BLUES FANS, MUSICIANS, SOCIETIES AND FELLOW MUSIC TRAVELERS:
This one's even LONGER! It features LOTS more FESTIVALS plus many more shows by Blues artists around the state and area. ENJOY!!!
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..."!
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.
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/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!
BLUES BLAST MUSIC AWARDS: Coming up July 15th you can vote for FREE in the Blues Blast 2015 Music Awards. Go to www.bluesblastmagazine.com and cast your vote for your favorite artists.
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 is dated June 18 has Slam Allen's FEEL THESE BLUES still first, the Cash Box Kings HOLDING COURT remains in second, Steve Earle's newest TERAPLANE from New West is 3rd, the Kentucky Headhunters MEET ME IN BLUESLAND released by Alligator moves to 4th from nowhere and Sonny Landreth's latest BOUND BY THE BLUES holds down the 5th spot.
Charlie Musselwhite's I AIN'T LYIN' released by Henrietta, Charles Wilson's SWEET & SOUR BLUES and recordings by Tad Robinson, the Ghost Town Blues Band and Tinsley Ellis complete Roots Music Report's Top Ten Album chart for this week.
The Top Five songs per the Roots Music Reports for this week included "Baby Please Don't Your Go" by Slam Allen, "In From The Cold" done by Tinsley Ellis, Steve Earle's "You're The Best Lover That I Ever Had", "2 Steps From A Lie" by Charles Wilson and "Rich Woman" via Boz Scaggs.
The Wisconsin Roots Music chart of the same date has ALTERED FIVE BLUES BAND'S very fine "Cryin' Mercy" moving down to third place after leading the state chart for MONTHS! Tweed Funk's FIRST NAME LUCKY also charted at number 5.
The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart is done once every month covering the PREVIOUS month. That makes the latest covering MAY of 2015 compiled June 1st with the Cash Box Kings HOLDING COURT #1, James Harman's BONETIME second, Slam Allen's FEEL THESE BLUES third, Debbie Davies LOVE SPIN fourth and Sugaray Rayford's SOUTHSIDE in 5th.
The Remaining May top ten slots from Living Blues Magazine are held by Mr. Sipp, Jackie Payne, the Texas Horns, Tad Robinson and Hans Theesink & Terry Evans release TRUE & BLUE: LIVE.
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 a fair number of Blues acts.
Again I've included 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. 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!
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 Chris Brandenburg & the Bluetones at Classic's in Shawano June 27, Donnie Pick & the Road Band June 26 at Wausau's Intermission, Michael Murphy & the Mob July 4 at SAWDUST DAYS in Oshkosh (event runs July 1 to 5) that also features Rev. Raven with Westside Andy, the Velveetatones, Donnie Pick & the Road Band plus the BEL-AIRS!
On July 3 - 5 the RIVERFRONT RENDEZVOUS comes back to Stevens Point with the Altered Five Blues Band. July 10 Steve Meyer & True Heat play Cozy Grass in Manitowish Waters and Hip Pocket is in Antigo June 22 at the High School commons. 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 the KRAUT MUSIC FESTIVAL in Franksville June 18 to the 21st with LOS LONELY BOYS & Rev. Raven, BILLY FLYNN at the Badger Bowl June 22nd, VICTOR WAINWRIGHT June 24 at Buddy Guy's in Chicago, IL, Maple Road at Summerfest June 26 in Milwaukee, Misha Siegfried Band June 25 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, SUMMERFEST on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee June 24-28 & June 30 to July 5 with BUDDY GUY, ROLLING STONES, GARY CLARK JR., BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, ELVIN BISHOP, BOBBY MESSANO, TOMMY CASTRO, KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD, OTIS CLAY, MAVIS STAPLES, NICK MOSS, The Jimmy's, Reverend Raven, Greg Koch, Leroy Airmaster and TONS more music!
Other Fests coming up include NORTHWOOD BLUES FESTIVAL June 26 & 27 in Spooner with MARCIA BALL, DEVON ALLMAN, ERIC GALES, the Jimmy's, Tweed Funk and Howard Luedtke & Blue Max! A bit further away BLUES, BREWS & BBQ FEST comes back to Champaign, IL with CAROLYN WONDERLAND, ANA POPOVIC, JANIVA MAGNESS and lots more! One more to take note of is GRILLIN' IN GRAFTON June 27 with Altered Five, Rev. Raven with Westside Andy and TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS and its FREE! See the attached for even more.
BLUES RADIO: 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.
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