by Southwest, Folk Alliance, and Montreal International Jazz Festival, and plays over 100 shows per year across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. When not on the road, he resides in Austin, Texas.

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Frank Catalano / Mike Clark Quartet     $20
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Frank Catalano / Mike Clark Quartet $20

“FRANK CATALANO IS JOHN COLTRANE ENERGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY!!!” – Downbeat Magazine

“Mike Clark is a great jazz drummer—and he hasn’t lost any of the stuff that he brought from Oakland. So now he’s totally free to do both, and he does. The solo he played on the album Thrust, on the song “Actual Proof,” is one of the best drum solos on any of my albums. So many people have remarked about that solo, saying, ‘Incredible.’” - Herbie Hancock

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Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy   $10
Nov
21
8:00 PM20:00

Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy $10

https://www.carrienationandthespeakeasy.com/

Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy is a high-energy "Brass 'n' Grass" sextet from Wichita, KS. The band, whose sound has been described as “...a stagecoach in overdrive”, has brought their eclectic blend of bluegrass, ska, punk, and dixieland to packed clubs, basements, and festivals across the US since their inception in the spring of 2007.

CNS has built a solid following playing 47 states and 5 countries with their energetic live show and ability to fit on the bill with acts ranging from bluegrass to rockabilly; punk to ska. As the banjo rolls over rhythmic guitar, breakneck mandolin solos melt into blaring trombone and trumpet lines, while the standup bass and feed-bucket-trap-set churn out driving rhythms that carry the force of a Kansas freight train.


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The Gentlemen's Anti Temperance League  + Willow Waters & The Earth Tones $10
Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Gentlemen's Anti Temperance League + Willow Waters & The Earth Tones $10

https://www.thegatl.com/

The Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League is a swing sextet from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The GATL came together in the winter of 2014 to breathe new life into old music. A melting pot of hot jazz, swing, and latin rhythms, brought to a boil by soaring vocals and endless energy. Their second album, "Masquerade" was released on June 3rd, 2017. GATL's second full-length album is a masterful mix of old-time hot jazz and latin rhythms, held together by modern songwriting and layered stories. “The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League take things all the way back to the 1930s with their Django Reinhardt-influenced gypsy jazz, and they do it damn well.” -Andrea Swensson, The Current "... takes the best style of music from each decade after Prohibition and creates a unique musical style." -CBS Minnesota “Some would call it “old-timey,” while others would argue “timeless.’’ -Duluth Homegrown

https://willowwaters.bandcamp.com/?fbclid=IwAR3lhE-KIOgnRv-561Pe2vWnm_3n2vB63mBxodWJqp-7OkLF20n50tC-8WM

The Earth Tones -
Peter Breen - Electric Piano
Ryan Hays - Upright Bass
Emily Kastrul - Vocal Harmonies
Thomas Strommen - Tenor Saxophone
Willow Waters - Guitar / Banjo / Vocals / Songwriting

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Oak Street Ramblers    $10
Nov
29
8:00 PM20:00

Oak Street Ramblers $10

http://www.theoakstreetramblers.com/?fbclid=IwAR2M56Dd7LeYqbCsg6IEsYrLyUAMOSJQt-DcutwOSUEvSwlkfnEskt070g0

A bluegrass band in the tradition of Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and Hazel Dickens, the Oak Street Ramblers specialize in bluegrass stompers, classic country weepers, and originals that, lyrical content aside, wouldn’t sound out of place at a barn dance circa 1954. Tight vocal harmonies figure prominently into the Oak Street Ramblers’ sound, and the group features no less than five singers ready to take the microphone at any given time.

The band is comprised of Ian Alderman on guitar, dobro, and vocals, Annie Emmenegger on guitar and vocals, Willie Jones on mandolin and vocals, Jeff Kunkle on bass, Mark Schlutt on banjo and vocals, and Tina Thompson on fiddle.

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Cris Plata    $10
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Cris Plata $10

Cris Plata was born in South Texas, the son of migrant workers.  Those early days of living in different migrant camps and following the harvest from region to region, exposed Cris to a wide range of musical experiences.

His early musical  experiences reflect his Mexican heritage.  This heritage includes Norteno (Northern Mexico border music), conjunto (elements of both European and Mexican music fused by early residents of South Texas), and ranchera (Mexican country) music.  Today, Cris describes this as "Mexican root's" music.

Another strong influence stamped its mark on this man at an early age.  This can be best described  as the Texas singer-songwriter genre.  Texas has long been the hot bed of musical talent that has been forged by its wide open vistas and its independent nature.  Out of this landscape, Texas has "grown" notable and innovative  singer-songwriters such as:  Bob Wills (Texas  swing), Townes Van Zandt and Lyle Lovett (masters of melodic story songs with a uniquely Texas soul), and Steve Earle (his "Guitar Town" is the epitome of gritty country-rock, a standard that Nashville writers have yet to reach).

With all of these influences, how do we describe Cris Plata's music in a nutshell?  Perhaps we will have to borrow the term Tex-Mex and redefine it.  "Tex" would now stand for Texas singer-songwriters and "Mex" would stand for Mexican root's music.  But  don't let this definition confine your impression of his music.  Just listen to his music and the best definition will be your own.

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Staci Griesbach  with The John Harmon Trio     $15
Dec
5
8:00 PM20:00

Staci Griesbach with The John Harmon Trio $15

https://www.stacigriesbach.com/

Vocalist Staci Griesbach pays tribute to Patsy Cline’s trailblazing spirit performing songs off her album “My Patsy Cline Songbook,” the first-ever, full-length jazz tribute to the country music icon. Music magazine No Depression called it "an album worthy of being added to the Great American Songbook" and Rolling Stone complemented Griesbach's work as "a gorgeous jazz interpretation."

A Wisconsin native, Staci was raised in Hortonville and performed as a singer/dancer with the University of Wisconsin Madison's "Wisconsin Singers" while living in Madison during her college years. Drawing on her country roots of growing up on a family farm, Staci's debut album takes audiences on a journey of the Nashville Songbook reinterpreted in the style of jazz, much like the traditional Great American Songbook has been done by jazz vocalists for decades. Joining Staci for this performance will be The John Harmon Trio.

John Harmon, whose professional life has deeply been involved with both music and teaching, may be one of America’s most prolific composers. Born in 1935 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Harman began playing piano at a young age. Graduating with composition degrees from Lawrence University and the State University of New York, he studied with Belgian composer Henri Pousseur and jazz pianist Oscar Peterson before creating a voice which is uniquely his. The influence of jazz is present in most of Harmon’s compositions regardless of the ensemble or performer. Titles of pieces often reflect his love of the outdoors, Native American folklore, and twentieth century literature. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Foundation of New American Music on behalf of the Orchestra of Los Angeles, the Fox Valley Symphony and the Santa Fe Chamber Orchestra have all commissioned new works by Harmon. Although Harmon has traveled and performed extensively, the majority of his life’s work has taken place in his native state of Wisconsin. He founded the jazz studies program at Lawrence University in 1971 and served as co-founder of the revolutionary jazz-fusion group Matrix. For his many accomplishments and a lifelong commitment to music, Harmon was made a Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters in 2005.

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Milwaukee Hot Club   $10
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

Milwaukee Hot Club $10

Milwaukee Hot Club plays “gypsy jazz”, the music of the late great Django Reinhardt and his modern descendants. Our music is a high energy mix of swing, bossa, and gypsy samba rhythms. Although we are primarily instrumental, vocal tunes comprise up to 30% of our set. MHC is 2 gypsy guitars, upright bass, and usually sax and/or clarinet. We perform acoustically and with amplification designed to preserve the acoustic qualities of our instruments.

Our music has been enthusiastically received at festivals, cafes, bars, and house parties and we’ve been featured in live performances on two Milwaukee radio stations. We are equally comfortable playing to a thousand or a dozen people, so let us come play for you!

About Gypsy Jazz

The Roma (Gypsies) are an ethnic group originating from India and sharing a language (Romani) but spread throughout the world and until recently very migratory. Many of them are known by their stunning musical skills; amongst these would be Spain’s flamenco guitarists Paco De Lucia and Tomatito, brass bands from the Balkans like Boban Markovic, the Romanian string band Taraf De Haidouks, and France’s Bireli Lagrene.

The gypsies of western Europe tend to play jazz; this is due to the enormous musical contributions made by Jean “Django” Reinhardt, a gypsy living in Paris in the 30’s who was turned on to American jazz records and began to play the music, filtered through his own experience and identity. Reinhardt’s early jazz, and the tradition that has become known as gypsy jazz, is characterized by the prevalence of acoustic string instruments and the lack of drums. In this style the role of the drums is held down by the rhythm guitar’s pulsing chords, commonly known as “le pompe” (the pump). Whereas American jazz tended to feature horns and the piano, in gypsy jazz you’ll find mainly guitars, violins, and contra-bass. Horns, accordions,drums and other instruments make their appearances but are less common; piano is rare.

Many things distinguished Django’s career but it’s remarkable that he played guitar at all. When he was 18 he was badly burned in a fire which largely paralyzed the ring and pinky fingers of his fretting hand and nearly took his leg. After a year and a half he began to reconstruct a technique using mainly his thumb, index and middle fingers, to eventually become one of the greatest guitarists EVER.


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The Crane Wives   $10
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

The Crane Wives $10

In Japanese folklore, the crane wife is a bird disguised as a woman who spins fine silks from her own feathers, until her identity is discovered. The Crane Wives spin fine songs from whole cloth, and you will never want the melodies to leave your head. From murky origins in Chinese restaurants, high school ska bands, and dorm room jam sessions, the band came together in 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and immediately began gathering a following with intricate melodies, sister-harmonies, and compelling songcraft. Initially part of the indie folk boom, their sound has grown and broadened with each new recording till categorization becomes difficult: rock, pop, folk? Just call it really good music. Audiences and critics agree: seven "Jammie" awards from influential radio station WYCE in '11, '12, '16 and '17; winner of Best Folk/Country song from international competition ArtPrize for "Easier" in '12; and selection as one of ten "Entries We Loved" from the renowned NPR Tiny Desk Contest for "High Horse" in '17. Kate Pillsbury: guitars, vocals, a twinkle in her eye that tells you she sees through your BS but chooses to be amused by it. Emilee Petersmark: guitars, banjo, vocals, boots that will stamp out injustice wherever it may lurk. Ben Zito: bass, occasional howls, secret production weapon. Dan Rickabus: drums, harmony vocals, engineering, relentless and frankly exhausting levels of positivity. Four albums released to date: "Safe Ship, Harbored" (2011), "The Fool In Her Wedding Gown" (2012), "Coyote Stories" (2015), and "Foxlore" (2016), plus a series of new singles in 2017, all available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Bandcamp, CDBaby, and hell, even Myspace. If you want to hear about love, life, fear, hope, pain, and the occasional natural disaster, this band, and these songs, are for you.

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Fareed Haque and The Flat Earth Ensemble
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Fareed Haque and The Flat Earth Ensemble

Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble is a group that realizes the musical vision Haque has had for decades. During his years at Blue Note records, touring nationally with jam greats Garaj Mahal, or in his many projects with Sting, Paquito Rivera, Joe Zawinul or Zakir Hussein, Haque has long sought to record the new sounds that were as much a part of him as his DNA.

The musical mission of Flat Earth Ensemble is to incorporate the charismatic dance and folk music of his Punjabi roots in India and Pakistan with the traditions of American jazz and funk. Utilizing the finest players from opposite sides of the world, Flat Earth Ensemble molds the sounds of different worlds into a dynamic, contemporary sound. The result is music that reverberates from the tubes of guitar amplifiers to the streets of Mumbai.

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Ryan Meisel Quartet Christmas meets Coltrane    $10
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

Ryan Meisel Quartet Christmas meets Coltrane $10

Meisel’s performances express the story of his lifelong musical journey through song.

Thought provoking, spirited, and idiosyncratic, audiences are drawn into his shows through storytelling, as they relate to the passion on display and see pieces of themselves in the music.

Ryan’s brand of fiery saxophone playing leads his group to take chances while committing to push the envelope of the group’s improvisational limits. Meisel is dedicated to finding his own authentic style within the genres of Swing, Hard Bop, and Contemporary Jazz.

Meisel’s path to jazz was laid through early influences that included Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago jam sessions and on the bandstand mentorship with Clarinetist Chuck Hedges, study with legendary bassist Richard Davis, NIU’s Ron Carter, Steve Duke, and composition study with Les Thimmig and Rodrigo Villanueva.

 

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Barbacoa   $10
Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

Barbacoa $10

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

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Harmonious Wail   $10
Jan
4
8:00 PM20:00

Harmonious Wail $10

Harmonious Wail are purveyors of Americana infused Gypsy Jazz that continues to take their listeners on a ride via the music of the Hot Club sounds of Paris to the deepest blues of the Memphis Delta to the folk scenes across “every town” America. The Wail are sublime entertainers, great educators and they’ve mastered the art of lifting spirits.

Harmonious Wail is Sims Delaney-Potthoff, a mandolin virtuoso, bandleader, vocalist and master of all things behind the curtain, Maggie Delaney-Potthoff, vocalist extraordinaire whose percussive instrument of choice is a cardboard box, but who also has a knack for exploring the musicality of almost any household object, and Jeffo Weiss, a master bassist who dazzles and mesmerizes on both upright and electric 5-string bass.

Every performance is played from the heart and infused with the perfect balance of ingredients that firmly proves that music truly does make the world a better place. The Wail celebrates 10 recordings in their 30 years of existence and is currently kicking off their 4th decade recording a new CD that teams them with a group of Gypsy Jazz All-stars.

Their gracious approach to music translates beautifully in any outreach program. They have honed their skills to provide excellent educational programs tailored to fit groups of varying skill and age. Popular topics have included; ”the instrumentation of Gypsy Jazz”, “how to succeed in the music biz”, and Maggie’sMethod™ “If You Can Speak You Can Sing”.

Not only a touring band the ever reaching Harmonious Wail has enriched their lives working with National Public Radio by performing on multiple shows and even donating songs to use in annual fundraising campaigns. They have founded multiple charitable organizations placed music in film and recently received the 2017 Musicnotes Outstanding Musical Career Achievement Award.

As stewards of the Gypsy Jazz genre, they founded and have grown the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest over the last decade and have begun to take the show on the road as a special concert package bringing amazing musicians from around the world together and placing them in front of concert audiences throughout the US.

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Good Morning Bedlam - Nickel & Rose   $10
Jan
10
8:00 PM20:00

Good Morning Bedlam - Nickel & Rose $10

Nickel&Rose is an American folk-music duo made up of Upright Bassist Johanna Rose and Guitarist Carl Nichols. They formed in the summer of 2016 and spent their first winter and the following spring traveling Europe, playing dozens of shows in France, Czech Republic, Germany, Romania, Poland, and Ukraine. While in Berlin they recorded their EP, Oh Sweet Love, released in April 2017. Oh Sweet Love, is a sweet-sounding auditory souvenir of Nichols’ and Rose’s four month European journey and a recorded testament to the two-piece’s ability to turn tough times into something vibrant with help from a traveling companion.
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 heart break 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.
"'Americana' reminds me of the true power of songs: while I could write pages and pages about the issues this song raises, Nichols and Rose distill the story to such a fine point that it truly takes my breath away and makes the hairs on my arms rise whenever I listen to it." [8/16/18]
—Rachel Cholst, Wide Open Country"

Good Morning Bedlam has become an innovative force in the midwest folk scene. Their shows are known for their contagious energy, with members careening about the stage, jumping and dancing with a wild playfulness. With tight soaring three part harmonies, and thumping kick-drum, they captivate their audience night after night with no intention of slowing down. Every song is a unique twist on what is generally dubbed as folk music. “We want to surprise our audience from song to song. Rather than creating our music to fit a genre, we allow it to be an outpouring of our own stories and unique sound,” says Isaak, frontman of GMB. Just when you think you have Good Morning Bedlam pegged, they take you in another direction. You will be treated to a haunting waltz, whistling, jazz scatting, and the euphoria of the violin melodies. When it comes to their lyrical storytelling, Isaak says, “We’re desperate to connect to people through the common human experiences that we write about and the exuberance of our live show. People have a lot of choices of how they’ll kick-back, so we intend to deliver a show where they can be free--to share in whatever they need to--joy, grief, anger, gratefulness, or bedlam!”

Good Morning Bedlam released their sophomore album, Like Kings, in July of 2018. In June of 2019, GMB ended their first full touring year of two-hundred-plus shows by winning first place at the John Hartford Memorial Festival Band Competition.

REVIEWS

“Seriously amazing. Awesome sound, harmony, and chemistry. So talented!” -Vanessa (Fan)

“Beautifully crafted roots music with range and depth. Catch them live and you'll understand why people love them so much.” -Rick (Fan)


“Such talented musicians. The lyrics tell a story, lively entertainers that draw you into all of their tales. A great mixture of upbeat/celebratory and pensive/reflective. Their shows are always a fun journey.” -Stacy (Fan)

“Minneapolis-based Good Morning Bedlam has a beautiful rootsy folk authenticity that’s absolutely integral to the success of the genre.” -Nick Warren (Erie Reader)

"These guys played at the bar that I work at last night in Mankato, MN. It was probably one of my favorite acts i've seen come through! I couldn’t get enough of their tunes and they were also incredibly kind. Can't wait to see what their future holds!" -Courtney (Nakato Bar & Grill, Mankato, MN)

Best thing since sliced bread! If you can catch one of their shows you will not be disappointed - so much energy on stage and an amazing mix of folk sounds old and new. If they were a drink they'd be a double G&T in a hi-ball with LOTS of limes. Classy with a huge punch! - Daniel (fan)

”I was lucky enough to have GMB play at my wedding. The dance floor was packed for their entire set, and everyone told me how amazing they were. If you have the chance to catch them, do it. You will love their sound and energy!” -Marcella (Fan)

”This is an amazing group of talented musicians! Their music will have you crying, dancing for joy, and singing your heart out! They will be a band you will never stop wanting to listen to! I know I never do!” - Leah Beth (fan)

”Wow!!! Tonight was my first time seeing Good Morning Bedlam and they were amazing! The music was gold, and it was easy to see that they put their heart and soul into everything they did. It was a wonderful experience to be a part of! I'm so happy to have seen you all perform. Keep up the wonderful work!” - Nicole (fan)

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An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe   $15
Jan
16
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe $15

https://alastairjaques.com/

Actor, lecturer, and storyteller Alastair Morley Jaques studied Theatre Arts and American Literature at the Evergreen State College and the University of Oregon. He has appeared in a professional capacity on stages all along the West Coast in Shakespearean and contemporary roles, as well as lending his talents to numerous commercial voice overs on radio and television. [Commercial demo below].

An avid reader and collector of the historically strange, eldritch, and arcane, he lives in Portland, Oregon where he spends much of his time in a bell tower overlooking a crypt and columbarium.

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Sharel Cassity Featuring Richard Johnson     $15
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Sharel Cassity Featuring Richard Johnson $15

Saxophonist and composer, Sharel Cassity (pronounced “Sha-Relle”), graduated from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City with a Masters in Jazz Performance in on a full scholarship in 2007, and received her B.F.A from The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in 2005. Sharel moved frequently throughout her childhood eventually settling in Yukon, Oklahoma where she graduated high school. In 2000 she moved to New York City and lived there for 16 years, earning her degrees and thriving on the NYC jazz scene before relocating to Chicago in 2017.  

Sharel has shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, DeeDee Bridgewater, Natalie Cole, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Gregory Porter, James Moody, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Maceo Parker, Terrence Blanchard and other jazz greats. She has also performed with mainstream artists Aretha Franklin, Vanessa Williams, K.D. Lang, Fantasia, Trisha Yearwood, Seth MacFarland (Family Guy), Ruben Blades, DJ Logic and Natalie Merchant.

Sharel leads her own projects ELEKTRA and the Sharel Cassity Quartet that have performed at renowned venues like the DC Jazz Festival (2016), Winter Jazzfest NYC (2016, 2014, 2012), Blue Note Jazz Festival (2016), Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival (2015), Monty Alexander Jazz Festival (2013), Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival (2013), Jazz and Colors Festival (2013), Lake George Jazz Festival (2013), The Kennedy Center in Washington DC (2017, 2015, 2014, 2012), The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian (2010), Dallas Museum of Art (2010), Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, the Blue Note Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Smalls Jazz Club and more. She also took her quintet on a 5 city tour of Mexico in 2016. 

Sharel is member of the Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Nicholas Payton TSO, Revive Big Band, Gregorio Uribe Big Band and the Cyrus Chestnut Brubeck Quartet with whom she has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East and Australia. She has also has appeared with the GRAMMY nominated bands Darcy James Argue Secret Society Big Band, the Roy Hargrove Big Band and Rufus Reid’s Quiet Pride performing throughout Europe, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, Central Park Summerstage and the Pittsburgh Jazz Festival. Sharel recorded with Top 40 hit singer-songwriter of 10,000 Maniacs Natalie Merchant on her latest music and DVD release “Paradise is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings” (2015) and also performed with her on the Today Show(2015).  Sharel can also be heard on NBC’s Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular soundtrack with the Diva Jazz Orchestra (2014), appeared in an ESPN Suberbowl commercial in 2013 and in 2006 appeared in the PBS Television Broadcast “Juilliard Centennial Celebration”. A skilled woodwindist, Sharel has performed in the Broadway musical After Midnight as well as Maurice Hines’ Off-Broadway production Tappin’ Through Life.

Sharel has been listed in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll as Rising Star Alto Saxophone for 9 consecutive years (2010-2017) and has been featured in 3 jazz book publications, “I Walked with Giants” byJimmy Heath, “AM Jazz: Three Generations under the Lens” by Adrianna Mateo and “Freedom of Expression: Interviews with Women in Jazz” by Chris Becker. 

Sharel has 4 albums out as a leader; Just for You, (DW 2008), Relentless (Jazz Legacy Production, 2009), Manhattan Romance (Venus Japan, 2013) & Evolve (Relsha Music 2018). Her first release established her throughout North America as an emerging artist. Sharel's second release further demonstrated her virtuosity on alto and soprano saxophone, showcasing her fiery and soulful compositions with a stellar NYC band. Promoted to U.S. and Canadian press and radio, the CD received top rated reviews in JazzTimes, Jazziz and Downbeat, was played on over 100 radio stations and was on the Jazzweek charts for 32 consecutive weeks. Sharel’s third album as a leader, Manhattan Romance (Venus Japan 2014), is an album that features jazz luminaries Cyrus Chestnut, Rufus Reid and Lewis Nash that was also released on vinyl. Sharel’s most recent project, Evolve, is with her band ELEKTRA and is a jazz mix-genre project with a cast of top NYC musicians.

In 2005, Sharel was one of 26 students selected to attend the Juilliard Jazz Program, and in 2006 was awarded the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award which led to her leading her group at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room. In the same year she was selected for IAJE’s Sisters in Jazz which toured Costa Rica, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and received Downbeat Student Music Awards in both the Composition and Ensemble Performance categories. In 2008 she was hand picked for the elite Ravinia at Steans Institute in Chicago headed by David Baker, Curtis Fuller, Rufus Reid, James Moody and Nathan Davis. In 2011 Sharel received the honor of being inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and performed duo with her father at the acceptance ceremony. Sharel is proud to be a Vandoren Performing ArtistRS Berkeley Virtuoso Saxophone Artist and AMT  Microphone Artist.

In addition to performing, Sharel has always been passionate about teaching and inspiring future generations of musicians. Cassity currently is a Professor of Saxophone and Piano at Elgin Community College in Elgin, IL.  Between 2016-17 Sharel served abroad as the Woodwind Professor at Qatar Music Academy in Doha, Qatar. Students from her private studio have won scholarships to the Hartt School of Music and placement in Jazz for Teens, Jazz House Kids and the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra. She has taught internationally in Japan, Costa Rica, Mexico, China and Qatar and has given numerous clinics about the saxophone, jazz language, rhythm, harmony and music business.

As a young girl Sharel started her musical journey at the age of 6 on the piano. Quickly winning state level competitions by age 8, she went on to compete and win numerous awards on a national level, eventually placing in the Disney International Piano Concerto Competition at age 11. As a classical pianist Sharel has performed works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Gershwin and more.

Receiving her first saxophone at the age of 9, Sharel played saxophone in the high school jazz band as a 5th grader in Watson town, PA. While attending Yukon High School Sharel added flute, clarinet, piccolo and marimba to her arsenal and performed in the school’s jazz, marching and symphonic bands. While in High School she was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award, the Tri-State Outstanding Soloist Award and earned a position in the All State Jazz and Concert bands for 3 consecutive years. Afterwards she attended the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz program for 2 years before relocating to New York.  

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The Claudettes   $15
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Claudettes $15

"You could throw a lot of descriptors at the Claudettes, and they would all stick: Windy City blues, punk blues, jazz, roots, rockabilly, soul, juke joint….Johnny Iguana is a hardcore piano banger; vocalist Berit Ulseth has a clear, sweet voice with a spine of steel. The music is fierce and the lyrics are wicked. If you’re on the hunt for something you haven’t heard before, this Chicago-based band is probably it."--Minn Post

The Claudettes fuse Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk and the sultriness of ’60s soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music. Johnny Iguana pounds the piano alongside seductive singer Berit Ulseth, bassist/guitarist/singer Zach Verdoorn and drummer Michael Caskey. Johnny, who toured for years with his cult-favorite rock band oh my god, is also in the Grammy-nominated groups Chicago Blues: A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. He has toured/recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and more and played piano on the Chicago Plays the Stones album featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Buddy Guy. The Claudettes recorded their 2018 album “DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNNASIUM!” with Grammy-winning Black Keys producer Mark Neill and have recorded a new album with Grammy-winning producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, The Devil Makes Three).

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Trio Soleil       $5
Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

Trio Soleil $5

We play delightful French tunes with a Django feel,  soulful Jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, uptempo New Orleans-influenced covers of Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits and other greats, tender ballads that will make you weep (well, they make US weep), and a smattering of delightful original tunes folks seem to love.

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Madtown Mannish Boys .  $10
Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

Madtown Mannish Boys . $10

The Madtown Mannish Boys are a Madison-based Blues band who are steeped in Chicago-style Blues, including artists like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Otis Spann, Paul Butterfield, and Little Walter. They perform with raw exuberance and driving rhythms that make you want to boogie. Some of their tunes are harmonica-driven, played with gritty fervor and intense energy. Others are soulful ballads, heavily influenced by the likes of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. This mix of styles and genres makes for an entertaining and dynamic show that you won’t want to miss.

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Eilen Jewell   $20   & JORDIE LANE with CLARE REYNOLDS - Advance Tickets Available
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Eilen Jewell $20 & JORDIE LANE with CLARE REYNOLDS - Advance Tickets Available

Brown Paper Tickets https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4311328

By turns personal and political, pissed off and blissed out, Jewell’s first album of original material since 2015 expands brief moments of joy into lifetimes, and distills epic sentiments and persistent doubts into succinct songs. Yet rather than pulling artist and listener this way and that, the tensions within and between these 12 tracks propel her eighth studio album forward as a remarkably cohesive full-length.

The disc kicks off with Crawl, a rollicking country rocker that revels in indecision, pitting the terrifying urgency of now against nostalgic longing:

I want to crawl right out of my skin
Go back in time, cake walk in red fringe
I want solitude, don’t want to be alone
Want to put down roots, want to be a rolling stone

Ive been writing bits of that one for close to eight years now, says Jewell. Ive felt that polarity in my life a lot, ever since I can remember, and I wanted to capture that discomfort and angst. Putting it into words and music felt cathartic. Now, whenever I feel that tug-of-war, I can sing my song about it.

Witness sits at another end of the spectrum, a celebratory sunset burnished with honesty and understated brass, written quickly in a Central Idaho cabin. I was still a relatively new mother, and experiencing this frequent opening of my heart, realizing that it had been clenched like a fist for so long. Little ones have this way of disarming us, and so do little moments that startle you, like a beautiful sunset or a bird song ... but that openness is always there. You dont have to seek it out, you just have to choose to open yourself up to it.

Agitated by the state of the world, Eilen gave herself permission to tiptoe into protest music on Gypsy, too. 79 Cents (The Meow Song) skewers sexism and discrimination with pointed humor, while Beat the Drum lifts up a rallying cry to fellow travelers struggling to maintain hope in the face of adversity. Startled by backlash from both sides when she casually spoke some common sense about the Chief Executive in a recent interview, she decided to speak out rather than shut up. I dont see politics as separate from the rest of life. Theyre intertwined. This is personal, especially in the past few years.

Further testing her limits, Jewell played electric guitar on Gypsy, the first time shes recorded on the instrument. That posed its own set of challenges, she admits. Playing it on stage, where theres more room to have things sound not exactly the way you want them, is one thing, but in the studio Id think Is this really the way I want to portray this song? Not only did certain sounds elude her, so did the words to express precisely what she was seeking. I lacked the vocabulary, but its great to feel humbled in that way. You realize that the world of music is so vast that even one aspect can represent a lifetime of learning, and thats what makes it so cool.

Longtime fans who love Eilen Jewell in classic country mode will delight in These Blues and You Cared Enough to Lie." She describes the latter, the sole cover on Gypsy, as one of many songs I wish Id written. Even so, her foray into the music of Idaho legend Pinto Bennett felt as intensely personal as any original.

Pinto was playing every Saturday at a local dive bar that Id always been too afraid to go into, one of those real beauties with no windows, the kind of place that makes you think, If I go in there, the needle will scratch across the record and everyone will stare. Instead, prompted by a friend who was playing drums in Bennetts band, Jewell and her husband, Jason Beek, found themselves returning week after week to learn more from the hard-living Nashville veteran.

"The first time I heard Pinto play 'You Cared Enough to Lie,' I looked at the steel player, and he looked at me, and he tapped his head with a finger, then pointed at me and mouthed You have to cover that, she remembers. Which is so funny, because Id just thought the same thing. (The affinity proved to be mutual: Jason produced Bennett's latest album, The Last Saturday Night, with Eilen providing guest vocals.)

Long hailed for her ability to interpolate different genres into her own sound, Jewell manages to make the distinct songs of Gypsy play well together, without compromising their individuality. By the same token, shes rarely seemed more willing to let different facets of her personality and talent shine through.

I always try to be honest when I make an album. Is this really what I want to say? Is that how I want to say it? With time and experience, trust in her own ideas and abilities continues to escalate. Writing still doesnt feel like an easy process, but after 13 years, its a bit more second nature. Gradually, shes accepting that all her feelings are valid, even if they sometimes seem at odds.

I often resent that feeling of being pulled in different directions, but without that pull, life is like a guitar string that's not taut, she concludes. A loose string makes a terrible sound.

As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell leads a tight quartet that blends influences of surf-noir, early blues, classic country, folk, and 1960s era rock n roll. For well over a decade, theyve toured relentlessly for legions of fans from Boston to Boise and Madrid to Melbourne, playing large festivals, theaters, rock clubs, and coffeehouses. The group has shared stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Loretta Lynn, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, and Blind Boys of Alabama. Eilen’s fans have marveled at her warmth and onstage humor alongside her beautiful songs and fiery performances. In addition to six of her own full-length albums, Jewell has released two albums with her country-gospel side-project, the Sacred Shakers; a tribute album to Loretta Lynn titled Butcher Holler; and a recent album of rare blues covers, Down Hearted Blues.
The Los Angeles Daily News said, "Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition ... She's mighty good.

JORDIE LANE with CLARE REYNOLDS

Born to a comedian & a clown, Nashville based Australian Indie-Roots artist, Jordie Lane spent his early years in a traveling circus. His nomadic touring lifestyle and knack for comedic storytelling confirm the theory one is a product of their upbringing, but when you watch Jordie perform live it is his incredible voice and unique rhythmic guitar playing that seem like they come from another place and another time.

It is a voice that has taken him around the world, performing major festivals in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, and touring with the likes of international legends, Gotye, Billy Bragg, Old Crow Medicine Show, Neko Case, Cat Power, The Weakerthans, Ruthie Foster, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and The Moody Blues.

Meeting co-writer, producer and multi instrumentalist Clare Reynolds was where a truly magical sound for the ages was formed.

A vocal and instrumental harmonic quality matched by few other partnerships, their symbiotic connection has been likened to floating somewhere between Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and Shovels & Rope.

Their latest EP, ‘Lost’ features legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Traveling Wilburys, John Lennon) and mixed by local Jordan Lehning (Rayland Baxter, Josh Headley). It has seen big love from Spotify & Amazon with adds to ‘Fresh Folk’, ‘Coffee & Chill’ and ‘Fresh Folk & Americana’,

along with National play-listing on Australia’s ABC & Double J Radio networks.

The new EP, ‘Lost’ is out now on Blood Thinner Records / Tone Tree Music

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Juliet Simmons Dinallo and Michael Dinallo    $10
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

Juliet Simmons Dinallo and Michael Dinallo $10

Juliet Simmons Dinallo and Michael Dinallo are following in the rich tradition of Nashville husband/wife musical duos – Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Susanna and Guy Clark among others. They are currently touring together supporting Juliet’s new album Dream Girl

“Juliet Simmons Dinallo draws on a variety of influences - Shelby Lynne, Dusty Springfield and Emmylou Harris all play out among them - but given her sweet caress and compelling stance, it's all but impossible to think of anyone other than Dinallo herself when listening to this utterly alluring album. In short, consider this an album for the ages.”- Lee Zimmerman, Country Standard Time

Singer-songwriter Juliet Simmons Dinallo - Boston Roots and Cowgirl Boots. All the way from Nashville to Memphis, and beyond, Dream Girl is the evolution of Juliet Simmons Dinallo’s singing, songwriting, and journey that began with 2013’s No Regrets on Tree-O-Records. Born in North Carolina, Juliet grew up in Maine and came of age as a musician in Boston. Juliet studied music at the Berklee College of Music, where she landed a spot on the world-renowned Berklee Gospel Choir. She recently moved to Nashville, and these experiences have influenced her songwriting, singing and performance style, giving everything she does a unique expression. 

"The only question is why has it taken multi-talented Michael Dinallo 30 years to finally come out with a debut? Crooked Road Songs is, in a word, spectacular. The man knows how to put a record together. He’s done so producing Eddie Floyd on Stax and the Charlie Rich tribute album last year, both projects brimming with ideas, alacrity and total joyousness. Rock on, dude. I’m a fan." - Mike Greenblatt, Goldmine

Producer-guitarist-songwriter Michael Dinallo grew up in Ohio then moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. As bandleader for The Radio Kings, who made two records for Icehouse Records in Memphis (including Live at B.B.King’s), and The Mercy Brothers, he has traveled the world. Turning to producing artists in the early 2000’s, Michael has produced Norwegian singer-songwriter William Hut’s gold and platinum awarded album Nightfall along with two number one singles for Universal Music Group. He continued his affiliation with Memphis by producing Eddie Floyd’s return to Stax Records Eddie Loves You So and Feel Like Going Home: The Songs of Charlie Rich for the Phillips Family and Memphis International Records. His most recent project is Juliet Simmons Dinallo’s Dream Girl on BFD/Sony RED. Since relocating to Nashville, Michael has started the popular musical revue Crooked Road Songs (based on the idea of his 2017 EP Crooked Road Songs on Black Rose Records) and received Best of 2018 honors in The Nashville Scene.

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LEROY JONES - THE NEW ORLEANS TRIBUTE $20/ADVANCE - $25/DOOR
Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

LEROY JONES - THE NEW ORLEANS TRIBUTE $20/ADVANCE - $25/DOOR

Brown Paper Tickets link . https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4311265

Backing Mr. Jones will be Madison musicians: Darren Sterud, Jordan Cohen, John Christensen and Dave Stoler.
The legendary jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones is known to music lovers as the "keeper of the flame" for traditional New Orleans jazz and to critics as one of the top musicians ever produced by the Crescent City.
"The mission of the Leroy Jones Quintet is to expose audiences everywhere to the authentic music of New Orleans, the music of Louis Armstrong, Buddy Bolden, Danny Barker and all the other greats who have helped create the rich gumbo that is the sound of New Orleans," he says, "while putting our own more modern stamp on it."
Jones himself, a native of New Orleans, whose playing has been described as a blend of Louis Armstrong and bebop virtuoso Clifford Brown, has been a critical figure in the history of New Orleans music.
A member of the New Orleans Jazz Hall of Fame, he was leader at the tender age of 12, of the seminal Fairview Band, a brass band whose alumni have included some of the best known musicians in New Orleans. It was the Fairview Brass Band which is widely credited with restoring interest in the brass band tradition of New Orleans. Today, in fact, New Orleans has more brass bands performing than at any time in the city's history an achievement that can be traced back directly to the Fairview Band and its successor the Leroy Jones Hurricane Brass Brand.
A regular at Preservation Hall in New Orleans and a featured performer in the Harry Connick Orchestra, where his playing and singing have made him a crowd favorite, Leroy has performed on every continent and in every major U.S. city at prestigious theaters, festivals and jazz clubs like the Village Vanguard in New York City. His television appearances include The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, Arsenio Hall, Conan O'Brien and Oprah Winfrey. He is also a regular at the world famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as well as French Quarter Fest and the Satchmo Summerfest.
He has also appeared on the soundtrack of the smash hit movie "Sleepless in Seattle" starring actor Tom Hanks.
Leroy has released a series of highly regarded CDs including "Props for Pops" his tribute to Louis Armstrong, "Back to My Roots," "Mo' Cream from the Crop", "Soft Shoe" and "Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze". He has appeared on numerous recordings with other artists such as Dr. John, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Anders Osborne, Chuck Carbo, Spirit of New Orleans, John Boutté, Lillian Boutté, Paul Sanchez, Danish Radio Big Band, Guillaume Nouaux and many, more others.
"The Leroy Jones Quintet sound sums up all those great experiences and influences," says Leroy, "and gives me a chance each night to make sure that the great music of New Orleans is performed authentically and with great respect for the artists who came before me. Not in an old-fashioned way, but with a modern swing that comes from my love of bebop and other forms of modern jazz."
A typical set list for the Leroy Jones Quintet includes traditional numbers like "Bourbon Street Parade," "Sleepy Time Down South," "Basin Street Blues," "Do You Know What it Means (to Miss New Orleans)," "Dinah" and "When My Dreamboat Comes Home" along with his own compositions like "Soft Shoe" that are played and sung impeccably by Jones with the kind of swing that only a musician with his pedigree can deliver consistently night after night.

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Leroy Jones - The New Orleans Tribute    $20/Advance - $25/Door
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

Leroy Jones - The New Orleans Tribute $20/Advance - $25/Door

Brown Paper Tickets link https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4311265

Backing Mr. Jones will be Madison musicians: Darren Sterud, Jordan Cohen, John Christensen and Dave Stoler.
The legendary jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones is known to music lovers as the "keeper of the flame" for traditional New Orleans jazz and to critics as one of the top musicians ever produced by the Crescent City.
"The mission of the Leroy Jones Quintet is to expose audiences everywhere to the authentic music of New Orleans, the music of Louis Armstrong, Buddy Bolden, Danny Barker and all the other greats who have helped create the rich gumbo that is the sound of New Orleans," he says, "while putting our own more modern stamp on it."
Jones himself, a native of New Orleans, whose playing has been described as a blend of Louis Armstrong and bebop virtuoso Clifford Brown, has been a critical figure in the history of New Orleans music.
A member of the New Orleans Jazz Hall of Fame, he was leader at the tender age of 12, of the seminal Fairview Band, a brass band whose alumni have included some of the best known musicians in New Orleans. It was the Fairview Brass Band which is widely credited with restoring interest in the brass band tradition of New Orleans. Today, in fact, New Orleans has more brass bands performing than at any time in the city's history an achievement that can be traced back directly to the Fairview Band and its successor the Leroy Jones Hurricane Brass Brand.
A regular at Preservation Hall in New Orleans and a featured performer in the Harry Connick Orchestra, where his playing and singing have made him a crowd favorite, Leroy has performed on every continent and in every major U.S. city at prestigious theaters, festivals and jazz clubs like the Village Vanguard in New York City. His television appearances include The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show, Arsenio Hall, Conan O'Brien and Oprah Winfrey. He is also a regular at the world famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as well as French Quarter Fest and the Satchmo Summerfest.
He has also appeared on the soundtrack of the smash hit movie "Sleepless in Seattle" starring actor Tom Hanks.
Leroy has released a series of highly regarded CDs including "Props for Pops" his tribute to Louis Armstrong, "Back to My Roots," "Mo' Cream from the Crop", "Soft Shoe" and "Sweeter Than A Summer Breeze". He has appeared on numerous recordings with other artists such as Dr. John, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Anders Osborne, Chuck Carbo, Spirit of New Orleans, John Boutté, Lillian Boutté, Paul Sanchez, Danish Radio Big Band, Guillaume Nouaux and many, more others.
"The Leroy Jones Quintet sound sums up all those great experiences and influences," says Leroy, "and gives me a chance each night to make sure that the great music of New Orleans is performed authentically and with great respect for the artists who came before me. Not in an old-fashioned way, but with a modern swing that comes from my love of bebop and other forms of modern jazz."
A typical set list for the Leroy Jones Quintet includes traditional numbers like "Bourbon Street Parade," "Sleepy Time Down South," "Basin Street Blues," "Do You Know What it Means (to Miss New Orleans)," "Dinah" and "When My Dreamboat Comes Home" along with his own compositions like "Soft Shoe" that are played and sung impeccably by Jones with the kind of swing that only a musician with his pedigree can deliver consistently night after night.

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Ordinary Elephant    $15
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

Ordinary Elephant $15

“…one of the best Americana albums of the year” 
— 
The Associated Press

“…easily one of the best folk duo records I have heard in years” 
— 
PopMatters

Short Biography

International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone in this world. The collaboration of husband and wife Pete and Crystal Damore, their connection, and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. “Two become one, in song...hand-in-glove harmonies surprise the listener with focused intensity and musical mastery,” says Mary Gauthier. The Associated Press is calling their latest album, Honest, “one of the best Americana albums of the year.”

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Immigré    $10
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Immigré $10

Swirling, ostinato guitar patterns, deep, funky bass lines, and a monstrous percussion section lay the foundation for the searing melodies of the horn section, accentuated by pulsing electric piano comps. The sum total is a sound so massive, a beat so infectious, that audiences can’t sit and watch. The dance floor draws them in while the groove takes hold.

In case you haven’t caught this 10-piece Afrobeat ensemble before, if you frequent live shows around Madison, chances are good you’ve heard some of Immigré’s musicians with other groups in town. Featuring players from bands such as Youngblood Brass Band, Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars, The Mustache, and The Big Payback, these guys have been bringing the funk to dance floors across the Midwest for years. Now, with Immigré, the notorious Afrobeat sound has descended upon Wisconsin in a big way.

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Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues with Tracy Nelson   $35  Advance tickets available
Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues with Tracy Nelson $35 Advance tickets available

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4217767

Two extraordinary powerhouses come together for a night of dazzling musical fireworks with riveting blues harp from one of the country's best, Corky Siegel, who will be joined by the compelling twice Grammy nominated country-blues vocalist, Tracy Nelson.

Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world's great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, singer-songwriter and winner of the Lila Wallace national award for chamber music composition, the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition, a Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award, and a place in the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.

Nelson is a fierce singer of truth and a fountain of the deepest heartache, she is an ultimate communicator and has regularly dissolved audiences across decades of performing. She is one of the few female singers who has had hit records in both blues and country genres, with Grammy nominations for both her country and blues efforts. Tracy’s signature song, “Down So Low,” has been covered by Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, Dee Warwick, and Cyndi Lauper.  Her duet, “ After The Fire Is Gone," with mega-country star Willie Nelson, was nominated for a Grammy Award

A 19 year old Tracy Nelson, the founder of Mother Earth, and a 23 year old Corky Siegel, a founder of the Siegel-Schwall Band, first met in 1967 in the hey-day of the rock revolution and San Francisco's “Summer of Love". They shared stages with their peers, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Sly and the Family Stone, and countless legends at San Francisco’s premier rock palaces, the Filmore, the Avalon Ballroom and Western Front. Corky and Tracy reconnected again in 2004, while touring and recording as part of an “all-stars” blues band, The Chicago Blues Reunion.  The project’s only CD, “ Buried Alive in the Blues," received four stars from Rolling Stone Magazine’s founder, David Fricke, and was called “One of the last of the real deals,” by Joel Selvin - San Francisco Chronicle.

Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues is celebrating more than 30 years of performances bringing this original genre to prestigious festivals and concert halls internationally including :  The Aspen Music Festival, Canada’s Banff Centre, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Blues Sur Seine Festival, France, The Grand Teton Music Festival, Chicago’s Symphony Center, and in January 2019, to Mexico's Teatro Angela Peralta Opera House, and the internationally acclaimed Noche de Primavera Festival of Mexico City in March of 2019.  Their most recent recording, “Different Voices,” received Downbeat Magazine’s 2017 Editor’s Pick, calling Siegel: “ A national treasure."  

“Corky Siegel is a phenomenon on harmonica.” - Washington Post

“Tracy Nelson proves that the human voice is the most expressive instrument in creation.”
~ Rolling Stone Magazine / John Swenson 

CHAMBER BLUES: “A significant step forward into new dimensions of feeling, content, and technique - A classification shattering mix.” - Jazziz Magazine

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The Collection    $10/Advance   $13/Door
Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Collection $10/Advance $13/Door

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4286478

Entropy / entrp/ noun. lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.

On the surface, the name of NC band The Collections new album, Entropy, may seem deceptive. Over the four years since the release of their chamber pop, 25-piece ensemble debut, Ars Moriendi, the band shed enough weight to become an efficient touring band, garnered praise from NPR and American Songwriter, toured nationally with bands like The Oh Hellos and Lowland Hum, and performed dynamic sets at CMJ and New Music Seminar as an official Top 100 Artists On The Verge.
The trimming-of-the-excess was soon mirrored in vocalist David Wimbishs spirituality, resulting in the bands 2017 follow-up, Listen To The River, The Collections first member-arranged group of songs. Inspired by Herman Hesses Siddhartha, and the poetry of Rumi, the album took a step off of the fence walked between faith and doubt on Ars Moriendi, landing distinctly on the side of doubt. The constitutive single, Sing Of The Moon, received over 3 million streams between Youtube and Spotify, the release tour brought hundreds of people to venues across the country, and The Collection was featured at Wild Goose Festival, and Switchpoint Conference alongside PRIs Marco Werman.
Even Entropys debut single Beautiful Life, which PopMatters called, symphonic, poetic wonderment, seems to be about finding order by watching the natural world. Beneath the surface of all of this, however, is another story.
During the recording of Listen To The River, then-married band-members David and Mira Joy ended their marriage. Though committed to finishing the project peacefully together, the next months were a chaotic chain of events that left them with a totalled car, no house, no work, few friends, and the dwindling commitment of some bandmates.
Starting over alone in a new city, Wimbish began to write for a new solo project, freed from the assumed expectations of fans and band-members. The result was the most focused, honest, and intimate batch of songs the 27 year old songwriter had written, lyrically and musically. As the writing progressed, and the band had to stare its impending death in the eyes, a solid and enduring core emerged. Members Hayden Cooke (Bass), Joshua Ling (Harmonium/Guitar/Vocals), and Graham Dickey (Horns/Bells) lent their performances to David Wimbishs (Vocals/Guitar/Keys/Strings) fleshed out songs, birthing The Collections 3rd full-length record from the ashes of the unfinished solo project. With the addition of husband-and-wife Joshua Linhart (Drums) and Sarah McCoy (Keys/Synth/Vocals), the band finally found its firm footing.
And that is where the story of Entropy is revealed: Though meant to document Davids lifes gradual decline into, and subsequent recovery from, disorder, the album became a living testimony to The Collections own experience of entropy. Now, with the wisdom of hindsight, the band is back and focused, with a passion for sharing what theyve learned: that on the other side of disorder lies a new sense of beauty.

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Rare Element    $10
Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

Rare Element $10

The new Madison, Wisconsin based horn band, RARE ELEMENT performs high-energy instrumental funk music in a truly unique manner. The band’s highly talented roster coupled with it’s creative and intricate arrangements make Rare Element a must-see act.
Chad Whittinghill (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Bryan Husk (tenor, baritone sax) first met in 2003 as members of the urban neo-soul band, VIBE SYNDICATE. Unbeknownst to them, they would spend the next 16 years playing side by side at hundreds of shows with some of Wisconsin’s finest funk and blues bands. For years, they honed their skilled working together with CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD's weekly Funky Monday shows. Later, the two would team up with Hammond B-3 ace Jimmy Voegeli and his blues supergroup, THE JIMMYS
A while later, they crossed paths with Nat McIntosh (trombone) and the horn section was born. Nat is a long-time member and composer for the phenomenal YOUNGBLOOD BRASS BAND. Over the years, they shared a common goal to create a band where this horn section could be pushed to it's limit. Finally, in 2018, a roster of highly skilled musicians was assembled to make this goal a reality
They named that band...RARE ELEMENT.
Todd Phipps (keyboards, B3 organ) of THE BLUE OLIVES (and many other bands) was the first join. Longtime Madison talent, Joe Niesen (guitar), also got in early. Joe liked what he heard and recruited quietly infamous bassist, Brett Farrey, formerly with SMOKIN’ WITH SUPERMAN.
The critical piece of the puzzle was finding the right drummer to keep it funky. Enter Mark Marsh, 2016 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award Winning Drummer of the Year. Mark brings relentless energy and deep groves to every performance.

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Bad Philosopher    $10
Oct
3
8:00 PM20:00

Bad Philosopher $10

Bad Philosopher is an electric jazz trio based out of Madison, WI whose performance consists of original compositions fusing elements of both classical, pop, funk and jazz music with extended improvisations. The unorthodox background and approach of each member makes this trio unique. Multi-award winning 6-string electric bassist Josh Cohen uses tapping techniques to fulfill the role of both bass player and guitarist in one instrument, creating polyphonic textures that seamlessly interweave their compositions. The three-time concerto award winning pianist/keyboardist Jason Kutz, known for his ability to traverse both classical and jazz styles, employs his virtuosic technique and highly developed musical sensibilities to add rich layers of chordal harmony and melodic content. Finally, drummer Chris Di Bernardo, armed with an in-depth knowledge of jazz and popular music and road tested experience with the critically acclaimed Madison reggae band Natty Nation, provides an infectious rhythmic underpinning, supporting the band while serving up a plethora of diverse percussive improvisations connecting the music to its African roots. Having formed less than one year ago, Bad Philosopher is already performing regularly and will begin recording their debut album in the summer of 2019.


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Combo Noir    $10
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Combo Noir $10

Combo Noir was founded in 2018 by genre-hopping vocalist Anna Purnell (Yid Vicious, Forward! Marching Band, Intemperance Collective, Dixie Sizzlers, etc.) and New Orleans transplant, pianist Adam St. Reiff. Drawing from varied, eclectic, and soulful repertoires, the band is a great accompaniment for everything from hootchie-cootchie dancing to staring pensively into your third martini.

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Rachel Baiman    $10   Advance Tickets Available
Sep
27
8:30 PM20:30

Rachel Baiman $10 Advance Tickets Available

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Rachel 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

Thanksgiving is a collection of music to inspire an introspective holiday spirit.  The songs center around themes of Indigenous Rights, home and homelessness, and love in hard times. “Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays,” says Baiman. “But two years ago in November, the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline was in full swing, and it just got me thinking about how the relationship between indigenous and white people in this country has hardly changed at all over the years. The irony of Thanksgiving being celebrated right as people were being arrested and sprayed with water guns for protecting their right to clean water really hit me”.

The EP opens with the jovial sounding “Tent City” which features  a hard-driving bluegrass band. However, the slaphappy sound becomes erie as the lyrics sink in , The song is  from the perspective of a man who has fallen from his picturesque middle class lifestyle into homelessness and addiction. Yet the matter-of-fact delivery huamizes his story and gives context to a character who might otherwise be treated as a statistic.

The collection is not all doom and gloom, however, as the first two darker tracks are followed by the cheerful John Hartford number “Madison Tennessee. “I’m getting married this year,” says Baiman, “My fiance and I recently moved out to Madison and have been fixing up a little cabin on the river. I spend so much time traveling, it’s an amazing feeling to finally put down some roots and work on creating a magical and inspiring space. This Hartford tune makes me feel giddy about home and for me thats what Thanksgiving is all about.” “Madison Tennessee” features bluegrass guitar virtuoso and Americana Music Association “Instrumentalist of the Year” Molly Tuttle, who toured in a duo with Baiman in 2018.

“Times Like These, the EP’s final track, features guitar player and singer Josh Oliver, another of Baiman’s frequent musical collaborators. Ending on an uplifting note, the song is a testament to the good that gets us through the bad. “Open the window / And let in the breeze / Darling I need you / Living in times like these,” sing Baiman and Oliver in emotive harmony. Oliver’s beautifully tragic voice hits the listener like teardrops on a page.


Baiman’s Thanksgiving is an intriguing follow up to Shame, allowing her a chance to stretch out stylistically, moving effortlessly between bluegrass, to bolk, old-time and country. The bittersweet lyricism she’s become known for conveys the push and pull of hardship and hope we often feel during the holiday season.

Raised in Chicago by a radical economist and a social worker, Baiman was surrounded by social justice issues her entire life. “If I wanted to rebel against my parents I could have become a finance banker or a corporate lawyer” she says of her childhood. While her classmates went to church or temple on Sunday mornings, Baiman attended the Ethical Humanist Society of Greater Chicago, a non-religious community formed around discussions of morality and current events. “That was always a tough one to explain at school” she says with a laugh.

As a teenager, Baiman found music to be a welcome escape from worrying about global politics. “I often found the constant discussion of seemingly unsolvable problems to be intense and overwhelming, and when I moved to Nashville to pursue music it felt like something positive, beautiful and productive that I could put into the world. Now that I’ve had some years to devote to music,”—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—“I find it hard to escape from the values that I grew up with, and I feel compelled to write politically, to speak out about things that I’ve experienced or seen. Songwriting is a unique opportunity to do that, because it avails a more emotional vehicle for discussion. I love the political tradition of folk music, from Woody Guthrie to Tupac, and my hope is that this record adds another voice to it.”


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One for the Foxes      $10
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

One for the Foxes $10

Dave Curley, Tadhg Ó Meachair & Joanna Hyde form an exciting and dynamic transatlantic trio that presents a rousing blend of Irish and American folk music, having already won over audiences on both sides of the ocean. The group is made up of Dublin’s Tadhg Ó Meachair (Goitse), Galway’s Dave Curley (SLIDE) and Denver, Colorado’s Joanna Hyde (The Hydes), and features a mix of Irish and American folk music and song – both traditional and newly-composed – presented in an energetic and engaging manner. Their performances strike a tasteful balance between the stories found in ballads across both sides of the Atlantic and the respective instrumental music traditions of these places. Award-winning instrumentalists each in their own right, Dave, Tadhg & Joanna take a unique twist on the diverse strengths of their individual backgrounds, weaving between traditional melodies, their own compositions, and songs from the broader folk canon. The results are highly personalised and thrilling in their daring and forthright grasp of the material. Through a shared deep-rooted passion for Irish traditional music, this trio highlights the vital role of Irish traditional music as an origin of many American folk musics, and explores how those styles can interact with one another in a manner both eclectic and grounded.

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