Jane Lee Hooker to Rawk Madison

Last year at Atwoodfest, we were introduced to Jane Lee Hooker who immediately made a lasting impression on many of the people who cauGht their set…..but truly….if you were fortunate enough to hang out with them, you learned right away that these people are real, genuine, cool rockers. They attacked the songs with a ferocious fierceness that seemed to explode out of them, did it all with this unmatched energy and took the familiar and gave it that NYC twists that doesn’t ever really hurt.

Well, they’re coming back!!!

On Sunday, August 27th at 4:30PM at the Orton Park Festival, we welcome our friends from Brooklyn New York back with open, ready to rock AND roll arms. Hightop and I caught up a little about how the band’s year has gone. With a successful album in the rear view mirror now, we spoke about the new release that will be coming out this October and how while there will be a couple covers, this release will be mostly JLH originals. What lead to that in part, was time spent overseas and how much the crowd of fans and now friends I am sure, reacted to their original tunes. I for one, think that getting to know JLH a little more through their own crafted art will certainly lead to another successful collection of tracks. We also spent a little time discussing what it is about places like Madison that help drive the van back to our neighborhood to melt our faces off at one of the many cool festivals this city has to offer.

JLH by Roland Kampfer March 2017

JLH by Roland Kampfer March 2017

The Rhythms of Paa Kow

Get ready for a new sound you won’t soon forget! The Groove Master, Paa Kow (pronounced Pah-Ko), fuses rhythm and artistry from his home in Ghana with Jazz and African Pop. Fans from all over the world agree that Paa Kow has extraordinary talent and holds “the perfect groove.”

I had the privilege to of talking with this original rhythm creator, Paa Kow before he brings his band to Madison on Wednesday, August 30th at The Frequency. We discussed what people who go get into the sounds live in person will see and hear and feel when this show takes off the ground. We talked about the process of making a new record and knowing when to release it to the people to find out what they think of it, and how striving for that perfect sound can be fine tuned in many settings. The process talk led to words about the soon to be released album, “Cookpot” and how the crowd in Madison will be catching the album release tour, so they’ll taste the newness of these grooves when they are at their freshest. Similar to his other two releases, the album takes listeners on a journey that boldly explores the music of the African Diaspora by fusing Ghanaian Highlife with Jazz, and funk to create his original Afro-Fusion sound. Towards the end of the conversation, we find out what he listens to in order to stay inspired and allow his mind to be opened to the possibilities of creating and composing something completely different.

Oh You Little Devil’d Egg.

The second portion of this week’s show took the reGular and added some extra to it:

Gypsy Woman- The Isley Brothers & Santana
Damned if You do- Akashic Record
Rules- Courtney Pine Ft. Omar
Lickin’ Lips- Korpifunk

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Spider Wolf- Polyrhythmics
Hook & Crook- Antibalas
I No Know- Chicago Afrobeat Project w/Tony Allen Ft. Ugochi

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Ballygunge- The Bombay Royale
(Mera Nam Hai) Lucky- The Bombay Royale

Cypher- The Andy Tolman Cartel
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Outro- Joe Marcinek Band
Slink- Joe Marcinek Band
Bernie- Joe Marcinek Band

**Pre-recorded Conversation with Joe Marcinek**
George Washington- Joe Marcinek Band
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Reprise of Us- The Pollyseeds
Funny How Time Flies- The Pollyseeds Ft. Rpbert Glasper & Terrace Martin
Trafficer- Matt Wilson
Snatch of Sliphorn Jazz- Matt Wilson
Lights and Colors- Jared Sims

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Ache- (U)nity
F.E.A.R. (Forget Everything And Rise)- (U)nity
Thing with Feathers- E Scott Lindner
The Sitcom- Sidewalk Chalk

Flamingo-a-go-go

The first portion of the proGram took to the gardens for a short respite.

When I’m Sixty Four- San Francisco String Trio
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band- San Francisco String Trio

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Metronome- King Cardinal
Gasoline- King Cardinal

**Pre-recorded conversation with members of King Cardinal**
Better- King Cardinal
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Lulu’s Back in Town- Steve Howell & Jason Weinheimer
Limehouse Blues – After You’ve Gone- Steve Howell & Jason Weinheimer
Baby it Must Be Love- Joshua Jacobson
2:19- The Jerry Douglas Band
Hey Joe- The Jerry Douglas Band

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Gonna Lose my Lady- Altered Five Blues Band
Hold Your Tongue- Johnny Oskam
Bad Thing- Webster Ave
She’s $$$- Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

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Estrangeira- Mosquitos
Lateral Alice- Ride

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Vimana- Chariots
Come On- Living Color
Goddamn Real to Me ’91 (Remastered)- Divine Weeks
I Want to Take You Higher (Remastered)- Divine Weeks

King Cardinal’s Denver Americana

I had the chance to spend a little time chatting with Texanna, Brennan and Ben of King Cardinal before they head to Madison on August 17th to play The Frequency. Hailed by Marquee Magazine for their “excellently crafted Americana” and Westword for their “raw, gut-wrenching emotion,” Denver’s King Cardinal push raw roots rock into lush, sonically daring territory with hints of cosmic country and delicate folk. Building off the success of two acclaimed EPs as well as dates with Ben Sollee, Sam Outlaw, and Darlingside (in addition to a performance at the iconic Telluride Bluegrass Festival), the band is set to release their debut album, ‘Great Lakes,’ which was recorded over seven days at Texas’ famed Sonic Ranch Studio with GRAMMY-winning producer/engineer Ted Young (Israel Nash, Banditos).

In this conversation, the trio explains a little about what the Madison crowd can expect to see and hear when they get a live taste next week. We took a good amount of time discussing their first proper album set to be released towards the end of September and how all the time spent together has allowed for the release to be refined and and reflected upon while taking the bare bones and collectively providing the skin and orGans to be masterfully applied into place. We tapped into the Telluride experience and what I found very interesting was the “What have you been dialed into musically yourselves” question and what they have been putting into their ears as they get a little down time or on travel days. It also turns out that living near the Colorado mountains and all that it offers is a great place for these artists to relax, refresh and escape it all when needed.

King Cardinal

Block Partying with Joe Marcinek

When last we spoke with Joe Marcinek, he was coming to town with friend of the proGram, Dr. Bernie Worrell. What a treat!! This time around he will be bringing the Joe Marcinek Band to the 5th Annual Schenk’s Corners Block Party on Friday, August 18th.

This stop through, Joe will be bringing an ALL-STAR cast (as usual) with him! Featuring Joey Porter from The Motet on keys, Pete Koopmans from Family Groove Company on drums, and Buddy Pearson from FREEK JOHNSON on bass. Joe tells me of the contributions each of these folks have played parts in throughout the history and the present of the band. We paint the funky landscape of what could be expected in an ever-evolving set from these cats and how the vibe of the people, those who go and show, create the newness of today while the jammin’ is happening.

Joe and I spend some time talking about the newest album, “Slink” and how it came to fruition, the impact of his circle of fans and friends alike to make this latest musical story complete, and how doing it in a way that fits right for the pieces of the puzzle, makes all the difference in an album’s creation. The band will be featuring much of “Slink” while here in Madison and as someone who has been sharing those grooves to the listeners, this is a much set get-down-to-the-sound event. It is clear that Joe appreciates the scene and those wo make it up here in Madison, so let’s return that love on the 18th.

No Joke Game of Statue

The second portion of the proGram went way back in time to a space frozen in:

Long Time Coming- Sidewalk Chalk
How- Sidewalk Chalk Ft. Chris Turner
Coast to Coast- Adam Turchin Ft. Rose Gold
My Mind Is Moving So Crazy- Adam Turchin Ft. Brandon Ashe & Robert SPUT Searight
Bakerville- HUW
Adam & Eve (edit)- Cameron Graves

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The Life Aquatic- Moon Boots
Sun Comes Out- Eliot Lipp
Already Found (Great Dane Remix)- Lafa Taylor & Aabo
Sable- Edamame Ft. Tor

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Eveil- Labelle
Grand Maître- Labelle Ft. Ballaké Sissoko
Raise a Cup of Kindness- Lenkkodek (Weightless Dub Mix)
Memories in my Pentagon- Gaudi
Bambro Koyo Ganda- Bonobo Ft. Innov Gnawa

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A Common Wonder- Amerigo Gazaway
RoboBeez- The Bombay Royale

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War- Tackhead (Rob Smith Dub Remix)
Verfuhrung (Seduction)- Chache
Soul Journey- Slick Sax
Come Link Me Girl- Sizzla

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Skunkitological Conclusions- Ron Kadish
Aztec Riddim- Coldcut & On U Sound

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Doors

The first portion of this week’s proGram made it hard to get in, but not able to get out:

Twerkin’ Lil’ Mama- Joshua Jacobson
Bipolar Mama- Joshua Jacobson
My Man’s Got a Cold- Paul Kelly Ft. Vika Bull

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On My List to Quit- Altered Five Blues Band
The Hookers (If You Miss ’em, I Got ’em)- George Thorogood
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer- George Thorogood (Live From Rockline)

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Turn Off the Lights- Psychic Temple
And so To Bed- Kris Gietkowski
I Become Your Shadows as Night Enhales a Day- Undone
Service With a Smile- The Gold Needles
Unicycle Monologue- The Insektlife Cycle
Magic Dawn- Red Sun

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The Wolf- Strange Majik
Pretty Little Pony- Strange Majik
Preachin’ (to the choir)- Divine Weeks
Think- Divine Weeks
Love, Peace, Happiness- The Isley Brothers & Santana

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Hard Shelled Manner- Akashic Record
Before the Storm- Harold Little
Stanky Weed- Harold Little
For the Children Hourglass and Anthem Rewerc- Chantae Cann
Car Vibe- Trevor Lawrence Jr
Huh- Trevor Lawrence Jr Ft. Maurice Mo”Betta” Brown & Chelsea Baratz