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The Wisconsin Union Theater, in collaboration with Isthmus, is delighted to announce the line-up for the 30th annual Isthmus Jazz Fest, to be held on the Memorial Union Terrace (rain location – Rathskeller) and Shannon Hall, June 16 and Saturday, June 17. Other than the ticketed concert by top...Read more

The hurdy-gurdy, growing in popularity mostly in Europe at folk music festivals, is a stringed instrument designed to produce sounds engined by a rosined-rubbing crank-turned wheel that rubs against the strings. The wheel functions much like a violin bow, with single notes...Read more


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Daymé Arocena is quite the talent.  Immediately I was captivated by her athletic voice, command of vocal phrasing and the complex arrangements of songs with instrumental underpinning that cannot be fully appreciated without the benefit of several listening sessions.  If Arocena is not...Read more

Born in the tiny coastal hamlet of Plaplaya on the Honduras Caribbean coast, Aurelio Martinez, may be one of the last generations to grow up steeped in the Garifuna music tradition. This tradition encompasses the African and Caribbean Indian roots of his ancestors, a group of shipwrecked...Read more

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