Fairs and Festivals
6/8-9, Yahara Place Park, with music, sports, kids' activities, food. Saturday: Dandelion Dash 8:30 am (registration 7:15 am, $5), Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo noon, Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars 1:30 pm, Fareed Haque & the Flat Earth Ensemble 3 pm, Handphibians 4:15 pm, Pimps of Joytime 5 pm, Grupo Fantasma 7 pm. Sunday: Whiskey Farm 11:30 am, Communist Daughter 1 pm, Hurray for the Riff Raff 2:45 pm, Kingsley Flood 4:45 pm, March Fourth Marching Band 6:30 pm. www.marquette-neighborhood.org or 241-7143
When: Daily until 06/09/13
The Marquette Neighborhood Association will be cobbling together two days of fun and games for the 24th Marquette Waterfront Festival. The festivities will take place at Yahara Place Park on June 8th and 9th . This edition of the fest as always will include an eclectic assortment of performers arrayed on our beautiful stage representing our neighborhood and diverse regions of the nation and the World. The music will be sensual and joyous and feverishly danceable. The audience was amazed and amused last year with the incredible antics of the MarchFourth Marching Band from Portland (Oregon). They were such a perfect fit for the event and they had such a superb time here that they made sure that their 2013 Summer tour brought them to town once again. M4th will anchor Sunday’s lineup and for that matter the entire weekend.
The 24th Marquette Waterfront Festival
Saturday, June 8th
Noon The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo (Chicago)
1:30 Tani Diakite & The Afrofunkstars
3:00 Fareed Haque & The Flat Earth Ensemble (Chicago)
4:15 The Handphibians (Front of Stage)
5:00 -- Pimps of Joy time (Brooklyn, NY)
7:00 -- Grupo Fantasma (Austin)
Sunday, June 9th
11:30 The Whiskey Farm
1:00 Communist Daughter (St. Paul, No. WI)
2:45 Hurray for the Riff Raff (New Orleans)
4:45 Kingsley Flood (Boston)
6:30 MarchFourth Marching Band (Portland, OR)
Dandelion Dash 2013 includes a 5K race and a 100 yd. dash for the kids. Saturday, June 8th. Register on-line or day of starting at 7:15am. The annual Dandelion Dash is held as part of the Marquette Waterfront Festival and is a fundraiser for the Wil-Mar Center. With a beautiful course that hugs Lake Monona out and back, friendly fans and affordable entry fees, the race is a long-time favorite event for runners of all persuasions. The Kids 100 Yard Dash, held at 9:15, costs only $1 and all dash runners receive a prize!
Saturday’s five-continent musical lineup promises to be spectacular from top to bottom. Coming up from Chicago to get the ball rolling is the Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo. They have lots of fans in the city and get rave reviews for their Gypsy Swing/ Django Rinehart-y repertoire. From Jazziz Magazine, "The music these two young men make together defies simple classification. Roughly, what I hear are Balkan folk and classical elements mixed with variously colored strains of Gypsy, jazz, pop, world and even rock styles. Whatever it is, it's heady stuff that's technically dazzling yet accessible.
On deck are the neighborhood favorites Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars. Tani’s music from his native Mali is trance-y and funky and superbly danceable. From Tani’s website: "Tani is a musical force who has inspired an entire community of artists. With his Kamale n'goni, a West African ancestor to the banjo, and his plaintive singing, he never fails to drop the deepest blues around." In other words it’s perfect music to set the tone for our World Beat day.
Guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque and the Flat Earth Ensemble will perform their unique blend of jazz and Indian classical music . Haque’s career spans the spectrum of musical styles, and he moves easily between jazz and classical guitar. He has performed with Sting, Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito D’Rivera and many symphony orchestras. He attributes his diverse sound to travel in Spain, France, Iran, Pakistan and Chile. In addition to the Flat Earth Ensemble, Haque works with the Fareed Haque Group and was a founding member of Garaj Mahal. He has released nine recordings as a band leader, and is an associate professor in jazz and classical guitar studies at Northern Illinois University. The Flat Earth Ensemble will feature this amazing lineup that was just confirmed for the Waterfront Festival date. Fareed wrote yesterday "Greg Fundis, Drums; Omar Almusfi, Percussion; Tony Monaco, Hammond B3; Indrajit Banerjee, Sitar; Essam Rafea, oud and voice;Hindole Mujumdar, Tabla;... And me!" Me being Fareed Haque on guitar of course. That should be an incredible set.
Madison’s Handphibians mission is to provide free opportunities for community members to learn about the cultural traditions and music of Brazil; to act as a point of contact and to actively promote networks among members of the Brazilian music community in the US; to showcase traditional Brazilian music in a performance or educational setting; and to have fun in the process. The Handphibians are modeled after the Brazilian baterias (percussion battery) of the Escolas de Samba in Rio de Janeiro, Blocos Afros of Salvador, & the Maracatu Nações of Recife. Their music is also naturally influenced by the percussion traditions of Cuba, Africa, and even good ol' Wisconsin.
The Pimps of Joytime from Brooklyn (the one in New York) played the Majestic Theater recently. We asked Majestic co-owner Matt Gerding about the band and the show" They are an incredibly fun band...show was great. Madison audience relates to them very well. They throwback funk but with a lot of other influences thrown in...sort of "eclectic funk". They'll get people moving. I'll be there for the show!!" You should be there also.
Grupo Fantasma has been praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre and has continually defied expectations to create one of the most unique musical voices to come out of the United States in the last decade. In 2011 they garnered further acclaim by winning a Grammy (their second such nomination) for their self-produced release El Existential on Nat Geo Music which the Wall Street Journal called "Latin music both new and traditional…vibrant fusions that transcend easy classification."
The band’s incendiary live show gets raves- "Grupo Fantasma was as tight as one would expect from a band that routinely backs up Prince" -LA Weekly
"A sound done so right that you have to hand the crown to this group." – Huffington Post
The Whiskey Farm is an Americana band from Madison. Formed in 2010, the band released their first record, "Middle of America," in 2011 and subsequently won the Madison Area Music Award for Best Americana/folk song for "If I Were You." The Onion A.V. Club described The Whiskey Farm as "straddling the line between bluegrass and folk, blending technical wows with accessible songwriting for very pop-minded Americana." The Americana Gazette said they have "great tunes, killer hooks, and fantastic harmonies," and The Isthmus called them "a big boost for the music scene thriving here in the middle of America." The band features multi-instrumentalists and layered harmonies in lyric-driven songs.
From the basements of Wisconsin and Minnesota to your hearts, A few years ago a young Johnny Solomon was a fixture in the tight knit Twin Cities music scene. His music received critical praise from far flung national sources that looked like the beginning of a promising career, but the rising success of his band masked his struggle with addiction and other problems, and quickly eclipsed his career. He ended up retreating to a small town across the border in Wisconsin where he assumed his music days were mostly over. It wasn't until he met a young singer named Molly that his collection of songs about lost love and lost chances became the beginning of something new. Promising to sing with him if he turned things around Johnny began the long road back to music and recovery. Calling their new band Communist Daughter , they released their debut album "Soundtrack to the End" in 2010 making a splash nationally. Now healthy, engaged to that young singer Molly Moore, and supported by a group of musicians who struggled right alongside him. Communist Daughter is once again stepping out onto the national stage with their sophomore album due in fall of 2013.
Alynda Lee Segarra, is the amazing young front-woman of New Orleans’ Hurray for the Riff Raff. Hurray for the Riff Raff is part of the loosely cohered movement of younger musicians embracing and reframing - but only slightly - American roots music, giving it a polish of currency but otherwise leaving its bones intact. Earlier in her career Ms. Segarra sang on her own, or with a rotating supporting cast. In Hurray for the Riff Raff she’s built up a band of people with similar taste but who don’t get in her way including Yosi Perlstein who alternates between fiddle and drums. The Riff Raff will perform at the venerable and prestigious Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island later in the summer as will Kingsley Flood.
Boston and Washington, DC based six-piece Kingsley Flood released their first full-length album/CD Dust Windows in 2010, generating both critical acclaim and a passionate fan base. The band, described recently by the Boston Herald as a "Rolling Thunder Revue with a punk rock sneer," is a two-time winner at both the Boston Music Awards and the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll. In 2013, Kingsley Flood has no plans to sit still. Battles, their latest full-length album(released Feb. 5), is the band’s most honed, complex, and meaningful project to date. Recorded with producer Sam Kassirer at Great North Sound Society in rural Maine, Battles amplifies the band’s pension for dynamics - rock songs that can fill music halls, quiet songs that sound two feet away. The resulting sound blends Dylan-esque storytelling, Kinks-inspired melodies, and the urgency of the Clash.
MarchFourth Marching Band is a mobile big (24-piece) band spectacular, propelled by electric bass, a diverse percussion ensemble and brassy horn section. Visually enhanced by costumed dancing beauties, acrobatic stilt walkers, unicycles, fire arts, life size marionettes, and many more theatrics, M4 invokes dancing in the streets and beyond! The sound is huge, melodic, and dynamic, taking audiences on a musical journey around the globe. MarchFourth writes and performs its own material, and also draws inspiration from an eclectic range of worldwide influences, such as Eastern European gypsy brass, samba, Latin, funk, afro-beat, big-band, jazz, and rock music, as well as television, film, circus, and vaudeville. With exceptional musical quality and energy, and the spectacle of the dancers, M4 "rocks" with the best of them, entertaining the audience with an over-the-top explosion of performance, color and charisma. MarchFourth Marching Band has played hundreds of shows in all kinds of venues, including music festivals. Just our luck.
The 2012 Dandelion Dash will once again be run on the Saturday morning of the festival. To register or volunteer, please contact race coordinators Marlisa Kopenski at Marlisa_kopenski@yahoo.com or 608-332-5889 or Katherine Davey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The River Alliance is planning another canoe parade dubbed "The Fools Flotilla" that will slink down the Yahara River before the race. It was great fun last year and involved at least a dozen decorated craft and even an intrepid canoe-borne band. The canoe parade has really caught on and has become a much-anticipated, spectacular addition to the water-themed festival. Contact Helen Sarakinos of the River Alliance for more details: email@example.com
Sunday's "serious" recreational activity is the Yahara River canoe race at Noon. Long-time race official John Haugen-Wente (241-0619) welcomes all boating configurations (adult/child, all-women, all-men, soloists, and kayakers), sorts them into heats, handicaps the obvious ringers and makes sure that every survivor goes home with a "valuable" prize.
The totally inspired Dorla Mayer is designing her 24th colorful T-shirt that will be printed at her Screen Door shop on Willy St. and there will be Waterfront hats and miscellaneous merchandise for sale again this year. Wildwood Productions should be thanked for coordinating the merchandise creation every year from the beginning.
The Crystal Corner staff, a well oiled machine put through their paces by benevolent despot John Durand, promises to keep two beer gardens well stocked with refreshing beers and wines and also try some chilled mead from our own Bos Meadery. The Wil-Mar Center crew per usual will be grilling up some of the finest brats this side of Sheboygan. They will once again be vending a great variety of slices from Glass Nickel Pizza. MNA will once again be putting together a staff of volunteers to staff the soft drink and water booth at its usual lakeside location.
As expected neighborhood restaurateurs Lao Laan-Xang, Glass Nickel Pizza, Plaka Taverna, Cafe Costa Rica, Jamerica, Nutcracker Sweet and Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream will be cranking out their specialties.
You can be assured that there will be plenty of kids' games (Noon to 3 PM or later) run by the neighborhood Boy Scout Troop 34 and hay rides offered on a cash basis by Cornerstone Carriages are 1:30-3:30 on both days. Face painters and caricature artist Theo Howard will be at the park as well.
There will also be an excellent variety of artists, product vendors and information tablers lining the street-side edge of the park for your browsing pleasure.
Yahara Place Park is gorgeously nestled on the northern shore of Lake Monona where it meets the Yahara River just a couple of blocks from Williamson St., Schenk's Corner, and the O'Keeffe/Marquette school complex. This is a very residential area so please bus, walk or bike to the event if possible. We are dependent on beverage sales to keep this event free. Please no carry-ins other than water. The event is handicapped accessible and free to the general public. Also we would like you to leave the pets at home. For more information or to volunteer or to become a sponsor call 241-7143.
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