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Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest 2017
Art In The Barn
Fitchburg, WI
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Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest 2017
Friday and Saturday September 15 and 16, 2017

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 15 & 16, 2017.


Harmonious Wail from Madison WI

Joscho Stephn from Germany

Anouman from NYC

Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan from Chicago IL

Russell Welch Hot Quartet from New Orleans

Christine Tassan et les Impostueres from Montreal, Canada

5927 Adams Rd,  Fitchburg, WI

For sponsorship / reserved seating info email

Food Carts For Friday will be Metropolitan Food Cart
On Saturday Jolly Frog and Rodeo Wagon
Beer and Wine will be available.

Friday, September 15
in the barn
7:15 - 8:15 - Harmonious Wail
8:30 - 9:30 - Anouman
9:45 - 10:45 -Joscho Stephan
10:45 - 11pm - monster Djam
10:30 - Monster Djam on stage /
11pm- ? Campfire jam (not in the barn)

Saturday, September 16
in the tent;
1:00 - 1:45 - Alfonso Ponticelli with Swing Gitan
2:15 - 3:00 - Harmonious Wail with many guests
3:30 - 4:15 - Russel Welch
4:45 - 5:30 - Christine Tassant et les impostuers

in the barn;
noon - 1:15 pm - Getting deeper into Jazz manouche workshop
                with Jack Soref
1:30 - 2:15 - Django 101 -a discussion of Django, his life,
             his music his beginnings and how we get to today              
2:45 - 3:30 - players in the round; featuring Jack Soref,
             Sims DP, Russel Welch, Christine Tassant, Jeffo,
             Alfonso plus ??
4:15 - 5:00 - tales from the road - all these road warriors
             have stories of famous people they have met, odd
             interactions with music biz peeps and other
             interesting humans out there.    

6:00 - 7:00 - Alfonso Ponticelli with Swing Gitan
7:15 - 8:15 - Harmonious Wail
8:30 - 9:30 - Russel Welch
9:45 -10:45- Christine Tassant et les impostuers
10:45 - 11 -   Monster Djam on stage /
11pm- ? Campfire jam (not in the barn)


A band of like minded stalwarts of the NYC gypsy jazz scene, Anouman takes the music of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt as its jumping off point but by no means final destination. Consisting of Peter Sparacino (saxophone and woodwinds), Koran Agan (lead guitar), Eduardo Belo (bass), and Josh Kaye (rhythm guitar), Anouman is equipped to realize any spontaneous musical vision and performs their virtuosic and exciting originals to packed houses and foot-stomping, glasses-raised acclaim. Anouman has most recently performed at the Winter JazzFest in NYC, Charm City DjangoFest, Django by the Sea Jazz Festival, and Cornelia St. Django Fest while its members have performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester Jazz Festival, and the Quebec International Jazz Festival among many others as well as across Canada, Europe, South America and Asia.

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 infused 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


Christine Tassan and Les Imposteures

There exist some forms of music which just possess an infectious energy,a rhythm and emotion that cannot easily be resisted. When combined with exemplary musicianship and fun personalities, it leads to an entire theatre full of people tapping their toes, and literally stomping their feet. The music in this case is Gypsy Jazz, and the personalities are Christine Tassan et Les Imposteures (Martine Gaumond -violin, Ivan Garzon-rhythm guitar,and Sylvaine Arnaud - bass).
Right from the start, this group set a high standard and got the audience moving in their seats. Christine is a virtuoso guitarist (and I don't use that word lightly), matched by Martine on violin, and the two of them did a remarkable job for the entire night, playing tightly matched melodic lines and rhythms, then breaking into creative and challenging improvisations, so essential for the "jazz" part of this music. The other two members (both incidentally
substitutions for the regular players, yet somehow they almost never had music in front of them)
did the perfect job of creating a solid foundation for the soloists. Sylvaineperformed a beautiful
solo on the Tears/Smile medley, not an easy feat on an upright bass.
The entire lineup of music was put together as combinations of songs,primarily with the idea of two famous composers meeting, Felix Leclerc and Django Reinhardt, with some "friends"
joining at times. The arrangements were very well done, blending seamlessly, leaving the listener
barely noticing the shift from one song to the next, always with an interesting explanation to help create the story. While it would have been easy to just put together a list of fun songs and  play, having it all start sounding the same, they instead chose to weave in different feels, taking us on a mostly fun , sometimes melancholy journey. Add in some really nice vocal work and  harmony arranging, and there wasn't really a slow moment in the show, something that, as a performer myself, I know is very difficult to achieve.
A unique aspect of this group that needs mentioning is that, as an all-female group (with the exception of Ivan Garzon who tours with them outside of Quebec), they are exceedingly rare
in the genre of Gypsy Jazz. In 2014, they played at the Django Reinhardt Festival of Samois-sur-Seine (France), one of the most prestigious gypsy jazz festivals, and werethe first women ever to play the event. Good to know there are still ways to "break the rules" injazz. I also feel the need
to mention that the concert sounded excellent, in no small part to Mr. John Adams, who has helped make KCCAs shows sound as good as they do. The best musicians in the world can be brought down by incompetent sound people, so thank-you John for doing such a consistently professional job!
Christine Tassan has created something very special with her Imposteures, a sound that tells a story and creates smiles, and for over ten years people have been dancing to her award
winning playing. This is a group I will personally look for in the future and go out of my way to see. Merci.
Submitted by Neville Bowman

musician, actor, composer


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


Music > Jazz

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


Owner: Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest
On BPT Since: Jul 02, 2013

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