Calling ALL musicians: Music con Brio is proud to present a Summer Workshop Series event featuring bluegrass band Circus No. 9! These acoustic freaks of nature feature five-string wonder Matthew Davis, who followed up his 2016 National Banjo Championship win with a crown as champ at the 2017 Rockygrass Festival. The band hails from East Tennessee and puts the “pro” in progressive bluegrass sounds.
Come spend the day hanging with the guys pickin’ some tunes, experimenting with bluegrass style, and jamming together in concert! Open to ALL musicians with at least two years experience on their instrument. Generously sponsored by the Sugar Maple Music Festival and the Goodman Community Center.
Date and time: Sunday, July 1, 10am – 5 pm
(Free concert at 4 pm featuring Circus No. 9 and all participants)
Location: Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St Madison 53704
What you get: 3 workshop sessions and concert with Circus No. 9.
Lunch, snack & t-shirt provided.
Cost: $60 (need-based scholarships available)
Register online at: www.musicconbrio.org
Last year, the nonprofit Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective (FLTMC) gave a scholarship to Madison’s MadFiddle, a youth fiddle ensemble led by musician and teacher Shauncey Ali. We recently followed up with Shauncey to learn what he did with the scholarship and this is what he told us.
“I wanted to use the scholarship to impact as many young people as possible, while also touching on a youth population for which private violin lessons might be less common.
In December, I constructed a 40-minute “History of American Folk Music” presentation that was equal parts lecture and performance. It outlined a historic overview of the development of folk music in the U.S., emphasizing the impact that immigration and slavery have had on existing genres.
I presented a series of assemblies at Glendale Elementary School, to a student body that is 75 percent Hispanic, African-American and Asian.
Then in April I did a brief residency with Glendale’s fifth grade strings class, which occurs concurrently with recess. I was amazed to learn that these students had elected to learn a stringed instrument over running around on the playground. It was very special to share traditional fiddle tunes and songs with students for whom this experience was new.”
We at the Sugar Maple couldn’t be more impressed – or humbled. Glad we could play a small part in this important work that connects youth with music and history.
Looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Come to the Barrymore Theatre at 1 p.m., February 12th, for the 16th Annual United Way Bluegrass Benefit. Six bands and performers are volunteering their time and talents with all proceeds going to United Way of Dane County. Longtime United Way advocate Dave Kinney has organized this concert since its inception.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to bring your entire family to a fun and entertaining event while giving back to our community,” said Kinney. “I’m proud of the positive change United Way brings to our community and I love that I can contribute to that change with this concert.”
Over the last 16 years, this annual concert has grown in popularity among bluegrass fans and families who are looking for kid-friendly activities. Thank you to Barrymore Theatre, Steve Gotcher (Audio for the Arts), WORT 89.9 FM and Isthmus for their partnership.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 – 12. Children 5 and under are free. For families, there is a maximum cost of $20. Tickets are available at the door and online.
Program of Performers
Cork ‘n Bottle String Band 1:00 p.m.
Sparetime Bluegrass 2:00 p.m.
Dave Landau – The King of Kids Music 2:30 p.m.
MadFiddle & Highway 151 3:00 p.m.
The Soggy Prairie Boys 4:20 p.m.
Old Tin Can String Band 5:00 p.m.
We are thrilled to welcome back Marcia Miquelon to lead activities at our kids tent Saturday afternoon, August 6. Marcia is director of the Wild Rumpus Circus Camp and will engage young festival-goers with activities such as hooping, juggling, feather balancing, acrobatics, and more… Dance, music and circus arts make a perfect accompaniment to our own “Big Top!”
Since 2002, the Wild Rumpus Circus Camp has been offering kids ages 7 and up the chance to explore stilt walking, trapeze, acrobatics, clowning, juggling, tight wire walking, pantomime, physical theater, circus history and more! The camp promotes confidence and cooperation through action, emphasizing focused development of circus skills while having fun together. Whether the skill at hand is balance, coordination, strength, flexibility or creative expression, students gain self-esteem, learn valuable lessons about teamwork and tolerance, and develop their physical and mental agility.