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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

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Premiere Date: April 27, 2018

Alt-Country duo - Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart - from Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin perform original songs and tunes inspired by the classic hillbilly, country-duo, and old-time musical traditions.

Premiere Date: April 27, 2018

Radio Free Honduras takes Honduran Punta, mixes it with Spanish Flamenco, Rock 'n Roll, Jazz Fusion, and throws in a bit of Latin country music. Fronted by Honduran guitar virtuoso/singer/songwriter Charlie Baran, Radio Free Honduras is a mostly acoustic Latin folk-rock band.

Premiere Date: April 27, 2018

The Travis Agnew Band is a Madison-based group that taps alt. country, folk, rock, reggae and blues in their music. Singer/songwriter, recording artist and worship pastor Travis Agnew fronts the band of five.

Premiere Date: April 27, 2018

Negative Example has a singular sound inhabited by odd chord structures that are dissonant but warm and accessible at the same time. Rock veteran Bucky Pope, who cut his teeth in the early eighties hardcore scene with the Tar Babies, fronts the band and has a lot to say after wandering through the wilderness of his life for the past 25 years, which is when he last released a set of new music.

Premiere Date: March 19, 2018

Riding in on their brand new LP, “Pop Restoration,” BingBong is one of the best pop rock bands in the state. The act is fronted by vocalist Pam Barrett.

Premiere Date: March 19, 2018

Alt-country from the Fox Valley, DUSK is one of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Top Bands to Watch” for 2018.

Premiere Date: March 19, 2018

Barbacoa is a Latin-funk band that features some of Madison’s hottest jazz instrumentalists.

Premiere Date: February 19, 2018

Guitar master Richard Wiegel is one of Madison’s most prolific singer / songwriters. Best known for his Americana band The Midwesterners, Wiegel has performed in bands on and off for five decades. He’ll be performing solo from his newest release of acoustic guitar music, Magic Wind.

Premiere Date: February 19, 2018

One of Madison’s newest musicians, electronic artist Anna Wang writes rock-synth music which showcases her powerful, emotive vocals.

Premiere Date: February 19, 2018

From Madison, on the 50th anniversary of his plane crash into Lake Monona, Don't Mess With Cupid is a nine piece, Otis Redding tribute soul band.

Premiere Date: January 30, 2018

From Milwaukee, Mike Mangione and The Kin is orchestral folk music with a six piece band including a set of brothers on guitars and a set of sisters on viola and cello.

Premiere Date: January 30, 2018

From Milwaukee, Driveway Thriftdwellers is new country music created by a set of brothers in a five-piece band including killer pedal steel.

Premiere Date: June 19, 2017

Cribsh*tter is an absurdist rock super-group from Madison, Wisconsin. The group self-describes their music this way: "Smack a snake in its head with a wooden spoon while it's eating garbage. That's what we sound like." Watch them perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, live at the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: June 19, 2017

Hayward Williams has been recording music and touring the globe for the better part of 15 years. His latest record "Pretenders" is yet another dive into the Americana Roots Rock deep end. Watch him perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, live at the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: June 19, 2017

Multifaceted Chicago singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks performs live on 30-Minute Music Hour.

Premiere Date: May 3, 2017

Ethan Jackson is, first and foremost, a soul singer. But, his music blends the velvet smoothness of soul with the contemporary grit of hip-hop. Watch him perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, recorded live in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: April 24, 2017

Tona Castañeda has led Latin jazz ensembles in Madison for three decades. For this set, the conga master will be joined by an all-star group of musicians. Watch the group perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, recorded live in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: April 24, 2017

Wilder Deitz Group, based out of the American Midwest, performs improvisational music steeped in world, hip-hop, and jazz music traditions. Watch the band perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, live in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: March 20, 2017

Milwaukee-based band Dead Horses crafts a timeless sound, informed as much by modern folk as it is by traditional roots music. Watch the band perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, live in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: March 20, 2017

Redshift Headlights is a six-piece indie rock band from Oshkosh, performing songs from their debut album INSIDE VOICES, which introduces 10 different characters each telling their own part of our united American story. Watch the band perform on 30-Minute Music Hour, live in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: March 20, 2017

J. Hardin is a Madison-based songwriter whose lyrically driven craft has drawn comparisons to "the pioneer instincts of Levon Helm with the rapture and intelligence of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy." Watch him perform with Hayward Williams on 30-Minute Music Hour, live in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: February 21, 2017

French-Hawaiian guitar sorcery. This duo’s band name comes from the French translation of “Mal aux doigts” meaning, “my fingers hurt.” They describe their sound as “what happens when French Manouche-Roma-Gypsy-Jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt meets Kentucky thumb picking master Merle Travis and Hawaiian steel guitar virtuoso Sol Hoopii.”

Premiere Date: February 21, 2017

Themes of social injustice flow throughout Michael Penn II's (aka CRASHprez) performances. Watch him perform with DJ knowsthetime on 30 Minute Music Hour, live at the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: February 20, 2017

Cedric Baetche and Chris Ruppenthal, a duo from Madison, specialize in French swing and Hawaiian music, with a touch of Kentucky finger-picking — mixed in for good measure. This duo’s band name comes from the French translation of “Mal aux doigts” meaning, “my fingers hurt.” Watch them perform live in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: February 20, 2017

One of the state’s top up-and-coming indie-pop acts, Seasaw is Eve Wilczewski and Meg Golz. The composer / performers blend guitar and electric keys for music that soothes and challenges—with precision vocal harmonies. Says OnMilwaukee.com: "Seasaw’s brand of folk-pop reflects a wide range of musical influences, from Beirut to Calexico to Fleet Foxes to Noah and the Whale, and more."

Premiere Date: February 20, 2017

Themes of social injustice flow throughout Michael Penn II's (aka CRASHprez) performances. Watch him perform with DJ knowsthetime on 30 Minute Music Hour, live at the studios of Wisconsin Public Television.

Premiere Date: November 23, 2015

Sarah Lee Guthrie is touring the country celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree." The folk and country-rock singer took a moment to share some music with Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, WI.

Premiere Date: November 23, 2015

Sarah Lee Guthrie is touring the country celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree." The folk and country-rock singer took a moment to share some music with Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, WI.

Premiere Date: November 17, 2015

Ten-piece disco music revivalists from Madison, WI playing original songs from their new album titled "Dance Originality" with funk, jazz and Latin influences.

Premiere Date: November 17, 2015

Simon Balto is a writer of folk and alt-country songs from southern Wisconsin. His music draws from a range of influences, both musical and not. More than anything, the style and storytelling are especially informed by the hills of southwestern Wisconsin that were his early home, and by the people he’s met there and in travels around the country.

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