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16th Annual Blues Café Lineup

March 14, 2015

Rothschild Pavilion
Rothschild, WI

1 PM Left Wing Bourbon
3 PM Crankshaft & The Gear Grinders
5 PM Bobby Messano
7 PM Chris O’Leary Band
9 PM Samantha Fish
"Duckshack Dave" Florine
Acoustic act between main stage acts
Tickets Available Soon


Big Bull Falls Blues Fest

Photos Now Online!

Chippewa Valley Tuesday Night Blues Events

Who's on First -- October 29, 2014    •    BEST 50 Blues/Blues Rock releases from 2013


Apologies - there was NO "Clinic..." October 22nd due to equipment problems.  I did make it into the studio and had a show ready to go but experienced problems with studio gear so couldn't get on air.  This Tuesday I was informed that everything has been restored to operational efficiency.   


            I'm STILL looking for any Blues gigs, festivals and related events that you know about that aren't reflected in the latest "Who's On...".  If you have information about an event, 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..."!   


            BLUES BLAST AWARDS: 

            Have been announced!  Contemporary Blues Album honors went to Mr. Buddy Guy & RYTHM & BLUES while Traditional Blues Album was won by James Cotton for COTTON MOUTH MAN.  In the Soul area Bobby Rush & Blind Dog Smokin' connected for DECISIONS.  Best Rock Blues Album was won by Tommy Castro & the Painkillers for their latest - THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, Mark T. Small captured Best Acoustic Blues Album for SMOKIN' BLUES and New Artist Debut Album went to Shawn Holt & the Teardrops & DADDY TOLD ME.  Good solid choices all. 

            For Blues DVD Royal Southern Brotherhood's SONG FROM THE ROAD gathered top honors.  Song of the Year went to "Meet Me In Chicago" written by Tom Hambridge and Robert Randolph on Buddy Guy's RHYTHM & BLUES.  Mr. Guy also gathered in Male Blues Artist of the Year kudu's with Female Blues Artist of the Year went to Beth Hart.  Best Blues Band was picked up by the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Lisa Mann was crowned with the Sean Costello Rising Star Award.


            I'm told the Farmer's Almanac has predicted a Winter similar to what we had last year for 2014 - 2015 - may they roast FOREVER in the fires of Hell!  Should that become reality AND/OR if you just want a break from the shoveling and cold temps ya might want to consider joining the Jimmy's January 24th thru the 31st, 2015 at Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.  Young Mr. Voegeli and Company are returning to the VH Gran Ventana Beach Resort there for some music plus fun in the sun!   

            The resort is all-inclusive and located on the sands of Playa Dorada in Puerto Plata.  All-inclusive means ALL meals, snacks and drinks (including BEER, wine and cocktails), daily bikes, tennis, snork-eling, windsurfing, kayaks, sailing, entertainment (including Spanish & Merengue lessions), fitness center and LOTS more.  All that and ya get the Jimmy's eight piece band!  Did I mention the almost FREE Beer!!!  Don't know if they have free cheese.  

            If the above floats your boat contact Middleton Travel at 800 688-8785 for reservations and more detail.  Then ya can ask em' if there's free cheese.  The Doc would REALLY like to go you all but will probably be in Memphis for the IBC instead.  So ya know I'm not getting any kickbacks here.  Wouldn't take em if offered but only those who know me well know that's a fact ya can take to the bank.  Have a fantastic time to all that go!  Wonder who's taking care of the Brown Swiss on the Voegeli farms???         


           The latest Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues albums chart from October 21st has Billy Boy Arnold's THE BLUES SOUL OF BILLY BOY ARNOLD #1, Marcia Balls THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN second, Elvin Bishop's latest CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT 3rd, Gary Clark Jr.'s GARY CLARK JR. LIVE in 4th and the Duke Robillard Band's CALLING ALL BLUES 5th. 

            Albums by MISSISSIPPI HEAT, ALEXIS P. SUTER, LUCINDA WILLIAMS, JOHNNY WINTER and JANIVA MAGNESS fill out the top ten in the most recent Roots Music Report.  The Wisconsin Roots Music chart from October 22nd STILL has TWEED FUNK's very fine "First Name Lucky" in 1st place for ANOTHER WEEK!!  Once more congrats go out to the Tweed for a marathon run and a great recording!   

            The Living Blues Magazine Radio charts are done just once a month covering the PREVIOUS month.  The listings for September compiled October 1st had Elvin Bishop's CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT first, Johnny Winter's STEP BACK in second, Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson's joint effort FOR POPS: A TRIBUTE TO MUDDY WATERS via Severn third, Marcia Ball's THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN 4th and Sugar Ray & the Bluetones LIVING TEAR TO TEAR climbing to 5th.  The Remaining September top ten slots are held by efforts from Ruthie Foster, J.P. Soars, Grady Champion, E.G. Kight and Rick Estrin & the Nightcats.  


           Not much left in our neck of the woods Blues Festival wise but there are STILL a few left - all indoor - to go.  Earlier this year I added MANY a fest showing at least the name, date/s and location including a few a bit further away around the Midwest - events in Ohio, Indiana and the Dakota's - locations that can be reached in about a day's drive.  In addition MORE Canadian festivals were added for any of you looking for a International Blues road trip without flying over the pond.  See the attached for details on the remaining festivals as outlined above.    


            Musical or Blues happenings coming up in the near future around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (about a 100 miles) include the Goddamns VINYL release/Halloween Party Oct. 31st at the Polack Inn in Wausau with Antique Scream & the Mad Mad Ones, the RETURN of the monthly Intermission First Thursday Blues Jam at the Intermission in Wausau, the Bobby Evans Band Oct. 31st at Mr. G's in Appleton, the show band Hip Pocket at the Adams Street Pub in Green Bay Nov. 15th, a Halloween Party with Slab at Wausau's Intermission, Skaskank Redemption bash at Malarkey's in Wausau, Cadillac Pete & the Heat November 2nd at Renee's Red Rooster in Stevens Point and Highway 414 at Wausau's Intermission Dec. 5th.  


            Among BLUES or other special music further afield you have ZZ TOP RESCHEDULED from Oct. 7th at the Riverside in Milwaukee to March 29, 2015 due to Dusty Hill injuring his hip, GOV'T MULE Nov. 2nd at the Pabst in Milwaukee, TOMMY CASTRO Nov. 8th at Famous Dave's in Minneapolis, MN., SAM LLAMAS of BoDeans fame with his new band Nov. 14 at the Silver Dome Ballroom West of Neillsville and BOBBY RUSH along with SELWYN BIRCHWOOD in Monmouth, IL for the Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival at the Rivoli Theater. 


            A reminder that the "Clinic..." starts at 7 PM Central standard time and runs until 11 PM.  Months back we began a review of Blues artists recorded by Paramount Records in Grafton, WI and plan to continue playing one Paramount Blues artist every week until we exhaust what the library holds. 

            The "Clinic..." returns October 29th for the annual Halloween Special!  Prepare yourself for Blues tunes of Hell, the Devil, Witch's, graves and ghosts from Pork Chop Willie, Alice Moore, Selwyn Birchwood and more!  In addition we'll see what this weeks featured artist OTIS CLAY has to say!   

            During the "New & Blue" segment we'll sample cuts from new releases including Rory Block's HARD LUCK CHILD, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater's newest SOUL FUNKY, Hurricane Ruth's BORN ON THE RIVER, Iko Iko's BULLETS IN THE BONFIRE and Rob Stone's GOTTA KEEP ROLLIN'.    

            In the "Blues Baby Birthday" segment of the program we'll commemorate the births of Hadda Brooks, Peter Green, Tommy Ridgley, Sippie Wallace, Ethel Waters and if there's time one or two more by playing a selection from their body of work. 

            On November 5th the "Clinic..." will have treatment plans developed & implemented by the Kirby Sewell Band, Eden Brent, Al Blake, Mississippi Heat and others.  In addition we'll have on the greats - BIG BILL BROONZY - as our featured artist!! 

           The Recent releases featured during the "New & Blue" segment that week will include Marcia Ball's THE TATTOOED LADY AND THE ALLIGATOR MAN, the Black Keys newest TURN BLUE, Generation Blues Experience's PRIVATE ANGEL, Marlow McClain's TEC on the Macman label and Wisconsin's own Reverend Raven's LIVE AT THE RED ROCKET! 

            Among the cake eaters and candle blowers born sometime that week are Rory Block, Bert Jansch, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, Studebaker John, Ike Turner and possibly a few more should time allow.

            Our station link to the worldwide web is STILL up and working when I checked earlier this week!  If you're outside of WNRB-LP's broadcast area and need a dose of Blues remember the "Clinic..." IS AVAILABLE at 7 PM Central Standard time on the web at OR by going to the station web site - - and following the prompts.  


            I'm always happy to play requests on the "Clinic..." if they're in the library.  If you want to hear something special send requests to  If I got 'em - I'll gladly play 'em for ya! 

            We're still in FULL SUMMER mode even if it's September so there's really NO better time to get out of the house, apartment, cave or whatever and support LIVE & local music!!!  Boogie to the BEST of AMERICAN MUSIC - the BLUES!!!!  I'm writing prescriptions for that medication in your name to be filled at a venue of your choice!       

Yours in the music;
Blues Doctor


We've officially changed our meetings back to 7:00 pm, the second Tuesday of every month at the always entertaining Loppnows Sports Bar near downtown Wausau.

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