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March 12, 2016
17th Annual Blues Café
Rothschild Pavilion

Lineup has been set:
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

Acoustic sets between acts  - Dan Phelps

Blues Doctor News

Who's on First -- November 18, 2015


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: DAVE ARCARI from Scotland will play Wausau's Polack Inn November 14th. Dave tours all over and has issued a ton of recordings. You can sample some of his stuff at and possibly at his website. He's different but the Doc likes his style. You might as well.

NOTE: Wausau's own 20 Watt Tombstone is at the Polack Inn Friday Nov. 13th.


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..."!


GUY DAVIS TO APPEAR ON PBS "THE OPEN MIND": Noted Blues artist Guy Davis sits down with Alexander Heffner on the PBS program "The Open Mind" Saturday Nov. 14th. Check your local listings for specific dates and times.

Guy's latest album KOKOMO KIDD on the MC label is doing well on the Roots Music Report and on the Living Blues Magazine Radio Reports.

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MADISON BLUES SOCIETY: Comes up Monday, November 16th where members will get a brief report on the state of the society AND can vote for the Board of Directors. Members can still nominate candidates of their choice BUT must be present at the meeting to vote. Go to the society web site for a list of announced candidates -

MUSIC FANS LOSE ANOTHER OF THE GREATS: The super talented Allen Toussaint died in Madrid, Spain November 10th at the age of 77. The man did it all - he was a composer, arranger, record producer, vocalist and pianist and contributing to multiple genres including R&B, Soul, Funk, Blues, Rock, Pop and Jazz.

Toussaint penned works were covered by a Who's Who of popular music including the Yardbirds, Al Hirt, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Warren Zevon, the Dave Clark Five, the Rolling Stones, the Derek Trucks Band, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Bo Diddley, Boz Scaggs, Robert Palmer, the Judd's, Maria Muldaur, Three Dog Night and many more.

MORELAND & ARBUCKLE SIGN WITH ALLIGATOR: The "Roots and Blues from the heartland" group has moved to Alligator Records. They're planning to release their label debut and 7th album in the Spring of 2016.

SMOKIN' JOE KUBEK PASSES: Smokin' Joe died suddenly Oct. 11 in North Carolina where he'd been caring for his wife Phyllis who's battling breast cancer. The funeral was held Oct. 18 in Irving, Texas. Joe was a fantastic talent and was called away to join the Blues JAM up above far too early.

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 at https://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.

CROSSROADS BLUES SOC. IBC WINNERS": Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell Mama will represent the Crossroads Blues Society in the Band category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2016. In the Solo/Duo category Crossroads is sending Birddog and Beck (Ken Olufs & Warren Beck) to Memphis. Crossroads also nominated Luca Giordan's album OFF THE GRID as their choice for best self-produced CD for the 2016 IBC competition.

JOE BONAMASSA COMES TO WISCONSIN: Joe is on the road supporting his latest album DIFFERENT 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 $146 to $385. May 13th he moves on to Madison's Orpheum Theater where prices run from $235 to $423. Still can't see how most people can afford such prices?

2016 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE: The 2016 International Blues Challenge starts Jan. 26 and runs thru the 30th in Memphis, TN and will feature easily 200 PLUS artists/bands from all over the United States and much of the World. They will compete and perform at various clubs on Beale Street and the surrounding area. If you need a major Blues fix around that time you can't beat the IBC. You can see TONS of solo/duo, band and youth acts with a $100 ticket from the IBC. Sounds to the Doc like a better deal than Joe B.

MAPLE BLUES AWARDS OPEN FOR VOTING: The Toronto Blues Soc. has announced the nominations for the 19th annual Maple Blues Awards - Canada's National Blues event. Voting opens for Canadians Nov. 4th online at and closes December 4th.

Winners will be recognized January 18, 2016 at the Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now for $40 to $70 by phone at the RCM box office - (416) 408-0208 or online at http:/

Some of the 88 nominees may be familiar to U.S. Blues fans such as MONKEY JUNK, HARRISON KENNEDY, KENNY "BLUES BOSS" WAYNE, ANTHONY GOMES, BIG DAVE McLEAN and SHAKURA S'AIDA. A number of U.S. born artists have also been nominated such as ELVIN BISHOP, BUDDY GUY, MAVIS STAPLES and ERIC BIBB.

BUDDY GUY STEPS UP TO HIS OWN STAGE: During the month of January in 2016 Buddy Guy will be home in Chicago, ILLINOIS and playing at his club Legends. Buddy will take the stage and perform with TORONZEO CANNON, MIKE WHEELER, COREY DENNISON, JOHNNY RAWLS, QUINN SULLIVAN and THE CASH BOX KINGS among others. Some of the early January 2016 shows appear in this edition. See the attached.

PAUL FILIPOWIC HONORED: Paul was inducted into the CHICAGO BLUES HALL OF FAME on October 4th at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago along with Sam Lay, Tail Dragger and others. My congrats go out to Paul for servin' up some great Blues over the years and he's far from done. He's got a new album being mixed as you read this that he hopes to have out this Fall. It was recorded live at the Knuckle Down Saloon back in July with a working title of LIVE AT THE KNUCKLE DOWN.

Things for Paul get even better! He was invited on the 25th "Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise" setting sail in late October by Big City Blues Magazine out of Detroit.

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!


The latest Roots Music Report for the Top 50 Blues albums when this edition went to press was dated November 8th and still has Buddy Guy's BORN TO PLAY GUITAR in the first spot, Shemekia Copeland's latest OUTSKIRTS OF LOVE from Alligator remains at 2nd, the Knickerbocker All-Stars GO BACK HOME TO THE BLUES moved from 19th to 3rd, the Reverend Shawn Amos latest is titled THE REVEREND SHAWN AMOS LOVES YOU and moved up to 4th while Tommy Castro's brand new METHOD TOMY MADNESS dropped to 5th.

The rest of the current Top Ten recordings are from Chris O'Leary, Samantha Fish, the Muddy Waters 100, Zora Young with Little Mike & the Tornadoes and Gary Clark Jr.

The Top Five Blues songs for the latest Roots Music report are Buddy Guy's "Born To Play Guitar" " Outskirts Of Love" from Shemekia Copeland, "World's In A Bad Condition" by Dave & Phil Alvin, "You Know That You Love Me" from the Knickerbocker All-Stars and "Rich Woman" by Boz Scaggs.

The current Wisconsin Roots Music chart shows the Jimmy's HOT DISH second, the Altered Five Blues Band's CRYIN' MERCY thrid and Westside Andy's BLUES JUST HAPPEN 6th. The rest of the field are Folk, Rock or True Country releases. The Jimmy's latest ranks 28th on this weeks Roots Music report and Altered Five's is 45th. Not TOO BAD!!!

The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart comes out every month covering the PREVIOUS month and now has the October plays as compiled Nov. 1st. Shemekia Copeland's OUTSKIRTS OF LOVE has taken the first position, Buddy Guy's brand new BORN TO PLAY GUITAR is #2, Tommy Castro's METHOD TO MY MADNESS appears in 3rd, Duke Robillard's newest THE ACUSTIC BLUES & ROOTS OF DUKE ROBILLARD is 4th and Fiona Boyes BOX & DICE has the fifth spot.

The Remaining five albums in the top ten aired in October are made up of recordings from Zora Young with Little Mike & the Tornadoes, Jimmy Burns, Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars, John Mayall and Andy T & Nick Nixon.



Fest action is about done in the upper Midwest. If you have the bug you'll have to travel or wait for warmer weather to return to the Upper Midwest.

Closer to home Blues fans can consider the WISCONSIN BLUES HARMONICA FEST Nov. 13th at American Serb Hall in Milwaukee. Not sure what the entire bill will be but it looks like LIL' DAVY MAX, THE CASH BOX KINGS and STEVE COHEN plan to perform. That's a pretty good start!

Also coming up are the BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES MAGAZINE AWARDS PARTY in Madison at the Knuckle Down Saloon November 15th. The Paul Filipowicz Band will act as the House Band PLUS there will be appearances and performances by JIM LIBAN, JOHNNY RAWLS, BRYAN LEE, REVEREND RAVEN, WESTSIDE ANDY, JIMI SCHUTTE, TWEED FUNK, THE JIMMY'S, GENEVA RED and more! You'll find more information in the attachment!


Musical or Blues happenings coming up in the near future in or around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (about a 100 miles) include the Misha Siegfried Band Nov. 14 at Appleton's Deja Vu, Wausau, 20 Watt Tombstone Nov. 13th at Wausau's Polack Inn, DAVE ARCARI all the way from Scotland Nov. 14th at the Polack Inn in Wausau, Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo Nov. 13 at Wausau's Intermission Bar, the Bobby Evans Band Nov. 21 at Fond Du Lac's Backstage Bar, Mojo Perry Dec. 12 at Classics in Shawano, the Alex Wilson Band Nov. 20th at the Deja Vu in Appleton, Reverend Raven with Westside Andy Nov. 14 at Becket's in Oshkosh, Donnie Pick & the Road Band Nov. 13 at Appleton's Deja Vu Lounge, the Delta Duo (Cadillac Pete & Howard Luedtke) Dec. 11 at Stevens Point's Elbow Room, Tweed Funk Nov. 13 at Fond du Lac's Thelma Sadoff Center, Mojo (Mojo Lemon) Dec. 26 at the Snout Saloon in Chippewa Falls and Dale Anderson & the Delta Jets Nov. 13 at the Gasoline Bar in Green Bay. See the attachment for details and MUCH more!


Among BLUES or other special music further afield fans can choose from the SUBDUDES Nov. 11 at Turner Hall in Milwaukee, the BILLY FLYNN BLUES BAND with WESTSIDE ANDY on Harp Nov. 21st at the Knuckledown in Madison, TAB BENOIT Dec. 18 at the Route 20 Outhouse in Sturtevant (Altered Five Blues Band opens), JOHN NEMETH plus the Blues Disciples Nov. 22 at the Lakeview Conference Cent. adjacent to the Country Inn & Suites in Port Washington, RICHARD THOMPSON TRIO Dec. 4 at Madison's Barrymore Theater (Richard is often cited as one of the World's BEST guitar players), DAVE SPECTER backed by local Blues artists Nov. 14th at Hollyrocks in Wisc. Rapids, Greg Koch & the Tone Controls Dec. 12th at Shank Hall in Milwaukee, NICK MOSS BAND Dec. 18 at Shank Hall in Milwaukee, with a change in date BILLY GIBBONS & THE BFG'S January 30, 2016 at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, ROCKIN' JOHNNY BURGIN with Tony Menzer at the Badger Bowl in Madison Nov. 16th, TOMMY CASTRO Nov. 21 at Milwaukee's Shank Hall and the CASH BOX KINGS Nov. 28 at the Overture Center in Madison, For details and much more - see the attachement.


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 as well.

Yours in the Blues;
The Blues Doctor

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

Sconni's Alehouse & Eatery

Jerry's Music of Wausau


City Grill

ESPN Sports Fan 100.5

Nicolet Plastics

Snappy Joe 715.571.3661

L&S Electric

WXPR Radio

Green Grass Sprinklers


Blues Foundation Affiliate