Can Mirabel Save the Magic of Encanto?
The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift — every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger.
Fingerstyle Guitar Champions
International Fingerstyle Guitar Champions Take Over the Stage
International fingerstyle guitar champions take over the Opera House on Saturday, August 27th. The Red Door Duo David Irwin and Helen Avakian, Jack Wilson, and Jesse Smith will perform separately and together, showcasing their skills as award-winning guitarists.
Albert Cummings writes, plays, and sings the blues like nobody else.
For someone with the kind of background Albert Cummings has, that kind of confidence about his music says it all. This is a singer and guitarist who has played with many of the greatest players of the modern era, and received the kind of awards and recognition that few others do. Raised in Massachusetts and self-taught on the banjo, it was a 1987 concert by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble that opened Cummings to a new world of modern blues and inspired him to take up the guitar. It didn’t take long from there for him to find his way to the front of the pack.
The Lowest Pair
A magic partnership that speaks to audiences across genres
Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee are two kindred spirits who first met on the banks of the Mississippi while touring the Midwest festival circuit. Born and raised in Arkansas, Winter released three solo records on Olympia-based indie label, K Records, and performed in ramblin’ folk bands and anarchic punk bands before serendipitously meeting Palmer T. Lee in 2013. Lee had built his first banjo when he was 19 from pieces he inherited and began cutting his teeth fronting Minneapolis string bands before convincing Winter that they should form a banjo duo. Now, as The Lowest Pair, they have recorded and released five albums together, relentlessly toured North America, and ventured to the UK twice, playing over 500 live shows over the past five years.
The Whiskey Belles w/Myles Wangerin
Three Chords and the Truth!
Roots Country Music, Born of Gin Halls and Juke Joints – Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure. The Whiskey Belles are a traditional country and Americana trio based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Belles are widely known for captivating shows featuring their own take on classic and obscure vintage-country, Americana, folk-revival and roots-country tunes, with their own witty originals sprinkled in.
GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-Time EMMY Nominee, 2020 U.S. Artists Fellow
GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-Time EMMY Nominee, 2020 U.S. Artists Fellow, Dom Flemons has branded the moniker The American Songster® since his repertoire of music covers over 100 years of early American popular music. Flemons is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, slam poet, music scholar, historian, and record collector. He is considered an expert player on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, fife, and rhythm bones.
Performing original country music that blends humor, heartache, and honkytonk.
The Sapsuckers write and perform original country music that blends humor, heartache, and honkytonk. Featuring lead vocalist Nikki Grossman (fiddle, vocals, guitar) and anchored in the songwriting team of Grossman and Joe Hart (guitar, vocals, mandolin), the band’s style ranges from hillbilly roots to Nashville pop, while their engaging performance style has earned a growing fanbase in the Midwest and beyond. Formed as an acoustic duo in 2013, the couple began performing with a backing band in 2019, and will perform with the full band at the MPOH.
The Michael Mikrut Band
Bringing a mix of high energy country twang and sing-along rock classics
The musicians in The Michael Mikrut Band grew up in southwest Wisconsin and bonded over their shared passion for music. Each member brings a unique musical aesthetic to the band and over the years they have grown comfortable playing different genres. Their set list will prominently feature country but will also dive into favorites from classic rock to their very own originals.
Gaines & Wagoner
"The Swiss Army knives of string players!" - Mark Williams
Based in Madison, WI, the award-winning husband and wife duo of MaryGaines (cello, guitar, bass, vocals) and Chris Wagoner (violin, mandolins, lapsteel, ukulele, guitar, accordion, vocals) play an eclectic mix of Americana — original and classic tunes ranging from folk to jazz, bluegrass to blues, honky-tonk and a little singer-songwriter on the side.
The Irish Comedy Tour
The party atmosphere of a Dublin pub combined it with a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans.
The Irish Comedy Tour takes the party atmosphere of a Dublin pub and combines it with a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans. The group’s comedians and musicians, whose ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle, include Detroit native Derek Richards; Washington D.C. born Patrick Garrity; Ohio’s Michael Malone; Nova Scotia’s Damon Leibert; and from Inchicore, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland Derrick Keane. Don’t miss these hilarious Irish American comedians as they tear apart as well as validate all of the Irish myths and stereotypes.
Ken Kilian’s Classic Big Band
Delivers the fullness and swingin' sound that the music of the Big Band era deserves
The Classic Big Band is a true Big Band with five saxophones, six to eight brass, a full rhythm section, and a featured vocalist. This group is the premier flagship band of Ken Kilian Musical Services. This remarkable Big Band delivers the fullness and swingin’ sound that the music of the Big Band era so rightfully deserves.