Come early to Listen Local!
Enjoy pre-show entertainment with special performances featuring local musicians! Admission is free, dancing is encouraged, and drinks/snacks are available for purchase.
WISCONSIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA WITH DARREN STERUD
WED, NOV 13, 6 PM – 7 PM | OVERTURE HALL MAIN LOBBY
Hear them before Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at 7:30 PM
The Wisconsin Jazz Orchestra features south central Wisconsin’s premier jazz musicians. Playing a wide range of music, members have performed around the world with artists synonymous with jazz. The group is currently led by trombonist Darren Sterud from Mama Digdown’s Brass Band and the Darren Sterud Orchestra.
The Wisconsin Jazz Orchestra is:
Megan Moran: Vocalist
Al Falaschi: Lead Alto
Luke Busch: Alto
Tony Barba: Tenor
Mark Cyra: Tenor
Nicholas Bartell: Bari
Jon Schipper: Lead Trumpet
Jim Doherty: Trumpet
Dave Cooper: Trumpet
Paul Dietrich: Trumpet
Darren Sterud: Lead Trombone/Musical Director
Flaviano Estrella: Trombone
Mike Dugan: Trombone
Brian Whitty: Bass Trombone
Chris Rottmeyer: Piano
Ben Ferris: Bass
Matthew Endres: Drums
TUE, MAR 3, 2020, 6 PM – 7 PM | OVERTURE HALL MAIN LOBBY
Hear them before The Chieftains: The Irish Goodbye at 7:30 PM
The Kissers bring a fresh, original kick to Celtic music. Forged during legendary Monday nights at Madison’s O’Cayz Corral, and honed through 1000 nights on the road, their sound blends sharp musicianship, black humor and the lilt and lyricism of the ancient melodies. Rock musicians who learned Irish music, The Kissers explore the roots of that tradition while retaining their own unique essence.
Ken Fitzsimmons (bass, vocals)
Joe Bernstein (drums, bodhran, vocals)
Kevin Youngs (mandolin)
Bryan Elliott (tin whistle, uilleann pipes, vocals)
HALE O MALO
TUE, APR 21, 2020, 6 PM – 7 PM | ROTUNDA STAGE
Hear them before National Geographic Live – From Summit to Sea with Andy Mann at 7:30 PM
Native Hawaiian Artist Malia Chow and Angel Cuevas deliver authentic island flavor and rich vocal harmonies into their fresh and unique blend of traditional, and contemporary Polynesian music. From ancient chant, to generational folk songs, standards, and even pop songs embraced by the Islands as their own; Hawaiian music is as diverse as the Hawaiian landscapes and the many cultures that now inhabit them. Both artists’ started their performance careers as Polynesian dancers, touring Nationally and Internationally with Hale O Malo, The Hawaii Visitors, and Do Ho, spreading their aloha and pride of their culture to audiences everywhere.