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Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

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Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby Stu Levitan » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:14 am

Are you kidding me?

Richard Thompson. Dar Williams. Nanci Griffith. George Winston. John Scofield. Tony Rice. Peter Rowan. Carolina Chocolate Drops. Jake Shimabukuro. Del McCoury. The Seldom Scene. Steven Wright.
Dan Hicks and the Hot Freakin' Licks. Local faves Peter & Lou Berryman and Harmonious Wail.

All in Stoughton.
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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby city2countrygal » Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:47 am

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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby ilikebeans » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:06 am

Yep, they're doing it right in a gorgeous venue.

Naturally, all of the surrounding businesses get a bump from the additional traffic. This is one outstanding way to keep your small town vibrant.
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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby kiwiwannabe » Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:09 am

Anybody know who does their booking? I'm constantly amazed at the schedule they pull together for such a small, intimate venue. And it's charming that the village offices are downstairs! I've seen that in a few other places in Wisconsin, too.
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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby eriedasch » Tue Jul 26, 2011 11:56 am

kiwiwannabe wrote:Anybody know who does their booking? I'm constantly amazed at the schedule they pull together for such a small, intimate venue.

Billy Bongwater, at least that is one of his nicknames. Not sure if he wants to be revealed on this board but I agree he has been doing a great job.
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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby Stu Levitan » Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:18 pm

Members get to buy tickets on Monday. Non-members, Aug. 15.

Just sayin'.
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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby bdog » Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:35 pm

Steven Wright, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Dar Williams.

...and counting
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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby MadMind75 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:48 pm

The big problem I have with the Stoughton Opera House is their exorbitant ticket prices. Ticket prices would probably be cheaper at The Majestic or The Orpheum, and even cheaper yet if it were at a venue like The Annex (RIP).
I remember seeing ticket prices around $30 for West Side Andy at the Opera House, when you probably could've gone to a bar in Madison (i.e. Club Tavern) and saw the same thing for $5-$10.
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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby bdog » Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:57 pm

I saw Suzanne Vega twice last year, at the old Civic Center for $65 and at SOH for $35.
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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby MadMind75 » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:21 pm

bdog wrote:I saw Suzanne Vega twice last year, at the old Civic Center for $65 and at SOH for $35.

I wasn't comparing prices to shows at the Overture Center, the most expensive venue in Madison, but rather shows at medium-sized venues.

And as for local bands at SOH, another example would be Harmonious Wail. $20 at the SOH, $5-10 at The Brink Lounge. I get the feeling that a large proportion of their ticket sales goes to Stoughton area senior citizens who no longer drive.
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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby kiwiwannabe » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:59 am

No, it's for us old people who no longer like to go to noisy bars to see shows, and don't like to pay $50 to $60 for bad seats in the larger venues in Madison.

It's great to be able to hear and see the performers up close and personal. And I drive 50 miles each way to see a show in Stoughton.
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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby indycoyote » Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:43 pm

That IS expensive for Westgate Andy....but frankly, the Opera House is such a nice performance space, from the wood floors to the restored seating etc. The place is as close to Grand Ole Opry as it gets in these parts. I find it worth every penny for shows there.
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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby Galoot » Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:28 pm

I don't think the prices are out of line. Most that I checked out are $30, and I think that's fine. Nanci Griffith is $45, which is more than I can afford, but I've seen her quite a few times before.

I agree that it's a fantastic lineup.
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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby bdog » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:27 pm

2013-2014 looks aight.

First to sell out predictions?
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Re: Stoughton Opera House 2011-2012

Postby Huckleby » Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:04 pm

Stu Levitan wrote:Richard Thompson. Dar Williams. Nanci Griffith. George Winston. John Scofield. Tony Rice. Peter Rowan. Carolina Chocolate Drops. Jake Shimabukuro. Del McCoury. The Seldom Scene. Steven Wright.
Dan Hicks and the Hot Freakin' Licks. Local faves Peter & Lou Berryman and Harmonious Wail.


Lots of great shows there, if I had to pick one I'd go to Richard Thompson.

They certainly are appealing to a seasoned demographic. They may need to install an elevator.
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