Main Stage – June 10 and 11, 2016

Saturday June 10

Noon– Mal -O- Dua – “Guitarists Chris Ruppenthal and Cedric Baetche first formed the duo Mal-O-Dua out of a shared love for the great jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (or more precisely, the intersection of jazz and European folk styles that Reinhardt represents), but from the start it was an idiosyncratic blend of styles. Ruppenthal, a Madison native, plays in Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble and excels in prickly, fleet-fingered, Reinhardt-inspired solos. Baetche, who grew up in Reims in northeastern France, cites the distinctively American finger-picking style of Merle Travis as his primary inspiration, but also contributes flirtatious, French-language baritone vocals. This blend of swing, country and French music has expanded over the years to include slack-key guitar, a finger picking style developed in Hawaii (the term “slack key” refers to loosening some of the strings to put the guitar in an open tuning). The band’s name is a phonetic spelling of “mal aux doigts,” a French phrase for “aching fingers.”


Son del Atlantico

1:30 pm–  Son de Atlantico — Son del Atlantico  an Afro-Colombian fusion band that plays the genres of the traditional Colombian music including rhythms like cumbia, chande, cumbion,  bullerengue, vallenato and porro  fused with rock, funk and reggae.  Edi Rey is the band leader who is also the arranger, composer, singer and saxophone player. Rey has been experimenting with material reflecting the sultry Atlantic coast of his homeland. His group should get us going fairly quickly and is quite appropriate for lakeside cavorting.

3:00 pm– Fareed Haque and The Flat Earth Ensemble– have performed a few times in various configurations at MNA events and are quite popular in the region. It doesn’t hurt to have one of the great Jazz guitarists in the world at the helm. Would not be surprised to see a sitar, tabla, Indian singer, drum kit and Hammond B3 on the stage. Always fun to see what this group brings to town. Just saying.

4:45pm —- Les Poules a Colin (Quebec) — Les Poules are the rising stars of the vibrant Quebecois music scene. Colin appeared on our stage at the first La Fete de Marquette at the tender age of 15 (along with his equally youthful sister) in their family band Dent-de-Lion. He resurfaced last year with Les Poules and they knocked our socks off at La Fete and stuck around to do extra gigs at The Crystal, Bos Meadery and a kids’ show at Change Boutique. This year the band will play at both of our stages and The Tip Top Tavern’s new music spot in the former Grieg Club across the street.

6:30pm — Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound –Milwaukee’s Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound

bring forth a funky, lyrically charged racket that is explosive, yet intimate. Taking cues from the dance bands of western Louisiana (and his native Midwest,), the streets (and 45’s) of New Orleans, touring African and Caribbean combos and the soul, funk & blues of his youth, Paul Cebar is a masterful synthesist of rhythmic culture.  His time spent in his second home of New Orleans, as a musicologist in Florida, and as a journeyman wanderer in Cuba, is reflected in his musical worldview.   At the core is gifted

songwriting, and the company Paul keeps bears it out:  Bonnie Raitt, Nick Lowe, Chris Smither, John Hiatt and Cesar Rosas are among his friends and admirers.  Tomorrow Sound are an elite crew.   Drummer Reggie Bordeaux, New Orleans native percussionist Mac Perkins, and bassist Mike Fredrickson, throw down some of the best dance grooves in the business.  Multi-instrumentalist Bob Jennings adds the luxury of implying a much larger ensemble with his multi-hued contributions on keys and reeds.  Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound’s latest album, “Fine Rude Thing” is out now. The songs “Baby Shake” and “You Owe it to Me” feature Cebar’s unique mixture of R&B, Caribbean and New Orleans style.


Sunday, June 11

Willy Street Chamber Players

Willy Street Chamber Players

11:30 am — The Willy Street Chamber Players — WSCP is made up of a core team of six dedicated young musicians who have deep ties to the Madison community and are graduates of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Music.

As residents of Madison’s east side neighborhoods, WSCP core musicians can be heard practicing in the windows of homes on Spaight Street and performing in the wedding gazebo at Olbrich Gardens. They frequent the main stage at Overture Center performing with Madison’s premier ensembles including the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Madison Symphony.  Most importantly they live and shop locally and are very well established in our community.

1:00 pm — Get Back Wisconsin (Beatles) –— Get Back specializes in recreating the original Beatles arrangements live on stage. Our mission is to cover the entire Beatles catalog, performing full albums and more as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of each release. In our case we will get Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band that is in preparation for a Barrymore Theater show in the upcoming days. More Beatles songbook material will fill out the hour. Can’t beat that.

Josh Harty

Josh Harty

2:30 pm – Josh Harty — It’s been a while since Josh has been on one of our stages. The prolific singer / songwriter has logged many miles in the last few years and has established an appreciative audience in Europe warranting repeat visits to that region. The country/ folk/ guitarist / singer will work both of our stages and bring along a different backing group to each appearance. We did hear mention of Mary Gaines and Chris Wagoner as side people which should be a welcome addition.

4:15 pm — Maggie Koerner — “The Louisiana native has been on tour with Galactic for a few months and simply blew the doors off of the N.C. Music Factory venue with her strong vocals and spunky dance moves.” On the road, Koerner sings lead for the lion’s share of the show, putting her spin on vintage covers by Allen Toussaint and the Rolling Stones as well as Galactic originals — plus Galactic’s own arrangements of some of Koerner’s songs, from her 2011 debut album “Quarter Life” and this spring’s “Neutral Ground.” Lately, Koerner has been tinkering in rehearsal with some early material from Galactic’s back pages, which may get trotted out on the band’s upcoming winter tour.

6:15 pm —  Nikki Hill –– Nikki and band were spectacular at The Honky Tonk Session in Madison’s Central Park last July. Could not wait to get her back to one of our stages. Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release ‘Heavy Hearts Hard Fists’ and debut album ‘Here’s Nikki Hill’, released in 2013. With a no-filter energy, and explosive live show, they deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Nikki’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past—steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music.