The Shapes We’re Into

The final part of the proGram knew sometimes a shape can be just like we.

Mam Da’ana- Alogte Oho & His Sounds of Joy
My Favourite Song- Ruby Wood

Trago Coqueto- Pachyman
Cloud Ninne Fixed- Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
Hanalei- Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
Rotation- Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise

Ain’t Nobody Coming Down To Save You- Black Milk
My Ibiza- Supreme Beings of Leisure & Dave Audé
Naked- Kraak & Smaak Ft. Ivar & Berenice van Leer [Live]
Keep on Searching- Kraak & Smaak

Dyno My Ride- Nick Millevoi Ft. Bryan Murray, Ron Stabinsky & Johnny DeBlase

Same Look Different Way

Middle part of the proGram had a tilt and a turn.

The Pit- Black Market Brass
Feeling Alright- Renegades Of Jazz

Looking For Trouble- Soul Tune Allstars Ft. Carlton J. Smith
Oh Your Love- Soul Tune Allstars Ft. Maria Sanchez
All I Really Wanna Do- Devon Gilfillian

Serpentine- Apollo Suns
Sun Shines On- SharpStar
Beck & Call- The Sextones
Gimmie Some Momo- Alan Evans Trio
Pep Squad- Eddie Roberts & George Porter, Jr. Ft. Robert Walter & Nikki Glaspie
Black Apple- Eddie Roberts & George Porter, Jr. Ft. Eric Benny Bloom, Robert Walter & Nikki Glaspie

Rocking At the Mole House- The Headhunters (Live From Brooklyn Bowl)
**pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Mike Clark & Mr. Bill Summers**
Watermelon Man- The Headhunters (Live From Brooklyn Bowl)

The Up Lines

The First part of this week’s proGram saw the upward movement as it swirled on by.

Sticks and Stones- Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Last Train to Nowhere- Ghost Hounds
Keep on Truckin’- Reverend Freakchild
Waiting on a Song- Duane Betts
greenarrowradio promo- Tim Woods

Papa Voodoo- Mick Pini & Audio 54
Billy Strawn- Dale Watson
Intro To The Blues For Mama- Nina Simone (live 1966 Newport)
Blues For Mama- Nina Simone (live 1966 Newport)

Prayed Up- Lowcountry Ft. Matt White & Chris Potter
Boogie Stop Tøffel- Gard Nilssen’s Supersonic Orchestra
Oladipo- Tony Allen & Adrian Younge

The Headhunters Live From Brooklyn Bowl

Legendary Band The Headhunters Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Captivating Live Album

Announce Canada and Europe Dates for Fall 2023

Not many bands can claim a history as remarkable and illustrious as The Headhunters. Originating in 1973 under the visionary leadership of renowned musician Herbie Hancock, the band quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with. Comprising percussionist Bill Summers, bassist Paul Jackson, saxophonist Bennie Maupin & Harvey Mason, who was soon replaced by legendary drummer Mike Clark, each member brought their own unique talents to the team, forging a timeless legacy that surpasses the dreams of most musical ensembles. By blending jazz, funk, and rock, The Headhunters created a sound that resonated with audiences worldwide, selling over a million albums and inspiring musicians across genres for generations. Their music was even sampled by hundreds of hip-hop artists throughout the ’80s and ’90s, leaving an indelible mark on contemporary music. Today, The Headhunters’ impact remains a constant, with their time alongside Hancock serving as a transformative experience. The band went on to release six more full-length albums. They ventured out on their own, free from Hancock’s involvement, producing standout albums such as “Survival of the Fittest” in 1975 and “Straight from the Gate” in 1977. The band reunited with Herbie in 1998 for “Return of The Headhunters” and subsequent released albums “Evolution Revolution” in 2003 and “Platinum” in 2011. The Headhunters’ latest studio release “Speakers In The House” came out November 4th, 2022 to international acclaim through Ropeadope Records in association with Devil Hills Entertainment. Now co-led by original members Bill Summers on percussion & Mike Clark on drums complemented by the talents of some of New Orleans’ finest musicians: Kyle Roussel on keys, Donald Harrison on alto saxophone, and Chris Severin on seven-string bass. In celebration of their eponymous album’s 50th anniversary, the band started on a world tour in early 2023. The journey began with a monumental performance meticulously recorded at the iconic Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, New York, on February 9th, 2023. Showcasing the band’s incredible live energy, this momentous occasion was masterfully captured and subsequently mixed and mastered in New Orleans by the talented Keenan McRae. The result is an extraordinary live album that encapsulates the essence of The Headhunters’ artistry. This new album, from Ropeadope Records, features an array of their greatest hits, including the iconic tracks “Watermelon Man,” “Chameleon,” “Butterfly,” and the latest original “Rocking At The Mole House” from studio album “Speakers In The House.” With their 50th-anniversary live album, The Headhunters invite both loyal fans and new listeners to experience their groundbreaking sound in its raw and electrifying form. This release not only pays homage to their incredible journey but also serves as a testament to their enduring musical legacy. The band is scheduled to return to Europe and Canada this Fall and tour internationally in 2024.

I had the honor of catching up with two legends anyway you try to slice it, Mr. Mike Clark & Mr. Bill Summers. OG’s! We have a wild time discussing the way this new album, Live From Brooklyn Bowl (set for release on August 11th), became a thing. We dive deep into the stories of getting to these show(s), knowing not just thinking about how good their live set of now ARE definitely going to be, and just how these live recordings capture the way these songs take off in 2023. I could honestly listen to these cats talk to each other about all they have seen and done and how that transforms and shapes the sounds they create. It is this kinda conversation that they create toGether as one unit. I could chuck out one name of great jazz days gone by and either of these dudes will have something relevant to say. We also learn just what it would to get them to come t Madison and play in my backyard. I have to start planning that menu soon. This album is a flavor you may thing you have tried before, but the people assembled with Mr. Summers & Mr. Clark are waking in the landscape of the pasts and present to create a future fulla rhythms, grooves and funky shit that will keep your blood flowing and your ass moving. We talk a bit about each, a little back of the baseball card look and the props for Mr. Harrison are real and true, recently becoming a partner. This new record has a bit for all of us, newbies and not and it is a sure way to bring that “I was at that show” feel into your homes.

Photo by: Michael Weintrob

Gankino Circus & Friends beim Nürnberger Bardentreffen

Is it world music, folk music or comedy? A little bit of this, a little bit of that – really special. Creative minds are at work in Gankino Circus, musicians who certainly know what they are doing. The four of them act as if they had never done anything else: perfectly set into scene & highly sophisticated while maintaining a close connection to their audience, all of which makes them one of Germany’s finest world music exports. Gankino Circus have traveled from Finland to Kazakhstan – constantly voyaging, always in search of musical inspiration for their signature style. German Folk, Balkan Beats, Nordic Sounds and lots of humour are mingled in a fantastic concert event. Winners of the German world music Award RUTH, Gankino Circus have played more than 1000 shows in theatres, clubs and at festivals across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Hungary, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and Armenia. The group has performed at famous world music festivals like Rudolstadt Festival, Bardentreffen Nuremberg, Masala World Beat Festival Hanover, Global Music Festival Halle and Accordion Festival Vienna.

Gankino Circus & Friends beim Nürnberger Bardentreffen

Gankino Circus & Friends – Crazy World Music Show
This show promised to be something unique and outrageous and it was: Guests of the Gankinos are besides David Saam, the Pope of Franciscan folk music and fun-heavy-metal legend Vito C of J.B.O., also the most dazzling couple of Finnish tango: Laura Ryhänen and Mikko Kuisma of Uusikuu.
Recording of the concert on Sebalder Platz from 23. July

Just A Little Swim

Final part of this week’s proGram went for a little stroll.

Big Feet- Mark Telesca
Mrs. Robinson- Mark Telesca
Let’s Sleep on It Together- Ghost Hounds
Hot Dog- Ghost Hounds
Jump For Joy- Monster Mike Welch

Colors Fade- Duane Betts Ft. Nicki Bluhm
Stare at the Sun- Duane Betts & Derek Trucks

What Are You Waiting For- Kendra Morris
Leave You Alone- Kelly Finnigan
All of Me- Gary Beals
Trouble with a Capital T- Joseph Malik

Parkour- Erick the Architect
Elevando- Captain Planet Ft. Chico Mann
Loose Wires- Captain Planet Ft. El Din
Marching Band- Yussef Dayes Ft. Masego
Asalatua- African Head Charge

Jump On or In

The middle part of the proGram had steps or splash built in.

Nothingville- Dale Watson
Starvation Box- Dale Watson
Tejas Motel- Ole Lonesome

greenarrowwradio promo- Mark Cameron
Sorry- Mark Cameron
Amsterdam Blues- Reverend Freakchild
Hippy Bluesman Blues- Reverend Freakchild

***pre-recorded conversation with Rökker from Atwoodfest***
Jericho- Jane Lee Hooker
***pre-recorded conversation w/Hightop of Jane Lee Hooker***
Jane Lee Hooker Drive- Jane Lee Hooker

Feel That- Helen Kelter Skelter
Ship Of Fools- Helen Kelter Skelter

Hop On

First part of this week’s proGram had a nice landing spot.

Tiger By The Tail- Willie Nelson
Busted- Willie Nelson
Just in Time- Rickie Lee Jones
Crazy in My Mind- Erin Viancourt
Memphis In My Mind- Whitney Rose
Stranger In a Strange Land- Margo Price

Ladder of Love- Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Close The Bets- Kyle Nix & The 38’s
Keep It on A Burner- Margo Ciker
Standing Here- Colter Wall
Rich Rudy- The Pink Stones

Southern Star- Brent Cobb
Mean Old Sun- Turnpike Troubadours
The Sun’s Gonna Rise Again- Summer Dean
Wild Bill- Dallas Burrow
Cuz I Love You- Joshua Ray Walker

Jane Lee Hooker Back In Madison

Jane Lee Hooker exploded out of New York City in 2015, with members having spent time playing in Nashville Pussy, Bad Wizard, Helldorado, Lez Zeppelin, NYC punk rockers The Wives & Plasmatics offshoot New Hope. The band released a revved up album of Blues covers titled ‘No B!’ in 2016, and were immediately signed to legendary German Blues label Ruf Records. ‘Spiritus’ followed in 2017 and found Jane Lee Hooker touring extensively in support of these records – performing to packed houses across the US and Europe including Germany, France, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic & Luxembourg. While Jane Lee Hooker’s blend of rock, blues, punk, R&B & soul pays respect to the greats of the past, this is a band that lives fiercely in the present tense. JLH’s fiery performances have made them a must-see live act, and feature the dynamically muscular lead guitars of Tracy ‘Hightop’ & Tina ‘T-Bone’ Gorin, the rock-solid rhythm section of bassist Mary Z and drummer Lightnin’ Ron Salvo and the full ranged, soul-scorching lead vocals courtesy of Dana “Danger” Athens. In a world full of manufactured bands and live shows backed up by hard-drives, Jane Lee Hooker play rock ‘n’ roll the way it’s meant to be played – loud and with uncompromised passion. You can easily feel that Jane Lee Hooker loves to play live and share their music with their fans around the globe.

I had the pleasure of catching up with Hightop ahead of Jane Lee Hooker’s upcoming set at Atwoodfest 2023 on July 30th as they help close the party out. It has been too long since JLH has been to Madison and Hightop misses this place as much as we miss them. The love of how they feel when they rock with us is shared and highly reciprocated, and now they’ll be back where it all beGan. Since it has been a bit since they last rawwwkkkked with us, we talk about what songs (especially the newer ones) we can expect to blow us away live in Madison, and how the ‘tune up’ went as they just got back from a wild time in Europe. I have no doubt if the first time you catch Jane Lee Hooker is when they hit Atwoodfest 2023, you will walk away, maybe head bangin’ away with a feeling of some new rockin’ friends coming into your lives.

Photo By: Rob Carter

Talkin’ Atwoodfest with Rökker

Here we are in the perfect part of Summer for Madison’s outdoor and free music and arts festivals. Atwoodfest is an east-side neighborhood tradition, it’s a block party that keeps on growing! I had a chance to catch up with the man who helps put together the music the people get to enjoy on the yearly,Rökker. We spend some time going over what is new this year and man, there is plenty of newness going on this year. Since Rökker helps choose te acts, we talk a bout the thnking that goes on to try and have people feel torn about which stage when for their entertaining choices. We talk a little about many of the bands playing Atwoodfest 2023 and who this event ultimately helps out. Speaking of helping out, there is always room for you to volunteer!

Music Lineups:
Saturday, July 29

Clyde Stubblefield Stage: 12:00 PM Moon Gypsies; 1:45 PM The Stephen Hull Experience; 3:45 PM Steepwater Band; 5:45 PM New Primitives; 8:00 PM VO5 (stage sponsor: The Bur Oak and Weichert, Realtors – Lakepoint)

Madison Heritage Stage: 12:00 PM Forró Fo Sho; 1:15 PM Elizabeth Mary & Paul Schluter; 2:45 PM Butter Brick; 4:30 PM Frank Martin Busch and the Names; 6:30 PM Kyle Megna & The Monsoons; 8:30 PM Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts (stage sponsor: The Alchemy Cafe)

Sugar Maple Stage: Teen Fest produced by Madison Music Foundry: 12:00 PM The Sandblasters, 1:00 PM The Blue Dyes, 1:50 PM SLAG; Sugar Maple Concert Series: 3:00 PM Tony Casteñeda Mambo Combo, 4:30 PM, Katie Powderly & Her Bluegrass Boys, 6:00 PM Piper Road Spring Band (stage sponsor: The Lauer Realty Group)

Sunday, July 30

Clyde Stubblefield Stage: 12:00 PM Steely Dane, 2:00 PM Kirstie Kraus, 3:45 PM God’s Outlaw, 5:30 PM Jane Lee Hooker (stage sponsor: The Bur Oak and Weichert, Realtors – Lakepoint)

Madison Heritage Stage: 12:00 PM Seasaw, 1:45 PM Lynda & the Zeros, 3:30 PM Porky’s Groove Machine, 5:30 PM Dub Foundation featuring Jah Boogie (stage sponsor: The Alchemy Cafe)

Sugar Maple Stage: Kids That Rock produced by Forward Craft & Coffee: 12:00 PM Charlieboy, 1:30 PM Jane Hobson Band; Sugar Maple Series: 3:00 PM The Donna Herula Band, 5:00 PM Joel Paterson Trio (stage sponsor: The Lauer Realty Group)

Crying Nut & Say Sue Me At Lincoln Center

Presented in collaboration with Korean Cultural Center New York

As part of Lincoln Center’s spotlight on Korean artists this summer, from afar I got to join Seoul punk and indie rock pioneers Crying Nut and Busan surf-rock indie band Say Sue Me for an energetic taste of Korean rock n roll! Crying Nut became a household name in South Korea following their performances at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Say Sue Me won Best Modern Rock Album and Best Modern Rock Song at the 2019 Korean Music Awards. This rare opportunity to see both bands performing in New York City must have been amaing in person since it was easy to feel some of that enerGy all the way here in Madison, WI.

The Shape I’m In

The final portion of the proGram this week noticed SUM things people may miss.

Soul & Science- Nickodemus Ft. The Real Live Show & Indigo Prodigy
No Puedo Parar- Nickodemus Ft. Barzo, Troy Simms & Jungle Fever Horns
Samba Moosh- Moriah Plaza
Trouble- Emilia Sisco Ft. Cold Diamond & Mink

Spread Love- Franck & Damien Ft. Joaco Teran

Lighthouse- Vicente Archer
It Takes Two To Know One (Alt Take)- Vicente Archer
Brandon Seabrook Gutbucket Asylum- Brandon Seabrook
The Perils of Self-Betterment- Brandon Seabrook

Risk Taker- C.Tappin
The Takedown- John Carroll Kirby
Mates- John Carroll Kirby

Crossing Borders Music Overture: Crossing Cultures Ft. Gaurav Mazumdar

Looked Right Up There

Mid part of the proGram laid down and looked up towards it.

Intersextion- The Oscillators
Let’s Get There- The Oscillators
Emulsify- The Oscillators
Fall Right In- Eddie Roberts & George Porter Jr.
Mud Flap- Eddie Roberts & George Porter Jr.

Jungle Love- The Time
***pre-recorded conversation with St. Paul Peterson***
The Bird- The Time

Saudade- Piero Umiliani Ft. Maria De Penha Silva, Wilson Das Neves
Macumba- Piero Umiliani Ft. Wilson Das Neves

Ganja Day- Bahama Soul Club Ft. Naomi Falcon
The Rooster- Bahama Soul Club Ft. Josephine Nightingale
Never Regret a Day- African Head Charge & King Ayisoba
Microdosing- African Head Charge

Hot Dub Party- Spacewalk
Prescription Dubs- Spacewalk
Shake- Captain Planet Ft. David Walters

Bees Knees To Live

The first part of this week’s proGram popped up for nibblin’.

I Can’t Stop Rockin’- Tim Woods
Mimic- Tim Woods
Shake It Up- The Weber Brothers
Memphis Slim U.S.A.- Memphis Slim with Matt Guitar Murphy

greenarrowradio promo- Franck L. Goldwasser
Skwurley- Franck L. Goldwasser
Sobby Doggie Boogie- Franck L. Goldwasser

Aitma- Bombino

I Inside the Old I Dying- PJ Harvey
Seem an I- PJ Harvey
High Vibrationz- Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
Keep Stepping- MELONYX
Black Elixir- MELONYX
Amöban- Little Dragon

Feel Like Makin’ Love- SuperShy Ft. Roberta Flack


One of the best musicians to emerge from the Twin Cities, St. Paul appeared in Purple Rain as a teenage wunderkind, playing keys with The Time on hits like “Jungle Love” and “The Bird.” He was hand-picked by Prince himself to be lead singer of The Family (best known for “Nothing Compares 2 U”) on Prince’s Paisley Park label. In the tradition of Motown’s Funk Brothers, St. Paul has assembled the who’s who crew of the Minneapolis Sound with St. Paul & The Minneapolis Funk All-stars, showcasing those who wrote, produced, performed, or sung on some of the biggest hits from the heyday of electro funk-rock in the Twin Cities.

Their incredible show: “THE MINNEAPOLIS SOUNDS” is now a National Tour!!

I had the pleasure of catching up with St Paul Peterson ahead of the July 27th event at the >Majestic Madison where St. Paul and the Minneapolis Funk All Stars will be brinGing all the hits of some of the most important grooves to be born with many of the original players, the people who have this sound running through their veins. We get into these artists that’ll be doing this thang here in Madison, the amazing history of the Minneapolis Sound and how carrying on the legacy has taken on a new meaning now without Prince. We talk Prince, The Family & The Time of course as well as a little Purple Rain, because, well, how could we not. I ask St. Paul to by=uild a set list around some of the artists he has worked with and the list is of course, diverse like we like it here on the proGram, and in that same vein, he shares a new thing he is up to, his Funk Fridays series he is doing on social media, sending out a groove to others from his rolodex and putting it together. While this will be his first time playing in Madison, he is well connected here with Ben Sidran sited as a pal. Gonna be an amazing time in Madison. Hit Me!!

The All-stars include (Bolded members will appear in Madison):

Jellybean Johnson – Drummer for The Time and The Family.
Dr. Fink – Keyboardist for Prince and the Revolution.
Kirk Johnson – Drummer for Prince and the NPG.
Elisa Fiorillo – Singer for Prince and the NPG.
Oliver Leiber – Producer of Paula Abdul and guitarist with Tamara and The Seen.
Jason Peterson DeLaire – Keys and saxophone with Solo and Carmen Electra.
Horn Heads – Horn section for Prince.
Homer O’Dell – Mint Condition
St. Paul Peterson – The Time and The Family

Into Purples

The final part of this week’s proGram splashed into the deep.

I Want a New Dub- Spacewalk
Fiesta Mágica- Tensnake
Be You You You- Uncle Jumbo

Ultra Violet- Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
**pre-recorded conversation with Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise**
Window Pain- Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise Ft. Screech

Mirage- Captain Planet Ft. Taj Bethel
The Shadow Thief- Nickodemus Ft. Alsarah
Hotel Jonny Chingas- John Carroll Kirby

Hossland- Michael Davis/Hip-Bone Big Band
Bone Man Walking- Michael Davis/Hip-Bone Big Band
Maid in Mexico- The Pacific Jazz Group, Dred Scott Trio & Eric Crystal
Utter Chaos- The Pacific Jazz Group, Dred Scott Trio & Eric Crystal

The Dangle In

The middle part of this week’s proGram went at it from several ways.

FLorida Man- Selwyn Birchwood
Exorcist- Selwyn Birchwood
Bloodshot Eyes- Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones
Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool- Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones

Take Off The Crown- Sultans of String Ft. Raven Kanatakta

Racecar- The 3 Clubmen
I’m A Good Woman- Angels Of Libra & Maiiah
Come Around and Love Me- Jalen Ngonda
Reflections- Jr Thomas & Cutlass Cream

Chaser- Piero Umiliani
Hard Times- Piero Umiliani
Crying Clown- The Faithful Brothers
Jazzamatazz- Eddie Roberts & George Porter Jr. Ft. Erica Falls, Robert Walter & Nikki Glaspie

Diving Into It

The beGinning part of this week’s show was one step away at all times.

Wildflowers- Forest Sun Ft. Kelly McFarling & Lia Rose
Just Like You, River- Ed Snodderly Ft. Amythyst Kiah
Misbehavin’ Mama- Nat Myers
Mirror and a Kitchen Sink- Tommy Prine
Cash Carter Hill- Tommy Prine

The Orange Flag- Deaf Charlie
Ched Man- Deaf Charlie
Fourth of July- Steve Conte

Ground Zero- Location Location Location
Verdigris- Location Location Location
2122- Geese

Interstellar Resorption 5- Geiger von Muller
G In Georgia- Tyler Neal
The Bait In the Snare- Nick Moss Band Ft. Dennis Gruenling
It Shocks Me Out- Nick Moss Band Ft. Dennis Gruenling

Hypnagogia From Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise

Christine Elise is classically trained harpist, pianist, & vocalist who has been consecutively touring across North America for the past 4 years. Studying music therapy at a masters level led her to find a passion for community music therapy. She has facilitated group sessions & workshops for professionals & clients in the USA, South Africa, Peru & Jamaica. She has presented at national, regional, & world music therapy conferences and written scholarly articles published by Music Therapy Perspectives. She has provided clinical supervision for undergraduate and graduate students at MusicWorks, Jamaica Field Service Project, Women’s & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, NY, Warren Wilson College, & Immaculata University. Christine taught as an adjunct professor for the music therapy department of Immaculata University College of Graduate Studies and Boyer College of Music and Dance of Temple University for several undergraduate and graduate level classes. She has composed for various organizations & institutions. Recent commissions include The Free Project Series, for Pennsylvania Humanities Council, What Does Freedom Mean to Me? as part of the The Dedication of the Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland for St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Club House Theme Song for AHA Studio for Integrated Therapies and over 20 original compositions for Autism Across the Globe, directed by Rima J. Irani or Lebanon.
Named Philadelphia Magazine Best Rapper of 2022, Kuf Knotz Blends hiphop poetry with deep grooves of soul and beats sun kissed with the spirit of Lo-Fi & 90’s era vibes , Kuf’s inimitable style focuses on unsubtle spirituality, that, like his music, focus on unity, positivity & creativity. In 2008, the same year he opened for Bruce Springsteen, Kuf sang lead vocals on “Unstoppable,” a song created to mark the Philadelphia Phillies winning the World Series. In 2010, he recorded “Boombox Logic,” which was named the year’s best hip hop song by the Independent Music Awards. His next venture, 2015’s A Positive Light,” reflected his carefully forged fusion of music styles. Kuf’s on-screen credits include a part on the hit FOX TV show “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.” He appeared in a Domino’s Pizza commercial and was a cast member in a music-based reality show. Film and video are close to Kuf’s heart; he earned a degree in video production from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Kuf has opened for The Roots, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Common, Wyclef Jean, The Wailers, Arrested Development, Josh Ritter Robert Glasper, Robert Randolph, G-Love and others. In 2018, Christine & Kuf founded a community music therapy outreach performance project called Higher Grounds Music, using the power of music, clinical training, and performance experience to foster personal growth. Working in a strength based model, the workshops/performances are designed to support participants in building skills to build confidence, increase motivation and drive and strengthen self-care skills.

I had the pleasure of catching up with Christine & Kuf a short time after they were in Madison, opening up for friend of the program, Wax Tailor. We got into the entire thng from how the brand new album ‘Hypnagogia’ came about, the process the went through and go through to create toGether, and we even dissected 2 tracks from the record. The first track we go into features Speech from Arrested Developement, so we chart the path of that tune (including who turned it down)and the other track selected to open into is the one that I see/feel inside my mindspace as well as my ear holes. That is the part about their music that really I really appreciate so much, they make music that I feel and see at times – there’s plenty to feel on this new record. The conversation here is rich and real and that is the real reason I wanted to connect. I selfishly do want to have them stay here in Madison to do some workshops as part of their Higher Grounds Music project and have performance open others minds, bodies and spirits to a positive vibe that is contagious, and feels good to pass along to others.

Tree Gold

The final part of the fill-in proGram went out to the end of the limb.

Jiji Mo Ji- Ekiti Sound
Fuji On One- Ekiti Sound
Ku Isu- Ekiti Sound
Italotape- Erobique

Konko- Baba Kuboye
Playground- Juryman

Make You My Queen- Duane Stephenson
Dancehall History- Lt. Stitchie
Spitfire- Groundation

Long Time- Gentleman’s Dub Club Ft. Sara Lugo
I Chant Too- African Head Charge
Push Me Pull You- African Head Charge