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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
Click here for PDF of this year's event poster

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 -- January 27, 2016



            The old computer continues to be improved!  Hope all of you are doing better than well in the New Year.  Doc hasn't put 2015 on any 2016 document, check or letter - at least so far!

            If the cold weather and long winter nights are giving ya the Blues - I've got a cure!  Get out and LISTEN to some LIVE Blues music!  It'll fix ya right up!             

            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 NICK MOSS BAND is coming to Wausau!!  This talented group has been booked to play Malarkey's Pub January 29th, 2016.  Nick is a both a talented Blues songwriter and musician and his backing band is quite good (at least based on the last time I saw them).  Mark the calendar!

            Also of note - ERIC BIBB & COREY HARRIS will appear January 29th at the Fredric March Play Circle in the UW Union starting at 7 & 9:30 PM.  General admission tickets run $27.


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..."!



           OTIS CLAY PASSES:  Sad news out of Chicago.  Otis Clay died Jan. 8th suddenly of a heart attack.

Visitation will be Jan. 15 at Leak & Sons Funeral Chapel in Chicago starting at 4 PM.  There will be a Celebration of Life Jan. 16 at 10 AM at the Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 King Drive in Chicago.

            A tribute concert is be held at a later date.  Details TBA.         

            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 the Doc thinks it ROCKS!!

            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 titledVOYAGE and 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 at https://www.gofundme.com2q6ek4f4.  2. Contribute using PayPal via  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 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.

               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.   

           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.

            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 Wi-Fi, 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!



           January 24 is the date of the latest Roots Music Report list of the Top 50 Blues albums and has the Tedeschi Trucks Band latest LET ME GET BY #1, Tommy Castro's METHOD TO MY MADNESS moving to second, Dave & Phil Alvin's LOST TIME thrid, Shemekia Copeland'sOUTSKIRTS OF LOVE fourth and Buddy Guy's BORN TO PLAY GUITAR now at 5th.  

            The rest of the current Top Ten recordings are from Samantha Fish, Rev. Shawn Amos, Gary Clark Jr., Eddie Cotton and Colin Linden.

            This weeks Top Five Blues songs in above Roots Music report include Buddy Guy's "Born To Play Guitar", "Outskirts of Love" done by Shemekia Copeland, "World's In A Bad Condition" by Dave & Phil Alvin, "Common Ground" done by Tommy Castro and Boz Scaggs "Rich Woman".

            On the Wisconsin Roots Music chart of Jan. 24th shows Altered Five's CRYIN' MERCYsecond and the Jimmy's HOT DISH in fifth place.  The remainder of the Wisconsin chart are releases in other genres.     

            The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart comes out every month covering the PREVIOUS month.  So as of today the most recent reflects DECEMBER, 2015 plays compiled Jan. 1st, 2016.  Number 1 on Living Blues is the Knickerbocker All Stars GO BACK HOME TO THE BLUES, Tommy Castro's METHOD TO MY MADNESS second, Anthony Geraci & the Boston All-StarsFIFTY SHADES OF BLUE in 3rd,  Shemekia Copeland's OUTSKIRTS OF LOVE at #4 and Zora Young & Little Mike and the Tornadoes FRIDAY NIGHT is the 5th spot.

            The Remaining five albums in Living Blues top ten airing in December are albums from Trudy Lynn, Harmonica Shah, John Del Toro Richardson, Buddy Guy and Eric Bibb & J.J. Milteau. 


           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 additionDan Phelps plays between main stage acts.



            Musical or Blues happenings coming up in the near future in or around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (about a 100 miles) including the NICK MOSS BAND January 29th, 2016 at Malarkey's Pub in Wausau, LEO KOTTKE Jan. 28 at the Sentry Theater in Stevens Point and on Jan. 29 at the Meyer Theater in Green Bay, 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, Donnie Pick & the Road Band Jan. 29 at World of Beer in Appleton, Dale Anderson SOLO Jan. 30 at Green Bay's Neville Museum, Greg Koch & the Tone Controls March 3 doing a Blues in the Schools at UWMC and later the Intermission in Wausau, Paul Filipowicz at the Ten O One Club in Green Bay Jan. 28 and Hip Pocket Feb. 9th at the Rothschild Pavilion in Rothschild.  See the attachment for details and MUCH more!   


            Among BLUES or other special music further afield you can pick from ERIC BIBB & COREY HARRIS Jan. 29, 2016 at the Fredric March Play Circle in the UW Union in Madison, LEO KOTTKE Jan. 30 in Madison at the Barrymore Theater, BRANDON SANTINI Feb. 6th at Madison's Knuckle Down Saloon, the Blues Disciples Jan. 30 at the Yardarm in Racine, ROCKIN' JOHNNY BURGIN with Guy Florentini & Steve Dougherty Jan. 29 at Rockfield Music in Germantown,  Left Wing Bourbon March 25 at Wilebski's in St. Paul, Mojo Perry Feb. 26 at Shank Hall in Milwaukee, the MILWAUKEE GOSPEL JUBILEE Feb. 5 at Turner Hall in Milwaukee featuring SIX of Milwaukee's leading Gospel groups, BILLY GIBBONS & THE BFG'S January 30, 2016 at the Pabst Theater 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 starts 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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