We're gonna have a great show at the Brink on International Women's Day next March with Headliner Sue Foley and Opener Sue DaBaco and Wise Fools.
Advance tickets now available at a reduced price. Check out Wild Women of the Blues 2008.
Last spring, the Madison Blues Society hosted the Wisconsin Blues Challenge. Bobby Bryan and the Original Downtown Players, winner of the Wisconsin event, will be going to Memphis to represent the great blues coming out of Wisconsin.
Be sure to pick up a Band T-shirt at Bobby's shows for only $18. The proceeds will help the band go to Memphis.
*** See Bobby in the Madison Area ***
and don't forget the
MBS Fund Raisers at the
Brink Lounge on Saturday 12/22 from 3:00 to 6:00PM and 1/12 at 8:00PM
Be sure to catch Bobby back in the Madison Area after the IBC
We're getting new shows added to the CALENDAR several times a week! Be sure to stop in and see what's coming up. There are lots of great shows out there featuring great local talent. We have a lot of great Blues People in the Madison area. There are nearly always several shows a week in the area. And check out the great AREA BANDS that are making Madison a great place to hear the Blues!
Area Bands, Venues, Blues Links, On The Radio, About Us, Contact Us, Sponsors, Help Out & Join Us
We're getting the old site's pages converted over to the new format and adding new content and a few new pages, too.
We've gathered a great list of AREA BANDS who are keeping the Blues alive and making Madison a great place to live! If you book bands to play in area venues, hire these guys! If you just love the Blues, go see them! You'll see lots of them on our CALENDAR.
There are lots of great places to hear live Blues in the Madison area! Check out our new VENUES page.
There's lots a great information about the blues on our BLUES LINKS page including Blues Organizations, Festivals and Live Music, Publications, Record Labels, Blues Lessons and more!
Lots more about what's on the RADIO including HD radio and Internet Streams.
Check out our great SPONSORS who help us bring you the Blues!
Get involved and help keep the blues alive.
Our updates are coming along with new content every week!
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Multimedia audio tour exploring Chicago's musical roots as been downloaded by nearly 100,000 listeners within the first six months.
CHICAGO - Exploring the "Home of the Blues," the Chicago Blues Audio Tour narrated by Chicago-local Buddy Guy has found an astonishing audience in just six months. The podcast has been downloaded more than 97,000 times and is currently averaging over 1,000 downloads per day. The free, 50-minute tour combines an interactive map, tour stop directions, archival photos, video, music clips, and interviews - a true multimedia experience unlike anything else available.
Listeners are able to follow the tour either by downloading to a portable media player or by virtually experiencing Chicago on a home computer. Available in Mandarin Chinese, English, German, Japanese, and Spanish, the tour is able to reach international visitors and devotees of Chicago blues wherever they are.
In September, the podcast was featured on the front page of iTunes, the most popular repository for podcasts in the world. The tour was also awarded a 2007 MUSE Award from the American Association of Museums recognizing outstanding achievement in museum media. According to the judges, "while [the tour] would offer an evocative introduction to a visitor on the streets of Chicago, it is strong enough to be educational and engaging no matter where the listener may be."
As Buddy Guy explains about Chicago, "This is the place where people just like myself came from the South to create new lives and a new kind of music. The generation just before mine came up here playing folk music. But soon they traded in their acoustic guitars for electric instruments. And when they plugged them in, they created a new, urban sound, that we call Chicago blues."
Through Buddy Guy's insider perspective and interviews with blues musicians and historians, visitors experience the Chicago blues historic and societal relevance, the worldwide impact on music and culture, and the city's contemporary scene. Incorporating archival photos, music clips, and video, the tour highlights ten historic locations including Maxwell Street, Chess Records, and Muddy Water's former home. Listeners, from blues club aficionados to those less familiar with the Chicago blues sound, will discover something new from the explanation of Chicago blues and profiles of five Chicago blues innovators: Jimmy Yancey, Tampa Red, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and Koko Taylor.
In addition, the tour illustrates how Chicago continues to influence the international blues sound. Visitors can experience "Sweet Home Chicago" at the city's many music clubs, including Buddy Guy's Legends. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this June 5-8, 2008, the annual Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and draws over 800,000 visitors. Also, the Chicago Blues Archives at the city's Harold Washington Library preserves archival recordings of performances unavailable anywhere else.
The Chicago Office of Tourism produced the audio tour with the award-winning Acoustiguide, Inc. "We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the Chicago Office of Tourism on this project and are extremely happy with the results," said Kathryn Glass, Acoustiguide vice president. "By the end of the first year, more than 150,000 people will have had the pleasure of hearing Buddy Guy talk about Chicago's place in the history of the Blues, and that is something we are all very proud of."
For information about the Chicago Blues Festival, the world's largest free blues festival, visitors can call 312.744.3315 or visit www.chicagobluesfestival.us. Visitors and Chicagoans planning to entertain out-of-town guests can receive Chicago brochures, reserve hotel accommodations, and receive trip-planning assistance by calling 1.877.CHICAGO (1.877.244.2246) or visiting www.cityofchicago.org/tourism. Brochures and information on Chicago's exciting events and activities are also available at the Visitor Information Centers. The centers are located at Chicago Water Works, 163 E. Pearson Street at Michigan Avenue, and the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street.
Houston-based Fast Cut Films and Sunset Productions are collaborating to produce a documentary feature film about the life and times of Houston blues legend Sam Lightnin' Hopkins (1912-1982). The film Where Lightnin' Strikes is being produced and directed by the award-winning team of Mark Susman and Mike Snow.
They are seeking grass-roots funding as well as corporate sponsorships. They have initiated a T-shirt campaign to, in part, raise some money but much more is needed.
Snow, said, "We have the blessing of the estate, interest in the film from people around the world and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has expressed interest in screening the film when it is completed. The only thing we don't have are corporations, people & blues fans who are interested in helping with financing."
If you want to help out, you can buy a T-shirt or make a donation at www.wherelightninstrikes.com.