Primitive Culture masterfully blends Funk, Reggae, Latin, Rhythm & Blues into an original, upbeat and danceable groove. Their debut LP Fantasy won two MAMA awards in 2010: "Album of the Year" and "Song of the Year" (for "Hookup") in the World Music category. In 2011, the band earned three more MAMA awards, including two "Instrumentalist of the Year" awards (brass and woodwind), and "Live Performers of the Year".
An interesting program of storytelling & comedy
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
Chris Bucheit and Mike Weiser combine the musical elements of masterful songwriting, deep grooves, and intelligent improvisations. The result is a performance that is as fitting in a movie soundtrack as in a nightclub. For this evening, they will be joined by all-star drummer Michael Brenneis
Formed in New Orleans, LA in 2014, NUTRIA is an instrumental trio that performs original compositions with an emphasis on collective improvisation. Named after the infamous South Louisiana swamp rat, their music explores jazz, chamber music, and traditional music of the African diaspora and Eastern Europe, while staying true to New Orleans jazz and groove traditions.
A blend of jazz, gospel, spoken word, and hip-hop.
From Tone Magazine. The Wilder Deitz Group is a frequently shifting entity—first it was a trio, then a quartet with guest players coming and going, and then came its current eight-piece lineup. Multi-instrumentalist Deitz and his bandmates take that fluidity a step further on a recent release simply called Summer Mixtape 2017. Not only does the release incorporate several guest singers and MCs in addition to in-band vocalists Deja Mason and Nikeya Bramlett, it also takes several different approaches to the intersection of jazz, hip-hop, funk, and gospel.
On "L'Ouverture/Melody for Toussaint," that means bright piano chords and a festive synth melody combining over half-breakbeat, half-New Orleans rhythms. On "Wilmington '98," titled after the Wilmington, North Carolina insurrection of 1898, that means vocal jazz that swings between mournful and defiant. On "Long Island City," produced and composed by synth player Alex Charland, it means an atmospheric instrumental that draws as much on trip-hop as it does on jazz.
"We were already sort of headed in this direction, and I thought it would be an excellent chance to start incorporating some new techniques like sampling," says Deitz, who plays piano, synth, bass, and guitar on the record. The group funded the project with a grant from the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, and because the grant was aimed at exposing new audiences to jazz, the group decided to make some tracks that would appeal to people who'd listened to a lot of jazz but not much hip-hop, and some tracks that would appeal to the reverse.
One track aimed squarely at the hip-hop-deprived jazz listener is "Father Bean," which rides on a silky jazz-vocal hook, an old-school hip-hop rhythm, and exuberantly meandering piano leads. Madison rapper Protege The Pro turns in probably the album's most charming verse here, with wordplay that jumps around as much as the piano: "Believe that we can fly, just be yourself but then the eagle version / they know I'm doing good, chillin' like an evil person."
Social-justice themes are dotted throughout the mixtape. "Ella's March On Madison" features Deitz's sister Ella Deitz performing a poem at this January's Women's March on Madison. (They're a creative family; Wilder's father, Ritt Deitz, has performed for years as a singer-songwriter, and his brother Mitch Deitz, who plays guitar in the Wilder Deitz group, also plays in the band Post Social.) By turns funny and dead earnest, the poem considers the ways in which society values and devalues women: "I am a $30 T-shirt-telling-everyone-I'm-a-feminist feminist / and yet, I wonder if my name would be pretty on a bathroom wall...am I still a woman if I write this poem in statements, not questions?" Ella Deitz muses on the recording.
"Song For A Slave Mother" is a powerful vocal showcase for both Mason and Bramlett, over a tense minor-key piano foundation. Deitz's inspiration for the song came in part from an aunt who researches the underground railroad. "The challenge with both of those is that they both tell a story about black America," says Deitz, a white composer/bandleader heading an ethnically heterogenous group.
Sometimes these themes sneak up on the listener. Guest MC Joey D starts out "Cinnaminson" with a goofy-sounding verse about the value of breakfast—"You already know I perfected the radio / Froot Loops, Grape Nuts, Honey Nut Cheerios"—but works his way into rapping about the Black Panthers' free breakfast programs. On "State Street Freestyle," First Wave alums Rich Robbins and CRASHprez trade rhymes about hanging out in downtown Madison, but that includes getting hassled by cops and feeling outnumbered as black people on an overwhelmingly white campus.
That track actually represents an effort to work in something more lighthearted, and there are a few others in that vein. The short "Learning To Deal" is a tribute to legendary bassist and UW-Madison professor Richard Davis. Several of the Wilder Deitz group's members studied under Davis in his Black Music Ensemble, and Deitz currently teaches a program at East High School that's modeled on that experience.
"We wanted to do a song that was just a little shout-out to him, nothing huge, maybe for a later project," Deitz says. "We decided to make it that one because the song is built off a drum sample that our drummer recorded in late high school and then over the top of that we put down the bass line for a track that Richard wrote in the late '70s called 'Dealin.'"
While the release was hardly a tossed-off effort—the band even recorded it to analog tape in hopes of getting a fat, warm sound—Deitz decided to make it hard to get. It's not available online, though he gave permission for us to stream a couple of tracks with this story. The band's recent performance on Wisconsin Public Television's 30 Minute Music Hour also features some songs from the mixtape. Deitz had about 500 CD copies printed, and listeners have to come to a show to get one. Their next performance will be on September 15 at the Prism Music and Arts Festival. Tone Magazine
North Street Cabaret will introduce its New Orleans menu to the music of Darren Sterud's New Orleans Tribute Band
Tony Barba on Sax
Darren Sterud on Trombone/Vocals
David Stoler on Keyboard
John Christensen on Bass
Jordan Cohen on Drums and Percussion
Darren Sterud has been an active, young, freelance trombonist in Wisconsin and Minnesota since 2001. While still in high school Darren began playing and touring with Mama Digdown's Brass Band, a popular New Orleans style group from Madison, WI.
He went on to study music performance with Maynard alum, Steve Wiest at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A gifted student, Darren played in the university Jazz Symposium, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Winds. He also started his own band at college, The New Tradition Brass Band.
Darren has played with other active musical groups in Madison including the Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Band, Grupo Candela, The Jimmys and the Clyde Stubblefield Blues Band. In 2010 he was invited to perform in the Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra directed by Stan Kenton alumni, Joel Kaye. He has taken the stage with several Twin Cities bands such as the Jack Brass Band, Southside Aces, Seven Steps to Havana and Charanga Tropical. Darren is always ready for a last minute gig or an open jam session where his joy in performance shows through.
Darren has had the opportunity to share the stage with such groups as B.B. King's All Star Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Leroy Jones, John Allred, The Fabulous Thunder Birds, Trombone Shorty, Los Lobos, Rebirth Brass Band, Stooges Brass Band, Chris Potter and Jiggs Whigham to name a few. He has also toured nationally and internationally to Switzerland, UK, Romania, New York City, Brooklyn, New Orleans, Orlando, Memphis and St. Louis.
In addition to his busy performance schedule, Darren is dedicated to music education, especially the American art form, Jazz. Darren has directed the jazz groups of the UW Whitewater Band Camps and has taught classes in Jazz History and Improvisation. He has given numerous clinics on improvisation and jazz at high schools all around Southern Wisconsin. While in college, he was a highly sought after teacher for individual student lessons. With his recent ventures on the road, Darren had to put teaching on hold but now hopes to return to education. Darren is available for private lessons, band camps and clinics where he can share his passion for music and performance with students.
One of the most versatile, skilled, and curious musicians in Chicago, guitarist Goran Ivanovic has built a career built upon exploration. Born and raised in Croatia, he was in the midst of studying at the prestigious Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria with masters like Elliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch when his parents (his father is a Serb, his mother a Bosnian Croat) were expelled in the late 90s; the family was granted asylum in the US and they settled in Chicago.
Since his arrival he’s displayed a deep interest in collaboration, steadily expanding his stylistic range well beyond the European classical music and Balkan sounds he was fluently
versed in when he arrived. These days his repertoire not only incorporates those disciplines, but jazz and flamenco as well.
He’s recorded duet albums with the great Pakistani-Chilean jazz guitarist Fareed Haque as well as Greek-American musician Andreas Kapsalis. He’s a key member of the quartet Eastern Blok with Matt Ulery, Doug Rosenberg, and Michael Caskey, a combo that deftly surveys the folk music of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Serbia in a distinctly jazz-oriented context, embroidering timeless Balkan melodies and rhythms with sophisticated improvisational gambits.
Most recently, Ivanovic released an eponymous trio album with bassist Ulery and percussionist Pete Tashjian where he’s achieved a stunning assimilation of his many influences, creating a hybrid all his own. Reviewing the new album for All About Jazz, Budd Kopman wrote, “It is easy to get lost in Ivanovic's technique, especially if one plays (or attempts to play) Classical style guitar, in a jazz style or not.” The trio’s agility has also been noted. As Jeff Elbel wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times, “The trio are recognized for their individual virtuosity, but they show particular excellence as a unit able to stop on a dime and twist gracefully through the trickiest hairpin turns together on local stages.”
Tom Gullion (saxophones and flutes), Dave Cooper (trumpet), Vince Fuh (piano), Nick Moran (bass) and Dane Richeson (drums
Musician, saxophonist, and composer Tom Gullion has built a reputation as an intuitive, emotional, and melodic player. During the past two decades, his varied career has included periods of intense performance and also of introspective creativity, and he has emerged as a major force in the contemporary jazz scene.
Gullion grew up in the Indianapolis area, and first studied with master teachers Larry Kirkman and Harry Miedema. He went on to study with David N. Baker at Indiana University, where he cemented his foundation in bebop and modern jazz traditions with fellow students Bob Hurst, Shawn Pelton, Chris Botti, Scott Wendholt, Jack Wilkins, Eric Alexander and others.
When jazz trombone legend J.J. Johnson put together a new quintet in 1988, Gullion, at 22, joined the group along with Cedar Walton, Rufus Reid and Victor Lewis. After several successful U.S. tours, Gullion delayed his professional career to finish his studies with Baker at Indiana.
After his matriculation, Gullion toured the world with various acts, playing first in New York, and then moving to Spain, which served as his base for European performances with the Spanish jazz group Clunia, with whom he recorded a successful CD, Carpe Diem. Apart from his busy schedule with Clunia, Gullion also performed for several broadcast concerts; worked and recorded with the Baldo Martinez Quartet, an avant garde ensemble; and launched the Tom Gullion Trio.
Gullion moved to Chicago in 1995, and quickly established himself in the jazz scene there. He recorded two CDs, Cat's Cradle and Greens and Blues, for Naim Audio (London), which included some of the best players in the Chicago scene: John Moulder (guitar), Rob Amster (bass), Steve Gillis (drums), and Paul Wertico (drums).
Gullion also immersed himself into the creative music scene on several other fronts. He performed and recorded with singer/songwriter Nicholas Barron, keyboardist Eric Levy (formerly with Garaj Mahal) as well as many players in the avant garde tradition (such as Harrison Bankhead, Hamid Drake, and Kahil El Zabar).
In 2002, Gullion moved to rural Wisconsin, where he entered a period of relative seclusion after the frenetic energy of touring and recording. During this period, he honed his skills as a composer, released a solo album of original compositions entitled Catharsis where he performed all the instruments, began performing on 1920s vintage Conn saxophones, and launched Project Fourth Stream, an experimental-music duo with pianist/composer William Neil, with whom he has expanded into new avenues of focused collaboration, improvisation, and theoretical experimentation. The project has performed a steady stream of concerts, including several music festivals, university workshops and collaborations with flautist Hanah Jon Taylor, percussionists Davu Seru and Rich MacDonald.
Gullion has emerged from this period of introspection with a deep, soulful performance style, a sophisticated avant-garde sensibility, and a quicksilver technique. Now, at the peak of his musical maturity, he released two albums: Carswell and Time It Is.
Carswell, which includes original compositions featuring like-minded musicians such as trumpeter David Cooper, pianists Tim Whalen and Vijay Tellis-Nayak, bassists Mark Urness and Shawn Sommer and drummers Dane Richeson and Ernie Adams. "The whole project," Gullion explains, "is about me trying to reach deep and find something that's uniquely mine." For this project, the compositions and the spirit of the band are front and center.
Time It Is contains a mixture of original compositions and cover tunes. This album is a more mature, more spiritually evolved sequel to Carswell. The group (including trumpeter David Cooper, pianist Tim Whalen, bassist Mark Urness, and drummer Ernie Adams) came together as a connected ensemble and brought forth profound music. “Music all starts with the one but doesn’t have meaning until it unifies as oneness.”
Featuring: Nick Moran, Yorel Lashley, Tony Barba, Aaron Goldberg, Nat Mc Intoch, Diano Mosquero, Javier Saume Mazzel.
Acolpados explores the nuances of Latin American and Caribbean folk/popular music by using our voices, the cajon and the guitar to reinvent melody, harmony and rhythm in order to take you on a journey through the music that we love. Come experience music that takes you to the "llanos" of Venezuela, the "solares" of Cuba, the "callejones" of Lima Peru, and leaves you in a place completely different and unexpected..
Based out of East Tennessee, Circus No.9 is a new progressive acoustic group that embraces the influence of Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock, and more. The group has appeared on stage alongside artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, and more. With awarded musicians Matthew Davis (2016 National Banjo Champion, 2017 Rockygrass Banjo Champion), Thomas Cassell (2016 Rockygrass Mandolin Champion), bassist Vince Ilagan, and guitarist Jed Clark, Circus No.9 is taking the new acoustic scene by force.
Major Vistas- 2 Broads, 1 Band & Mambo Blue
Yid Vicious was formed in 1995 in Madison, WI in order to ameliorate the woeful dearth of klezmer in America's otherwise pleasant heartland. Klezmer is Yiddish folk music, music for dancing and celebrating, and no band has caused more dancing and celebrating than Yid Vicious. Except Kool and the Gang, when they had that hit single about celebrating good times, come on; that caused lots of celebrating. But Yid Vicious is next, right after Kool and the Gang.
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 play harmonica-driven tunes with gritty fervor and dynamic energy, and perform with raw exuberance and driving rhythms that make you want to boogie!
Paul Schwoerer wields his harmonica with a chip on his shoulder and plays with nimble intensity while Jesse “Honey Boy” Steinberg injects flurries of guitar riffs into the lively grooves laid down by Jesse Olson (piano), Tim Payne (bass), and Nate Morenek (drums). The Mannish Boys are lucky to have three vocalists in the band. Andy Smith has a soulful and powerful voice, and Paul Schwoerer and Jesse Olson each belt out some tasty tunes as well.
The Mannish Boys have played at a variety of joints and festivals, including AtwoodFest, Bos Meadery, Blooze Krooze: Classic Car & Blues Festival, Brink Lounge, Bacon, Beer, & BBQ Festival, Capital Brewery, Chief’s Tavern, Club Tavern, Concerts at the Portage, Edgewater Hotel, Fiery Foods Festival, Flatted Fifth, the Frequency, Knuckle Down Saloon, Liliana’s, Live In the Park Concert Series in Waunakee, Me & Julio, Mr. Roberts, Nakoma Golf Club, Nomad World Pub, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Orchard Lawn, Riverfront Rondezvous Festival, Tyranena Brewing Company, Up North Bar, Verona Concerts in the Park, Wisconsin Brewing Company, Woodshed Ale House, and WORT Festival.
We’ve been getting rave reviews. For example, Chris Kalmbach (owner of the Knuckle Down Saloon) recently wrote: “It is a very rare thing, and more rare as the years go by, to have a new Blues Band come on the scene with such energy, purpose and talent. I haven’t seen such a thing in many, many years. All of these guys have have very involved lives outside the band, but still throw everything they’ve got into every show. These days we always seem to be looking for new champions to take up the torch for our precious brand of music. These guys wear that mantle like it was made for them. Madison’s Blues scene owes these guys a debt of gratitude. Please support them wherever they play.”
Join us in welcoming home Madison’s own Andrew Christensen as he premiers his debut album in both sight and sound!
The newly christened “darlings of dulcimer-drum-indie-pop” Labrador The Band will lead a supporting lineup that includes members of The Werewolverine, Nate Meng, and other special guests! And our gracious host for this evening will be the one and only Frandu!
Andrew’s much anticipated album “Tomorrow I’m gone” will be released THIS VERY DAY on Madison label Sunday Night Records and available for the release day-only price of $5!
We will be bringing our new album with us and playing cuts off it, so it's going to be a great time!
Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful. Grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has been compared to Prince, Bruno Mars, The Brand New Heavys, and James Brown. The Milwaukee based band has refined their sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk infused rhythms with pop melodies. The three-piece band rehearses tirelessly in Charles’ basement, amidst couches and low ceilings, Charles having to stoop the entire time. Surprisingly, at the band’s shows, there are no fans. There is onlyfamily. The question posed at the beginning of the first song is, Are we family or not? The band evokes positive energy to their family members, who say they always feel better than when they arrived. The Charles Walker Band is Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful.
Charles grew up literally in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by dairy farms and apple orchards, the closest town ten miles away, he found music in six grade. After being presented with various instruments, he desperately wanted to play trombone. However, his music teacher declared he had the perfect mouth for saxophone, and his career was started. Walker, now also keyboardist and vocalist in the band, started the Charles Walker Band 15 years ago, initially as a blues band. When Porsche Carmon joined, a Columbus, OH native and female vocalist, bassist, and hand percussionist in the band, the sound begin to shift towards funk. Eventually, Charles and Porsche became a couple, and together laugh, cry, and argue about how best to plan shows that compete with cell phones and tablets. As a testament to their ability to create an engaging show, one of the band’s family said at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, “I had to go to the bathroom for two hours but held it because I didn’t want to miss a minute!”
The core of the Charles Walker Band is a three piece band. Besides Charles and Porsche, Paris Howard nails down the drums.
The group has opened for national acts including Earth Wind & Fire, the Commodores, BB King, Cameo, Aaron Neville, and Richard Marx. They have been featured on Fox News, NBC Live in the Morning, The Morning Blend, Discover Wisconsin, were the featured artist on the Blues Review and Soul Bag sampler CD’s, being nominated five years in a row for best soul/R&B act by WAMI, winning in 2013.
Counting Ghetto Prophet, the band has released eight albums, each an evolution of sound while retaining roots in positivity. Walker says of Ghetto Prophet, released on Ehlona Records, “One in a Million, where the album’s title originates, tells the story of an impoverished child becoming a success. This child ignores his circumstances because his vision is strong. He holds onto the belief that his dream is possible. That he could be that one in a million. Ultimately he represents the greatness in us all.”
Colly-This show has been cancelled due to transportation trouble. Please watch for rescheduled date.
Colly is an American rock band from Cincinnati, formed in 2017. Recognized most recently for the release of their singles "YOU" and "Loaded". Within the first month of their debut, Colly has already appeared on the Alternative Press "AP Discover" Spotify playlist, and been featured on Idobi Radio. The band consists of lead vocalist Jake Hollen, drummer Andrew Hopkins, guitarist Colin Langdon, guitarist Anthony Morick and bassist and backing vocalist Chris McGrath.
"It’s Friday, the sun’s out, and you’ve got places to be. Yeah, you’ve got the world at your feet, and new kids on the block Colly have the musical road map for you to follow... The song (YOU) sets the bar high for the Cincinnati quintet, and it’s a safe bet you’ll instantly want more the second those synths kick in."