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Set list for July 14, 2014

Here’s what you missed if you weren’t at Mickey’s Tavern in Madison last evening for our happy hour show on the back patio.

Riley Broach on the back patio at Mickey's takes a self-shot photograph-ie as The Viper contemplates the structure of the universe.
Riley Broach on the back patio at Mickey’s takes a self-shot photograph-ie as The Viper contemplates the structure of the universe.

Mickey’s sits at the center of what has to be one of the loveliest four-block radii in all of this best of all possible worlds. And The Viper and His Famous Orchestra had a lovely, radiant, best-of-all-possible world, even revolutionary time on this Bastille evening, with two Viper parents, one sister, two nieces, and several rain clouds in attendance.

It was great to see old Madison friends like Kissyfish songwriter John Papageorge, roadie Mark Kuether, and videographer John Rademacher, along with new Madisonian Anthony Burton, whose Golden Horse Ranch Band had once let the Viper sit in as a guest as part of their residency at The Whistler in Chicago (a show for which I wrote “Big Headed Small Minded Man”).

Speaking of new songs (we were speaking of that, weren’t we?) last night’s show debuted “Dirge” – a composition about decomposition – and witnessed the performative maturing of our newish “Dopamine.” John Peacock did a good job throughout on the suitcase and melodica — and you can let him know I said that.

You need more? Well, here’s the whole megillah, gorilla:

Set #1

  • Don’t Want To
  • Winnebago Bay
  • I Left My Liver in Libertyville
  • Hotzeplotz
  • Good Morning Irene
  • Body and Soul (Ludlul bel nemeqi)
  • Party Girl
  • My Seafaring Lassie
  • Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been…Blue?
  • Randolph St.
  • Curb Your Dog
  • Dopamine
  • Party in the U.S.A.

Set #2

  • Another Birthday Song
  • Sharkin’
  • Big Headed Small Minded Man
  • I Love a Girl in Moscow
  • Bled-a-loe Lang-de-lang
  • Stopper in My Hand
  • Tavern in the Town
  • Dirge
  • Ukulele Rhythm
  • Hey! Rounders
  • Whispering
  • Make a World Brand New

Come and see us when we’ll play another Monday happy hour on Mickey’s patio on August 11. And if you can’t wait that long, come and see us at the Madison Children’s Museum Adult Swim: Summer Speakeasy on Friday night, July 25.

A wet hot Madison summer with The Viper

Lamp this: The Viper & His Famous Orchestra will be calling Madison, Wisconsin their viper’s nest this summer, with three (free & outdoor) shows at Mickey’s Tavern and an Adult Swim: Summer Speakeasy show at the Madison Children’s Museum.

Look for The Viper & His Famous Orchestra in Madison this summer of ’14. Here’s a younger Viper playing trombone with My Cousin Kenny: David Koller sings, John Papageorge plays accordion, and Joel Mark (out of frame) plays guitar. We were playing what would not yet have been known as a “house show” in the apartment of (I believe) Kathy Rathke on E. Gorham, or E. Johnson, or E. Gilman, or something like that.

The first of the Mickey’s Tavern shows happens this upcoming Monday, July 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. That’s Bastille Day, you know. So we’ll plan on opening up some prison doors — mental and physical, but mostly mental — during our two sets. And did I mention it’s free? And outdoors on the patio?

Then on Friday, July 25, 2014, we’ll provide the musical portion of the entertainment at the Madison Children’s Museum’s Adult Swim: Summer Speakeasy (ages 21+, with tickets at $12). The whole event runs from 6:00-10:00 p.m., and we play between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. As the museum describes the event: “Dust off your Zoot Suit and travel back to the 1920’s for a Prohibition-Era party featuring the music of The Viper and His Famous Orchestra.” Along with our music, you’ll be able to:

  • Discover a rum pot in the Log Cabin
  • Sneak into a secret society meeting
  • Play your cards right in Possible-opolis™
  • Get connected with post-war spiritualism talks
  • Learn the Charleston, Foxtrot, and other steps

The Viper has a lot of fond memories of summers in Madison, where I played in a number of bands as an undergradate (Phlegm, Enzymatic Fly Vomit, My Cousin Kenny, Kissyfish, The Beatles, Gentlemen Prefer Hank), and where I first honed my ukulele chops on various corners along State Street… to the consternation of my many unwitting serenade victims.

My usual practice was to busk until I’d earned enough to subsidize an evening of pitchers, burgers, Tetris, and “Beat on the Brat” on the jukebox at The Plaza Tavern.

So if you can’t catch us at Mickey’s or the Adult Swim, look for us near The Towers, if we can jostle Art Paul Schlosser out of the way.

Viper the Younger (Ryan Jerving, right) plays with John Papageorge at the foot of State Street, between the University bookstore/Christian Science reading room and the UW main Library. I think we’re singing Duran Duran’s “Wild Boys” here. The boombox in the back stands at the ready for our rap numbers.