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Livin' in Gomerica: tales from the World's Biggest Band

BY ANDY WALLMAN
@ VOL 24 ON NOV 09, 2017

Were The Gomers the world's biggest band? They made some noise in the late 1980's with a few songs appearing on the national Dr. Demento radio show. Over time, they realized they knew over 2,000 cover songs and a live karaoke band was born. The spent the next 12 years sharing the stage with over ten thousand lead singers who (usually) lived out their rock and roll dreams three blissful rockin' minutes at a time. (That is a big band.) Andy Wallman was the first chair tambourine player for The Gomers and will take you on the inside of what it was like to be Livin' in Gomerica.

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Enough About You, Madison. Let's Talk About Me.

BY CHRIS STAPLES
@ VOL 24 ON NOV 09, 2017

Chris Staples gives a by-no-means comprehensive soundtrack to a solipsistic goon's reckoning with listening, playing, producing and being.

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What is a Musician?

BY ELIZABETH SIMCOCK
@ VOL 24 ON NOV 09, 2017

Elizabeth Simcock wants to explore how we understand the word "musician." Musicians are powerful: picture people fawning over a lead singer on guitar. But musicians are also powerless: imagine the parent saying, "You're doing WHAT for a living?" Being a musician has a certain mystique that is captivating, even though the reality can be challenging in every way possible. But saying, "I am a musician." What does that really mean? Come along on a 20x20-second ride that may change the way you think of yourself.

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A Brief History of KHoRM

BY KIKI SCHUELER
@ VOL 24 ON NOV 09, 2017

Kiki Schueler traces the unexpected and unlikely path from her first house concert in 2005 to show number 236 a dozen years later. All of it happening in an intimate "venue" in her basement she likes to call Kiki's House of Righteous Music. She always says she does it for herself, but it's nice (not to mention less awkward) when other people show up.

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Madison as an Up-and-Coming Music Scene

BY BUZZ KEMPER
@ VOL 24 ON NOV 09, 2017

In Buzz Kemper's work with symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, choral groups, jazz ensembles, rock bands and solo artists in the Madison area for over 30 years, he has seen the rise of the music scene as well as the rise of the level of support for musicians (recording facilities, live sound companies and sound/light designers), as well as audience interest in the arts.

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Fostering and Decorating Madison Musicians

BY BETH KILLE
@ VOL 24 ON NOV 09, 2017

Beth Kille believes that Madison has the talent and tenacity to become a power-player in the world of music and that this can be accomplished by providing fertile ground for the up-and-comers, and by honoring the accomplishments of our go-getters. She seeks to do that through her work as the Music Director for Girls Rock Camp Madison and as the Executive Producer of the Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) Awards. This presentation will provide an overview of the inner workings of these two non-profit organizations.

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My Life in Music

BY DANIEL GRABOIS
@ VOL 24 ON NOV 09, 2017

Daniel Grabois has been a professional horn player since 1989. What is that all about?

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A Brief History of Disco - From Dionysus to the Disco Duck

BY JOHN FEITH
@ VOL 24 ON NOV 09, 2017

What was the first disco song (around 1972) and why did it come to flames in Chicago's Disco Demolition Night (in 1979)? John Feith looks at some of the highlights from the rise and fall of disco.

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Stop Researching and Start Failing

BY SPENCER SMITH
@ VOL 23 ON AUG 23, 2017

The internet is great, isn't it? You (and everyon else) can learn anything you want at any time for free. There's a dark side to this ever-growing and ubiquitously available resource, though. In this presentation, Spencer Smith will share his experiences in learning five disparate topics, and how the internet might have actually prevented him in executing on the successes tied to each of the five.

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Running Ideas

BY CHRISTOPHER HARRISON
@ VOL 23 ON AUG 23, 2017

Christopher Harrison presents his adventures while trying to find a direction in life. Starting with a chance meeting at last year's Forward Festival, that triggered his move to Portugal to earn his Graduate Degree, which then precipitated his participating in the life or death 'Running with the Bulls' in Spain, during which inspired his latest idea. Chris shares how serendipity played a role in each of the moments that have lead to life changing decisions that have ultimately brought him here today.

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The Goosebump Effect

BY LINDSEY LAPLANT
@ VOL 23 ON AUG 23, 2017

This is the story of Lindsey LaPlant's journey as an empathetic, artistic person finder her way to creative entrepreneurship as a kindergarten artist, art student, art teacher and event artist. The message will leave you with a solution for how to create a truly memorable event using the power of live art.

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Don't Fear the Machines

BY JONATHON RICHARDSON
@ VOL 23 ON AUG 23, 2017

Many people fear and resist technological advancements and automation but that apprehension is often misplaced. We live in a golden age of technology, and we should embrace that fact that technology, when intelligently applied, can and will make all of our lives better. With it, we can be happier, healthier and wealthier. Jonathon Richardson explains.

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