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Monona East Side Business Alliance Music Members Program

If you’re looking for an easy way to transform your mood, cue the music. These musicians are ready to help feed your soul. Help support your local artists by purchasing their music.

Below is a list of MESBA’s local Music Members along with links to listen to some of their music. Enjoy…

Jourdan Hines

A smile is contagious, and so is a melody. Jourdan Hines’ #feelgoodmusic delivers smooth vocals, familiar guitar, and a feeling of homegrown happiness you won’t want to shake.

Jourdan Hines learned the importance of dedication and hard work growing up on a Midwestern dairy farm. Applying this focus to his music, he combines positivity, philosophy, and passion to create a unique mix of originals inspired by life’s lessons. Armed with an acoustic guitar and the loves of his life by his side, Mary and their dog Jaya, this modern troubadour is ready to share his #feelgoodmusic with the world.

Jourdan’s debuting solo release, Come Alive (fall 2017), is an eclectic mix of originals and covers with a classy folk-bluegrass vibe. Since Come Alive’s release, Jourdan and Mary have been busy performing throughout the greater Madison, Wisconsin area. When joined by upright bassist Cody Davis, the three headline as Jourdan Hines and the Dapper Whimsy.

Jourdan released several singles between performances in 2018, and is now back to recording in his home studio. His current project is Come Alive’s sequel, In Between the Middle. In this album, Jourdan further expresses his belief in positivity, while also exploring his struggles with loss, anxiety, and overcoming personal obstacles.

You can listen to some of his music here!

Nick Venturella Music

Nick Venturella describes himself as a coffeehouse, corporate events, and college market entertainer, solo singer/songwriter who has been professionally performing since 1994.

His music provides original acoustic folk/pop music about life’s ups and downs underscored by a spirit of hope.

He has several accomplishments such as:

  • Written, produced and independently released 10 solo albums
  • Wrote and published the music business/marketing book The Local Music Journey
  • Performed at the largest music festival in the world: Summerfest
  • Continues to engage and delight audiences with his coffeehouse-style shows                       

Listen to his music here!

Nick is proud to offer an affordable price for his services,
describes himself as “No ego guaranteed” so he easy to work with,
and has experienced working with many talented artists.

Contact him here to learn about how he can 
provide entertainment to your event!

Noah James Hittner Music

Musician, author and entrepreneur, Noah James Hittner, was born and raised in the beautiful driftless region of the rural Midwest, where his work has led him to appear on both radio and network television.

About Noah’s music…
Despite being raised the son of a local Country-Rock legend, Noah procrastinated for well over a decade before finally picking up the guitar to begin the new year in 2009. Influenced by everything from folk-rock to hip-hop, Noah has recorded and released several albums which blend the singer-songwriter, acoustic, rock, urban, and electronic styles into a singular Acoustic-Tronic genre. This collage of influences creates a sound that begs listeners to feel something. Now based out of Madison and regularly touring southeast Wisconsin, Noah performs with the use of a looper pedal and various effects, creating a wildly entertaining, full-band sound.

Noah’s 3rd solo album, willing, was written, performed, recorded, mixed and produced entirely by Noah in his tiny basement home-studio on the blue-collar east-side of Madison, WI. This latest collection brings Noah’s talent for multi-genre music into focus using Blues, Folk, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Electronica to successfully paint a sonic canvas which not only emotes—but grooves hard. willing is available now on all major streaming and download platforms.

About Noah’s company…
Noah is also the creator, owner and operator of, The Ark of Music LLC, which strives to enrich the music culture by connecting independent and small label musicians with the music-loving public.

Noah’s music works great for…

  • Parties
  • Craft Fairs
  • Farmers Markets
  • Private Dinners
  • In-Home Concerts
  • Cafes & Coffee Shops
  • Cocktail Hour(s)
  • Outdoor Markets
  • More…

Noah’s booking & contact info…
WEBSITE:  https://www.noahjameshittner.com
FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/NoahJamesHittner
INSTAGRAM:  https://www.instagram.com/noahjameshittner/
TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/noahhittner
SOUNDCLOUD:  https://soundcloud.com/noahjameshittner
SPOTIFY:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/7cbsNvTxryuDyS57jTIeEN
YOUTUBE:   https://www.youtube.com/user/NoahJamesHittner/featured

Booking and Contact information for a live performance can be found here.

Ghosts in the Room Band

Ghosts in the Room Band are a 5 member, local band playing an eclectic collection of Americana style music featuring diverse danceable great music throughout .

The band formed 5 years ago, however, they say “with enough years of experience between all the players of this band, put all together, we could have played during the civil war.”

The song, City Where the Sidewalk Ends, is featured on WVMO – the voice of Monona, and was co-written by the band.

Keep up to date with their Upcoming Shows

Listen to one of their live shows here

Ghosts in the Room Band – Contact them via email to connect with their booking agent

Oak Street Ramblers

The Oak Street Ramblers are a bluegrass band based out of the east side of Madison, specializing in traditional bluegrass, Americana, and roots music. The Ramblers have been regional favorites for over 15 years.

Tight vocal harmonies figure prominently into the Oak Street Ramblers’ sound, and the group features no less than five singers ready to take the microphone at any given time.

Take a listen to one of their songs here!Follow them on Facebook here!
Visit their website here!

To book a gig:
Send an email or call them today at (608)-669-3991.


Wurk is an up-and-coming funk-fusion group from Madison, WI described by Isthmus Magazine as “summer-jam-perfect”.  They are the first band to join MESBA’s newest program called Music Members which helps to promote local musicians.  

Their sound seeks to employ a musically educated yet groovy “Big City” tone. Wurk fills the gap between complexity and groove.

Most of Wurk’s members grew up in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, just West of Madison. Their shared background creates the band’s closeness on stage and their ability to communicate musically.

Wurk released two extended EPs in 2017, and finished their third EP this past September which is available for purchase at all major online music retailers.

Find Wurk on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube
Show Listings with dates can be found here
Contact them today for more information here

Mobile DJ Services – Stacktrace Music, LLC

Headquartered in Madison, Stacktrace Music LLC provides mobile DJ services for a variety of events across Wisconsin. Whether you’re a bride planning a wedding or a food and beverage director at a banquet hall, they can bring your event to life with music. They bring extensive experience and professionalism to every event and customize their services to your individual needs and concerns.

Their DJs have been performing for over two decades and started during the hip hop and dance music boom of the late 90s. They’re on the pulse of modern technology and media, and have monitored their evolution to inform our own music approaches—all to give you a memorable event that will last for years to come.

Additionally, MESBA’s community partners like The Barrymore Theatre, the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective, Eleven, and WVMO 98.7FM also provide our mission further of promoting local, live music for our community.