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Nicolet Live! 2015 - 2016 Season

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2015  September | October | December
2016  January | February | March | May | June

 


 

Greg HerrigesGreg Herriges' New Whirled Band

Saturday, September 12
7:30 pm
Admission: $12

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Greg Herriges’s love of music and innate talent make it hard to tell where he begins and his guitar ends. With the New Whirled Band, he combines modern and ancient, East and West, into a stirring blend of original “whirled” music that seamlessly weaves the best sounds of several cultures into one harmony. Adding to the musical artistry is Michael Bissonnette playing an eclectic mix of world percussion and Rundio Sinclair on the enchanting Chapman Stick. Together, they create folk fusion at its best.

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Trout Steak RevivalTrout Steak Revival

Thursday, September 24
7:30 pm
Admission: $15

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From sweat-soaked clubs to mountain festivals, Trout Steak Revival has shown tenacity for quick picking and all the right polish without sacrificing the raw feeling of well-executed bluegrass. The band has earned a place in the mountain states roots scene, performing to sold-out audiences plus winning an Emmy Award and the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition. Keeping an eye on traditions of the past but boldly forging into new territory, Trout Steak will take you back to memories of whiskey, laughter, and the misty-mountain high country.

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BaladinoBaladino

Friday, October 2
5 pm - NEW SHOW ADDED
7:30 pm - SOLD OUT
Admission: $15

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Journey through the Mediterranean with the sounds of Baladino, an Israeli ensemble offering fresh, yet authentic interpretations of music from their homeland. Driven by Mediterranean-Gypsy grooves, they draw inspiration from cultural Ladino music and embrace rock and electronic influences. With stunning vocals and unexpected instruments, the ensemble effortlessly blends these far-ranging musical influences with authenticity and conviction possible only by those who have grown up in the cultural melting pot that is Israel.

An Arts Midwest World Fest event.

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Jeffrey Foucault Jeffrey Foucault

Friday, October 16
7:30 pm
Admission: Call WXPR at 715.362.6000 for tickets

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Cut from the same cloth as Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young, Wisconsin native Jeffrey Foucault creates emotionally raw yet poetically elegant music that drifts from rock to country and blues. With the kind of talent that sneaks up on you, his lyrics are simple yet evocative, illuminating the realities of contemporary life.

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Scare Your Shorts Off Scare Your Shorts Off

Thursday, October 29
7:30 pm
Admission: FREE

Hang on for a quick hit of Halloween horror. Local film buffs Steven Schreier and Tom Jerow, will present a spine-tingling collection of short films each lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour. As hosts, they will explain the significance of the films, facilitate discussion, and answer any questions. Showings will be seasonally macabre, but nothing too graphic or violent. Costumes are encouraged with prizes for those brave enough to dress for the season.

 


  

A Christmas Carol

The Nicolet Players Present: A Christmas Carol

Thursday - Sunday,
December 3 - 6, 10 - 13
7:30 pm (2 pm on Sundays)
Admission:
$9 general public $7 students and seniors

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It begins with “Marley was dead” and ends with “Bless us everyone” and in between are some of literature’s most beloved characters. Back by popular demand, this seasonal classic will take you on a journey through past, present, and future to remind you of the true meaning of the holidays. Bring family and friends to celebrate the season and enjoy the inspiring message told by Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and three very persuasive ghosts.

 


 

Community Holiday Concert Community Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 6
2 pm
Admission: FREE

`Tis the season to rejoice with the merry sounds of the Nicolet Male Chorus, Nicolet Choraliers, and the Hymns and Hyrs. Delivered in a spirited four-part harmony, their talents create a charming concert of holiday and seasonal songs sure to bring you tidings of good cheer. Non‑perishable food and monetary donations for local pantries are welcome.

Please note: the concert will be held at the Rhinelander High School auditorium.

 


 

That TreeThat Tree: Shades of Wisdom

Tuesday, December 8
7:30 pm
Admission: FREE

Using only his iPhone, photographer Mark Hirsch spent a year capturing the hidden world of an ancient bur oak tree and sharing a daily photo on Facebook. Through the changing seasons, Hirsch’s images became a viral sensation uncovering a complex web of life, color, and beauty. His enchanting photographs have since been published in a highly regarded photo book called That Tree. Experience the transformative and therapeutic adventure of self-discovery, inspiration, and enlightenment as Hirsch shares his journey with That Tree.

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Le Vent Du NordLe Vent du Nord

Saturday, January 16
7:30 pm
Admission: $15

PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT

Discover a driving force in progressive French folk music with Le Vent du Nord. The feisty four-man ensemble from Québec captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air. Since its founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord has won audience adoration across Europe and North America and received several prestigious awards including “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

An Arts Midwest World Fest event.

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Phyl WickhamAn Evening with Phyl Wickham and Friends

Tuesday, January 26
7:30 pm
Admission: $10

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Phyl Wickham’s down-home attitude and humble talent as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrument musician, will make you feel like you’re in the company of a friend. As a seasoned vocalist and guitar player, his music reflects everything from his punk-rock influences in his younger days to his more recent love of the bluegrass era. Join Phyl as he invites other local artists to share the stage for a night of good times and great music.

 


 

Wild Ponies Wild Ponies

Saturday, January 30
7:30 pm
Admission: Call WXPR at 715.362.6000 for tickets

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Offering dead-on, honest songwriting delivered in a hauntingly beautiful and gritty neo-traditional Americana wrapper, Wild Ponies takes all the rich detail and narrative of their earlier work and adds a sonic right fist. With quick wit and fearless delivery, Doug and Telisha Williams with drummer Megan Jane, make every show stunning and personal.

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Monster Who Ate My Peas The Monster Who Ate My Peas

Saturday, February 6
11 am
Admission:
$8 adults $6 children

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Based on the multi-award winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein, ArtsPower’s musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal. But, when the monster raises the stakes, will the boy refuse the monster and face his own fears? Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of willpower. For grades K-2.

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Nothing Short of RomaticNothing Short of Romantic

Thursday, February 11
7:30 pm
Admission: FREE

Forget about all the saccharine clichés and be prepared for a journey into love and romance, the short film way. Local film buffs Steven Schreier and Tom Jerow, will present a love-themed collection of short films each lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour. As hosts, they will explain the significance of the films, facilitate discussion, and answer any questions. Take part in a touching and far from obvious exploration of what makes the world go round.

 


 

Baby Wants Candy Baby Wants Candy

Saturday, February 13
7:30 pm
Admission: $15

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Hailed as the “Best comedy in Chicago” by Chicago Magazine, Baby Wants Candy, is a fully improvised musical performed by a Saturday Night Live caliber comedy troupe. Here’s how it works: the group will kick-off the show with improv games involving guest participation. For the second half, the audience will shout out the title of a musical that has never been performed before. The title becomes the theme for that evening’s on-the-spot musical. Don’t miss a hilarious night that will have you laughing till it hurts.

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Primitive CulturePrimitive Culture

Saturday, February 20
7:30 pm
Admission: C
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Primitive Culture has one purpose: to create a unique blend of funk, blues, and tropical rhythms that warm your soul and move your feet. As long-time friends with an obvious love of music, their performance creates a contagious enthusiasm that’s sure to have you dancing with your neighbor.

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Wingra Woodwind QuartetWingra Woodwind Quintet

Friday, February 26
7:30 pm
Admission: $15

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The accomplished Wingra Woodwind Quintet makes a highly anticipated return to the Nicolet stage as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. Since 1965, the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, has earned the reputation of a musically accessible, dynamic, and artistically excellent ensemble. Their lively repertoire balances classical works with contemporary and cross-cultural compositions. The quintet tours nationally, receiving acclaim from the New York Times for its “consistently sophisticated, sensitive and thoroughly vital” performances.

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Brad EmaneulAn Evening With Brad Emanuel

Tuesday, March 1
7:30 pm
Admission: $10

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If you’re looking for a laid-back, blue jean night, don’t miss Northwoods country artist and Hodag Country Fest favorite, Brad Emanuel. With a fun-loving attitude and true country flair, Emanuel has entertained crowds for over 10 years. His sound ranges from country to rock spanning over the last five decades and features original songs including his local hit “Hangin’ at the Hodag.” Enjoy a no-fuss performance where the only requirement is to have a good time.

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UW MadHattersThe UW MadHatters

Saturday, March 12
7:30 pm
Admission: $15

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They’re back! With their unmistakable talent and signature Badger-red blazers, these goofy guys will wow you with another tour de force a cappella performance. Founded in 1997, the MadHatters are the first and premier men’s a cappella group at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. As an international touring group with eight released albums, the MadHatters sound like a multi-tracked studio recording. Every song is layered with 16 unique vocal styles. Nowhere will you see so many good-looking guys, singing in perfect harmony with such high-spirited humor – it will be “aca-amazing.”

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Community Music Festival Community Music Festival

Sunday, March 13
2 pm
Admission: FREE

Discover the musical talents of your Northwoods neighbors in one harmonious afternoon. The Rhinelander Area Community Band, Nicolet Male Chorus, Nicolet Choraliers, Hymns and Hyrs, and Lakeland Barbershop Chorus will showcase their range and energy by performing selections from their season’s repertoire. Join your friends for the perfect combination of music, camaraderie, and fun.

 


 

Outside Mullingar The Nicolet Players Present: Outside Mullingar

Friday - Sunday, May 6 - 8;
Thursday - Sunday,  May 12 - 15
7:30 pm (2 pm on Sundays)
Admission: $9 general public $7 students and seniors

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Romance and delightfully off-kilter humor are wrapped with a bow as the author of Doubt and Moonstruck delivers a surprisingly poetic tale of tradition, family, and love. Set in rural Ireland, the Muldoon and Reilly families are hotly disputing a sliver of land that has their very farms hanging in the balance. Two rival heirs, Rosemary and Anthony, are each filled with enough anger, yearning, and willfulness to keep them apart for years. What could possibly end the stalemate, save the farms, and…just maybe… let romance bloom?

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Conga Se Menne Conga Se Menne

Saturday, June 4
7:30 pm
FREE
NEW LOCATION:  Downtown Rhinelander, Brown Street

Would you believe - Finnish reggae from the U.P.? Well you better, since Conga Se Menne is bringing the sounds of an island party to downtown Rhinelander. With a musical style impossible to pigeonhole, the group plays a gamut of blues, funk, Latin, reggae, rock, Caribbean beats, and ethnic Finnish sounds. While the lyrics are light hearted and fun, their mastery of melodic syncopation is second to none. So “come-a come-a come-a take a sauna with me, we’ll let the steam go and jump in the snow.”

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Green Shorts Green Shorts

Thursday, June 16
7:30 pm
Tamarack Center - 110
Nicolet College
Admission: FREE

The one and only Earth will star in a collection of short films focused on the ecology and environment of our beautiful planet. Local film buffs Steven Schreier and Tom Jerow will present a green-themed evening of short films each lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour. As hosts, they will explain the significance of the films, facilitate discussion, and answer any questions. Experience the Earth like you’ve never seen her before.

 


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