30 Minute Music Hour

30-Minute Music Hour

In response to the thriving independent music scene, 30-Minute Music Hour offers a free-form stage where artists from around the state and country perform music that might otherwise go unheard. "Colonel" Andy Moore hosts.

Contact us: 30mmh@wpt.org

Watch Previous Recorded Sessions Online

Premiere Date: March 25, 2008

Poi Dog Pondering ("Poi Dog" is Hawaiian slang meaning "mutt") has been making music since the mid-eighties when members began composing and performing in their hometown of Honolulu. At one point, Poi Dog recorded soulful compositions for Columbia Records before executives decided the band's sound was too eccentric to market. Now based in Chicago, Poi Dog is a perfect fit for fans of The 30-MMH.

Premiere Date: February 19, 2008

Milwaukee-based John Sieger and the Subcontinentals are one of the best alt-country twang bands in the Midwest. While Milwaukee is his home, Sieger is a recovering full-time Nashville session player and songwriter for hire. The band, including Sieger, is a five-piece oufit that includes three electric guitars, bass and drums.

Premiere Date: February 19, 2008

Tani Diakite (tan-NEE JAH-kee-tay) is a native of the Wassoulou region of Mali and now lives with his American wife and their child in Madison. Diakite plays a Kamele Ngoni - a stringed, long-neck gourd instrument outfitted with an electronic pick-up made from old radio parts. His music is a mesmerizing mix of traditional melodies from Mali, blended with traditional American delta blues.

Premiere Date: February 19, 2008

Singer/songwriter melaniejane performs solo in a set that showcases her talents on guitar, cello, and piano. melaniejane is a past recipient of the Wisconsin Area Music Awards, "Female Vocalist of the Year." In addition to her pop music composition and performance, she's also is a cellist with the Racine Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Music.

Premiere Date: January 15, 2008

Sturgeon Bay's pat mAcdonald is best known for his 1980s band TIMBUK III, which hit it big with mAcdonald's song The Future's So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades). An active member of the Sturgeon Bay community, mAcdonald is converting part of The Holiday Motel to studio space so musicians can stay and record. His latest album, released in January of 2008, is a solo effort called "Troubadour of Stomp."

Premiere Date: January 15, 2008

Chicago-based Robbie Fulks - the "alt-country hillbilly giant" - frequently brings his irreverent stage antics to Wisconsin. Fulks is known for his flashy flat picking but even more so for his songwriting, having penned old-time country hits such as She Took Too Many Pills (and Died) and The Buck (Owens) Starts Here.

Premiere Date: January 15, 2008

Milwaukee-based Willy Porter is among the country's elite finger-style acoustic guitar players. He's opened shows for performers ranging from Jethro Tull to Tori Amos. Frets Magazine calls him "a genre defying maverick," one who the Guild Guitar Company is proud to sponsor. Porter's also a gifted songwriter with a lengthy discography of original albums.

Premiere Date: January 14, 2008

Madison-based Jeff Burkhart has a range of musical styles as broad as his smile. Burkhart has performed in Cajun and bluegrass bands, but his current focus is traditional country as practiced by his honky-tonk quintet, The Dirty Shirts. For his 30-MMH performance, Jeff, a back-porch musician for the digital, age brought along a handful of original mountain-side tunes with urban sensibilities.

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