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Who's on First -- June 24, 2015



This one's even LONGER! It features LOTS more FESTIVALS plus many more shows by Blues artists around the state and area. ENJOY!!!


As always I'm 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 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..."!


LIVING BLUES 2014 AWARDS BALLOT'S: If you subscribe to Living Blues Magazine you can VOTE for your picks of 2014 releases but you MUST vote by July 15! There's a ballot in the back of the June issue (page 85) that MUST be sent via snail mail to Living Blues Awards, P.O. Box 1848, 1111 Jackson Ave. West, University, MS 38677. You can also vote via the web at

NEW JIMMY'S ALBUM COMING SOON: Per young Master Jimmy Voegeli the Jimmy's are working on a NEW album! Tentative title is HOT DISH featuring all original tunes. It should be available in the next few months!

NEW/OLD KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS W/JOHNNIE JOHNSON RECORDING: Alligator Records released MEET ME IN BLUESLAND June 2nd. The album was recorded in 2003 with Johnson reuniting with brothers Richard & Fred Young and the rest of the Headhunters. For some reason it stayed in the vaults until now. Better late than never? Doc's listened to a few cuts and LIKES IT!!

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.

SNOW BIRD BLUES FANS: Are you thinking of taking a break from Wisconsin's Winter Blues? Are you a Blues fan? Both?? Missed signing up for the Blues Cruise? Then you might consider joining Jimmy Voegeli and the Jimmy's in JAMAICA this coming February (ya I know Summer just starting but ya gotta plan ahead!).

The Jimmy's along with Westside Andy will be playing the Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort in Jamaica Feb. 6 thru the 13th, 2016. The package includes round trip airfare from Chicago to Montego Bay, 7 nights lodging at Jewel Runaway Bay Resort including white sand beaches, crystal clear Caribbean waters, all meals, snacks, wine, beer, cocktails, restocked (daily) in room mini-bar, 3 pools with swim-up service, water park, private CHAMPIANSHIP 18 hole golf course, free WiFi, entertainment, fitness center & trainer, glass bottom boat rides, 7 restaurants and the Doc's fingers are going numb from typing! Just say there a LOT included. Oh ya - you get TWO (2) performances by the Jimmy's featuring WESTSIDE ANDY

Interested? Contact Middleton Travel at 800 688-8785 or and tell 'em Jimmy sent ya! That might get you some goodies. Telling 'em the Doc sent you will get you NADA!

BLUES BLAST MUSIC AWARDS: Coming up July 15th you can vote for FREE in the Blues Blast 2015 Music Awards. Go to and cast your vote for your favorite artists.

PAUL FILIPOWICZ PLANING NEW RECORDING: Stellar Wisconsin guitarist, singer/song writer, band leader and award winner Paul Filipowicz is working on a new recording planned for this summer. Per Paul it'll be a LIVE album scheduled to be recorded July 25th at Madison's Knuckle Down Saloon. Mark your calendar & join Paul and his band at the Knuckle Down in July supplying cheers, yelling, clapping and other joyful sound effects!

TORONZO CANNON SIGNS WITH ALLIGATOR: Chicago born artist Cannon recently signed on with the Alligator Label. Together they plan on a NEW album due early in 2016.


The latest Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues albums chart is dated June 18 has Slam Allen's FEEL THESE BLUES still first, the Cash Box Kings HOLDING COURT remains in second, Steve Earle's newest TERAPLANE from New West is 3rd, the Kentucky Headhunters MEET ME IN BLUESLAND released by Alligator moves to 4th from nowhere and Sonny Landreth's latest BOUND BY THE BLUES holds down the 5th spot.

Charlie Musselwhite's I AIN'T LYIN' released by Henrietta, Charles Wilson's SWEET & SOUR BLUES and recordings by Tad Robinson, the Ghost Town Blues Band and Tinsley Ellis complete Roots Music Report's Top Ten Album chart for this week.

The Top Five songs per the Roots Music Reports for this week included "Baby Please Don't Your Go" by Slam Allen, "In From The Cold" done by Tinsley Ellis, Steve Earle's "You're The Best Lover That I Ever Had", "2 Steps From A Lie" by Charles Wilson and "Rich Woman" via Boz Scaggs.

The Wisconsin Roots Music chart of the same date has ALTERED FIVE BLUES BAND'S very fine "Cryin' Mercy" moving down to third place after leading the state chart for MONTHS! Tweed Funk's FIRST NAME LUCKY also charted at number 5.

The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart is done once every month covering the PREVIOUS month. That makes the latest covering MAY of 2015 compiled June 1st with the Cash Box Kings HOLDING COURT #1, James Harman's BONETIME second, Slam Allen's FEEL THESE BLUES third, Debbie Davies LOVE SPIN fourth and Sugaray Rayford's SOUTHSIDE in 5th.

The Remaining May top ten slots from Living Blues Magazine are held by Mr. Sipp, Jackie Payne, the Texas Horns, Tad Robinson and Hans Theesink & Terry Evans release TRUE & BLUE: LIVE.


Things are REALLY heating up in the Midwest Summer festival area with LOTS of Festivals at least announced their dates for 2015 and MOST at least partial bills. Don't ya just LOVE summer! There are even MORE fests in the attached issue. I've even tossed in a few non-Blues fests that have a fair number of Blues acts.

Again I've included at least the name, date/s and location of Blues fests 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 upcoming festivals and mark your calendars!


Musical or Blues happenings coming up in the near future in or around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (about a 100 miles) include Chris Brandenburg & the Bluetones at Classic's in Shawano June 27, Donnie Pick & the Road Band June 26 at Wausau's Intermission, Michael Murphy & the Mob July 4 at SAWDUST DAYS in Oshkosh (event runs July 1 to 5) that also features Rev. Raven with Westside Andy, the Velveetatones, Donnie Pick & the Road Band plus the BEL-AIRS!

On July 3 - 5 the RIVERFRONT RENDEZVOUS comes back to Stevens Point with the Altered Five Blues Band. July 10 Steve Meyer & True Heat play Cozy Grass in Manitowish Waters and Hip Pocket is in Antigo June 22 at the High School commons. See the attachment for much, MUCH more.


Among BLUES or other special music further afield music lovers have a lot to choose from including the KRAUT MUSIC FESTIVAL in Franksville June 18 to the 21st with LOS LONELY BOYS & Rev. Raven, BILLY FLYNN at the Badger Bowl June 22nd, VICTOR WAINWRIGHT June 24 at Buddy Guy's in Chicago, IL, Maple Road at Summerfest June 26 in Milwaukee, Misha Siegfried Band June 25 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, SUMMERFEST on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee June 24-28 & June 30 to July 5 with BUDDY GUY, ROLLING STONES, GARY CLARK JR., BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, ELVIN BISHOP, BOBBY MESSANO, TOMMY CASTRO, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD, OTIS CLAY, MAVIS STAPLES, NICK MOSS, The Jimmy's, Reverend Raven, Greg Koch, Leroy Airmaster and TONS more music!

Other Fests coming up include NORTHWOOD BLUES FESTIVAL June 26 & 27 in Spooner with MARCIA BALL, DEVON ALLMAN, ERIC GALES, the Jimmy's, Tweed Funk and Howard Luedtke & Blue Max! A bit further away BLUES, BREWS & BBQ FEST comes back to Champaign, IL with CAROLYN WONDERLAND, ANA POPOVIC, JANIVA MAGNESS and lots more! One more to take note of is GRILLIN' IN GRAFTON June 27 with Altered Five, Rev. Raven with Westside Andy and TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS and its FREE! See the attached for even more.

BLUES RADIO: 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. Another choice over most of North and North Central Wisconsin is "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.

Yours in the music;
The Blues Doctor

Yours in the music;
The Blues Doctor

Bobby Messano

A couple of months ago I was sitting with Bobby in his van listening to a couple of advanced tracks from Love & Money. He played me something he called his Led Zeppelin song and another funky tune. These songs sounded great and I was looking forward to hearing the finished CD. I knew it would be a good one. Good one was a huge understatement, this CD is fantastic!

Bobby starts things off with “April Showers,” and he laments (I just saw laments was used in the liner notes, too bad, I have used it for years!) on getting older. It’s a song about losing the expectation that you have of family but it could also be about friends. It is the disappointment of snow in April. You thought things were OK and then they took a painful turn. Disappointment is heart crushing at times! Acoustic guitar and some slide with incredible lyrics kick off this CD in a brilliant way! “Love & Money” just rocks with a little of the same theme but this is what a life partner wants more than family. You get the feeling that Bobby was in love and all she wanted was the money. Pain is pain, luckily that’s one I’ve never felt, maybe because I never had any money? 

When I listen to “Seasons” I am reminded that this is the song that Bobby called the Zeppelin tune. Nice strings in the slow intro and then it just kicks you in the head like a Zeppelin song would. The vocals are poignant and it goes back to some acoustic guitar before it rocks out again. The strings stay throughout and it’s an inspiring song. Not sure why it inspires me because I agree with the growing loneliness over the seasons. Here comes the funk with “What I Got” and it is a toe tapper! Bobby sings about all the things he doesn’t have. He has love, a funky song and a scorching guitar solo. That is good enough for me and I am glad he doesn’t have a cat or tats. Hey just my personal preference and yes Bobby, you do have fans! “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright” is what I tell myself every day and I’m not sure that I believe it! Bobby sings it in kind of a not convincing way and it reminds me of a country song that shows the downer side of things. We all need to stay positive but sometimes as we tell ourselves this, we still have doubts. I don’t even know what to say about “Had To Cry Today,” The cover of this Blind Faith song is just out of this world! In my opinion, Bobby makes it his own song. I know he played it when he was with Steve Windwood, but this version was so explosive that it made me love the song even more.

“Boddentown” is a light, bouncy, cheery little instrumental that is guaranteed to lighten your load. The blues rocker “Rollin’ On” is up next and I refer to that song as Bobby’s Deep Purple tune. Booby’s vocals and Freddie Gasparini’s organ playing is what bring that image to mind. “Welcome to My Failed Career” is another picture of a touring musician. Everybody thinks they are living the high life, but they struggle with lack of love and money just like the rest of us, and all while having to deal with outsiders looking to take advantage of them. Blues with a little funk is how I would describe this song.

“Hard Road” is some slide drenched ass kickin’ blues! It is a great ending to a spectacular CD. It is on this song that you can really appreciate that Bobby recorded this with his touring band. The live feeling is really present here. Dave Hollingsworth: Drums and Percussion, Freddie Gasparini: Keyboards and Suavek Zaniesienko on Bass Guitar really lay an incredible back drop to Bobby’s singing and guitar playing!

The bottom line is trust, hope, respect, love & money are all things we must have faith in. The anger, and the not understanding, is part of that - just don’t let it consume you! Let it make some beautiful music. Thank you Bobby Messano!

Ron Hoerter

Click here for PDF of this year's event posterWe want to thank everyone that attended this year's Blues Café on March 14, 2015. It was a definite success, and that would not happen without your support -- it is appreciated. 

Also, a heartfelt thank you to almost 100 volunteers that help make the event so special. Without you, we'd be sunk. 

We felt that all five bands were great, and if there are varying opinions out there we would sincerely appreciate any feedback that you want to offer. Favorite band? Any other acts that you'd like to see at future shows? Things that could be done better? We'd like to hear it all.

Keep in mind that we also count on society memberships. Every $10 goes toward the support of our society, and is vital in our continuing effort to spread the gospel of the blues!

Once again, thanks to all for attending!

Mike "Mr. T" Tatro
GNBS President

Great day at the Blues Cafe!! Really liked the variety of acts presented. All were outstanding in their own way. Had a very nice visit with Chris O'Leary and his band at the hotel were all staying in. Bobby Messano stopped in too. All were a great bunch to visit with. Going to be hard to top this show. You and the whole crew did a great job.
– Ken Pelo, Port Edwards, WI 

What a Great Weekend it was to Kick off the Spring portion of Blues Festivals . . . Thank you to all the Artists . . . Samantha Fish, Bobby Messano, Left Wing Bourbon, Crankshaft, Chris O'Leary Band . . . and big thanks to the whole Great Northern Blues Society for always letting me help out”
– Spike Stephan, Rochester, MN 

hey mike, great job this year, im listening to the chris o leary band cd rite now, wow now that was a great blues band, i purchaced all 3 of their cd s . i thk u 4 all of your efforts. is the member ship a 1 time or an annual renew,, thks again”
– Dean Willet  

My Dad and I had a great time at the Blues Café. It was an awesome event with a great, diverse lineup. I think the mix of styles was a great idea. It kept it fresh. Really enjoyed Crankshaft and O'Leary.
– Rob Wyman - Rubber Soul Productions, Wausau, WI 

I Had a great time and I highly recommend the event to any and everyone!
– Curtis Jacobsen, Clear Lake, MN 

We had a great day. So much fun. You did a great job putting that together. We all had a blast. I am still tired. I enjoyed all the acts. My friends all really enjoyed Crankshaft & the GearGrinders. If you need any help with anything for the Café next year please keep me in the loop & Let me know.
– Paul DeTennis, Green Bay, WI 

Awesome Awesome time!
– Randy LaFave, Wausau, WI 

Thanks for everything My Friend! I think it came off wonderful. The sound guys were 'dead on' and everyone had a ball.
– John Hammer, Owatonna, MN 

Excellent time. Already planning on returning next year. Met some new friends too! Thanks for all of your hard work. Believe me, I know what goes into show like that!
– Mark Stonerock, Marquette, MI 

Good seeing you this weekend and great line-up! Had a blast. Many thanks.
– Todd Yeomans, Prairie Du Chein, WI 

I had a great time. It was a very good lineup. I love Samantha, and I forget how good Bobby Messano is. He had the joint jumping as did the Chris O'Leary Band right after him. The location is great. Easy to get to from the highway, It is good sized to accommodate lots of people and the acoustic are good. All in all, it was a great day.
– Tom Blaskey, Middleton, WI 

I thought this year’s Blues Café was great. The faves of mine and the 3 folks with me were Crankshaft and O'Leary, and they seemed to be the crowd pleasers also, per the number of shakers out in front. Both were original and unique. I cannot imagine the time you and the people who help you put in to put this show on. I thought the sound was very good this year. Thank you, and your Society for all you do to give us this great event to attend. Big thanks for bringing in Crankshaft and O'Leary (esp right b/4 St. Paddies) for a special treat. You folks are incredible.
– Keary Bilka, Manitowoc, WI 

Things DID warm up a bit in North Central Wisconsin! Especially Saturday March 14th at 2015's BLUES CAFE! If you didn't make it down to the Rothschild Pavilion you missed a great one! All the artists put on a fantastic show and the sound overall was spot on.
    The Doc especially liked Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders as well as the Chris O'Leary Band. I Took in Crankshaft at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis a few years back and to be truthful didn't care for the group. Saturday's show converted me into a fan! He got the crowd off of their chairs and onto the dance floor and kept them there. Did one song that sounded to these old ears much like European Electronic Dance music! Somehow he made it work at a Blues event.
    Had a great time and enjoyed all the other acts as well. Thanks from the Doc go out to all the artists and especially to the folks at the Great Northern Blues Soc. for putting together another fine show.
– Bob Decker, The Blues Doctor, Wausau, WI  

I just wanted to send a quick note. Thank You for having the Blues Café. Carol and I really enjoyed the music all day, especially the Chris O'Leary Band.
– Dave and Caroline Graefe, Recordman Dave, Wausau, WI

It was a good show! A very nice variety of blues styles (I DID enjoy The Chris O'Leary Band the most) and the sound guy WAS much better (good job fixing that issue). It was one of the best Blues Cafes to date in my opinion and I was especially glad since I had invited a couple of my collectors (who are blues fans) to meet us there which they did. Thanks to you and everyone who organized the event. I can only imagine the work involved.
– Joan White, Nicolet Studio - Lakewood, WI


2015 Blues Café Sponsors

Compass Insurance

Wells Fargo

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City Grill

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Nicolet Plastics

Snappy Joe 715.571.3661

L&S Electric

WXPR Radio

Green Grass Sprinklers


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