Goodbye old friend

October 27th, 2023 8:19 AM

It is with sorrow in my heart that I tell you that our banjo player, Jim Robarts, has passed. The last 2 years he has battled the re-occurence of his Vietnam War related cancer. This year we completed a new CD and he played gigs through the summer. He Passed peacefully in hospice 10/26/23. His smile and 5 string playing will remain in our memories for years to come. Goodbye old friend. BB

So where did a year go?

September 7th, 2021 3:18 PM

It seems a year has past with nothing happening. Actually much has happened. Lisa became a full time educator with 3 kids home and the schools closed, Jim became a great grandparent and Dale learned the accordion (well no, but he told me he did nothing), & Me and Lorie played music on the front porch.


Bob Batyko and his wife, Lori Docken, right, who normally play in a bluegrass band, perform two songs, including “You Can Have Her” and “Wheels on the Bus,” during a weekly concert for their neighbors from their front porch on the Near East Side in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 24, 2021. AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL

Thanks Tom Gresser

January 31st, 2020 1:28 PM


We did a Sunday afternoon with Bill & Bobbie Malone to raise some money for the late great Roxbury Tavern. Thanks to Tom for all the great shows he sponsored. Hopefully the next “new” owners will bring back the life the Tavern once had. Thanks to all who came out.

Come on 2020

January 2nd, 2020 3:38 PM

We had a great time at the Geezers New Year’s Eve PARTY.

A Sold Out event. Many of our musical buddies are in the house.

We did a folky sing-a-long tune to remind everybody we are all in this together.  And told everyone again to go out and vote.

And Eleanor stole the show       Thanks to Common Ground and everyone who came on out.

Now in January we have a fund raiser for the Roxbury Tavern Alumni.  Seems the buyer skipped out without paying some of the bills & we are helping cover these costs.   In the mean time the Roxbury Tavern is for sale….  We are looking for the right person to take this place over and make it our home again.  Hey Gina, Trent, Stacy… you know who you are and this is the spot to return to the gastro/musical spot it was.  We need someone to step up.


Calling all GEEZERS

December 11th, 2019 8:51 PM

It’s time to ring in the new year with SpareTime Bluegrass at the Common Ground in Middleton. Join us and our Roxbury regulars as we kick out 2019 and welcome in the 2020 Presidential election year. So this time next year we’ll tell you what we really think. But join us on Dec 31 from 7 to 9. see flyer for details


Winter 2019

December 6th, 2019 10:39 AM

We are kicking this old year out.

We started December at Faded Roots in Sun Prairie. It was Ladies night and Jen got up and sang some tunes with us. Thanks Jen.

Fall 2019

October 14th, 2019 4:14 PM


Well hello,

Here we are wrapped up in fall with much cooler weather.
SpareTime had fewer summer time gigs this year but made up for it with a full schedule in Sept/Oct from Sun Prairie to Lake Mills to Middleton and Madison.

And what a gathering we had with the Roxbury Tavern Reunion.

We are singing the Buck Owens tune “Hello Trouble”.
Just take one good look at that group and “here comes trouble that I’m never gonna see since you been away”
Thanks to Tom and all the Roxburians.

Great to see everyone and we are announcing that The Geezers New Years Eve party will be at the Common Ground this year.
keep an eye here and we’ll let you know when tickets are on sale.

Hope to see you soon.



Geezer’s New Years has a new location! ————– Common Ground in Middleton!

November 27th, 2018 5:33 PM

This weekend!

August 24th, 2018 12:23 PM

We are BUSY this weekend.  We’d love to see you at one of these venues:

Saturday, Aug 25, 5-6:30pm – Beer Jolais at Angell Park in Sun Prairie

Sunday, Aug 26, 2-4pm – The Last Hurrah at Roxbury Tavern in Roxbury

Sunday, Aug 26, 5-7pm – Devil’s Lake in Baraboo

Dreaming of summer…

March 6th, 2018 8:58 PM

We’re slowly starting to book summer gigs…mark your calendars!


  • Saturday, June 23, 6-9pm, Tyranena Brewery (1025 Owen St, Lake Mills)
  • Thursday, July 5, 5-7pm, UW Union Terrace (800 Langdon St, Madison)

Meanwhile, come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us at Roxbury Tavern and try some of their delectable Irish stew!