BLUES FANS, MUSICIANS, SOCIETIES AND FELLOW MUSIC TRAVELERS:
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!!!
NEW BLUES GIGS & FESTIVALS?
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 www.BluesBlastMagazine.com 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 www.livingblues.com. 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 www.middletontravel.com 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.
BLUES RADIO CHARTS:
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!
WAUSAU AREA MUSIC:
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.
EVENTS A BIT FURTHER AWAY:
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;
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