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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.
TBurns Friday, January 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm TBurns (Thomas Burns) plays songs and musical styles from every decade of the last century. Whether it's a familiar Blues number, a Jazz standard, an Old-Time/Traditional ballad, or a recent Pop cover, his adept finger-style and flat picked guitar arrangements bring to life the character of the dusty, mischievous, American troubadour. While his style evokes the crossover spirit of the turn of the century and the Jazz Age right through to the Depression, he also captures the distinctive sounds of mid-century Delta and Country Blues; reaches deeply into the Folk and Blues styles of the Fifties and Sixties; and makes his own the Pop, Folk/Rock and Singer/Songwriter material he plays from the latter part of the 20th century through to the present.
He uses his distinctive acoustic guitar sound to great effect on everything from the familiar standards of WC Handy; the swing of Irving Berlin; the Delta Blues of Robert Johnson; the East Coast Blues of Memphis Minnie and the Reverend Gary Davis; the melodic Folk songs of Bob Dylan and Randy Newman; the Pop of The Beatles; and the poetry of Singer/Songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.
Thomas has played professionally on both coasts and, for the past several years, throughout South- Central Wisconsin. He was most recently with calicoDrifters, a band that played throughout the area for nearly six years. His original songs have won awards; have received local and national airplay; and have been featured on a number of studio CD releases.
Friday, January 29th, 6:30-8:30pm
The Sound: Acoustic Guitar and Vocals.
The Source: Traditional, Contemporary and
The Style: Folk, Blues, Country, Pop, and Bluegrass Gumbo!
Acoustic guitars and American troubadour music have been Mike’s passions since childhood. He now creates unique guitar and vocal arrangements covering a wide variety of musical styles. For the last 15 years he has been performing in the Madison area as a founding member of MUD Music. Now he returns to his roots – one guitar, one voice and a pocketful of recently-penned originals plus some old favorites from Woody to Neil; from Dylan to the Dead. All rolled into a nice slice of Americana pie!
The Mascot Theory
Saturday, January 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
Featuring lead singer Erik Kjelland, the recently crowned WINNER of 105.5 Triple M FM's "Project M" singer/songwriter contest!
With groups like Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, and Dawes setting the tone, the sub-genre of acoustic folk rock made its way to mainstream radio and captured an incredible and very loyal fan base. With the release of their Nashville-recorded album Hand Me Down Miracles, The Mascot Theory is set to be the next band in that category to make a major impact, as they have quickly moved up the popularity ranks of Madison's music scene with their infectious songwriting and live shows. They balance on an alternative folk influence and pull it together with a rootsy bluegrass blended Americana feel to give us something that fits alongside their counterparts, but also has enough freshness to it to give it a unique spin and create their own sound as well, with a sonic backbone of 4-part harmony swells.
Lucas Cates (solo show)
Friday, February 5th, 6:30-8:30pm
The Lucas Cates Band (TLCB) is a nationally touring, original acoustic rock group based out of Madison, WI. Their music includes a wide range of genres, including rock, pop, alt-country, folk, jazz, funk, r&b, jam and more. All four of their original albums are available at Itunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and Pandora.com. TLCB has opened up for acts such as Gabe Dixon, Night Ranger, The Gin Blossoms, and Marc Broussard, to name a few...
Friday, February 12th, 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.
Friday, February 19th, 6:30-8:30pm
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.
Friday, February 26th, 6:30-8:30pm
Teddy’s bio: I was born and raised in Madison WI. When I was a kid I was introduced to old time country. I think that's where my strong American roots originate from. As I got older I discovered a lot of musicians in different genres that have influenced my sound. Everyone has a story to tell, I like to tell mine in a song.
Friday, March 4th, 6:30-8:30pm
Robert J. has been a mainstay in the Wisconsin music scene ever since releasing his first record Boys Town in 1986. He has won the Wisconsin Male Vocalist of the year, 8 MAMA Awards and songwriting awards including the Billboard Song Contest for his tune, “A Million Miles Away”. Robert has had success with his bands, Boystown, The Moon Gypsies and with his Bluesy Americana band, The Rowdy Prairie Dogs. In April of 2008, Over the years Robert J. has shared the stage with many well known artists including, The Beach Boys, The Subdudes, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Delbert McClinton, LeAnn Rimes, John Eddie and Paul Thorn. Recently, Robert was nominated for Folk Artist of the year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry.
Steven J. Schmidt
Friday, March 11th, 6:30-8:30pm
Steven J. Schmidt is a Midwestern singer/songwriter who plays acoustic and electric guitars. Better known as an impresario and arts administrator, Steve honed his fingerpicking and songwriting craft while managing and frequently performing at the Black Spot Coffee House in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In addition to writing over 200 songs, he has composed and performed musical soundtracks for public television, film and theatrical performances. Steve's "The Road" CD was released on September 25, 2014 and is available on his web site and through CD Baby, Amazon, and I-Tunes. His music was recently featured on KSMQ-TV's "Off 90" program.
Like a twelve-pack of fine, bourbon barrel-aged stout, “The Road” features a dozen rich, full-flavored original tunes crafted over the last forty years by seasoned singer/songwriter/guitarist Steven J. Schmidt. Schmidt’s debut CD release, this album offers full-band arrangements of tunes Schmidt has written and performed at house concerts, coffee houses, brew pubs, wineries, and festivals as a solo artist.
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