Kind music for kind people. Kind Country is a Jamgrass band playing American standards as well as their own brand of Cosmic American music. Since their formation in 2012, the band has focused creating live performances with high levels of improvisation and energy gathering with a goal of creating a moment of musical bliss that can be shared by audience members and band alike.
Porky’s Groove Machine is the intergalactic ambassador of Wisconsin’s silliest nerd funk. Since forming in the fall of 2011 in Appleton, WI, we’ve spent the last five years playing around Wisconsin, touring the Midwest and East Coast twice, and even opening for Guster at Indianapolis’s Old Egyptian Room! With a three-piece horn section and an auxiliary percussionist on top of a traditional rock rhythm section, our sophisticated musicality and not-so-sophisticated humor has been described by Julian Loida of WIUX (Bloomington, IN) as “the vibe of the B-52s and the Flaming Lips combined with the sound of Phish, G. Love and Special Sauce, and New Orleans music.” Releases include our 2016 presidential campaign platform, “Make America Funk Again” (July 2016), in addition to “Magic Brunch” (May 2014) and “This Would Be A Great Present For My Grandma” (November 2011).
The No Name String Band is a collective of Madison-area musicians lead by claw-hammer banjo player Brian Zimmerman and guitarist Matt Manske.
They combine a broad understanding of traditional Appalachian old-time music with a slew of original acoustic compositions. The music ranges from fiddle-led, foot-stomping barn dances to slower, introspective classical-bluegrass numbers.
It’s telling that Rosie Flores’ e-mail handle begins “chickwpick…” In a long and eclectic career of singing, songwriting and performing, no phrase has ever described the San Antonio native better or more concisely.
But now, with the release of her latest album, Flores takes square aim at a genre she has only sampled heretofore. Simple Case of the Blues showcases Flores in a new light, as a seasoned performer steeped in life’s uncompromising lessons. At once torchy, soulful, heartfelt and yearning, the songs on Simple Case of the Blues are not for the emotionally naïve—it’s the music you make when you’ve come through joy and heartbreak and back again.
If you could soundtrack the jangle of the sea and the jazz of the surf, The Mattson 2 would most certainly be the composers. The identical twin guitar and drums duo are truly a marvel of jazz-rock orchestration and arrangement. The duo shimmers and shakes with the soaring modern wizardry of Jared Mattson's untamed, layered guitars and Jonathan Mattson's tribal jazz hard-bop drumming. They channel the gorgeously hypnotic gods of surf, sun, and neon-punk-jazz of our modern universe, evoking evolved realms of experimentalism, rhythm, and story. The identical twin’s deep telepathic kinship navigates colorful forms of beautiful weirdness and exotic landscapes of layered improvisation, transcending the concept of modern musical performance.
“Soul-Pop duo on the edge of a breakthrough.” - Popdust
“Lawrence boasts classic songwriting that would turn the hearts of America away from its material interests and to beauty and higher aims.” - The Deli Magazine
“The rich nine-piece arrangements pay tribute to Motown, Muscle Shoals, and everything in between…” - Relix Magazine
“Each [song] was keyboard-driven, energetic and featured the mind-blowing vocal arrangements of Clyde and Gracie.” - Pancakes and Whiskey
"Why You Should Pay Attention: Already cult favorites in Nashville, Cordovas have built honorary home bases across the globe, thanks to recurring shows in Todos Santos, Mexico – where ringleader Joe Firstman runs the yearly Tropic of Cancer Concert Series – and a touring schedule that recently including headlining gigs in Sweden and a stateside run alongside the Turnpike Troubadours. The band's sound, though, is decidedly American. Caught halfway between Duane Allman's Telecaster twang, the Dead's hazy harmonies and the stoned swoon of California's folk-rock heyday, Cordovas wring new life from older influences, hoisting their freak flag high on their upcoming album, That Santa Fe Channel."
Rolling Stone Magazine
What happens when a guy who has the same name as the villain from Die Hard becomes roommates with a punk whose accomplishments include “bouncing around a mosh pit” and finding time to watch every episode of Street Sharks? They form a band, of course! Throw in a surprisingly coherent drummer (he's secretly a college Dean), a songwriting machine bassist with a liberal approach to fashion, manic hardcore tunes, some conspiracy-fueled paranoia, the occasional Harry Belafonte cover, and the result is Hans Gruber and the Die Hards!
One of the staples of Madison's vibrant music scene, The People Brothers Band is an 8-piece Rhythm & Soul powerhouse whose only desire is to get you moving on the dance floor. They are the winners of the MAMA Award for 2015 Pop/R&B Album of the Year & 2013 Blues Album & Blues Song of the Year and the WAMI Award for 2014 R&B Band of the Year. Most importantly they are a family who's love for music and playing together shines brightly through each performance.
Nicholas Raymond is a multi instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer & collaborator. Touring nationally, he remains dedicated to each moment on stage. He is most known for his animated drumming/singing while fronting the rock & roll group The Traveling Suitcase. Raymond shares his vulnerable side in his passion for story telling & folk music. Recording and performing with Brandon Domer, his musical companion of 16 years, these two are a laboratory of soundscapes. Nicholas has an original & authentic approach to his art, often playing his guitar filled with rhythm & unique tunings. A voice that carries & defines any space with or without a microphone.
The soulful Syrian-American vocalist and his ensemble raised over $11,000 during the preorder campaign for their full-length album, Elements (2017), with over $3,000 in donations for humanitarian aid in Syria. Their album was premiered by Noisey (Vice) and led to their involvement in the nationally-acclaimed SXSW showcase ContraBanned: #MusicUnites featuring artists from the diaspora of the countries targeted by the travel ban. They've since been featured on PRI, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Paste Magazine, Huffington Post, NowThis, and many others. In addition to performing in clubs and festivals across the nation, Bassel partners with universities and charity organizations nationwide to host seminars, workshops, and benefit concerts drawing attention to the crisis in Syria.
New Primitives features two Mid-western Rock and Country Hall of Fame members, Stanley Kipper and Chico Perez, friends since early childhood. They have won multiple music awards including four MN Music Academy Awards for "Best Performance" and "Best Reggae/World Band."
New Primitives is a juggernaut of multi cultural soul music that never fails to get a crowd on its feet, they have been knocking out crowds nationwide since 2003 and continue to explore their deepest musical roots!
"We grew up listening to Radiohead and the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd," says Griffin Sherry, guitarist/singer in The Ghost Of Paul Revere. "Everyone assumed we were a bluegrass band because we were playing these traditional instruments, but we weren’t writing traditional music. We were just writing songs with the instruments we had."
The result is a sound that the Portland, Maine-based band describes as "holler folk," not because it involves a lot of hollering, per se, but because it invokes the rich communal tradition of field hollers, with their call-and-response melodies, sing-along hooks, and densely layered harmonies. That sense of musical camaraderie is essential to everything The Ghost of Paul Revere does, and nowhere is it more evident than their sophomore album, ''Monarch.'
Often described as a "Cowboy from the Crypt", Timmy The Teeth (aka Timothy George) has unknowingly found his way to the forefront of a new musical brand as genuine as his personality. After years behind the drum kit for frequent collaborators Joshua James and Desert Noises, Timmy The Teeth has now emerged as a unique voice at the forefront of the Utah music scene. Drawing from a tradition that spans a great deal of the traditional American songbook, Timmy has created his own brand of “outlaw.” Keeping a lighthearted confidence while singing about the kinds of things we're all thinking but not saying. Recorded in his hometown of American Fork, UT, Timmy The Teeth's latest release, Ain't That Bad, was produced and co-written with Joshua James, and offers a bold, humorous, and hooky follow up to TtT's debut LP, Just Another Day.
Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist Joseph Huber was a founding member of the .357 String Band--a group that, despite its abrupt break-up, still continues to gain popularity and is known as one of the most influential groups in the recent insurgent underground country and bluegrass movement. Having moved from .357, Huber has honed his songwriting abilities immensely and now continues moving onward and upward captivating folks with his sincere and well-crafted songs under his own name and with his backing band. Whether it's irresistible, fiddle-driven, dancing tunes or honest, heart-wrenching "songwriter" songs, Huber spans the spectrum of 'Roots' music while preferring not to stay within the boundaries of any strict genre classification.
Advanced tickets on sale now! $10 General Admission (Standing Room Only), $20 Reserved Seating. Doors open at 6PM.
Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum didn't grow up with the plan of playing music together — it took until they were in their late teenage years to start learning the guitar and realizing the endless bounds of their voices, particularly in unison. It was then that they started listening to Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers and other old country and blues greats, gigging around their hometown of Minneapolis and gaining a following for their vintage-leaning, pristine harmonies and ability to make time-warped but vibrant music. It was enough to catch the eye (or ear) of fellow retro-revivalist JD McPherson, who offered to produce their debut LP You're Dreaming — a slick and satisfying throwback to an era where concise melodies and tight vocals were far more praised than studio trickery. – Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone hailed SZLACHETKA as one of the 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know, describing his forthcoming album as "a soundtrack for both the highway and the heartland... a collection of road-dog roots-rockers and Americana ballads inspired by the people (and places) he's left behind in the rearview mirror."
SZLACHETKA (pronounced SLA-HET-KA) draws your gaze back to a simpler time when music was less about stylized production and more about its experiential nature. His songwriting finds inspiration in the threads that connect us, weaving a tapestry of familiar moments that pay homage to the past while leaning into a future that promises both wonder and grace.
Help us welcome the students of the Birch Creek Jazz program! Along with the incredible learning experience, they will perform on our outdoor stage. Birch Creek's Jazz program offers students a unique learning experience at levels of jazz performance not found in most other jazz programs in America. The program gives students an effective combination of experiences to help them master the fundamentals of jazz while establishing professional attitudes by playing side-by-side with some of today's top performers and educators.
Purposefully striding through a field of 60’s soul and guitar-driven blues rock, Horace Greene has set up camp in Oshkosh, WI where they brew their own unique brand of alternative rock n’ roll. The 3-piece, consisting of Tony Oakley (Vocals/Guitar), Sam Swetlik (Bass), and Mitch Washebek (Drums), is quickly picking up steam in the Fox Valley area and has plans to expand their sound to the Southern and West Coast of the US.
The Go Rounds are bits of all your favorite bands exploded into rock n roll confetti. Their unique brand of Psychedelic Americana Pop crosses, blends, and deconstructs genres; from indie to country to art-rock and baroque folk; creating an accessible and engaging experience that will leave you talking.
Advanced tickets on sale now! $20 General Admission, $30 Reserved Seating ($25 GA, $35 reserved seating at the door). Doors open at 6PM.
"Lane's been touring nonstop since the release of 2014's Dan Auerbach-produced All or Nothin', hitting events like Willie Nelson's Heartbreaker Banquet and the Blake Shelton-headlined Stagecoach Festival. She's played with Shakey Graves and Spiritualized, and, soon, she'll open for Jenny Lewis and Social Distortion through the fall. But country radio hasn't been so friendly to her outlaw-spirited songs, which extol the benefits of one-night-stands and spill over with slinky, Seventies-era inspirations cased in a streetwise, modern shell that's as unapologetic as Johnny Cash's middle finger.” – Marissa Moss, Rolling Stone
LowDown Brass Band (LDB) deftly synthesizes the gritty sounds of Chicago with the high energy second-line street beat of the Crescent City. LDB brandishes a powerful brass frontline of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, with a funky backline of drums and sousaphone. Combining the poetic ferocity of Billa Camp with stellar vocal harmonies, adventurous improvisation, movement, and grooves, LDB creates an infectious and diverse sound that has something for every listener.
Greg Butera is a performer from Houston, TX, living in Santa Fe, NM.
His debut solo record "Tell Me Now" won Best Album of the Year in Santa Fe after its March 2016 release.
"Call it folk. Call it country. Call it americana. Call it whatever. Greg Butera is creating music deeply rooted in America’s rich traditional past." - Mecca Lecca
Well-Known Strangers has been entertaining Midwest audiences with their cello infused, alternative pop/rock sound. Members Joe Adamek (acoustic guitar), Betsy Ade (lead vocals, guitar), Sacia Jerome (cello, background vocals), Theodore Koth (lead guitar, background vocals) Roger Gower (drums/percussion) and John Kulas (bass guitar) just released their new EP "Path Away" on May 4th and radio stations around the country are spinning & streaming their single "Sidewalk". Together, the band members have an amazing mix of musical knowledge and education that provides a unique sound that is reminiscent of familiar of music from the ‘90s while being expressively groundbreaking and melodically rich. They have been humbled by their success and performing with acts that include Blind Melon, Blue October, Candlebox, and many more. While Ade and Adamek do most of the songwriting, it’s the band’s creative spark and sonic diversity that are the driving force behind their sound.
Blue grass, Americana, super talented musicians. Playing music and bringing out the responsible pet owner in you since 2015.
"Watch out for these guys" - Jeremy Garrett of the Infamous Stringdusters
"I really like your new project, great sound" - Konrad Wert of Possessed by Paul James
"A group of extremely talented musicians" - Kyle La Valley of Majestic Madison Management
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Allegedly founded at a bible camp, and born in the back valleys of Western Wisconsin, Them Coulee Boys craft a brand of Americana that blends punk, bluegrass, and rock & roll. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, and a lone kick drum provide the pulse that drives underneath the conversational yet thoughtful lyrics. (The Spectator)
Dig Deep is a four-piece string band based out of Wisconsin that has in a very short time become a truly unique voice and a cornerstone of the thriving Midwest roots community. Through tireless full-time touring throughout the upper Midwest and across the country, the release of an acclaimed debut album, numerous high-profile festival and theater appearances, as well as the organizing of Indianhead Mountain's annual Mountain Top Festival, Dig Deep has earned love from fans, respect from musicians, and rapport with venues and events with their well-honed, hard-edged sound and their boisterous, dynamic performances.
"Hailing from Seattle, The Dip is an electrifying seven-piece ensemble that melds vintage rhythm and blues and modern pop with "impeccably crafted, 60's-steeped soul" (KEXP). The group quickly gained notoriety throughout the Pacific Northwest for their eminently danceable live shows that feature the powerful vocals of frontman Tom Eddy (Beat Connection), bolstered by the deep pocket of their unmistakably detailed rhythm section, and the spirited melodies of “The Honeynut Horns”."
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Gin Mill Hollow is a 3-piece Madison, Wisconsin-based semi-acoustic rock group. The band consists of Dan Plourde on electric guitar and uke-bass, Joshua "Juice" Giudice on the mandolin and Mark Norman playing acoustic guitar and upright bass. Vocal duties are shared by all three musicians, and their string-band approach is augmented by the use of Porchboard kick-drum emulators in lieu of a drummer for a little extra foot-stomping rhythm. Their sound incorporates elements of bluegrass, folk and Americana, and they draw from influences that include The Wood Brothers, Tom Petty, The Band, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan.