CELEBRATING 20+ YEARS OF SCARY GOOD MUSIC WITH A MISSION
Looking to play here? We like to hear from musicians we don’t know about but… if you want to see if you’ll fit, look at this page here.
All shows are at the North Madison Congregational Church, 1271 Durham Rd, Madison. See you here soon!!
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Ticket Sales or Reservations:
1A: You don’t need reservations. Usually. Each show will tell you if it’s sold out. Reservations just guarantee you a seat, and the earlier you reserve, the closer you’ll be. In all cases, we reserve space for you late-planning walk-ins. Get there at 6:30 if that’s the case!
1B:To reserve seats or for more information for these shows please send us an email. All seats are assigned and reserved in the order in which they come in, so if you reserve early, you get good seats. If the link isn’t working for you, the email is: workdog(at)mindspring.com, or call Charlie at 203-668-3735. Leave a message if he can’t hear the phone due to tools powering away.
1C: Pay at the door, always. Cash or check is fine. We don’t do the pre-pay thing because we’re too lazy to figure it out. Plus, if you’re sick or something, you’re already miserable, and losing the price of a ticket makes it worse.
We are the only concert venue with a mission.We want to educate, inspire, and yes, entertain. Not to waste space here, please look at the “workshops: the mission” page to see what we mean. Virtually EVERY concert is a fundraiser for a local non-profit.
After a great show by Harpeth Rising, it’s on to:
October 20, 7:00 PM
Straight out of The New England Conservatory (well, maybe a couple of years after graduating) comes this incredibly fun and eclectic group. It’s a big band, 6 members, with some pretty unique instrumentation. The sound comes from every nook and cranny of the planet. Scandinavia, Appalachia, Klezmer, classical, and so on. Nothing gets left out of this pot o’ musical goodness. Too much fun. Adults $25, kids high school and under, $5.00 This show will benefit the StreetCred New Haven organization, which works to help folks living below the poverty line complete and submit their taxes at no cost, so they can get the credits they need to actually buy food.
December 1, 7:00 PM
It’s our annual sort-of holiday show. This time, we put the challenge to good friend Yann Falquet and his band Genticorum. The standard-bearers of Quebecois music, they’ll sprinkle in some of the traditional Christmas tunes you’d be likely to hear way up north. Adults $25, kids high school and under, $5.00
John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band (J2B2)
John, of course, has been to the series before with his Quintet, all gypsy-jazz. But long before that, he was a founder of The Desert Rose Band along with Herb Pederson. This takes us back to those times…sort of. Here, John ups the ante and stays in a more traditional bluegrass-styled groove (but, hey, its John, so there are fireworks other bluegrass bands just can’t deliver) that mixes old and new. It’s easy to forget that this Grammy-winning guitar player was voted “best guitarist” by all sorts of different organizations, jazz, bluegrass, rock, blues.. There’s nothing John isn’t best at. That simple. This is going to be way too much fun, and just in time to let you down from the holidays gently. Adults $30, kids high school and under, $5.00
The Seamus Egan Project
Saturday, February 9, 7:00 PM
We’re having Seamus back for the second year in a row, a rarity. A small part of it is because last year’s shows got both cancelled and then severely dented by the string of Nor’easters. The main reason though, is because he’s that good, and so is his band. Waxing poetically about how precise and beautiful and soulful and all that won’t do, as I’ll just screw things up grammatically. So just trust me and the millions of fans Seamus has around the world. As the founder of the Irish super-group Solas, he’s the real deal. period. Cohorts Moira, Kyle and Owen are pretty fantastic, too. Adults $25, kids high school and under, $5.00
Saturday, March 9, 7:00 PM
You’d have to be a first-order music geek to know about this trio. It features the head of the Berklee strings department, Dr. David Wallace. A Juilliard instructor for a bit, he left to head up Berklee because he loved the idea of all the musical worlds colliding, crashing, blending and coming out in brave new ways. There aren’t too many places in the world where this happens, and we’re lucky to be right down the extended road from one of the world’s most important places where this kind of creativity happens. You’d also have to have your head in the sand to not know that this blending is where all music is heading.Doc Wallace has played just about every musical genre that has a name, and most that don’t. I guess it falls into the category of alt/classical. I guess. I can’t really describe it, and that’s why you need to hear it. Seldom does something get me this excited. Get ready. Adults the usual $25, kids high school and under, $5.00