February at the Stoughton Opera House
Stoughton Opera House has a great lineup for February. You can go to Stoughton Opera House to check out all the events and purchase tickets. Don’t forget that your tickets get you a 10% discount on your stay at the Naeset Roe Inn on the night of the performance. Enjoy a great show, a great nights rest in a Victorian home and a wonderful breakfast created by the award winning innkeeper Carl.
The first members of the original Madison Brass Band, founded in 1863, were businessmen, cobblers, cigar-makers, stone-cutters, and a saloon proprietor. Only one member was a professional musician. The band went into remission for many years until the early 2000’s when it revitalized its mission to bring the great British and American brass band tradition back to the greater Madison area. In addition to concerts, festivals and many events in southern Wisconsin, MBB has also performed twice at the Grand Celebration of Brass Bands in Iowa.
Under the leadership of Craig Mason, The Madison Brass Band has become Southern Wisconsin’s premier brass ensemble performing at concerts, festivals, and prestigious brass competitions with great success and audience response. They are based on the British Brass Band model and use cornets, flugelhorn, alto horns, English baritones, trombones, euphoniums, Eb tubas, Bb tubas, and percussion.
The Madison Brass Band takes pride in the members being both good musicians and good people. They believe in playing good music, music without pretention. Come and hear an exciting and varied program of original compositions, marches, overtures, hymns, jazz, and new and traditional works for brass band.
“Berets and Bongos” describes the Cafe Accordion experience. A loungy, eclectic mix, full of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude. The heart of the Cafe Accordion repertoire is the romantic, gypsy-influenced valse-musette. The group complements the musettes with swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, rumbas, and cumbias to create a wonderfully varied show. They inject their music with good humor and expressive abandon. Their high level of musicianship and passion for performance makes them an entertaining concert to experience.
The Cafe Accordion Orchestra is led by Dan Newton on accordion and vocals, with Eric Mohring on mandolin, violin and vocals, Erik Lillestol on bass, and Joe Steinger on percussion.
The band has the great fortune of working with some of the area’s finest guitarists and vocalists. They have appeared in New York at the Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing series, the International Akkordeon Festival in Vienna, Austria, The Minnesota State Fair, as well as festivals, theaters and dance halls across the United States.
Crossing the boundaries of folk, jazz and blues, Bonnie Koloc was a mainstay in folk circles along with Steve Goodman and John Prine forming the “trinity of the Chicago folk scene”, drawing crowds that stood in lines around the block, hoping, at least, for a place to stand to catch the hottest act in town. With her crystalline voice and exquisite songs, she is renowned for her warm, powerful voice, stage presence and music which has elements of Folk, Gospel, and Blues in the spirit of Alberta Hunter.
Bonnie has sung on John Prine’s classic ‘Bruised Orange’ record, sung with Charles Neville as part of his Diversity Band at the Jazz & Heritage Festival, has appeared on ABC’s NIGHTLINE, has received terrific response from the Ravinia to the BBC, and is critically acclaimed by the NEW YORK TIMES. She has Also received the Governor’s Award for Best Singer, the Theatre World Bronze Award for Outstanding New Talent on Broadway, and a Drama Critics Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
In addition to her talents as a singer and songwriter, Bonnie is also a print maker, painter, ceramist, and book illustrator. She is an extraordinary and passionate artist, and her artistry knows no bounds. Don’t miss this show, Bonnie will enchant you from the very first note she sings.
“A folk-ballad-pop-blues singer of enormous range, charm, and charisma.” ~ NEW YORK TIMES
“Hormonal Imbalance…a Mood Swinging Musical Revue” Start with four richly gifted singer-songwriters, add 3/4 cup married life, four kids, three cats, one piano, four guitars, one rocking’ purple bass, a dollop of sharp social commentary, and a pinch of PMS. Set this on the road to tour for nearly 20 years, throw in a hot flash or two, and you’ve got Hormonal Imbalance…A Mood Swinging Musical Revue!, an estrogen-fueled, hilarious show that celebrates the best of babes, boys, and botox, starring The Four Bitchin’ Babes.
Spend an evening with these outrageously funny and multi-talented musicians as they examine and ultimately celebrate the lives of today’s women. With sorority sister chemistry they perform original songs and stories offering both poignant views and unbridled comedic commentary on the joys and dilemmas of everyday life. With heavenly harmony, they share our struggles to balance careers and family, chocolate obsessions and low carb inner peace, CNN and TV Land, and finally, dealing with inadequate pay and inadequately cut swimwear.
The Four Bitchin’ Babes are Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Nancy Moran and Deirdre Flint, all successful musicians in their own right.