BLUES FANS, MUSICIANS, SOCIETIES AND FELLOW MUSIC TRAVELERS
Wausau will be ROCKIN' to the Blues this weekend! Blues Cafe 2014 is back at the Rothschild Pavilion March 8th with doors opening at noon and music starting at 1 PM. Tickets are only $17 in advance, $22 at the door and are available all over North Central Wisconsin and via the Great Northern Blues Soc. web site - www.gnbs.org. Check the site for ALL ticket sale locations.
It's a great bill this year with SIX ACTS in all including SHAUN MURPHY and her band, JOE LOUIS WALKER & band, the RUSTY WRIGHT BAND, Altered Five and Howard "Guitar" Luedtke and Blue Max plus Lonesome Dan Kase playing acoustic Blues between the mainstage act.
Plenty of seating is provided, you can bring your own if you want, lots of GREAT food will be available in the hall, artist material for purchase along with GNBS stuff plus things to drink. Doc's got his ticket and hopes to see ya there!!!
The International Blues Foundations 35TH BLUES MUSIC AWARDS are scheduled May 8th, 2014 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. If you're thinking of going reserve a room NOW! Tickets are on sale back in mid December and if you're a member of the IBF you can VOTE now.
The latest Roots Music Top 50 Blues radio chart dated May 2 has TOMMY CASTRO & the Pain Killers "The Devil You Know" #1, CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE's "Juke Joint Chapel" 2nd, THE RIDES "Can't Get Enought" in 3rd, ROBBEN FORD's "A Day In Nashville" 4th and CYRIL NEVILLE's "Magic Honey" 5th. Albums from ERIC BIBB, MATT ANDERSON, DAMON FOWLER, ROOMFUL OF BLUES and EDDIE COTTON complete the top ten. The Wisconsin Roots Music chart from Feb. 21 has NO Blues entries.
The Living Blues Magazine Radio chart is done once a month but hasn't been updated as of press time from the January list compiled Feb. 1st. That listing had Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers THE DEVIL YOU KNOW in 1st place, Charlie Musselwhite's JUKE JOINT CHAPEL 2nd, Tinsley Ellis' MIDNIGHT BLUE third, Trudy Lynn's ROYAL OAK BLUES CAFE 4th and Toronzo Cannon's JOHN THE CONQUER ROOT holds down the 5th spot.
The Remaining top ten selections on the Living Blues chart show releases by Eddie Cotton, Billy Branch & the Sons of the Blues, Eric Bibb, Harmonica Hinds and the Blues Doctors.
With the SNOW and COLD weather if you're STILL thinking about/looking for a WARM place to travel with great music remember that Jimmy Voegeli and the Jimmy's have put together PLAYCATION in the Dominican Republic at the all-inclusive Gran Ventana Beach Resort in Puerto Plata from March 17th thru the 24th. Jimmy tells me ALL tickets they had control over SOLD OUT. To see if any remain via other sources contact Middleton Travel at: www.middletontravel.com.
Blues Festivals are done in our climate until late spring but there's ONE INDOOR event coming up in LESS THAN A WEEK - 2014's BLUES CAFE on March 8th! The FULL bill is made up of Howard Luedtke and Blue Max, Altered Five, RUSTY WRIGHT BAND, SHAUN MURPHY and JOE LOUIS WALKER!!! Plus they've got Lonesome Dan Kase playing acoustic between the main stage acts. So come on down, up or over to Wausau this weekend for some killer Blues!
Musical or Blues happenings OTHER than Blues Cafe coming up in the near future around Wausau or within a reasonable drive (under 100 miles) include Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo at the Intermission Bar in Wausau March 7th, the Bobby Evans Band March 14th at Neenah's Sherrytown Station, the Charles Walker Band in Appleton at the Deja Vu Lounge March 8th, Howard "Guitar" Luedtke and Blue Max at Malarkey's Pub, Wausau March 8th following the Blues Cafe and Hip Pocket March 8th at the Wausau Country Club, Wausau.
BLUES or other special musical events further afield have HERMAN ASTRO & THE EXTRA CRISPY BRASS BAND doing Fat Tuesday March 4th at Milwaukee's Turner Hall, BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERS March 6th at Turner Hall in Milwaukee, BOBBY MESSANO March 8th at the Hope & Anchor in Loves Park, IL. and SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS on the same day & city at the Pabst Theater. Details and more gigs follow in the pages of "Who's On First".
The "Clinic of Boogie & Blues" opens its doors for patients March 5th featuring a musical preview of Blues Cafe 2014 including ALL the artists on the bill. In addition the Doc's mixed up more musical medications by Ms. Jody, Yank Rachell and more to ease ALL your aches and pains PLUS this weeks featured artist - ETTA BAKER!
During our New & Blue segment dedicated to RECENT releases we'll hear from a reissue by John & Sylvia Embry TROUBLES put out by Delmark, Damon Fowler's latest SOUNDS OF HOME released on Blind Pig, Solomon King's TRAIN from JLM Inc., Dan McKinnon's self produced AS SHARP AS POSSIBLE and Root Doctor's newest self produced NEW ATTITUDE.
In the last hour of "Clinic..." operations we always celebrate the birth of musicians entering the world sometime this week with our "Blues Baby Birthday" portion of the treatment plan. To mark each artist's special day we play a selection from their body of work and this weeks cake eaters & candle blowers include Walter Trout, Bob Brozman, Gina Sicilia, Rory Gallagher, John Primer, Furry Lewis and more if time allows.
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 24/7 on the web at http://220.127.116.11:/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!
Wausau's had MORE than a couple of snows and recently is BACK suffering from night time single digit temps! So it's a good time to get out of the house, apartment, cave or whatever and support LIVE & local music!! Warm up with a little dancing to the finest of AMERICAN MUSIC - the BLUES!!!! I'm writing a prescription for that medication in your name and you can fill it this week or next at any venue of your choice!
Yours in the music;