Capitol Nights

The second portion of this week’s proGram had the capitol under the night sky:

Pennsylvania Hustle (intro)- Todd Marcus
Pennsylvania Hustle- Todd Marcus
Dry Rub- Ghost Note
Freedom Jazz Dance- Dario Deidda
Run For Cover- Dario Deidda

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DPW- Kenny Baron Quintet
No Fool Horse- Carlos Del Junco & The Blues Mongrels
Simba Jike- Jessican Lauren

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Odecha- The Epichorus
Mala Kassat- The Epichorus
Yedid Nefesh- The Epichorus

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Nyarai- Trio Mokili
***Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Nathaniel Braddock of Trio Mokili***
Vekatit- Trio Mokili
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Barambai- Leni Stern
Assiko- Leni Stern
Y Knot- Molly Tigre

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The Rolling Wave- The Gloaming (live at NCH)
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Dub Down- JahBang
Legal Now- Collie Buds
String Up A Sound- Mellowmood
Smoothie- Sly & Robbie w/Dubmatrix Ft. Prince Alla, Screech Dan, Megative
Great Escape- Sly & Robbie w/Dubmatrix

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Hatchet- Shakazoba

Knuckle-Curve Thrown

The first portion of this week’s freeflow show had a lot of movement to it to miss many bats:

Action X- Simon Šerc
Into the Anthropocene Mvt 3- Pascal Le Boeuf
A Boa Filha Partiu- Catherine Bent

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Waves & Particles- Sonar Ft. David Torn
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Slap That Bass/All About That Bass- Rondi Marsh
Black Denim Trousers- Rondi Marsh
You Are Special You Are Beautiful- Eleanor Dubinsky
My Baby Likes Bacon- Rhiannon Giddens
Esso, Esso- Angelique Kidjo
Bir Göl Olur- Yeni Nostalji

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Plagued With Righteousness- World Service Project
The Events Following The Permian Extinction- Jason McCue
There Are Dogs in the Streets- Jason McCue
For My Father- Valeria Matzner

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Stay Clear- Black Violin Ft. Kandace Springs & Robert Glasper
***Excerpt of conversation with Wil B of Black Violin***
Day 2- Black Violin
Runnin’- Black Violin
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In Line- Bill Frisell
Shockinawe- Mike McGinnis
Red Baron- David Garfield
Furtive- The Nels Cline 4

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Batspin- Flying Horse Big Band
Batmobile To Airport- Flying Horse Big Band
Scuttlers- Fred Hersch (live in Europe)
Skipping- Fred Hersch (live in Europe)

Nathaniel Braddock of Trio Mokili

Trio Mokili play roots and jazz-inflected renditions of music from across the African continent: Ethiojazz, Nigerian Afrobeat, Zimbabwean mbira music, Ghanaian Palm Wine, Malian desert blues, and more. Guitarist Nathaniel Braddock is considered a North American authority on African guitar styles, leading the internationally-touring Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int’l and collaborating extensively with musicians from Mali, Ghana, Zambia, and Congo. He is joined on drums by OBDBI bandmate Makaya McCraven and upright bassist Junius Paul. The group is working on their debut album, a mix of live and studio recording capturing the energy of their live improvisations and the sounds of the African golden age.

I had a chance to catch up with Nathaniel Braddock of Trio Mokili as they make their way back to Madison to perform at Arts and Literature Laboratory on April 27th. Nathaniel and I get into what folks in attendance can expect from an evening with this group as far as being a part of that shared moment. We talk about the process of creating a new album when the people collaborating are far apart and how the debut album is coming along. We also learn what Nathaniel would treat the listeners to is give the chance to take over proGramming greenarrowradio for a bit.

Wil B. of Black Violin

Black Violin is an amazing treat. Part classical music (both Kev and Wil are classically-trained string instrumentalists), part hip hop and completely cool, there’s Kev Marcus on the violin and Wil B. on the viola. The open-mindedness of combining many beats and styles gives them a distinct style that have captured the ears of all listeners of art. The duo current performs with DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes to help bring this uniqueness to the masses. Their popularity has risen with a performance accompanying Alicia Keys at the 2004 Billboard Awards, and by performing on the same bill with some of the industry’s biggest artists, such as Wu-Tang Clan, and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. The two men are also avid producers and writers, having worked with people like Kanye West, Tom Petty, and the members of Aerosmith. Receiving a great honor, they were invited to play at the Kids Inaugural Concert, one of the inaugural balls for United States President Barack Obama, in 2013. The concert was a special tribute to military families and was attended by First Lady Michelle Obama, her daughters Malia and Sasha, and Second Lady Jill Biden.

I had an opportunity for a brief conversation with Wil B on his day off (thank you Wil) to discuss what the folks in Madison are geared up for when Black Violin heads to the Overture Center on May 3rd. We get into what opportunity means not only for them, but how to try and open up the world to the youth by believing in themselves. We discuss the path to and the doors that opened for both Wil and Kev to be where they are today.

This Guy Glows

The second portion of this week’s proGram took the glow inside and let it shine, let it shine, let it….shine:

Smile- Durand Jones & the Indications
Groovy Baby- Durand Jones & the Indications
Hey Romeo- Gizelle Smith
Scared of Something- Gizelle Smith
Totally Hot- Juliana Hatfield

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Nigel Duke- Ghost Note Ft. Nigel Hall
Wild Bill- Robert Kennedy

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**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with John Scofield**
Cymbolism- John Scofield Joe Lovano Quartet (live, 2015)
Kentucky Derby- Bill Frisell
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Hit Garbage- Nineteen Thirteen
**Live on air conversation with Victor & Janet of Nineteen Thirteen**
Trick Zipper- Nineteen Thirteen
Bye Bye- Nineteen Thirteen
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Wheel Of Fortune- Del and Amp Live
Karma Sutra- Dr. Octagon

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Hamouda- The Turbans
Zawi- The Turbans

Sideways Streetscape

The first portion of this week’s proGram took to walking the streets in a sideways stroll..

Flutterbug- Gyan Riley
Sprig- Gyan Riley
One More Night On The Road-Grant Farm and Friends (live)
Dead River- HYWAYS

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Have You Ever Loved a Woman- Freddie Pate
greenarrowradio promo- Breezy Rodio
Make Me Blue- Breezy Rodio

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Memphis- Joyann Parker
Shine Bright- Marcia Ball
The Breeze- Jane Lee Hooker
Mannish Boy- Jimi Hendrix
(4/22/1969)
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I Pick Up Birds At Funerals- Tir Na Nog
Kiss Me, Vibrate and Smile- The Chemistry Set

Viola Lee Blues- Midnight North (live Terrapin Crossroads)
Phoenix Motel- Midnight North (live Terrapin Crossroads)
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**excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Joe Marcinek**
Bernie- Joe Marcinek Band (live High Noon Saloon)
greenarrowradio promo- Tim Woods
Anything For Your Love- Matador! Soul Sounds

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Dub Stubbs- Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas
Clown Shoes- Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons

Funk It- The Euge Organ Trio
NuNu ShufShuf- The Euge Organ Trio
More Chicken- Mike Clark and Delbert Bump

Time Spent With John Scofield

John Scofield is considered one of the most important guitarists and composers in jazz. His influence began in the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Mr. Scofield is a masterful improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. He has prominently led his own groups in the international jazz and contemporary scenes, recorded over 40 albums as a leader (many already classics) and collaborated with current favorites and jazz legends like Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Gov’t Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland and Phil Lesh to name only a few. Throughout his career John has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented electric music. All along, the guitarist has kept an open musical mind and a variety of audiences in the jazz, rock and classical realms.

I had a chance to share some time with John talking about the upcoming gig at The Barrymore Theatre on 4/21 with the John Scofield Joe Lovano Quartet. We discuss what someone who has never heard the music this quartet creates might be in store for at the show, and how John and Joe have known and grown with each other over a lifetime. It is true that this quartet does not hit the road that often, so catch them while you can. We get into how songs are selected and how the group feeds off one another during a set to keep that moment in time, securely unique. It was thrilling to hear of his working with some of the greats, but we single out Chris Wood (MSMW was about to play a show together) and Warren Haynes (John and Warren just went to a cool concert toGether – find out what is was by listening in). The versatility John shows in his music is the type of path I enjoy weaving from set to set, making those sound neighborhoods that otherwise may never bump into one another, and I think John would enjoy walking down the sidewalks with me in the greenarrowradio hood.

Mr. John Scofield

Lined Up With Joe Marcinek

Joe Marcinek Band is an experience you may never forget. That is because each show features a different lineup of musicians creating a different set of music every night. The music is equal parts Chicago Blues, New Orleans Funk, Grateful Dead Psychedelia, and Jazz Fusion for open minded listeners. Joe tours nationally from New York to LA and everywhere in between. Most of these lineups will only happen one time making every night a can’t miss and unique show.

We are fortunate here in Madison to have an artist like Joe always find a way to bring his unique band meld to us. These incredible one off type shows make for such memorable times for both the audience and the band. Once again, the Joe Marcinek Band is heading to Madison to play the Harmony Bar on April 14th. Joe and I took a moment to catch up and discuss who he will be teaming up with to make music for Madison, we discuss recent working with friend of the program, Mr. Alan Evans (Alan played with Joe and is mixing Joe’s new album. We also talk about teaming up with our boys, Groovesession in Cali and did I mention a new album? Oh yes, we talk about a potential dream come true scenario for Joe with this new record, and once it is finished, I’ll be able to put it into your ears first. And as always, Joe and I mention our bridge connection and respect to Dr. Bernie Worrell.


Photo by: Ian Rawn Photography
More of Ian’s work at his FB page and his IG.

Do You See or Hear It

The second portion of the proGram tickled the senses into confusion:

Shackles- Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics
Let Me Be Your Lovemaker- Orgone Ft. Adryon de León
Takeback- Lakecia Benjamin
Little Children- Lakecia Benjamin
Lemon’s Make Lemonade- Grace Kelly Ft. Jon Batiste
Blues for Harry Bosch- Grace Kelly (Mocean Worker Remix)

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Well You Needn’t- Mike Clark & Delbert Bump
No More Blues- Mike Clark & Delbert Bump

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Day Tripper- Charles Ponder
Make a Change- Durand Jones & The Indications
Silicon World- The California Honeydrops

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Ray- Joyann Parker
Blues for Hard Times- Rockwell Avenue Blues band Ft. Steve Freund,Tad Robinson & Ken Saydak
Sugar Bee- Kathy and the Kilowatts
Hello Josephine- Freddie Pate
Youngblood- Peter V Blues Train

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Counting Arrows- HYWAYS
Blame- HYWAYS

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Playing a Poor Hand Well- Midnight North
**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Grahame Lesh of Midnight North**
One Night Stand- Midnight North
Miss M- Midnight North (live at Terrapin Crossroads)

Wash It Away

The first portion of the proGram has the spot for you to let it all go….away:

Coyote Party- Thollem
La Vida Es Un Regalo- Thollem
Its Not Cool to be Cold Hearted- Thollem
Earthbound Turnaround- Moist Paula
Weather Warlock- Moist Paula

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Swing Ghost ’59- The Nels Cline 4
Secret Weapon- Escaper
Rare Form- Escaper
Chorinho-Dario Deidda Ft. GeGé Telesforo

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Fifteen- Chuck Lichtenberger
Twenty Two- Chuck Lichtenberger
Bubba- Chuck Lichtenberger

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Soldiers- Terence Blanchard Featuring the E Collective (live)
Intro- Dana Murray
Comfortable Discomfort- Dana Murray

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The Turning- Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph & Tatsuya Nakatani
Winslow Homer- Bill Frisell
It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)- Charlie Ballantine
Tears of Rage- Charlie Ballantine
Pride- The Lao Tizer Band

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Swingtown- Marco Benevento (live)
Pinto- Gitkin
Unfortunate Breaks- Adrian Younge
Starlights-Adrian Younge
Come On- Kyle Hollingsworth
Barefoot Boogie Man- Groovesession

Grahame Lesh and Midnight North

In June of 2017 Midnight North released their third studio album: “Under the Lights”. On this full length record, the band left all they had on the court. Recorded by David Simon-Baker (Los Lobos, ALO, Jackie Greene, Mother Hips) at the Greene Room and Allegiant Studios, “Under the Lights” features their eleven best new tunes. Expect twang of of country on tracks like “The Highway Song” and “Greene County”, morsels of soul on the likes of “Back To California”, but mostly good solid rock and roll. With strong melodies and stronger harmonies, for this band it comes down to one thing: the song.

I had a chance to catch up with Grahame Lesh to talk about the upcoming show on 4/14 at the Midwest Music Festival in LaCrosse and here in Madison on 4/15 at High Noon Saloon. We get into what to be ready for at the show and how the newest release will play in and out live. We dive into the making of the album and how the stories experienced on a tour get worked up, and expressed on a recording and how much this group definitely enjoys stretching it out for those who make it out. Grahame shares his insights from playing both the bigger festival scene(s), and holding down their fifth year of Sunday nights at his dad, Phil Lesh‘s exceptional venue, Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. If you are looking for some harmony in your life, the music of Midnight North will definitely bring it your way.

Midnight North

Just The Right Materials

The second portion of the proGram had the correct materials to represent conscientious efforts on the part of Aboriginal artists to share their culture with outsiders.

Gene Takes A Drink- Bang On A Can All Stars
Banquet of the South Tutubole- Cyro Baptista
Adrenal Interlude- Progger
Housewives- Progger
Sinister Postlude- Progger
Realms- Escaper
Ellipsis- Counterweight

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Now I’m Gone- Durand Jones & The Indications
Tuck N Roll- Durand Jones & The Indications
Shoe Boot- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Intro- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Call It Home- The California Honeydrops

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Set Sail- The Pendletons
greenarrowradio Theme- Mister Rourke
Mr. Crazy Fingers- Lexsoul Dancemachine
Tsunami- Lexsoul Dancemachine

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The Antrim Special- Mark Kelso & the Jazz Exiles
Between The Mayo And The Mustard- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Stuff- Kyle Hollingsworth
Stingy Love- Mataador! Soul Sounds
March On- Lakecia Benjamin
On The One- Lakecia Benjamin

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Tehigren (The Trees)- Bombino
Dem Don Come Again-Femi Kuti
No Bad News- Chicago Afrobeat Project Ft. Kiara Lanier & Legit

**Pre-recorded conversation with Kevin Ford of Chicago Afrobeat Project**
E Gets As E Be- Femi Kuti
Rogue State- Shokazoba

Tommy Mitchell (Ngaanyatjarra people, Warakurna, Southwestern Deserts, Western Australia, 1943–2013)
Walu, 2008
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 40 x 60 in.
Promised gift of Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan to the Seattle Art Museum, T2011.55.51, © Tommy Mitchell Courtesy American Federation of Arts.