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WI AREA BLUES FESTIVAL GUIDE 2011
Held this year at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, the 2011 Blues Blast Music Awards were another great celebration of blues music today. Blues Blast Newsletter has been covering the blues in the Illinois area and far beyond for years now and they tell it like it is. If you don't already get this terrific newsletter, go to Blues Blast and sign up today! Filled with great news, numerous reviews of all the great new blues music that is coming out and support of blues societies and blues musicians, this is arguably the best source of blues news out there.
Check out the Blues Blast Newsletter October 25, 2011 issue covering the awards!
HERE ARE THIS YEAR'S WINNERS! These folks demonstrate the long road from where blues has been to where it is going today!
Once Koko Taylor's daughter Cookie Taylor Threatt decided that she wanted to present her mother's tiara to Shemekia Copeland at this year's Chicago Blues Fest, the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois decided to take it one step further. On Sunday, June 12, on the last day of the fest, Shemekia Copeland was formally crowned "QUEEN OF THE BLUES".
Other great Blues Women have been called Queen of the Blues, including Memphis Minnie, Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith. Shemekia, who had been very close to Koko and who honors Taylor every night in each performance, will continue this great tradition. You can read all about the event and the background in the Blues Revue article.
The FRIDAY NIGHT BLUES PARTY at the Knuckledown Saloon and CHICAGO BLUES TUESDAYS at the Frequency have been cancelled. The promoter and organizer of these shows, musician A.J. Love, will no longer be running these shows. A.J. will be returning to his traditional Country music roots playing the music of artists such as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, & Hank Williams Sr.
A.J. thanks everyone for their support and hope they continue to keep getting out to hear live music at the great venues that have been supporting the Blues.
Back again this year, the Wisconsin Historical Museum, on the Capitol Square at 30 North Carroll Street, is hosting this enjoyable series that really makes a great connection between Madison area musicians and blues fans. "Get to know your local musicians" as they share their personal stories and the history of blues. And bring your dancin' shoes as each event will feature a short set of live music.
Doors open at 6:00PM, performance at 7:00PM. Light refreshments will be provided. Suggested donation $5/person. Sponsored by the Madison Blues Society.
CHICAGO BLUES TUESDAYS - CANCELLED!
BLUES AND BREWS - TUESDAYS
Blues n' Brews is the longest running blues jam in Madison with over 420 consecutive weekly shows. The show cooks from 6:00PM to 10:00PM every Tuesday at the Bristled Boar located at 2611 Branch Street in Middleton, on Madison's west side.
The Blues n' Brews show features Dan Schilling and the Shake Daddys, along with their talented guest artists. Every week the show is different and exciting. This is a great way to kick up your heels on a Tuesday night with plenty of great food, drinks and live blues, and still get home early! So come on down and join the fun!
ACOUSTIC JAM - TUESDAYS - LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
A different take on your favorite music at Talula at 802 Atlas Avenue at 7:00PM on Madison's east side, just off Highway 51 (Stoughton Road) at Cottage Grove Road. Just look for the big pink building!
HOT DAMN BLUES JAM - WEDNESDAYS
This great Blues Jam with Shari Davis and Bill Roberts will liven up the Knuckle Down Saloon at 2513 Seiferth Road, Madison, just a block from the corner of Stoughton Road and Pflaum Road. Things'll get cookin' about 8:00PM so get on down, find your spot, grab a drink and get ready for some fine blues!
ALL NIGHT BLUES PARTY / OPEN JAM - FRIDAYS - CANCELLED!
The 8th Annual Madison Area Music Awards were held Saturday, June 4th at the Capital Theater in the Overture Center. Nearly one hundred musicians of all ages graced the stage including a special performance by the Pro Arte Quartet as they celebrate their 100th year. Madison's version of the Grammys are again another great success.
Here are the winners of the Blues categories:
Lots of other great talent was rewarded for their efforts at this great event. Check out the VIDEOS of the great performances that night!