Olbrich Home Holiday Express

Winter Concert Series 2016

Sundays in February and March

2 p.m.

Enjoy a winter Sunday at Olbrich with musical performances in our Evjue Commons. All Winter Concerts are traditional theatre-style seating and $1 admission donation with the exception of ourBotanical Boogie dance concerts.

February 7 - The Hanson Family Band

BOTANICAL BOOGIE - $2 admission, dance-style concert, limited seating

Family Jazz Band

The founders of the original version of the Hanson Family Jazz Band, Betty and Gene Hanson (mom & dad to David and Erik, and grandparents to Melissa). They influenced more than just their family, but they left their mark on Madison.

February 14 - NO CONCERT

February 21 - Old Farm Dog


Old Farm Dog represents the journey of two lifelong friends exploring bluegrass traditions from a unique perspective and features tight harmonies, blazing instrumentals and references to themes of Americana.

February 28 - Johnny Chimes

New Orleans-style piano

A career musician for 35 years and then some, Johnny Chimes is one of the most versatile blues musicians in the Midwest. While he is located in Madison, WI, his pumping left hand might as well reside in Louisiana. With influences ranging from Leon Russell and Mose Allison, to Dr. John and Professor Longhair, he is a jambalaya of boogie-woogie piano, finger-style guitar, and sweet southern soul laced vocals. Disciples of vintage piano know him primarily for his prowess on the ivories. But Chimes is an accomplished songwriter as well, and seamlessly weaves his original compositions into a set along with New Orleans and blues standards.

Caravan Gypsy Swing EnsembleMarch 6- Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble

BOTANICAL BOOGIE - $2 admission, dance-style concert, limited seating

Hot Gypsy Jazz

Caravan is an instrumental group based out of Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. The ensemble also pulls influences from jazz, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire, originals and standards done in uniquely arranged styles. 

KG & The RangerMarch 13 - KG & The Ranger

Classic Cowboy Songs

KG & The Ranger's award-winning harmony singing will transport you back in time to the days when cowboy heroes rode the silver screen and the good guys always won. In 2010 they were named "Outstanding Entertainers" by the Western Music Association and are 3-time "Harmony Yodeling Champions". They have celebrated over 26 years down the trail together, over 2500 shows and have released 6 albums of vintage western music. Get ready to saddle up and ride through the sagebrush with KG & The Ranger.

Mal-O-DuaMarch 20 - Mal-O-Dua

Hawaiian Swing

What happened when Django Reinhardt met Merle Travis? A new style of acoustic swing was born! Well, actually that never did really happen. However, that is the blending of styles that Mal-O-Dua is built on. The duo pulls from a wide range of sources including early French pop, traditional Hawaiian music, Gypsy jazz, Kentucky finger picking, Western Swing, Parisian waltz, and the American standards songbook to name a few. These styles are blended to create a fresh new sound. Today to help warm you all up they will present a concert of Hawaiian Slack Key guitar with Steel guitar and Ukulele!

March 27 - The New Hyperion Jazz Babies

Wide-ranging, fun, eclectic jazz

The New Hyperion Jazz Babies, a diverse 5 piece group, offer a program ranging from classical to blues to new songs, written between 1621 and 2015. Violin, clarinet, bass and piano join in songs about ailments, physical and mental, offered with a gentle  touch. Standards by Gershwin and Cole porter mix with oddities and premieres. Karlos Moser, Professor Emeritus of Opera, shows his lighter side.



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