Madison, WI (05/02/2012) - The Madison Area Music Association is pleased to announce the lineup of performers for the 9th Annual Madison Area Music Awards. The MAMAs will be held June 2 at the Capitol Theater in the Overture Center. Tickets are $15 -- $10 for students and teachers -- and go on sale May 1. Tickets are available at the Overture Center Box Office and online at http://www.overturecenter.com/boxoffice.
Red Carpet festivities begin at 6 p.m., and show time is 7 p.m.
Cork & Bottle String Band
Formed in 1996, this six-piece bluegrass band has single-handedly upped the ante for bluegrass music in the Madison area. Best known for their six-year run as the house band at the now defunct Ken’s Bar, the Cork & Bottle String Band continue to have a strong following. The band recently released a documentary DVD titled Corn ‘n Bottle String Band; The Ken’s Bar Story and just celebrated their 15-year anniversary.
The People Brothers Band
From humble beginnings at late-night open jams in a downtown Madison bar, the People Brothers Band have solidified over the past three years into an eight-piece rhythm-and-soul powerhouse. Their eclectic blend of original grooves, conscientious lyrics, soulfully mastered vocal and instrumental work, along with diverse self-tailored covers, holds the crowd on the dance floor and keeps them begging for more. From funk to soul, rock to reggae, folk to rhythm and blues, they’re guaranteed keep the audience on their feet.
Sincere Life is an emcee from Chicago currently living in Madison. He has been mastering his craft as an emcee since before his adolescence. Raised by a single mother after losing his father in a car accident in 1996, He likes to credit hip-hop as a savior for him at that point in his life. He's been involved in the hip-hop scene since 2000 and has since formed ILL-NOIS Nation, a rap label which stands for Intelligent Lyrical Legends Neglecting Oppression and Inspiring Society. He brings a different feeling through his music, and when you hear him you can tell he does it for the music first.
This unique classical ensemble known as the Ekaterinburg Classical Trio, or Kat Trio, was born in the summer of 1998 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The Kat Trio is violinist Victoria Gorbich, clarinetist Vladislav Gorbich and pianist Julie Page. They present unique Russian arrangements and transcriptions of timeless melodies. The trio's concerts feature classical works, well-known inspirational songs, and even American pop standards, including Scott Joplin rags.
The Roots Collective
Roots Collective is Madison’s hottest roots reggae band in the finest one-drop tradition. This award-winning band features a collection of six seasoned musicians that mirror the horn driven reggae beats of Jamaican groups such as The Mighty Diamonds, The Abyssinians, The Wailers & The Skatalites. Formed in 2005 by lead singer/keyboardist Michelle Flood, Roots Collective focuses on playing music with a message that speaks to all people no matter what race, age or background. The players, all from the Madison area have performed with other popular local acts such as Natty Nation, Que Flavor!, Jose & Sumlimes, Tony Brown and Vibe Syndicate.
Making Purple, representing Girls Rock Camp Madison
Making Purple was formed at the 2011 Summer Girls Rock Camp and is performing a song that was written from that experience. Girls Rock Camp Madison is an intense week-long day camp for girls ages 8-18 where campers learn an instrument, form a band with their peers, write a song under the guidance of some of Madison's finest female musicians and then rock out at an end-of-camp performance in front of hundreds of fans. Making Purple was one of the 16 bands to form at the 2011 summer camps.
Ida Jo with Midnight Voices
A student of violin from the age of 7, Ida Jo’s life has been full of honors, including the prestigious Emerson Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Center at the age of 14 and the first of several performances at the Winnipeg Folk Festival at 15. Having grown up listening to The Band and Van Morrison, Ida Jo combines classic rock passion with violin virtuosity. Ida Jo approaches her songs with the immediacy of a jazz improviser, the honesty of a folk singer, the humility of gospel seeker and the genuine passion of a classic rocker. Midnight Voices is an all female high school group from Madison, combining members from West, Edgewood and Memorial high schools. Their life motto is simple … Do or Dah.
Bronson and Preston Taalbi (ages 17 and 15 respectively) are the youngest of a family in love with music. Despite their adolescence, the Taalbi Brothers are energizing in their musical presence and create the raw, awakening music made possible by the bonds of blood. This inspiration allows for the Mediterranean ancestry and new millennium youthfulness of the Taalbi Brothers to emerge from their songs, shattering all typical shades of Flamenco-inspired guitar performance.
Charles Dieterle, 18, is a senior at Madison West High School. He began playing trombone in fifth grade and has studied with Mark Hetzler, Mark Lusk and currently Jamie Kember. Charles also plays tuba, which he began learning in eighth grade. He joined WYSO his freshman year of high school and has attended Interlochen Arts Camp for the past two summers. Last year, he won the Fine Arts Award for Outstanding Achievement on Trombone. Though he describes himself as a classical musician at heart, Charles is also comfortable playing jazz. He performs with Jazz West (his school jazz ensemble), At Dim Fom (school jazz combo), Isthmus High School Jazz All-Stars and Spontaneocity (a trombone-sax improvisational duo).
Madison Jazz Orchestra
***The Madison Jazz Orchestra will play in honor of Doc DeHaven, our 2012 Michael St. John Lifetime Achievement Award Winner.***
The Madison Jazz Orchestra is founded on the idea of the New York rehearsal band. Players would come, sit in and play if they didn’t have a job that night or came right from the studio. The MJO is also a repertoire band playing a selection of works from the libraries of the bands of Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Bob Mintzer, The Tonight Show Band, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and many more.
Orphan Bloom is a group of musicians influenced by genres as diverse as blues, heavy metal, jazz-rock fusion, classical Indian and European music, and acoustic fingerstyle. They forge a style that combines vivid lyrical imagery with music that is related to yet distinct from the music the band loves. Orphan Bloom’s self-titled debut album won the Hard Rock/Punk Album of the Year award at the 2011 MAMAs, was rated among the top-10 albums of 2010 by the Isthmus Magazine, was considered the best album of 2010 according to All Media Reviews and has been rated highly by Progression Magazine alongside bands like Mars Volta, King Crimson and Jethro Tull.
Award-winning singer-songwriter Mark Croft is one of the most distinguished musicians to ignite the acoustic pop and roots scene in Madison. A seasoned performer, Croft has been serving up exciting and emotional performances throughout the nation. His ability to navigate his six-string with superiority, wrapping frantic acoustic riffs around unforgettable melodies, has garnered him praise from press outlets, industry professionals, club owners and fans alike. Croft has won numerous MAMA awards over many years.
The MAMAs are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and expansion of all forms of music education in the Madison area, and to encourage and promote the artistic advancement of our emerging musical youth. For further information please contact Richard Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608.620.3786