Check out Jazz Blue Florida for some GREAT UPCOMING EVENTS.

Plan now to attend this year's
GNBS Member/Sponsor
Appreciation Party


6:00 pm
Monday, August 3

Bull Falls Brewery Biergarten

901 East Thomas Street
Wausau, WI


Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers
To ALL that make what we do possible:

Many times non-profit organizations do not take the time to thank the people that make everything they do possible, and I must admit, the GNBS may have been guilty of this in the past. But this year we seek to rectify the situation by teaming up with two of our corporate sponsors – River Valley Bank and Jerry’s Music – together with the help of the Bull Falls Brewery, to bring you a free-admission concert event to say THANK YOU for helping us accomplish our goals.

This will be a “blues and brews” concert by one of the midwest’s hottest bands – Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers – from Nebraska. They are traveling through our area on their way to Duluth for the 27th Annual Bayfront Blues Festival (admission will be free, beer will not). For more information, visit

It is through the generosity of our show attendees, members, and in particular our corporate sponsors that we have been able to expand our involvement in the community. We continue to sponsor scholarships, each year, to outstanding music students at:
     - D.C. Everest High School
     - Wausau East High School
     - Wausau West High School
     - Wausau Newman High School
     - University of Wisconsin Marathon Campus

We also sponsor “Blues-In-The-Schools” concerts each year where we fund the appearance of a band at one of the local schools at no cost to the school or the taxpayers. We have made a generous contribution to the Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis, are an affiliate member of the International Blues Foundation, and a sponsor of WXPR Radio in Rhinelander. Your generosity also helps us fund our annual Blues Café event each year on the second Saturday in March at the Rothschild Pavilion. Through this event, we have been able to bring numerous world-class entertainers to the area at a very affordable price.

None of this would be possible without YOU, so please take the time to attend the show on August 3 at the Bull Falls Brewery on us!

Thank you from the bottom of our “blues-lovin’ hearts.”

Mike “Mr. T” Tatro
GNBS President

Blues on the Chippewa

Saturday, August 15
Gates open at 12 Noon
1:00 pm: Jimmi & the Band of Souls
3:00 pm: Danielle Nicole Band
5:00 pm: Selwyn Birchwood Band
7:00 pm: Sonny Landreth
9:00 pm: Walter Trout
Friday, August 14
Gates open at 4 pm
5:00 pm: The Blues Disciples
7:00 pm: Howard 'Guitar' Luedtke & Blue Max
9:00 pm: The Jimmy's with Special Guest Jim Liban
Advanced Ticket Prices 2015
40 Two-Day General Admission
$100 Two-Day VIP Admission
Includes drink tickets for each day, special VIP area, 1 catered meal each day, 1 t-shirt
$35 Saturday Only General Admission

Have more questions about the event? Check out Wausau Events' FAQ page!

Chippewa Valley Tuesday Night Blues Events

Who's on First -- July 8, 2015


If you thought the last edition was long take a look at this one! Partly this is because this issue covers TWO time periods. The Doc's restin' up at a Lake cabin in mid July so there will be NO "Who's ON..." July 22nd. The next issue comes out on or about August 5th. This one has MORE FESTIVALS plus more shows by Blues artists around the state and area. ENJOY IT AT LEAST TWO TIMES!!!


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..."!


BLUES BLAST AWARD VOTING: Starting July 15th you can vote in the 2015 Blues Blast music awards. Voting is FREE and open to the public - you don't need to be a subscriber. Nominees and categories are TOO long to list hear. I will pass on that DAN PHELLPS has been nominated for 2015 Best Acoustic Album of the Year. Dan's booked for Great Northern Blues Soc's "Blues Cafe 2016" in March of next year! You can see ALL nominees at which is the same location to vote between July 15th and September 15th.

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 Doc's votes have ALREADY been cast!

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 SHEMEKIA COPELAND ALBUM RELEASE DATE SET: As announced previously Ms. Copeland resigned with Alligator Records. The labels announced that her new album OUTSKIRTS OF LOVE will be released Sept. 11th.

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!

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 from July 1st has Slam Allen's FEEL THESE BLUES still #1, Sonny Landreth's latest BOUND BY THE BLUES moved up to 2nd, the Kentucky Headhunters MEET ME IN BLUESLAND moved into 3rd from 30th, Lazer Lloyd's self titled album is 4th and Victor Wainwright & the WildRoots BOOM TOWN is in 5th.

Releases from the Cash Box Kings, Tad Robinson, Charles Wilson, Debbie Davies and Tinsley Ellis complete Roots Music Report's Top Ten Album chart for the latest week.

The Top Five songs per the Roots Music Reports for this week included "Baby Please Don't Your Go" by Slam Allen, "Burning Thunder" from Lazer Lloyd, "In From The Cold" by Tinsley Ellis, "2 Steps From A Lie" by Charles Wilson and "Broken Dreams" - another from Lazer Lloyd.

The Wisconsin Roots Music chart of the same date has ALTERED FIVE BLUES BAND'S very fine "Cryin' Mercy" in second place. They've had quite a run with this excellent album.

The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart is done once every month covering the PREVIOUS month. The latest covers JUNE plays as compiled July 1st with James Harman's BONETIME #1, Kentucky Headhunters MEET ME IN BLUESLAND second, Sonny Landreth's BOUND BY THE BLUES third, Cash Box Kings HOLDING COURT in fourth and Victor Wainwright & the Wildroots BOOM TOWN 5th.

The Remaining May top ten slots in the June report from Living Blues Magazine are records from Charlie Musselwhite, the Texas Horns, Sugaray Rayford, Henry Gray & Bob Corritore and Slam Allen.


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 some Blues acts.

Usually I include 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. Due to lack of space and time some are shown ONLY by name. In addition MORE festivals in Canada 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 Steve Meyer & True Heat playing Cozy Grass in Manitowish Waters July 10, Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo 7/10 at Wausau's Great Dane, Johnny & the Mo-Tones July 8th at Concerts on the Square on Wausau's 400 Block, the Open Mic Party at the Intermission in Wausau July 8th, the WAUSAU BALLON RALLY & RIB FEST at Wausau's downtown airport July 9 thru the 12 with GREAT ribs, hot air balloons and FREE (but not Blues) music, LEFT LANE CRUISER July 10th at Green Bay's Crunchy Frog and on 7/16 at the Brickhouse in Stevens Point, Bourbon House doing Blues-Rock at Wausau's City Grill July 10 and the JIMMY'S at Veterans Mem. Park in Tomahawk July 22nd. See the attachment for much, MUCH more.


Among BLUES or other special music further afield music lovers have a lot to choose from including W.C. CLARK at the Wisc. Brewery in Verona July 10th, CASH BOX KINGS 7/10 at the Harry C. Moore Pavilion in Madison, LA FETE DE MARQUETTE in Madison's New Central Park July 9-12 with lots of FREE music including SONNY LANDRETH & C.J. CHENIER & THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND, BACON, BREW & BBQ FEST in Sun Prairie's Angle Park with Mojo Radio & Smothers Blues Band and lots of non Blues and SHOUT - a tribute to the music of the Blues Brothers at Milwaukee's Northern Lights Theater at the Potawatomi Casino. July 18 you can catch the JOHN BUTLER TRIO at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee and July 24 LAURA RAIN & THE CAESARS are at Veterans Park in Port Washington (latest album is GREAT!) plus Nick's older brother JOE MOSS and his band at the R&D Pub in Milwaukee also on the 24th. There's TONS more on the attached pages.


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 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

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