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WI AREA BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE 2008
The Madison Blues Society is pleased to present the "SOUTH MADISON BLUES KIDS", another great event where the kids bring their enthusiasm to the stage in a fun community gathering. This event is made possible with financial support from a Hands Across South Madison grant from the Town of Madison and the South Metropolitan Planning Council (SMPC).
Organizers of this summer night out in Penn Park (at 2101 Fisher Street in Madison) are encouraging audiences to bring their lawn chairs to come and enjoy an afternoon of free blues music, with some of Madison's newest Blues Artists.
These South Madison youths, ages 7-16, have been learning to play Blues harmonica, write kid-based blues songs and lyrics - just for you! These teaching sessions often bring out leadership and communication skills in the "Blues Kids."
Joe Nosek, with The Cash Box Kings, has been educating Madison youth groups over the past 6 years for Madison Blues Society. He is, again, working with a youth group, this time from South Madison. This program provides an opportunity for the community to turn away troubles and come together in a celebration of great music.
Two presentations by the "South Madison Blues Kids" and The Cash Box Kings will take place on Saturday, 8/16/08. The first will be a private performance at the south side's Madison Senior Center and Quaker Housing in cooperation with the South Madison Coalition of the Elderly. Residents with a history in the Blues will interact with the kids in an enjoyable exchange of musical experience.
Madison Blues Society is dedicated to presenting and fostering blues music in the Madison and surrounding area. The organization's future plans include sponsoring more blues performances and workshops, developing the Blues News newsletter and continuing with our Annual Madison Blues Society's "Blues Picnic."
The 1st Grafton Blues Challenge was held on May 10 with a lot of great Wisconsin Blues talent competing. The winner goes to Memphis February 4-7, 2009 for the 25th International Blues Challenge held every year by the Blues Foundation. In the competition were Hounds Tooth, The Back Alley Band, The Charles Walker Band, Maple Road, Kenny J & Blue Wagon, Queenie & the Blue Cats, Sue DaBaco & Wise Fools and The Alex Wilson Band.
AND THE WINNERS WERE:
The shows are getting scheduled and it's gonna be a great Blues Festival Season! Lot's of bands are already scheduled and there are quite a few Blues Festivals in "reasonable striking distance." Lots of great food and drink like BBQ and beer add to the fun. Don't miss out!
See our WISCONSIN AREA BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE 2008. We're updating it regularly as more information becomes available. So far, we're up to 20 festivals playin' the Blues and still counting! Check often!
See how they fit into the Events and Shows Calendar and make your plans for a good time.
The MAMAs were held on May 10 and we have winners. The MAMAs have been a great supporter of the Madison music scene for years and the Blues is a big part of it. Check out what the Madison Community Pages has to say.
This great work is all to benefit music programs for kids in Madison. The school system keeps cutting back programs so this is more important than ever. Thanks also goes to Broadjam, long time sponsor of the MAMAs.
AND HERE ARE THE BLUES WINNERS:
Your very low contribution of $5 goes directly to the kids music programs so get on over to the Broadjam hosted voting website, JOIN and help out the kids!
Check out the MAMAs news and information page with
Please donate what you can to help kids music programs then scroll down for FAQ's about the MAMAs.
The Cultural Awareness Project, founded in 1982, addresses the need for education in the Madison Community about the contributions of African American Culture. The Ebony Expressions Project addresses a wide range of social and cultural issues using this unique and original stage production to communicate their thought-provoking message to the community.
Director Ed Holmes, an 18-year veteran of the Madison Public School system and former principal of Wright Middle School has been principal at West High School since 2004. While principal at Wright Middle School, Holmes received the prestigious Milken Family Foundation educator award for his work in building strong community ties in an environment of political and racial tension on Madison's south side. His cultural awareness work continues to break down the barriers between ethnic groups at West High School and the larger community with this far reaching program.
The Best of Ebony show starts it all off followed by a Reunion Luncheon and the Ebony Dance.
Ike Turner, one of rock's critical architects died Wednesday at his home in suburban San Diego. He was 76. "He did pass away this morning" at his home in San Marcos, in northern San Diego County, said Scott M. Hanover of Thrill Entertainment Group, which managed Turner's musical career.
The Blues Foundation 2008 Blues Music Awards were held at the Grand Casino and Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi on Thursday, May 8, sponsored by The Gibson Foundation as well as BMI, Casey Family Programs, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. More than 65 nominees are featured at this sold-out show.
The Blues Foundation will present the Blues Music Awards for the first time in their 29-year history in the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of the Blues. Performers, industry representatives and fans from around the globe will celebrate the best in Blues recording and performance from the previous year on May 8, 2008 at the Grand Casino Event Center in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, just down the road from Memphis, the Awards' home since their 1980 inception.
Nominees include Bobby Rush, Watermelon Slim and the Workers, Koko Taylor, Omar Dykes and Jimmie Vaughan, Bettye LaVette, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops James Blood Ulmer and Lurie Bell.
Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, 9 miles west of Chicago's Loop will be holding a symposium with many distinguished guests from May 22 through May 24, 2008 to explore the heritage of African American music in Chicago. There will be discussion, debate, live performances and workshops.