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Jeff Jul 09 2013 1:41 PM
Reminder of this weekend's "Blues Breakdown" in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.
JTC Oct 25 2012 3:58 PM
Any Lowebow Cigar Box Guitar fans around ?
George Cook Jan 22 2012 3:43 PM
The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts ( non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts in the Ithaca/Finger Lakes area of Upstate New York) is hosting acoustic music workshops for aspiring blues musicians.

Our first workshop is scheduled for April 27-29, 2012. We've lined up some phenomenal musicians that I've worked with at other workshops. They are all experienced instructors, have published instructional materials, and are international performing/recording artists:
Del Rey, Seattle
Ernie Hawkins, Pittsburgh
John Miller, Seattle
We've also asked Patrick Burke, local Ithaca musician, to be an instructor. Patrick plays the blues/ragtime/roots music that we'll be focusing in on at this workshop. Pat performs solo and is a member of the Evil City String Band on Facebook.

In addition to the instructional workshop, we'll be hosting a public performance at TCFA by our instructors Saturday evening April 28.

For more information and to sign up, follow this link:
J. Hans Fonod Nov 14 2011 10:18 AM
I am very happy to have stumbled upon your site. Hope an enduring relationship builds here. We would love to bring our act up North... Peace!!!
Ron Hoerter Sep 11 2011 7:40 AM
Hi Paul, they are in the image gallery found here.
paul Aug 30 2011 8:06 AM
Looking for pics from the 2011 BBFBF ... thanks.
Eric Scrappie Hughes May 02 2011 9:49 AM
I am a new member of Great Northern Blues Society, and a blues entertainer.
I'll be making my way through Wisconsin in late August.
Weds Aug 24, Tichigan/Waterford at the Cruise Inn.
Thurs Aug 25, Wasau at the Glass Hat
Fri, Aug 26, Minoqua at Black Bear Lodge
Sat, Aug 27, Rhinelander at WQOX's Blues Cruise
Ron Hoerter Oct 26 2010 8:24 AM
Hi Pat, you can find that information on these pages. The Blues Doctor posts weekly updates. He has been out of town for the last two months and should be returning shortly. So needless to say, we are behind with this stuff. I post national acts from his posts on the home page.

I post larger events on our Events page, that can be found here.

You can find it all in the Blues Doctor's Who's on First and Blues News on the same Events page. The festival season is over, so there will not be much on the Events page for a while. All these things should be updated soon. I hope this points toward what you are looking for. I look forward to meeting you a one of our meetings. Find the information for the next one here.

Thanks, Ron Hoerter

Great Northern Blues Society - Presidential Committee/ Treasurer/Website Managing Editor -
Pat Donahue Oct 25 2010 6:43 PM
I am new to the area (WI Rapids), having moved here from Appleton. One thing I think is imperative that your Society (and its related site) do is put together a comprehensive list of weekly venues and what blues artists are playing there.

Your site lists artists/bands, but honestly, some of them have been dead for 10+ years...

I understand you are proud of the bands you have brought here (and you damn well should be!), but if you want to build a following (especially with the younger age clientele) then you need to keep blues music information current...

This area has NO comprehensive and up to date site for live music information, so why not have people turn to GNBS as the source for that?

I fully support your efforts, have only missed one Big Bull Falls Fest, and look forward to coming to a meeting to see how GNBS operates...


Pat Donahue
Ron Hoerter Oct 03 2010 10:53 AM
No there is not an Ala Carte but see our home page for the Buddy Guy show and the Wake The Dead show. We are involved with both of these shows. thanks, Ron Hoerter -
Great Northern Blues Society - Presidential Committee/ Treasurer/Website Managing Editor -
Kevin Sep 28 2010 8:13 PM
Is there a Blues ala Carte event being planned for the fall? I have not seen any dates or announcements on the website.
Ron Hoerter Apr 01 2010 9:21 PM
Kevin, your post on our Guest Book was dead on. Thanks for attending and for your input.

Even if people are not familiar with an artist's work, they need to trust that the people from the GNBS know what we are doing when we book acts.

If you look at our last two events, Ala' Carte and the Blues Cafe', check out the performers. Queenie and the Blue Cats won a MAMA award in 2009. Meantooth Grin is nominated for a WAMI award for best Blues band. I hardly need to say anything about Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, but here is the latest stuff. The group picked up the coveted 2009 Band Of The Year Blues Music Award, the same honor they received in 2007. Lil’ Ed Williams also received the 2009 Best Live Performer Award in the Living Blues Critics’ Poll. Nick Moss and the Flip Tops, the Kilborn Alley Blues Band and The Insomniacs all won Blues Blast Music awards in 2009. Nick Moss and The Insomniacs are in featured articles in the latest issue of Blues Revue magazine, with Nick Moss being on the cover. Anyone who is paying attention knows that Shane Dwight is the hardest-working man in the Blues right now. He released two CDs last summer and has been touring non-stop ever since, including performing on the most recent Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. The DVD of this performance will be released next week.

Kilborn and Nick Moss have brand new CDs that were released in March. Do I need to list more? Trust us people, we put on great shows with top-notch performers and have given you three excellent headliners in a row. Don't forget Walter Trout.

Thanks to all that attended and especially those who stayed 'til the end. Lil' Ed jamming with Shane will be forever etched in my brain.

Ron Hoerter
Great Northern Blues Society - Treasurer/Website Managing Editor
Kevin Apr 01 2010 12:06 AM
The Cafe was a great event! Every one of the bands was very enjoyable.

Loved seeing The Insomniacs and Little Ed and Shane Dwight was simply awesome.

The pavillion was a very good venue. The only disappointment of the night was to see that so many people had left before or shortly after Shane Dwight went on. Why would a person leave when the headliner is on? If you missed Lil Ed playing with Shane you really missed a treat!

Thank you to all of the GNBS members who were involved in putting this on -- it was a fantastic, memorable event!
Steven P Schiferl Mar 31 2010 4:53 AM
Mary & Steve & our friend Joanne drove up in her "Lil Mustang Sally." We had a great time meeting some new people, like we do every time.

Was nice to have at the Pavilion again, loved the little features -- the fireplace going (great gathering place), the video screens on the side, being able to see the bands no matter where you stood.

So would like to thank all that help before during and after the event. That's what made it nice for us all -- THANK YOU!!

Now off to the band sites to give them a thumbs up.
Red, White & Blues Mar 30 2010 5:06 AM
Thank you for having us at the Blues Cafe. We had a great time, met some great people and made some more great fans. The GNBS staff was awesome. Hopefully we'll see you all again real soon.

Russ, Rick, Jay, Ernie J & Dan
Justin Brown Mar 29 2010 8:10 PM
My most sincere congratulations on such a wonderful and successful Blues Cafe event! I have been grinning from ear to ear for 24 hours now and pray it continues.

Both for its space and natural surroundings, I thought the Pavilion was such an excellent venue. From the welcome banner leading outsiders such as myself, to the videography display, to the friendly and ample beverage and BBQ staff, I was enthralled by all the hard work and planning that went into it.

While all the bands were a success in their own right, I really had my jaw drop with Lil Ed's performance. He could be a professor of "Commanding an Audience."

My hat's off to everyone involved!
Thank you!

Your friend in the blues,
Justin Brown
Elm Grove, WI
Bob + Christine Nov 08 2009 3:08 PM
What a great time. We loved the music and we were so happy to have such a wonderful dance floor. Thanks to all involved. Have another one soon in the same location.
Jon & Debra Oct 30 2009 10:50 AM
We had a great time at Blues Ala Carte '09 Really enjoyed all of the bands, really liked Tangos, the ballroom, the old-fashioned stage, the dance floor all made for a great setting for the GREAT Blues music. Were glad to be a part of it too. :D
Joan & Ken White Oct 30 2009 6:33 AM
Dear Robert:

I wanted to take a moment to thank you and all the volunteers for a great event last night.

The line up was excellent, good old fashioned BLUES. We enjoy all music for it's own sake, but the wailing guitars tend to get tedious. The bands last night each had their own style, but all stayed true to what we feel the blues is about. Great choices!

We also thought Tangos was a good choice as well. Plenty of room, excellent dance floor, and the separate dining room was a nice touch. One could enjoy the meal in a comfortable dining situation and still hear the blues. It would make a good spot for Blues Cafe in the future.

Cudos to the sound folks! They did an extremely good job and were very particular. No matter how good the bands, the evening can really go sour without a good sound system and crew. The couple last night did well (and we told them so).

It is always a long drive for us (nearly 1-1/2 hours) to attend a Wausau blues event, but last night was well worth it, we enjoyed the evening immensely. Thanks again.

Joan & Ken White
Great Northern Blues Society Members
Lakewood, WI
Don Pankratz Oct 14 2009 4:30 PM
Great job . . . and Play the Blues dammit!!
Robert Decker Sep 11 2009 11:19 AM
In reply to Jim's question below:

In today's market many local Blues bands are forced to play rock, pop & other covers in order to get work. In addition customers at many a venue request all kinds of stuff and most groups will play it if they know it. Olderbudwiser is no exception.

If you listen to their CD you'll hear the Blues and they bill themselves as a Blues band. Given the chance by management of a given venue - as far as I know - they'll play mostly Blues. Great Northern has a rider attached to every band's contract requiring that "at least 80% of ... (a) groups play list at any GNBS event is to consist of Blues music. A portion of ... (remainder) ... may consist of Gospel, R&B, Jazz Blues, Soul Blues, Blues-rock or similar material. A small amount of Rock & Roll is acceptable - not to exceed 10%"

On October 24th I'm confident you'll hear mostly Blues and some of the other genres sited PLUS some ORIGINAL MATERIAL from Olderbud.

Bob Decker,
President GNBS
GNBS Board Member Sep 11 2009 11:17 AM
In reply to Jim's question below:

They play to the audience that's at the venue. They can pull off a full show of either, and are good at both.
Jim Sep 10 2009 11:15 PM
Isn't Olderbudweiser a rock cover band? I saw them in Minocqua and they were playing AC/DC and old rock.
Kind of an odd choice for a blues event.
Cailee Rae Jun 16 2009 8:26 PM
Well Dad I finally made it! This site is easy to figure out and it's nice to read that so many people love the blues as much as our family! Also if you are feeling nice I like the black t-shirt that says.... Just Play the Blues Damnit :)
Joann Winborn http://www.myspace/shinenlite Jun 06 2009 8:13 PM
The site looks great;)
Lanna Apr 16 2009 4:28 PM
I moved up here about 6 years ago after having been very active in the Oklahoma City Blues Society. Gotta live the blues to love the blues. I printed my membership app just now. I enjoyed the Cafe - it was so great to be at a Blues Kinda Thang.
Sue Gyarmati Apr 10 2009 8:48 PM
Hello! Just wanted to thank you so much for publicizing the Cedarburg Cultural Center's upcoming show with Janiva! We really appreciate the help.

Sue-Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI
Ron Hoerter Apr 04 2009 9:21 PM
In response to the message from [steve (bup)]. I am glad that you enjoyed the 2009 Blues Cafe'. It is extremely disappointing that one individual could taint the end of such a great performance by Walter Trout. The individual who threw the beer was escorted out and we will be watching for him next year. I agree people should drop an E-Mail to Walter, tell him how they feel about the show and what happened. We contacted the tour manager for Walter the next day. Walter has no ill feelings. He loved the way the GNBS treated him, enjoyed playing here and would love to play for us again. I do however take issue with the GNBS not meeting the goals of our Mission Statement. The GNBS and 99.9% of the attendees met that Mission Statement. It was just one guy who didn’t and who can't be a GNBS member. Because if you love the Blues, you could never do what he did to Walter and to all of us that attended the Cafe’.
Tom and Carole Haferman - Wisconsin Rapids Apr 04 2009 5:39 PM
Message originally received via GNBS email on 3/29/09: What a show last night! The quality of the artists deserve more than a dance floor in front of the audience.
Thanks for bringing this to central Wisconsin, but move the dance floor. It would be a better show for the rest of us.
steve (bup) Mar 31 2009 9:39 PM
Another great blues cafe, thanks to all that made what it was great. I like the open idea of dance in the front and able get to the artists to take pic's or get good view. It is very disappointing the insanity that Walter Trout had to have happen to him I hope a letter of regret has been sent to him. And I ask all good blues ppl plz do so to his web site also. And ask the society if they know who this person was to plz ban him from all future events. OUR MISSION was clearly not follow'd "Seeking...respect they deserve". BUP
Rylan Hoerter Feb 14 2009 8:09 PM
Nice site. I like the new look. Hope to see you all at the cafe, and dad quit spending all your time working the website. Jk
Blues Lover Feb 13 2009 7:26 AM
Glad to see you're selling tickets for the 2009 Blues Cafe online. I plan on being there with a few friends. Looking forward to great show this year. Walter Trout is the bomb!
Perry Mangum Jan 28 2009 4:11 PM
The web site is great! I'm gonna try to make it to the cafe.
Snapshot Dec 03 2008 3:33 PM
Love the new look! You need to add a 'contact us' link tho.
Ken Hilgers Nov 01 2008 10:51 PM
Keep up the good work -- I believe I need to renew.
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