American Players Theatre
5950 Golf Course Road
P.O. Box 819
Spring Green, WI 53588
Box Office: 608-588-2361
4H: John Haarbauer, Dave Hopper, Ned Hodgson, and Mark Hubanks make up the group 4H. Their music is acoustic folk-rock, covering songs from the '60s and '70s.
Amelia Sweet Bluebird: Amelia hails from Wisconsin. She now lives in Appalachia-Asheville, NC. Playing Jean Ritchie, ballads, with interesting covers thrown in, her folk music focuses on social justice, women’s empowerment, nature, and spirituality. Strong vocals and sweet guitar remind listeners of Joan Baez. Amelia has toured the US, played in listening rooms and circles country wide. Amelia also makes hand dipped beeswax candles and vegan raw chocolate. She is grateful for mentors who have given encouragement in her artistry.
Bentzen & Lloyd: Paul Bentzen and Doug Lloyd have been making music together for over twenty years. They play a combination of traditional and modern bluegrass, old-time country, and old string band tunes from the Southern mountains. With Paul on 5-string banjo and vocals and Doug on guitar, they strive to keep alive that fine old summer tradition of front porch pickin' and singin'.
Don Greenwood: From Spring Green, Don has been writing songs for 50 years. He writes originals in the rural blues and folk traditions. He cites Bob Dylan, Mississippi John Hurt, Joni Mitchell, John Prine, and Hank Williams as influences. A product of the Great Folk Scare of the 1960s and the early 1970s Chicago folk scene, he used to play set breaks for John Prine on Sunday evenings at the Fifth Peg when John was still working as a mail carrier. He works solo and with several bands in Driftless Area.
Driftless Jimmy: Driftless Jimmy is the solo acoustic vehicle for singer-songwriter Jim Wisniewski. A veteran of the Milwaukee blues scene, Jimmy has fronted the WAMI nominated full-on electric boogie ensemble, the South End Blues Band for the last ten years, and now leads the locla blues bland, The Boilermakers. A recent Driftless Region transplant, he has been delighting listeners with his unique original music and interesting covers for the last several years.
The Firesides: The Firesides sing and play Appalachian & Midwestern instrumentals, sage cowboy songs, originals, and traditional song-gems. Meghan and Daniel, who play fiddle and guitar moved recently to Southwestern WI from the Twin Cities where they played separately in the bands, The Floorbirds and The Ditchlilies. With these past bands, they have played on numerous festival stages across the US and Europe as well as on radio programs and for private events and square dances. In addition to performances, The FIresides can also offer group style lessons in Appalachian clogging for all ages.
The High Street Revelers: The High Street Revelers are a string band from Mineral Point Wisconsin steeped in Old Time Fiddle Tunes, Blues, Rags, and Break Downs.
KG & the Ranger: Celebrating 30 years of Classic Cowboy Music, KG & The Ranger continue their mission to keep vintage cowboy songs alive! "They sing with charm and style, yodel spectacularly, choose great material, and write fine new songs as well" (Ranger Doug, Riders in the Sky). Voted 2010 "Outstanding Entertainer-Duo" by the Western Music Association, and three-time harmony yodeling champions, they will take you on a magical journey back in time to the days of the Silver Screen heroes like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and the Sons of the Pioneers. KG & The Ranger will bring back memories - but also make you feel that you are hearing these songs for the first time!
Mark Browning Milner: Mark Browning Milner is a pop-jazz-rock-r&b-blues-folk-American-songbook singer-guitarist who takes classy and mellow songs from the 40s through the 70s and makes them his own. He was born and raised in Marion, Ohio (a nice place to be from) which was also home to Warren G. Harding, Rod Serling, John Dean, and Gerry Mulligan, all of whom considered influences. His repertoire includes material from Leonard Cohen, Taj Mahal, The Beatles, Rodgers & Hart, Nick Lowe, The Doors, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Jimmy Buffett, Steely Dan, Don McLean, The Gershwin Brothers, Little Feat, Howlin’ Wolf, The Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, Bobby Dylan, Bobby Darin, Bobby Troup, Bobby Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, and Britney Spears. (And Groucho Marx - no kidding!). He has entertained audiences from the gulf shores of Alabama to the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico, from the southwest of Texas to the upper midwest of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and all points between and betwixt. When MBM hits the stage, anything can happen. (Sometimes the stage hits back.) Come see for yourself.
McCarty/Brown: Doug and Maureen have performed together since 1980. In the early years of APT, they were resident musicians playing incidental music and appearing onstage as minstrels and revelers. They both mak a living playing and teaching. Sometimes they are joined by drummer Liam McCarty.
Nath Dresser: Nath Dresser’s a songwriter who moved to Wisconsin from the Carolinas in 1996, and you can hear it in his accent. Since then he’s been performing mainly in upper-Midwest venues ranging from cafes and house concerts to the Sh*tty Barn, a summer music venue in Spring Green. Nath’s original works are mostly finger-picked story-songs in the folk or Americana vein; he also covers songs by others--John Prine, Richard Thompson, and Warren Zevon, to name a few. These days he lives in Spring Green with his wife, son, and three cats. You can learn more about him--and his work as both a singer-songwriter and photographer--at www.nathdresser.com.
Stieber & Myers: Don is a two-time inductee of the Iowa Rock’n’Roll Music Association Hall of Fame (2009 and 2016). He moved to Wisconsin in 2010, then met Scott, who has graciously included Don in his (formerly) solo shows ever since. Scott is just this guy who likes to play music, especially with The Donmeister.
Tom Waselchuk: Singer. Songwriter. Band leader. Producer. Tom has lead the Dang-Its (Americana) since 1998, presented Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks (a classic country music revue) since 2012, toured the US and Far East with Harmonious Wail (Gypsy swing, 2001-2011), and free-lances in many music genres: jazz, bluegrass, country, Irish, and folk music.
The Westerlies: Mike Crossley, Charlene Adzima, and Bob Newton are three-quarters of a quartet called West Wind; as duos or trios, they are The Westerlies. Featuring Charlene Adzima on fiddle and vocals; Mike Crossley on flute, tenor banjo, and Irish pipes; and Bob Newton on octave mandola and mandocello. They have been playing traditional Irish music together for years.