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Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest 2018
Art In The Barn
Fitchburg, WI
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NEWS FLASH !!! Pre Sales have ended for Saturday Sept 15 but Tickets WILL BE AVAILABLE at the Ticket table inside the barn at 5927 Adams Rd - come one come all - gonna be a hot show today from 2 to 5 and tonight starting at 7. Happy Hour Wisconsin Brewing Company and Wine specials from 5 to 7! Food by Fast n' Fresh and Rodeo Wagon !


Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest 2018
Friday and Saturday September 14 and 15, 2018

NEWS FLASH !!!  Pre Sales have ended for Saturday Sept 15 but Tickets WILL BE AVAILABLE at the Ticket table inside the barn at 5927 Adams Rd - come one come all - gonna be a hot show  today from 2 to 5 and tonight starting at 7.   Happy Hour Wisconsin Brewing Company and Wine specials from 5 to 7!  Food by Fast n' Fresh and Rodeo Wagon !

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 14 & 15, 2018.

For sponsorship / reserved seating info email
Volunteer Opportunities are available


Harmonious Wail from Madison WI

Robin Nolan from Amsterdam

Paquito and Sandro Lorrier from Strasbourg France

Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan from Chicago IL

Ultra Faux / Hot Club of Baltimore from Baltimore

Luke Hendon Project from NYC

5927 Adams Rd,  Fitchburg, WI

For sponsorship / reserved seating info email

Food Carts / Beer and Wine will be available.

Friday, September 14

7:30 - 8:20 - Harmonious Wail w/ special guest Alfonso Ponticelli
8:30 - 9:20 - Robin Nolan Trio
9:30 - 10:20 - Paquito and Sandro Lorier
10:20 - 10:30 - Monster Djam on stage /
10:30pm- ? Campfire jam

Saturday, September 15

2:00 - 2:50 - Ultra Faux / Hot Club of Baltimore
3:00 - 3:50 - Luke Hendon Project
4:00 - 5:00 - Paquito and Sandro Lorier

7:30 - 8:20 - Harmonious Wail
8:30 - 9:20 - Robin Nolan Trio
9:30 -10:20- Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan
10:20 - 10:30 -   Monster Djam on stage /
10:30pm- ? Campfire jam


Paquito and Sandro Lorier, father and son, hail from Alsace France. They are both virtuoso guitarists steeped in the tradition of Jazz Manouche as well as Gypsy Rumba and Flamenco. They come from a family of Manouche origin, which is where Jazz Manouche or gipsy jazz as its known in the states, got its name.
Paquito has had an illustrious career playing both jazz manouche and gipsy rumba. He says that one of his most inspirational moments was playing for Pope Jean Paul II. His song, entitled Paquito, which he originally crafted for the film Laisse vos Hains Sur Mes Hips has been recorded worldwide by many great artists. Paquito has performed with Joe Privat, Babik Reinhardt (the son of Django Reinhardt). Luis Salinas as well as just about every famous jazz manouche musician.

His son, Sandro is has grown to be quite a force of his own.  After winning first place in the Paris Young Talent contest for his playing in 2013, he has gone on to dominate festivals throughout Europe, often performing with his father. In 2015 he released his first album entitled Gypsy Favela and headlined the LOlympia in Paris with his father in 2016. Sandro is unique in that he doesnt use a pick even when he is playing jazz manouche as most people do. He has transferred his flamenco finger technique to all his playing and it is quite impressive to watch.

Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan

Chicago's Premier Gypsy Jazz Guitarist and Gypsy-jazz band.

The music of Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan is a vibrant, upbeat and passionate blend of American Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Flamenco and world folk music threaded together through virtuostic improvisation. Composer and band leader Ponticelli invites some of Chicagos top talent for musical conversation and an always lively dose of some of the best spontaneous co-arranging, with top artists.
Ponticelli is the 2009 recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci award for outstanding achievement in performing arts from Order Sons of Italy in America and holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. Ponticelli has been to Cordoba, Spain (1994) to study with the great flamenco guitarists Rafael Riqueni and Manolo Sanlucar, New Mexico to study with Chuscales and Pedro Cortes and has had the great flamenco singer and guitarist Pansequito join his band for two years. He has performed at the Iridium in New York City where Les Paul invited Alfonso to play as a special guest with his trio.

Ponticelli shares his education and love of music by teaching workshops at many festivals, including 13 years at the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest in Madison, Wisconsin. He introduced Gypsy jazz to Chicago in the 1990s, when he began teaching a weekly Django-style class at the renowned Old Town School of Folk Music, where he has taught for 16 years.

Ponticelli has shared his music at many prestigious festivals, including the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois, France, DjangoFest Northwest, Gypsy Jazz fests in New York City, Denver, CO., and extensively throughout the Midwest. Some of his students have joined his band and traveled to these fests performing with his band. Alfonso Ponticelli has collaborated with many Chicago institutions for 14 years to present the great culture of the Roma/Gypsy people through music with his annual Chicago Gypsy Jazz festival.

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!
Robin Nolan Trio
One of the worlds most respected exponents of Gypsy Jazz guitar since Django Reinhardt, Englishman Robin Nolans story began in an evacuation hospital in Vietnam in 1968. The son of musical entertainers, Nolans nomadic lifestyle has taken him on a romantic and passionate musical journey thats rarely travelled in these fast-moving, fame-obsessed times. You might even call it a modern-day fairy tale.

Spending his formative years in Hong Kong, Nolans Liverpudlian father started to teach him to play the guitar at the age of six, unselfishly hoping his sons talent would go on to shine even brighter than his own.

Nolan was encouraged and taught to play the standards of Hank Williams and the subtleties of traditional jazz. However, like many journeymen before him, Nolans musical path led him down many roads before securing a place at the Guildhall School of Music in London where he established himself on the capitals local jazz scene with his own swing quartet. But it was a trip to the annual Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-Sur-Seine, France with his father and musical mentor in 1991 that changed Nolans whole perspective towards music forever.he explains.
Unfortunately for Nolan, the gypsy lifestyle is not something that the London of the early 90s was ready to embrace. After struggling to find spots to play his music on the street without being moved by the police or going through the endless bureaucracy and red tape to secure a busking pitch, Nolan decided to pack his bags and take his band to a more liberal city by setting his sights on Amsterdam.
Fully embracing the gypsy way, Nolans freedom to play wherever and whenever he liked in the streets of Amsterdam led to a whole new artistic independence. Using the world as his stage, Nolans time in Amsterdam led to many encounters with people from all over the world and a chance encounter which set in motion a series of harmonious opportunities and lifelong friendships that are still having repercussions to this very day.

Ultra Faux / Hot Club of Baltimore
Ultrafaux performs 100% original music inspired by Django Reinhardt, jazz Manouche, be-bop, gypsy folk, swing, funk, blues, and French musette.  The band has performed top jazz festivals, concert halls, jazz clubs, intimate house concert venues and Rock clubs all over the world.
   We sometimes forget that jazz was first and foremost a peoples 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, Baltimore Jazz Alliance
   Ultrafaux is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass that has thrilled a wide variety of audiences from jazz festivals to concert halls & nightclubs since their first CD release in 2014. lead guitarists Michael Joseph harris and Sami Arefin trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies. The band often includes top guest artists from the gypsy jazz scene and recently performed at Festival Django Reinhardt in France as the highlight of a European tour that included Brad Brose, Deborah Lartilleux, Renaud Dardenne, Alexandre Tripodi, Lewis Dickenson, and Lisa Liu.    

   Lead guitarist and composer Michael Joseph Harris made the front page of The Baltimore Sun Weekend section in 2016 and was named one of the top 10 artists in Baltimore by Baltimore Style Magazine that same year. He has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Django By The Sea, Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival, Charm City Django Jazz Festival, The French Embassy, IMT Folk Series, Napa Valley Jazz Society, Django-A-Gogo, and they have toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. Ultrafaux has been featured live on WPFW, WTMD, WDVX, KPIG, KVMR, WRNR, WDVX Blue Plate Special, Fox News Knoxville, and CBS News Baltimore. Michael was the first guitarist in this genre to ever be interviewed multiple times on WTMD, a popular Indie Rock-oriented radio station in Baltimore, Maryland. The members of Ultrafaux serve as the core trio for Hot Club of Baltimore, a band specializing in the repertoire of Django Reinhardt which often features Alexis Tantau on vocals and a wide array of top jazz musicians. Hot Club was honored to be chosen to perform at the 1st Annual Baltimore Jazzfest in 2016. Harris is Artistic Director and founder of the Charm City Django Jazz Festival held annually in baltimore city at the Creative Alliance.  

Luke Hendon Project
Home Town: NYC

Genre: Django music/Gypsy Jazz, World, Jazz

In his latest project, Luke Hendon draws from the tradition of the legendary gypsy guitar of Django Reinhardt and comes out swinging, soulful, funky, fresh, and innovative with his own project. In this stripped down acoustic setting, Luke's guitar takes center stage.   "I sort of got obsessed with learning a bunch of Django Reinhardt solos note for note-which took me several years-Now I try to take the technique I gained into creating my own music!"

Luke has had success in the world of Django music, performing with top players from around the world.
A Veteran guitarist, Luke has had many successes in his career. He has opened for legendary acts such as Al Green, Sun Ra, and Los Lobos, performed on Broadway, composed and recorded for television and film, worked with dance ensembles, cruise ships, theatre companies, and many, many bands.


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


Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Festivals
Music > Folk
Music > Indie
Music > Jazz
Music > New Age
Music > World
Other > Fundraisers

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


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