Summer just blew past us all. Lisa was out on Maternity Leave and now she is back. We have some shows lined up for the fall but we have been spending most of our energy on the new CD.
The CD titled Vauxhall (after Jim’s first car) is in final prep and will be ready for the Xmas gift-giving season. We like it and hope you will too. It is our first CD with Lisa singing and playing. Steve Gotcher from Audio for the Arts is again doing the recording and mixing.
Winter is coming on and that is wood shed din’ time when we learn some new tunes. Send me a note if you got a tune SpareTime ought to be doing.
So come out and see us when you can. I will try and keep the calendar up to date. We look forward to a milder winter than last year and some of your faces at our gigs.
We made it thru April and in May start playing outside gigs. Lisa is with us till mid June when she has asked for some time off. Till then we are playing all we can. So see us in the next weeks at Tyranena, Whole Foods, Capital Brewery and the Memorial Union Terrace with a mid summer appearance at the nearly historic Roxbury Tavern. Stop and have a beer or a cherry coke with the band. Cheers.
Cold and more cold. it must be time for some hot Bluegrass.
SpareTime continues to play at the Frequency on the 3rd Thursdays of the month from 6 to 8.
$5 or 3 cans of food for the WilMar foodbank.
We are playing for the big United Way Bluegrass Benefit at the Barrymore Theatre on Sunday Feb. 9. A full afternoon of bluegrass for $10.
Please stop out to support this good cause.
February also brings studio time for SpareTime at Audio for the Arts. We hope to have a new CD out with Lisa singing and fiddling by this summer.
March brings our St Patrick’s gig at the legendary Roxbury Tavern. We are playing on Sunday to give us all Monday to chase the snakes out.
April SpareTime is playing for the Ladies of Bluegrass 7th Annual Music Festival at Watering Hole 2017 Velp Ave, Greenbay, Wisc.
& then comes Summer
Here we are seeing the first of the fall weather. Thoughts of the summer gigs are still with us and thanks to all who came out. We are working on learning some new tunes, reworking some old tunes and getting back into the studio for the 1st SpareTime Bluegrass CD with Lisa.
Keep an eye open for us and we’ll be watching for you. See you soon.
Where does the time go? Here we are looking at the Spring and Summer gigs for SpareTime. They include stops at Capital Brewery, Whole Foods, The Frequency, The Roxbury Tavern and a visit to Portage with other dates still being booked. We are hard at work on a new CD that will have some original instrumentals, classic bluegrass and of course SpareTime’s versions of tunes you have heard before. We are pleased to include Lisa Case-Doro on the CD and in the SpareTime line-up. Having Lisa & Lorie in the band has lowered the average age and improved the appearance of the band.
We are still “havin’ a good time”. Stop by and see us when you can.
We are waiting on Spring sometime in June. We made it to Roxbury for “Geezers New Years Eve” & the United Way Benefit at the Barrymore in Feb. (best attendance ever). Now we wait……
SpareTime is prepping for a busy summer.
So busy, we will be taking off the 3rd Thursdays at the Frequency till August. So stop by on May 17th for our last Frequency appearance until the end of the summer.
See you there or see us at the Capital Brewery, Memorial Union Terrace, Whole Foods or the Tyranena Brewery this summer.
See us playing live .
SpareTime has a guest fiddler. Lisa Case D0ro will be singing and playing with the boys (& Lorie). Lisa is from Evansville, Indiana, where she was a Suzuki violin student. She has been a member of various orchestras there and in her subsequent travels.
She moved to Nashville and worked as an engineer at the Saturn Car Company. Her coworkers had a band and needed a fiddle player. So she learned some Bluegrass and country music on the fiddle. While in Nashville she worked with up and coming singer songwriter Jamie Spencer in various venues.
A move to Ann Arbor brought her into the group Bill Bynum & Co. Bynum, a superb songwriter/performer, gave her an opportunity to plumb bluegrass, folk, and alt country. It also showcased her vocal talent.
Now she’s in Madison and returning to music after raising her daughter to a pre-school age. It’s SpareTime’s luck that she’s joining with us to bring new harmonies, and a bit of Alison Krauss and Kenny Baker. Come hear and meet her with us at Boo Grass at the High Noon Saloon on Oct 29th or at the Roxbury Tavern on Oct 30th.
SpareTime has been involved with a couple of events linked to the recent and continuing political fight at the Capitol in Madison. We were involved in the “Pickers Local 608″ YouTube rendition of “There is Power in the Union”. This featured a large group of local players at Audio for the Arts studio playing in support of union rights.
We also performed on April 3rd at the Barrymore for the Forward Wisconsin Fest put on by the Stagehands IATSE local 251. It was a diverse day of music and fun that also signaled our support for good and sane government in Wisconsin.
On a lighter note—SpareTime is going “Up Nort” with a swing through the Upper Penninsula and Northern Wisconsin in June. On June 23rd we will be in Iron Mountain, Michigan for their Off the Square series of concerts. The performance will be downtown and start at 11:30 a.m. We have been there four times and always have a great time.
On June 24th we will be a few miles down the road in Florence, Wisconsin for an evening performance. This is the second time we have played there and the performance starts in the evening on the main road.
Saturday June 25th we will play at the revived Flatrock Bluegrass Festival, this year held at Thorntons Resort & Rafting Company in Crivitz, Wisconsin. We’ve lost count of our number of appearances at the festival. We always love the audience. It gives us a chance to hook up with old friends, in a friendly locale.
We have been and will continue to play at the Frequency (121 W. Main St. Madison) from 6 to 8 p.m. every 3rd Thursday of the month. As part of the gig we try to feature great local talent during our break. We have shared the stage with “Off the Porch” a trio of fine women singers (they definitely have voice). April will see the Northern Pikers String Band bring their bluegrass to the stage. May brings talent originally from Michigan. Bill Bynum & Company will perform.
The Frequency is definitely a great place to see music. The sound is good. The concert is early enough on a work night. We love playing there.
A word about the Madison Area Music Awards (MAMA). We have won awards and 2007 and 2008. This year we are in the final rounds in three categories—Best County/Bluegrass CD of the year, Best Ensemble Vocals, and Cover Song (for our version of George Harrison’s “If I Needed Someone”). The nominations are due to our “Someone to Love” CD, released earlier this year.
You can visit the Madison Area Music Association at themamas.org for information on the MAMA and how to vote. Any money generated goes to the purchase and placement of musical instruments into the schools and the hands of school children. The whole thing gives the local music scene and opportunity to keep the music going and getting young people involved.
See you down the road.