Jim Schwall started playing several different kinds of music on several different instruments while in elementary school. By the time he finished high school, he was primarily playing various kinds of traditional folk music, including bluegrass and country blues, on the guitar. Gradually, originals, usually based on traditional styles, replaced the traditional tunes and Jim has continued to play solo gigs all his life. In college, Jim met harmonica and piano player Corky Siegel, added a pickup to his Gibson guitar, and they started the Siegel-Schwall Band, performing for about ten years and releasing over a dozen record albums on the Vanguard and Wooden Nickel labels. After Siegel-Schwall disbanded in 1974, Jim continued to play in several versions of the Jim Schwall Band while going back to college, eventually completing a doctorate in music composition, becoming a professor of music, and teaching composition in universities. More recently, Jim has been teaching in high schools and doing social service work, running a program housing the mentally ill who had become homeless. Siegel-Schwall started playing reunion concerts in 1988, releasing a live album in 1989 and a studio album in 2005, both on Alligator Records.
Now retired from the social services, Jim divides his time between the two non-human loves of his life – cameras and guitars. Jim has played lead guitar for Marques Bovre & SoDangYang, fronted the dance-friendly party band Bar Time Lovers, played bass with the Cajun Strangers, jammed with guitarist/singers Andy Ewen and the late Chris Aaron in the current version of the Jim Schwall Band, and his life-long favorite activity, playing his own songs, a couple traditional tunes, and occasionally songs written by friends like Bill Morrissey and Loudon Wainwright, on acoustic 6- and 12-string guitars. In 2007 he released Getting Old, a solo CD recorded live in Madison area coffeehouses, on Uvulittle Records. Studio albums Short Stories on Waterbug and Bar Time Lovers on CONUNDRUM are more recent.
Aaron Scholz is a singer-songwriter who moved to Madison 20 years ago to play in a loud rock band. That band never made it but Aaron stuck around and found his own style of acoustic music. Madison native Chris Boeger has handled the low end for many local folks including Ladybeard, The Hometown Sweehearts, The Beat Chefs, Josh Harty, Cash Box Kings, Catfish Stephensen and many more!
Chris even used to play with Aaron, some time back in the late 20th century and when paths crossed again last year, they dusted off the partnership to begin anew. Aaron plays acoustic with Chris doing some lap steel and upright bass (no, not at the same time). They’ll do some of Aaron’s originals as well as a selection of only really good songs that other people wrote.
Madison, Wisconsin’s own Tiny Band make mighty, string-rich music with wee instruments. This is no novelty act, Bub, but real music that’s really pretty. Melodies from ukuleles, a Mando Bird, and harmonicas mesh with powerful rhythms from the drummer’s cocktail kit and lady vocals with lovely harmonies. Expect hypnotic original songs laced with a few special versions of old favorites from the likes of the Velvet Underground and Calexico.
And, here’s our beer list to accompany the dulcet tones of The Tiny Band:
VERILY Belgian Dubbel
PARCHED EAGLE GOLDEN ALE Kölsch
CENTRA American Wild Ale
LA CHINGADA CACA Maibock (our official 1st anniversary beer)
The flagship HOP-BEARER IPA!
2016 COMMON THREAD Gose
Our first anniversary was this past Saturday April 30th but we’re celebrating it NEXT SATURDAY MAY 7TH with a big all day party!
Our first anniversary beer being released that day is LA CHINGADA CACA Maibock! Maibock is one of my favorite German lager styles and is aptly named as a hearty brew to welcome the lovely spring weather.
Weighing in at 6.8% abv, the hallmark characteristic of La Chingada Caca is a fine balance of malt and hops. To me Maibock is like the ESB of German lagers, with a similar emphasis on a strong Munich malty character with an appropriate level of hop bitterness and flavor/aroma for fine balance.
Curious about the name? Feel free to ask me in person this Saturday. Also, the latest batch of our flagship HOP-BEARER IPA will be back on tap for the party.
The party starts when we open at noon and both La Chingada Caca and Hop-Bearer will be on tap when we open along with other sumptuous selections representing a nice variety of styles.
The exellent JON HOEL TRIO takes our stage at 7:30pm to kick the party up a notch. We’re looking forward to having them be the first jazz band to play in our cozy space.
So, please join us this Saturday to celebrate our anniversary by hoisting a glass of La Chingada Caca!
All shows start at 7:30pm unless ortherwise noted
Fri, May 27 – Aaron Scholz & Chris Boeger
Sat, June 4 – The Viper & His Famous Orchestra
Fri, June 10 – Glacier Ridge Social Club (jazz)
Fri, June 17 – David Hecht
Sat, June 25 – Matt Joyce & Justin Aten
Fri, July 8 – Mike & Emma B
Sat, July 16 – Gin Mill Hollow