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Episode 293 - The Marquis Hill Blacktet

May 14th, 2014

Acclaimed Chicago musician, Marquis Hill, returns to the show.  This time he appears with his talented band!  This show is not to be missed.

THE MARQUIS HILL BLACKTET
WITH
MARQUIS HILL on Trumpet
CHRIS McBRIDE on Alto Sax
JUSTIN THOMAS on Vibes
JOSHUA RAMOS on Bass
MAKAYA McCRAVEN on Drums
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Episode 292 - Jackie Allen

April 9th, 2014


Our own Jackie Allen returns to Madison for this not-to-be-missed show. Share this with your friends!!


Madison Music Collective, Mad Toast Live, the Improvisational Music Workshop,
Janus Galleries, Ward-Brodt Music, Isthmus, WORT-FM, and The Brink Lounge
proudly present
JACKIE ALLEN & COMPANY
Featuring
JACKIE ALLEN on vocals
HANS STURM on bass
JOHN MOULDER on guitar
DAVE STOLER on keyboard
DANE RICHESON on drums

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Episode 291 - Wook

March 6th, 2014

Madison band Wook is a fusion of progressive rock with live electronics.

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Episode 290 - Graminy

January 30th, 2014

Founded in 2010, Graminy seeks to fuse the classical and grassroots tradi- tions, from Bach to bluegrass, from Co- pland to Celtic, from Gershwin to native American, from Kodaly to klezmer, and more. Drawing on all these styles, Graminy composes and arranges all its music and calls it Class-Grass.

Graminy’s music focuses on themes of ecology and place. The name derives from the botanical name for the grass family, Gramineae, as their music draws on the entire family of grassroots tradi- tions, from all places and ecologies.

Their  new CD, “Germinations: A Blue- grass Symphony in D” has been nominated for awards in several categories at this year’s MAMA Awards (Madison Area Music Awards).

www.graminy.net

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Episode 289 - Elm Duo

January 12th, 2014

Eleanor Mayerfeld is the 2011 Frontenac Old Time Music Fiddle Champion, the youngest winner ever. Formerly a member of Sonora Strings, the touring violin ensemble of Suzuki Strings of Madison, Eleanor has toured with them in Puerto Rico, Door County, and California.  Currently a member of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra.  

Mike  has  played in many groups, most notably the Barn Owl Band, with whom he recorded three albums and appeared on the National Public Radio Show A Prairie Home Companion. Mike is a composer and his folk tunes have been recorded by many folk artists.

www.elmduo.net

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Episode 288 - Shaman Juan Band

November 19th, 2013

Featuring Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s original “funky drummer”!), Eric Koppa (sax), John Prigge (harmonica & vocals), members of the Bowser Band, Madison’s own Pauli Ryan (percussion) and Chris Aaron (guitar)!   Part Two of Two.


http://www.reverbnation.com/shamanjuan
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Episode 287 - Shaman Juan Band

November 19th, 2013

Featuring Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s original “funky drummer”!), Eric Koppa (sax), John Prigge (harmonica & vocals), members of the Bowser Band, Madison’s own Pauli Ryan (percussion) and Chris Aaron (guitar)!   Part One of Two.


http://www.reverbnation.com/shamanjuan
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Episode 286 - Harmonious Wail

October 13th, 2013

Madison’s own international/national gypsy jazz, swing treasure.


http://www.wail.com/
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Episode 285 - Occidental Gypsy

October 4th, 2013

Occidental Gypsy is pioneering the sound of World Gypsy Pop. Their mélange of uptempo, high-energy rhythms of Gypsy, melded with the catchy melodic hooks of Pop delivers a thrilling auditory experience to listeners.


http://occidentalgypsy.com/
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Episode 284 - Hanah Jon Taylor Artet

September 28th, 2013

While being one of our community's top jazz saxophonists and flutists, like so many great jazz artists through the decades, Hanah Jon Taylor seems to have garnered greater accolades in Europe and other foreign locales than in his own backyard. Over the years Taylor has brought his highly-intuitive and envelope-pushing style of playing to enthusiastic audiences in all corners of the globe. Just returning from concerts in Poland and Paris, he will bring to Madison a top-flight group of Chicago musicians including pianist Jim Baker, Alex Wing on bass, guitar and oud, and percussionist Dushun Mosley for our "Jazz on a Sunday" spring series finale. 

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Episode 283 - Don Stiernberg Trio

April 2nd, 2013

Chicago Jazz mandolin player, Don Stiernberg, is joined by Andy Brown & Jim Cox for a wonderful afternoon of music. 

donstiernberg.com/

video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuH6gjq7LMw
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Episode 282 - Compass Rose

March 19th, 2013

Led by long time Madison front man, Mike Droho, Compass Rose combines beat box, guitar and violin to create strong pop music. We have been trying for years to get them on the show!

http://www.mikedroho.com/

video  http://youtu.be/LeTHJea2LNE

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Episode 281 - Robert “One Man” Johnson

March 19th, 2013

Robert 'One-Man' Johnson sings classic and original blues & ragtime songs and plays guitar, harmonica, hi-hat cymbal and footpiano ...simultaneously

http://www.housedogmusic.com/home.html

video

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Episode 280 - Johannes Wallman

March 10th, 2013

Johannes Wallmann, the new director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, put together a of world class ensemble to play his beautiful original compositions.  We teamed up with the Madison Music Collective to put on this memorable show.

The Band:

Johannes Wallmann on piano

David Cooper on trumpet

Darren Sterud on trombone

John Christensen on bass

Devin Drobka on drums

Marty Erickson on tuba

http://www.johanneswallmann.com/

video  http://youtu.be/J1fSNA8K9SQ

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Episode 279 - The Jimmys

February 22nd, 2013

Led by Jimmy Voegeli, The Jimmys powerfully blend rock, soul, and swing into a fun and energetic show.

http://www.thejimmys.net/

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Episode 278 - Steve Cohen

February 22nd, 2013

Accomplished Milwaukee based blues performer Steve Cohen.

http://www.stevecohenblues.com/index.html

video http://youtu.be/v9lUXqPLKiw

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Episode 277 - Richie Cole

February 10th, 2013

Arguably the greatest living keeper of the bebop flame, alto saxophonist Richie Cole returns to Madison in this season kickoff program for Madison Music Collective’s “Jazz on a Sunday” series hosted by Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines of Mad Toast Live.  Richie will be joined by a rhythm section led by our celebrated local pianist Dave Stoler.

http://www.richiecole.com/Richie_Cole/HOME.html

Wat the video here

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Episode 276 - Freedy Johnston

February 5th, 2013

After Rolling Stone and Spin hailed his 1992 release, “Can You Fly” a masterpiece, its success led to a major label deal with Elektra (produced by Butch Vig), for whom Johnston released “This Perfect World in 1994, which included his breakthrough hit, “Bad Reputation”.  Other critically acclaimed albums followed and critics have continue to praise Johnston effusively, solidifying his reputation as one of the finest and most singular voices in the singer-songwriter genre.  Splitting his time between NYC and Madison, you may have caught Freedy in past years in rare Madison shows with Garbage alums, Butch Vig and Doug Erikson and Madison main-stays James “Pie Cown, Bill “Stick” Bielefeld and Jay Moran in their clandestine cover-band, The Know-It-All-Boyfriends.

www.freedyjohnston.com

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Episode 275 - Adam James Sorensen

February 5th, 2013

Returning to his native home, Chicago, was the catalyst for his newly released sol debut, “Midwest”, which features a highly seasoned group of musicians including violist Eyvind Kant (Bill Frisell, Beck), multi-instrumentalist Mark Spencer (Son Volt), cellist Christopher Hoffman (Henry Threadgill), Seattle singer-songwriter Rachel Harrington and mandolin legend Don Stiernberg.

http://www.adamjamessorensen.com/

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Episode 274 - Micah Olsan & the OCD Big Band

December 18th, 2012

Micah Olsan & the OCD Big Band is an indie folk ensemble that likes to explore as much musical territory as possible. You'll hear bits of jazz and funk and world music interwoven through any given set.

http://www.reverbnation.com/micaholsan

video http://youtu.be/1MiqB_YDfCU

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Episode 273 - Zachary Scot Johnson

December 18th, 2012

Singer-Songwriter Zachary Scot Johnson

http://www.zacharyscotjohnson.com/

video http://youtu.be/ZdS3POQxj8Y

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Episode 272 - Lucas Cates Band

December 4th, 2012

The multi-award winning Lucas Cates Band is back!   These guys deliver a powerful acoustic set.

http://www.lucascates.com/index.html

video http://youtu.be/-fxzFhyoRl0

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Episode 271 - Arkan

December 4th, 2012

Arkadiy ARKAN Yushin is guitarist-virtuoso of American-European musical background, a master of several guitar styles.

http://www.arkanmusic.com/

Video http://youtu.be/B5EMxAiDXiU

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Episode 270 - New Breed Quartet with Rob Dz

December 2nd, 2012

(part two)

Jazz meets hip hop as Madison’s most celebrated spoken word poet, Rob Dz, joins forces with the New Breed Quartet, one of Madison’s top jazz bands.  Like a jazz artist, Mr. Dz composes spontaneously using words instead of music, and his latest collaboration with the New Breed will create original material that draws on contemporary characteristics of each genre while allowing generous space for improvisation.

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Episode 269 - New Breed Quartet with Rob Dz

December 2nd, 2012

Jazz meets hip hop as Madison’s most celebrated spoken word poet, Rob Dz, joins forces with the New Breed Quartet, one of Madison’s top jazz bands.  Like a jazz artist, Mr. Dz composes spontaneously using words instead of music, and his latest collaboration with the New Breed will create original material that draws on contemporary characteristics of each genre while allowing generous space for improvisation.

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Episode 268 - Mark Adkins & Subvocal

November 20th, 2012

Mark Adkins returns to Mad Toast Live with a new lineup in his band Subvocal.   The group is described as "Folk Noir."

www.subvocal.net/home.html

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Episode 267 - Dakota Winddancer

November 20th, 2012

Dakota Windancer is best described as a “Man of Spirit” , with gifts of spiritual wealth to share.   He plays an assortment of beautiful native flutes and is joined by percussionist  Jesse Warmka.

peacefulheart.net/dakota-windancer/

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Episode 266 - Field & James

November 6th, 2012

Local group Field & James (Field Stark and James Eisele) recently released a new recording, I Get the Best of You.

http://fieldandjames.com/

video http://youtu.be/bGu1xS8Klx0

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Episode 265 - Brandon Beebe

November 6th, 2012

An active and exciting new songwriter on the Madison and WI scenes, Brandon Beebe was the recent recipient of a 2012 Madison Music Award for "Best New Artist". "Gently finger-picked acoustic guitar and vocals are deceptive; a close listen reveals layers of delicate sounds that are simply a joy to delve into. At times he can seem much older than his years. His lyrics are deeply felt and bear the mark of someone who has a lifetime of experiences to draw from." (Rick Tvedt / Local Sounds Magazine)

video http://youtu.be/iBKYHK0BIXA

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Episode 264 - Luke Polipnick

November 4th, 2012

Part Two

Guitarist-composer-producer Luke Polipnick returns to Madison with a special group of top improvisers from New York City (drummer Mike Pride) and the Twin Cities (saxophonist Brandon Wozniak and bassist Adam Linz) to kick off a Fall Midwestern tour. Luke and his band-mates exemplify the eclectic approach that many of our younger creative musicians are taking today, moving with great skill and confidence as they cross and integrate musical genres, while infusing their music with the improvisational spirit and masterful technique so central to good jazz. For “Jazz on a Sunday,” Luke’s group will be performing new music that he composed for the group’s Fall tour. He describes it as featuring “thematic material from folksy to rocking but rooted in jazz, appealing to fans of “post rock,” folk, reggae, free improvisation and mainstream jazz.”

http://www.lukepolipnick.com/

Video http://youtu.be/dG0dHT-LkEY
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Episode 263 - Luke Polipnick

November 4th, 2012

Part One

Guitarist-composer-producer Luke Polipnick returns to Madison with a special group of top improvisers from New York City (drummer Mike Pride) and the Twin Cities (saxophonist Brandon Wozniak and bassist Adam Linz) to kick off a Fall Midwestern tour. Luke and his band-mates exemplify the eclectic approach that many of our younger creative musicians are taking today, moving with great skill and confidence as they cross and integrate musical genres, while infusing their music with the improvisational spirit and masterful technique so central to good jazz. For “Jazz on a Sunday,” Luke’s group will be performing new music that he composed for the group’s Fall tour. He describes it as featuring “thematic material from folksy to rocking but rooted in jazz, appealing to fans of “post rock,” folk, reggae, free improvisation and mainstream jazz.”

http://www.lukepolipnick.com/

Video  http://youtu.be/RErtS9q2rlg

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Episode 262 - Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman

October 30th, 2012

Episode 2 of 2

Karen and Pete graced our show a couple years back and we've never quite recovered...not sure we want to.  This soulful folk duo played another great show.  Enjoy!

http://www.karensavoca.com/index.html

Video http://youtu.be/90zHn8F5vLo

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Episode 261 - Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman

October 30th, 2012

Episode 1 of 2

Karen and Pete graced our show a couple years back and we've never quite recovered...not sure we want to.  This soulful folk duo played another great show.  Enjoy!

http://www.karensavoca.com/index.html

Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf6HHEJjj10

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Episode 260 - Whiskey Farm

October 16th, 2012

Great local folk rock band Whiskey Farm plays their well crafted songs including beautiful harmonies and skilled musicians.

http://thewhiskeyfarm.com/

video http://youtu.be/oZabNHn1D9Q

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Episode 259 - Robby Schiller

October 2nd, 2012

Eclectic songwriter, and member of the Madison band the Blueheels, Robby Schiller plays a powerful set.

http://blueheels.bandcamp.com/

video http://youtu.be/hFDYeZrXRc0

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Episode 258 - Dan Hazlett

September 18th, 2012

Superb guitarist, songwriter and storyteller Dan Hazlett.

http://danhazlett.com/

video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4XYNlnD4Cg

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Episode 257 - Sizzlers

September 18th, 2012

These iconic musicians recently ended a 17-year stint at the Avenue Bar playing their  brand of Dixieland Jazz.  Now they can be found at festivals and other venues all over!

video http://youtu.be/T30slj2aeWk

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Episode 256 - Laura Caviani

September 9th, 2012

Twin Cities-based Laura Caviani (piano) and Pete Whitman (tenor saxophone) and Madison’s John Schaffer (bass) and Rand Moore (drums) explore themes by famous classical composers using improvisation in a straight–ahead jazz format.

http://www.lauracaviani.com/

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Video  http://youtu.be/wJ2VefR1AYk

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Episode 255 - Ernie Hendrickson

September 4th, 2012

Hendrickson's new record, "Walking With Angels", produced by Bo Ramsey (Greg Brown, Lucinda Williams) spent 25 weeks in the Top 20 on Roots Music Report's Folk charts and is in regular rotation at nearly 100 stations across the country including Nashville's award-winning WSM-AM "The Legend".

http://www.erniehendrickson.com/

video http://youtu.be/Qs2JEPaS6nE

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Episode 254 - Colin O’Brien

September 4th, 2012

After spending the the past year in Nashville, Milwaukee singer-songwriter Colin O'Brien has a new CD called "After A Song", featuring some of Nashville's finest musicians.

colingobrien.com

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video youtu.be/MbS_gazDfzw

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Episode 253 - Honor Among Thieves

July 7th, 2012

Legendary Madison band, Honor Among Thieves, plays an epic show on July 7 2012.  It is great to finally have this band on the show!

www.myspace.com/honoramongthievesmadison

Recorded on Location at the Harmony Bar www.myspace.com/theharmonybar

Video http://youtu.be/nkqLhB_Q-LY

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Episode 251 - Safety Last

May 29th, 2012

Safety Last! is a 4-piece acoustic ensemble, performing “Sophisticated Western Swing & Old-School Jazz.”

http://www.reverbnation.com/safetylast

Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xImUdNTuHB4

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Episode 250 - Oak Street Ramblers

May 15th, 2012

Though their influences hail from much further south, the Oak Street Ramblers call home the East Side of Madison, WI. A bluegrass band in the tradition of Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and Hazel Dickens, the Oak Street Ramblers specialize in bluegrass stompers, classic country weepers, and originals that, lyrical content aside, wouldn't sound out of place at a barn dance circa 1954.

http://www.reverbnation.com/theoakstreetramblers

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Video  http://youtu.be/Sha-oQHGAl4

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Episode 249 - The Melon Heads

May 15th, 2012

They play all original music from their heart and souls. An acoustic groove. A modern sound on old instruments. High energy banjo and guitar with deep, thought-provoking lyrics with a conscience.

http://www.reverbnation.com/themelonheads

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Video  http://youtu.be/cmUGVaouL1c

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Episode 248 - Patchouli

May 8th, 2012

Sparkling acoustic sounds and powerful contagious chemistry, Patchouli’s down-to-earth, hopeful songwriting is “New American Folk” blending elements of folk, pop, flamenco and jazz with world beat rhythms. Their sound has been described as “the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel meet the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings. After 12 years of non-stop touring and the release of their 15th CD, "Terra Guitarra: Dragonfly", Patchouli has truly earned the title, “the hardest working folk duo in America”.

http://www.patchouli.net/

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Video http://youtu.be/c82GX-EpyxY

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Episode 247 - Kivi & Pray

May 8th, 2012

Thomas Kivi and Sarah Pray are Wisconsin-raised songwriters who met in the Minneapolis springtime. A Hank Williams song sung on the back porch turned into a folk/country duo eager to travel. Kivi & Pray covered 10,000 miles over the next two years as they toured in Europe and the U.S. Their new duo live EP, "Winter in Decatur" is available as a digital download.

kivipray.bandcamp.com/

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Video http://youtu.be/aP3eqFG7x7c

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Episode 246 - Piper Road String Band

May 1st, 2012

Born into the age of rock & roll but influenced by live performances of Doc Watson and Bill Monroe and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's seminal "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" in the early 1970's, they put away the electric amps and guitars and developed a unique acoustic/bluegrass style. A truly iconic Wisconsin band for almost four decades, we're thrilled to finally have them on MTL!

http://piperroad.com/

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Video http://youtu.be/smgF5IFvDOA

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Episode 245 - Jamie-Sue Seal & John Latini

May 1st, 2012

"Jamie-Sue Seal and John Latini put together musical shows that go way beyond hipster folk. Exceptional musicianship com- bined with enormous wit and engaging showmanship, they are the real deal." Michael Curths concert Pro- moter, Ann Arbor Michigan

smokinsleddogrecords.com/_latini__seal__duo/

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video http://youtu.be/8DBn2BCcLMI

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Episode 244 - University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra

April 17th, 2012

The UW Russian Folk Orchestra, now in its 15th season, is a unique ensemble performing Russian and other East-European folk music on authentic Russian instruments, balalaikas and domras. The orchestra was founded and is directed by Victor Gorodinsky. The RFO is made up of two groups of authentic Russian stringed instruments: balalaikas and domras, it uses accordions, bayans (button accordions), as well as various woodwind and percussion instruments.

http://www.russorch.wisc.edu/

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Video  http://youtu.be/wDUup7EHzFI

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Episode 243 - Yuriy Kolosovsky & Victor Gorodinsky

April 17th, 2012

Yuriy Kolosovskiy was born in Rostov-on-Don Russia and started playing the Prima Domra at age 9. He spent 6 years in public music school after which he attended Rostov State College of Music (from 2000-2004) studying music composition, conducting and orchestration. While in College, he received numerous awards for his outstanding talent and technique. After Graduation, Kolosovskiy had the honor of being a soloist in the Rostov State Folk Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he played for two and a half years. In 2006, he moved to Madison, Wisconsin where he now resides. Since moving here, Kolosovskiy has played with the University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra where his talent has been showcased (most recently in the piece "Woolen Boots" this last season). He has also a member of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America (BDAA) since 2007 and has performed in various venues around the Madison area, including numerous Russian folk festivals. He has just finished recording his first solo CD "Sounds of the Domra".

www.russorch.wisc.edu/

Video http://youtu.be/jyvXbO3fb-Q

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Episode 242 - Marilyn Crispell

April 15th, 2012

The New York Times says that “hearing Marilyn Crispell play solo piano is like monitoring an active volcano. She is one of a very few pianists who rise to the challenge of free jazz.” Ms. Crispell returns to Madison to perform solo and with a trio that includes Chicago-based “free jazz” stalwarts Harrison Bankhead and Avreeayl Ra and Madison-based multi-instrumentalist JoAnne Pow!ers.

http://marilyncrispell.com/

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Episode 241 - Dietrich Gosser

April 3rd, 2012

Dietrich Gosser is one of Madison's premier songwriters.  We are excited to finally have him on the show.

http://dietrichgosser.bandcamp.com/

video  http://youtu.be/WkCTP6BwsfU

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Episode 240 - Brad Yoder

April 3rd, 2012

Pittsburgh singer/songwriter Brad Yoder joins us for an acoustic  set.

http://www.bradyoder.com/

video  http://youtu.be/oRHDZZBWb7Q

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Episode 239 - Laurence Hobgood

March 25th, 2012

Pianist Laurence Hobgood, long-time musical director and arranger for celebrated jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, will perform solo and with Madison-based vocalist Sally deBroux, bassist Laurie Lang, and percussionist John Becker.

http://www.laurencehobgood.com/

video http://youtu.be/4zhlSBaCOGs
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Episode 238 - John Masino

March 20th, 2012

Widely recognized as one of Madison's (and Wisconsin's) best guitarists, Masino has played with dozens of bands from the midwest and is featured on the Gregg Clemons LP on Nemperor CBS Records (1980). He was a finalist in the Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Competition 1999 (Memphis) and has opened for a long list of national bands. During the early 1980's John lived in New York City playing shows and worked as studio musician. We're thrilled to have him on the show!

http://www.reverbnation.com/johnmasinoband

Video http://youtu.be/vFFi0_tde-0

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Episode 237 - Peter Roller

March 20th, 2012

Peter Roller has been exploring guitar styles in a variety of cultural directions since discovering music like the blues of Mississippi Fred McDowell and the Bluegrass of Flatt & Scruggs as a teen. Over the past thirty years, while working as a professional musician and college instructor, he has written a body of guitar-led original music that leans variously towards Hawaiian slack key, bossa nova, Piedmont blues and steel guitar jazz. Roller is releasing his first full length CD of such pieces in Spring 2010, including his Dobro instrumental Rancho Mirage, the only work previously available on the widely popular Narada compilation Masters of Acoustic Guitar.

Roller is based in Milwaukee and teaches in the Music Department at Alverno College. He has played and recorded with area performers--bluesman, Steve Cohen, worldbeat band, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans and gospel quartet, the Masonic Wonders. Previously, Roller was the guitar accompanist for first generation country bluesman, Yank Rachell, acting as producer and playing on his Bling Pig release Blues Mandolin Man.

Video http://youtu.be/d_Y3H6811ds

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Episode 236 - Ida Jo

March 6th, 2012

Ida Jo, a fixture in the Madison music scene, returns to the show with Scott Lamps.  Her soulful voice and unique songwriting a must listen.

www.idajo.com

Video  http://youtu.be/ddK6bsH4kTI

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Episode 235 - Stuart Stotts

March 6th, 2012

Local author, storyteller, and songwriter Stuart Stotts performs his thought provoking and politically charged songs.

stuart.stotts.com

Video http://youtu.be/WX9nTyImRbk

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Episode 234 - Randy Sabien’s String Jazz Quartet (+2)

February 26th, 2012

Violinist Randy Sabien and his String Jazz Quartet consisting of Mike Dowling, Jeff Eckels, Matt Turner and hosts, Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines joining on violin and cello.  The Brink Lounge was packed for one of the greatest  Mad Toast Live shows to date.

http://www.randysabien.com/

Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT9kuwly-iU

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Episode 233 - Daylight in the Swamp

February 21st, 2012

Daylight in the Swamp is a contemporary bluegrass band based out of Madison,Wisconsin. The band members are a collection of some of the top musicians in the area. The various influences they bring to the group show the diversity of their backgrounds.

www.daylightintheswamp.webs.com/

Video

http://youtu.be/Lh41ncejY8c

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Episode 232 - Emmetville

February 21st, 2012

Led by songwriter Jay Moran, local rock/folk band Emmetville brings their talents to the Mad Toast Live stage.

http://www.reverbnation.com/jaymoran

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Episode 231 - Intemperance Collective

February 7th, 2012

Intemperance Collective is a Balkan band "playing the folk dance music of Eastern Europe and beyond with intemperate zest" and caters to folk dancers.

"The band features folk-dance and Balkan music cognoscenti, along with smoking vocals, an exciting and varied repertoire, and . . . [gasp!] . . . an instrumentalist who jumped ship to play the tuppan."

intemperancecollective.blogspot.com

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Episode 230 - Gregg Williard

February 7th, 2012

Artist, author, radio host and performer Gregg Williard reads his original cyber-punk fiction.   Check out his radio show on 89.9 WORT in Madison every 3rd and 4th Friday of the month from 11:00 to 12:00 midnight (just before Mad Toast Live!).

www.wort-fm.org/programming-music-mixed.php

Video Here   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY0OPnHMfhE

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Episode 229 - Evan Murdock & the Imperfect Strangers

January 24th, 2012

Evan Murdock, previously of the Lonesome Rogues and the Kentucky Waterfalls presents his newest band: Evan Murdock and the Imperfect Strangers, which includes members of the Cork n’Bottle String band, Count this Penny and North Country Drifters and Big Mouth Collective.

www.facebook.com/evanmurdockmusic
http://youtu.be/bbWB_tPJ964
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Episode 228 - Winn Dixie

January 24th, 2012

3 wayward Kentucky Colonels (really!) forming a Madison, WI based super group of pickin', grinnin', and general insanity.  Featuring Col. Kirsten Earley, Col. Matt Earley and Col. Andy Moore from WI Public TV's "30-Minute Music Hour"

reverbnation.com/winndixie

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Episode 227 - Mother Banjo

January 24th, 2012

Minneapolis songwriter Mother Banjo.

Her music combines the haunting sounds of traditional folk and gospel with contemporary alt-country and Americana hooks.  Poetic and rich, her songs are sad, sweet and full of the stories that inhabit the wide open prairies of the Midwest.

www.motherbanjo.com

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Episode 226 - Weather Duo

December 20th, 2011

The Weather Duo is the only post-contemporary chamber ensemble in Madison, WI, and possibly the world. To learn more, visit:

www.weatherduo.com

Check out the video here:  http://youtu.be/olp2FaD3wN0

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Episode 225 - Whiskey Doll

December 20th, 2011

Drawing on influences from Stevie Wonder to Bonnie Raitt, Gwen Stefani to Van Morrison, Ani Di Franco to James Brown, Whiskey Doll's brand of contemporary blues-rock features bold ensemble vocals and driving improvisational instrumentals

web.me.com/violinsanity/Site/Whiskey_Doll.html

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Episode 224 - Jack Grassel & the Super Guitar Trio

December 11th, 2011

Part Two

Joined by Kirk Tatnall on guitar and drummer Dane Richeson , this free-wheeling romp through some interesting and thought-provoking material will challenge the listener from start to finish. The two guitarists will be performing on the Superax, an instrument that was invented by Grassel. It enables the players to play bass and guitar strings on the same neck. This allows a trade off between bass lines and guitar parts, eliminating the need for a separate bass instrument.

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Episode 223 - Jack Grassel & the Super Guitar Trio

December 11th, 2011

Joined by Kirk Tatnall on guitar and drummer Dane Richeson , this free-wheeling romp through some interesting and thought-provoking material will challenge the listener from start to finish. The two guitarists will be performing on the Superax, an instrument that was invented by Grassel. It enables the players to play bass and guitar strings on the same neck. This allows a trade off between bass lines and guitar parts, eliminating the need for a separate bass instrument.

jackgrassel.com

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Episode 222 - Ritt Deitz

December 6th, 2011

Songwriter Ritt Deitz and his band bring their gritty yet polished act to the show.

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Episode 221 - Paul Otteson

December 6th, 2011

"wisconsinite, singer-songwriter, unemployed lion tamer, unqualified-snow-slinging quality control inspector, proud house plant owner"

paulotteson.tumblr.com

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Episode 219 - Candid Concert Opera

November 29th, 2011

Candid Concert Opera presents an hour of music featuring numbers from "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" (The Barber of Seville).

www.candidconcertopera.org

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Episode 218 - Shoeless Revolution

November 26th, 2011

Led by Reed Grimm of recent American Idol fame, Rock/Soul/Funk band Shoeless Revolution plays the NOMAD Festival in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin. We recorded video of this great performance and we had a nice chat with the band over the web.

shoelessrevolution.com

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Episode 217 - Jessi Lynn

November 15th, 2011

Part Two

Jessi Lynn (Nashville, TN) has been nominated for 13 Grammy's since 2002. She has independently released six Cd's and has been compared to artists such as Jennifer Nettles, Melissa Etheridge & Sheryl Crow. She has won many awards in her career including "Song of The Year", "Artist of the Year", "Album of the Year," and "Female Vocalist of the Year" at the MAMA's in 2005-2008. Jessi Lynn has shared the stage with The Wreckers, Bomshel, Emerson Drive and The Bodeans and has graced the stage of the highly coveted music festival, Summerfest (over one million in attendance every year, Milwaukee, WI). In 2005, Jessi agreed to be filmed by Emmy award winning producer, Marv Turner (Yellow Dog Productions) for a full length documentary meant to capture the struggles of an artist climbing to the top of the "impossible" music industry mountain (yet to be released). Lynn's music has been on national radio stations, as well as FOX TV, WGN & many local television programs. Most recently, Lynn had her song "A Little Bit Of You" featured in the popular online Soap Opera "Venice, The Series" (a spin off of Guiding Light) and she was also featured on the cover of the magazine, "The Isthmus". Lynn has co-written songs for the NFL, NASCAR, NHRA & MLB (with Jake Johnson) that you will soon be hearing at select games/races (Banshee Music Publishing).

http://www.jessilynn.com

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Episode 216 - Jessi Lynn

November 15th, 2011

Jessi Lynn (Nashville, TN) has been nominated for 13 Grammy's since 2002. She has independently released six Cd's and has been compared to artists such as Jennifer Nettles, Melissa Etheridge & Sheryl Crow. She has won many awards in her career including "Song of The Year", "Artist of the Year", "Album of the Year," and "Female Vocalist of the Year" at the MAMA's in 2005-2008. Jessi Lynn has shared the stage with The Wreckers, Bomshel, Emerson Drive and The Bodeans and has graced the stage of the highly coveted music festival, Summerfest (over one million in attendance every year, Milwaukee, WI). In 2005, Jessi agreed to be filmed by Emmy award winning producer, Marv Turner (Yellow Dog Productions) for a full length documentary meant to capture the struggles of an artist climbing to the top of the "impossible" music industry mountain (yet to be released). Lynn's music has been on national radio stations, as well as FOX TV, WGN & many local television programs. Most recently, Lynn had her song "A Little Bit Of You" featured in the popular online Soap Opera "Venice, The Series" (a spin off of Guiding Light) and she was also featured on the cover of the magazine, "The Isthmus". Lynn has co-written songs for the NFL, NASCAR, NHRA & MLB (with Jake Johnson) that you will soon be hearing at select games/races (Banshee Music Publishing).

http://www.jessilynn.com

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Episode 215 - Frank Catalano

November 13th, 2011

Frank claims 3 Grammy winning recordings and 11 Grammy nomination recordings with such artists as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny's Child and John Legend. He is also "the only known saxman to have performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson while still in high school!"

catalanomusic.com

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Episode 214 - David Wilcox

November 8th, 2011

Part Two

Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

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Episode 213 - David Wilcox

November 8th, 2011

Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

davidwilcox.com

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Episode 212 - Barb Ryman

November 1st, 2011

A natural storyteller with a deep compassion for the lost and forgotten voices of our culture, Barb Ryman expects music to be more than entertaining. With a crystalline voice and skillfully played guitar, Barb delivers a rich mosaic of contemporary folk, drawing from country blues, Celtic balladry, and old-time gospel/bluegrass. Her latest CD, EARTHBOUND, is a fine collection of songs displaying the breadth & depth of her musical musings. EARTHBOUND is receiving airplay on folk programs across the nation including the nationally syndicated, Midnight Special and Nevada City’s KVMR. Her career launched in 1996 when the Minneapolis Star Tribune ranked her CD, LAY ME OPEN, a top ten release across all genres, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press proclaimed “You can’t help being amazed at the power of her presence and the sound of her voice. . . you can’t help but listen.”

barbryman.com/

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Episode 211 - Barb Ryman

November 1st, 2011

A natural storyteller with a deep compassion for the lost and forgotten voices of our culture, Barb Ryman expects music to be more than entertaining. With a crystalline voice and skillfully played guitar, Barb delivers a rich mosaic of contemporary folk, drawing from country blues, Celtic balladry, and old-time gospel/bluegrass. Her latest CD, EARTHBOUND, is a fine collection of songs displaying the breadth & depth of her musical musings. EARTHBOUND is receiving airplay on folk programs across the nation including the nationally syndicated, Midnight Special and Nevada City’s KVMR. Her career launched in 1996 when the Minneapolis Star Tribune ranked her CD, LAY ME OPEN, a top ten release across all genres, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press proclaimed “You can’t help being amazed at the power of her presence and the sound of her voice. . . you can’t help but listen.

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Episode 210 - Delhi 2 Dublin

October 25th, 2011

Indian/Celtic/Electronica group Delhi 2 Dublin in the middle of their U.S. tour.

Part Two of Two

delhi2dublin.com

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Episode 209 - Delhi 2 Dublin

October 25th, 2011

Indian/Celtic/Electronica group Delhi 2 Dublin in the middle of their U.S. tour.

Part One of Two

delhi2dublin.com

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Episode 208 - Fred Gillen Jr.

October 18th, 2011

New York songwriter, Fred Gillen Jr.,  returns to the Mad Toast Live stage for a powerful set.

fredgillenjr.com

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Episode 207 - Ryan Mauer and the Angry Fix

October 18th, 2011

Madison WI band Ryan Mauer and the Angry Fix brings their brand of jazz infused folk to our show.

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Episode 206 - Outside Agitators

October 4th, 2011

The Outside Agitators (Tom Kastle, Stephen Lee Rich, and Rich Baumann) formed during the protests at the Wisconsin capitol.  They brought their politically charged folk to our show.

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Episode 205 - Rich Baumann

October 4th, 2011

Established Madison songwriter and folk artist, Rich Baumann, plays the Mad Toast Live stage.

richbaumann.com

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Episode 204 - Nigel Egg

October 4th, 2011

Nigel Egg is a great songwriter/blues artist from Minneapolis.

nigelegg.com

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Episode 203 - Mark Dvorak

September 20th, 2011

MARK DVORAK is a modern day troubadour who has never stopped performing, writing and recording. He has been called a folk singer’s folk singer who has an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional songs.

markdvorak.com

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Episode 202 - Lee Murdock

September 20th, 2011

Lee Murdock brings his stories and songs about the Great Lakes to the Mad Toast Live Stage.

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Episode 201 - Lawrence Faculty Jazz Quartet

September 11th, 2011

(Part 2)
The Lawrence Faculty Jazz Quartet plays modern, acoustic, improvised music that is steeped in the tradition of Jazz, but open to everything. Through sincere individual expression and ferocious listening, the band creates an empathetic musical environment that is new every performance. Jazz Standards, original compositions, and music from American and world folk traditions, re-imagined by the artists in a fluid and interactive space.
lawrence.edu
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Episode 200 - Lawrence Faculty Jazz Quartet

September 11th, 2011

The Lawrence Faculty Jazz Quartet plays modern, acoustic, improvised music that is steeped in the tradition of Jazz, but open to everything. Through sincere individual expression and ferocious listening, the band creates an empathetic musical environment that is new every performance. Jazz Standards, original compositions, and music from American and world folk traditions, re-imagined by the artists in a fluid and interactive space.
lawrence.edu
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Episode 199 - Mountain Heart

September 7th, 2011

Georgia-based bluegrass ensemble, Mountain Heart has been fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played. Widely known throughout the music industry for constantly redefining the cutting edge, the band has gained legions of fans both as a result of their incredible musicianship and their exciting live performances.
As one of the most highly awarded ensembles ever assembled, Mountain Heart, or members of the band, have won numerous Grammys, ACM, CMA, and IBMA Awards. They have appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 100 times and have shared the stage with everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Merle Haggard, and Brad Paisley, to Alison Krauss, Yonder Mountain Stringband, LeAnn Rimes, and Patty Loveless.
Leading the charge in taking acoustic music to the masses, Mountain Heart deftly combines elements of rock, jamband, blues, jazz, and bluegrass into a high-energy sound that is at once fresh, accessible, and unmistakeable.
Paraphrased from a Country Weekly review of their latest recording:
"Comprised of six young men who have collectively woven an impressive list of credits (working with Carrie Underwood, Ricky Skaggs, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and others), their sound hails more from the Southern-rock core of Georgia or the blues- drenched Louisiana bayou than the hills of Kentucky....this band's mix of country, bluegrass, blues and rock should fit comfortably beside newgrass contemporaries such as The Infamous Stringdusters and The Grascals."
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Episode 198 - Squarewave

August 19th, 2011

Madison's ethereal rock trio, Squarewave, plays a show from August 19, 2011 at the beautiful East Side Club on Lake Monona in Madison.  Big thanks to True Endeavors for putting the show together!

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Episode 197 - Groove Session

June 15th, 2011

(part 2)

Groove Session truly believes in sharing positive music and energy. Funky, soulful, jazzy, reggae-inspired jams with tight arrangements and killer vocals! Shades of Phish, Jason Mraz, Frank Zappa. Our Mad Toast Live 3rd Season Finale!

www.myspace.com/groovesession

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Episode 196 - Groove Session

June 15th, 2011

Groove Session truly believes in sharing positive music and energy. Funky, soulful, jazzy, reggae-inspired jams with tight arrangements and killer vocals! Shades of Phish, Jason Mraz, Frank Zappa. Our Mad Toast Live 3rd Season Finale!

www.myspace.com/groovesession

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Episode 195 - Ruby James

May 31st, 2011

Ruby burst onto the music scene as a solo artist in 2006 with the release of her EP Sweet as Sin, immediately captivating critics and crowds, with moxie and sophistication and a kick ass stage show, leaving a swarm of heady fans in her wake. Her sultry yet sweet voice tempted, teased and rocked premiere venues from Central Park in New York City, Hard Rock Live, Austin's Continental to LA's Viper Room and The Whiskey. Whether it be on her own or sharing stages with Jackson Browne, Jane Weidlin, Soul Asylum, 7Mary3, War and Fastball, Ruby James is often compared to legendary icons Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow and Chrissy Hynde. Humbly aware, she is committed to and succeeding at blazing her own unique trail through modern rock.

"Ruby James is one to watch out for"- Austin 360 Review (Austin American Statesman)

rubyjames.com

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Episode 194 - Adam Mackintosh

May 31st, 2011

Adam Mackintosh is a unique songwriter and Performer. Former lead for the Portland, Oregon band Gruesome Galore (6 European Tours) Adam has learned longevity and excelled as a songwriter. 6 years at Steel Bridge Songfest with some of the nations best writers Adam has shared stages and recordings with James McMurtry,  Jackson Browne, Pat mAcdonald (Timbuk 3), Lynda KayJane Wiedlin (Go-Go's), Storm and The BallsChris Aaron (American Standard), BlueheelsClyde Stubblefield (James Brown's Funky Drummer), Victoria VoxMelaniejane, The Delta Jets, Joseph Arthur, Clovis MannMark AddisonFreedy Johnston James Hall of The Pleasure ClubEric McFadden of Parliament Funkadelic Andrea Wittgens, and a mulititude of other really great, highly talented industry professionals. Adam has performed at over 500 concerts in the US and Europe to crowds ranging from 10 to 5000. With film credits beginning to roll in, his personal style of music has been compared to many classic artists, T. Rex, The Byrds, The Kinks, Harry Nillsson, David Bowie, John Lennon, George Harrison, Robbie Robertson, and to many contemporaries...Monsters of Folk, My Morning Jacket, M. Ward, Band Of Horses, Jet, Iron And Wine, Radiohead.

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Episode 193 - Claudia Schmidt

May 17th, 2011

Legendary folk/jazz artist, Claudia Schmidt, joins us for two sets.

claudiaschmidt.com

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Episode 192 - Claudia Schmidt

May 17th, 2011

Legendary folk/jazz artist, Claudia Schmidt, joins us for two sets.

claudiaschmidt.com

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Episode 191 - Honest Monday

May 3rd, 2011

HONEST MONDAY is a unique collaboration of singer-songwriters--loose with a sense of solidarity, a fresh sound with an old soul. With a diverse diverse range of influences, the band seamlessly blends together to create a musically classic, yet raw original sound. String band swampy folk grooves laced with fun hooks and vocal harmonies.

honestmondayband.com

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Episode 190 - Corey Hart

May 3rd, 2011

Recently voted of Madison’s Songwriter of the Year, Corey Hart plays the music you wish you'd grown up to - an eclectic blend of folk, rock, and a little bit of soul.  Corey is joined by Ida Jo on the fiddle.  We are happy to have them back on the show!

coreyhartmusic.com

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Episode 189 - The McDougals

April 19th, 2011

(part 2)

Legendary Chicago/Madison folk duo, the McDougals, appear on the Mad Toast Live stage.

The McDougals

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Episode 188 - The McDougals

April 19th, 2011

Legendary Chicago/Madison folk duo, the McDougals, appear on the Mad Toast Live stage.

The McDougals

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Episode 187 - Underground Day 1

April 5th, 2011

Madison hard rock band Underground Day 1 joins the show.

undergroundday1.com

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Episode 186 - Early Thomas and The Tyranny Of Evil Men

April 5th, 2011

Chicago group, Early Thomas and the Tyranny of Evil Men, brings their rowdy brand of rock and roll to the show in this entertaining set.

Early Thomas and The Tyranny Of Evil Men

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Episode 185 - Count This Penny

March 29th, 2011

Count This Penny is an Appalachian pop trio based in Johnson City, Tennessee and Madison, Wisconsin.   Their songs are born of time spent walking old dogs and doggedly traveling to and from the hills of home.  Their warm harmonies, plaintive lyrics, and organic percussion create a front-porch sound that invites you to pull up a chair.
www.countthispenny.com
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Episode 184 - Musikanto

March 29th, 2011

Born Mike Musikanto on Chicago's Northside in 1983 (but performing under only his last name), he grew up listening to his fathers obscure folk and roots rock records like Fraser and Debolt and Jerry Hahn.  Musikanto's songs have the bite of a Chicago winter. Celebrating elements of orchestral music, country and jazz, Musikanto's narratives rattle the core of the human spirit.

musikantomusic.com

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Episode 183 - Joe Jencks & Kim and Reggie Harris

March 15th, 2011

Joe Jencks joins Kim and Reggie Harris on stage for powerful combined third set of the night.

joejencks.com

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www.kimandreggie.com
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Episode 182 - Kim and Reggie Harris

March 15th, 2011

International touring folk artists, Kim and Reggie Harris combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock, jazz and pop music. Creative curiosity, years of road and stage experience and interactions with performers such as Pete Seeger, Ysaye Barnwell, Jay Leno, Tom Paxton, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Harry Belafonte and others, has led them to produce music that entertains and inspires. With numerous recordings on the Appleseed Recordings and the Folk Era labels they are also featured on a number of compilations, films and educational projects worldwide.
www.kimandreggie.com
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Episode 181 - Joe Jencks

March 15th, 2011

Seattle-based songwriter, Joe Jencks is also an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator. From venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, to coffee houses, festivals, spiritual communities, and schools, Joe Jencks has spent the last nine years touring full time. He is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration.

joejencks.com

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Episode 180 - Mara Rosenbloom Quartet

March 6th, 2011

According to New York City’s Jazz Gazette, "All About Jazz", The Mara Rosenbloom Quartet “plays music that renders believable a future for jazz.”  A Madison native, Rosenbloom and her quartet will be performing hits from the group’s premier release "School of Fish", as well as showcasing new music for their upcoming album "Songs from the Ground".

www.mararosenbloom.com/live

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Episode 179 - Mara Rosenbloom Quartet

March 6th, 2011

According to New York City’s Jazz Gazette, "All About Jazz", The Mara Rosenbloom Quartet “plays music that renders believable a future for jazz.”  A Madison native, Rosenbloom and her quartet will be performing hits from the group’s premier release "School of Fish", as well as showcasing new music for their upcoming album "Songs from the Ground".

www.mararosenbloom.com/live

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Episode 178 - Tony Brown

March 1st, 2011

Madison ex-patriate, Tony Brown's music affects the broad spectrum of diverse social and cultural influences, encompassing a wide range of styles from old-school Blues through R&B, Soul, Ska, Reggae, Jazz, Funk and Latin flavors.  A true Madison music icon!

www.myspace.com/tbrown608
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Episode 177 - Tony Brown

March 1st, 2011

Madison ex-patriate, Tony Brown's music affects the broad spectrum of diverse social and cultural influences, encompassing a wide range of styles from old-school Blues through R&B, Soul, Ska, Reggae, Jazz, Funk and Latin flavors.  A true Madison music icon!
www.myspace.com/tbrown608
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Episode 176 - Shtetlblasters

February 15th, 2011

Out of the dust of the Kosher Sound Deli comes dance-a-licious revolution spearheaded by The Shtetlblasters. Fusing klezmer, electro-funk, improv and all things epic(esque), The Shtetlblasters will...destroy...you!

www.myspace.com/shtetlblasters
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Episode 175 - Thistle & the Thorns

February 15th, 2011

Thistle has been writing songs for years about her experiences organizing group bike rides, the destruction and the healing of the earth and her own struggles with meaning...she paints a picture of what our post-fossil- fuel-powered communities may look like.
www.thistlespace.org/
www.myspace.com/thistlespace
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Episode 174 - Christian Howes & Federico Lechner

February 13th, 2011

World-class jazz violinist Christian Howes joins Madrid-based pianist Federico Lechner in a special Mad Toast Live Concert event.  In August, 2009, Christian was ranked (for the third time) as the #2 violinist in the Downbeat Critics Poll “Rising Stars”. Says All About Jazz ,”as a jazz violinist he has no peer”.  The Minneapolis Tribune called Christian ”arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz”.

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Episode 173 - Christian Howes & Federico Lechner

February 13th, 2011

World-class jazz violinist Christian Howes joins Madrid-based pianist Federico Lechner in a special Mad Toast Live Concert event.  In August, 2009, Christian was ranked (for the third time) as the #2 violinist in the Downbeat Critics Poll “Rising Stars”. Says All About Jazz ,”as a jazz violinist he has no peer”.  The Minneapolis Tribune called Christian ”arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz”.

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Episode 172 - PurgAtory Hill (Pat MacDonald & Melanie Jane)

January 18th, 2011

(part 2)
First reaching national recognition through his powerhouse duo, Timbuk 3 (remember "Future's So Bright I've Got To Wear Shades"?, Pat, along with his friend, Jackson Browne, has established The Steel Bridge Songfest--now one of the country's  hot-spots for the best up-and-coming songwriters to work alongside some of music industry's top pros to create visionary new music and raise money and awareness to help save a remarkable Wisconsin landmark.
purgatoryhill.com
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Episode 171 - PurgAtory Hill (Pat MacDonald & Melanie Jane)

January 18th, 2011

First reaching national recognition through his powerhouse duo, Timbuk 3 (remember "Future's So Bright I've Got To Wear Shades"?, Pat, along with his friend, Jackson Browne, has established The Steel Bridge Songfest--now one of the country's  hot-spots for the best up-and-coming songwriters to work alongside some of music industry's top pros to create visionary new music and raise money and awareness to help save a remarkable Wisconsin landmark.
purgatoryhill.com
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Episode 170 - Dave Tamkin & Chris Webb

December 21st, 2010

(part 2)
Chicago-fueled (and now Colorado-located) nationally touring acoustic rock artist, Dave Tamkin maintains his own popular blog, Head Above Music, which was created as a free resource for musicians to find tips about gear, touring, travel, health and other important interests related to the working musician. Denver is where Chris Webb calls home and performs ferociously in the Metro area. A graduate of CU-Boulder’s School of Music Webb’s musical accomplishments include sharing marquees with Sister Hazel, Leftover Salmon, The Big Wu and The Samples.
chriswebbmusic.com

davetamkin.com

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Episode 169 - Dave Tamkin & Chris Webb

December 21st, 2010

Chicago-fueled (and now Colorado-located) nationally touring acoustic rock artist, Dave Tamkin maintains his own popular blog, Head Above Music, which was created as a free resource for musicians to find tips about gear, touring, travel, health and other important interests related to the working musician. Denver is where Chris Webb calls home and performs ferociously in the Metro area. A graduate of CU-Boulder’s School of Music Webb’s musical accomplishments include sharing marquees with Sister Hazel, Leftover Salmon, The Big Wu and The Samples.
chriswebbmusic.com

davetamkin.com

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Episode 168 - Okham’s Razor

December 7th, 2010

Based in the Platteville, WI area, Okham’s Razor is the acoustic folk/rock duo of Roy Schroedl and Eric Fleming or Kevan Norin. Their four original CD's are a collaboration of the band's influences which range from Tom Petty, Chris Smither, John Mellencamp and the Black Crows to Hank Williams, Sr., Gene Autry, Jimmy Rogers, The Beatles, Jethro Tull, Dave Matthews & REM. Active in southern WI for many years, their vocal harmonies are top-shelf.
okhamsrazor.com
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Episode 167 - Frank Sommers

December 7th, 2010

A songwriter whose catalog of hundreds of songs include folk, pop, musical theater, gospel, country, Big Band and other genres, Frank X. Sommers has also been a writer/producer in several different mediums, including theater, music and television. His musical theater adaptation of the Miramax movie "The Englishman Who went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain" was showcased in the Disney/ASCAP workshop program in New York.
facebook.com/pages/Frank-X-Sommers
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Episode 166 - Harris Lemberg & Johnny Widdicombe

November 30th, 2010

A NJ native, Lemberg studied Philosophy at the UW-Madison while earning a living playing gigs.  I gig-meister still, Harris' award-winning 2007 release, "Lost In My Own Little World" features (in Lemberg's own words) "funky childlike piano jazz in the the style of Vince Guaraldi".  Joined by another great jazz-philosopher, Mr. Johnny Widdicombe (Piper Road Spring Band), on bass. These are all old friends of ours, so this show promises to be a great reunion!

harrissimo.com

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Episode 165 - Laurie Lang-Croasdale, John Becker & Sally DeBroux

November 30th, 2010

Lang-Croasdale, Becker and DeBroux have been creating beautiful new yet classic jazz sounds together for many years--often heard at the Orton Park Festival and other great Madison venues. Upright bass, keyboard, drums and vocals.  

sallydebroux.com

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Episode 164 - Dirty Shirts

November 16th, 2010

Their new CD, "Two Dollar Turpentine" just hit the streets, though the Dirty Shirts have been blazing their own honky-tonk trail for several years.  "Burkhart writes songs that would make Kristofferson reach over to turn up the radio..." (WI Public TV's Andy Moore--"30 Minute Music Hour")
www.thedirtyshirts.com
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Episode 163 - Catfish Stephenson

November 16th, 2010

www.myspace.com/catfishstephenson

A.V. Club-Madison says, "...one of Madison's most unmistakable musicians...you'll be hard-pressed to find a better acoustic bluesman in town. Even when Stephenson is right in front of your face, you can almost imagine the tunes are streaming off an old 78."  We second that emotion.
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Episode 162 - Daniel & The Lion

November 2nd, 2010

Based in Baraboo, WI, Daniel & The Lion's lead-man, Jimmie Linville, recently won 105.5 WMMM's Project M contest.  Katjusa Cisar (77 Square) says, "...Daniel & the Lion's songs evoke power in their spareness, similar to Eau Claire indie darling Bon Iver."  Currently on their Midwest Tour, we're excited to have them back on the show!
www.datlband.com
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Episode 161 - Charlie Cheney & Chris Aaron

November 2nd, 2010

"Pirate Superhero Citizen Adventurer"--"Discovered" by Jackson Browne and Pat MacDonald in June 2006 at Steel Bridge Songfest where he exploded onto the songwriter scene.  Cheney  7 songs included on international compilation CDs and an acclaimed solo CD.  Charlie will be joined on a few tunes by Wisconsin's favorite famous guitar-slinger, Mr. Chris Aaron!
www.charliecheney.com
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Episode 160 - Bowser

October 30th, 2010

Elkhart Lake Wisconsin's jam/rock band Bowser.

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Episode 159 - Star Persons

October 28th, 2010

Madison's Electro-Hip-Hop band played the Orpheum Theater in their hometown on Halloween weekend.  It was a crazy night and we were there to capture it.

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starpersons.net

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Episode 158 - Ben Bullington

October 17th, 2010

Part 2    Amazing Montana songwriter, Ben Bullington, takes the stage.

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Episode 157 - Ben Bullington

October 17th, 2010

Amazing Montana songwriter, Ben Bullington, takes the stage.

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Episode 156 - Harmonious Wail

October 5th, 2010

Harmonious Wail returns to Mad Toast Live!  We are so glad to have them back.

wail.com

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Episode 155 - Harmonious Wail

October 5th, 2010

Sims and Maggie join our hosts Chris and Mary for a warmup before Harmonious Wail takes the stage .

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Episode 154 - Graminy

September 28th, 2010

(pronounced "GRAM-in-knee") 1. the botanical name for the  grass family; 2. a "class-grass" ensemble  from Madison, Wisconsin, bringing together classical  and grassroots musical traditions.  Featuring UW Sociology Prof. Michael Bell, Chris Powers, Shauncey Ali (WI State Fiddle Champ), and the hosts of Mad Toast Live.  Performing several original works by Bell.

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Episode 153 - Esben Bøgh Laursen

September 28th, 2010

His official stage name is Esben Langkniv--a Danish troubadour, singer/songwriter, storyteller and film-maker--Esben joins us during his 2010 US Tour performing the music and story from his latest release (I Myrens Tegn) “Under the Sign of the Ant”, following the life of Daniel Olsson from his birth in Denmark in 1892 to the last sign of him on the shores of Lake Superior in America. He will tell the story in English, and sing in both Danish and English. Help us give him a warm Madison welcome!

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Episode 152 - Mark Croft

September 21st, 2010

Award winning Madison songwriter, Mark Croft, returns to the show!

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markcroftmusic.com

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Episode 151 - Dave Stoler

September 21st, 2010

Dave Stoler is a veteran Madison jazz pianist.

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Episode 150 - Steez

September 10th, 2010

Madison band, Steez, joins us on the show.  The originators of creepfunk have made a name for themselves touring over the last few years.  Their latest album "Creepfunk Crusade" was rated as one of the top 10 albums to come out of Madison in 2009 by the Isthmus.

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creepfunk.com

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Episode 149 - Don Peachey Band

September 7th, 2010

The Don Peachey band is a classic polka & dancehall band from the heart of Wisconsin.

wisconsinpolkamusic.com/peachey

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Episode 148 - David Biel

September 7th, 2010

Milwaukee-based electronic composer.

bielworks.com

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Episode 147 - Whim Po & Emili

August 24th, 2010

Playing what they describe as "Experimental Folk / Orchestral Pop",  Whim Po and Emili's Colin Weaver (vocals/strings) and Emily Robertson (vocals/piano) began as an acoustic duo playing small shows in and around Northfield, Minnesota in 2007. As their following grew in Northfield’s basement bar and college scene, other members were added and WPE released their debut album, "Whim, Po, & Emili," in November of 2009, followed soon after by their EP, Maybe Baby, in May 2010. Their music, while diverse, is most easily classified as orchestral pop. It takes the words and images so powerful in the folk tradition and imbues them with the melodies and rhythms of popular music. Intoned with the stories and imagery they encounter, they create music that embodies the textured world around them. Over the last two years WPE has played shows throughout the upper Midwest. Their diverse sound easily lends itself both to large, high-energy, electric sets and smaller, quieter acoustic shows.  Shades of Radiohead....you're gonna enjoy this one!
whimpoemili.com/
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Episode 146 - Yid Vicious

August 24th, 2010

A Madison favorite--from ramshackle bars and luxurious ballrooms, on high festival stages or on bare sod, Yid Vicious often drives crowds into flurries of freylekh-fueled dancing fury. With repertoire drawn mainly from traditional secular Yiddish music but infused with their collective aesthetic and experience, celebrating the long-standing tradition of klezmorim but incorporating new musical ideas into an organic and ever-evolving art form. Yid's musical arsental consists of clarinets, saxophones, fiddle, horn, vocals, guitar, accordion, tuba, drums and sometimes theremin.

yidvicious.com

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Episode 145 - Cork & Bottle String Band

August 10th, 2010

One of Madison's long-time favorite bluegrass bands, it's not far from the truth to say that The Cork and Bottle String Band single-handedly turned on a whole new generation of bluegrass fans and revived the flagging folk and bluegrass scene in Madison over the past 14 years they've been together.  Their long-standing regular gigs have been a second home to hundreds of sweating, dancing, fun-loving C & B SB fans.  We're excited to finally have them on the MTL stage!
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Episode 144 - Guy Fiorentini

August 10th, 2010

GUY FIORENTINI

A very talented musician/writer/producer/teacher (and good friend of ours) based out of Milwaukee, WI, Guy sings and plays guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, harmonica and percussion, and has toured nationally and internationally playing everything from hardcore and reggae to bluegrass and gypsy jazz. A founding member of the 3 time WAMI Award winning Salt Creek, he is currently playing guitar and bass with several working bands, recording and performing solo under his own name, and is also a recording producer and engineer at his own Milwaukee-based studio, Fly Studios.  Guy was actually our very first guest on Mad Toast Live--literally Episode One!
www.guyfi.com
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Episode 143 - Montana Skies

July 20th, 2010

Jennifer and Jonathan Adams create a "new acoustic" sound with the pairing of electric cello and classical guitar.  Their originals have been featured on NPR and the Travel Channel.  Using a wide range of effects, their musical wizardry combines to create a sound that is truly remarkable--we're thrilled to have them back on the show!

http://www.montanaskiesmusic.ning.com

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Episode 142 - Ida Jo

July 20th, 2010

IDA JO

Courage. Strength. Devotion. Ida Jo's debut album "Providence" is about all those things and is available now on iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon.   Nominated for several Madison Area Music Awards, including String Instrumentalis of the Year, as well as Pop Album, Pop Song, and R&B Song for her work with Mike Droho & The Compass Rose, Ida Jo will showcase her own fiddle and songwriting chops on Mad Toast Live, as well as the talented young women's chorus she leads, called "Midnight Voices".

idajoandtheshow.com

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Episode 141 - Tim Seisser Trio

July 13th, 2010

(Episode 2 of 2)
TIM SEISSER TRIO
A staff writer for Bass Musician Magazine, and with influences ranging from Jaco Pastorius and Victor Wooten to Ray Brown and Paul Chambers, Tim Seisser is one of Chicago’s premier electric bassists. He’s been on the show before, but he’s back with his own combo–a must see for all jazz lovers!  In 2008, Tim released his first album as a leader entitled “Wire and Wood”.  It received high acclaim from jazz reviewers and has been played on multiple Chicago area jazz stations including WDCB and WNUA. 

www.timseisser.com

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Episode 140 - Tim Seisser Trio

July 13th, 2010

(Episode 1 of 2)
TIM SEISSER TRIO
A staff writer for Bass Musician Magazine, and with influences ranging from Jaco Pastorius and Victor Wooten to Ray Brown and Paul Chambers, Tim Seisser is one of Chicago's premier electric bassists. He's been on the show before, but he's back with his own combo--a must see for all jazz lovers!  In 2008, Tim released his first album as a leader entitled "Wire and Wood".  It received high acclaim from jazz reviewers and has been played on multiple Chicago area jazz stations including WDCB and WNUA. 

www.timseisser.com

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Episode 139 - Jim Schwall

June 29th, 2010

JIM SCHWALL
Best known for his long-time partnership with Corky Siegel and the internationally renowned blues-rock outfit, "The Siegel-Schwall Band", Jim has also been very active in the Madison music scene for many years. Other career paths such as being a lettered professor and social worker, as well as being a former Madison mayoral candidate make this one extraordinarily interesting person--and his music is every bit as interesting and often autobiographical.
jimschwall.com
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Episode 138 - John Statz

June 29th, 2010

JOHN STATZ
Joined by a talented group of Madison, Wisconsin musicians (including Blueheels/Blake Thomas drummer Adam Cargin, and songwriters Jeremiah Nelson and Whitney Mann), Statz' new album, "Ghost Towns" is inspired by grimey, war-torn Balkan towns and dying, broken down American cities.
A well-known and well-loved Madison performer, this will be John's first appearance on Mad Toast Live!
johnstatz.com
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Episode 137 - Patrick Terbrack

June 15th, 2010

Noted for his hard swinging style and deeply soulful and expressive sound, jazz saxophonist Patrick Terbrack is beginning to make his mark on the Chicago jazz scene. Having already performed with seasoned veterans and jazz legends Willie Pickens, Rodney Whitaker, Benny Golson, and Jimmy Heath, Patrick is stepping away from his role as a sideman and embracing his role as a bandleader.

An equally gifted saxophonist and composer Patrick is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2009 he was voted Outstanding Musician of the Elmhurst jazz Festival and his original composition 6 Here 12 There won the 2008 Signature Songwriters Competition. Four of Patrick’s original compositions, including 6 Here 12 There, are featured on his debut album “Invitation”.

Having recently recorded his debut album, Invitation, Patrick Terbrack is hard at work touring and performing all over the United States with either his quintet featuring some of Chicago’s best musicians or with the NY based band the Delisfort Project.

Patrick has performed with Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Cobb, Rodney Whitaker, Lou Solof, John Faddis, Wycliffe Gordon, Jon Hendrix, Marcus Belgrave, Eric Reed, The Gerald Wilson Big Band, and The Milton Mustafah Big Band. He has performed at the JVC Jazz Festival, The Lima Peru Jazz Festival, The Detroit Jazz Festival, The Lansing Jazz Festival, and performed at Dizzy's Coca-Cola Room. Patrick has toured extensively in the U.S., Peru and Colombia, South America.

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Episode 136 - Stas Venglevski & Randal Harrison

May 25th, 2010

(Episode 2 of 2)

RANDAL HARRISON & STAS VENGLEVSKI

One of Madison’s premier jazz/experimental violinistis, Randal Harrison (violin) and Milwaukee’s famous bayan (button accordion) virtuoso, Stas Venglevski  will be performing solo pieces as well as duo arrangements.   Truly a must-see concert!

www.stringfling.com /  www.stasv.com

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Episode 135 - Stas Venglevski & Randal Harrison

May 25th, 2010

RANDAL HARRISON & STAS VENGLEVSKI

One of Madison's premier jazz/experimental violinistis, Randal Harrison (violin) and Milwaukee's famous bayan (button accordion) virtuoso, Stas Venglevski  will be performing solo pieces as well as duo arrangements.   Truly a must-see concert!

www.stringfling.com /  www.stasv.com

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Episode 134 - Randy Sabien & Bill Camplin

May 18th, 2010

Friends of the show, Bill Camplin and Randy Sabine showed up for an impromptu episode.

www.cafecarpe.com/billcamplin.htm

http://www.randysabien.com/enternew.html

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Episode 133 - Rohnelleros

May 18th, 2010

ROHNELLAROS

Producers of Walmartopia and leaders of Madison's favorite eclecto-disco-funk outfit "VO5", composer Andrew Rohn and writer Catherine Capellaro will be performing excerpts from several of their wonderful musicals as well as a variety of their other highly original tunes!

www.walmartopia.com

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Episode 132 - Corey Hart

May 18th, 2010

COREY HART Recently voted of Madison’s Songwriter of the Year, Corey Hart plays the music you wish you'd grown up to - an eclectic blend of folk, rock, and a little bit of soul. "Hart is out to make folk that's not about easy listening, that suggests the intensity of real life... starkly authentic and full of promise" - The Isthmus

coreyhartmusic.com

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Episode 131 - Willerm Delisfort Project

May 11th, 2010

(Part 2 of 2)

WILLERM DELISFORT PROJECT

Jazz pianist Will Delisfort brought his brilliant group to the Mad Toast Live stage last year and we could not pass up the opportunity to have them back on the show!  Willerm's versatility has created a high demand for him with prominent jazz, rap, soul, and fusion artists including 2009 Best World Guitarist Fareed Haque and Grammy Award winning artist T-Pain.
www.wdelisfort.com
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Episode 130 - Willerm Delisfort Project

May 11th, 2010

(Part 1 of 2)

WILLERM DELISFORT PROJECT

Jazz pianist Will Delisfort brought his brilliant group to the Mad Toast Live stage last year and we could not pass up the opportunity to have them back on the show!  Willerm's versatility has created a high demand for him with prominent jazz, rap, soul, and fusion artists including 2009 Best World Guitarist Fareed Haque and Grammy Award winning artist T-Pain.
www.wdelisfort.com
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Episode 129 - Matt Turk

May 4th, 2010

MATT TURK

Matt first appeared on Mad Toast Live as part of the great Hudson Valley songwriter duo, "Gillen & Turk".  Having worked with artists as diverse as Phil Ramone and Pete Seeger, Turk's writing and performing chops range just as wide--from jam-rock to folk revival and movie sound-tracks.  We're excited to have him back!
www.turktunes.com
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Episode 128 - Anna Laube

May 4th, 2010

ANNA LAUBE

Anna Laube’s new album, Pool All The Love * Pool All The Knowledge, was written in living rooms from Austin, TX to Volcano, HI, and documents a life on the road less traveled. Laube has been described as “An artist to whom you would hand over the keys to your heart” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, composing “intimate, heartfelt songs rooted in traditional Americana” (NPR)

www.annalaube.com

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Episode 127 - Diane Lewis

April 27th, 2010

(Episode 2 of 2)

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Episode 126 - Diane Lewis

April 27th, 2010

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A Seattle native and current Rockford/Lake Geneva area resident, Diane toured with dance bands during the '70's and moved to Chicago in the '80's to pursue her love of jazz and worked with the area's top musicians from 18-piece bands to jazz trios.   She is currently an active performer in the Chicago/Rockford area--vocalist, pianist, songwriter, and music composer for multimedia websites.
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Episode 125 - Fred Gillen Jr.

April 21st, 2010

Fred Gillen Jr., the politically conscious songwriter from New York state joins us on the show.

fredgillenjr.com/

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Episode 124 - Hayward Williams

April 14th, 2010

Terrific songwriter from Milwaukee, Hayward Williams.

haywardwilliams.com

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Episode 123 - Marquis Hill Black-Tet

April 6th, 2010

(part 2 of 2)

Marquis Hill (Chicago Trumpeter & jazz combo)

marquishill.com

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Episode 122 - Marquis Hill Black-Tet

April 6th, 2010

(Part 1 of 2)

Marquis Hill (Chicago Trumpeter & jazz combo)

marquishill.com

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Episode 121 - Michael Miller

March 30th, 2010

MICHAEL MILLER

We're thrilled to have Michael Miller back on the show--catching him on the WI leg of his current US tour. Michael's new CD, "I Made You Up" features top L.A. studio musicians who are also band-mates with artists such as Damien Rice, Shakira, Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Beck, Ray LaMontagne, The Pretenders, Son Volt, Aimee Mann, Tom Waits, Sam Phillips, Jellyfish, Sting, Rami Jaffee, Foo Fighters, The Wallflowers, Madonna, and Snoop Dogg. Good company.

www.michaelmillercrusade.com

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Episode 120 - Stukenberg

March 30th, 2010

David Stukenberg

We don't know what his real story is, and I'm not sure we're going to find out, but we're gonna try! We do know that you'll love his music. His new CD and documentary DVD , "The Silo Project", was just released in February.

www.stukenbergsucks.com

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Episode 119 - LJ Booth

March 23rd, 2010

L.J. BOOTH

Now that it's an official podcast show, we're pleased to have our very good friend, L.J. Booth, back on Mad Toast Live in a rare Madison appearance! An excellent storyteller, his live CD released last year is really a collection of stories in the best folk songwriting tradition--with a very soulful and jubilant sound.

www.ljbooth.com

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Episode 118 - Tom Kastle

March 23rd, 2010

TOM KASTLE

A wonderful storyteller and singer of songs about tall ships and the open water, Tom Kastle keeps up a fast-paced schedule of workshops and school assemblies teaching kids about sailing history and lore.

www.tomkastle.com

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Episode 117 - The Larry Brown Group

March 16th, 2010

THE LARRY BROWN GROUP (episode 2 of 2) www.sonicbids.com/larrybrowngroup Larry Brown learned from jazz legends such as Pat Martino, Houston Person, Jimmy Cobb, Victor Goines, John Scofield and Russell Malone and has performed at some of the country’s top jazz venues and festivals. He has performed with Hamiet Bluiett, Louie Bellson, Lew Soloff, Benny Golson and Curtis Fuller and received his Masters from NIU where he studied with jazz notables Fareed Haque, Willie Pickens and jazz educator Ron Carter.

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