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March 1997

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by Susan Masino

Marques Bovre and the Evil Twins have just released a new 13 song CD entitled, C’est La Vie. After nine years of hard work, this album features a more relaxed, comfortable sound, which is definitely their best yet.

The “Ground Zero Collective” bursts onto the Madison music scene every first Wednesday of the month, featuring some of the best local songwriters playing and discussing their songs. The Collective will provide the opportunity for writers to meet and exchange ideas. Founded and organized by Adam Rich, a local musician who sings and plays piano and keyboards, he stated, “I really think the time for something like this is right. There’s definitely enough original talent in this town for there to be a thriving scene.” The format will allow each songwriter to come onstage and play solo versions of their work for 20 to 30 minutes. Each will also discuss their approach to songwrtiting and answer questions about their songs. The Ground Zero Collective will begin March 5th with a special kickoff party starting at 8:30 p.m. at Madison’s newest club, Mass Appeal. Featured will be Derrick McBride of the band Ivory Library, Robert Jay, Lugine Chicks, Mike Massey, Phil Davis formerly of Firetown, Mark Wiley, Jay Moran and Krister Tidics of Sunshine Allison. Songwriters interested in participating are encouraged to contact Rich at 608/256-7147.

The BoDeans latest release, Blend, is doing very well. Just a few days after playing two triumphant sold-out homecoming shows December 27 and 28, at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, they flew out to LA to shoot a performance for an episode of the weekly ABC-TV primetime drama, “Relativity.”

The Fishin Musicians will host WORT’s access hour radio show on March 10 at 7 p.m. They will be playing a mix of local Christian rock bands and interviews with some of the groups.

Bob Westfall and Chris Wagoner have opened Acoustic City String Instruction at 341 State Street in Madison. Bob is an accomplished folk artist whose 1994 CD, Lovers Dance, received national attention. Chris is currently performing with the Common Faces, who recently released their fourth CD, Gimme Live. Collectively, Bob and Chris have been teaching music for 30 years. They are experienced at teaching all ages and skill levels, and both are adept at folk, jazz, classical, swing, blues, country and bluegrass. For more information, call 608/250-3616.

On the anniversary of the fire that destroyed the Hotel Washington in Madison, Toni and Margaret Triggs Ziemer announce that they are writing a book to record its colorful history. The history will be divided into two chronological parts: 1854 to 1975 and 1975 to 1997. Toni is a long-time Hotel Washington employee and freelance writer. Margaret is an author, teacher and editor. She has worked as a reporter and researcher for numerous publications including Encyclopedia Brittanica and the Chicago Tribune. It is the hope of the authors that the history will be a community project, allowing people from all walks of life to share what they would most like remembered about the old place. If you have a story or information you would like to submit, please include your name and telephone number and mail it to Hotel Washington History, PO Box 3162, Madison, WI 53704-0162, Dept. A (for events prior to 1975) or Dept. B (for events after 1975). Or e-mail Percy Attn: Hotel History, Depts. A or B, as above.

There will be a scholarship fund established in Jim Bolton’s name for Tibetan students at Madison Area Technical College. Jim was a fixture in the Madison music scene and managed the Rousers until his untimely death last summer due to lung cancer. On March 6, there will be a benefit to establish the fund at the Crystal Corner Bar, 1302 Williamson Street, Madison, featuring Honor Among Thieves, the Verbs and the Rousers. Cover charge is $6.

Motorvatin’ Over The Hill chat room takes place on Saturday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. and can be accessed on America Online by typing in keyword: The Industry.

If you would like to submit some Wisconsin music news, please send your copy in by the 12th of the month to WI Music News, P.O. Box 8584, Madison, WI, 53708, or e-mail me at

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