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Tuesday Nite Music Club
2nd Tuesday of Every Month
6:30 pm


The second Tuesday of every month, 6:30 pm. Hosted by: Rusty James(WDRT) and Mary C. Highlighted artists and open jam for all musicians.

Pictured below: Jamie Waggoner and Tim Eddy


Phoenix
July 3rd
7:30 pm


Kicking off of their 2018 World Tour Phoenix will once again be rocking the stage at Leo and Leona's.

In 1975, the band to book in Onalaska was Phoenix. The band was composed of Onalaska High School students who took their music seriously and gained a reputation as the band to see until they disbanded in 1980. After all, you can't get together in the garage forever. But boys will be boys, so once a year, Phoenix rises from the ashes to play an annual gig.

Dave Buroker - Bass
Norbert Nix - Guitar, Vocals
Dan Sebranek - Guitar, Vocals
Dave Solie - Drums, Vocals



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Nici Peper & Jamie Wagonner
July 6th
7:30 pm - Cover $5


Nici Peper and Jamie Waggoner are both uniquely talented writers and performers. In this songwriter swap setting they are mesmerizing. Don't miss this one.

Megan and William Fiorella, and Tim Eddy will play a few songs in support.

Richard Smith
July 7th
7:30 pm


Having witnessed one of his live performances, fellow musicians and music lovers alike sing hymns of praise about world-renowned fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith. With fretboard fireworks and lyrical endeavours he will melt your heartstrings, make your toes tapping and your jaws hanging open. Richard's ever growing repertoire comprises a wide variety of music from classical Bach to Beatles pop. It includes Scott Joplin Rags just like Sousa marches, Chopin, Mozart and fiddle tunes. It ranges from jazz standards to Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed and to Django Reinhardt gypsy swing, not to mention his intriguing originals. He delivers both, lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with vocals.


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Summer String Fest
July 14th
7:30 pm


Musical friends Pigtown Fling String Band, Crooked Willow, Moon Chicken, and The Shotgun Gerdy Gang (and maybe others?) will be joining forces to party it up for a mid-summer hootenannyriffic, birthday bash, string style hoedown. Bring your party pants!

Simon Balto & Count This Penny
July 20th
7:30 pm - Cover $10


Simon Balto:
Most people mention the voice first. It comes from deep within. Sounds like it means what it says. Then come the lyrics and the stories -- ones about workers and lovers, mothers and sons, the dying and mourning, the prideful and the abused. Ones about the Midwest and the beauty and difficulty that characterizes life around here. There is a humanity in the songs that recalls the work of some of the folk tradition's finest architects. The songs linger. Exhale. Persist.

Simon Balto's work has garnered praise from critics both local, regional, national, and international. The Irish music publication Deadly Music! has compared his songwriting to top-of-his-game, Blood on the Tracks-era Dylan. The Chicago-based music curator Music Means Family said the following: An unbelievable talent, his layered folk ballads are reminiscent of Baez and Dylan, Guthrie and Prine. There is a deeply satisfying componentto each of his songs a reminder of home, woodsmoke, and the first traces of your breath as winter begins to settle.

He has been featured on Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio, Big Top Chautauqua's Tent Show Radio, Daytrotter, and has supported and shared stages with a wide range of artists in recent years, from Jason Isbell to Johnnyswim, Field Report to Anderson East, Peter Mulvey to Communist Daughter, Charlie Parr to Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.

Count This Penny:
Count This Penny is a singer-songwriter duo born in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. They've shared the stage with the likes of Melissa Etheridge, Kacey Musgraves, The Head & the Heart, Shovels & Rope, The Lone Bellow, and Sarah Jarosz.

A Losing Match, the third full-length recording from Count This Penny, was released on April 6, 2018. It is the bands first full-length effort since their 2012 release, Pitchman. The album contains 11 new compositions as well as a reimagining of the classic Tennessee Waltz.


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Medicine Brothers
July 21st
7:30 pm - Cover $7



The Medicine Brothers are Shawn Neary, Jamie Waggoner, Sandler Waggoner, & Uncle Mike Richardson. The seeds of the Medicine Brothers were sown in Owen & Vigo County, Indiana. Jamie & Sandler grew up in Terre Haute within sight of the Wabash river a couple blocks off of Highway 41 and Highway 40. Half the family lived in the country and thats where Uncle Mike comes in. Between 6th St in Terre Haute and Rattlesnake Road in Owen County, the Richardson and Waggoner families would get together, circle up, and spend the weekend picking the tunes their parents picked, playing the songs they heard on the records of their grandparents, and writing a few of their own. They all discovered Viroqua and the Driftless in their own time, where their paths crossed with Shawn Neary, Iowa born, son of the middle west. Shawn's life long deep love and reverence for music led him to become proficient on more than a few instruments, but an upright bass sings in his hands. They began playing together in a second floor apartment, and shored up their songs in bars and bonfires throughout the Driftless Area & Vernon County Wisconsin. They are now a band of four- Uncle Mike on the mandolin, Jamie on acoustic, Sandler on Telecaster & acoustic, and Shawn on upright bass. They all sing, and they like to sing together when they can.


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Rough and Tumble
July 27th
7:30 pm - Cover $5


"Their voices blended divinely, opening fissures into the human experience where deep aches reside over lost loves, squandered opportunities, a late-night rendezvous and the pre-dawn stillness wrapped in a lover's arms. They traffic in the same wonder and melancholy as other male-female duos - Mandolin Orange, Wye Oak and the like - but there's something exquisite in the way their harmonies blend, riding on crescendos of acoustic jubilation, that draws the listener in and makes them a part of the experience."

-- Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times

"Scott and Mallory each possess a wide vocal range allowing for some impressive and innovative musical harmonizing, yet what sets Rough & Tumble apart is the obvious rapport between the two.Their shared adventures involving the intriguing people they've met, life on the road in a 16 foot camper with a couple of canine companions, and a playful relationship that seems to work well personally as well as professionally collide to produce a whimsical presence on stage... They are Americana Folk Artists with musical lineage tracing back to the creative contributions of outsiders. Those gifted musical folks who passed along tuneful tales after tweaking them into their own versions or perhaps created songs others would honor in the same way. Songs crafted from the stories of real people met along the way combined with insightful vignettes inspired by a deeply personal view of the world we live in."
-- Ken Delaat, Near North Now


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Jazz w/ Greg Balfany
August 3rd
7:30 pm



Jack Klatt & The Sapsuckers
August 11th
7:30 pm


Jack Klatt:
Part balladeer and part bluesman, Jack is a dedicated songwriter and finger-style guitarist based in Minneapolis, MN. His unique sound defies genre with influences that pull from a wide range of American music. From Rhythm and Blues and early Rock N' Roll, to country and folk music, Jack brings his unique voice to all of his songs. In the words of Americana Roots UK "Jack doesn't rely on other writers for his diversity, he can write in pretty much any musical style of his choosing."

The Sapsuckers:
The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers perform traditional old-time fiddle tunes and sing tight harmonies, including country, vaudeville, hits of the 1920s and 1930s, and original songs and tunes. Steeped in the folk-music traditions of Midwest, including their home in the Driftless region, and of Scandinavian-American roots, the Sapsuckers bring a light musical touch and a great sense of humor to their performances. The band plays numerous square dances and intimate concerts.




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Barefoot Movement
August 25th
7:30 pm


Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming, acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you're seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone. With two full length albums, an EP of traditional music, several cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass festivals in the United States already under their belt, the possibilities for this act are endless. The group has enjoyed almost non-stop touring including a trip to Burkina Faso, Africa where they were guests of the American Embassy, and in September of 2014, they received a Momentum Award, naming them "Band of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Their show is as fun to watch as it is to hear. The smiles on the faces of the band are obvious displays of the joy and excitement they feel when performing and the audience shares in the fun. With effortlessly executed transitions, the pacing between the softer and more vigorous numbers constantly has fans on the edge of their seats.

With crowds teeming with enthusiasm at every performance, and new fans joining the fold across the nation, word is surely spreading and the message is clear: barefoot is better. Won't you join the movement?
This is what music sounds like between two Scandinavian transplants in the Midwest coming together to share their fiddle tunes.



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