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WI AREA BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE 2009
This is the show you don't want to miss!!! The Real Deal Blues, straight from Chicago, John Primer with his touring band. There aren't too many on the planet who can sing the Blues like John Primer, and he's one of the greatest guitar players of all-time, too. Primer learned to play slide guitar directly from Muddy Waters (he toured in Waters' band for 3 years), toured the world with Willie Dixon, spent 15 years in Magic Slim's band, and was nominated for a Grammy in 2010!!!
YOU ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!
Accept no substitutes!
THIS is the real Blues right here!
"An' U know that!!"
This benefit concert features Clovis Mann and friends making music to help Heather Ryberg and her family. Money raised will go to the "Friends of Heather" fund to help support Heather in her battle with Multiple Myeloma. Help out this worthy cause and her some great music while you're at it.
Free admission, donations very welcome...
Includes members of The Hoodoo, Baghad Scuba, Little Marsh Overflow, Smokin' Bandits, Fat Maw Rooney, and more. Pop down and have some fun!
Head on down to the
2201 Atwood Avenue, Madison
Sunday, March 21 - 3:00 to 7:00PM
Outstanding live performer Harry Manx will be bringing his unique and addictive musical experience to the Stoughton Opera House on Friday, March 26. If you're not familiar with Harry, this is an excellent opportunity to broaden your Blues horizons. In his extensive travels, Harry has found diverse music influences that he blends into a wonderful tapestry of musical experience. Not to be missed!!
Tickets are $25 or $23 for MBS members. Just mention your MBS affiliation at the ticket office. The show starts at 7:30 at 381 East main Street in downtown Stoughton. Check out all the details in the Stoughton Opera House PRESS RELEASE
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The Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Skylight Theater are offering productions that highlight the music and history of the Blues. The flavor of N'Awlins and the Delta are waiting for you! A short trip down the interstate will find some great entertainment. Check out the links below for ticket information.
The International Blues Challenge, in its 25th year, held 164 acts, comprised of 100 bands and 64 solo/duos. This is the world's largest gathering of unsigned blues artists.
Winning first place for best Blues band was J.P. Soars and the Red Hots from southern Florida. J.P. Soars' guitar is not something to be missed. His melodic riffs in "Gypsy Woman," a song for which he may have achieved the most acclaim this year, bring new meaning to the song brought to us first by Muddy Waters. J.P. Soars, as a lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, has begun to etch his career into the blues lodestone, and has a growing fan base eagerly looking to what direction he will turn to.
The IBC is a non-profit event that works to uphold blues history and education. The Blues Foundation, with the help of member Blues Societies from all over the world, created the IBC as an international lighthouse to illuminate Blues talent. Many of these organizations have had events to choose who will go on to the IBC and be judged by a panel to represent their area. The winners of these regional competitions go on to compete on Beale Street, the home of the Blues.
Coming in first in the solo and duet category was Little Joe McLerran, from Oklahoma. His sound hearkens back to an older blues. Without a doubt, his acoustic sound is not something that can easily be forgotten. His soft voice and deft fingers bring us back to the time of Robert Johnson.
The locale also is home to many other musical experiences, such as Al Green's Full Gospel Tabernacle, where the Reverend will serenade you. Two electric guitars, bass and drums accompany his sweet, fierce gospel.
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Held this year on October 9, 10 & 11, for many, the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival (ABHF), formerly the King Biscuit Blues Fest, is the grandaddy of 'em all. Not only does it have three days of fantastic Blues, it really offers the flavor of the Delta where downtown Helena, AK transforms into "Blues City" with Blues musicians playing on every block, hoards of enthusiastic Blues Fans, CD's, sights and souvenirs as well as great Southern food from all over the surrounding countryside. Blues fans from all over the world migrate to this spot the first weekend in October. Well worth the trip!
You can make the trip even more fun by checking out the regional music and history. Within less than an hour, you can get over to Clarksdale, Mississippi, home of the Delta Blues Museum where you can see the history of the Blues along with famous musicians' guitars, harps, clothes from great shows and all the great music born in the Delta. And be sure to stop over at Clarksdale's Ground Zero Blues Club and sign your name along with the many thousands who have come for the tasty southern food and great Blues.
You can also easily cruise up to Memphis - Blues City USA, the home of the Blues Foundation, that holds the International Blues Challenge each winter (this year February 4-7), as well as all the great clubs up and down Beale Street, and even stop in at the Stax Records Museum, America's home of soul music.
And in Helena, right at the festival grounds is the famous Delta Cultural Center where the legendary "Sunshine" Sonny Payne broadcasts "King Biscuit Time" as well as Bubba's Blues Corner where you'll find all the Blues music you've ever had trouble finding and so much more!
There were so many great musician's at the fest, it's hard to really focus on any one in particular, but no list would be complete without one of the "Last of the Great Delta Bluesmen," Pinetop Perkins who laid down some great piano Blues. Seeing this 95-year old Bluesman get up there and play the Blues was really a special treat. Other highlights included a truly incendiary performance by Michael Burks who really rocked the crowd coming back to his Arkansas home.
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The younger generation included Trampled Under Foot, the 2008 International Blues Challenge winners from Kansas City who showed that there are plenty of young people who've really got the spirit of the Blues.
Another legend, the very energetic 75-year old Howlin' Wolf side man, Hubert Sumlin, played along with Muddy Waters band mates "Steady Rollin" Bob Margolin and Willie "Big-Eyes" Smith. The final night wrapped up with an incredible performance by the winner of this year's Delta Cultural Center "Sunny" award Bobby Rush, also 75 but you'd never believe it seeing him.
The list just goes on and on from the best known across the country to acts that you just won't see unless get down South. Check out the incredile lineup at bluesandheritagefest.com and you'll never want to miss it. If there's any chance you can make it next year, don't delay! Hotels start being all booked up by March and you can see why!
On November 2nd, 2008, our friends at Illinois Blues who put out the great Blues newsletter Blues Blast have held their first annual Blues Blast Music Awards. The gala event, held at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, featured great performances by Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Lurrie Bell, Nick Moss, John Németh, The Kilborn Alley Blues Band, and many more.
The winners, chosen by 11,000 Blues Blast readers from all 50 states, represent the people's choice of the finest Blues artists of 2008. Prestigious award presenters included many area Blues artists and organizations including Chicago Blues Guide and Chicago Blues Beat.
And the winners are:
In addition, David "Honeyboy" Edwards won their Lifetime Achievement Award.