Lil Rev is Wisconsin's greatest interpreter of the folk, blues, tin pan alley tradition—as well as a gifted story teller and songwriter. He is also the finest ukulele player you are ever likely to see. We are excited to be bringing him back for what I think is his tenth anniversary performance at Kavarna! Show begins at 7 and is very suitable for folks of all ages.
September 19th at 7pm, we'll be screening "The Coffee Man," which is a documentary about Sasa Sestic—a Bosnian born Australian barista. The film traces the coffee from source to the World Barista Championship and it's a fascinating peak behind the scenes of competitive coffee. The screening will be in the Leap Room. Admission is free.
Here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z42uHSaDijg&feature=youtu.be
Music for the Sake of Music is a local non-profit that runs a Summer instrument camp that is open to everyone. It culminates in a series of concerts, including the "Opus" at Kavarna.
Every now and then a musician who has a tie to the Green Bay area contacts us because they would like to play a show in the area—mostly for friend and family—but really just to touch base with the community. Occasionally these are immensely talented artists who ordinarily play in much larger venues. Veronica Nunes and Richard Vogt fall into this category. Vogt is a 2002 graduate of UWGB. Nunes is a Brazilian singer and cavaquinho player and together they will be performing an evening of Brazilian music. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Local favorite Victoria Vox returns with her recently wedded husband Jack Maher for their first joint, local appearance. We're excited to welcome Jack into the extended family! Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The pre-sale will be on http://victoriavox.com.
On the evening of June 10th we'll be presenting Lukas Papenfusscline. A folksinger from Northern California, Lukas Papenfusscline digs through deep folk and roots recordings and recomposes traditional songs with fresh harmonies, adapted stories, and haunted, soaring vocal lines. His background in classical, jazz, and world music elevates his folk to the avant-garde, nuanced, and complex, while maintaining the simple energy that has driven folkroots for centuries.
Lukas is a performance artist you must see live; also an accomplished actor, he has a riveting stage presence and an exploding passion as he sings. Constantly pushing the boundaries of performance practice, Lukas collaborates with a number of interdisciplinary artists and brings this work to his own music.
Ran Blake, the celebrated Third Stream pianist, is a mentor, collaborator, and close friend who writes that “Lukas is among the best vocalists of our time with an ear for progressive harmony. He can sing several types of American folk music, and has great sensitivity when approaching jazz. This is an artist who doesn't fit into any one category.”
Admission is $10.
More info TBA
Local band Bird Hymnals. Kenzie Johnson opening. More details forthcoming.
James Rawson is a singer from Illinois who writes and performs music using electronics and other musical instruments. Take a look at his website. Local singer/songwriter Liv Rather opens. Show begins at 7pm. I copied the following from James Rawson's website.
What Does James Rawson’s Music Sound Like?
Dubbing his fresh electro indie pop vibe “like a side project between Beethoven and The Postal Service,” James Rawson draws from his passions for classical music, English lit., and social justice to create a compelling 10 track song cycle which portrays how love blooms from ruins.
“Remarkably elegant, Rawson’s arrangements are imaginative as they forge a path towards a more thoughtful, more creative take on pop music. James Rawson’s ‘Tristan & Isolde’ effortlessly combines classical and electro sounds into a tasteful whole” - Skope Magazine
“Rawson is a remarkable songwriter, with moving orchestral melodies in the charismatic ‘Tristan & Isolde.‘ Rawson’s dreamy electronic wisps, his thought-provoking lyrics combine to make a remarkable collection. High marks for ‘Tristan & Isolde.’” - Hot Indie News
“A dichotomy between human and inorganic…is reigned into a unified approach by Rawson’s talented hand. Taken together, the constituent elements on Rawson’s album are as immersive as the original Wagner opera.”- Neufutur Magazine
What does James Rawson Believe in?
James Rawson gives away a portion of his music profits to women’s rights charities, including Futures Without Violence and Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling. He has also organized special clothing drive concerts for Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling. And through the character of Isolde on his new album, Rawson explores powerful female social issues.
VENTS: “I understand the music goes to rape and that type of charities – how did you get involved in this?”
James: “I believe music should help people. It should give them hope and show them that someone else has gone through what they’re going through or have gone through. So, using my music to help charities is a naturally extension of my core belief in music. Also, I believe very strongly in pure equality between people. Unfortunately, gender inequality still happens today, so I felt as a male artist, I could help break down those gender gaps. I don’t see many other male artists being super outspoken on gender issues. With this void and my view on what music should be, I saw an opportunity to help.”
“Plus, I’m a dad. So, I’m going to work as hard as I can to make the world more open for my daughter and son. I want both of my kids to be strong individuals. I do not want them to be pushed into a stereotype. So, I want to help break down those gender stereotypes. I want my kids to grow into the best world possible.”
Nineteen Thirteen is a chamber rock outfit from Milwaukee, Wisconsin featuring drummer Victor DeLorenzo (founding member of the Violent Femmes) and Janet Schiff on cello. A drummer and a looping cello? That is cool orchestration. Cover is $5 at the door.
Lil' Rev returns to Kavarna to perform his well curated take on the history of American popular music as well as his insightful songs. He is one of the US's greatest ukulele players and a mean harmonica player to boot. Lil' Rev's performances are great for families. Show begins at 7.
Neo-bluegrass group from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. More details TBA
Music for the Sake of Music is a local arts group that—among other things—provides private lessons to basically anyone who wants them, but especially to kids going into middle school band and orchestra during a 10 day period in July and August. Several times a year they present 'Opuses' that provide an opportunity for kids and adults to get together to perform music. Music for the Sake of Music. Come August 13th to see what I'm talking about.
We are really excited to announce that we will playing host to an exceptional evening of American song craft. Peter Mulvey, John Statz, and Megan Burtt are all at the very top of their game and they will be playing together, bouncing off each other, and interacting in the round. We will be adding information to this listing, so stop back.
Grammy-nominated improvisational cellist/singer, Rushad Eggleston will be performing at Kavarna on May 9th. Eggleston has collaborated violinist Darol Anger (who I've worshipped from afar since adolescence). Words are inadequate to explain Eggleston's music, but I would start with this write up in the Boston Globe:
There is a $10 cover for this rare opportunity to see a very unique performance.
Katie Dahl, singer-songwriter from Door County, Wisconsin is returning to Kavarna Coffeehouse, and she's bringing her friend and collaborator Emily White, a singer/songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. They will be performing together and separately.
You can hear Emily's music on her media page: http://emily-white.com/media.html
Katie Dahl's music is audible at: http://www.katiedahlmusic.com/
There is a $7 cover.
John Statz is touring this March to release his new CD Tulsa. Kavarna has long been one of John's haunts on tour, and we are proud to welcome him back. You can learn more about john at johnstatz.com
“John Statz writes songs you can’t shake. They follow you around all day and run through your head at 3 a.m. Open hearted, horizon-line songs.” – Jeffrey Foucault
John Statz's song "Distance."
Paul Otteson, a friend of John's from college, and Madison-area singer-songwriter will be opening the show. Paul first came to our attention with his EP about the history of Prairie du Chien. You can hear some of Paul's music both solo and with his band Faux Fawn at paulotteson.bandcamp.com.