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Michigan Band Madison Greene
To Perform at UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  Nov. 16, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Madison Greene, a Michigan band that describes its music as "aggressive acoustic with Celtic, Cuban and African undertones," will present three free shows at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Dec. 2-4. The concerts will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in The Cabin of Davies Center.

Based near Detroit , Madison Greene's members — Mike Blair, Justin and Leiah Webb, Jon Vibrato and Wes Brunner — come from Wisconsin and Michigan . They perform on flute, Irish tin whistle, accordion, violin, acoustic guitar, weissenborn, didgeridoo, mandolin and bass, dumbeki, darbuka and tambourines. The songwriting has been influenced by American folk music, which is reflected by the strumming patterns and the melodies. Celtic influence can be heard with the violin, tin whistle, flutes and some drum patterns. The percussionists incorporate these styles underneath a diverse rhythm section, producing a sound that is definitely their own.

Madison Greene has performed and toured for six years, releasing six CDs — most recently "Guinea Greene Style" in July. All original members except lead singer and guitarist Mike Blair have gone on to other endeavors. The present group has played many types of venues, including Cornerstone and Ichthus music festivals, conferences, churches, amphitheaters and coffeehouses, and clubs such as The Quest in Minneapolis and The Bitter End in New York City . Their musical influences range from Ben Harper, The Indigo Girls, Paul Simon, Rusted Root and Santana.

The show is open to all ages. Soda, domestic and imported beer and popcorn will be sold; proof of age is required for alcohol purchases.

The Cabin program is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.



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Updated: November 12, 2004