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The North Carolina Americana/folk duo comes to the Pabst Theater on Jan. 29. Read more

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Wisconsin’s “bluegrass mavericks” Horseshoes & Hand Grenades open for Greensky Bluegrass at the Riverside Theater on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30. Read more

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Eau Claire’s Them Coulee Boys play an album release show with opener Joseph Huber at Turner Hall Ballroom on Aug. 30. Read more

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Minutes after Otis Taylor’s set, throngs gathered at the lakefront to view the Big Bang fireworks show. For the previous 90 minutes Taylor and his seven-piece Psychedelic Banjo Posse lit up the Johnson Controls stage with fireworks of their own. Read more

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The Milwaukee bluegrass outfit Chicken Wire Empire offers a contemporary twist on the genre. Read more

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Milwaukee’s Paladino began with ambitions of being a bluegrass act. Their lush latest album, though, is the work of a very different band. Read more

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The sorrow most associated with country and bluegrass is more often derived from romantic heartbreak and sentimentality than the sadness Joseph Huber proffers on The Suffering Stage. Read more

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The former J. Geils Band singer’s new songs may be sad, but he was in good humor Saturday night at the Northern Lights Theatre. Read more

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A busy week brings Bryan Cranston, Brand New, Widespread Panic and Tegan and Sara through town. Read more

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The sibling country duo The Cactus Blossoms looked to the past, while the The Whiskeybelles brought joy to some unlikely covers. Read more

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Chris Thile’s Punch Brothers positioned themselves as “the people’s bluegrass” band during a lighthearted concert. Read more

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Though it’s never been known for the genre,Milwaukee has always hosted bluegrass in all of its many forms, from purist,string-band bluegrass, to rowdy, punked-out bluegrass and jammy,Deadhead-minded bluegrass. It shows how versatile the genre.. Read more

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The jammy Stevens Point string band Horseshoes & Hand Grenades blended originals, covers, drinking tunes and holiday oddities during Saturday night’s marathon set. Read more

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There is no snow. There is rain expected between now and the 25th. It’s actually kind of warm. Doesn’t feel like Christmas. But it can still feel like TIMsmas as The Improvised Musical hosts its 5th annual holiday show this Thursday. Join .. Read more


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Two of the great banjo players of their time happen to be married to each other, and their domesticity was on full display Wednesday night. Read more

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Ry Cooder may not be best known for bluegrass music, but he couldn’t have looked more at home on stage with Ricky Skaggs Friday night. Read more

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The four members of Milwaukee’s folky rock group The New Seven all share a common training. Read more

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For its 13th year, WMSE's Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser is going a little bit less rockabilly, a little more bluegrass. In addition to the event's usual rockabilly spin, this year's chili cookoff will feature a performance from the Kansas trio Split.. Read more

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Turner Hall Ballroom numbers among Milwaukee’s better venues for supporting Americana, alt country and other rootsy, string-based musics. But the city still doesn’t seem to be quite the hub for bluegrass that Madison is. So, for Colorado’s ... Read more

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