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17th Annual Blues Café Lineup

March 12, 2016

Rothschild Pavilion
Rothschild, WI

1 PM Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo
3 PM Left Lane Cruiser
5 PM Ray Fuller & the Blues Rockers
7 PM Lionel Young Band
9 PM Albert Cummings
Dan Phelps
Acoustic act between main stage acts
Tickets only $15 advance / $20 door
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Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference CenterIf you're planning on attending the Blues Cafe in March, and need a place to stay, be sure to check out the special deal we've got going on with the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center.

When booking room, be sure to supply the GNBS discount code of BLUES20 (all caps) to receive a special discount of 20% OFF ANY ROOM!

Rates are good for either Friday, March 11 or Saturday, March 12.

Blues Doctor News

Who's on First -- February 10, 2016



            Cold weather and long winter nights gettin' ya down??  I've got a cure!  Get out and LISTEN to some LIVE Blues music!  It'll fix ya right up!  Warm ya up too!

            This edition marks the addition of a NEW segment.  It's titled "Blues Baby Birthdays" and celebrates the birth of Blues artists both famous and not so famous born sometime in the two weeks that each edition covers.  I'm only listing the artists name and the day and month of his/her birth.  To learn more Google any name that you'd like to find out more about.  If we forget the past we're likely to mess up the future.              

            Should two weeks pass and you still haven't gotten your copy of "Who's On..." please check either the Great Northern Blues Soc. site or the Madison Blues Soc. web page.  Both generally post the latest edition. 

            If you know any fellow Blues & Blues Rock fans that don't receive "Who's On First" send me their E-Mail address or better yet let them know they can drop me a line requesting a copy.  I'll be happy to add them to the distribution list!


BLUES ALERT:  The OUTDOOR festivals are long gone from our neck of the woods but we've got an INDOOR event coming up soon!  March 12, 2016 the Great Northern Blues Soc. will again present "BLUES CAFE"!  The event returns to the Rothschild Pavilion with doors opening at 12 noon and the first music act starting at 1 PM.  Plenty of free parking is available at the site and food and drink will be available inside the hall.

            The 2016 bill includes Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo, Left Lane Cruiser, RAY FULLER & THE BLUES ROCKERS, LIONEL YOUNG BAND and ALBERT CUMMINGS & HIS BAND!!!  Plus Dan Phleps will perform acoustic Blues between the main stage acts.  Dan represented the Crossroads Blues Soc. at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis and was nominated for a Blues Blast award for his latest CD.  



            ALWAYS looking for any Blues gigs, festivals and related events that you know about that you don't see in the latest "Who's On...".  If you have information about an upcoming gig or Blues happening - PLEASE - drop me a line with the who, where, when and other details and I'll consider adding it to the next edition!  If you know of a CHANGE (date, location, artists appearing) in a listed event not shown in the latest edition that will STILL be relevant in the NEXT please let me know as well.  This goes double for Blues/Blues Rock bands in or not shown in "Who's On..."!



            32ND INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE WINNERS:  The finals were held in Memphis, TN January 30th and from well over 200 acts the DELGADO BROTHERS representing the Ventura Co. Blues Soc. took 1st in the band competition plus Best Band Guitar honors.  The PAUL DES LAURIERS BAND sent by the Montreal Blues Soc. placed 2nd and the NORMAN JACKSON BAND of the Lake of the Ozarks Blues Soc. finished 3rd.

            Solo/Duo has just first and second.  First went to BEN HUNTER & JOE SEAMONS of the Washing-ton Blues Soc. and second was taken by INNERVISION representing the Columbus Blues Alliance.  INNERVISION also took home the Best Harmonica Player Award.

            Best Self-Produced CD honors went to ROB LUMBARD for "Blues In A Bottle" sent in by the Central Iowa Blues Soc.  The Solo Guitar Award was won by BING FINCH sent to Memphis by the Orange Blossom Blues Soc.   Congratulations to ALL the winners AND to ALL Bands and Solo/Duo performers sent to Memphis by Blues societies from all over the World.

            2017 DATES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 33RD INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE:  Memphis will be rockin' from January 31st to February 4th of 2017 with the 33rd IBC!  If you're a Blues fan and have never attended - give HARD consideration to taking this event in next year.  Acts from all over the World playing venues up and down Beale Street!  One great big tasty dose of the Blues!      

           NEW PAUL FILIPOWICZ RECORDING OUT:  Paul's NEW LIVE recording titled ROUGH NECK BLUES LIVE! is now available!  This latest effort by one of the newest members of the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame was recorded LIVE back in July at Madison's Knuckle Down Saloon and Doc thinks itROCKS!!

            MADISON BLUES SOCIETY ANNOUNCES 2016 OFFICERS:  Members of the Madison Blues Soc. new Board of Directors have announced their 2016 officers.  Congratulate Pres. Christine Johnson, Vice. Pres. Chris Kalmbach, Secretary Peter Gill and Treasurer Tom Blaskey.  The remaining Board members will act as Members-At-Large and include Shari Davis, Bob Israel, Sue Launder and Steve Racchini.

            As in most Blues Societies the folks above do a tone of work that benefits all the rest of us.  They usually work out of site and unappreciated.  If you run into them at an event give em' a big thank you for helping to keep the Blues alive and well!

            SUGAR BLUE SIGNS WITH M.C. RECORDS:  The M.C. label announced that Sugar Blue will release his first Studio album in over 5 years with their label.  The new release will be titled VOYAGEand will feature all NEW original songs with 1 cover and should be out this Spring. 

            2016 PARAMOUNT MUSIC ASSOCIATION BLUES CHALLENGE COMPETION SET:  The Paramount Music Assoc. (formerly Grafton Blues Assoc.) has set April 2nd for next year's (2017) Paramount Blues Challenge.  The Challenge will take place in the Lakeview Conference Center at the Country Inn & Suites located in Port Washington.

            BLIND PIG RECORDS SOLD:  The long time Blues label Blind Pig recently announced it was closing BOTH its San Francisco and Chicago offices.  The label has turned over its operations and vault to Orchard.

            ZAC HARMON WINS SONG OF THE YEAR:  Recently the Blues 411 Jimi Awards announced that Zac won Song of the Year honors for his tune "Long Live The Blues".  Congrats from the Doc for the honor and for the message of his winning effort. 

            BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNED:  The International Blues Foundation has announced the nominees for the 2016 Blues Music Awards.  There are way TOO many to list here but you can see ALL the nominees in ALL categories at

            I am happy to point out that Wisconsin's own CASH BOX KINGS have been nominated in THREE categories - Blues Album of the Year, Band of the Year plus Traditional Blues Album.  Although he's not from Wisconsin an artist that performs fairly often in Wisconsin venues - BARRELHOUSE CHUCK - has been nominated for Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year.  Good Luck to both artists/group above PLUS ALL artists and bands nominated.

            If you're already a member of the Blues Foundation you should receive a ballot just before Christmas.  Should you not be but would like to vote - you're gonna have to join!!  Money well spent.

            SUPPORT FOR SMOKIN' JOE KUBEK WIDOW:  Smokin' Joe died Oct. 11 in North Carolina where he'd been caring for his wife Phyllis who's battling breast cancer.  With Joe gone Phyllis is having difficulty meeting living expenses much less paying medical and related bills.  If you'd like to help in memory of Joe there are three ways you can.  1. A Go Fund Me account has been established athttps://www.gofundme.com2q6ek4f4.  2. Contribute using PayPal via email  3. Issue a check made out to Phyllis Kubek and mail it to C/O Piedmont Talent Agency, PO Box 680006, Charlotte, NC 28216.

            JOE BONAMASSA COMES TO WISCONSIN:  Joe is on the road supporting his latest albumDIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE and has posted TWO stops in our state.  May 12, 2016 he and his band should be in Green Bay at the Widener Center with tickets running $131 to $385.  May 13th he moves on to Madison's Orpheum Theater where prices run now from $91 to $127 plus tax & fees.  When I first checked tickets were shown at $235 to $423.  Current prices are a TON better but still seems a lot for one artist.

            BLUES HALL OF FAME:  Is now open to the public down in Memphis, TN.  Recently the museum extended its hours to SEVEN days 10 AM to 5 PM Monday thru Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday.

Costs are $10 for adults and $8 for students ages 13 to 18.


BLUES BABY BIRTHDAYS:  Performers born sometime between Feb. 7 and 20th include Pink Anderson ( Feb. 12), Kokomo Arnold (Feb. 15), Paul Bascomb (Feb. 12), Lou Ann Barton (Feb. 17), Doyle Bramhall I (Feb. 17), Eddie "Guitar" Burns (Feb. 8), Toronzo Cannon (Feb. 14), Otis Clay (Feb. 11), Floyd Dixon (Feb. 8), Chris Duarte (Feb. 16), Johnny Heartsman (Feb. 9), Lonnie Johnson (Feb. 8), Earl King (Feb. 7), Magic Sam (Feb. 14), "Fito" de la Parra (Feb. 8), Big Bad Smitty (Feb. 11), TV Slim (Feb. 10), Little Johnny Taylor (Feb. 11), Noble "Thin Man" Watts (Feb. 17) and the Great Josh White born Feb. 11.  Lift a glass of whatever and wish them one and all a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  If they're gone they're music lives on.



           The latest Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues albums list was published Feb. 7th and has the Tedeschi Trucks Band latest LET ME GET BY still at #1, Tommy Castro's METHOD TO MY MADNESSsecond, Buddy Guy's BORN TO PLAY GUITAR third, Dave & Phil Alvin's LOST TIME in 4th and Benny Turner's WHEN SHE'S GONE moving from 8th to fifth.  

            The rest of the current Top Ten recordings are by Shemekia Copeland, Dennis Jones, R.B. Stone, Luther Dickinson and Johnny Rawls.

            This weeks Top Five Blues songs from the Roots Music report has the Tedeschi Trucks Band "Anyhow" 1st, "World's In A Bad Condition" by Dave & Phil Alvin 2nd, "Outskirts of Love" from Shemekia Copeland third, "Rich Woman" done by Boz Scaggs forth and "Laugh About It" by the Tedeschi Trucks Band fifth.

            On the Wisconsin Roots Music chart of Feb. 7th has Altered Five's CRYIN' MERCY third, the Jimmy's HOT DISH fifth and Westside Andy's BLUES JUST HAPPEN seventh.  The rest of the Wisconsin chart is made up of releases in other genres.     

            The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart comes out every month covering the PREVIOUS month.  So now the most recent reflects JANUARY, 2016 plays compiled Feb. 1st.  Number 1 on Living Blues is Bob Margolin's MY ROAD out on VizzTone, Tommy Castro's METHOD TO MY MADNESS second, the Tedeschi Trucks Band new one LET ME GET BY from Concord is 3rd,  Harmonica Shaw's IF YOU LIVE TO GET OLD, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND released by Electro-Fi is#4 and Benny Turner's WHEN SHE'S GONE from NOLA Blue holds the 5th spot.

            The Remaining five albums in Living Blues top ten airing in January are albums from John Del Toro Richardson, Trudy Lynn, Shemekia Copeland, Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars and the Knickerbocker All-Stars. 



           Fest action is starting to heat up - at least in the sense of event listings for later in the year.  If you have the bug you'll have to travel for an outdoor event or wait for warmer weather to return to the Upper Midwest.

            HOWEVER coming up in Feb. in Des Moines, IOWA the Central Iowa Blues Soc. is putting on their 2016 WINTER BLUES FESTIVAL at the Downtown Marriott.  The event features 13 acts (all INSIDE) on 6 stages including the DANIELLIE NICOLE BAND, the CHRIS O'LEARY BAND and CANDYE KANE plus much more.  See the attachment for details.

            In addition on March  12 the Great Northern Blues Soc. is once again hosting the "BLUES CAFE"at the Rothschild Pavilion with doors opening at 12 noon and music starting at 1 PM.  Featured acts include Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo, Left Lane Cruiser, RAY FULLER & THE BLUES ROCKERS, LIONEL YOUNG BAND and headliner ALBERT CUMMINGS!  In addition Dan Phelps plays between main stage acts.

            More festivals are at least posting their 2016 dates and in some cases partial or complete bills.  I'll add them to the attachment over the next few months as information comes in.



            Musical or Blues happenings coming up in the near future in or around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (about a 100 miles) include 20 Watt Tombstone March 11 at the Lyric Room in Green Bay, Cadillac Pete & Howard Luedtke as the Delta Duo Feb. 12 at Wausau's Intermission, Greg Koch & the Tone Controls March 3 doing a Blues in the Schools at UWMC and later the Intermission in Wausau, Hip Pocket Feb. 9th at the Rothschild Pavilion in Rothschild, the STEEPWATER BAND plays Malarkey's Pub in Wausau March 5th, Michael Murphy & the Mob Feb. 12 at Duke's Red Lantern in Green Bay, Bobby Evans April 29 at Appleton's Deja Vu, Paul Filipowicz Feb. 11th at the Ten O One Club in Green Bay, Highway 414 March 11 at the Cold Shot in Appleton, Rev. Raven Feb. 11 at the Howard Golf Course in Green Bay and Donnie Pick & the Road Band Feb. 12th at Stat's Bar in Merrill. 

            And remember BLUES CAFE 2016 coming up March 12 at the Rothschild Pavilion in Rothschild (next to Wausau)!   See the attachment for details and MUCH more!



            Among BLUES or other special music further afield you can pick from Left Wing Bourbon March 25 at Wilebski's in St. Paul, LAURA REED from S. Africa Feb. 13 at Wildwood Station in Marshfield,WARREN HAYES & THE ASHES & DUST BAND Feb. 24 at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, SOUTH-SIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES are at Turner Hall in Milwaukee March 6, Davina & the Vagabonds Feb. 13 at the Racine Theater Guild in Racine and Feb. 14 at the Majestic Theater in Madison, ANDERS OSBORNE March 3 at Turner Hall in Milwaukee, the Blues Disciples Feb. 13 at the Knuckledown in Madison, CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD ALL-STAR BAND Feb. 22 at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, the CASH BOX KINGS plus Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo Feb. 27 at the Brink Lounge in Madison, Mojo Perry Feb. 26 at Shank Hall in Milwaukee, MARCIA BALL with BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO at the Northern Lights Theater in the Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee Feb. 9th and a PLAY -THE DEVILS MUSIC - THE LIFE & BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH starting Jan. 22 and running thru March 20 at the Stackner Cabaret within the Milwaukee Rep. Co. in Milwaukee!  For details and much more - see the attachment.



            If you're looking for a Blues fix on the radio and are South of Wausau tune in every Saturday to "Blues Cafe" with Papa Joe starting at 3 until 7 PM on WWSP's 89.9 FM out of Stevens Point.  Also "Blues Friday" starting at 6 PM until 12 AM on Rhinelander's WXPR 91.7 FM and 91.8 in Wausau.  You can get BOTH on the World wide web as well.                


Yours in the Blues;

Blues Doc

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