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Attend a Live Taping of 30 Minute Music Hour

30 Minute Music Hour LogoTake off work the afternoon of Monday, July 13 and enjoy some live music at Wisconsin Public Television. Three bands will be joining us to record live sets for the new season of 30 Minute Music Hour, and tickets are totally free. Just send an email to 30mmhaudience@gmail.com to reserve your seats for one or all of the following shows.

FEUFOLLET – 1:15 p.m. concert/audience seated by 1 p.m.
It’d be easy to label this five-piece from Lafayette, La. as a Cajun band, but a deeper listen reveals experimentation with honky-tonk, rock, country and even a bit of pop. During this set, we may need to push back the chairs and make way for dancing. You can also check out Feufollet at La Fete de Marquette in Madison the weekend before their 30MMH show.

TRAPPER SCHOEPP – 2:30 p.m. concert/audience seated by 2:15 p.m.
Milwaukee’s Trapper Schoepp have toured hard the past year, sharing stages with big-name bands like The Jayhawks and the Old 97’s. Huffington Post called Schoepp a “master storyteller.” Add catchy alt-country rock to insightful lyrics and you have a recipe for musical longevity.

THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS – 4 p.m. concert/audience seated by 3:45 p.m.
The Cactus Blossoms are two brothers from the Twin Cities who are true country throwbacks. The duo’s vocal harmonies, which resemble The Everly Brothers, have garnered praise from Garrison Keillor, CMT and BBC Radio.

Be Part of a Live Studio Audience

30 Minute Music Hour is excited to announce Charlie Parr, Chants and William Z. Villian will record studio sessions with us Monday, June 16. The best part is, you’re invited to be part of the audience!

30 Minute Music Hour LogoSample these three musical acts below, and email 30mmhaudience@gmail.com if you’d like to be part of the live studio audience. Include your name, the number of guests and which show you’d like to see.

All shows will be held in the WPT studios in Vilas Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

CHARLIE PARR (SOLD OUT  5 p.m. show/audience seated by 4:30)
This Austin, Minn. native currently resides on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth. Parr is a self-taught guitarist who effortlessly handles 6- and 12 -string guitars, steel guitar and banjo. Get a feel for his live show, recorded here by KEXP in Seattle.


CHANTS (show at 12:30 p.m./audience seated by noon)
Percussionist/composer Jordan Cohen (aka Chants) creates base line beats, loops them and then pours them into experimental electronica that is trance-like and exhilarating. Based in Madison, Chants has produced a number of EPs and in the last year released “I Feel Like I Feel It”. He’s also opened for Dan Deacon. View a beautiful display of Chant’s sound here.


WILLIAM Z. VILLAIN (3 p.m. show/audience seated by 2:30)
The eclectic style of Madison’s William Z. Villain is best described, well, in the band’s own words… “Darting between Balkan groove, early American jazz and bossanova with jagged mathy precision; William Z. Villain continues to stun bartenders and sometimes even audiences with his dark demon-crooner vocals and fantastically furious finger-style guitar technique.”

Want to see three great Midwest bands Monday, June 16 for free? Just send an email to 30mmhaudience@gmail.com to reserve your seat. Fo more music, check out video of our past studio sessions at wpt.org/30mmh.



30MMH On the Road: Exclusive Backstage Performance From The Roys

When The Roys visited Country Thunder – one of the United States’ biggest country music festivals in Twin Lakes, Wis., the brother and sister duo of Elaine and Lee invited the 30-Minute Music Hour On the Road crew onto their tour bus for an exclusive acoustic performance of “Another Minute” from their new album, “Gypsy Runaway Train.” So, bluegrass, country and good music fans – Hop on board with us and enjoy the song below.

30-Minute Music Hour On the Road is a Wisconsin Public Television Web series capturing great live music across Wisconsin. Explore the full archive of 30-Minute Music Hour episodes, with half-hour performances from top Wisconsin, regional and national artists at wpt.org/30mmh. Stay tuned for an all-new season of 30-Minute Music Hour coming online this fall!

Learn more about The Roys at theroysonline.com.

Special thanks to Country Thunder for their partnership in this special backstage performance. Learn more at wisconsin.countrythunder.com.

Where Are They Now: 30-MMH Edition

Okay, it’s not like we’re about to hop aboard the way-way back machine and take a look at PBS child stars from the ’80s. Sorry, maybe next time.

JC Brooks 2013I just wanted to give an update on a band we were lucky enough to book for the 30-Minute Music Hour — JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound.

Back in January 2011, the Chicago-based group performed a soulful set of tunes in the WPT studios. And just last month, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound released their sophomore album.

While hints of their soul revival sound linger, the band’s new album “Howl” has a slightly darker, more contemporary sound — evident in the video for “Rouse Yourself” which features Parks & Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza. Read a more eloquent review of the new album.

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound is in the midst of an aggressive summer tour schedule that includes stops at Milwaukee’s Summerfest and Appleton. Come out for one of those shows, and of course, take a trip back in time to check out the band’s 30-MMH performance.

30-MMH: The Holiday Music Motel Sessions

On a frigid night in February, Wisconsin Public Television’s 30-Minute Music Hour rolled into Sturgeon Bay to record a few sessions at the Holiday Music Motel.

Throughout the day, our crew transformed the motel’s hip lobby into one of the coziest music venues in the state. And that night the three acts that performed — Purgatory Hill, Paul Cebar and Loves It! — turned up the heat, offering a temporary escape from the winter chill.

Our cameras captured the excitement of that February night in three half-hour performances that will air on WPT over three consecutive Friday nights, beginning March 22. And of course all are available for online viewing at any time.

Before we get on to the performances, a quick thanks to the Holiday Music Motel’s staff for hosting us and helping to create the show’s first on-location shoot. The Holiday Music Motel isn’t just a clever name for a venue — the motel is fully operational and hosts a plethora of music events throughout the year. And they offer discounted rates to Wisconsin Public Television members… just sayin’.

Purgatory Hill
This duo, made up of motel co-owners pat mAcdonald and melaniejane, kicks off the three-week run of Holiday Music Motel episodes. The act’s distinctive growl comes courtesy of mAcdonald’s cigarbox slide guitar and stompbox.


Paul Cebar
Cebar, a Milwaukee native currently touring with the group Tomorrow Sound, gives a rare solo performance on acoustic guitar that combines elements of African, Latin and Caribbean music into a sweet blend of Midwestern soul.


Loves It!
Vaughn Walters and Jenny Parrot make up this chipper Austin, Texas duo that switches back and forth on fiddle, guitar, 5-string banjo, and mandolin.

Rock 'n' Roll With JD McPherson: 30MMH On the Road

JD McPherson invited us to his Nov. 28 sound check at the High Noon Saloon in Madison. Take a seat and enjoy an exclusive performance of “Dimes for Nickels.”

30-Minute Music Hour On the Road is a Wisconsin Public Television Web series capturing great live music across Wisconsin. Explore the full archive of 30-Minute Music Hour episodes, with half-hour performances from top Wisconsin, regional and national artists at our Web site.

Learn more about The JD McPherson at jdmcpherson.com and purchase his debut album, “Signs and Signifiers” and a new “North Side Gal” 7-inch single on that site.

Special thanks to The High Noon Saloon in Madison for their partnership in this special sound check performance. Learn more at high-noon.com.