Madison Blues Society, Madison, Wisconsin Madison Blues Society, Madison, Wisconsin
FALL 2013 - SUMMER 2014
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Celebrate the Blues wherever you are!
International Blues Music Day
International Blues Music Day

On Saturday, August 2, the world will celebrate International Blues Music Day. This year's host city is New York City but folks will be celebrating the Blues all over the world! If you're lucky enough to be in NYC on August 2, be sure check out the Amazing Concert with top national Blues stars joining in including Rick Estrin, Taj Mahal, Sonny Landreth, Tommy Castro, Tab Benoit, Debbie Davies and more!

In the Madison Area and nearby, they'll also be playin' the Blues!

So get out there and get your boogie on and kick up your heels and don't forget to let everyone know how great the Blues makes you feel!

Take me out to the ball game!
Madison Mallards
Madison Mallards

MBS is getting together with the Ducks to celebrate the Blues! We're having a social outing at the Mallard's game on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 7:00PM against the Battle Creek Bombers to help publicize the 12th ANNUAL BLUES PICNIC. If you've never seen a Mallard's game, you've been missing some of the best fun to be had in Madison! Gates open at 5:30PM. We've got a block of seats to sit together in the bleacher seats behind home plate. And you'll enjoy a performance of the National Anthem by our own Aaron Williams & Kyle Henderson.

Thanks goes to the Madison Mallards for helping get the word out about the Blues Picnic. We've been sharing Warner Park with the ducks for many years now and the baseball crowd often sees our event going on. It'll be a great way to let everybody know about the terrific music right next door!

You can get your tickets for only $10 from an MBS board member, by calling the Mallards box office and specifying seating in the "Madison Blues Society section" or you can buy your ticket right now using PayPal (safe, secure and free to sign up) by clicking on the "Add to Cart" button below. Our block of seats is being held until June 4th. Pick up your ticket at the Mallard's "will call" window. AND, the ticket stub can be used to obtain a free Mallard's cap, a $10 value all by itself!

Madison Mallard's Game
Wednesday, June 18 via PayPal

Capital Brewery sponsors music, BBQ and fun!
Shari Davis
Shari Davis

Please come and bring your friends to a benefit Capital Brewery is sponsoring for the Madison Blues Society. The theme for the weekend is a Barbecue competition. It is being held at the Brewery for two days:

Blythe Gamble
Blythe Gamble

On Saturday, May 17 from 4:00 - 8:00PM, MBS will provide music by Hot Damn Blues Band with Shari Davis and Blythe Gamble. There is no door charge but we'll be happy to accept voluntary donations and new memberships. People who are competing in the Barbecue Contest will have food available for purchase.

The primary benefit for MBS will be held on Sunday, May 18 from Noon - 4:00PM. A $5.00 donation will be asked at the door and all of those donations will go to Madison Blues Society. Capital Brewery has arranged for Blues By 5 to play for the first part of the afternoon followed by judging and awards for best Barbecue.

We are hopeful that spring will arrive by then, but there is indoor space should this rain continue on and on. It's an opportunity to get out and socialize in the daytime with people you only see in the evening or not at all. Come and make it fun.

The Blues Foundation's most exciting annual event!
International Blues Challenge

The 30th Annual International Blues Challenge is underway and Blues fans from all over the world are kicking up their heels on Beale Street! It's been an amazing 30 years of Blues musicians from around the world competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. Area Blues Societies that have sent musicians to the IBC this year include the Grafton Blues Association in Grafton and the Crossroads Blues Society in Rockford.

For those fans who can't get down to Memphis, from January 21 through January 27, there are Live Webcasts from the Rum Boogie Cage on Beale Street. Check out the links below for the live streams.

  • Tuesday 01/21/14 7:00PM - SHOW 1
  • Wednesday 01/22/14 11:00AM - SHOW 2
  • Wednesday 01/22/14 6:00PM - SHOW 3
  • Thursday 01/23/14 11:00AM - SHOW 4
  • Thursday 01/23/14 6:00PM - SHOW 5
  • Friday 01/24/14 11:00AM - SHOW 6
  • Friday 01/24/14 6:00PM - SHOW 7
  • Monday 01/27/14 9:00PM - WRAP-UP SHOW

    If you can't watch or MISS SOMETHING all shows are archived at the 2014 IBC Page at Music On The Couch.


    People all over the country and the world are pitching in to help the Blues Foundation build the long needed Blues Hall of Fame museum in Memphis, Tennessee. This great facility will honor the finest in blues music over it's long history. Since its inception in 1980, the Blues Foundation has inducted new members into the BHOF annually for their historical contribution, impact and overall influence on the Blues. This new facility will house the exhibits that highlight the musicians, instruments, artifacts and stories that will show visitors what the Blues is all about.

    The folks at Blues Festival Guide are helping out, too! As the Blues Festival season gets going, myriad artists and organizations are working to spread the word about this noble cause at festivals around the country. Check out the whole story in the BFG Newsletter and see what you can do to help. News about the plans, donations, background, and supporters is detailed in this comprehensive report on how the campaign is going. The folks helping out come from all over, each showing their appreciation of the Blues art form with their support. It doesn't matter if you don't represent a big organization or don't have deep pockets. Small contributions and even just spreading the word makes a difference! Every bit helps! Join the community of blues lovers working together to make this happen!


    The 2014 Blues Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in mid-February. The Blues Foundation has surpassed the $2 million mark in pledges and donations. They have now raised 80% of the projected $2.5 million needed. They hope to raise the rest this spring and begin construction this June. In appreciation of their generosity, all donors of $5000 or more will be guests of The Blues Foundation at the Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony Wednesday, May 7.

    Help out a friend of the Blues

    The benefit concert held on Thursday, October 24, at the Brink Lounge is over but you can still help out!

    "Lady P." of "The Dusties Storm" on WORT 89.9 FM needs our help with funds for dental work prerequisite to knee surgery. You can help!

    The Press Connection Foundation has agreed to be the Fiscal Sponsor for the Peaches Lacey Medical Fund. Donations made to the fund are tax deductible. As the Fiscal Sponsor, the Press Connection Foundation applies a 5% transaction fee to donations which they receive and process.

    Checks can be sent to the:
    PC Foundation
    2820 Marshall Court, #1
    Madison, WI, 53705

    Write "Peaches Lacey" on the memo line.

    The Press Connection Foundation can also receive on-line donations via PayPal using Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.

    Thanks for your support!

    Peaches Lacy Benefit

    Fundraising Update!

    There's great news on our collective efforts to raise funds to help Peaches with her immediate medical needs. The fund-raising effort is now 79%!! of the way towards the $3,500 needed to cover the dental work. Peaches is scheduled to begin her dental work in early December and will be meeting in mid December with the knee surgeon.

    We're getting close but don't give up now! If you'd like to make a tax deductible donation by check or online via PayPal using a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover), please visit the The PC Foundation web site:

    Please help Peaches by making a contribution if you are able and by sharing this information. Together, our efforts will enable Peaches to have a smile on her face and a spring in her step!

    Food, Music, Board Nominations & Bylaws update

    MBS members are invited to an annual membership meeting on Thursday, November 21 at the Hody Bar at 1914 Aurora Street in Middleton. This very brief meeting will begin at 8:00PM and be followed by a holiday social.

    The Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band will play at 9:00PM. There's no cover charge and lots of great blues!

    First, we need your vote on changes we are proposing to the MBS Bylaws. You think Bylaws don't sound interesting? These will help us achieve the goals for which you paid a membership fee. You will receive an email the second week of November with the Bylaws attached so you may review before the meeting.

    Second, there will be Nominations of our Board of Directors for 2014. If you're interested in serving on the board, please let us know by Wednesday, November 20 or at this meeting. Names of candidates will be shared at this meeting.

    Board nomination ballots will be sent to all members after the meeting. Voting will take place at the December 9 Board meeting, which is open to all members. It will be at the Argus Bar and Grill at 123 E. Main Street in Madison at 6:00PM. Ballots may also be emailed/mailed. All ballots must be received by December 6.

    The Madison Blues Society is only as strong as its membership. Help keep us strong and blues music alive! Please plan to attend. We will keep the formalities brief.

    Light snacks and dessert will be served. Drinks are on your own. Don't miss this opportunity to get acquainted with other MBS members and some new people who share your love of BLUES music.

    Please mark your calendar and look for more information coming soon!

    Get to know your local musicians at the WISCONSIN HISTORICAL MUSEUM

    The Wisconsin Historical Museum at 30 North Carroll Street in Madison and the Madison Blues Society presents another fun night of blues history, tunes, and tastes - a feast for the ears and the taste buds!

    • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27: Hanah Jon Taylor & Howard Stith trace the migration of the blues from the Mississippi Delta to the streets of Chicago. You'll enjoy a sampling of classic New Orleans and Chicago style food from Liliana's Restaurant. The event runs from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.

    Blues Society Members receive a 10% discount!

    Tickets for music, food and fun are $25/person. Space is limited so registration is required.

    Put this wonderful evening of music, food and fun on your calendar, today!

    Call 608-264-6555 or visit to reserve your space.

    Email or call 608-264-6555 for more information.

    Please join this great event on FACEBOOK.