JOURNEY INTO YOUR HEART WITH BADGERGRASS

At The New Cup O Joy, September 12, 2020 

During the Covid19 crisis, please support the live music venues you enjoy....attend where safe, takeout, gift cards, Go Fund Me efforts.....whatever you can do to keep live music venues alive will help in our recovery.  Music heals the soul...........

                                             Your Friends.....Mike V, Molly, James & Mike D.

Southern Feelings......                                           BADGERGRASSCONTACT@gmail.com

It all started with a feeling...a "southern feeling", to bring authentic bluegrass and classical country music to Northeast Wisconsin.  Badgergrass was formed in 2014 and has been actively entertaining in the Green Bay area ever since.  The group had humble beginnings......initially practicing in a garage, and their first gig  taking place during intermission at a Green Bay  Community Theater show.  Today, popularity  is keeping them busy, sometimes as often as three times in one week!  It is the cumulative experience and influence of all group members that  builds the most powerful sound.  

Little  did we know at the time that we were evoking a rare moment in American music in the late 1930s, when traditional styles came together, as they endearingly put it, to flow as one river and create American popular music on radio. The first decades of the last century will long be heralded as the blossom of American music and creation of now, old treasures.  That period continues to inspire many a band.  Badgergrass specializes in the tight and lovely harmonies of authentic bluegrass, old country and early radio.  Their shows combine a fresh take on bluegrass, mountain music while  maintaining  its authenticity and country heart-breakers, gospel, pop songs with a bluegrass flavor and fancy picking.  You will hear traditional "old time" songs  from Bill Monroe, Merle Haggard, and Jimmy Rogers, as well more contemporary covers from the likes of Van Morrison and Jewel.  We also spice up our shows with heartfelt originals.

 

Averaging around 30 shows per year, 2020 has reduced performances to but a handful.  The group has every intent to continue their heritage with live performances as safely allowed by the confinement of the corona19 Virus. 

 

The cast of characters:  "The Doc" (term used loosely) James Marker on guitar, banjo, harmonica, ukulele, with story-telling songs and precision vocals...a rare talent;  and our "voice from the angels," "Miss Molly" Summers, superb vocal leads, harmony, bass and guitar.  Rounding out this crew is the infamous "Wasabi Mike" Van de Kamp with his "Elvis-esque"vocals, (mountain) humor, guitar and caring (yes, he does care!).  Mike "Dr. Dray" Draney on mandolin and countrified vocals.  Currently, "sit'n-in" with the group at various shows is our good friend, Mick "Bass" Maloney on 6 string bass and vocals.

 

Acknowledgements, sometimes we need to thank our friends:

 

  • Special thanks to McKim Boyd and The wonderful Union Hotel for allowing our old time photo shoot at their facilities.  Great place, great staff, great food!

  • Special thanks to Fanny Van de Kamp and Adam Krehbiel for their recent photography contributions at the photo shoot and in the studio.  Very nice!

  • Special thanks to Arlene Marker  being such a great help with equipment as well as  soundcheck feedback!

  • Thank you Marc Golde of Rock Garden Studio in Appleton for your help and guidance in our studio album recording of Hobo Pie!

 

Testimonials, people who have heard us have this to say:

  • "I bet you  guys have fun playing together, nice vibe!  Your gal (Molly) has a sweet voice.  Very strong!  Your originals are nice!"  Claire Lynch, 3 time Female Vocalist of the Year (IBMA), twice nominated for Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. 

  • "Really enjoyed it. You guys have a fun sound, and yes, Molly is awesome. Her voice is beautiful. Hope to see you guys down the road." Robert Demovsky, NFL Writer, ESPN.com

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  • "We haven't heard such authentic bluegrass music since the days we used to live in Georgia", patrons, Village Grille, Allouez, Wisconsin.   

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  • "I can't make change when she (Molly) sings", Bill, owner Blue Opus, Bellevue, Wisconsin (Note:  He likes her!)

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  • "I love you guys!", Doreen, owner , La Vie Boheme, De Pere, Wisconsin.

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  • "Unique, tight harmony", Jan, Cup o Joy, Green Bay , Wisconsin.

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  • "Great  sound!", Marvin and Gentry, Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • "You guys sound like old time radio, very unique", Coordinator, Pulaski Summer Music, Pulaski, Wisconsin.

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  • "You guys are great!  We want you to  be a regular here!", Kathy, owner, Village Grille, Allouez , Wisconsin.

  • "You were wonderful.  Very professional and very entertaining!  The best we've heard here!", patron, Green Bay Botanical  Gardens.

 

  • "You guys are great.....Molly....WOW.....We are really liking those originals of John's.......Southern Feelings and Chesterfield County......he is a very good song writer....the lyrics.....And this I will confide, I'll never leave your side.....fantastic!  Little Mountain Church House...rate it 4.8 all day long..."  Suzy and Ron Pfeifer after attending their 12th show.

  • "Hello Badgergrass!...just wanted to let you know I enjoyed the Algoma show last night very much!!!..the groups harmonies were outstanding!!!...a very strong part of your band and Molly's vocals were just awesome!!!...i love her voice!!!...loved the comedy you guys had going too...James is pretty funny!!!....heard one of John's originals and really liked it!!!...didn't know it was John's til after you played it!!...nice job"!..............Mickbass Maloney

Future Gigs: 2020

September 12, 2020: The Cup, Saturday 7:30-9:15, Green Bay

November 6, 2020: La Vie Boheme, Friday 8:00-10:30, De Pere

Future Gigs: 2021

August 19, 2021, Algoma Concert in the Park Series

 

Past Gigs:

2020

January 17, 2020: LaVie Boheme, Friday 8:00-10:30, De Pere

February 6, 2020: The Village Grille, Thurs. 6-8:30 PM, Allouez

February 26, 2020: The Blue Opus Wednesday 6:30-9:00, Bellevue

March 25, 2020: The Village Grille,  Covid 19          Cancelled

April 3, 2020: The Cup O'Joy,                                     Cancelled

April 11, 2020, La Vie Boheme, Saturday                  Cancelled

April 16, 2020: The Blue Opus, Thursday                Cancelled

April 23, 2020: The Village Grille, Thursday           Cancelled

May 9, 2020, Algoma PAC-Details TBD                   Cancelled

May 14, 2020: The Village Grille,                               Cancelled

June 17, 2020: Broadway Farmer's Mkt,                   Cancelled

June 20, 2020: Downtown GB Farmer's Market,    Cancelled

June 20, 2020: Private Party, 4-8:00, Green Bay     Cancelled

June 25, 2020: The Village Grille                                Cancelled

July 23, 2020, Algoma Concert in the Park Series   Cancelled

August 20, 2020: The Village Grille                           Cancelled

August 22, 2020: Downtown GB Farmer's Market  Cancelled

September 3, 2020: The Village Grille                       Cancelled

October 1, 2020: The Village Grille                            Cancelled

October 22, 2020: The Blue Opus                              Cancelled

November 12, 2020: The Village Grille                      Cancelled

December 10, 2020: The Village Grille                      Cancelled

2019

January 11, 2019:  La Vie Boheme, De Pere

January 17, 2019:  The Village Grille, Allouez

February 21, 2019:  The Village Grille 6-9, Allouez

February 28, Blue Opus 6:30-9:30, Bellevue

March 28, 2019:  The Village Grille 6-9, Allouez

April 6, 2019: La Vie Boheme 7:30-10:30, De Pere (Duo)

April 20, 2019, Cup O Joy 7:30-9:15, Green Bay

April 25, 2019:  The Village Grille 6-9, Allouez

May 16, 2019:  Oak Park Place, Green Bay

May 11, 2019:  Performing Arts Center, 7-9, Algoma

May 14, 2019:  The Village Grille 6:00 PM, Allouez

June 11, 2019:  The Weidner Center Stage, (Private)

June 27, 2019:  The Village Grille 6:00 PM, Allouez

August 13, 2019: Brown County Library 7-8, Ashwaubenon

August 1, 2019:  The Village Grille 6:00 PM, Allouez 

August 10, 2019: The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern, La Crosse (Private)

August 20, 2019: Parkway Highlands Boohya Party, Green Bay, Private

August 29, 2019: Concert in The (Heritage) Park, 7-9:00 PM, Algoma

September 4, 2019: YMCA Picnic 11:00 AM, Green Isle Park

September 5, 2019:  The Village Grille 6:00 PM, Allouez/Cancelled

September 14, Cup O Joy 7:30-9:15, Green Bay

September 18, 2019, Broadway Farmer's Market 4-7, Green Bay

September 25, The Blue Opus 6:30-9:00, Bellevue

October 10, 2019:  The Village Grille 6:00 PM, Allouez

October 24, 2019 The Blue Opus 6:30-9:00, Bellevue

October 26, 2019: Downtown Farmer's Market 9-11:30, Green Bay

November 14, 2019:  The Village Grille 6:00 PM, Allouez

December 12, 2019:  The Village Grille 6:00 PM, Allouez

2018

January 17, 2018: La Vie Boheme, De Pere

February 7, 2018: Blue Opus, belleview

March 20, 2018:  Kress Family Library, De Pere

April 6, 2018: Cup O Joy, Green Bay

April 10, 2018: Blue Opus, Belleview

April 21, 2018: La Vie Boheme, De Pere

May 5, 2018: Black and Tan, Green Bay

June 1, 2018: La Vie Boheme, De Pere

June 5, 2018: Blue Opus, Belleview

June 21, 2018: Village Grille, Allouez

June 30, 2018: Northshore Golf Club, Menasha

July 4, 2018:  Community Gazebo 4th Celebration, Seymour

July 6, 2018: La Vie Boheme, De Pere

July 17, 2018: Blue Opus, Belleview

August 22, 2018: The Green Bay Botanical Garden

August 29, 2018: Blue Opus, Bellevue

September 15, 2018:  Cup O Joy, Green Bay

September 22, 2018: Rock Garden Studio, Appleton

October 19, 2018:  La Vie Boheme, De Pere

October 25, 2018:  Village Grille, Allouez

November 8, 2018:  Blue Opus, Bellevue

2017

La Vie Boheme

Green Bay Community Theater

Kress Public Library

Northshore Golf Club

Cup of Joy

2016

La Vie Boheme

Green Bay Community Theater

Kress Public Library

Northshore Golf Club

Cup of Joy

2015

La Vie Boheme

Kress Public Library

Northshore Golf Club

Art Garage Ballroom Gala

2014

Green Bay Community Theater

Art Garage 

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