Madison Blues Society, Madison, Wisconsin Madison Blues Society, Madison, Wisconsin
MADISON BLUES SOCIETY
BLUES NEWS
FALL 2007
Check out the Madison Blues Society at
www.madisonbluessociety.com
for calendar, bands, venues and information

You email us at info@www.madisonbluessociety.com
or (snail) mail us at P.O. Box 3202, Madison, WI 53704
BLUES NEWS IN THE MADISON AREA
BLUES NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY

MADISON AREA NEWS

COMING UP IN MARCH
WILD WOMEN OF THE BLUES 2008
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
MARCH 8, 2008
BLUES IN THE SCHOOLS BENEFIT

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.

BOBBY BRYAN TO REPRESENT WISCONSIN AT THE 2008 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE
HELP BOBBY AND HIS BAND RAISE MONEY FOR THE MEMPHIS TRIP!

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

WEBSITE UPDATES
WE'VE GOT A WHOLE NEW LOOK AT
www.madisonbluessociety.com

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!

NEWLY CONVERTED OR CREATED PAGES:

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.

Who we are and what we're doing can be found on our ABOUT US page. Feel free to talk to us about anything about the Blues at our CONTACT US page.

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!
Comments? Questions? Wanna help out? Send us an email! at info@madisonbluessociety.com


BLUES NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY

BUDDY GUY'S CHICAGO BLUES TOUR
BLUES LEGEND BUDDY GUY GIVES VIRTUAL TOUR OF CHICAGO MUSIC HISTORY

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."

The Chicago Blues Tour is free and can be downloaded at www.downloadchicagotours.com or Apple's iTunes. Media can find an electronic press kit for the tour at www.downloadchicagotours.com/bluesmedia.

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.

CHICAGO BLUES TOUR DESTINATIONS
  1. Buddy Guy's Legends - When Buddy Guy opened this club in 1989, he wanted it to have the feel of a dark, authentic storefront music joint, an experience like going to a club when the Chicago blues were born.
  2. The Illinois Central Depot - Once Chicago's largest train station, the Illinois Central Station became known as the Black Ellis Island, where many southern African American's introduction to Chicago.
  3. Maxwell Street - Alive with business in the Maxwell Street market, musicians congregated here and played the music that defined several eras of the Chicago blues.
  4. Vee-Jay Records - Before Motown there was Vee-Jay Records, the largest and most powerful black-owned record label in America, recording the greats of R &B, doo-wop, and jazz in their studio on what was then known as 'record row' on Michigan Avenue.
  5. Chess Records, Michigan Avenue - Generations of musicians have come to pay homage at the place where all the greats of the Chicago blues tradition - Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Koko Taylor, to name a few - recorded their hits. Today, the building is home to the Blues Heaven Foundation started by blues legend Willie Dixon, whose mission is to promote and document the blues, educate children about its history, and to support working musicians
  6. The State Street Stroll - In the 1920's and 30's, people would dress their best and stroll down the street while music poured from the theaters, cafes, and "black and tan" nightclubs that lined the strip, notably the Pekin Theater, the Plantation Club, and the Apex Club.
  7. 47th Street - Now known as the 'Chicago Blues District,' this was the location of the famous 708 Club, one of the creative incubators responsible for transforming a kind of rural country blues into the highly-charged electrified blues unique to Chicago.
  8. The Blues Brothers Mural - Created for the well-known movie, "The Blues Brothers," this site was the home of "Ray's Music Exchange," run by none other than Ray Charles in the film. The mural is an homage to the neighborhood's musical heritage.
  9. Chess Records, Cottage Grove Street - The Chess brothers built their company in several storefront locations, including this one where Chuck Berry cut his demo for "Maybelline."
  10. The Original 'House of Blues' - Muddy Waters' house was a community center for the blues. Muddy often took in struggling musicians and would stage impromptu jam sessions on the front steps.
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS MOVIE
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS DOCUMENTARY NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Lightin' Hopkins

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.

Lightin' Hopkins

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.