BLUES FANS, MUSICIANS, SOCIETIES AND FELLOW MUSIC TRAVELERS
Congratulations go out to ALL the winners of the Blues Music Awards held earlier this month!! Especially to Dorothy Moore who actually performed after receiving her Legacy Award and to Bob Stroger who took home top Bassist honors. Among the many other winners was Janiva Magness for "Song of the Year" for her tune I Won't Cry. She may not cry but the Doc often does when hearing her sing it.
Tickets are STILL available for some upcoming shows by great Blues artists. Come on Fans - you need to pony up some money! You may still be able to get tickets for ANA POPOVIC at the Adriatic in Rockford, IL. May 24th and a chance to see her in a smaller & more intimate venue. $20 plus a $1 ticket fee and a savings of $4 over at the door. She's worth every penny. Go to: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick
B.B. KING tickets are also available for his May 31st concert at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee along with Paul Cebar. Go to the web or call the Pabst Box Office at 414 286-3663.
I KNOW some of you REALLY want to learn Harmonica! You're day AND chance has come! A class in beginning Harp will be held for 8 weeks from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM starting June 26th at the Downtown Madison Area Technical College. It's open to the general public and if interested in course number 10693 call 608 246-6240 BY OR BEFORE June 14 to register. If you have additional questions call DeWayne Keyes at 608 221-8495. Songs, solos and exercise handouts will be provided. You DON'T NEED TO KNOW HOW TO READ MUSIC!
MORE Summer Blues Festivals have been added to "Who's on..." including some early acts for SUMMERFEST! You'll find details on Wausau's own BIG BULL FALLS plus MANY other fests around the state and area in the later pages of the attached. After a LONG, LONG cold & white winter I can't wait!!!
A few interesting upcoming Blues events around Wausau or within a reasonable drive this week include Paul Filipowicz May 24th at the Ginger Snap in Oshkosh, the Misha Siegfried Band May 24th at the Intermission in Wausau, Highway 414 at Fond du Lac's Pour Boys, the Pumps May 25th at Wausau's Intermission, Tweed Funk at the Deja Vu in Appleton and of course the NORTHWOODS BLUES FESTIVAL in Trego May 25th with tons of Blues talent.
Some upcoming BLUES gigs of special note a bit further away include the Milwaukee Rep's production of "One Night With Janus Joplin" at their theater in Milwaukee from now until June 6th, Billy Flynn May 21st in Brookfield at the Saloon on Calhoun, ANA POPOVIC in Rockford, ILLINOIS at the Adriatic Cafe May 24th and again the NORTHWOODS BLUES FESTIVAL in Trego May 25th featuring JOE LOUIS WALKER, KENNY NEAL, CHRIS BEARD, ANA POPOVIC plus Rev. Raven with Westside Andy, Mojo Lemon and Howard Luedtke & Blue Max. Many more follow in the pages of "Who's On First" beginning on page three and beyond.
The Doc's cold has finally let up enough so the "Clinic of Boogie & Blues" WILL REOPEN May 22nd with doses of musical medications from Debbie Davies, Rory Block, Lamont Cranston, Janice Joplin, Kid Ramos, Paul Rishell, Little Feat and lots more PLUS featured artists THE YARDBIRDS!!
During the New & Blue segment that features BRAND NEW releases we'll hear Big Papa & the TCB's latest SIX PACK OF COOL out on Inland Blue, Eric Clapton's OLD SOCK from Surf Dog, the Doug Prescott bands BLUES IN THE KEY OF SEA released on Howlin' at the Moon, Mr. Sam's JUST LIKE DAT from the Echo label and Bobby Rush's latest DOWN IN LOUISIANA out on his very own Deep Rush records.
In the last hour of Clinic operation our "Blues Baby Birthday" segment celebrating the birth of Blues musicians born sometime that week by playing one of their musical selections. May 22nd's Cake eaters include Robert Allen, Jr, Billy Wright, Jaybird Coleman, Z.Z. Tops Dusty Hill, Jimmy Thackery plus a few more if we have time.
If you're outside of WNRB-LP's broadcast area and need a dose of the Blues for your aches and pains remember the "Clinic..." IS AVAILABLE on the web at http://22.214.171.124:/listen.pls OR by going to the station web site - www.wnrblp.org - and following the prompts.
I'm always happy to play requests on the "Clinic..." if they're in the library. Do you want to hear something special? Send requests to email@example.com. If I got 'em - I'll gladly play 'em for ya!
Spring is officially here - Summer's around the corner and the white stuff is gone around North Central Wisconsin except for the deposits on the Granite Peak Ski runs. Time to get out of the house, apartment, cave or whatever and support LIVE & local music!! Get the blood moving with a little dancing to the finest in AMERICAN MUSIC - the BLUES!!!! I'm writing a prescription for that medication in your name and you can fill it this week at any music venue of your choice!
Yours in the Blues;