It’s been more than a month since the lights of the Mineral Point Opera House went dark, and we’re just itching to bring you the content that we know you’re missing (as are we!). So enjoy our new series — the MPOH Tiny Stage — as we bring you a mix of past shows and new content. We hope it will help satisfy your thirst for original entertainment in Mineral Point and get you ready for the return of live shows to our actual stage.
Thursday, May 14
It was January 2019, and we were thisclose to selling out one of our most anticipated shows of the season: the Milwaukee-based band Dead Horses was riding high on the strength of press buzz and an album that was beloved by critics and fans alike. This was to be their first show in Wisconsin after a length of time, and we worked furiously to sell every last ticket. Which we did. To our horror, an unforecast snowstorm swept into town, and since many of our tickets were purchased from Milwaukee residents, we feared the inclement weather would keep many of them away. It didn’t. Dead Horses played to a packed house that night, and the enthusiastic crowd loved every minute of it. Watch their performance of On And On in this week’s MPOH Tiny Stage. Premieres Thursday at 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 7
The Cactus Blossoms are regulars at the MPOH, which suits their lush harmonies and Americana sound. Board member Daniel Libby captured a breathtaking performance of their song Got A Lotta Love during their show last fall. Enjoy a repeat performance of this classic.
Thursday, April 30
Kansas City big-band aficionados Grand Marquis have played several times at the Mineral Point Opera House. Their high-energy of Down By The Riverside last June was captured brilliantly by Don Greenwood. Lead singer and saxophonist/clarinetist Bryan Redmond leads things off with a love note to Mineral Point. We’re also throwing in the official video to their song Another Lover. It’s a performance you won’t want to miss.
Thursday, April 23
Martin Sexton brought the house down on a winter night at the Mineral Point Opera House in January, 2019. Sexton brought in fellow Boston musician Chris Trapper, and they both proceeded to make excellent use of the Opera House’s acoustics and vaudeville legacy. Trapper opened the show with a set of original songs culled from his extensive catalog of solo creations, as well as a couple from his days with the Push Stars. Later, Sexton took command of the stage with a brilliant mix of old and new material.
Sunday, April 19
One of our favorite shows in the past several seasons has to have been Charlie Berens of the Manitowoc Minute, who played to an enthusiastic and packed Opera House last summer. Charlie took some time out to say hi to us here in Mineral Point, he reminisced about how much fun he had at the show, and he also reminded us to keep ‘er movin’ during this time of social distancing. Check it out. It’s sure to be the best minute of your day!
Meeker & Maiden
Saturday, April 18
Meeker & Maiden followed up the inaugural MPOH Tiny Stage performance with a live show from their own home and helped raise more than $1,800 to benefit the Opera House.
Meeker & Maiden
Thursday, April 16
Mineral Point’s own Meeker & Maiden (Monica and Aaron Dunn) performed the first MPOH Tiny Stage show with a special performance of Hills of Wisconsin from their band, Point Five.