LPC Response to COVID-19

April 15, 2020

Dear Friends of the LaPointe Center for the Arts,

We at LPC hope this message finds you and your loved ones feeling healthy and supported during these unprecedented times. This message is to update you on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it impacts our work in the community.

We remain committed to our mission of “bringing beauty and culture to Madeline Island by promoting, exhibiting, educating and selling the work of artists.” In light of this extraordinary time, we want to thank the Wisconsin Arts Board, who has awarded our funding request for the 2020 Regranting Program. Additionally, they have given us the ability to expand granting guidelines to assist struggling artists during the pandemic.

To ensure community safety, the annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction scheduled for May 29 is on hold, as are Positivity Children’s Theatre and the Summer Concert Series. Our Regranting Program, however, still has deadlines of May 31 and October 31. Email lapointecenter@gmail.com or down-load an application at https://lapointecenter.org/grants-for-the-arts-program/.

We as a Board are in the process of determining how we will adapt to this unknown future. Given the proceeds from the Wine Tasting make up a substantial portion of our budget, your membership and donations are needed more than ever by the Madeline Island artists that we give to regularly. Your new or renewed membership will help us continue to support them in what are frightening and uncertain times for those with few resources.

Please feel free to use the paypal link below, or print the membership form and mail to
La Pointe Center, Inc
PO Box 247
La Pointe, WI 54850

 

 

Thank you in advance for your generosity and investment in our artists. It will make a difference in their lives and in the health and security of our entire community.

Please be well,

LPC Board of Directors

 

Final FREE Summer Concert: Molly O, Aug 9 5:30 PM

Join us for the last FREE Summer Concert this Thursday, August 9 at the Harry Nelson Rec Center. We proudly present one of our favorite locals, Molly O, of Molly and the Danger Band. Molly will be performing her rock/country/jazz/bluegrass/celtic Americana cocktail with her talented sideman Randy Wydra. Show starts at 5:30. Bring dinner, or grab a Bent Paddle and a brat from Charlie at the show.

On behalf of everyone here at the La Pointe Center, we say thank you, Madeline Island, for making our FREE Summer Concert Series a success! See you next summer!

Reggae at Joni’s Beach with Socaholix July 21, 2 – 6 PM

Reggae returns to Joni’s Beach this Saturday, July 21 with Socaholix, a high-energy Caribbean dance band has been gracing stages throughout Minnesota since 2010. Comprised of members from Africa, the Caribbean and the USA, the magical musicianship creates an energy that is both unique and infectious. From the first beat of the drum, the audience is drawn in and within moments, the dance floor is full. Whether a reminder of your Caribbean cruise or simply the hypnotic rhythms the band, it instantly appeals to audiences of all ages. With no other soca (soul + calypso) bands in the area, the Socaholix find themselves in demand for community events, festivals, private events, corporate events and local bars.

Motor over to the island and anchor or come ashore and dance the afternoon away! Charlie will once again be selling beers and brats. The place to be!

Free Thursday Night Concert: Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club

Thursday, July 12, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Harry Nelson Rec Center
Madeline Island, WI

“Sam is a musical genius, and he’s been
playing brilliant music for a long time.”
– Lowell Pickett, Dakota Jazz Club Owner

Sam Miltich is a self-taught jazz guitarist born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota. Sam burst on the scene in his teens as a young lion of gypsy jazz, joining Paul Mehling’s Hot Club of San Francisco and touring internationally with the world-renowned Robin Nolan Trio. Sam’s fluid and instinctive sound has graced hundreds of stages, from small town bars on the Iron Range to Lincoln Center.

The Clearwater Hot Club is dedicated to preserving the repertoire and instrumentation of the Jazz Manouche style pioneered by Roma jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Much of the repertoire played in this group are songs either performed or written by Django Reinhardt, though other styles of music such as French Musette, Brazilian choro, and Eastern European folk music are interpreted through the musical lens and technique of the Jazz Manouche style. In recent years Sam Miltich has written original works of music in the jazz manouche style, giving credence to the roots and traditions of the music while bringing a fresh new voice to it.

Bring dinner, or grab a beer and brat at the show. Come enjoy music on Madeline!

FREE Picnic Concert with Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound July22

Harry Nelson Rec Center, downtown La Pointe
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
FREE!

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound takes cues from the dance bands and streets of western Louisiana and New Orleans, Paul’s native Midwest roots, African and Caribbean music, and the soul, funk & blues of his youth, Paul Cebar is a masterful synthesist of rhythmic culture. At the core is gifted songwriting, and the company Paul keeps bears it out:  Bonnie Raitt, Nick Lowe, Chris Smither, John Hiatt, and Cesar Rosas are among his friends and admirers.

Bring a picnic dinner to grill at the Rec Center, get some take-out from one of the many island restaurants, or grab a beer and brat at the show! And bring your dancing shoes!

Pat Donohue Kicks Off LPC Music on Madeline Concerts

July 1, 2017

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Harry Nelson Recreational Center

Madeline Island, WI

Bring your family and houseguests and fire up a picnic dinner on a Rec Center grill. Or stop at Cafe Seiche, the Beach Club, Grandpa Tony’s, The Pub, or the Farmnhouse and get dinner to go and come enjoy the show.

Grammy-winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Merle Travis or Muddy Waters. Chet Atkins called Pat one of the greatest fingerpickers in the world today; Leo Kottke called his playing “haunting.”

After releasing his first record, Manhattan to Memphis, on Red House Records in 1985, Donohue went on to become a regular on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, playing on and writing  music for the show for almost 20 years.

We are excited to welcome Pat back to the Stage Mobile and hope you can join us for this great evening of fine music.

Coming from the mainland? Leave your car, you can walk to the Rec Center and pick up some dinner on the way!