Other Area Folk Venues

with folk music or dance

Madison Metro Area

  • Tuvalu Coffeehouse and Art Gallery (formerly Indigo) - 1st Thursday of the month: 7 - 9 pm, "Bygone Days" - old-time country music, with bands changing monthly. No cover. - 300 South Main Street, Verona (just south of Miller’s grocery) 845-6800, www.indigocoffeeandtea.com for information, contact Sally Bennett: (608) 845-2124, spbennett9-at-hotmail-dot-com.
  • Mickey's Tavern has informal Celtic music sessions Wednesday nights, starting at around 9:30-10:00 pm. There is no cover. Also, on Tuesday night Catfish and Area 51 perform at 9 pm. Cover? 1524 Williamson Street (next to the Yahara river), (608)251-9964.
  • Borders Books and Music - East, music usually runs from 7 pm to 9 pm on Friday nights. No cover? 2173 Zeier Road (East of East Towne Mall), (608)240-0390.
  • Borders Books - West, music usually runs from 7 pm to 9 pm on Friday nights. No cover? 3416 University Avenue, (608)233-4477.
  • Mother Fools hosts a wide variety of music every Friday and Saturday night. There is a cover charge. Shows start at 8 pm. Acoustic music is presented many times each month, check their schedule for show details. The last Friday of every month is an open mic, which is a free event. 1101 Williamson Street, (one block "uptown" from the Williamson Street Coop), (608)259-1301.
  • The Club Tavern has music available throughout the week - here is their music schedule.
  • Go to the Madison Music Online Club Calendar - for an excellent listing of Madison venues and performances. Also, here is a direct link to their Regular Weekly Gigs, showing gigs day by day.
Southern Wisconsin Area
  • The Coffee House in Milwaukee Wisconsin. 631 North 19th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A music tradition since 1967. The Coffee House is a program of Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in cooperation with Lutheran Campus Ministry. Managers: Sandy Weisto & Dylan Damkoehler. Telephone during open hours: (414) 344-9997. The Coffee House Information Line: (414) 299-9598. They serve coffee, herbal teas, soda, and baked goods. Free parking is available in their lighted lot. The Coffee House is wheelchair-accessible. Here is their Concerts page.
  • Cafe Carpé, in Fort Atkinson, WI, has live acoustic/folk music most Friday and Saturday nights. They have a wonderful atmosphere, plus great, reasonably priced food, and drinks. Cover charge varies with the performer and runs from roughly $5 to $15. It is approx. 40 minutes from Madison, and well worth the trip. You can contact them at (920)563-9391 for reservations (usually only necessary for bigger perf.), or to find out who is performing. Their address is 18 South Water Street West, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.
  • SWBMA Events Calendar - This is a wonderful page! Refer to it often.
  • SWBMA Jams Schedule and Calendar - If you enjoy playing and/or listening.
  • The Fondy Acoustic Music Alliance, Inc. (FAMA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing listening and playing opportunities for fans of acoustic music. Located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and serving the area from Milwaukee to Appleton and Madison to Sheboygan, FAMA hosts Jam/Open Mic sessions that are typically held on the second Sunday of each month.
  • Triple M FM has a Madison concert page.
  • Musi-Caltm - Search for concert schedules for your favorite musicians, check out festival links or browse club listings! Excellent.
  • FolkLib Index - Wisconsin Concerts and Venues by City - Madison.
  • FolkLib Index - Wisconsin Music Site Map - Excellent.
  • Dirty Linen listing of concerts and artists in Wisconsin and other states.
  • Madison Music Online Club Calendar - "Madison's first and still the best online club listing!" Excellent listing of Madison venues and performances.
  • Folklore Village holds dances usually every Saturday night starting at 8 pm, there is a potluck dinner before the dance starting at 6:30 pm. All dances are taught and beginners, and the whole family are welcome. Located on County BB six miles East of Dodgeville (608)924-4000
  • Green Apple Folk Music Society in the Appleton area of Wisconsin.
  • Our friends at Narodno! International Dancers an eastern European dance performance troupe, who also host the annual Folk Ball in Madison. Which is the Midwest's complete folk event - Dancing, Workshops (dancing, singing, musical), Jam sessions (musician and singing), and Performances of dances from around the world. True to the Madison tradition - it is supported completely by volunteers and donations!
  • Madison Folkdance Unlimited - where you can do (learn to do) dances from around the world - with a focus on eastern Europe (i.e. the Balkans, Greece, Turkey, Hungary, etc.), in the Madison tradition - its free. They meet Wed. and Sun. nights starting at 7:30 pm. Teaching is from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, request dancing starts at 8:30 pm. "Generations of Bulgarian goatherds can't be wrong."
Links of Local Acoustic/Folk Interest

 

 

 

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