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Due to the crowd size and volume level during live music, we have decided not to offer our wine tasting "flight of 5" from 6-9pm on Live Music nights. You are encouraged to help keep our music free and enjoy full glasses or bottles of wine along with our cheese and sausage sampler platters and other edibles while you listen to the music. If you are visiting our winery for the first time and would like to sample our wines, we suggest arriving before the live music starts so that you may try the wine flight before the music starts.
No live music is scheduled for Friday, July 3rd.
Greg Thornburg with Special Guest Kurt Funsfinn
Friday, July 10th, 6:30-8:30pm
While the guitar was his first instrument, Greg Thornburg has spent most of his adult life as a drummer and percussionist. Those earliest influences never left him, however, and with the release of his new solo fingerstyle guitar CD "Kaleidoscope", he's rededicated himself to his original muse.
Greg's affinity for rhythms, bass lines, and distinctive harmonies is well represented in fingerstyle playing. He greatly admires players such as Andy McKee, Antione Dufour, Leo Kottke, and Wisconsin's own Willy Porter for their innovative approach to guitar playing. His performance features mostly original material, with a few arrangements mixed in. No longer shielded by drums, a soloist's stage is a fresh perspective, and a new way to connect with and entertain an audience.
A heartfelt singer/songwriter new to the Madison area, Kurt Funfsinn is a refreshing alt/country rocker. As a self taught guitarist and harmonica player, Kurt rocks the house and speaks to your soul. Growing up in a tiny town in Illinois, his love of music transformed his life slowly and steadily until the winter of 2013. It was then that he began his journey of playing for the people and he has continued growing ever since. Refusing to commit to one genre, Kurt's sound reflects the works of such greats as: Ryan Adams, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon and Tom Petty.
Saturday, July 11th, 6:30-8:30pm
Raised in rural Wisconsin, Briana Hardyman was a formally trained New York City actress before heading south to fulfill her dream of being a Nashville singer/songwriter. Hardyman lived and performed in Nashville for several years before landing an opportunity to tour the greater UK/Scotland. After multiple noteworthy tours and albums, Hardyman currently resides in southwestern Wisconsin where she continues to write, record, and perform with several Madison based artists and groups.
Steve Malin & Steve Karolus
Friday July 17th, 6:30-8:30pm
Local guitarist Steve Malin will take a break from his hard-hitting honkytonk band The Feralcats and play some personal favorite Jazz standards and Jazz-influenced blues instrumentals along with taking to the microphone for a few tunes.
He welcomes a special guest and old friend Steve Karolus on Bass, who now lives and plays in Lima, Peru. Both guitarists rarely get the opportunity to play together, but both have a long history of rock, jazz and blues between them. The evening should be filled with lots of recognizable melodies and some downright soulful riffs and improvisation.
Saturday, July 18th, 7-8pm
Alex Oglesby is a talented local 11-year-old who is excited for the opportunity to showcase his talents on this special Saturday night live music event! Alex writes his own songs and the result is a "mix" of music styles.
John Duggleby & Dave Hopper
Friday, July 24th, 6:30-8:30pm
John Duggleby, an award-winning Madison-area author of 11 books and hundreds of magazine articles, made his professional performing debut at age five at the Sunset Supper Club in Muscatine, Iowa, singing, “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” after the piano man bribed him with a nickel. After a childhood hootenanny fling in a “baby Kingston Trio,” he grew up as a percussionist playing everything from orchestra tympani to garage band rock and roll. As an adult he learned guitar as a more benign living room alternative. He has labored in several underappreciated folk, 60s rock, Cajun, bluegrass and world music ensembles, and these days plays over 100 gigs a year at venues ranging from coffeehouses to senior centers to festivals.
As a songwriter, John realized a decades-long dream with the 2014 release of his album Better Late Than Never, which can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/duggleby. His songs from that recording have been finalists in the Great American Song Contest and runner-up in the international www.SongoftheYear.com competition, and his “Testify” is a finalist in the 2015 Madison Area Music Association’s MAMA Awards.
Dave Hopper of Mineral Point picked up the guitar in 1965 and managed to not only stick with it to date, but remember a ton of Sixties songs-- despite the adage about people who grew up during that era. He went through various phases of folk, rock, and blues, adding electric bass in the 70s. Today he plays in many musical ensembles including not only Duggleby/Hopper, but the acoustic trio Still Stummin’ and a four-piece rock cover band Better Daze.
Dave is also busy throughout southern Wisconsin as a sound engineer and owner of a home recording studio. His skill at running live sound and recording musicians is matched by his patience, which he exhibited admirably in co-producing John’s album.
Saturday, July 25th, 6:30-8:30pm
Tom Kastle is a singer, songwriter, tall ship captain, and teller of tales based in the Great Lakes who has traveled the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Pacific. He toured as half of Tom & Chris Kastle for two decades, producing a dozen recordings and a soundtrack for PBS (WTTW-TV Chicago). He has one foot in as a singer/songwriter and the other firmly planted in the traditional maritime folk music world. His hands-on background tall ships and maritime music led to an invitation by Andy Cohen to be a "professor" at "Folk University" at the 2009 International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis with Enoch Kent, Tracy Schwartz and Ginny Hawker. His original songs run from the romantic to the nautical. His ballad Cold Winds has been covered by performers in the US, England, and the Netherlands. When ashore, he lives in a 19th century log cottage on the shore of Lake Mendota.
"With his solo recording and original songs, Tom Kastle shows further dimensions to his talent and range of material. His resonant voice, heartfelt lyrics, and solid instrumentation proves he is a more "grounded" talent, as capable as writing about the open road as he is about the open waters"
--Lilli Kuzma: Folk Festival WDCB-FM Radio
Friday, July 31st, 6:30-8:30pm
Katie Burns is a singer songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska, known for her simple, poetic songwriting, finger style guitar and her angelic vocals.
Katie grew up listening to her parent’s Simon and Garfunkel and Peter Paul and Mary records. She remembers being struck by a vocal when she heard Sinead O’Connor’s first hit song. Katie started to pay more attention to vocalists as a teen and was strongly influenced by 10,000 Maniacs, The Sundays, Cranberries and Omaha’s indie scene. At the age of 16 she began to play at local venues in Omaha and in Kansas City.
In 2013 Katie released her debut album, You’ll Find Your Way. The album was recorded in Katie's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. This intimate album has themes of friendship, parenthood, and daily life. It holds quiet acoustic songs that are accented by beautiful piano and cello parts.
In 2014 she released her second album, Throw the Flowers Down, also recorded at ARC Studios and produced by Ben Brodin. This album explores similar themes. It begins with a song about family ties and ends with burying those ties. Katie currently lives in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, with her husband who is an artisanal cheese maker and her three children.
Goodnight Nobody Duo
Saturday, August 1st, 6:30-8:30pm
Goodnight Nobody features Erik Kjelland (lead singer/songwriter of The Mascot Theory) and Art Ranney (of Mojo Busted), the founding members of the Fallen Roadies band. Returning to their humble roots as a duo, they will perform acoustic guitar and bass arrangements of original and cover songs by artists such as the Beatles, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, Radiohead, Coldplay, Wilco, Delta Spirit, Ryan Adams and more.
Friday, August 7th, 6:30-8:30pm
“His obsesion of music and all things lyrical began with the meeting of Todd Snider’s Near Truths and Hotel Rooms. The influence of the Americana movement and his favorite songwriters pushed him to put his own truths on paper and eventually start playing his stories in local dive bars and coffee houses. Since then, Derek has reached a larger audience in venues across Wisconsin and the Midwest. Derek’s music has been described by The Onion as ‘taking another kind of thoughtful, rootsy detour, at times digging up raggedy old soul sounds, and other times leaning into the quiet barren territory where Gillian Welch fans dwell.’ Derek’s music is captivating in the sense that all walks of life have found solace in his sound.”
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