All music is at the Rotary Park gazebo just outside the Opera House and is free throughout the festival.
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Thursday, July 4th
Griffin Paul is a Madison based guitarist and singer playing an honest blend of Rock/Funk/Americana/Soul music. Drawing on late 60’s early 70’s rock pioneers, GP moves driving chords and sailing vocals over a thick groove for a dynamic take on the acoustic-singer-songwriter mode.
Teddy Davenport’s songs are authentic, a refreshing take on old roots music. His great melodies, catchy hooks, and heartfelt songs bring people together from all different backgrounds. His distinctive sound can be described as Bob Dylan meets Chris Stapleton. It is easy to connect with Davenport’s passionate lyrics and seductive voice. His raw Americana music will definitely captivate you.
Pat Ferguson & The Sundown Sound
Originally making waves as a founding member and lead guitarist for the Midwest staple, Smokin' Bandits, Pat Ferguson has evolved into a renowned solo performer, songwriter, and vocalist. Pat’s latest record, Light of Day / Dark of Night, was produced by Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and features guest contributions from the likes of Sarah Vos (Dead Horses), Chad Staehly (Hard Working Americans & Great American Taxi), Jacob Jolliff (Yonder Mountain String Band), Kenny Leiser (Wheelhouse), and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.
An eccentric turtleneck wearing keytarist, Guy Weatherspoon weaves a theatrical approach into his live performances. He combines imaginative and sometimes comedic lyrics with classic 80's and modern synthesizers to create a variety of textures ranging from shredding leads, gentle ballads, avant-garde atmospheres, to fairytale sparkles.
Pine Travelers create original music based in roots rock and expanding into tight funk grooves, while also gleaning the best elements of outlaw country, folk, and bluegrass.
The Family Business
Hailing from Madison, WI, the The Family Business has garnered recognition both locally and beyond. In addition to securing opening slots for Rival Sons, Blues Traveler, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Cracker, SIMO, Black Stone Cherry, and Greta Van Fleet, the band has won a number of Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs) and secured multiple nominations Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards (WAMIs). Says Rick Tvedt or Local Sounds Magazine, “They strip away all the excess of classic rock, polish it up – but not too much – and then unleash it to audiences that may not have heard such raw power in some time.”
FIREWORKS @ DUSK!!
Thanks to our downtown business sponsors, there will be fireworks on the 4th & 7th at dusk!
Friday, July 5th
Gin Mill Hollow
Gin Mill Hollow is a 3-piece Madison, Wisconsin-based semi-acoustic rock group. The band consists of Dan Plourde on electric guitar and uke-bass, Joshua "Juice" Giudice on the mandolin and Mark Norman playing acoustic guitar and upright bass. Vocal duties are shared by all three musicians, and their string-band approach is augmented by the use of Porchboard kick-drum emulators in lieu of a drummer for a little extra foot-stomping rhythm. Their sound incorporates elements of bluegrass, folk and Americana, and they draw from influences that include The Wood Brothers, Tom Petty, The Band, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan.
Fendrick & Peck
Through songs, poems, and stories, Fendrick and Peck revel in the illumination of the meadows and marshes they live alongside. With their aged acoustic instruments and exquisite harmonies, they strive to be contemporary musical equivalents to naturalists like Thoreau and Wendell Berry. They hope to inspire others to step away, be still, and learn from the natural world around them.
Jon Hoel Trio
Featuring Ben Ferris on bass and Kelby Kryshak on drums, the Jon Hoel Trio is one of Madison's hardest working jazz groups. Playing originals and seldom played standards, the group focuses on exploring the jazz idiom, sometimes pushing the limits and other times staying deep in the pocket.
An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin, Minnesota in the 1980's in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth, Minnesota.
Mission is a Madison, WI based project paying homage to the Jerry Garcia Band.
Saturday, July 6th
Stoughton and How it got this Way by Bill Amundson
Bill Amundson is a Stoughton based artist, humorist and occasional musician.
He will be debuting his first ever slide show without slides: "Stoughton and How it got this Way" an informative oral presentation about the history of Stoughton
(and the Catfish River) that may include some actual facts.
And yes, there will be music.
Feathered Mason is a longtime musician and award winning songwriter born a couple decades too late to a French mother and Midwestern father deep in the heart of Illinois. While early influences such as Hendrix, Zeppelin and Black Sabbath shaped his early blues psychedelic rock sound on guitar, regular trips to France listening to his twin uncles sing harmony and strum guitar secured a place in his heart for folk music. Many a band and decades later, after also immersing himself in the bluegrass community on banjo then finding his own slide of the country blues hill fingerpicking on resonator guitars, the Feathered Mason has taken flight! Now calling Nashville home – a true homecoming for an American roots lover & artist – his 2nd release, Feathered Mason – Limbo Boy, is available. It’s raw and genuine just like him.
Part balladeer and part bluesman, Jack is a dedicated songwriter and finger-style guitarist based in Minneapolis, MN. His sound pulls from a wide range of American music. From Rhythm and Blues and early Rock N’ Roll, to country and folk music, Jack brings his own voice to all of his songs. In the words of Americana Roots UK "Jack doesn’t rely on other writers for his diversity, he can write in pretty much any musical style of his choosing.”
The Cactus Blossoms
The Minneapolis group, fronted by brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, harkens back to the roots of country with its earnest songs and pristine harmonizing. Torrey and Burkum play country music the way the best always have: with an ear for universal truth in commonplace stories and for real emotion in simple melodies.
Miles Over Mountains
Miles Over Mountains is a progressive bluegrass band based in McHenry, IL. Their live shows are high energy, centered around an arsenal of original material and refreshing variety of cover songs served up in their own unique style. Touring through their fifth year, Miles Over Mountains continues to turn heads across the nation as their momentum, fanbase and schedule continue to grow.
Since their inception in early 2014, they've performed hundreds of shows at bars, clubs, and music festivals, with no signs of slowing down.
Sunday, July 7th
Dave was voted 2016 Children’s Performer of the Year by the Madison Area Music Association! Get ready for an upbeat musical program that keeps children engaged, singing, dancing, acting, and laughing a bunch. Adults can sit back and enjoy the show.
Fans of the Stoughton Opera House will recognize former event coordinator, Christina Dollhausen with her band the iowans. We are so thrilled to have Christina back in Stoughton and the best part is that we get the pleasure of seeing her perform once again!
Transplanted from the fertile soil of Iowa, now hailing from the Driftless Region's musical vortex of Viroqua, Wisconsin comes this pair of first cousins that fill the air with sweet melodies like songbirds in the spring. Katie and Christina weave together whimsical, nostalgic sounds with their clawhammer banjo, guitar and organic harmonies. When these two play together, you can feel it and after a long Driftless winter, they can help you hear it grow.
A folk musician with strong, expressive vocals and energetic instrumentation, Kendra writes about nature, love, loss, and hope. Her soulful, homey, sincere songs are mostly written for guitar and banjo, but she is also an avid fiddler and violist.
Birds! Birds! Birds!
Birds, Birds, Birds are a Madison duo that play of range of amusing and eccentric original bluegrass and folk songs. The Birds, Birds, Birds repertoire includes topics such as pizza drama, the farmer’s daughter, muck boots and so much more. They’re great fun!
The Material Boys
The Material Boys is an American Roots Music band from Madison, Wisconsin, formed in 2011. They blend their Blues, Jazz, & Bluegrass influences to form a unique Americana sound. The band consists of Alex Hohlstein (Vocals & Guitar) Glen Prescott (Banjo & Vocals) Reid Gromnicki (5 string Fiddle) Larry W Hill Jr (Slide Guitar & Vocals) Erik Riedasch (Bass) & Shane Gurno (Percussion). The Material Boys take their name from performing Madonna covers with stringed acoustic instruments. What started off as a joke quickly took off as a serious venture. The Material Boys have performed around the Midwest and have recorded a CD of original music.
FIREWORKS @ DUSK!!