Current Groups

Harmonious Wail


Winners of multiple MAMA awards ranging from Best Jazz CD, Best Ensemble Vocalists of the Year, Favorite Jazz Band, Best World Artist and Best World Song, to Best Instrumentalist, HARMONIOUS WAIL has caught numerous listeners by total surprise during its more than 20-year history. Of all the venues and stages that these “NPR regulars” have […]

The Big Payback


The Big Payback is a hard-hitting nine-piece band from Madison, WI, featuring a smoking four-man horn section and a soulful female vocalist. Exploring everything from funk-laden and world-beat originals to soul and R&B b-sides, The Payback will leave the crowd as exhausted as the musicians themselves. Payback is a party you won’t want to miss.  […]

The No Name Stringband


The No Name Stringband is a collective of Madison-area musicians lead by claw-hammer banjo player Brian Zimmerman and guitarist Matt Manske. They combine a broad understanding of traditional Appalachian old-time music with a slew of original acoustic compositions. The music ranges from fiddle-led, foot-stomping barn dances to slower, introspective classical-bluegrass numbers.

Ted Keys Trio


Ted Keys Trio is a jazz band from Madison, WI, whose performances include a wide range of jazz standards, covers and originals. With their versatile talents, the trio can adapt to any atmosphere and mood, whether it be a slow blues, a fast bop, a jazz fusion or a more modern arrangement. You can catch […]

Tuesday Night Squad


Tuesday Night Squad was born out of an affinity of funk and jazz organ trio music. Soulive being one of the most popular modern examples, a group of Madison, WI funksters got together to play some “soulive tunes.” The repertoire has grown from there, but has it’s roots deeply sewn into the traditions of organ […]