The Madison Folk Ball started twenty nine years ago as a rescheduled Christmas Party, and has now grown to become one of the premiere folk dance and music events in the Midwest. Always volunteer-run, always free and chock full of dance lessons, music, movies and, of course, the legendary folk ball Dance Party on Saturday […]
“Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement.” A collection of eleven pivotal songs that inspired and sustained the movement, interpreted by singer Chris Vallillo. Chris joins Brian Standing on The 8 O’Clock Buzz, by phone.
Back in 1990, the internet was still raw, new and had yet to worm its way into our everyday lives. But even then, some were concerned about this network and what it might mean for privacy, freedom of expression and security. The Electronic Frontier Foundation grew out of that concern, and today is the leading […]
Poteet, Texas lies about thirty miles south of San Antonio. It’s a small town, barely over 3,000, but nonetheless has a proud musical heritage. Country music star George Strait and Tejano legend David Lee Garza both claim Poteet as their birthplace. So, too does musician Cris Plata, who currently lives in Columbus, Wisconsin. Cris and […]
Descended from African American slaves, Native Americans, and white slaveowners, John Handcox survived attempted lynchings, floods, droughts, and the ravages of the Great Depression to organize black and white farmers alike on behalf of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union. He also became one of the most beloved folk singers of the prewar labor movement, composing […]
Two of the perennial bright spots in the dark Madison winters will be soon upon us: the 29th annual Folk Ball on January 27th — this year in the unfamiliar locale of Union South — and Yid Vicious’ 22nd traditional Groundhog Day — or close enough, February 4th — concert at Mother Fools Coffeehouse . […]