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  • Where music comes alive!May 14, 15, and 16, 2015

    Wisconsin MusicArts Festival

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    Welcome to the Monroe Arts Centers 2015 Wisconsin Music Arts Festival!

    Thursday, May 14

    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm/Monroe Courthouse Square Free ConcertThe Best Western

    Friday, May 15

    7:30 pm to 9:30 pm/Monroe Arts Center ConcertSweet Dreams and Honky Tonks: The Music and Lives of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Johnny CashTom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkin

    Saturday, May 16

    10:00 am to 11:00 am/Monroe Arts Center/Gunderson Stiles Concert Hall Free Childrens ConcertKen Lonnquist and Dave Adler

    11:00 am to 12:00 noon/Monroe Arts Center/Wesley Hall Childrens Music Workshop: Stomping with TrashSara Bodell and Jesse Wellington

    11:00 am 1:30 pm/Monroe Arts Center Frehner Gallery Building a Song from the Words Up: Songwriting 101Beth Kille

    1:00 to 2:00 pm/Monroe Arts Center/Wesley Hall Children Drum Circle WorkshopSara Bodell and Jesse Wellington

    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm/Monroe Arts Center/Gunderson Stiles Concert Hall Free Family ConcertKG and the Ranger

    3:00 pm to 4:00 pm/Monroe Arts Center/Gunderson Stiles Concert Hall Free ConcertRockability Junction

    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm/Monroe Arts Center/Wesley Hall Minhaus Brewery Tasting

    7:30 pm to 9:30 pm/MHS Performing Arts Center ConcertRoy Rogers Jr. and The High Riders

    Festival Emcee

    Stephanie Elkins is the host and producer of Wisconsin Public Radios Simply Folk and Morning Classics. These two radio shows are broadcast on 32 stations in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

    Visit monroeartscenter.com and link to WMAF for detailed information.

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    Thursday, May 14, 2015Free Concert6:30 pm -8:30 pmMonroe Historic Square

    Band founder and bass violinist Mark Hembree, has performed with Bill Monroe and Randy Travis. He was also part of the founding group who formed the Nashville Bluegrass Band, which later went on to perform the music soundtrack for the movie, Oh Brother Where Art Thou. Melding instrumental virtuosity and the powerful charm of classic songs old and new, from way out West to Tin Pan Alley, this six-piece band are nicknamed Milwaukees Western Swing Kings. With fiddle, piano, guitar, steel guitar, acoustic bass, and drums, The Best Westerns musical repertoire ranges from Bob Wills to Benny Goodman, with stops along the way for Slim Gaillard, Speedy West, Count Basie, Carl Smith, Ray Price and many more too numerous to name.

    The Best Westerns

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    WMAF Underwriters

    Easier to describe then to define, Western swing is ballroom music with a Western flair, played

    primarily on stringed instruments. Guy Logsdon, Oklahoma Historical Society

  • Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks: The Music and Lives of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash

    Friday, May 15, 20157:30 pm 9:30 pm / Monroe Arts Center Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins, along with their band, The Dang-Its

    This entertaining musical revue cleverly weaves four of the most famous of county music stars into a show that invites the audience into the private lives of these stars, showcases their hits with top quality musical skill, and helps to bring back memories in an exciting and new way. Its impossible to crown any one performer as country musics biggest star, but Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash would all be near the top of any list. Each of these entertainers broke barriers and changed country music and popular culture forever. Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks presents the best-loved songs of these classic artists along with stories of their colorful lives and careers.

    Prime $25 / Choice $20 / Student $10

    I was blown away by their performance last night. Marv Nielsen, Black Hawk Folk Society

    Jami Lampkin is a star with a powerful voice that captures the essence of these famous women. Paula Menn, Historic Temple Theatre

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    Roy Rogers Jr and The High Riders

    Saturday, May 16, 20157:30 pm 9:30Monroe High School Performing Arts Center

    Join Roy Rogers Jr. and Dustin Rogers for an evening of authentic classic cowboy and western, bluegrass, and country music. Roy Dusty Rogers, Dustin, and their band The High Riders entertain with songs and stories of their family heritage. This show is full of surprises and great music along with Dusty sharing his personal stories of growing up with Roy and Dale. To the delight of the fans, Dustin Roy Rogers - son of Dusty and grandson to Roy - joins his father on stage singing in the cowboy tradition of his father and grandfather. If you grew up watching Roy Rogers on the silver screen, then you do not want to miss this show!

    Prime Plus $50 / Prime $35 / Choice $25

    Good $20 / Student $10

    This show is a must for country music fans to be exposed to the Western side of the Country Western music we all love. Gary Wackerly, BransonShowsReviewed.com

    It is not my job to stand in my fathers shadow; but it is my job to lengthen it. Roy Dusty Rogers, Jr.

  • Free Concerts & Workshops Saturday, May 16, 2015For children and families

    Ken Lonnquist accompanied by Dave Adler on Piano10:00 am 11:00 amMonroe Arts Center Concert Hall

    Ken Lonnquist is a funny, enjoyable songwriter from Madison, Wisconsin. He has been performing professionally since his college days at UW-Madison. His love for musical theater found an outlet as composer for Childrens Theater of Madison, where 15 productions of his full-scale musicals have been presented at the Madison Civic Center. His charm and energy as a live performer remain the heart of his work. He won a national audition and traveled widely as Minstrel for the Environment, writing and performing in schools and colleges about environmental and related

    KG and the Ranger1:00 pm 2:00 pmMonroe Arts Center Concert Hall

    Hey there, all you cowpokes, for a musical journey through the sagebrush, saddle up your imagination for a ride to the Old West with award-winning cowboy duo, KG & The Ranger. Their smooth harmony singing and yodeling will bring back memories of the Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and other cowboy stars of the Silver Screen. Audiences will be fascinated with their amazing rope tricks and hearing exciting bits of history about the cowboy songs they sing. Its Country and Western entertainment thats guaranteed fun for all ages!

    issues. He did the college Singer-Songwriter circuit, honing his improvisational skills and gift for topical humor (and on NPR, Air America, the CBC, Pacifica Radio and elsewhere). A series of recordings followed, along with recognition from Sing Out! and Broadside Magazines, The Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Earth First! and other music and environmental organizations.

    Ken Lonnquist has written a slew of great songs.Sing out! Magazine

    Ken Lonnguist is one hell of a good songwriter and singer.Pete Seeger

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    Rockabilly Junction3:00 pm 4:00 pmMonroe Arts Center Concert Hall

    Whether its country and western tunes or classic rock music that youre looking for, then youll want to be sure to be in the audience when Rockabilly Junction takes the Monroe Arts Center stage. Rockabilly Junction consists of these fine local musicians including Doc Holliday on lead guitar; Jonny Flash Carrington on acoustic guitar; Bill Rients on bass guitar and Jim Borowitz on drums.

    Free Concerts & Workshops Saturday, May 16, 2015For children and families


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    This band is good enough to play anywhere so were really lucky to have them here in Monroe.

    Building a Song from the Words UpSongwriting 101 by Beth KilleMonroe Arts Center Frehner Gallery11:00am 1:30 pm Ages 13 and upLimited to 15 participants

    Beth Kille is an award-winning performing songwriter, producer/engineer who has served as the Music Director for Girls Rock Camp Madison since 2010. In this workshop, she will cover the basics of song structure, lyric writing, rhyming, putting your lyric to melody and composing music for your song. Participants do not need any songwriting experience to attend, but this presentation would be helpful for writers who are just starting out and looking for tools to put in their songwriting tool box and pull out when they get stuck in the process.

  • Stomping With Trash by Sarah Bodell and Jesse Wellington11:00 am 12:00 noonMonroe Arts Center Wesley HallAges 7 12Limited to 25 participantsParticipants will create unique musical instruments using ordinary objects and discarded materials. Later they will create a performance piece with their instruments in the style of the broadway hitStomp. A final performance will be presented at the end of the workshop. Participants should wear comfortable clothing.

    Free Concerts & Workshops Saturday, May 16, 2015For children and families

    Children Drum Circle Workshopby Sarah Bodell and Jesse WellingtonMonroe Arts Center Wesley Hall1:00 pm 2:00 pmAges 7 - 12Limited to 25 participantsParticipants will learn basic drumming technique and African rhythms and dance using the music Gahu from Ghana in West Africa. No prior experience necessary.

    African Drum Ensemble Recital conducted by Sarah BodellMonroe Arts Center Wesley Hall2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

    Sarah Bodell is a teacher in music education at Northside Elementary School in Monroe. She conducts an African Drum Ensemble at Northside. She holds a Bachelor of Music from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and a Master of Arts in music education from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

    Jessica Wellington is currently the teacher, principal and superintendent of Prairie Song Homeschool