30 Minute Music Hour

 

30 Minute Music Hour

In response to the thriving independent music scene, 30-MMH 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 as 30mmh@wpt.org

Upcoming Episodes

Mama Digdown's Brass Band

The music veterans from Madison spread the gospel of New Orleans brass band music.

Fri, August 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm On The Wisconsin Channel

Chants

Madison-based Jordan Cohen is a musical alchemist who creates trancelike electronica.

Sat, August 30, 2014 at 10:00 pm On WPT

William Z. Villain

Madison's William Z. Villain stuns audiences with an eclectic style that darts between Balkan groove, early American jazz and bossa nova with jagged mathy precision.

Sat, September 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm On WPT

Watch Previous Recorded Sessions Online

Anna Vogelzang

Premiered on Feb 08, 2014

Anna has a hearty singing voice and switches with joy between banjo, ukulele and guitar.

Art Stevenson and Highwater

Premiered on Mar 03, 2009

This quartet of stringed instruments and harmonic vocals represent the best in bluegrass.

Awesome Car Fun Maker

Premiered on Jun 16, 2008

Rock to one of the hardest working punk-rock-dance outfits in the state.

Backyard Tire Fire

Premiered on Apr 14, 2009

BTF's cohesive sound and narratives resemble a blend of classic blues, country and rock.

Bandallamas

Premiered on Nov 14, 2011

A collaborative ensemble of legendary musicians performs world music that really jams.

Blake Thomas

Premiered on Apr 22, 2008

With guitar and harmonica, Thomas performs a solo set of emotive folk music.

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Premiered on Apr 09, 2011

The 2011 Grammy winners throw down old-time music with a brand-new line-up.

Chants

Premiered on Jun 16, 2014

Madison-based Jordan Cohen is a musical alchemist who creates trancelike electronica.

Charlie Parr

Premiered on Jun 16, 2014

Charlie Parr, a self-taught guitarist from Duluth, Minnesota, performs blues and country.

Copper Box

Premiered on Feb 08, 2014

Watch them fly into their own hybrid brand of Louisiana flavored “zydapunk.”

Corey Hart

Premiered on Nov 14, 2011

Singer/songwriter Corey Hart shares the stage with fiddle player Ida Jo.

Count This Penny

Premiered on Apr 09, 2011

The Johnson City, TN. and Madison-based trio performs self-styled "Appalachian Pop."

Cris Plata and Extra Hot

Premiered on May 10, 2011

Tex-Mex artist Cris Plata blends norteno, conjuto, and ranchera music into a new form.

Dengue Fever

Premiered on May 11, 2008

From Los Angeles, this group's psychedelic surf-rock is sweeping the nation.

Dietrich Gosser

Premiered on Sep 26, 2008

Tune in to see why this Chicagoan's big pop sound is amassing a huge following.

Dorothy Scott

Premiered on Jun 22, 2010

A first-rate guitarist who's distinct vocals offer a fresh approach to contemporary folk.

Ernie Hendrickson

Premiered on Feb 27, 2010

This Cuba City native draws Americana influences from Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead.

Evan Murdock and the Imperfect Strangers

Premiered on Apr 01, 2014

Hear Midwestern Americana with a sense of sass from this country band out of Madison.

F. Stokes

Premiered on Dec 08, 2010

An intimate set of passion, fury, and love from the gifted F. Stokes.

Farewell Milwaukee

Premiered on Feb 22, 2012

Alt-country and honest lyrics define this five-piece that now call Minneapolis home.

Flight

Premiered on Jan 25, 2010

Jentri Colello's smoky vocals drift lightly above this band's moody minimalist music.

Freedy Johnston

Premiered on Jun 21, 2011

A Rolling Stone composer of the year, Freedy Johnston is a "song-writer's songwriter."

Haley Bonar

Premiered on Nov 15, 2008

Twin Cities singer/songwriter/producer performs a mix of laments and country stomp.

Hanah Jon Taylor Artet

Premiered on Mar 22, 2014

Hear the jazz master lead his trio through a set of experimental, courageous jazz.

Icarus Himself

Premiered on Feb 22, 2012

The Madison-based indie rockers roll live tracking and loops into hard singing.

Ida Jo and the Show

Premiered on Jan 29, 2011

Ida Jo updates bluegrass technique of fiddle "chopping" with a style all her own.

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound

Premiered on Jan 29, 2011

Chicago's JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound create soul music for the next generation.

Jeff Burkhart

Premiered on Jan 13, 2008

A back-porch musician for the digital age, Burkhart performs a set of mountain-side tunes.

Jeremiah Nelson

Premiered on May 10, 2011

Jeremiah Nelson plays a haunting pop soundscape from "Drugs that Make You Sober."

Joe Pug

Premiered on Feb 27, 2010

At 25, Joe Pug carries on the rich Chicago folk legacy of artists like John Prine.

John Sieger and the Subcontinentals

Premiered on Feb 19, 2008

Former Nashville session player John Sieger performs alt-country that swings.

Josh Harty

Premiered on Aug 26, 2008

This country songwriter is one of the Midwest's fasts finger-style guitar pickers.

Katie Powderly

Premiered on Jun 21, 2011

Katie Powderly's alto voice and sense of longing grabs her audience in song after song.

Kids These Days

Premiered on Jan 26, 2013

These young Chicago musicians blend rap, rhythm, horns and guitars into "Traphouse Rock."

Kings Go Forth

Premiered on Jan 29, 2011

This band is proof that soul music is a living, breathing art.

Klassik with Fresh Cut Collective

Premiered on Apr 01, 2014

A lively and melodious hip-hop experience erupts when these two emerging acts join forces.

Kyle Henderson

Premiered on Mar 22, 2014

Vocalist and member of the '80s power-pop band The Producers leads a set of blues rock.

Les Breastfeeders

Premiered on May 12, 2008

Montreal's most ferocious garage band brings its rock show south of the border.

Lis Harvey

Premiered on Mar 25, 2008

Harvey's uniquely playful delivery enhances the character of her wistful, romantic songs.

Loudon Wainwright III

Premiered on Oct 06, 2008

The two-time Grammy nominee (now a Grammy winner) performs solo on guitar and banjo.

Loves It!

Premiered on Feb 02, 2013

The duo from Austin, Texas performs at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay.

Mama Digdown's Brass Band

Premiered on Apr 01, 2014

The music veterans from Madison spread the gospel of New Orleans brass band music.

melaniejane

Premiered on Feb 19, 2008

The classicly trained cellist and accomplished vocalist showcases her varied talents.

Meridene

Premiered on Apr 14, 2009

Frontman Trevor Ives' gritty pensive lyrics soar above driving guitar soaked rythms.

Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts

Premiered on Jan 15, 2013

Rockford's Miles Nielsen is an emotive vocalist. His music is part rock, part folk.

National Beekeepers Society

Premiered on Jun 16, 2009

Madison's NBS crashes through a set of guitar-laden songs.

Natty Nation

Premiered on Jun 17, 2008

Madison's ambassadors of reggae, funk and dub perform with an intense energy.

Nick Brown

Premiered on Feb 22, 2012

Guitarist Nick Brown performs folk and country songs from his debut solo album.

On the Road: JD McPherson - Dimes for Nickels

Premiered on Nov 28, 2012

Enjoy an exclusive performance of "Dimes for Nickels."

On the Road: Keller Williams - The Drop and Sheebs

Premiered on Aug 16, 2013

Enjoy an exclusive acoustic performance of a brand new unreleased song, "The Drop."

On the Road: Morgan Frazier - Hey Bully

Premiered on Aug 21, 2013

Enjoy an exclusive acoustic performance of her new single, "Hey Bully."

On the Road: The BoDeans - Jay Leno

Premiered on Jul 26, 2012

Enjoy an acoustic performance of "Jay Leno" from their new album, "American Made."

On the Road: The Pines - Cry, Cry, Crow

Premiered on Aug 26, 2012

The Pines perform "Cry, Cry, Crow" from their new album, "Dark So Gold."

On the Road: The Roys - Another Minute

Premiered on Aug 15, 2013

Enjoy an exclusive acoustic performance of "Another Minute" from their new album.

Optometri

Premiered on Apr 09, 2011

From the former-Soviet Union (not), Optometri is performance art meets rock awesomeness.

Owen Temple

Premiered on Jul 09, 2009

Temple's southern drawl meshes with his acoustic style and lyrics dripping with Americana.

Pale Young Gentlemen

Premiered on Aug 27, 2008

This five piece dices the lines between indie-pop, chamber-rock, and high gloss Americana.

Pat MacDonald

Premiered on Jan 15, 2008

Guitarist pat mAcdonald churns out delta blues with an extra gritty slide and stomp.

Paul Cebar

Premiered on Feb 02, 2013

The Milwaukee native performs a rare solo show at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay.

Pert Near Sandstone

Premiered on Feb 08, 2014

A Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Prairie Home Companion veteran band.

Peter Mulvey

Premiered on Mar 24, 2008

Listen to the songwriter who The Irish Times says is the most dynamic to tour Ireland.

Peter Yarrow

Premiered on Nov 17, 2009

Peter, Paul and Mary member Peter Yarrow leads a peaceful sing-along from WPT's studios.

PHOX

Premiered on Jan 15, 2013

This vocal-centric pop band is Madison's best kept secret (for now).

Pieta Brown

Premiered on Aug 26, 2008

The Iowa-based singer-songwriter performs with her trio, including guitarist Bo Ramsey.

Pioneer

Premiered on Jan 15, 2013

The quartet from Madison makes hypnotic, neo-folk music awash with cello and guitar.

Poi Dog Pondering

Premiered on Mar 25, 2008

Originally from Honolulu, this group fuses acoustic folk with electronic house music.

Primitive Culture

Premiered on Dec 08, 2010

David Hecht and Primitive Culture perform with guest keyboardist Jimmy Voegeli.

Purgatory Hill

Premiered on Feb 02, 2013

Duo, and hotel co-owners pat mAcdonald and melaniejane perform at the Holiday Music Motel.

Rising Gael

Premiered on Jun 16, 2009

The modern Celtic music of this youthful Madison band is sure to get your foot stomping.

Ritt Deitz

Premiered on Jan 05, 2009

The Kentucky native performs original roots rock and mountain music.

Rob Dz

Premiered on Jun 22, 2010

A blend of soul, rap, gospel and jazz. In other words, hip-hop with a heart of gold.

Robbie Fulks

Premiered on Jan 15, 2008

The "alt-country hillbilly giant" brings his irreverent stage antics and lyrics to WPT.

Sean Michael Dargan Band

Premiered on Nov 17, 2009

This Madison trio draws from a range of decades and styles to create guitar-driven rock.

Sleeping in the Aviary

Premiered on Mar 03, 2009

This Madison band's "post crunk" sound is a bit of country mixed with a lot of punk rock.

SoDangYang

Premiered on Oct 05, 2008

Madison icons Marques Bovre and Jim Schwall add to this eclectic rock 'n' roll five-piece.

Stink Tank

Premiered on Jul 09, 2009

This hip-hop duo flows effortlessly through a range of audacious characters and beats.

Tani Diakite

Premiered on Feb 18, 2008

Traditional Mali melodies blended with delta blues, played on a stringed gourd instrument.

That 1 Guy

Premiered on Mar 03, 2009

Experience truly free-form music played on an instrument crafted from wire and iron pipes.

The Blueheels

Premiered on Jun 16, 2008

The pride of Neenah perform an uninhibited set of foot-stomping country-rock.

The Cajun Strangers

Premiered on Jan 30, 2014

One of the Midwest’s most accomplished practitioners of Cajun and Louisiana dance music.

The Daredevil Christopher Wright

Premiered on Sep 26, 2008

Vocal harmonies abound from this trio that is part of Eau Claire's thriving indie scene.

The Duhks

Premiered on Jul 09, 2009

From Canada, this quintet is a pacesetter for contemporary roots music.

The German Art Students

Premiered on Nov 14, 2011

Madison's German Art Students perform punk, pop and rock with a satirical twist.

The Get Rites

Premiered on Sep 26, 2008

This stripped-down trio from the Twin Cities makes a big country sound.

The Jimmys

Premiered on May 10, 2011

The Jimmys are blues and soul, featuring Jimmy Voegeli's keyboards.

The Kissers

Premiered on Apr 21, 2008

This Irish rock band is a self-described group of rock musicians who learned Irish music.

The Lucas Cates Band

Premiered on Apr 14, 2009

Prolific songrwiting has garnered several accolades for this Madison-based four-piece.

The Pines

Premiered on Jan 25, 2010

The Pines' distinct sound fuses modern indie music with traditional roots/acoustic styles.

The Red Stick Ramblers

Premiered on Feb 27, 2010

From Laffayette, La., the Ramblers push every edge of contemporary Cajun dance music.

The Right Now

Premiered on Jun 16, 2009

The rythmic soul music of this Chicago band is layered thick with vocals and horns.

The Stellanovas

Premiered on Jan 06, 2009

Chris Wagoner and his wife Mary Gaiens offer up a set of string swing music.

The Traveling Suitcase

Premiered on Mar 22, 2014

Drums are front and center in this Oshkosh trio's '70s inspired rock and roll.

The Urban Hillbilly Quartet

Premiered on Nov 15, 2008

This old-school country band breaks the lyrical standard with this set of music.

Vagabond Opera

Premiered on Nov 17, 2009

Portland, Oregon's finest bohemian cabaret act offers plenty of show and musicianship.

Victoria Vox

Premiered on Apr 21, 2008

A recovering rocker, VictoriaVox now puts the ukulele front and center in her music.

Whitney Mann

Premiered on Jun 22, 2010

The country singer/songwriter appears with her full band of alt-country players.

William Z. Villain

Premiered on Jun 16, 2014

This Madison band serves up an eclectic mix of Balkan groove, jazz and bossa nova.

Willy Porter

Premiered on Jan 15, 2008

Porter's elite finger-style acoustic guitar and sweet voice set listeners in a trance.