Madison Blues Society
is an Affiliate Member of
the Blues Foundation
MBS Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month
starting at 7:00PM for the summer
at the Knuckle Down Saloon 2513 Seiferth Road, Madison.
Everyone is welcome!
- WEBSITE CHANGES
- 2016 BLUES PICNIC
WILD WOMEN OF THE BLUES 2016
- HISTORY OF TATE'S BLUES JAMS
- MBS ELECTS A NEW BOARD
- MILWAUKEE REP PRESENTS BESSIE SMITH
- WI AREA BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE 2016
The Madison Blues Society thanks its longtime webmaster, Tim Davis, for his years of dedicated service keeping Madison and regional blues fans informed. After 9 years, Tim has decided to step away from managing the website, so we’re taking the opportunity to update our online presence. While our efforts are focused on this, the website will be not updated as regularly. Our goal is to have the new site up and running in September. In the meantime, watch for regular updates and posts on our Facebook page. Should you wish to send a note of appreciation to Tim, you may message him there as well. We thank you for your patience during this transition.
Tim, we are deeply grateful for the time, effort, and commitment that you invested to keep our
part of the blues world alive and kicking!
-- Christine Johnson
The 14TH ANNUAL MBS BLUES PICNIC will be held on June 18, 2016 at Warner Park. The MBS Music Committee is getting together a great bunch of blues musicians for another great day of Blues in the Park. It'll be another terrific celebration of blues music ideal for individuals, couples, & families who enjoy great music in the sunshine.
- CHECK OUT THIS LINEUP!
- PAUL FILIPOWICZ - 12:00PM
- "Blues Kids" - 1:35PM
- Blues Disciples - 2:25PM
- JIMMY NICK & DON'T TELL MAMA - 4:00PM
- LAUREN ANDERSON - 5:35PM
- LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS - 7:00PM
There'll be lots goin' on for a great day in the park!
Check out all the details on our 14th ANNUAL PICNIC PAGE!
Celebrating the Talent
and Empowerment of Women
this year at the BADGER BOWL!
Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 7:00PM to 11:00PM
Badger Bowl at 506 E. Badger Road, Madison
A great stage and dance floor, lots of tables & plenty of free parking!
Don't miss these great blues artists! Check out the details on our
9TH ANNUAL WILD WOMEN
OF THE BLUES WEB PAGE
Luke Parker, a former MBS member and avid Blues fan has started a project to document Tate's Blues Jams which have been running at various locations in Madison for more than 30 years. James Earl Tate, past MBS President, toured with Luther Allison in Europe in the 70's after they connected at the original Nitty Gritty on Johnson Street. Tate's love of the Blues led to his organizing and running Blues Jams all over Madison now running on Thursday nights at the Knuckledown Saloon.
Here's what Luke is asking:
My name is Luke Parker and I have started writing a story about the blues jams that singer James Earl Tate has been hosting for at least thirty years. My hope is to have the jammers and fans contribute to the story by writing a little something about your experiences, memories, or lies and send it to me. I'm looking for stories from last week's jam to one that was held in the mid-eighties. An incredible number of people have joined in on Tate's weekly mission to keep the blues alive and it's a great story.
- Where are you from?
- How long coming to jams? First one?
- How did you first learn of the jam?
- What is your musical background? Blues background?
- What is your occupation? Other interests? Music apart from jams?
- Memorable players? Memorable nights?
- Favorite songs? Favorite jokes, comments, stories, "Tate-isms"
- Why do you come?
- Would you be willing to do a face-to-face, vocal interview as well?
- Would you be willing to share archival photos or news clippings?
Please e-mail me with responses at firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail to 614 Terrace Rd. Deerfield, Wi. 53531. See ya'll at the jams!
If you can help out with this project, please contact Luke!
You can print a copy of Luke's request HERE.
At the special continued Annual Meeting, held at the Badger Bowl on December 14, nine MBS members stepped up to help keep the Blues alive in the Madison area. Three board members returned to keep up the good work and six new members were elected to join the board. Officers were elected by the board at the January 11 meeting.
- Please welcome our new board for 2016!
- Christine Johnson - PRESIDENT
- Chris Kalmbach - VICE-PRESIDENT
- Tom Blaskey - TREASURER
- Peter Gill - SECRETARY
- Shari Davis
- Bob Israel
- Steve Porter
- Steve Racchini
- Susie Launder
A big thank you is extended to those who have served on the 2015 Board of Directors but are now leaving the Board: Violet Moran, President; Tricia Hagen, VP; Jack Barker, Treasurer; and Members-at-Large Chas Miller, Joe Clevenger and David Herriot.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater, at 108 E. Wells Street in Milwaukee has an upcoming production that's sure to please blues lovers from every background. The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith is a fantastic show featuring Zonya Love, who is a phenomenal vocalist who was last on the Milwaukee Rep stage in The Color Purple after a run on Broadway.
It recounts the life of Bessie Smith, one of the Blues greatest vocalists. Laughter and bawdiness come together to deliver an entertaining and unforgettable evening as "The Empress of the Blues," Bessie Smith, gives an after-hours show and recounts a life as large and outrageous as her talent.
"A foot-stompin', hand- clappin' 90 minutes of pure
- DELCO NEWS NETWORK
The show runs at the Stackner Cabaret from January 22 through March 20, 2016. Evening shows on all nights and also matinees on Satudays and Sundays. Buy Tickets HERE!