MARCH 8, 2008
BLUES IN THE SCHOOLS BENEFIT
The event was a benefit to raise funds to support Madison Blues Society's Blues in the Schools and other blues education programs to help bring the Madison and Dane County community together.
PHOTOS courtesy of Dave Speers
Winners went home with these great RAFFLE PRIZES:
- One night in a whirlpool suite at the AmericInn
- Overture Center tickets
- Haircut and Style at the Ultimate Spa and Salon
- A one-hour session at the Core Awareness Pilates Studio
- Gift Certificate from Orange Tree Imports
- Gift Baskets from A Woman's Touch and Trader Joe's
- Madison Magazine Gift Basket and Subscription
- BAMFest 2006 Poster signed by Bernard Allison
- Benvenuto's Gift Certificate
- Rejuvenation Spa Gift Certificate
- Triple M - FM Stack of CD's
- Madison Blues Society T-shirt, mug and Delta Blues Artists poster/map
Sue Foley is considered one of the finest blues/roots artists working today. She is internationally known as one of the best and most original artists working in her field. She is an accomplished guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. Although only in her thirties, she has been writing and playing for over twenty years. Sue recently released her tenth studio CD called "New Used Car", which has taken her even further down the road of an already very successful career.
She has nine other CD's out; five from legendary Austin based blues label Antone's, three on New York independent Shanachie and the most recent live acoustic CD "Change" on Ruf Records from Germany and Justin Time in Canada. Also coming in spring 2006 is the live DVD "Sue Foley, Live in Germany" also on Ruf Records.
Sue has spent over eighteen years on the road as bandleader, lead guitar player and manager of her own band. In addition to her own shows she has shared the stage and opened up for star performers BB King, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, George Thorogood, Tom Petty, Joe Cocker and many more.
In 2000 she was honored in her home country with her first Juno Award (Canadian equivalent to the Grammy) for Best Blues Album for her CD "Love Comin' Down". Since 1999 she has received a record setting seventeen Maple Blues Awards and three Trophee De Blues in France. Sue was also nominated for a prestigious W.C. Handy Award for best contemporary female artist in 2002.
When Sue is not touring or raising her son she is busy pursuing artistic and financial independence. She started her own company, Guitar Woman Inc. and has plans to start her own record label. But Sue's largest project, her esteemed "Guitar Woman" book is what takes most of her time and energy (see www.guitarwoman.com). Since 2001 Sue has been writing and conducting interviews with the world's finest female guitar players. The book's release, scheduled for 2007 promises to be the biggest moment of Sue's career. Along with the book plans are in the works for "Guitar Woman" tours and a documentary.
With her tenth CD, a live DVD and a book in the works, Sue is just beginning new chapter in her career, and it promises to be the best one yet.
Blues guitarist, singer/songwriter Sue DaBaco has been performing professionally in Chicago for the past 15 years. Her claim to fame was with Chicago's local radio personality Buzz Kilman (of Jonathon Brandmeier's WLUP 79.9 fm radio showgram, "Johnny in the Morning") and his band "Buzz Kilman and the All Bubba Blues Band."
She played both lead and rhythm guitar and fronted several songs including SRV's "Tightrope," Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" and Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." During their 25 year's together, the Bubba's were the favorite opener for many national acts (Frampton, Eddie Money, Koko Taylor, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Lonnie Brooks, etc.,) and played just about every festival and blues club in and around the Chicagoland area.
Since then she has put together her own blues band called Wise Fools and also performs an acoustic solo show - both uniquely fit their genres and are an eclectic, intellectual, melt‑your‑face‑off, raw exploration of the emotional and spiritual inertia of blues/rock music. She has also played internationally, Eastern Europe specifically and has been asked to return to perform at several of the blues festivals in Poland and Lithuania.
Her main influences consists of the all time classic blues rock flavors of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and the sultry soulfulness of Bonnie Raitt. Lately she has been studying the emotionally raw sounds of early bluesmen like Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James, J.B. Lenoir and Robert Johnson, creating an unforgettable mixture of old and new sounds likely to please and entertain blues and rock fans alike.