Miracle On 34th Street
Original 1947 Version of Kris Kringle's Magical Parade Appearance
In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.
It’s A Wonderful Life
Jimmy Stewart and Frank Capra Teamed Up To Create The Definitive Christmas Movie
George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all — and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence — who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.
The Grumpy But Lovable Grinch Plots To Ruin Christmas
The Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbors in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all.
The People Brothers Band
Madison Band Dedicated to Uplifting the Hearts and Minds of Its Friends and Fans
Originally hailing out of Madison, Wisconsin, The People Brothers Band (PBB) are a staple of the Midwest’s vibrant music scene. Featuring some of the best vocalists and musicians in the region, the PBB have blossomed into a unique brand of Rhythm and Soul dedicated to uplifting the hearts and minds of its friends and fans. The PBB’s core mission is to bring people together by spreading love through music. Coupled with their energetic live shows and infectious stage presence, they are guaranteed to bring the party.
Madison-Based Americana and Bluegrass Masters
WheelHouse is a nationally touring Americana and bluegrass band hailing from Madison, Wisconsin. Known as one of the hardest working bands in the midwest, they have played well over a thousand shows in the past 6 years and released 5 records. Featuring three and four part harmonies, fiddle and guitar leads, and driving rhythm of the upright bass WheelHouse brings an energy and attitude unique to themselves.
Jamgrass Combo Comes To Town With Guitar, Banjo, And Funky Back Beats
Rising from the forests and rivers of central Wisconsin, Armchair Boogie’s high-energy take on the Jamgrass genre fuses intricate arrangements of acoustic guitar and banjo with the funky back beats of electric bass and drums.
'The real deal, people' – Billboard
American singer-songwriter Martin Sexton extends touring in support of his ninth studio release Mixtape of the Open Road. The Wall Street Journal and CMT premiered tracks from the album that since garnered much critical acclaim. Sexton returns to the Opera House three years after lighting up the stage (and the audience) during a rip-roaring set in January 2019. Don’t miss out!
Unlikely Combo Of Genres Produces Potent Mix Of Americana Music
Gangstagrass combines great American traditions of bluegrass, hip-hop, and beyond to create a whole new musical genre that is more than the sum of its parts.
As latest album No Time For Enemies climbed to #1 on the Billboard bluegrass chart, Americana Highways magazine proclaimed Gangstagrass “America’s Band” because they take so much of what’s amazing about this country — ingenuity, creativity, freedom, unity across differences, people’s individual strength and struggles — and distill it into a message of common ground in the form of original songs that have everyone up & dancing!
Mardi Gras Mambo 2022
Featuring New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Lafayette's Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are the pioneers of the modern New Orleans brass band movement, recognized worldwide as an unstoppable musical machine. Nathan Williams delivers a direct connection to Zydeco’s storied pioneers such as Clifton Chenier and Boozoo Chavis. Together, it’s a non-stop dance fest. A master class in blues, cajun, New Orleans soul, zydeco and R&B from two of Louisiana’s best!
Jorma Kaukonen – NEW DATE 3/5/22
Founding Member of Jefferson Airplane & Psychedelic Rock Master
In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and rock. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy recipient, Jorma was at the forefront of popular rock and roll, one of the founders of the San Francisco sound and a progenitor of Psychedelic Rock. He is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Jorma Kaukonen is a music legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters in his field. He continues to tour the world bringing his unique styling to old blues tunes while presenting new songs of weight and dimension. His secret is in playing spontaneous and unfiltered music, with an individual expression of personality. In 2016, Jorma, Jack Casady and the other members of Jefferson Airplane were awarded The GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to American music.
Madison's Rhythm & Blues Kings Return To MPOH Stage
The Jimmys is an award-winning festival favorite bringing people together from coast to coast, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean for over twelve years. The Jimmys feature band leader Jimmy Voegeli phenomenal Hammond B-3 keyboardist, singer and songwriter; an experienced killer rhythm section steeped in blues with Perry Weber on guitar, Chris Sandoval on drums and John Wartenwieler on bass and the icing on the cake is the best horn section in the Midwest — Pete Ross on saxophone, Mike Boman on trumpet and Joe Goltz on trombone. It doesn’t get any better than this — The Jimmys will deliver!
Madison’s favorite men in red blazers (more specifically, Mineral Point High School alumni Haakon Schriefer) are looking forward to making their first ever trip to the Mineral Point Opera House! UW-Madison’s first and finest all male a capella group, The MadHatters, are celebrating their 25th year since being formed on campus in 1997. Characterized by their outstanding singing abilities, occasional good looks, and unforgettable audience interactions, the 11 men on stage will inevitably make you feel as if you are an active part of the show.
The Way Down Wanderers
Gorgeous Harmonies, String-Band Virtuosity Anchor Peoria Quintet's Sound
The Way Down Wanderers sing like angels but write songs with guts that are unmistakably earthbound: a soon-to-be dad, excited but scared, fighting for self-growth; someone recovering from alcohol dependency, devoted to healing but with a confession to make––there are no fairytales here. And yet, the music begs an unapologetically Pollyanna question, like a big-hearted dare: Can a song help save you?
“I think when we strive to be the best versions of ourselves, and to accept other people that we don’t understand, that all works toward creating a culture we strive for,” says Collin Krause, one of The Way Down Wanderers’ two lead songwriters and vocalists.
The Mascot Theory
Award-Winning Madison Band Led By Pointer Kjelland Returns with Americana Sound
The Mascot Theory has quickly moved up the popularity ranks of Madison’s music scene with their infectious songwriting and energetic live shows. They balance on an alternative folk influence and pull it together with a rootsy bluegrass blended Americana feel to give something that fits alongside their counterparts, but also has enough freshness to it to give it a unique spin and create their own sound as well, with a sonic backbone of 4-part harmony swells.