Central Park Sessions

  • August 17th, 2017

    Central Park, 202 S Ingersoll St, Madison

    Benefiting Omega School
    Featuring:

    Sonny Landreth

    The lean Mississippi native Sonny Landreth, who grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, has enjoyed a prolific career for decades, dating back to his solo debut album Blues Attack in 1981. Although that album fanned the flames of his reputation as an emerging force in roots music, Landreth kept a parallel career going as a celebrated sideman and session player. Over the years he performed and recorded with artists that include John Hiatt, British blues innovator John Mayall, and he toured as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. He also collaborated with Eric Clapton, and has performed at all of Clapton’s prestigious Crossroads Guitar Festivals since 2004.

    Along the way Landreth has continued to develop his vision and his musical voice, growing increasingly original and diverse, expanding from blues, zydeco, folk, country and jazz into increasingly category blurring musical excursions like Bound By the Blues. He offers, “Developing a style and an approach that is your own musically is not something to be taken for granted, I’m at a point in life where I want to make the most of every moment I can and that changes your perspective, your priorities and how you relate to everyone else. And at the end of the day, I think that’s the essence of what I wanted to express with Bound By The Blues.”

    Lost Bayou Ramblers

    The Lost Bayou Ramblers’ roots in Louisiana music and culture run deep. Founding members, brothers Louis and Andre Michot, grew up playing in their family band Les Freres Michot. With five albums under their belt—along with a 2007 Grammy nomination for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album for Live: À la Blue Moon—the group began making strides to expanding their sound on 2008’s Vermillionaire, which they recorded with Austin-based producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith, leader of Sixteen Deluxe and Young Heart Attack, adding that band’s bassist/keyboardist, Pauly Deathwish. With Cavan Carruth moving increasingly into playing electric guitar, the Lost Bayou Ramblers have taken the next step with the latest album on their own Bayou Perdu label, Mammoth Waltz, produced by Korey Richey [GIVERS] at the famed Dockside Studios in Maurice, LA.

    “We want to play the music that we love, and what represents us as a band,” says Louis about the new album. “There are a great many influences on this album, a lot more ground covered.”
    With an eclectic cast of cameos which includes actresses Scarlett Johansson and Nora Arnezeder, Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano, fellow Lafayette, LA, band GIVERS’ vocalist/guitarist Taylor Guarisco and drummer Kirby Campbell as well as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and legendary New Orleans icon Dr. John, Mammoth Waltz takes the Lost Bayou Ramblers out of their niche and into the larger realm of rock and roll. Producer Richey met Johansson while working with her at Dockside as an engineer to producer Dave Sitek on Anywhere I Lay My Head. They were introduced to Gano when he joined them on-stage in New Orleans after the band began incorporating a snippet from his “Blister in the Sun” in the middle of their song, “Oh Bye.”

    “We wanted to abandon all limitations as to what we’re supposed to sound like,” says the Austin-based Carruth, who originally joined the brothers in 2002. “Our inspiration comes from the earliest practitioners of this music, which was a lot edgier, with more raw energy.”

  • Enjoy great live music!

    Lauer Real Estate Group Sponsor/ The Ragin’ Cajun Session 5:00 pm John Moulder Organ Trio w/ Darren Sterud and Al Falaschi ; 6:30 pm Lost Bayou Ramblers; 8:15 pm –The Express Sessions Auction; 8:30 pm Sonny Landreth

  • Session Select Concerts

    WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

    August 2nd: Heartland Credit Union Sponsor 5:30-6:45: Mal O Dua ; 7:30- 8:30 : Marcia Ball w/ special guest Cindy Cashdollar; 9:00-10:00: Marcia and Cindy (Set two) To benefit The River Alliance of Wisconsin

    August 9th: Stoughton Opera House Sponsor 5:30-6:45 :Cork and Bottle String Band- 7:30 -8:30: The Travelin’ McCourys – 9:00-10:00: The Travelin’ McCourys (Set two) To benefit The Stoughton Opera House Friends Association

    August 16th: Lauer Real Estate Group Sponsor 5:30-6:45: The Chicago Yestet with Rob Dz ; 7:30- 8:30: Jon Cleary (New Orleans) ; 9:00-10:00: Jon Cleary (Set two) To benefit The Urban League of Greater Madison

     

  • Central Park Sessions

    THURSDAY NIGHTS

    Telescopes on favorable Thursdays nights by UW Space Place!

    August 3rd: Willy St. Co-op Sponsor / The Shooting Stars Session 5:00 pm Beth Kille ; 6:30 pm Samantha Fish; 8:30 pm Foxygen and Star Power To benefit WORT- FM

    August 10th: Dane Arts Sponsor/ La Sesión Superior 5:00 pm Golpe Tierra ; 6:30 pm Centavrvs (Mexico City) ; 8:30 pm Septeto Santiaguero (Santiago, Cuba) To benefit Centro Hispano

    August 17th: Lauer Real Estate Group Sponsor/ The Ragin’ Cajun Session 5:00 pm John Moulder Organ Trio w/ Darren Sterud and Al Falaschi ; 6:30 pm Lost Bayou Ramblers; 8:15 pm –The Express Sessions Auction; 8:30 pm Sonny Landreth To benefit the Omega School

    September 7th:  The Serendipitous Session 5:00 pm The Hometown Sweethearts; 6:00 pm The Handphibians (offstage); 6:30 – –The Modern Sounds w/ Joel Paterson; 7:40 – Raffle Drawing ; 8:00- 9:30 pm–JD McPherson To benefit The Literacy Network of Dane County 

  • Enjoy these fine restaurants and carts in the rotation this coming summer.

    Underground Butcher
    ElDorado Catering
    Lao Laan-Xang
    Umami
    Banzo/ Shuk
    Buraka
    Melted
    El Sabor de Puebla
    Jamerica
    Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream
    That BBQ Joint
    El Coqui
    La Taguara
     
     
  • Cycropia Aerial Dance will set up their rigging for demonstrations throughout the summer! 

     

     

    Great Prizes! View the details of our raffle.

    Here are the prizes for the Sessions Raffle (subject to change). The raffle tickets will be distributed to the partnering non-profits in mid-July for sale. Tickets will be $5 for one ticket and $10 for 3 tickets. Every dollar collected from these sales goes directly to the partnering groups. Please support this important fundraising effort. Profits from the event revenues will be distributed among the groups after the September 7th Session.

    1. The Grandest Prize --Nights on the town Package : $2000 Total Value

    $295 value – one night at The Edgewater Hotel
    $225 value – one night in a suite The Park Hotel
    $150 value – one night at The Capitol Concourse Hotel
    $180 value –3 pairs of tickets- Stoughton Opera House
    $120 value – 3 pairs of tickets to the Majestic Theater
    $240 value – season tickets Forward Theater
    $240 value — Ticket Package –3 shows for 2 – The Overture Center
    $200 Champagne Shopping Spree (after hours) at Change Boutique #
    $45 value – Tower of Truffles -Gail Ambrosius Chocalatier #
    $40 gift card —Katy’s American Indian Arts
    $100 Gift certificate – The Tempest Restaurant
    $75 gift certificate– Glass Nickel Pizza
    $50 Gift certificate– Pig in a Fur Coat
    $75 gift certificate plus hoodie– Burnie’s Rock Shops (E. Johnson & Park Sts.)
    $80 gift certificate – Dobhan Restaurant
    $50 gift Certificate—Art Gecko
    $50 gift certificate– Capitol City Tattoo
    $50 value – Coffee assortment –Just Coffee

    2. The Grander Prize: Enough Already! Entertainment Package: $1,565 Value

    $135 value 1 Night at beautifully restored 1873-vintage Hotel Ruby Marie #
    $180 value– Ticket Package –3 shows for 2 – Overture Center
    $180 value –3 pairs of tickets- Stoughton Opera House
    $120 value – 3 pairs of tickets to the Majestic Theater
    $100 value – A 6-pack of fine wines from L’Eft Bank redeem at Cork & Bottle
    $80 value – 1 pair of tickets to Isthmus Oktobeerfest
    $200 Champagne Shopping Spree (after hours) at Change Boutique #
    $100 Gift certificate — Tornado Steakhouse
    $60 value pair of Nepalese ear rings– Earth Delights
    $45 value – Tower of Truffles -Gail Ambrosius Chocalatier #
    $25 Gift certificate — La Kitchenette Restaurant
    $60 gift certificate – Dobhan Restaurant
    $100 value –gift certificate–one cut + hair products — Hair (on Monroe St.)
    $50 gift certificate– Art Gecko
    $50 gift certificate – Burnie’s Rock Shops (E. Johnson & Park Sts.)
    $75 gift certificate– Glass Nickel Pizza
    $25 gift certificate to Bandung Restaurant

    3. The Grand Prize: A Bunch of Great Stuff Package: $1000 Value

    $135 value 1 Night at beautifully restored 1873-vintage Hotel Ruby Marie
    $180 value– Ticket Package –3 shows for 2 – Overture Center
    $180 value –3 pairs of tickets- Stoughton Opera House
    $120 value – 3 pairs of tickets to the Majestic Theater
    $25 gift certificate to Bandung Restaurant
    $60 gift certificate – Dobhan Restaurant
    $50 Gift certificate – Buraka
    $50 gift certificate – El Sabor de Puebla
    $50 value – Coffee assortment Just Coffee
    $35 gift certificate art, food, drink service The Paint Bar
    $75 gift certificate– Glass Nickel Pizza

    Items 4 - 10

    4. $100 value — a 6-bottle pack of fine wine from L’Eft Bank Wine Co. –pick up at Star Liquor
    5. $100 value– Designer Materials– Creative Energy
    6. $100 value —seasonal plants from Avant Gardening
    7. $110 value –Beermaking starter kit + glassware– The Wine and Hop Shop
    8. $100 value 5 –$20 Gift certificates to Banzo/Shuk
    9. $100 value– House call w/exam cat/dog.(In city)Dr. Nancy Rogge/ Community Critters & $10 gift certificate at Mad Cat (Willy St.)
    10. $190 value Nice Stuff gift package:
    $75 value bike supplies from Machinery Row Bicycles
    $25 or more gift certificate – Mystery To Me Book Store
    $25 gift certificate Jenifer St. Market
    $25 gift certificate Fair Oaks Diner
    $20 gift certificate — Hatch Art House
    $20 gift certificate – Hazel General Store