Arboretum Cohousing (Arbco) is a member developed and member managed community of 40 households located in the center of Madison.  As a cohousing community, we work together, frequently eat together, and make decisions about the community using a consensus process.

Back by popular demand:

Run Boy Run

Saturday, May 23, 7:00 p.m.  tickets


Run Boy Run will stop again at Arboretum Cohousing as they make their way across the country on their national Something to Someone LP release tour.  Last year’s concert was a sell out after being extensively featured on WHA’s Simply Folk and WORT’s MUD ACRES, and making the Isthmus Critics’ Choice.

The concert will be held in Arboretum Cohousing’s lovely Common House. Arbco really enjoyed hosting the band last year – “They filled out our cozy Common House with great music and great energy.”

The Press Says:

“A must listen for fans of great harmonies and nods to traditional American music”- Performer Magazine

“Run Boy Run packs one major Country–Celtic–Bluegrass–Appalachian punch”- Portland Tribune

“One of the top ten Arizona bands to hear now” – Paste Magazine Blog

“The most musical show of the four-day Country Thunder festival”- Arizona Daily Star

Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Tucson five piece Run Boy Run blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and turn of the century details. Their new album, Something to Someone, has been praised by Performer Magazine, All Music Guide, PopMatters, The Guardian, and others. It’s no surprise that the band counts Garrison Keillor of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and renowned Irish fiddler Kevin Burke among their growing legion of fans.

The band is brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals), sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals) and bass player Jesse Allen. With three strong female voices, singing separately or in harmony, and deeply rooted familial connection to traditional American music, Run Boy Run didn’t come lately to their sound; it’s in their collective blood.

The unique sound of the band is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, continuing a sense of innovation in traditional American music put forth by bands such as Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, and The Wailin’ Jennys. Run Boy Run continues this journey into music that is dynamic, orchestral, and brimming with beauty. Three strong female voices weave a tapestry of sound, and the award-winning fiddlers cut a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is – at its core – captivating.

From winning the band contest at Pickin’ In The Pines (mere weeks after forming in 2009) and a special appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2012, to two appearances on NPR’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ (host Garrison Keillor was also impressed enough that he penned the liner notes to the band’s debut album), they were tagged by Paste Magazine as “One of the top 10 Arizona bands to hear now.” They’ve been making fans across the U.S. with their open-ended musical approach and dynamic stage presence, and will take that live show back across the country coast to coast this summer and fall.


photo of front of Erin House looking east

Erin House at Arboretum Cohousing


Some thoughts from members


Cohousing is …

A community of friends, family and neighbors.

Never boring.

Not for sissies.

Surprising things about cohousing

There is always someone who knows the answer.

How much fun it is.

Photo of Georgette B and baby

Young and old together.

How much I enjoy the kids and chickens.

How many community and public events we have.

How much work it takes.

People will actually eat lentil loaf.

It’s all surprising!

Commonly heard phrases at Arbco…

Any volunteers?

A week without a meeting just wouldn’t feel right.

Has anyone seen the …..?

Lentil loaf?

Can anyone take me to the airport … bus … game … rally?

What NOT to do at Arbco….

Sweat the small stuff.

Move the recliner.



Chickens not eating onions.

Feed onions to the chickens.


If Arbcoteers were animals, they would be…

Badgers … termites… bees… meerkats … prairie dogs … herds of cats.