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Espresso Sessions presented by Crescendo

Tue, August 22 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

 |  The Plaza

Live, local music every month in the Plaza near Crescendo Espresso Bar from 5:30-7:30 PM.

  • Tuesday, June 20
  • Tuesday, July 18
  • Tuesday, August 22
  • Tuesday, September 19

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🎷 Golpe Tierra performing June 20

Afro-Peruvian Music

The irresistible acoustic groove of Golpe Tierra bases its sound on the philosophy that, when we come together in music and dance to “beat the earth,” we are truly celebrating the act of community. Nick Moran, Juan Tomas Martinez, Tony Barba, and Richard Hildner make up this guerrilla-style ensemble, employing the traditional Afro-Peruvian guitar-bass-cajón set-up. The group embarks on a musical journey throughout Latin-America, flirting with blues, jazz, and shades of soul. This uniquely-presented original and traditional music is sure to get you out of your seat to dance!


🎻 Faux Fawn performing July 18

Midwestern Chamber Folk Music

Faux Fawn is a self-described “Midwestern chamber folk” band based in Madison. The group was originally billed as “Paul Otteson and Faux Fawn” a nod to its frontman, a well-known Madison singer-songwriter. Faux Fawn brings to the stage a lyrical prowess with seasoned arrangements wrapped in a cloak of beautiful harmony.


🎸 Mr. Chair performing August 22

Contemporary Fusion Ensemble

Based in Madison and winner of the 2021 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award for Best Jazz Artist, Mr. Chair brings a truly unique performance to every stage they play. Mr. Chair looks like a jazz combo, enchants like a string quartet, and electrifies like a rock band, all while delighting listeners with their fresh and authentic sound. As classically-trained musicians well-versed in jazz, electronics, prog rock, world music and beyond, Mr. Chair is a contemporary fusion ensemble for music fans of all backgrounds. Their sound palette is diverse, and used to tell stories in styles cinematic, surreal, romantic, funky, and whimsical.


🎵 Paul Mitch and Bright Arcana performing September 19

Indie Folk, Americana, Singer-Songwriter

Paul Mitch is a multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer in southern Wisconsin. Paul is a seasoned veteran of both the studio and the stage cutting his teeth as a freelance engineer and performer in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. In addition to his solo work, Paul is half of Midwest folk-Americana group Lost Lakes with fellow songwriter Corey Mathew Hart.

Performing as Bright Arcana, J. Hardin grew up in the shadow of the Piasa Bird. Raised in a small Mississippi River town, he eventually settled down in Wisconsin and released two albums, an EP and an LP, between 2005 and 2011 and extensively toured the U.S. under the name Everett Thomas. During this period his music appeared in numerous television spots, and shared the stage with acts such as Gregory Alan Isakov, Over The Rhine, and Sara Watkins.



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