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Our 48th year will be filled with amazing performers for your entertainment


The Bands


The Grasshoppers

The Grasshopper were born in the spring of 2006. Playing with great meaning and understanding to their audience, they continue to leap bounds of musical limits and expectations for a greater goal. In the beginning... The "Grasshoppers" was an idea, a concept formed by great psychedelic warriors who carried the name "Grasshoppers" until it was passed on into musical form. The message was and will always be to "set the monkey free", The monkey in your heart, head, and, soul.

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Sweet Delta Dawn

Sweet Delta Dawn is a four piece rock ensemble from Madison, Wisconsin consisting of a talented group of musicians/songwriters with a strong technical experience in sound engineering, and software design. Starting in 2012, Sweet Delta Dawn has been a staple in the Madison jam community ever since. Together, they tell a futuristic tale of American life with a wholesome blend of the past. Covering a variety of folk, classic rock, jazz, funk, and modern music alongside a multicultural mix of rhythms, their music creates a platform for people to feel free and expressive.

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The Earthlings

The Earthlings are a group of musicians with a knack for the eclectic. Born in a Madison basement in the winter of 2010, the collective began as a group of friends expressing themselves through musical experimentation. Within a year, it expanded from one recording of a few people to an album of sixteen musical collages called, “Earth”, featuring the contributions of a dozen musicians and a core group of five members. The formation of The Earthlings itself is reflective of their sound: malleable, multi-polar, and evolutionary. With a base rooted in groove and dynamism, the music traverses the genres of the 50’s to the present era, exploring early rock n’ roll drive and folk swing with a neo-reggae and electronic elements. ​

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Tani Diakite & The Afrofunkstars

Tani is a musical force who has inspired an entire community of artists. With his Kamale n'goni, a West African ancestor to the banjo, and his plaintive singing, he never fails to drop the deepest blues around.

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PHUN

PHUN began on a snowy January afternoon in 2009 when Guitarist Mike Scieszinski called four musicians together for the first rehearsal in Madison. But the seeds for PHUN were planted long ago in a dorm room in Steven’s Point. PHUN is a Phish Tribute Band from Madison, Wisconsin. Spreading the gospel according to Phish, far and wide.

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The Material Boys

The Material Boys is an American Roots Music band from Madison Wisconsin, formed in 2011. They blend their Blues, Jazz, & Bluegrass influences to form a unique Americana sound. The band consists of Alex Hohlstein (Vocals & Guitar) Glen Prescott (Banjo & Vocals) Reid Gromnicki (5 string Fiddle) Larry W Hill Jr (Slide Guitar & Vocals) Erik Riedasch (Bass) & Shane Gurno (Percussion). The Material Boys take their name from performing Madonna covers with stringed acoustic instruments.

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Motherhive

Motherhive is a five person band from Madison, Wisconsin. With influences from Led Zeppelin, Tool and Fait No More they are sure to rock with heavy funky rock.

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Beefus

BEEFUS' irrepressibly oddball music groans and wheezes, burps and howls, cranked out by an eight-piece ensemble that includes horns, keyboards, unusual percussion, electrified bluegrass instruments, and a powerhouse rhythm section. BEEFUS inhabits a singular conceptual universe, a world of voracious squid-gods, faceless child prophets, pervo-plumbers, fetish pornography, meat-based thought control, and dystopian visions of a Corporation that keeps Foodmanity servile. Come for the endlessly surprising musical explorations, stay for the witty lyrics and entertaining conceptual continuity, flee out the door when the MOTHERSQUID descends! There has never been anything like BEEFUS, although fans of The Residents, DEVO, Frank Zappa, Mr. Bungle, and Primus will find much to enjoy

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White Bush Unicorn

Once upon a time a couple of Unicorns worked at a fast food joint together. They were bonded by their silly-freakness and shared creative mysticism. Soon they moved to a neighborhood that had a surplus of silly little creative freaks, and started working in a dusty thrift store. It was there that they met other mystics, and everyone was happy and creative and aesthetically pleasing and the Lord rested. ..... While the Lord naps, we're working on our debut full length album, "Some Pretty Songs Average" as we begin to morph into a fantastically glistening 7 piece live band. We're painting and drawing and mod podging and writing and dancing and making love and smiling a lot too, so keep an eye out!​

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Mexican Coke Trio

Larry and J go way back, both have got some decent chops, and now have finally gotten together to make some damn good music. At the behest of Shane Gurno and his lovely new wife Shelly, Larry & J performed a set during their wedding ceremony. It was a success. So they decided to keep a good thing going. They've been working on a couple sets and are finally ready to play out in the Mad city.

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Verge's Drum Collective

Verge Manyen is a drummer, percussionist, body sculptor, skater, cyclist, mental health awareness advocate and proud survivor of suicidal depression and anxiety. Founder of the Rhythm Mentor program, he has been a professional drummer for over 30 years. He is a Teaching Artist for VSA Wisconsin, and also organizes, promotes and leads community drum circles. Verge will be joined by a group of Madison’s hottest hand drummers in a celebration of this year’s Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Fest. Dancing, hooping and generally bringing your flow are strictly encouraged!"

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DJ Kayla Kush

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, grew up loving music, theater, and dance. In 2007, she moved to Santa Cruz, California to attend UCSC for her freshman year of college. While she was there, she began taking a course in radio broadcasting and hosted her first radio show on KZSC Santa Cruz. Awarded “DJ of the Year” in Madison 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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Sista Sensi

Sista Sensi began her singing career in Montego Bay, Jamaica where she lived for many years. She has entertained both internationally and across the U.S. touring or opening for various bands (King Yellowman and the Sagittarius Band,Yabba Griffiths and Traxx, Tallawah, Black Star Reggae etc.), finally forming her own band, Sista Sensi and The B Easy Band in 2008.

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Lackin' Some Direction

Lackin' Some Direction is a tribute to The Grateful Dead based in Madison, WI. Our members are long time veterans of the Madison music scene. This band represents a culmination of many years of studying and playing the music of the Dead. We feel it's important to carry on the tradition of their music in a way that's less imitative and more interpretive. Our hope is that the fans of the Dead, who are known for their intimate knowledge of the material, will appreciate our take on what we feel is one of the best musical playgrounds ever.

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The Bellybutton Club

The Bellybutton Club consists of Johnny © Wood on Guitar and Lead Vocals, Lucas Trilling on Keys and Vocals, Sean Lane on Bass, and Kyle O'Hara on Percussion. The Bellybutton Club is a fresh new sound on the Madison scene featuring mostly original music.

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MadisonMadison NORML... Based out of downtown Madison, have 2 meetings per month on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Wil Mar Center 953 Jenifer St, Madison.

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