25+ YEARS OF SCARY GOOD MUSIC WITH A MISSION
With this show down at the Madison Land Conservation Trust’s Rettich Preserve, we surpassed raising over $100,000 for local non-profits. Woo Hoo!!
All shows are (usually) at the North Madison Congregational Church, 1271 Durham Rd, Madison. We might change the location of individual shows in order to showcase an endangered property.
You can read this first, or scroll down to the shows:
Ticket Sales or Reservations:
1: Thanks to the virus, we’re implementing the following things. All attendees must be vaccinated. Period. Masks may be necessary depending on conditions at the time. We will also cap admission at 125 people.
1A: Reservations: Due to the limiting of the audience numbers, and spreading out, we’re not assigning seats. Don’t ask for “front row seats!” unless you include a check for, say, $1000.
To reserve, email Charlie at workdog(at)mindspring.com or click here
And of course, visit our Facebook Page for links to really cool music… and you know, stuff.
Saturday, March 12
FIRE IN THE (GRANGE) KITCHEN PRESENTS
More on the most amazing Rakish in a minute, but here’s the scoop: what’s this Grange thing all about? Simple. We’re taking our show to a different location, an old-school grange hall in Weston, CT, and partnering with the American Wanderer Foundation to help raise a few funds for the foundation’s mission of getting inner-city kids out west to see the National Parks by tooling around in R.V’s. Grange halls were historically used as dance halls in olde New England, and holding this the weekend before St. Paddy’s day is no coincidence, as Rakish (Maura Shawn Scanlin and Conor Hearn) are one of the best young Celtic duos on the planet. That they’re also one of the best young Americana/old-time duos on the planet is just a happy coincidence. What’s the deal? It’s a dinner/concert, with Irish bangers and mash, and beverages (details on the beverages to follow). Dinner starts at 6, music at 7:00. It’s $50, and space is limited to 60 people. Pre-payment is the way, and here’s the link to the page you’l reserve on: American Wanderer. Here’s the inside of the hall you’ll be dining and listening in. Don’t worry, there will be chairs for all!
May (we think, anyway…) :
One of my all-time favorite composers/arrangers/banjo players. Jayme has an amazing knack to create the power and depth of an entire orchestra with just a few musicians and some supposedly simple melodies. Always inspirational.
Jeremy Kittel, Kittel and Company
Nothing confirmed yet, details to follow…
Kicking these to somewhere…:
While I can’t say she’s the most important musician of the 21st century, she’s in the group of daring classical musicians exploring what exactly music is. As a group, they are indeed the most important musicians right now. Technical chops are so extreme it’s not even part of the discussion anymore. Ashley’s at the forefront of playing music by contemporary composers that push limits. Some pieces are extremely melodic, and some are on the edge of the “noise” edge of music, some challenge the assertion that 12 tones are sufficient. I’ll say this: anyone who is willing to sit up in front of an audience solo and play weird stuff brilliantly for an hour+ show gets a medal for bravery. But don’t fear, she’ll mix in some old classical standards, just so you can hear the reference points that the modern composers are jumping off from. $30 and 5.
Mike Marshall and Darol Anger
What do you say about Mike and Darol that hasn’t been said a million times. Oh wait, I know… nothing. The standard bearers, and are two of the maybe six or seven guys who literally and figuratively started it all. Nothing would sound like it is if it weren’t for that group, and these two were at the head of the table. Cost ya $30, with the same 5 for kids high school and under.
And things we’re in the process of scheduling, but with everything going on, they might not quite come together. But hey, we’re trying…