Smokin’ Bandits, Deep-Fried Grass, Chicago Farmer, Chicken Wire Empire

Smokin’ Bandits, Deep-Fried Grass, Chicago Farmer, Chicken Wire Empire
Event on 2012-07-21 20:00:00

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When: 07/21/12 @ 8:00pm
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The 1st Annual Mid-Summer Meltdown
Featuring Smokin’ Bandits, Deep-Fried Grass, Chicago Farmer, Chicken Wire Empire

Madison, Wisconsin – June 27, 2012

Saturday July 21, 2012
Doors open at 7:00 pm, Show 8:00 pm
All Ages Show
adv, dos, tickets available online at, at the Majestic Theatre Box Office, or by phone 1-800-514-ETIX

Bringing the summer festival feel to one of the Midwest’s premier music venues, the Mid-Summer Meltdown presented by Hundredth Monkey Productions is set to shake the roof off of the Majestic Theatre showcasing four of the Midwest’s top touring bands: Smokin' Bandits, Deep Fried Grass, Chicago Farmer and Chicken Wire Empire! This exciting event is proudly sponsored by Pearl Street Brewery who will be conducting a special Madison release of their Smokin' Hemp Porter as a part of the event and will have other of their award winning beers on tap all night.

Partnering with Hundredth Monkey Productions as well as headlining this high point of summer event are the Smokin’ Bandits who have been a staple on a powerful Midwest scene for nearly a decade with their original, high-energy form of music they call "Grass n' Roll." With a catalog of original material mixing influences ranging from The Allman Brothers Band to Leftover Salmon, Rolling Stones to Gov't Mule, the band brings a powerhouse performance sure to make you move and shake each time they take the stage.

In nearly a decade of touring the Smokin' Bandits have shared the stage with and have been support for the likes of Little Feat, Dr. John, Gov't Mule, Great American Taxi, ekoostik hookah, Jazz Mandolin Project, The Big Wu, Melvin Seals & JGB, Steve Kimock, Bill Miller and Trampled by Turtles. For the last 6 years they have hosted their Bandit County Fair Music Festival featuring the best regional and national talent the Midwest has to offer.

Smokin' Bandits feature Christian Staehly on rhythm acoustic guitar and vocals, Pat Ferguson on lead electric/acoustic guitar and vocals, Matt Mahlum producing the percussion, Gregg "Cheech" Hall on electric slide guitar/lap steel and vocals, and Tim Powers on bass.

Deep-Fried Grass is good time bluegrass at it's finest – high energy, dynamic, inviting, intense, feel-good music. Based out of Door County, DFG has quickly become known as one of the top bluegrass bands in Wisconsin. Ryan Thompson played and recorded music with Bill Jorgenson "the Father of Wisconsin Bluegrass" for over 6 years, until his passing in early 2007. DFG is composed of Ryan Thompson, guitar and vocals, “Banjo Dan” Schrei, banjo and vocals, Bobby Burns, mandolin and vocals, and Jeff Saxx, upright bass and vocals.

Chicago Farmer – Cody Diekhoff is a folk-singer’s folk-singer and a poet’s poet. From Delavan IL, population 25, he is a working man’s singer/songwriter and brings lyrical energy with warmth and a sense of humor in the grassroots of folk, the poignancy of the blues and honesty and harmony that connects him with the audience in a deeply personal style. Cody tried his hand at sessions in Nashville and carefully hewed and tested his art in college town bars and honky-tonks around the Midwest. He now plays regularly in the Chicago.  His song-writing is rooted in the American Folk tradition and all of its grit but with a post Dylan sense of wit.

Milwaukee quartet Chicken Wire Empire (feat. members of Stealin’ Strings, Honest Monday, and R.A.S. Movement) will be starting the night off right at the Majestic. Influenced by Bluegrass, Folk and Roots/Americana music, Chicken Wire Empire was started as a side project in the fall of 2008. By combining acoustic experimentation and traditional bluegrass, CWE provides an upbeat and unique experience onto itself.

The band is comprised of Seth Foerster on guitar and vocals, Jordan Kroeger on bass and vocals, Ryan Ogburn on mandolin and vocals, and Chad Whitty on the banjo and vocals.

CWE has begun spreading their eclectic blend of Folk ’n Grass around the local Milwaukee music scene, recently recorded their first full-length demo and has quickly become a force to be reckoned with amongst the Midwest live music scene.

at Majestic Theater
115 King Street
Madison, United States

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