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2015 Schedule of Events

Friday June 26

  • 2:00pm – Howard “Guitar” Luedtke and Blue Max
  • 4:00pm – Tweed Funk
  • 6:00pm – Becky Barksdale
  • 8:00pm – Eric Gales
  • 10:00pm – Devon Allman

Side Stage:

  • 3:30pm + 5:30pm – Doug Otto & Hurricane Harold
  • 7:30pm + 9:30pm – Brave Cowboy

Saturday June 27

  • 2:00pm – Mark Cameron
  • 4:00pm – Jimmi and the Band of Souls
  • 6:00pm – Moondog Medicine Show
  • 8:00pm – The Jimmys
  • 10:00pm – Marcia Ball

Side Stage:

  • 3:30pm + 5:30pm – Tom Draughon
  • 7:30pm + 9:30pm – The Phil Kitze Acoustic Band  ♦ Washburn County Fairgrounds  ♦  Spooner, WI


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

Chippewa Valley Tuesday Night Blues Events

Who's on First -- May 13, 2015


Spring flowers of the dandelion variety are all over my lawn so it must officially be Spring in North Central Wisconsin. Guess I should get the lawn mower blade sharpened like the wife asked three or four weeks ago! Live the old saying goes - "If a man promised to fix it there's no need to remind him every six weeks". Story of my life.

Got theater tickets - PAID FOR - this Wednesday May 13th so there will be NO "Live" Clinic of Boogie & Blues. Hope to return to the studio May 20th.


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 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..."!


35th WISCONSIN AREA MUSIC AWARDS RESULTS: At the April 19th WAMI awards held in Milwaukee at Turner Hall Reverend Raven took the Blues honors while Tweed Funk wrapped up the Soul/R&B award. In addition dairy farmer, keyboardist, world traveler, singer/songwriter and all around great guy Jimmy Voegeli was recognized for his skills at the keyboard.

MADISON BLUES SOCIETY BENEFIT: The Capital Brewery is sponsoring a benefit for our friends at the Madison Blues Soc. May 16 & 17 at the breweries outdoor stage area in Middleton. There is NO admission fee but donations will be accepted for the M.B.S. Lots of parking a block or two away if you follow signs under the viaduct. On Saturday the Future of the Blues and Blythe Gamble & the Rollin' Dice provide music beginning at 4 PM. Sunday the Ryan McGrath Band plays starting at 2 PM.

36TH BLUES MUSIC AWARDS: The Blues Foundation announced on May 7th the WINNERS of the 2015 Blues Music Awards. Congrats from the Doc go out to ALL nominees and winners!!!

For B.B. King Entertainer of the Year the Great Bobby Rush took that honor PLUS Soul Blues Male Artist. ELVIN BISHOP scored three times taking both Album, Song PLUS Band of the year for CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT.

Janiva Magness won Contemporary Blues Female Artist, Lurrie Bell Traditional Blues Male Artist, Ruthie Foster won the Koko Taylor Award and Gary Clark Jr. won Contemporary Blues Male Artist honors.

Contemporary Blues Album honors went to Keb' Mo' for BLUESAMERICANA and John Nemeth scored Soul Blues Album with MEMPHIS GREASE. Best New Artist Album honors were taken by Selwyn Birchwood for his DON'T CALL NO AMBULANCE release on Alligator and Acoustic Album was taken by John Hammond for TIMELESS. In the Traditional Blues Album category Mud Morganfield and Kim Wilson won with FOR POPS (A TRIBUTE TO MUDDY WATERS).

Johnny Winter won Rock Blues Album honors posthumously for his last release - STEP BACK and Historical Album was won by SOUL & SWAGGER: THE COMPLETE "5" ROYALES 1951-1967.

A few other highlights - Soul Blues Female Artist went to Sista Monica, Deanna Bogart won Instrumentalist in the horn category, Lisa Mann took the same for Bass, Marcia Ball for piano, Joe Bonamassa for Guitar, Jimi Bott on Drums and Charlie Musselwhite for Harmonica.

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!

"CLINIC OF BOOGIE & BLUES" LAST BROADCAST ON WNRB-LP: After eleven years on the air in Wausau and North Central Wisconsin on WNRB-LP's 93.3 FM the Blues Doc's calling it quits as of May 27th show. My thanks to all listener's for their support and kind words over the years.

It's been fun but these days 11 years is a LONG time to do anything excepting interpersonal relations and breathing. I'll always remain a fan of the Blues and may return to writing reviews of Blues albums or possibly just chuck it all (except listening to LIVE & recorded music). In any case I intend to continue publishing "Who's On First".


The latest Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues albums chart done May 13th has the Cash Box Kings HOLDING COURT in first, Slam Allen's FEEL THESE BLUES moving from #3 to second, Steve Earle's TERRAPLANE third, DAY INTO NIGHT by Tad Robinson in fourth and the Ghost Town Blues Band's HARD ROAD TO HOE moving up to fifth from the 10th spot last week.

Albums by DEBBIE DAVIES, DEVON ALLMAN, ROBBEN FORD, Wisconsin's ALTERED FIVE BLUES BAND and THE BALKUN BROTHERS complete this weeks top ten. The Wisconsin Roots Music chart of May 13th AGAIN has ALTERED FIVE BLUES BAND'S very fine "Cryin' Mercy" in 1st place for yet ANOTHER WEEK!! Tweed Funk's LOVE IS holds down the second spot.

The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart is done just once a month covering the PREVIOUS month. The listings for APRIL of 2015 compiled May 1st shows Igor Prado & the Delta Groove All Stars WAY DOWN SOUTH still in first, Toots Lorriane's MAKE IT EASY second, Slam Allen's FEEL THESE BLUES in third, Debbie Davies LOVE SPIN up to fourth and Robben Ford's INTO THE SUN at 5th.

The Remaining May 1st top ten slots are held by recordings from Harrison Kennedy, Wisconsin's Cash Box Kings, Doug MacLeod, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King and Tad Robinson.


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


Musical or Blues happenings coming up in the near future around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (about a 100 miles) include Kojo at Wausau's Intermission May 15, Michael Murphy & the Mob May 13th at Green Bay's Ten O One Club, Dig Deep at the Intermission in Wausau May 14th, the Bobby Evans Band June 5th at the Dockside Tavern in Oshkosh, Hip Pocket May 23rd at PJ's at Sentry World in Stevens Point, the Dave Steffen Band May 15th at Menasha's Cimarron, Jonny T-Bird & Big Dad at the New Moon Cafe in Oshkosh May 15 and the Incorruptibles May 16 at the Intermission in Wausau.


Among BLUES or other special music further afield we Blues lovers have BOOKER T. JONES of Booker T. & the MG's fame May 22 - also in the Northern Lights Theater inside the Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, JEFF BECK May 22 at Milwaukee's Riverside Theater, BOB DYLAN May 13th at the Riverside in Milwaukee, ERIC BIBB May 14th over in Minneapolis, MN at the Dakota and JONNY LANG May 15 & 16 in the Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee's Potawatomi Casino. Also remember the WORLD's LARGEST BRAT FEST in Madison May 22 thru 25 with music of all kinds, magic shows, a climbing wall, paddle sports and tons more. Did I mention the brats??


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.

As mentioned - there is no "Live" clinic May 13th cause the Doc's got theater tickets. The "Clinic..." returns May 20th dispensing medications from the Texas Horns, Robert Cray, Ray Goren, Thorbjorn Risager & the Black Tornadoes, the Voodoo Fix and lots more. Plus that weeks featured artist is JOANNA CONNOR!

During the "New & Blue" segment we'll sample cuts from new releases such as Bobby Messano's LOVE & MONEY released on the Prince Frog label, a new James Harman album - BONE TIME from Electro-Fi, JJ Grey & MOFRO's OL' GLORY, Roy Rogers latest INTO THE WILD BLUE on CNC Records and the Jon Spear Band's OLD SOUL - a self produced effort.

In the "Blues Baby Birthday" segment of the program we'll commemorate the births of Wisconsin's Robert Allen Jr., Billy Wright, Little Willie Anderson, Lee "Shot" Williams, Jimmy Blythe, Big Joe Turner, Jaybird Coleman, Taj Mahal, Jimmy Thackery and if there's time one or two more by playing a selection from their body of work.

On May 27th the "Clinic..." will broadcast for the last time on WNRB-LP with a treatment plan made up of some of the Doc's picks of the BEST Blues music (so far) from 2015. Further we'll hear from the programs LAST featured artist - Wisconsin's PAUL FILIPOWITZ!!

Recent releases to be featured in the "New & Blue" segment that final week include Gaye Adegbalola & the Wild Rutz IS IT STILL GOOD TO YA? on the Hot Toddy label, Rockin' Johnny Burgin's latest GREETINGS FROM GREASLAND put out by West Tone, Debbie Davies LOVE SPIN on Little Dipper/VizzTone, Peter Novelli's ST. AMANT SESSIONS from Chalet Music and Nancy Wright's self produced PUTTING DOWN ROOTS!

Among the cake eaters and candle blowers born sometime that week are Slick Ballinger, T-Bone Walker, Joseph Bihari of Modern Records, Mamie Smith, Ron Levy, Junior Parker and just possibly a few more if broadcast time allows.

Our station link to the worldwide web is STILL having some problems when I last I checked! Give it a try at the link below to see if it's been restored. If so and 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 coming into FULL SPRING mode 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

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