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
Mid-2017, The Tillers holed up at Candyland Recording Studio in Dayton, KY with producer Mike Montgomery (Jeremy Pinnell, The Breeders) and tracked ten new songs, live to 2” tape. The recordings showcase the diversity of their writing and musicianship, from hard-tackle thump to tender graceful melody – lightening-fast banjo to intricate guitar flat picking, plaintive fiddle, deep anchoring bass and clear tenor harmonies. Fueled by life, family, history, travel and politics, the new self-titled LP is the band’s most engaging record to date. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Sean Geil says of the new record, “This album is definitely more aggressive than past efforts. At our core we are still a traditionally rooted string band, but I’d say our punk rock roots are more visible on this album. And the addition of Joe Macheret on fiddle has added a new dynamic and allowed us to explore new territories as well as fill out the overall sound.”
Catch the Tillers at the Sugar Maple Fest Friday, August 3.
Don’t miss out! Buy your early bird tickets before June 1 and save
To mark its 15th year, the Sugar Maple Music Festival will offer even more family-friendly fun, plus a stellar line-up of diverse and talented musicians you won’t hear on the same stage anywhere else.
Held Aug. 3-4 at Lake Farm County Park in Madison, the festival showcases American roots music including Americana, bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, cowboy music, Old Time and more. The interactive event also includes jams for beginners and experienced musicians alike and a stage devoted entirely to interviews and workshops with and by musicians.
But for the 15th year there will be even more fun. A climbing wall for all ages and a make-an-instrument workshop for kids will add to the excitement. There will even be youth performances when students from local groups MadFiddle and Music con Brio take to both stages to show their stuff on Saturday.
We are also we are working on having the option of “assisted listening” available at this year’s festival.
And there’s more.
In addition to the popular Saturday morning Bloody Mary jam, this year Sarah Driscoll of the Awful Purdies, an eclectic all-woman band from Iowa, will lead a Vinyasa flow yoga session for all levels and body types. And, of course you won’t want to miss our stellar musical line up, culminating in a Saturday evening performance by The Travelin’ McCourysthat will make you want to kick up your heels.
What are you waiting for? Buy your tickets now, before the price goes up June 1!
What if you could combine the instrumental artistry and youthful vigor of the Punch Brothers, Crooked Still and the Dave Rawlings Machine? Turns out it would sound like Hawktail, the acoustic instrumental supergroup featuring four of the most influential and talented musicians in bluegrass and roots music today. Brittany Haas (fiddle), Jordan Tice (guitar), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), and Madison native Paul Kowert (bass) have established knockout reputations as bandmates, collaborators, songwriters and and performers in the uppermost echelons of the acoustic music world.
The previous version of the band, Haas Kowert Tice, became Hawktail with the addition of mandolin virtuoso Leslie late last year, and their first album as a quartet, this year’s Unless, is already receiving rave reviews. Read more at No Depression, The Journal of Roots Music. You will be hearing about this band and these musicians for years to come—and one of their first stops will be at the Sugar Maple festival this year!
–written by Brad Wolbert
Tuneful melodies, eloquent lyrics telling arresting stories, powerful guitar work and a clear, honest voice – these are the building block of the best Americana, and one of the most dazzling practitioners of the art form working today is Sam Broussard. The Sugar Maple Festival is excited to welcome Sam to the stage this year, to share with us the same magic that defines his acclaimed solo albums and his impossibly long list of credits with roots legends Sonny Landreth, Michael Doucet, T-Mamou, and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, along with Linda Ronstadt, Michael Murphey, April Verch and many others.
Sam conjures his uniquely inventive open-tuned guitar wizardry from the fertile southern Louisiana French music culture that formed him, refracted through four decades of touring and the countless records (some Grammy-nominated) on which his aggressive Cajun/funk/slide hybrid stylings have been featured. Sam can do anything on guitar: for just one example, watch his intricate fingerpicking on Vinie Jilie:
–written by Brad Wolbert