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Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest 2016
Art In The Barn
Fitchburg, WI
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Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest 2016
The Annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest is the premier acoustic, gypsy jazz music festival - held on a beautiful horse farm just south of Madison Wisconsin on September 9 & 10, 2016.
Harmonious Wail
Rhythm Future Quartet
Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan
Russell Welch Hot Quartet
Ultra Faux / Hot Club of Baltimore
Olivarez Trio

5927 Adams Rd,  Fitchburg, WI

For sponsorship / reserved seating info email

Food Carts will be announced asap.  
Beer and Wine will be available.

Friday Sept 9  - in the barn
7:00 - Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan
8:20 -  Harmonious Wail
9:40 -Rhythm Future Quartet-w/ Olli Sokelli and Jason Anick
10:40 - Monster Djam on stage  /
            -followed by campfire jams (not in the barn!)

Saturday Sept 10 - in the tent
1:00 - Olivarez Trio
2:00 - UltraFaux / Hot Club of Baltimore
3:00 - Russell Welch Quartet
4:00 - All Star Jam

5:45 - Olivarez Trio - in the barn
7:00 - Harmonious WailUltraFaux /
8:20 - Hot Club of Baltimore
9:40 - Russell Welch Hot Quartet
10:40 Monster Djam on stage  /
          -followed by campfire jams (not in the barn!)

Rhythm Future Quartet-w/ Olli Sokelli and Jason Anick

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in todays musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Ivan Pena on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre.

Where the bands self-titled debut album re-visited classic jazz and Gypsy jazz favorites, Travels, the quartets current release, concentrates on group originals that make captivating use of musical sources from outside the conventional Gypsy jazz terrain. Travels reflects both the accumulated knowledge garnered from the groups world wide touring as well as the international influences that inspired new rhythmic and harmonic possibilities within their compositions and arrangements.

Jason Anick, an award-winning composer and one of the youngest professors at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, has shared the stage with an array of artists including Grammy award winning guitarist John Jorgenson, Stevie Wonder, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and Tommy Emmanuel.

Olli Soikkeli (coined the Finnish boy wonder) recently made the move from Scandinavia to New York City, where he quickly became a top call guitarist in the bustling Brooklyn jazz scene. He has performed alongside rising star Cyrille Aimee, world-renowned Gypsy guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg, Bucky Pizzarelli and many others.

Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan

Chicago's Premier Gypsy Jazz Guitarist!
It's a blend of the jubilant swing of early jazz with the feisty passion of gypsy music, plus a strong dose of guitar pyrotechnics and virtuosic improvisation.
Harmonious Wail

your hosts, Madison's favorite americana flavored gypsy jazz band - mandolin driven with an amazing vocalist (Maggie) and Jeffo on bass like nobody's business!
Russell Welch Hot Quartet


The Russell Welch Hot Quartet is New Orleans's premier gypsy swing outfit, having performed for festivals, concerts, clubs, and vintage dance events in over 12 countries world wide.  The group combines traditional acoustic hot jazz ala Django Reinhardt with the energy and unmistakable sound of New Orleans. The group has released three albums in the last three years:
"Showarama Hot Trio" (all original) - nominated for best traditional jazz album 2012 by the Offbeat Music Awards,

"...a tour de force of all-acoustic gypsy jazz insanity..."
" the kind of spiritually dense record that sparks the mind to be sharper, the tone to be warmer, the heart to be more open." -Offbeat Magazine

Ultra Faux / Hot Club of Baltimore

Ultrafaux Original Gypsy Jazz
Baltimore based UltraFaux performs original acoustic music with Romani, Manouche, swing, funk, blues,
and musette influences. The band is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass. Sami Arefin
and Michael Joseph Harris trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy inspired melodies.
The dynamic Eddie Hrybyk on upright bass holds down the steady swinging pulse and brings his passion for
improvisation to the group. The musicians of Ultrafaux are also the core trio of Hot Club of Baltimore, a
larger ensemble which features vocalist Alexis Tantau, specializing in the music of Django Reinhardt and
early French Jazz.
Ultrafaux's original song, Latcho Dromo was recently chosen by acclaimed producer of Hot Club Records,
Jon Larsen to be featured on Django Festival #9, an international compilation of gypsy jazz music. Ultrafaux
has been featured on WPFW, WTMD, WDVX Blue Plate Special, CBS News, in The Baltimore Sun,
Baltimore Style Magazine, to name a few. They have performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts in D.C., Charm City Django Jazz Festival, Creative Alliance, and the IMT Folk Series, and
were recently chosen to perform at Django By The Sea in Maine, and the Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival in
Madison Wisconsin.
"We sometimes forget that jazz was first and foremost a people's music meant for dancing and socializing.
One evening with Ultrafaux demonstrates why jazz has been so irresistible to listeners all over the world."
Ken Avis, BJA
"Baltimores own worldclass
gypsy jazz band has been performing all over the city winning over fans at rock
clubs and jazz venues." Sam Sessa, WTMD, featured on Baltimore Hit Parade June 3, 2014
"The fresh faces of gypsy jazz right here in our own backyard." Tom Cole, WPFW & NPR


Olivarez Trio

Formed in the summer of 2007, The Olivarez Trio presents the sound of modern day Parisian Gypsy Jazz while maintaining a solid grounding in the tradition begun with Django Reinhardt in the late 1930s. The Trio consists of Rick Olivarez playing lead guitar, with Jeff Cheers on rhythm guitar, and Dave Berzonsky on upright bass.
Rick Olivarez began his study of the music of Django Reinhardt in rural Utah in the early 1980s, and further studied Eastern European Gypsy music upon his arrival in New Orleans in 1990. He led the trio Tzigano for a year in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He arrived in Charlottesville in 1994, where he teaches music when not performing with the Trio.
Rhythm Guitarist Jeff Cheers, one of the most respected music instructors in central Virginia, is originally from Baltimore, arriving in Charlottesville in 1999. He has performed with many local acts and is adept at many seemingly disparate styles of music.
Bassist Dave Berzonsky hails from Springfield, Virginia and has lived in Charlottesville since 1992. He too, is well versed in many different styles of music, with a special emphasis on the indigenous folk traditions of Mexico and Peru. He and his wife Estela operate Blue Ridge Music together and Luminaria Cville. Dave also teaches in his spare time.


Art In The Barn (View)
5927 Adams Rd.
Fitchburg, WI 53575
United States


Arts > Magic
Food > Markets & Farms
Music > Festivals
Music > Jazz
Music > World
Other > Festivals

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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