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The Kissers bring a fresh, original kick to Celtic music. Forged during legendary Monday nights at Madison’s O’Cayz Corral, and honed through 1000 nights on the road, their sound blends sharp musicianship, black humor and the lilt and lyricism of the ancient melodies. Rock musicians who learned Irish music, The Kissers explore the roots of that tradition while retaining their own unique essence.

“Over the course of their decade-long existence, local Irish-rockers the Kissers have never had any trouble stoking audiences. Just add a couple pints of your favorite brew and let the games begin…From Waylan Nate Palan’s jaunty reading of the Irish traditional ‘Mountain Dew’ to main mouth Ken Fitzsimmons’ bittersweet waltz ‘San Ponziano’ to an amphetamine-fast interpretation of ‘Farewell Nova Scotia,’ the band is at the top of its game on recordings taken from shows in Madison and La Crosse. And talk about fire in the belly — Fitzsimmons spits out the lyrics to his antiwar screed ‘Worst Ever’ like a human flamethrower.”

– Tom Laskin, Isthmus (Review of Live Candy Ratz)

The Sounds of Summer outdoor concert series has been supported by MAC Corporate Underwriter Colony Brands, Inc. and Season Media Underwriter Big Radio, with additional support from David & Julie Buchanan, Deb Thompson, David & Janeen Balber, Paul & Sue Barrett, Hans & Bobbie Bernet, Kevin & Chris Callahan, Bill & Elaine Bethke, Mike Furgal, John & Donna Glynn, Ken Klassey, Jane Paradowski, Tom & Karen Vale, Barb Woodriff & Pete Guenther

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