Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Update on the ProLo!

As of October 1, 2012 The Project Lodge left its longtime spot at 817 East Johnson Street. The good people at Good Style Shop moved in, & their independent spirit and creative energy marks the ideal evolution of that address. 

We are still seeking a new home with good acoustics, plentiful light, and 1700+ square feet on the Near East Side of Madison- if you know of a great space, let us know! 

Keep an eye on widiy.org for future shows at alternative spaces- and check our Facebook profile for updates as to our future home.

In the meantime, you can reach Bessie Cherry at 608.354.2587 or bessie.cherry@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

ART: Marvel House, Sept 22-29

Four local artists and the Project Lodge present: Marvel House. This week-long exhibition explores the brilliance, allure, and ethical complexities of the circus world and imagines the gallery as spectacle. Olivia Baldwin, Jessica Doing, Katie Garth, and Sigrid Hubertz will show works of a variety of media, including drawings, paintings, prints, and installations. Come one, come all, and experience the final exhibition in this ProLo space.

The exhibition will run from September 22-29, with an opening reception to be held on Saturday, September 22 from 6-9 p.m. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

FRIDAY Aug 24th: Giant People (Last show), Naomi Punk, The New Years Gang, The Boneyard

Join us at the Project Lodge for Giant People's LAST SHOW and for the awesome touring Naomi Punk from WA.

Giant People (Garage-Pop-Punk)


Naomi Punk (Punk-Grunge)

The New Years Gang (Scuzzy-Punk)

The Boneyard (Bad-Ass Rock)
7:30 PM $5 ALL AGES

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

FRIDAY Aug 17: The Garza, Things Falling Apart, and Tyranny Is Tyranny

The Garza is Madison scene vets dishing out unrelenting heaviness: Nate Bush (ex-Droids Attack), Shawn Blackler (Bon Squad, ex-Brass Tacks, ex-Striking Irwin), Magma (ex-Pachinko, ex-Bongzilla).

Things Falling Apart (not to be confused with the Madison band of similar name) is from DeKalb. A collective noise-orchestra that smears post-rock from the perspective of Bitches Brew rather than Mogwai. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Things-Falling-Apart/104967962926653

Tyranny Is Tyranny is a side project helmed

by Russell and Jason of The United Sons of Toil. Tyranny is simpler and heavier than USoT — more post-metal than post-hardcore. Like USoT, Tyranny is influenced by the 90s noiserock of Amphetamine Reptile but also draws inspiration from the post-rock/post-metal hybrids of bands like Cult of Luna and Fall of Efrafa. As hinted at by the titular homage to historian Howard Zinn, the lyrical themes are an excoriation of capitalism.

SATURDAY Aug 18: Bryan Eubanks, Cat Lamb, Wilhelm Matthies, Noxroy

NOXROY (Empire, WI)


Bryan Eubanks (b. 1977, WA.) is a musician focused on collaborative improvisation, solo musical projects, and generative sound installations. Primarily active within the traditions of experimental and live electronic music, he works with unstable instruments of his own design that incorporate open-circuits, samplers, radio transmission, feedback, digital synthesis, the soprano saxophone, and other acoustic instruments. His compositions and installations involve practical research into computer music, generative composition, electronics, and sound localization in an effort to bring into being situations that examine transformations in the perception of sonic space/time.

Catherine Lamb (b. 1982, Olympia, WA.) is a composer/violist exploring sound through intimate ensembles and solo work. She is interested in microscopic color variances in (mostly) narrow bands, often with an ever-opening form. She is interested in the elemental/spectral interaction between tones and their shadows, between beings. She works with the phenomenological dimensions of quiet perceptual/sensual layers moving in and out of presence, as a being moving in space.

Wilhelm Matthies, based in Kenosha, Wisconsin, focuses on developing homemade instruments blending ideas from various world instruments. The purpose is to open performance possibilities that tap into such histories yet reveal the newness of the instrument and the new performance situation. He is, at the same time, developing compositional strategies that both accommodate the non-standard tuning, sonic qualities and playing characteristics of these instruments, but also allow other players to participate with the musical intent using relatively standard instruments. The composed improvisations feature cyclical variations. This compositional strategy thus allows the music to be written, performed, edited and listened to on many metaphoric levels, but always dealing with aspects of the theme of eternal return or impermanence.
Here's a photo of his homemade instrument the "kokeka": http://combustus.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/wilhelm-matthies.jpg

Noxroy is the solo guise of All Tiny Creatures guitarist Andrew Fitzpatrick.

Friday, August 3, 2012

TUESDAY Aug 7: Open Mike Eagle w/ Milo

doors: 7:30/ music: 8:00
$5 cover

"The Chicago-raised, Los Angeles-based rapper is the best kind of revolutionary: He's so subtle that you might miss exactly how damning his words are if you aren't listening closely. A gifted satirist riffing on everything from Viacom-sponsored minstrelsy, to girls with asymmetrical haircuts, to the myopia of pop culture..." LA Times
On Pitchfork

"...Milo is on to something. His amazingly crafty and intelligent writing skills are definitely driving the boat, while his bored "oh hey I just thought of something" delivery sits shotgun and hands him cup after cup of herbal tea. I'm both fascinated and honored to have heard this when I did." - SYFFAL

Open Mike Eagle & Milo reviews on the Needle Drop:

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Interview with Technicolor Hearts

This Friday August 3rd, The Project Lodge welcomes indie electro-pop duo Technicolor Hearts from Austin, TX.  We spoke to Naomi and Joseph of TH and here’s what they had to say.

For those who don't know anything about Technicolor, what can you tell them?  How long have you been together?

Technicolor Hearts is a new band from Austin, TX. We've only been playing shows for about 8 months but we've played in many
previous projects namely Agent Ribbons and Death is not a joyride.  Naomi plays violin and sings and Joseph plays guitar, keyboards,
synths, and programs drum machines.  We are both visual artists so in addition to being a band, Technicolor Hearts is like an art project
for us.  We enjoy creating a visual landscape to accompany our music and include elements of performance art and audience participation.  Mainly, we like to have fun.

You guys are on the road from Texas.  What do you miss most about your home state?

Food! We are super health conscious eaters and are used to having access to organic vegan food
24 hours a day at some of our local Austin eateries but it can be challenging to find good stuff on the road sometimes. Especially late at night. When we're on tour we live out of a cooler and make food from scratch in the car pretty often. 

How long have you been on tour?  Where are you going?  What else can you tell us about the tour?

This is week 3 of a 6 week tour.  We've been through the southwest, west coast and northwest and now we're headed through the midwest. This is our first tour of this scope and we've met a lot of interesting people and new fans along the way.  So far the small towns have been especially supportive and enthusiastic.  Eureka, CA and Pocatello, ID were particularly awesome!

What have you been listening to in the van?

Actually, to make touring affordable and stay eco-friendly, we tour in a small compact car.  Its one of the perks of playing in a 2 person band!
Recently we've been listening to St. Vincent, The Knife, Connie Converse, movie soundtracks, Disney sing-a-longs, and some stand up comedy. The new Frankie Rose album is pretty good. We also picked up some music from friend bands along the way: Yoko OK, The Monster Women and The Lost Lockets to name a few.

How did you each get your start in music?

Naomi comes from a family of musicians. Her mom, little sister and little brother also play violin. She started playing violin at age 11 in the school orchestra. She was classically trained, played in orchestra through college, and began playing in bands at age 18. Joseph picked up playing guitar and keyboards mainly leaning how to play them himself as a teenager. Both of us have played in and toured with a few different bands in the past few years.

So, you're coming to the Project Lodge here in Madison on Friday August 3rd.  Have you played Madison before?

Naomi played at Project Lodge once with her last band Agent Ribbons, but this is the first Madison show for Technicolor Hearts.

When coming to Wisconsin, get excited for good beers.  This isn't really a question.

Naomi actually does not drink, but Joseph and our tour manager Lizzie will definitely get ready to enjoy some tasty beers when we get there.

Do you guys home record, or...?

For our EP, we collaborated with our friend Eric Martinez at this really nice little studio in Austin called East Side Tone. We recorded some parts ourselves and he helped us with the rest.

Do you have any thoughts on why cassettes are more of a thing again now?

Nostalgia is definitely a factor for anyone who grew up in the 80's or 90's.  Also it's a fun way to share your music that you can make at home other than CDs or mp3s. Since vinyl is so expensive to make, tapes can be a great alternative for a band going for a warm lo-fi sound.

Can you think of an exceptionally bad show/tour experience from the past?  How about a good one?

We are a pretty new band, and have been pretty lucky so far so no exceptionally bad shows to talk about really. One of our best shows so far has been getting to open for Zola Jesus at a sold out venue in Austin! We felt really good about our set and both Zola Jesus and Talk Normal sounded great and there was such great response from the crowd for everyone's set.

What comparisons to other bands do you usually get from people who see your shows and listen to your music?

These are some of the ones we've heard...Bjork, The Knife, My Bloody Valentine, Beach House, Zola Jesus, but I don't know how much we feel like we sound like some of those artists.

What bands do you love?  What bands do you find you tend to emulate, whether you like it or not?

There are definitely a lot of bands we listen to a lot that are doing things that really inspire us. Recently we'd probably say it would have to be bands like Bat For Lashes, St. Vincent, Portishead, LCD Soundsystem, Joanna Newsom, Tune-Yards, CocoRosie.

What's the next thing Technicolor Hearts are working on?

After we finish the tour we hope to get a little bit of a break to work on new music and hopefully a music video. We would like to do maybe some regional dates before the year ends and then we really want to start focusing on writing a full length album.

Finally, when the Technicolor Hearts movie gets made one day, who will play Naomi and Joseph?

We are really hoping for an animated film. Maybe something surreal like Yellow Submarine.

Be sure to catch Technicolor Hearts this Friday August 3rd at The Project Lodge when they are joined by Madison’s own Problem Child, The Wets, and also The Mommies and Chud. (FB)

Tom Teslik

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

FRIDAY July 27: We are the Willows, Bone & Bell, Pioneer, Phox

doors 7:30
music 8:00 sharp

"Miller has a voice that is reminiscent to Joel Thibodeau of Death Vessel, as it sparkles with ambiguity and a sweet, buttery topping, offering these tender sentiments like the steam from a life-preserving cup of morning coffee, on a morning when you can look out the window and see that everything's frozen solid." - Daytrotter

BONE & BELL (chi)
"Epically chill bump inducing... These are the beautiful doldrums, or the spooky leftovers from something mysteriously charged that make you sit still and soak it all in." - Daytrotter


"Dynamic ripples of Jacqueline Kursel’s cello rise and fall over Monroe’s wandering chord progressions, as his low, quivering croons float across the top. From the seasick waltz of “In Summertime” to the neo-folk sweetness of “I Like You,” it becomes clear that Monroe has still found a voice of his own within a crowded genre." - The Onion AV Club

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

ART: July 12-20th, Thomas Zickuhr & Sam Johnson

Thomas Zickuhr:
Inspired by graffiti, cartoons, and a post apocalyptic landscape, tomz. blends neon glass with painting, sculpture, and a sarcastic belief that we will not be ok.
He has had his work on the walls inside cities such as Denver, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison. He currently resides in a bomb shelter under the streets of capital city with his wife, two dogs, two cats, two fish and a irradiated frog.
twitter: @tomzartspace

Sam Johnson:
Over the past 9 years Sam has produced hundreds of screen-printed gig posters and set up numerous art events in the Madison and Milwaukee area under the name of Firecracker Studios. Currently living as a jet-setting world traveller he makes his way from place to place by taking his suitcase for a walk as often as possible. Sam ALSO has two cats but no fish.

Monday, June 25, 2012

ART: Lines in Time Art Exhibit June 29 - July 6

Reception and "Hopesick" album release party on 6/30 5-10pm.

ART: July 28 – August 4, Adeline Peck & Friends


Thirty works for thirty years.

Photography by Adeline Peck and AJ Greisen
Original Art by Anzia Shea
Spoken Word by Anika Lautenbach
Video and Multi-Media Instillations

Inspired by thirty years of one man's life.

Reception 1pm-7pm Sunday July 29th

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

ART: Space, group show June 12 - 26

group show, June 12-26

Terrence Adeyanju
Alexis Auvert
Autumn Elizabeth Clark
Lesley Etters
Erick Fruehling
Christina Garcia
Amber Krueger
Grace Lindquist
Sarah Omen
Alejandra Perez
Luis Perez
Emily Porter
Balthazar Simoes
Kaylee Werner

Friday June 15 7-10:30pm

Giant People
The New Years Gang

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

FRIDAY June 1: Sidewalk Chalk w/ Mike Williams & Friends

Sidewalk Chalk performing live at The Project Lodge in Madison, WI on June 1st with artwork from Mike Williams (the designer of Sidewalk Chalk's "Corner Store" album art) and a few of his fellow Madison artists.

Following the release of their debut album "Corner Store" (available HERE: http://bit.ly/x1TJfb) and a subsequent shout-out from Lupe Fiasco, a CD Release Show with ?uestlove of The Roots, and sharing the stage with hip-hop legends De La Soul, Sidewalk Chalk is taking their one-of-a-kind live show across the country.

"Water Song (Official Video)" http://bit.ly/yCs0Nq

Sidewalk Chalk: http://www.sidewalk-chalk.com/
Animal Canon: http://www.animalcanon.com/

Friday, May 25, 2012

SATURDAY June 9: Facetime (CD Release) & Glacier

CD Release Event!

Facetime just dropped on Madison label Layered Records, so come show your face, get it melted and pick up a copy of the new CD! Also supporting us will be Madison's own Glacier!



Luke Polipnick
Ben Willis
Geoff Brady


Tony Barba
Patrick Mulcahy
Conor Elmes

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Monday, May 14, 2012

FRIDAY May 18: Czech Mate/Golden Donna/Echo Island

Echo Island, Golden Donna, Czech Mate

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Project Lodge Spring Exhibition!

May 13 until May 26

Featuring artwork by Madison artists:

Cara Hunt, Benjamin Taft, Noah Perry, Katie Mead, Jason Lambeth, Alexandra Machover, Stephanie Jack, Sarah Kleven, Nicole O'Connor, Margaret Durrow, Megan McCormick, Claire Huber, Ana Wehrwein, Lauren Wojcik, Heidi Johnson and Morgan Harlow.

Events to attend and see the artwork:

Thursday May 17th: Hope for Agoldensummer and TBA

Friday May 18th: Echo Island and Czech Mate

Saturday May 19th: Slow Food Benefit Show w/ music by Surgeons in Heat, Sat. Nite Duets and Golden Donna.

Sunday May 20th: Project Lodge Comedy Showcase

Friday May 25th: Count This Penny, Winn-Dixie


Friday, May 4, 2012

EVERY SUNDAY: Comedy Showcase

7pm, every Sunday!

Local Madison Comics Chris Lay and Jay Abbondanza are launching a new weekly stand-up comedy showcase at the Project Lodge!

The first week of every month will be "The Method Behind the Madness" where the audience will get to hear local stand-ups perform and then host Jay Abbondanza will interview them about where their jokes come from. This will also be recorded for a podcast available on iTunes.

The third week of every month will be a themed storytellers night where Madison’s funniest will have the chance to stretch their legs and share personal stories from their lives. Think Madison's answer to The Moth, and you're getting the gist.

The second and fourth week of every month will be as standard a stand-up showcase as Madison’s best comics can offer, occasionally highlighting touring comedians and comics from Milwaukee or the Twin Cities.

The overall goal of the showcase is to allow the people of Madison a chance to see the local comedians in a new context, as story tellers, and highlight the art that happens on the standup stage. Come out and be a part of Madison’s comedy scene.

Our double FB page

Hey guys!
Quite a while ago now FB did not have an option for business pages (or at least, not a great one) so we hooked ourselves up with a regular ol' person account. But its the dawning of a new age and we think its time we laid our ProLo page to rest and just stick to The Project Lodge business page! So! In hopes that we don't lose or connection to our friends we want to make sure ya'll switch over and "Like" the business page instead. Thank you! See you on the FB.

Vintage Pop-up Shop at ProLo May 2 - May 6

Vintage Madison is putting on a Pop-up shop at the Project Lodge! Come check it out!

The shop will be open:
Wednesday, May 2nd from noon- 10pm
Thursday, May 3rd-Sunday, May 6th: noon-8pm

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FRIDAY May 19: Slow Food UW Benefit Show

Slow Food UW Benefit Show

May 19th

Surgeons in Heat (http://surgeonsinheat.bandcamp.com/)
Sat. Nite Duets (http://satniteduets.bandcamp.com/)
All These Runners (http://alltheserunners.bandcamp.com/)
Golden Donna (http://soundcloud.com/joelshanahan)

Doors - 7:30 PM
Sounds - 8 PM

All proceeds go to Slow Food UW

Snacks and refreshments will be served


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Friday, April 20, 2012

FRIDAY April 20: Monsters of Poetry featuring Nick Dybek, Madeline McDonnell & Vinnie Wilhelm


Monsters & Rescue Press present a triple book release reading featuring: Nick Dybek, Madeline McDonnell & Vinnie Wilhelm!


Madeline McDonnell is a graduate of Brown University, where she was a Rose Writing Fellow, and The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. She has taught writing at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, Cornish College of the Arts, and The University of Iowa; she has also worked as an editor and lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary. Her first collection of stories, There Is Something Inside, It Wants to Get Out, was published by Rescue Press in 2010, and her work appeared recently in Harvard Review.

Vinnie Wilhelm was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of the acclaimed short-story collection In The Absence of Predators (Rescue Press, 2011). A recipient of literary fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the National Endowment for the Arts, Wilhelm's fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly, Harvard Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Philadelphia.

Nick Dybek is a the author of the novel When Captain Flint Was Still A Good Man (Riverhead Books, 2012). He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he was the recipient of a Hopwood Award for Short Fiction, and The University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where he won a Maytag Fellowship and a Michener-Copernicus Award. Dybek has taught writing at a variety of institutions, including Augustana College, Western Washington University, the Center for Talented Youth, and the Bolivar County Correctional Facility. He lives in New York.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

SUNDAY May 6: Book Club

A new book club group is going to be meeting at the Project Lodge! The first meeting will be May 6th and 3pm. The group connects via FB. The first book will be Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.

Buy local!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

THURSDAY March 29: David Ramirez w/ Daniel and the Lion

$5 cover

David Ramirez
He’s been writing and performing for over 10 years. From his teen years swapping songs with friends in Houston to the struggles of making a name for himself in Nashville, David’s songwriting journey has spanned multiple EP’s and a full-length, American Soil which garnered over 1,200 downloads in a 48-hr. period on Noisetrade. In 2010, David played 150 shows on numerous, independently booked tours. Feeling truly at home on the road, he calls his second home Austin, Texas. It's here where he wrote and recorded his latest release, Strangetown EP.

Daniel and the Lion

SATURDAY March 24: The Haters, Panicsville, Mumber Toes, Clark County Buzzkill, Zzzaxx


The Haters


Mumber Toes

Clark County Buzzkill


Thursday, March 8, 2012

TUES: March 13 Doby Watson w/ Tom Teslik & Ugly Brothers

Doby Watson, Kansas folkie bluesman, is on tour!
Come groove to his soulful voice with local openers Tom Teslik and The Ugly Brothers Shah.

Early show, Tuesday night, 7pm sharp. $5

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

TUES: March 27, The Steel Wheels w/ The Oak Street Ramblers

w/ The Oak Street Ramblers
$8 cover
doors: 7:30
music: 8:00

The Steel Wheels are taking American music traditions on the ride of their lives and bringing audiences with them. Their fire-in-the-belly performances shorten the path between the listener's ear and heart, tingling the spine along the way. Like the Shenandoah Valley that the band calls home, their songs reveal both light and shadow. Building on the chemistry of the band and sensitively skilled instrumentation, lead vocals from multi-instrumentalist Trent Wagler soar and find perfect complement in back-up vocals from mandolin and guitar player Jay Lapp, with bass player Brian Dickel and fiddler Eric Brubaker joining in for heart-stopping four part harmonies. "Americana music at its very best!" said Larry Groce of Mountain Stage.

Though their influences hail from much further south, the Oak Street Ramblers call home the East Side of Madison, WI. A bluegrass band in the tradition of Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and Hazel Dickens, the Oak Street Ramblers specialize in bluegrass stompers, classic country weepers, and originals that, lyrical content aside, wouldn't sound out of place at a barn dance circa 1954. Tight vocal harmonies figure prominently into the Oak Street Ramblers' sound, and the group features no less than five singers ready to take the microphone at any given time. No wonder they have been voted as the favorite Madison-area folk/bluegrass band.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Call for submissions: Spring ProLo Exhibition

The Project Lodge is looking for submissions to participate in our Spring 2012 Exhibition! Any 2D medium is welcome.

It is FREE to submit and you may submit up to FOUR pieces.
The deadline is Sunday March 25th.

Your work will be displayed for a two week show starting April 8th and ending April 22nd. There will be a closing reception on Saturday April 21st (more details to come).

Submit a digital file in JPEG or TIFF format
In your e-mail include:
Title of Works Submitted
Medium of Works

Email submissions to: projectlodgesubmissions@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

CraftLodge: March 11, PASTIES!

$: Free, donations to ProLo happily accepted

Daisy Chains (https://www.facebook.com/chains.daisy) from Peach Pies Caburlesque is going to teach us the art of pastie making!


• Cross-stitch fabric (like this: http://www.joann.com/classic-reserve-aida-16-count-15-x18-box/prd35481/)
• About a half yard (that's way more than necessary, but it's good to have more) of whatever fabric they want to use on their pasties. I'd shy away from super shiny satins or stuff that frays easily, but anything else pretty much works.
• Heavy duty glue. I use either E-6000 or Fabri-Tac. Several people can share one bottle or tube of glue, too.
• A yard of sequins in whatever color they want. Sequins are .99/yard, so it's not as bad as it seems.
• Two bobby pins

Daisy will bring the patterns!

**A word of warning: the glue is really potent, and it takes off nail polish, so participants shouldn't care about their nails the day of the workshop.

After the workshop, Daisy said she's bring some liquid latex so we can all try on our pasties after we make them.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

FRIDAY: March 30, Eliza Rickman w/ Mega Deft + Cait Shanahan

$5 cover

There is always a hint of menace and reservoirs of force haunting the corners of Eliza Rickman’s voice, whatever register it occupies. Her presence on stage—whether she wears flowers in her hair, or stuffed birds; whether she plays a toy piano or a grand piano—is an enveloping, soft darkness, impossible to ignore.

A local songstress Madison is proud to claim as it's own. Her beautiful voice and sense of pop sensibility are remarkable. Look out for Mega Deft's first full length album 'Wild Wind' release in March!

Her voice will sweep you off your feet and her lyrics will keep you close to the ground with an intamacy and honesty that can only come from a life of experiece and compassion. You may even hear yourself in her songs. Event on FB

SATURDAY March 31: Spiral Joy Band w/ Black Eagle Child + Noxroy + Jivas

7:30 PM

Spiral Joy Band
Black Eagle Child


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THURSDAY: March 22, We Are the Willows w/ Dietrich Gosser + Ugly Brothers

$5 cover

"Miller has a voice that is reminiscent to Joel Thibodeau of Death Vessel, as it sparkles with ambiguity and a sweet, buttery topping, offering these tender sentiments like the steam from a life-preserving cup of morning coffee, on a morning when you can look out the window and see that everything's frozen solid." -Daytrotter

"Dietrich Gosser has been quietly amassing a Midwest underground following with his lush & sometimes haunting compositions. The Onion AV Club describes Gosser as 'folk-y bedroom pop that sounds big and inviting, often with the help of drummer and avant-percussionist Dan Kuemmel'." - Wisconsin Public Television


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CraftLodge, crafty time!

The Project Lodge will now start having craft nights! 6pm.

If you would like to teach a craft email Daniella at khomuz at gmail dot com! Or if you have any ideas for craft related events!

Upcoming craft nights:
Tuesday March 6
Sunday March 11
Tuesday March 20
Sunday March 25


FRIDAY March 23: Monsters of Poetry w/ El Valiente


Monsters of Poetry is a contemporary poetry & fiction reading series in Madison, WI. It is given body at The Project Lodge, 817 E Johnson St, & given blood & brain & loin & heart & spine by its readers & audiences.

For more information on the series, please contact us: curators@monstersofpoetry.org

This event features: Adrian Matejka, Rebecca Lehmann, Ryan Walsh, Eric Caldera, & the music of EL VALIENTE

March events at the Project Lodge

Fr March 2: Breathe Owl Breathe w/ Cedarwell + Pioneer
We March 7: Unicycle Loves You w/ Crane Your Swan Neck
Tu March 13: Doby Watson w/ Tom Teslik + The Ugly Brothers
Sa March 17: Dastardly w/ Icarus Himself + The Lonesome Savages
Th March 22: We Are The Willows w/ Dietrich Gosser + The Ugly Brothers
Fr March 23: Spring Monsters of Poetry w/ El Valiente
Tu March 27: The Steel Wheels w/ TBA
Fr March 30: Eliza Rickman w/ Mega Deft + Cait Shanahan

Sa March 31: Spiral Joy Band w/ Black Eagle Child + Noxroy + Jivas 

& more! Keep checkin' in for more upcoming events!

Friday, February 24, 2012

SUNDAY Feb 26: LiL iFFy w/ Fambly Fun


Knoxville TN's LiL iFFy (the greatest wizard rapper on earth) is coming to Madison, Wisconsin...where he has not ever been.

Let's get nasty, Madison.

We are bringing lasers, beats, jewelry, and wizardry to your Project Lodge. Your only job is to come and TAKE A BATH IN IT. Make it so, Badgers. Make it so.

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It's gonna be like this:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


With 208 backers the Project Lodge happily, gratefully, and excitedly reached our Kickstarter funding goal (plus some!). We can't begin to express our gratitude. Thank you to everyone who donated! Thank you to everyone who came to one of our benefit shows! Thank you to anyone who's ever come to an event at ProLo! We are so appreciative!

<3 ProLo

SATURDAY Feb 25: Tiny Riots, MegaDeft and deepfrieddolphin


Tiny Riots
Mega Deft
Deep Fried Dolphin

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Monday, February 13, 2012

SATURDAY March 17: Dastardly w/ Icarus Himself & The Lonesome Savages

doors: 7:30
music: 8:00
cover: $5

DASTARDLY (Chicago, IL) - www.dastardlytheband.com
Best. Fucking. Band. Ever. Touring behind their new EP, "Bury Me In The Country." Hear a man croon and howl about death, booze and love over a band that seems to understand what he's going on about; harmonious voices and instruments of the past collide with a confused and desperate present.

ICARUS HIMSELF - www.icarushimself.bandcamp.com
"Whetro, guitarist Karl Christenson and drummer Brad Kolberg bring forth a sound that is a bottle of champagne prior to and after its violently shaken and had its cork popped. It's beautiful in its pretty green-glassed bottle for much of the time and then it gets all over the place." - Daytrotter

THE LONESOME SAVAGES - www.thelonesomesavages.bandcamp.com
"...a mighty punch-up of fiery, pre-Beatles rock ’n’ roll, where the spastic energy of early Jerry Lee Lewis collides with the filthy rockabilly lining of The Cramps, spitefully wrapped in a snakeskin jacket of wild reverb." - Onion AV Club

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WEDNESDAY Feb 15: Jon Dee Graham & Mike June

JON DEE GRAHAM will be coming back to The Project Lodge on Weds., February 15th. Austin singer-songwriter Mike June will open. Graham, the only 3-time inductee of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, will be taking a break from recording his new record Garage Sale to go out and play some new songs to some old friends. The record's origins began when Graham started a co-op through his website, encouraging fans to purchase a monthly subscription in return for new art, drawings, videos and a new song from Graham. As a result, Graham found himself freed from the shackles of the traditional album format, and free to experiment with new directions. The results are wildly different: from the lush atmospheric balladry of "Yes Yes" to the Mexican Dub-step of "Venceremos," Garage Sale proves that Graham is still a vital creative force over 30 years into his storied career.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

WEDNESDAY March 7: Unicycle Loves You w/ Crane Your Swan Neck


UNICYCLE LOVES YOU (Chicago, IL) - www.unicyclelovesyou.bandcamp.com

 In 2010, Unicycle Loves You stripped away the studio gloss of their self-titled 2008 debut and took a large step forward with the release of Mirror, Mirror. Once again handling the roles of songwriter and producer, Jim Carroll has dug even further into his Sebadoh/Guided By Voices-influenced home-recording roots for Unicycle Loves You’s latest record, Failure. Due for release on Valentine’s Day 2012, their Mecca Lecca debut contains all the pop sensibility of their earlier work but with a rawer, more focused sonic palette.

Loaded with buzzing guitars in the red, highly addictive melodies, and lush boy/girl harmonies, Failure combines the best elements of 90′s indie rock and dream pop for a refreshing Pop Art sound. While it may be the band’s heaviest, thrashiest album to date, songs such as “Garbage Dump”, “Sun Comes Out (And I Don’t Care)”, “Bitch Eye”, “Piranha” and “Wow Wave Cinema” are also some of their strongest and poppiest moments on record.

Unicycle Loves You are honored to have shared the stage with such acts as Weezer, The Raveonettes, Fiery Furnaces, Telekinesis, Generationals, Art Brut, Tapes ‘n’ Tapes, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Bishop Allen & Crystal Antlers.

CRANE YOUR SWAN NECK (Madison, WI) -  www.myspace.com/craneyourswanneck

"For being a mere quartet, the chamber-pop tunes of Madison’s Crane Your Swan Neck are impressively expansive. Anchored by the witty and deliberate songwriting of vocalist-guitarist Randall Luecke, Crane Your Swan Neck’s tunes are each peppered with the rippling hooks of cellist Pat Reinholz. Meanwhile, the rhythm section of drummer Shawn Pierce and bassist Kenny Monroe tastefully trudge underneath. Luecke’s crooning stays infectious and is often met with soaring back-ups from Monroe, who also hammers out auxiliary percussion and toy piano when not laying down his minimal bass lines." - The Onion AV Club

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Happy Valentines Day!

Wanna give your sweetie somethin' different for Valentines day? Well, my friend, not only do you get the Pro Lo Compilation CD, a sweet postcard, BUT you'll get a singing telegram by one or more Project Lodge volunteer. We're less than $1000 away from our goal. Donate to the Kickstarter at the $50 level (or more), send some love and put us over the top!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

SATURDAY: Feb 18 Le Roy, Echo Island, Tom Teslik & Fambly Fun!

Tom Teslik, Echo Island, and Fambly Fun! welcome Le Roy in their first Madison Show in 2 Years. Join for an evening of spacey, nerdy, dirty, rip rap and jams. Echo Island will bring his electronic industrial jams to the party, and Tom Teslik will give a breath of fresh poprock air to the evening.

Le Roy - http://www.leroyrap.com/

Tom Teslik - http://tomteslik.bandcamp.com/

Echo Island - http://soundcloud.com/echo-island

Fambly Fun - http://famblyfun.com/

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

FRIDAY: March 2nd, Breathe Owl Breathe w/ Cedarwell & Pioneer

doors: 7:30pm
music: 8:00pm

(limited advanced tickets available, contact projectlodge.madison@gmail.com to reserve your ticket**) 

Breathe Owl Breathe http://www.breatheowlbreathe.com
"As Breathe Owl Breathe, Michigan trio Micah Middaugh, Andréa Moreno-Beals and Trevor Hobbs sound as intimately familiar with woods and wild as their band name suggests, but there's an air of cosmopolitan sophistication, too. Their forest-paced, guitar-and cello-grounded "Playing Dead" has the careful, modern approach to folk production of rustic post-rock ensemble Califone, and Middaugh's weary vocal also braves Palace Brothers' Southern haints." - Pitchfork

Cedarwell www.cedarwell.com 
Cedarwell’s Erik Neave well embodies his northern heritage. Sheboygan, Wisconsin, should be proud of such a wonderfully full beard, such tough flannel shirts and darkly twisted, acoustic-pop songs that seem to ride nature’s very rhythm. Crisp clarity and addicting genuineness hibernate Neave’s voice somewhere in the back of your memory, somewhere where it can stay for a long, long time, constantly reminding you that this is Wisconsin, and winter never really ends.

Pioneer www.pioneer.bandcamp.com "Dynamic ripples of Jacqueline Kursel’s cello rise and fall over Monroe’s wandering chord progressions, as his low, quivering croons float across the top. From the seasick waltz of “In Summertime” to the neo-folk sweetness of “I Like You,” it becomes clear that Monroe has still found a voice of his own within a crowded genre." - The Onion AV Club

**Reserved spots at the show will be good until 15 minutes after the show is scheduled to start (so until 8:15pm). Then spots will be given to people trying to pay at the door.**

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

SATURDAY Feb 4: Evan Bradbury & Friends


Opening reception of a collection of art by Evan Bradbury, Polly Elizabeth and Ada Ruiz. The show will be a mix of abstract and landscape paintings by Evan Bradbury, ceramic work and zen themed photography by Polly Elizabeth and Large-scale collages by Ada Ruiz.

The work will be up from February 1st to the 8th. There will be wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music!

First off will be Tucker Moore, Laura Hughes, Maggie Moore and friends followed by an impromptu quartet featuring AJ Grimm from Grimm Musik and The Watercourse Quartet, Charlie Painter, and Corey Murphy and Abe Sorber from Lovely Socialite.

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FRIDAY Feb 3: Monsters of Poetry


Monsters of Poetry is a contemporary poetry & fiction reading series in Madison, WI. It is given body at The Project Lodge, 817 E Johnson St, & given blood & brain & loin & heart & spine by its readers & audiences.

For more information on the series, please contact us: curators@monstersofpoetry.org

Featuring Jason Bredle, Lauren Shapiro, Caryl Pagel, and Josh Kalscheur.

Photos from the Project Lodge benefit

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the show at the High Noon last Sunday. It was a big success! Thanks to all the bands that played and to the comedians that made some funnies.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Project Lodge 2012 Compilation CD Tracklist!

Donate $25 to the Kickstarter to get your freakin' sweet compilation CD!

1. Julian Lynch - Natalie Barney Scene
2. Man Mantis - Plexippus
3. All Tiny Creatures - Higgs Boston
4. Control - Feast and the Seven Days Following
5. Crane Your Swan Neck - Comeback (Tonight We Won't Die Alone)
6. The United Sons of Toil - Mimetic Contagion
7. Pioneer - Memorial Day
8. Tom Teslik - I Always Thought You Figured Why I'm Blue
9. Asumaya - Declining Market Share
10. el-tin fun - honey dipped with watermelon gum
11. Slow Loris - People You Meet
12. Chants - Halogen
13. Anna Vogelzang - Die Trying
14. Jealousy - Voodoo
15. Giant People - The Steve Irwin
16. Venus In Furs - Disco Is Dead
17. Sinking Suns - Vicious World (Live in Chicago)
18. The Weather Duo - Decadodeca
19. Pushmi-Pullyu - Little Hedgehog (electronic version)
20. Land of Vandals - Wild Fire
21. Leonard the Comet - I'm Actually Very Interested in One of Your Aquariums
22. Yoinkles Gibraltar - Sony Mao : Washington Monument
23. Fambly Fun! - The Machine
24. Diamondogs - Left Brain v. Right Brain
25. Benjamin Cameron - Besame Mucho
26. The Hussy - Plantman
27. Brain Grimmer - CornCobb Paul ('87-'11)
28. John Praw - Throw the Young One O'er
29. Jeremiah Nelson - Show To Show
30. Cribshitter - Sign My Cast (Sleeping in the Aviary)
31. Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps - Rock It, Science (alternate take)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

SATURDAY Jan 28: Terry N' the Front, Here Comes the Night, Isaac Pierce EARLY SHOW

Mezzic Presents: ten-speed (Isaac Pierce) January 28th, 2012.

Terry N' the Front, Here Comes the Night, Isaac Pierce

Remember: Its an early show! 7pm!

FRIDAY Jan 27: Rebecca Light's Spelling Bee

Get out your Merriam-Websters - it's spelling bee time! Not for the pre-adolescents: full grown 21+ nerds only. Beehives, costumes, and cheering squads encouraged. One kickass trophy awarded to the Queen/King Bee. $5 cover.


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SATURDAY Jan 28: DoggieWoggiez! PoochieWoochiez!

Everything Is Terrible!'s third inner-eye opening feature, DoggieWoggiez! PoochieWoochiez!, is here! EIT!, as they have been lovingly dubbed by their followers, are the video collective responsible for some of the most intriguing and horrifying viral videos in the Universe. From cat massages to pedophile-hunting yellow dinosaurs, EIT! salvages the best VHS moments from thrift stores across the nation and posts their daily finds on the Internet for the world to see. Each year, the group edits thousands of these resurrected treasures into one mind-melting feature-length movie. With DoggieWoggiez! PoochieWoochiez!, EIT! has elevated their craft to new heights, creating a remake of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 Film, The Holy Mountain, using only dog-related found footage! After a grueling year of combing every Air Bud movie for something remotely worthwhile, the group is groomed and ready to tour the continent in homemade, full-body mascot costumes, delivering a psychedelic live show experience that can not be rivaled. This all-new “live in the fur” show picks up where Cirque Du Soleil and The Rock-A-Fire Explosion left off... finally. Oh yeah, and ARFFFF!

Show begins at 10pm and is $10

Feast your shade-covered eyes on this sneak peek!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thank you!

Thank you so much to all the people who came out to the benefit show last night! And thank you to all the amazing bands who played.

What a great night!

We have another benefit show coming up on Sunday January 29th at the High Noon Saloon! We hope to see you there!


P.S. We just made it over the halfway point on the Kickstarter! Yey!