In the spring of 1994, Avenue Bar owner Skip Zach called long-time Madison musician and entertainer Charlie Mears and told him that he wanted a Dixieland band for the Avenue Bar on Monday nights. With other local musicians, Charlie had for decades been providing strolling music and stories (and jokes) at the Avenue on Badger Football game days and other special occasions. Ever dutiful, Charlie rounded up a band and a singer and held a couple of short
Then in May 1994, the Sizzlers started a weekly Monday night gig, figuring it would probably be done at the end of the summer. But that was not to be the case. Due to the commitment of Skip Zach, and after his passing in 2005, the ongoing support of Claire Zach, her son Paul, and the band’s loyal fans, that run lasted a full seventeen years, ending only when the Zach family sold the Avenue Bar to another operator in the Spring of 2010.
Since then, the Dixie Sizzlers have continued bringing their brand of Dixieland to Madison-area audiences at a number of area venues, festivals, private parties, church services, and sometimes at one of their favorite venues, the UW Memorial Union Terrace.
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