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FALL 2014 - FALL 2015
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Scholarship program to celebrate Funk drumming legend
Coalition for Recognition of Clyde Stubblefield
Clyde Stubblefield, the "Funky Drummer"

The newly formed Coalition for Recognition of Clyde Stubblefield has come together to raise money for a scholarship program to go towards educating young people in music. In addition to exploring scholariship ideas, the Coalition wants to spotlight the incredible accomplishments of this extraordinary musician.

Clyde Stubblefield's unique drumming with the James Brown Band are some of the most sampled beats in popular music. This famous yet humble Madison resident has been a staple of blues-based music for generations of fans. Today, his drumsticks are enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

There are some great concerts and fundraisers coming up to help with these effort and highlight this great music. Using Brown's words from the stage, the concerts will be titled

Don't miss out on this great cause with a lot of terrific music! You can help out this great cause directly at Arts Wisconsin. Check out the details and spread the news with Press Release.

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! This years event will be

A great evening with area favorites

Hoodoo you love? Take a musical journey through the spiritual folklore side of the Blues with the Madison-area trio Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo. Explore the roots of the mojo hand and the mystic vibes of one of America's original music stylings through a mixture of live Blues music and storytelling.

Suggested donation only $5!

The origins of the Blues up to the modern day sounds!

This year's Central Park Sessions looks to have a unique and amazing show on Sunday, August 16th at the park by the corner of E. Wilson and S. Ingersoll on Madison's near east side. The "Bamako Blues Session" entails a wonderful day of music that will include Tani Diakite, Andy Ewen, Joel Paterson, Jim Liban, Jimmys and culminate with Chicago Blues artist Lurrie Bell and the incredible Malian Blues musician Bassekou Kouyate and his band, Ngoni Ba. Mali has been credited with being the birthplace of the Blues. The two artists will perform together on stage during Bassekou's encore, something you don't want to miss.

Like the MBS annual Blues Picnic, this is a free event that features great food, beer and wine -- and the entire series benefits 8 non-profits doing great work in our community.

Here's the lineup for Sunday August 16th- 1-10pm

If you haven't heard about Bassekou, he's a virtuoso and a visionary whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music. His instrument, the ngoni, is an ancestor of the banjo, sharing its taut-skinned drum body, percussive attack, and varied picking techniques. He and his band play Bambara music from the region of Segu, which is as close to the blues as you can get in Africa.

You can find out more about the origins of the Blues at the Wikipedia Page on the subject.

The winner has been chosen and this year's T-shirts will be great!
Blues Picnic Art Contest
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The Madison Blues Society announces an Art Contest for a design or artwork to promote their 13th Annual Blues Picnic/Festival. The winning design will be printed on T-shirts for the summer event, which draws several thousand attendees. This year's event will be held on Saturday, June 20th at Warner Park. For more information on the Blues Society or the event, go to the MBS website at:

Contest winner will receive $100 and an event T-shirt with their design on it. We'd also like to honor the winning artist at the event, if possible.

The General Parameters Of The Contest Are As Follows ...

  1. The design should represent or be connected to Blues music, Blues culture, or the history of the Blues.
  2. You're encouraged to include multicultural elements in your design, since the music originated in African-American communities. (See brief explanation below.)
  3. Artwork/design needs to work well on a t-shirt, so please be aware of size/scale.
  4. Use at most 3 colors, if possible, to limit printing costs. Fewer than 3 colors would be preferred.
  5. The work should incorporate (somewhere in the design or on its perimeter) the following:
    • 13th Annual Blues Picnic
    • Madison Blues Society
    If necessary, we can add this text later, but we encourage artists to include it.
  6. All designs should be submitted by May 1, 2015. They can be mailed or emailed to: We will return mailed artwork if requested.

"Blues is a genre and musical form that originated in African-American communities in the 'Deep South' of the United States around the end of the 19th century. The genre is a fusion of traditional African music and European folk music, spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads."

For ideas, get some background on this great event at our Blues Picnic webpage!

Combine a great day at the Ball Game with friends at Madison Blues Society

MBS is organizing a Mallards outing on Friday June 12, 2015 at Warner Park. Tickets are $10.00 each. This price includes a Mallards cap!

Associated with this Mallards outing is a CONTEST to recruit new members for MBS! Whoever recruits and signs up the most new members between now and June 1, 2015 will have the honor of throwing out the first pitch before the Mallards game!

New Member Recruiters: Be sure to keep track of your recruits!

Summer is on its way - take me out to the ball game!

Great brews and great Blues help out MBS

Please join us at a benefit for the Madison Blues Society, sponsored by the Capital Brewery on May 16 and 17 in their outdoor stage area at 7734 Terrace Ave, Middleton. There'll be no admission fee but donations will be gladly accepted. The show will go on rain or shine. Parking is abundant a couple blocks away if you follow the signs leading under the viaduct. Food from Middleton BBQ will be available both days.

On Saturday, May 16th, music will be provided by

On Sunday, May 17th, music will be provided by

There'll be lots of friends and fun. Hope to see you there!

The Blues Foundation Annual Winners are announced!

The 31ST Annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) is over and the winners are announced! The events took place during the second to last week in January in downtown Memphis. Quarter and Semi-Finals were held at more than 20 clubs up and down Beale Street with the Finals at the beautiful Orpheum Theater.


And congratulations on a "Best Self-Produced CD" award that went to area favorites ALTERED FIVE for their new album "Cryin' Mercy" sponsored by the Grafton Blues Association.