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Summer is here

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Here is the SpareTime Bluegrass 2015 Summer Schedule
Stop and have a beer with us.

May 30    Burgers and brews Capital brewery 4 -5
June 3     Whole Foods 5-7
June 27   Tyranena 6-9
July 8      Whole Foods 7-7
July 22    Whole Foods 4-6
July 30    UW Memorial Union Terrace 5-7
Aug 5      Whole Foods 5-7
Sept 24   High Noon 6-8

SpringTime for SpareTime

Monday, February 16th, 2015

It is not yet Spring, but we can see it from here. We have some new gigs and we’ve been nominated for the MAMA’s (Madison Area Music Awards). Please vote for us!!  It will cost you $5 to join and vote and the money is used to get musical instruments for kids.  Here is the link.  & a big thanks.

Here is what we are nominated for:

MAMAs Song of the Year

  • Category: Cover Song
    • You might think
  • Category: Folk/Americana
    • These Days
  • Category: Country/Bluegrass
    • Shackles and chains
  • Category: Unique
    • Riding the rapids
  • Category: Alternative
    • Vauxhall

MAMAs Album of the Year


  • Category: Country/Bluegrass
    • Vauxhall
  • Category: Folk/American
    • Vauxhall

MAMAs Artist of the Year

  • SpareTime Bluegrass

MAMAs Instrumentalist of the Year

  • Specialty Instrument
    • Jim Robarts banjo

MAMAs Vocalist of the Year

  • Category:Female Vocalist
    • Lisa Case Doro




Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

vauxhall2014It is here.
The new SpareTime CD is out. Vauxhall.
Our 9th recording and 1st with fiddler/singer Lisa Case Doro is dedicated to all of the musicians who have played as members of SpareTime or been SpareParts for a gig.
Thanks to Steve Gotcher at Audio for the Arts for his great recording/mixing and mastering and to Allyson Casey for the CD cover design.
Thanks also to the venues we have played these 20 years of SpareTime and to the many fans who have come out and supported the music.

Fall is here

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Hello Fall,
Summer just blew past us all. Lisa was out on Maternity Leave and now she is back. We have some shows lined up for the fall but we have been spending most of our energy on the new CD.
The CD titled Vauxhall (after Jim’s first car) is in final prep and will be ready for the Xmas gift-giving season. We like it and hope you will too. It is our first CD with Lisa singing and playing. Steve Gotcher from Audio for the Arts is again doing the recording and mixing.
Winter is coming on and that is wood shed din’ time when we learn some new tunes. Send me a note if you got a tune SpareTime ought to be doing.
So come out and see us when you can. I will try and keep the calendar up to date. We look forward to a milder winter than last year and some of your faces at our gigs.
Peace out

Oh My, Winter…Winter…Winter and then Summer

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

We made it thru April and in May start playing outside gigs. Lisa is with us till mid June when she has asked for some time off. Till then we are playing all we can. So see us in the next weeks at Tyranena, Whole Foods, Capital Brewery and the Memorial Union Terrace with a mid summer appearance at the nearly historic Roxbury Tavern. Stop and have a beer or a cherry coke with the band. Cheers.

Winter 2014 When will this winter quit???

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Cold and more cold. it must be time for some hot Bluegrass.
SpareTime continues to play at the Frequency on the 3rd Thursdays of the month from 6 to 8.
$5 or 3 cans of food for the WilMar foodbank.

We are playing for the big United Way Bluegrass Benefit at the Barrymore Theatre on Sunday Feb. 9. A full afternoon of bluegrass for $10.
Please stop out to support this good cause.

February also brings studio time for SpareTime at Audio for the Arts. We hope to have a new CD out with Lisa singing and fiddling by this summer.

March brings our St Patrick’s gig at the legendary Roxbury Tavern. We are playing on Sunday to give us all Monday to chase the snakes out.

April SpareTime is playing for the Ladies of Bluegrass 7th Annual Music Festival at Watering Hole 2017 Velp Ave, Greenbay, Wisc.

& then comes Summer

Where did the summer go?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Here we are seeing the first of the fall weather. Thoughts of the summer gigs are still with us and thanks to all who came out. We are working on learning some new tunes, reworking some old tunes and getting back into the studio for the 1st SpareTime Bluegrass CD with Lisa.
Keep an eye open for us and we’ll be watching for you. See you soon.

Spring-Summer 2013

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Where does the time go?  Here we are looking at the Spring and Summer gigs for SpareTime.  They include stops at Capital Brewery, Whole Foods, The Frequency, The Roxbury Tavern and a visit to Portage with other dates still being booked.  We are hard at work on a new CD that will have some original instrumentals, classic bluegrass and of course SpareTime’s versions of tunes you have heard before.  We are pleased to include Lisa Case-Doro on the CD and in the SpareTime line-up. Having Lisa & Lorie in the band has lowered the average age and improved the appearance of the band.

We are still “havin’ a good time”.  Stop by and see us when you can.

Winter 2012-13

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

We are waiting on Spring sometime in June. We made it to Roxbury for “Geezers New Years Eve” & the United Way Benefit at the Barrymore in Feb. (best attendance ever). Now we wait……

Summer 2012

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

SpareTime is prepping for a busy summer.
So busy, we will be taking off the 3rd Thursdays at the Frequency till August. So stop by on May 17th for our last Frequency appearance until the end of the summer.
See you there or see us at the Capital Brewery, Memorial Union Terrace, Whole Foods or the Tyranena Brewery this summer.