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Thanks to everyone who came to our Big Hollywood Movie Premiere on June
2nd, it was a great success.  The DVD is now officially released and can
be purchased right here on our website, [click here]
to get to
CDBABY.com to order your copy.
  View the movie trailer [click here]  View the CBSB Newsreel [click here] 

Please see our new schedule below.

DVDThe Band

DVD Available Now

The DVD can be purchased on this website by clicking here or locally in Madison at:

The Cork n' Bottle Liquor Store (855 E.Johnson St)

...and also at all Cork n' Bottle String Band live shows...

 

Update:

Cork 'n Bottle String Band
High Noon Saloon
Tuesday January 14, 6-9PM
...

http://www.high-noon.com/event/424995-cork-n-bottle-string-band-madison/

https://www.facebook.com/events/567697676611818/

 

 

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Cork 'n Bottle String Band
UW Memorial Union Terrace
Friday August 10, 5-7PM
... Free for the listening.

http://www.union.wisc.edu/event.asp?event_id=23709

 


Cork 'n Bottle String Band
Talula, 802 Atlas Ave.
Thursday Feb. 2, 6-9 PM
*No Cover Charge*

25 NOV 2011

If you aren't some young whipper-snapper you probably watched a lot of
MTV in the mid Eighties, and if you watched a lot of MTV in the
Eighties you probably remember the promotion where MTV and John Cougar
gave away a house in Bloomington, Indiana on the condition that the
winner would "paint the mutha pink".

Oh, you don't remember that? Here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP0l-H4tAik

So what? Well, we're playing at Talula and its already painted pink so
I guess the hook of this email really doesn't make a whole lot of
sense. Its already pink. OK.

Its a free show and its open to the public. All the details are
already in the subject line but here they are again.

Cork 'n Bottle String Band
Talula, 802 Atlas Ave.
Dec. 8, 6-9 PM
*No Cover Charge*


We hope you will join us. Perhaps they serve pink cocktails in the bar
area, which is where we will be playing.

As always, complaints and dismissive comments should be directed to
the official Cork 'n Bottle String Band email inbox at
bignew@bignew.com. All other forms of communication will be considered
null and void and are prosecutable to the full extent of the law. We
hate to sound so harsh but our attorney insisted we include that part.
She is a bad-ass and if you don't think its true go ahead and file a
legal complaint against us and see what happens.


Patrick Logterman
on behalf of
Cork 'n Bottle String Band, LLC
http://www.bignew.com

18 APRIL 2011

click here for full size image

**CELEBRATE 15 YEARS OF BEERS WITH THE CORK 'N BOTTLE STRING BAND**

Yes, we have been playing for 15 years. We know, it feels like at
least 20 years, but its really only 15. There isn't much to say about
this that we haven't already discussed at length but if you really
want more info you can contact us or watch the DVD, The Ken's Bar
Story.

We plan to take a new group photo sometime soon so if you're thinking
of perhaps printing a preview of the concert and would like a fresh
photo of the group, do let us know. We'll do it soon, we promise. That
is all we have to say about that.

A printer in Indiana printed us some bad-ass posters printed for the
show (see attached jpeg) and if you think you could use one of these
for some type of promotional capacity please let us know.

We do have three shows on the UW Terrace booked during the summer and
we will update on those at a later date.

Patrick Logterman
on behalf of
Cork 'n Bottle String Band, LLC
http://www.bignew.com

 

Sat Apr 16 Private Wedding

Thu Apr 21, High Noon Saloon, 6:00pm, 4$ (cheap!)

Sat May 21, "15 YEARS OF BEERS" 15-year ANNIVERSARY SHOW!, High Noon Saloon, 5:30pm, 5$ (cheap!)

Thu Jun  9, Univ of Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace, 5:30PM

Thu Jul 21, Univ of Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace, 5:30PM

Thu Aug  4, Univ of Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace, 5:30PM

Sun Aug 28 Devil's Lake Beach Public Show

Sat Oct  8 Private Wedding

And that is an update of our spring (feels like winter) and summer schedule. As always you can reach us here.

Cork 'n Bottle String Band
"oogst het wijfje"

 

8 DECEMBER 2010

Wed Dec. 22, 6:00pm(approx), High Noon Saloon, 4$ (cheap!)

Tue Jan. 11, 6:00pm(approx), High Noon Saloon, 5$ (not as cheap!)

February sometime, Barrymore Theatre, United Way Musical Benefit (more info forthcoming)

As always you can reach us here.

Cork 'n Bottle String Band
"oogst het wijfje"

23 JULY 2010

Hi there. It smells like summer at our house which is to say you can smell the lakes even though we don't live by the lake and there is a faint whiff of stale beer from these bottles we need to recycle.

We have several shows coming and almost all of them are free. Bluegrass - you can hardly give it away these days. If George Clooney could lip-sync another bluegrass song all the way up the charts we would be appreciative of the trickle down effect it would have on folks such as ourselves. He probably doesn't give a rats ass so we're not holding our breath although I can't imagine he has anything better to do.

Anyway:

Sat., July 31, 12:30pm, Tenny-Lapham Block Party @ Cork 'N Bottle Liquor Store, Free
Th., Aug 5, 5:30pm, UW Memorial Union Terrace, Free
Tues., Aug 10, 6:00 PM (?) Mad Toast Live, Brink Lounge, Madison. (not sure if cover charge)
Sat., Aug 21, 3:30 PM, Gandy Dancer Festival in Mazomanie, WI. Free
Sat., Oct 2, Shullsberg Cheese Festival

And that concludes our summer schedule. As always you can reach us here.

Cork 'n Bottle String Band
"oogst het wijfje"

 

 

20 JUNE 2010

Hi there!

Let it be known that the Cork 'n Bottle String Band loves the springtime. We love to think about flowers and bunny rabbits and Easter baskets and piles of cigarette butts littering the streets where snow banks had once been.

In celebration of these things (and much more) we have scheduled 5 shows during the months of April and May. We do hope you will share these with your readers and listeners.


Sat., July 31, 12:30pm, Tenny-Lapham Block Party @ Cork 'N Bottle Liquor Store, Free
Th., Aug 5, 5:30pm, UW Memorial Union Terrace, Free
Sat., Aug 21, Gandy Dancer Festival
Sat., Oct 2, Shullsberg Cheese Festival


Our
summer schedule remains a mystery. In past years we have played at the UW Memorial Union Terrace but they have not made their intentions known so we wait nearby with daffodils in hand, ever the eager suitor.

We keep our web site up to date at http://www.bignew.com and there is a facebook page if you're into that kind of nonsense. We heard that bands these days use social networking sites to book gigs and find similar bands to go on tour with and find people who will let them sleep on their floors and play at the weddings of Nigerian Princes. We don't do any of that but its nice to know we have that option. We prefer to support the local economy by never playing more that 7 miles from our houses. Even 7 miles is pushing it, we are much more comfortable staying within a 4 mile radius which removes the option of playing on the west side of Madison. We'll play in Maple Bluff though, or Camp Randall Stadium. We would like to be included in the next halftime performance of Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah - if anybody knows Elroy Hirsh and can put in a good word for us that would be swell.

Thanks


As always, you can find the band at:
http://www.bignew.com

or on facebook if you're into that kind of thing:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cork-n-Bottle-String-Band/43844255378?ref=ts

Inquiries and complaints are best directed to our legal team at here

Thank you and have a wonderful week.

11 OCT 2009


After playing the UW Memorial Union Terrace on August 6 the Cork 'n Bottle String Band found themselves without a gig for the first time in 13 years. This unprecedented and unplanned hiatus led to several developments: the band placed 2nd in the Isthmus Annual Manual Favorite Folk Band category (once again eliciting the response "who votes for us?"), one of the band members got married, Brett Favre joined the band on maracas and washboard then promptly quit when he got a better offer, and, we managed to learn a few new songs.

To celebrate the learning of new songs our management team suggested that a few public performances would go a long way towards tightening up the tunes and would also look good on our college applications. There is hope that these shows will also raise enough money to purchase beer for band practice.

Wednesday, October 14, 6-8 PM, High Noon Saloon. $4 ($4 cover charge was suggested by Favre and deemed a good idea. We can't say his brief stint in the band was a total loss)

Sunday, October 18, 2-6 PM, High Noon Saloon. $10 suggested donation at the door. The Dirty Shirts will also be playing this show and there is the possibility of other bands or musicians as well. The show is a benefit to raise money for a friend with cancer. There may be more details to add as the show gets closer.

Thursday, November 5, 6-8 PM, The Frequency. $4. There is nothing clever or interesting to say about this show other then if you come you will be amazed and forever changed.

As always, you can find the band at:
http://www.bignew.com

or on facebook if you're into that kind of thing:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cork-n-Bottle-String-Band/43844255378?ref=ts

Inquiries and complaints are best directed to our legal team at here

Thank you and have a wonderful week.

 

 

16 May 2009

Cork 'n Bottle String Band ***13 Year Party*** aka "A Baker's Dozen of Years of Beer"
with Special Guests: The Oak St. Ramblers

6:00 pm, Saturday, May 23, 2009 - High Noon Saloon

The following has been pieced together from various Wikipedia entries, Cork 'n Bottle String Band, LLC offer no guarantee of accuracy or authenticity. Our attorney repeatedly advised us to not send this out but our interns put so much time into it we felt it would crush their spirits if we were to delete it before members of the Bluegrass Press Corps were able to peruse it.

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Poster click here

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While historians debate the exact details of the early days of the Cork 'n Bottle String Band there is general agreement about the basic facts. In May of 1996 the Cork 'n Bottle String Band took their ragtag style of bluegrass music from the basement of the Cork 'n Bottle Liquor store to the stage of Ken's Bar on South Butler Street in Madison, Wisconsin. The band played every Wednesday night at Ken's Bar for 5 or 6 years until it closed, but details of these shows have been lost or intentionally obfuscated for reasons unknown or not understood.

The only records of this time period were crude drawings and scratches on the walls of the basement at Ken's Bar and those disappeared when the bar was torn down in the early part of the 21st century. At one point historical excavators found what they thought was the Rosetta Stone of South Butler Street but after careful analysis and radiocarbon dating it was determined that it was merely a Jim Beam bottle with the recipe for a "Beam & Coke" written on the label. Further analysis revealed it to contain three cigarette butts, specifically, the filters of Marlboro Medium brand smokes.

After Ken's Bar closed the band embarked on the Homeless Tour which had them playing month long residencies at various Madison venues. Shortly after the Homeless Tour the Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin in Madison hired the group for weekly concerts, shifting their traditional Wednesday night appearances to a Thursday slot so they would have the honor of opening up for "open mic". By all accounts the band was ecstatic to receive such a prestigious offer. In recent months the band has been appearing at the Memorial Union monthly, always on the first Thursday of the month.

Now, 13 years after their original appearance at Ken's Bar, the Cork 'n Bottle String Band will be celebrating their longevity with a rare Saturday evening performance at The High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin. Joining the group will be Chicagoland exiles The Oak Street Ramblers. Cork 'n Bottle String Band offer no information on The Oak Street Ramblers other than they seem like decent folks.

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God bless you America, wherever you are.

Bluegrass Shirley
on behalf of Cork 'n Bottle String Band, LLC
"oogst het wijfje"

http://www.bignew.com

The band can be reached via electronical mail here

May-
Saturday. May 23 - High Noon, 6pm, ANNIVERSARY SHOW
June-
Saturday, June 6 - Brooklyn, WI Bluegrass Festival, time: TBD
July-
Thursday July 2 - UW Memorial Union. 5:30-7:30 PM
Wednesday July 29 - Mt Horeb Outdoor Music Series, 7:00-8:30PM
August-
Thursday August 6 - UW Memorial Union. 5:30-7:30 PM

 

18 March 2009

Hello folks,

Here you have the scheduled dates for the Cork 'n Bottle String Band through June of this year.


Cork 'n Bottle String Band
Spring 2009 schedule

March-
Thursday, March 26, The Frequency, 121 W. Main St. Madison. 5:30-7:30 PM (note time change)
April-
Thursday April 2, UW Union Rathskeller. 6-8 PM
Thursday. April 23 - Frequency, 6-8
May-
Thursday May 7, UW Union Rathskeller. 6-8 PM
Saturday. May 23 - High Noon, 6pm, ANNIVERSARY SHOW
June-
Saturday, June 6 - Brooklyn, WI Bluegrass Festival, time: TBD

The band can always be reached at here or confronted directly at one of our shows.

Stay warm,

Pat Logterman on behalf of the Cork 'n Bottle String Band, LLC
since 1996
"oogst het wijfje"

 

22 November 2008

Hello folks,

There has been a slight change to the Cork 'n Bottle String Band schedule, see below. Please make a note of it.

UW Union Rathskeller - Thursday, Nov. 20, 6-8 PM

ADDED: High Noon Saloon - Wed. Dec. 3 5:30-7:30 PM. $3

(CANCELLED - The Frequency - Thursday, Dec. 4, 6-8 PM. $3)

The Frequency - Thursday, Dec. 11, 6-8 PM. $3

UW Union Rathskeller - Thursday, Dec. 18, 6-8 PM

There are a lot of rumors floating around town that we will be opening for Motley Crue on February 14. We are unable to confirm or deny those rumors at this time. As always, you can reach the Cork 'n Bottle String Band here. We welcome your questions and inquiries and if you would like to be our secret Santa go ahead and send us gifts.

Thank you for being a friend,

Patrick Logterman on behalf of the Cork 'n Bottle String Band
"oogst het wijfje"

 

24 September 2008

***Cork 'n Bottle String Band***
-----A brief history and update for the fall of 2008-----

Some of you may recall that after several years of playing every Wednesday evening at Ken's Bar the Cork 'n Bottle String Band was forced to embark on the "Homeless Tour" when Ken's was sold and closed for remodeling (a project that inexplicably continues to this day). The group played at a series of venues before settling into a weekly spot at the UW Memorial Union Rathskeller and Terrace which lasted until this past summer when the Union reduced the groups appearances to once per month.

This change has prompted the group to add shows at local venues and in October we will be trying out Madison's newest addition to the music scene, The Frequency at 121 W. Main Street. This location has been a few different venues over the past few years but is probably best remembered as The Slipper Club. As of this writing we have not been told if we will have access to the old costumes used at The Slipper Club burlesque shows but we hope to spice up our show one way or another.

The Frequency is a small venue and reminds us of our times at Ken's Bar although not quite that small and without the cigarette smoke. There is a bar in the front room and the club opens up in the back where the stage is located. The venue takes the cover charge at the entrance to the back room so the merely curious can sit at the front bar and down shots of schnapps while they wrestle with the decision to plunk down $3 to see a 6 piece acoustic string band.

As this is a new venue for us we would appreciate everybody helping us to get the word out on the street. Please forward this email to interested parties or start a blog or just stand on the street and mumble about it to yourself. Untold rewards await you.


Thursday, October 30, 6:00-8:00 - UW Memorial Union Terrace/Rathskellar

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6-8 PM, The Frequency, 121 W. Main St, Madison
Thursday, Nov. 20, 6-8 PM, UW Memorial Union Rathskeller


Thursday, Dec. 11, 6-8 PM, The Frequency, 121 W. Main St, Madison
Thursday, Dec. 18, 6-8 PM, UW Memorial Union Rathskeller

Thank you for your attention. Don't ever forget that we love you but if you feel the need to spout off you can reach the band here.

www.bignew.com
"oogst het wijfje"

Pat Logterman on behalf of the Cork 'n Botttle String Band
This message approved by Bristol Palin

 

22 September 2008

Get out your sharpie and write this on the screen of your favorite blackberry:


Thursday, September 25, 6:00-8:00 - UW Memorial Union Terrace/Rathskellar

Saturday, September 27, 7:30 - Stoughton Opera House, with John Fabke and the Lonesome Aces

Thursday, October 2, 6:00-8:00 - The Frequency 121 W. Main St, Madison
Thursday, October 16, 6:00-8:00 - The Frequency 121 W. Main St, Madison

Thursday, October 30, 6:00-8:00 - UW Memorial Union Terrace/Rathskellar

The Stoughton Opera House originally opened in 1901 and in recent years
has been restored to host another 100 years of performances.
Cork 'n Bottle String Band was the last band to play there before it
was closed for remodeling and repairs in 1999 (?). We're not sure when
we actually played there and our manager at the time disappeared into
South America several years ago so we can't ask him. This should be a
great show, the venue is top notch and we'll be splitting the bill with
The Lonesome Aces, a regional bluegrass band that plays John Fabke's
original songs in a traditional bluegrass style and will feature Bob
Black on banjo. Bob Black played banjo for Bill Monroe in the mid 70's
and was recently part of the Bluegrass Boys Reunion concert at the
Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival.

As always, questions and complaints can be sent to
us here. Questions are likely to be ignored unless there is the potential for financial compensation.
Complaints are read aloud at our shows and are usually embellished for
maximum entertainment value.

Happy Labor Day,

Patrick Logterman on behalf of the Cork 'n Bottle String Band.

If you have questions or concerns the band can be contacted here.

Cork 'n Bottle String Band
est. 1996
"oogst het wijfje"

 

14 August 2008

We have a few nice additions to our schedule. Please see below.

Thur. Aug. 14, 5:30-7:30 pm, UW Memorial Union Terrace

*Special Saturday Night Show at the Terrace:
Sat. Aug. 16, 5:30-8:00 pm, UW Memorial Union Terrace

Wed. Aug. 20, 5:30-7:30 pm, High Noon Saloon

Sat. Sept. 27, 7:30 pm, Stoughton Opera House, with John Fabke and the Lonesome Aces

There is never a cover charge at the Terrace and the Rathskeller is the rain location.

If you have questions or concerns the band can be contacted here.

Cork 'n Bottle String Band
est. 1996
"oogst het wijfje"

 

21 May 2008

Hello friends, scribes and well-wishers,

We finally bailed out our attorney from the Tijuana jail where he had been languishing for several months and it has proven to be a wise decision as he has negotiated 2 additional appearances on the Terrace of the UW Memorial Union.

Note that the addition of these dates has affected the entire schedule and previous dates should be ignored or corrected. We will be on a bi-weekly schedule for 5 shows during the summer.

Wed. May 28, 5:30-7:30 pm, High Noon Saloon - CBSB 12 year anniversary party. $3 cover

Wed. June 4, 5:30-7:30 pm, High Noon Saloon. $3 cover
Th. June 19, 5-7 pm, UW Memorial Union Terrace

Th. July 3, 5-7 pm, UW Memorial Union Terrace
Th. July 17, 5-7 pm, UW Memorial Union Terrace
Th. July 31, 5-7 pm, UW Memorial Union Terrace

Th. Aug. 14, 5-7 pm, UW Memorial Union Terrace

There is never a cover charge at the Terrace and the Rathskeller is the rain location.

We hope you can join us at the High Noon Saloon for our 12 year party on May 28, tune into The Oprah Winfrey Show for a chance to win tickets.

If you have questions or concerns the band can be contacted here.

Cork 'n Bottle String Band
est. 1996
"oogst het wijfje"

 

 

19 November 2007


 Cork n Bottle String Band - Home for the Holidays.
Thursday, Nov 22 - no show
Thursday, Nov 29 - UW Rathskeller 6-8 pm
Thursday, Dec 6 - UW Rathskeller 6-8 pm
Thursday, Dec 13 - UW Rathskeller 6-8 pm
Wednesday, Dec 19 - High Noon Saloon 5:30 $3
Wednesday, Jan 9 - High Noon Saloon 5:30 $3

CBSBs weekly show at the UW Rathskeller has a break for American Thanksgiving followed shortly by the normal semester break starting mid-December. No word yet on when the band will resume its weekly show at the Rathskeller but mid-January is the likely time. In the meantime, the band returns to the High Noon Saloon for two happy hour shows on the preferred day of Wednesday. Most historians regard the hundreds of Wednesday evenings shows the Cork n Bottle String held at Kens Bar as responsible for changing hump day into the start of the weekend. While the State Historical Society still refuses to commemorate this monumental event, the band feels that these upcoming happy hour shows will go a long way towards finally realizing the importance of this cultural shift.

As always, inquiries and complaints can be directed to us here.

God Bless em,

Bluegrass Shirley
" oogst het, wijfje"

 

19 July 2007


      The DVD of "Cork n'Bottle String Band: The Ken's Bar Story" is now available here on our website and around town at various locales (see above). Even if you saw it at the Film Festival or at the Orpheum Premiere we hope that you will pick up a copy so you can see all the
extra stuff. The DVD has loads of special features: additional live at Ken's footage, additional interviews, extended bluegrass cribs, photo
gallery and commentary track. Buy one for yourself, buy one for a friend. Please spread the word.

18 April 2007


      Sold out show of 300+ at the Wisconsin Film Festival screening of the new documentary film “Cork n’Bottle String Band: the Ken’s Bar Story”
The official CBSB Premiere/DVD release for the movie will be June 2nd at Madison's Orpheum Stage Door Theatre on State St.  There will be two showings, 7pm and 9pm.  Check back here for where advance tickets can be purchased. 
The DVD will also be available on June 2nd, both here on our website and at the movie premiere where it will be sold for a one-time-only special low price.  Please send this news to any and all of your pals who used to go down to Ol'Ken's Bar with you between 1996 and 2002.  We think they and you will dig it. [view the trailer]

 

14 April 2007

Greetings.  Exciting times for the Cork n'Bottle String Band.  Our new documentary film CBSB: The Ken's Bar Story is showing tonight at the Wisconsin Film Festival

The DVD will also be available on June 2nd, both here on our website and at the movie premiere where it will be sold for a one-time-only special low price.  Please send this news to any and all of your pals who used to go down to Ol'Ken's Bar with you between 1996 and 2002, we think they and you will dig it.[view the trailer]

The Cork n'Bottle String Band continues its weekly Madison shows playing 6pm-8pm every Thursday at the Memorial Union Rathskellar and Terrace on the campus of the University of Wisconsin.  We are gearing up for our 4th summer of shows at the terrace on the shores of beautiful Lake Mendota.  Cold beer, bratwurst with mustard, sunshine, geez.  See you there.

 

 

 

 

 

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