Free Event Parking provided by our kind neighbors at Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E Gorham St,)
Event Schedule and Acts:
Macha Tea Co. (823 E Johnson St) 6-9:30pm
6-7:30pm – Lesser Lakes Trio
8-9:30pm – A Night of Poetry and Jazz hosted by Rob Dz and The Joe White Trio featuring Oscar Mireles and Poet Fabu
Lumen (845 E Johnson St) 7-10pm
7-8pm – Carolynn Schwartz Black with Cliff Frederiksen and John Widdicombe
8:30-10pm The Five Points Jazz Collective
Good Style Shop (817 E Johnson St) 7:30-11:00pm
7:30pm-9pm – Brennan Connors and Stray Passage
9:30pm-11pm – Left Field Quartet
Showcase for the NextGen Jazz Musicians at RVM Classics
(852 E Johnson St) 5:30pm-7pm
5:30-6:15pm – Cafe CODA’s Student Jazz Jam Ensemble “Be Natural”
6:30-7:00pm – West High School’s Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers
Event details via Nick Moran of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium:
Eight bands. Six hours of continuous live music. Four different venues on Madison’s ultra hip East Johnson Street. And no cover charges. These are the makings “Strollin’ East Johnson Street” presented this year by the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium and Prime Urban Properties. Now in its fourth year, this popular “jazz stroll” series features a staggered performance schedule that makes it easy for attendees to stroll from venue to venue and sample many different musical styles.
“Strollin’ East Johnson Street” is the tenth “jazz stroll” produced by the Jazz Consortium in a series that began three years ago at Schenk’s Corners on Madison’s East Side, and it’s been warmly embraced by each of its host communities. Once again, the Consortium’s Nick Moran has booked an intriguing mix of bands showcasing the wide range of instrumental and vocal jazz styles regularly available to Dane County audiences.
Strollin’ East Johnson is made possible by sponsorships from Prime Urban Properties as well as contributions from each host venue, free will contributions from Strollin’ attendees, grants from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation and Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission and promotional support from Isthmus, WORT-FM, and Wisconsin Public Radio.
For the past three winter seasons, local folk musicians, headed by Anna Vogelzang, have banded together to present Wintersong, an all-ages holiday show to benefit Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. In 2014 alone – thanks to a packed Barrymore Theatre – over $10,000 was raised, providing 30,252 meals for families and individuals who struggle with hunger. Since 2012, Wintersong has raised 40,452 meals to help end hunger in southwestern Wisconsin.
The public is invited to join musicians Anna Vogelzang, Phox, Love High, Corey Mathew Hart, Faux Fawn, Crane Your Swan Neck, and special guests as the band of merrymakers cover holiday tunes, perform seasonal group numbers, and raise donations for Second Harvest Foodbank in this family-friendly, fun-filled event’s fourth year.
The concert, presented by Majestic Live & the Barrymore Theater, will take place at the Barrymore Saturday December 12, 2015 at 8PM. This event is generously supported by the Isthmus, Wisconsin Public Radio, Furthermore Beer and WORT.
Guests will also hear from Kris Tazelaar of Second Harvest. A raffle with prizes from many local businesses will be held during the evening as well.
Concert tickets are $18 in advance, on sale at B-Side Records, Frugal Muse, Strictly Discs, Star Liquor, MadCity Music, Sugar Shack and the Barrymore. Charge tickets at 608-241-8633, or order online at BarrymoreLive.com. On the day of the show, tickets will be available for $20 at the door, for $18 with a non-perishable food donation or a student ID, or for $10 for children under 12. Non-perishable donations are welcome. For more details, see Wintersong-Madison.com.
About Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, southwestern Wisconsin’s largest hunger-relief organization, is a non-profit organization that is committed to ending hunger in 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties through community partnerships. By focusing on a multipronged approach that includes food distribution, increasing participation in public and private food programs, and mobilizing the public, it serves nearly 141,000 people who struggle with hunger each year; 43% of whom are children. From July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 Second Harvest Foodbank, together with its more than 225 partner agencies and programs, provided 12.6 million meals to those facing hunger. It is one of 200 members of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. For more information, visit SecondHarvestMadison.org.
– via Barrymore Theatre: “For the past two winter seasons, local folk musicians, headed by Anna Vogelzang, have banded together to present Wintersong, an all-ages holiday show to benefit Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. In 2013 alone—thanks to a sold-out crowd at the Majestic Theater—over $2,500 was raised, providing 7,545 meals for families and individuals who struggle with hunger. Since 2012, Wintersong has raised 10,200 meals to help end hunger in southwestern Wisconsin.
The public is invited to join musicians Anna Vogelzang, Count This Penny, Corey Hart, Paul Otteson & Faux Fawn, Whitney Mann, Crane Your Swan Neck, and Dietrich Gosser as the band of merrymakers cover holiday tunes, perform seasonal group numbers, and raise donations for Second Harvest Foodbank in this fun-filled event’s third year.
The concert, presented by Majestic Live & the Barrymore Theatre, will take place at the Barrymore Saturday December 13, 2014 at 8PM. This event is generously supported by the Isthmus, Wisconsin Public Radio, Furthermore Beer and WORT.
Guests will also hear from Dan Stein, Second Harvest’s President/CEO. A raffle with prizes from many localbusinesses, including the grand prize of a $300 dinner at L’Etoile Restaurant, will be held during the evening as well.“
Brennan Connors & Stray Passage (featuring Tim Russell subbing in for Geoff Brady on percussion) will be playing Friday, 5/23 at Thorps Salon for the first ever “Madison Jazz Crawl“! We’re thrilled to play along side our buddies John Christensen & Devin Drobka as they shape-shift into Lesser Lakes Trio! The first show that Stray Passage ever played was at Audio For the Arts with John & Devin (then performing with Luke Polipnick as Deconunisms). This year I have been the house bass player at The Mason Lounge every Tuesday night from 9-12 with the 5 Points Jazz Collective. Charlie Painter, jazz guitarist & 5-Points band leader, will be performing with his Trio at One Barrel Brewing. If you’re around for the late sets, don’t forget to swing by Alchemy Cafe to hear saxophonist Tony Barba guest with Paddy Cassidy & El Clan Destino!
Come on out ‘n bop around! Celebrate Jazz in Madison & the wonderful, unique local establishments found on Schenk’s Corners!
“Year-end lists tend to be nice and trim, while local music is messy: provincial yet sprawling, repetitive yet ever-changing, frustrating yet exciting. To provide some perspective, I’ll discuss a few factors that altered Madison’s music community in 2012, and what these changes mean for the future.
Changes at local concert venues — from the most ornate old theater to the scrappiest little DIY space — touched almost everyone this year. After struggling with structural decay and feuding management, the Orpheum Theatre landed in foreclosure. As great as the Orpheum is, it’s brought us some horrors in recent years, such as a shoddy, awkwardly high concert stage and dead-of-winter movie screenings with the heat turned off. I’m thankful that the competent, Madison-based concert promoter Frank Productions is at least temporarily taking over. Frank will reopen the venue with a New Year’s Eve show featuring local rock band Hometown Sweethearts and DJs VON, Mad Major Melvin and Wyatt Agard, and has booked some big-name acts for 2013, including Passion Pit and Yonder Mountain String Band. But it remains to be seen if the company will tackle the costly, long-term renovations the Orpheum deserves.
The uncertainty hasn’t spared small venues, either. The all-agesProject Lodge left its East Johnson Street space this fall and has yet to find a new location. The tiny Dragonfly Lounge became a surprisingly important venue for local and regional bands, thanks to a few musicians’ dogged booking efforts, which will continuewith the Lost City Winter Series.
Darwin Sampson, owner of the small downtown club the Frequency, recently announced a business partnership with Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie of the Majestic Theatre, who have funded a sound-system upgrade and will assume a greater role in booking. The Majestic has already started booking and promoting shows at small local venues such as Redamte Coffee House, the Loft at the Goodman Community Center, and East Main Street’s Anglophile-themed joint, the Rigby. It’s not clear how much they’ll shift the Frequency’s offerings away from local bands and toward more lucrative touring acts.
Sampson recently told me that Madison musicians may have too many opportunities to perform, and that shows booked too close together can dilute the draw of these acts. Often, he says, a local band will play for free at a place like Mickey’s Tavern just a week or two before a Frequency show, making it harder to bring in cover charges and alcohol sales that, ultimately, keep live music afloat. Still, I sense that local bands are frustrated with traditional venues. As the year went on, I noticed more and more shows at houses, the bike shop Revolution Cycles and the new art space Bright Red Studios. A recording studio, Audio for the Arts, also brought in a small but dedicated following as it hosted the Surrounded By Reality experimental-jazz series.
Whether I was attending a show at the Dragonfly, Mickey’s or someone’s apartment, I found it hard to overlook the productivity of Madison’s avant-garde musicians. One of the acts I saw most frequently was Spiral Joy Band, who use fiddles, harmonium and sometimes even gongs to summon drone-based pieces of exhausting length. During a residency at the Dragonfly before two members moved away from Madison, free-jazz trio Glacier collaborated live with all sorts of musicians, from sax and flute improviser Hanah Jon Taylor to tabla player Todd Hammes. At State Street’s Dobra Tea, I kicked off my shoes and sat on a pillow to watch Madison throat-singer DB Pedersen and the avant-classical Watercourse Quartet perform an improvisational one-off.
“Ebenezer Scrooge needed visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future to uncover his charitable side. One imagines it was far easier to convince a gang of local musicians to come together for Heat Aid, a new performance series designed to benefit the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund.
The three-week series, which kicks off on Saturday December 1, was put together by Arts Extract, a weekly podcast focused on the Madison-area arts scene, and features performances by a diverse array of local acts, including one-man jug band Boo Bradley and mellow singer-songwriter Dietrich Gosser.
All of the shows are scheduled to take place at MadCity Music Exchange, 600 Williamson St. Admission to each all-ages event is free, though there is a suggested donation of $5 to the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund, a non-profit organization that helps local residents maintain heat and power in times of emergency — an absolute necessity as the temperatures continue to plummet into the winter.
Attendees will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for prizes donated by the Fund and MadCity Music Exchange, with all proceeds going to the charity.
Visit madisonartsextract.com for more information about the event and kwwf.org for more information about the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund or to make an online donation.”
Here is the full schedule of performers:
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m.: Boo Bradley
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.: DB Pederson, the Brothers Grimm and Spires That in the Sunset Rise
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m.: Dietrich Gosser and the Tiny Band
“Sorry, Wisconsin, but your winters are brutal. Beautiful as they might be the day after that first snowfall, the rest of the season is, for most, a struggle to stay warm outside. For an unfortunate few, the fight continues indoors, as heat is a luxury they can’t afford. That’s why, beginning this Saturday, the Madison music community will gather to launch a free concert series called Heat Aid.
Taking place at local record storeMadCity Music Exchangethree Saturdays in a row — Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. — the performances will feature a variety of Madison musicians, with all proceeds going to the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund, a statewide nonprofit that helps low-income residents get the heat and air conditioning they need.
Presented by the hosts of local podcast Arts Extract, the concert series was a straightforward way to bring together various cells of the music community while supporting a worthy cause. Scott Gordon (an Isthmus contributor) recruited the series’ musicians. The mention of helping needy neighbors rallied several local musicians almost immediately.
“The whole [music] slate is just a testament to the generosity that Madison musicians have when it comes to supporting a good cause,” says Arts Extractcontributor Mark Riechers.
Boo Bradley’s singer, Scott “Boo” Kiker, once received financial support from the Fund himself.
“It made it that much easier for me to help out,” he says, recalling how the Fund helped him fill propane tanks with gas to keep warm during a winter in the country. “Winter is a real issue here. I grew up down south, and there you can live through winter without heat. You wouldn’t be comfortable, but you could do it. Here, you just can’t. It’s a life-and-death matter.”
The Fund forges community partnerships and relies on the support of private donors as well. They work hard to spend every penny effectively.
“We’re very proud of the fact that we keep our administration costs at 5% or less, meaning that every time you donate a dollar, 95 cents of that is going to help somebody literally stay warm,” says the Fund’s events director, Angela Flickinger.
In other words, Heat Aid attendees can step into a cozy shop filled with good music, and they can leave feeling a bit warmer inside.”
narrative | section: Wisconsin’s Own | World directed by: Thom Anthony screenplay: Thom Anthony editor: Nicklaus Reichel cinematography: Jacob Lipke production assistant: Jennifer Claire Ruetten music: Brian Grimm producer: Nicklaus Reichel cast: Arthur Noble, Dominique Chestand, Alan Struthers, Morgan Boland, Thom Anthony
synopsis: In the days prior to Halloween, Walt tinkers in his basement, plays chess in a laundromat with his friend Rhonda, and becomes lost in classical music. Art, friendship, and the ability to see things differently all intertwine in this touching film shot right here in Madison.