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Shawn Neary w/ Christopher Gold
September 20th
7:30 pm - Cover $5


Shawn Neary in a rare solo performance. You may know Shawn from his contribution to Cloud Cult or as one of the Medicine Brothers. His songs come from a thoughtful mind and fierce heart, they are poetry as sung by a lion.

The amazing Christopher Gold will play in support as will special guests: Megan Anna Van Dusen & William Fiorella.



Dan Kouba and The Journeymen
September 21st
7:30 pm - Cover $10


Dan Kouba & The Journeymen having been together for only a few years, have made a name for themselves, featuring the song writing of Dan Kouba.

Kouba a few years back having serious heart problems, had to endure open heart surgery. Ultimately, Kouba's surgeon recommended that he alter his fast-paced life in order for the surgery to have a lasting effect on his life. Taking heed of his surgeons' recommendation, Dan turned to music, taking guitar and vocal lessons, finding a gift of poetic composition that led to him to song writing.

Dan soon took to the studio, recording the CD "Open Heart". The recording included 6 of Dan's original songs. Later, a final CD was cut featuring those original works and the cover songs: Gotta Serve Somebody, House of the Rising Sun, Today, Wagon Wheel, and My Old Man.

Eventually, the songs Open Heart, Ode to a Rabbit, Yellow Table, Thank You Mom, Church Lady, and his latest, Yes, I Can, from the bands "Open Heart" CD would get local airplay.

Although the band's focus is on original works, they cover tunes over a variety of genres.



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Harvest Gold Acoustic Tribute to Neil Young - Don Harvey Trio
September 28th
7:30 pm - Cover $10


Ranked among the biggest songwriters in the world, Neil Young is one of the greatest in popular music. The Don D. Harvey Trio will perform some of the best acoustic songs by Neil Young at Leo and Leona's in Bangor WI on September 28th. Neil is one of the few artists who successfully, and in his own unique way, has mixed sensitive and delicate songs with his raw emotion. After tons of albums, Neil has left a huge legacy of music. He recorded his first single in 1969 and still creating music.


Humbird opening Dan Sebranek & Mary
October 4th
7:30 pm - Cover $10


Everyone knows the character of Eve from the bible, and everyone has their own ideas about her. But if she was wandering around America in 2019, what the hell would she say?" wonders Siri Undlin of indie-folk band Humbird. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and inspired by the crystalline chill of the state's Northern winters, Undlin creates experimental folk and environmental Americana tinged with the sophistication of classic orchestral compositions. Her upcoming album Pharmakon, out August 30, focuses on women and the female body in folklore as a poetic way to explore the human experience. Working with engineer Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens) and producer Shane Leonard (Field Report), Undlin's newest release joins the leagues of masterful indie storytellers.

Growing up the child of a Lutheran preacher and a trial lawyer, Undlin witnessed the power of stories in her childhood home and began writing music and performing in her church choir from a young age. Her voice, which contains the unwavering fortitude of hymnal melodies, reveals her traditional background. Paired with Undlin's knack for eccentric musical arrangements and unpredictable, fresh modes of storytelling, Pharmakon bounces between two worlds, never lingering in one for long. It's no wonder that this dynamic, oscillating motion inspired the creation of Undlin's upcoming release. "When I was writing these songs, I was moving between extremes and trying to look at things differently," says Undlin. "I was exploring the black and the white and then the gray." The word "pharmakon," defined by Plato, is the concept that something can either be the poison or the cure, depending on how much one consumes. "I love that idea, of the two polarizing sides of something that could either be the answer or kill you," says Undlin. "And I think the concept is suited to the album. It was written over an intense period of a couple of years, where I was redefining my own power in music."




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Heartsfield opening Tim Johnson
October 5th
8:00 pm - Cover $15



Heartsfield:
Heartsfield has toured the United States in each decade since the 1970s, having performed before nearly 10,000,000 fans at 4,500 shows at colleges and universities, fairs and festivals, clubs and bars, private parties, stadiums, and in the streets. Having released their 12th album, they have sold millions of records and continue to please audiences with their brand of vocal rock music that has its foundations in southern and country rock.

Having been signed by Mercury Records and later, Columbia Records, Heartsfield has produced numerous FM radio favorites and Billboard charted records. Among them are "Music Eyes, "Shine On," "The Only Time I'm Sober Is When You're Gone," "I'm Comin' Home," and "Racin' the Sun."

At any performance, Heartsfield shows are full of fun, up-tempo, foot-stompin' music that gets the crowd involved, singin' and dancin' away. The band delivers on its promise of hot pickin', strong vocals, driving rhythm, and smiles from the stage, which have allowed them to last over three decades and still continue to please audiences with their growing catalogue of hits.

Heartsfield members are: Andon Davis (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and vocals), Freddie Dobbs (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, and vocals), Scott Bonshire (drums), Steve Eddington (bass guitar and vocals), and Dave Nelson (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, dobro, and vocals).

Tim Johnson:
Tim Southwick Johnson is a multi instrumentalist / singer-songwriter from Wisconsin. Tim's music runs the gamut from sweet ballads and compelling story songs to quirky art pieces and instrumentals. Performing since 1982, Tim has played college campuses, festivals, clubs, libraries and state parks in 30 states. He is a former member of Columbia recording artists Heartsfield and was a founding member of the popular band Famous Vacationers. He also created the CMT/MTV featured character Captain Crooner. Other projects include music for the independent film Wisconsin Barns / A Touchstone of the Past which aired nationally on PBS. Tim's latest album project is Sand County Songs, a musical adaptation of Aldo Leopold's ground breaking book Sand County Almanac.



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John Smith
October 11th
7:30 pm - Cover $20



Johnsmith is one of those artists so often under-recognized - he possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released eight solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.

With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land.


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John Statz
October 12th
7:30 pm - Cover $10


One of the more prolific thirty-something songwriters working in the Folk/Americana genre today, John Statz has released eight studio albums and performed all over North America and Europe over the course of his thirteen-year career. The Boston Globe has called John's music electric, urgent folk; aching, sweet country-rock while American Songwriter has said that he writes the kind of songs that float through your mind and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening. John has worked with some of the best producers in the genre, including Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown) on his 2012 release Old Fashioned, Jeffrey Foucault (Kris Delmhorst, Caitlin Canty) on a 2015 album TULSA, and Denver songwriting friend Megan Burtt on 2017's The Fire Sermon.

John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was fifteen, which turned out to be perfectly timed for an easily-distracted Wisconsin teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes. It wasn't until Statz was nineteen and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, later on, friends and collaborators. John moved to Denver in 2010 where he escapes to the mountains as much as possible to hike and camp, cooks almost entirely in cast-iron cookware, and reads presidential biographies in chronological order.



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The Lower 5th w/ Merry Weathers opening
October 18th
8:00 pm - Cover $10


The Lower 5th:
The Lower 5th incorporates Folk, Rock, Blues, Reggae, Country and Bluegrass to produce a unique blend of Midwestern Soul that swings, sways, rocks, and wails. Luke Jorgensen, Cory Swadley and Paul Metz began to work together in 2010 to write and perform songs that draw from and build upon their eclectic musical roots. With the addition of Jeremy Henning (Trombone) and Audrey Pescatelli (bass), The Lower 5th grew to become a band of powerhouse musicians that play high energy music from the heart and leave it all on stage with every performance. After the tragic loss of their leader, Luke Jorgensen, the band committed to carry on in his honor an uplifting message of Hope that continues to resonate through their music. The Lower 5th was voted Artist of the Year at the 2018 Madison Area Music Awards and their debut album Hope won Album of the Year. The band has performed at countless venues across central Wisconsin and has been featured at some of the Midwest's finest Music Festivals including, Bratfest, Ragged Roots, Between the Waves Music Festival, Driftless Music Gardens' Bonfire Festival & Peoplefest, Charity Jamboree, The Wiskeyonsin Family Reunion, Lands End & Kettle Moraine Summer Concert Series, radio and television performances as well as Monthly residency at The Up North Bar. The Lower 5th has also performed support for national acts including Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band, Kaleo, Gangsta Grass, and The Railsplitters.

Merry Weathers:
A group of Midwest musicians, and best of friends, got together to play some live music in their hometown of Sparta, Wisconsin, on the Eve of Thanksgiving, 2012. That was a magical night of music and merry-making, and it was also the birth of Merry Weathers. With two singer/songwriters, Stacy Hanson and Brian Bethke, both on deck as front-men, there was not a shortage of fun original tunes to be played, and the band blossomed with a combination of both of their songs, and some well-loved covers. Husband and wife duo, Jym and Laura Farley, brought in a solid rhythm section with both of them rotating on the bass. Jym also brings along solid guitar playing and Laura adds with upright bass, percussion, harmonica, and vocals. Rick Kreuziger brings it with Pedal Steel Guitar, and killer harmonies. And Rick's lovely wife Jess Kreuziger is the band's trusty sound gal that ties it all together. Over the year the band has collaborated and wrote even more original music, together as a group. They continue to play a variety of Folk, Bluegrass, Blues and Rock music, and are sure to please your ears with the raw original sound they produce.

Playing for the love of music is and always has been what Merry Weathers is about. They can be found most often as a Trio touring throughout Wisconsin, consisting of Stacy Hanson, Jym Farley and Laura Farley. Stacy Hanson leads the Trio with his songs, vocals and guitar. Jym Farley carries the rhythm on bass and lead guitar. Laura also plays upright bass, percussion and vocals. They're looking forward to a busy 2019 full of love and music.





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Copper Box
October 19th
7:30 pm - Cover $15


Copper Box is an accordion-fueled, roots rock party! Based in Oshkosh, WI, awarded "Americana Artist of the Year 2012 & 2009" by WI Area Music Industry, this power quartet brings the best of what an accordion has to offer and beyond...from blues to 70's rock to polka rock to the kitchen sink!

There's a thread connecting the gutsy party sounds of the upper Midwest, the music of the legendary Esteban Jordan (the Jimi Hendrix of the Tejano accordion), the zydeco soul power of Clifton Chenier, the groovy raw sounds of Doug Sahm, and the ability to capture an audience through the electrifying improvisation of fusion roots rock. Copper Box, from Oshkosh, WI, finds that thread and puts it together in a genre-bending celebration that channels the rowdy communal feel of a small-town party with a big sound.



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Chicken Wire Empire
October 25th
7:30 pm - Cover $15


Contemporary tones blend with traditional roots in Milwaukee's unparalleled Chicken Wire Empire. Since their formation in 2014, the Chicken Wire Empire has wasted little time establishing themselves as one of the hottest up and coming bands in the local and regional music scene. Ryan Ogburn (mandolin), Jordan Kroeger (upright Bass), Greg Brundage (Guitar), and Jon Peik (banjo), Ernest Brusubardis IV (fiddle) Together these individuals deliver their bluegrass inspired song to audiences of any age.

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Claude Bourbon
November 1st
7:30 pm - Cover $10


Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.

Claude's inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is 'Claude'.

It is very hard to describe the almost endless amalgam of different influences in Claude's playing, all melting into each other, as he moves from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearic's to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that is music that would not have been out of place in the courts of Emperors and Kings.

Claude Bourbon weaved his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavours of Europe and beyond. His Spanish medieval blues evolved into Gypsy, Eastern European, with a splash of Paco de Lucia, Delta Blues and more. Holding audience attention under a musical spell.

It's not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear if you are fortunate to catch one of Claude's gigs, it is a sort of sensory experience like no other. A top master of his craft and never appearing to be rushed, he has impeccable timing and makes things that one can only marvel at seem simple.



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Common Ground
November 2nd
8:00 pm - Cover $5




CSNY
November 8th
7:30 pm - Cover $10




High Milage
November 9th
7:30 pm - Cover $10


High Mileage is band from Viroqua, Wisconsin that loves music and to entertain. High Mileage has dedicated itself to reproducing music from the 1970'S, 1980's and 1990's (...throwing in some country and modern pop) as well as thrilling audiences all over the mid-west with the best songs built around strong vocal harmonies, instantly recognizable melodies and irresistible dance songs. Each member will have you engaged while singing along to your favorite song.



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Russell Pederson and Friends
November 15th
8:00 pm - Cover $10




Beatles Night
November 16th
7:30 pm - Cover $10



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GATL Gentlemen Anti-Temperance League opening Willow Waters
November 22nd
8:00 pm - Cover $10


GATL Gentlemen Anti-Temperance League:
The Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League is a swing sextet from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The GATL came together in the winter of 2014 to breathe new life into old music. A melting pot of hot jazz, swing, and latin rhythms, brought to a boil by soaring vocals and endless energy. Their second album, "Masquerade" was released on June 3rd, 2017. GATL's second full-length album is a masterful mix of old-time hot jazz and latin rhythms, held together by modern songwriting and layered stories.

"The Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League take things all the way back to the 1930s with their Django Reinhardt-influenced gypsy jazz, and they do it damn well." - Andrea Swensson, The Current

"... takes the best style of music from each decade after Prohibition and creates a unique musical style. - CBS Minnesota

Willow Waters:
As the ripples on the surface of the river mingle and transform the lines and reflections of our world, so Willow Water's music shapeshifts and defies categorization. Dancing lithely between rock and roll, country, old folk, and jazz; bolstered by rich, intricate, and often surprising arrangements and instrumentation, her music exhibits exhaustive precision and delightful variety. And centering this vast array of orchestration is Willow's singular voice - a voice that is grounding in timbre yet soaring in its revelations.





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Chocolateers
November 23rd
7:30 pm - Cover $10


The Chocolateers are a Wisconsin based four piece alternative rock band. Nominated for 2017 WAMI Alternative Rock Artist of the year, the band brings its unique brand of original music to the corners of Wisconsin and beyond. The boys are currently at work on their third studio album.

"It's unfair to brand them by comparison because it's obvious they have worked very hard to develop a flavor all their own." - Stephen Kastner



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Merry Weathers
November 27th
7:30 pm


Merry Weathers performs a variety of bluegrass, folk, country, and rockin music, with a major emphasis on original tunes and playing some long loved covers too. Each member of this 6 piece band brings an original sound that is accessable and easy on the ears.




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Pat Waters
November 29th
7:30 pm- Cover $10


The Pat Watters Band is a one-of-a-kind live experience. Five uniquely individual musicians, hell bent on carrying the flag together for a cause they believe in the Wisconsin Country Music Movement. They aren't waiting to be discovered. They aren't trying to copy a sound. And they aren't trying to be anyone else. They're paving their own way and making their own mark on a mission to develop and amplify a new voice in country music. A voice that represents the Wisconsin lifestyle.

Since 2008, they've taken that mission on the road throughout the state- developing their sound, building their audience, and spreading their message. Blending real life-inspired original songs with their own take on cover tunes from country legends and newcomers alike, the PWB has developed a high-energy, audience-driven live show experience unlike any other. And they've developed something else along the way- a faithful Wisconsin fan base that believes in their mission as much as they do.

If you're looking for more than the average cover band experience...if you're looking for a show you won't soon forget...if you believe in the Wisconsin Country Music Movement...The Pat Watters Band has what you're looking for. Raw, Real, Wisconsin Country.



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The Foragers
November 30th
7:30 pm - Cover $10




Larry Long & Raldo Schnieder
December 6th
7:30 pm- Cover $15


Larry Long:
Larry Long's a chip off the old block of American hardwoods, a singer-songwriter, spoken-word poet, rouser, seeker, storyteller and conservationist.

Like his artistic forefathers Pete Seeger and WoodyGuthrie before him, Long's sense of place and time is eloquently captured inhis music and in the powerful community building he'sdone all over the country and abroad.

Author Studs Terkel called Long "a true American Troubadour." When Pete Seeger was told that Larry is often referred to as the Pete Seeger of Minnesota, Pete replied, "I would be honored to be called the Larry Long of New York." Inspired by Seeger's work to clean up the Hudson River Larry founded the Mississippi River Revival. Long also assembled the first hometown tribute to Woody Guthrie in Okemah, Oklahoma, which today has evolved into the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

Long has sung at major concerts and festivals including Awesome Africa Festival (South Africa), Winnipeg Folk Festival (Canada), at the Hollywood Bowl with Kris Kristofferson, and at Madison Square Garden with Joan Baez and others for Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration.

Long is a recipient of the In The Spirit of Crazy Horse Award and the Pope John XXIII Award for his work in forgotten communities.

Performing with Larry will be lead-guitarist, composer, producer George Parrish, who has over 50 years' experience in the music industry. Throughout his storied career, Mr. Parrish has performed nationally with the likes of Seals & Crofts, Eumir Deodato, Cherrell, and Alexander O'Neal.

Raldo Schneider:
Raldo Schneider refers to himself as just 'an old country boy with a guitar and a song', but as one of his many admirers wrote,"Raldo's the greatest unknown songwriter that America has."


Schneider's musical influences are John Prine and Neal Young. Growing up and working on a family farm in Iowa also influences his writing. As Raldo tells it, "I taught myself to play the guitar during the winter of 1979 while snowed in for days o out on the rural route. I also started writing songs that winter."

Over the years Schneider's recorded twelve full-length albums of original material. His CD 'Burning Daylight' won best country CD of the year in 2012 from the Rural Roots Music Commission.

Raldo's songs will make you laugh and a moment later put a tear in your eye. His quick witted humor is reflected in the names of the bands who've given him musical support through the years, which include 'The Sway Backs', 'Old Dogs', 'New Tales', 'The Night Crawlers', 'The Woodhogs' and 'No Problemo Band'.

Raldo Schneider has been a long time supporter of the Mississippi River Revival and created his own hometown Cedar Falls version with an annual Cedar River Festival.

Joining Raldo Schneider at Leo & Leona's will be lead guitarist Rick Ottman and Travis Smiley on bass.



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Ariane Lydon & Friends
December 7th
7:00 pm - Cover $20