Madison Blues Society, Madison, Wisconsin Madison Blues Society, Madison, Wisconsin
Great music and fun all day long!
Blues Picnic at Warner Park
photo by Dan Schilling

The Madison Blues Society is holding its 8th Annual Blues Picnic on Saturday, June  19, 2010 at Warner Park. You can enter at 2930 North Sherman Avenue or at 1625 Northport Drive. Head on back behind the parking lot to the shelter with the big colored drums and you'll find a lot of fun! This great event continues to be FREE! Everyone from the community and beyond can come and enjoy a fantastic day of music, food, drink, beer and fun in the sun!

We've got another great lineup of music and there's plenty of room for dancing. If just hanging out is your style, there's also lots of room for blankets and chairs with shade under the trees. We'll have a variety of traditional and ethnic food vendors to give you lots of options for great eat and drink. And Capital Brewery will be back with their fine brews.

MBS owes a lot of thanks to the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission for their continued support of the MBS Blues Picnic.

Blues Picnic Crowd 2008
photo by Dan Schilling
The Blues Kids are back!

Joe Nosek's Blues Kids are gonna be back again this year. Joe and MBS are continuing to work with the East Madison Community Center (EMCC). The Blues Picnic will host another great Blues Kids performance. This terrific program teaches kids how to play harmonica and write their own songs and lyrics. The Blues Kids will be playing the blues again backed up by a professional band - Cash Box Kings. And the EMCC will be selling food and soft drinks again this year to help fund their many great programs for Madison's youth.

Don't miss the Raffles!

We're keeping our Prize Raffle going this year to give Blues fans plenty of chances to win! Pick up your tickets at the MBS tent and you might come home with a great prize! You can check out all the contributions from our great Blues Picnic supporters on the RAFFLE PRIZE LIST. A lot of folks love the 50/50 Cash Raffle. Tickets gotten at the Blues Picnic made for some very lucky winners of a bundle of cash and helped the Madison Blues Society keep bringin' you the Blues.

And don't forget the Food Drive

You can help your community by bringing non-perishable food items for the Food Drive. This really helps out hungry people with donations to Lakeview Lutheran Church's food pantry. Last year we filled a pickup truck with food donations. Let's do it again! Drop off canned and dry goods in the marked crates at the entrance. Your help is really appreciated!

After Picnic Blues Party!

Dan Schilling of the Shake Daddys will once again be hosting the Blues n' Brews jam starting right after the MBS Blues Picnic. The Blues n' Brews jam will start at 9:30 and will be hosted at the Willows Tavern, just three minutes from the Blues Picnic.

Exit to the North (left) onto Northport Drive when leaving the Blues Picnic at Warner Park, go two miles, turn left on Hwy. M and look to the left for the Willows Tavern at 5485 Willow Road, just after the unmissable Skipper Bud's Marina. Check out the Google Map for the complete picture.

Here's the MUSIC SCHEDULE for the day

You'll want to be sure you know when your favorites are playing.
Of course, you could just stay all day and see them all!

The LOCAL BANDS will kick things off to a great start!

James Earl Tate, known simply as "Tate," has been a good friend of the Madison Blues Society for many years. Tate and the 008 Band have been bringing Madison Blues lovers (as Tate often says) "the best sound around, pound for pound." Tate has graced the Madison blues scene since the mid 1960's. Traveling to Madison by way of Mississippi where he was the youngest of a family of nine, Tate has a rich history in music. Tate, as Luther Allison's soundman, traveled the world with this great musician and was exposed to many blues legends while forming a close friendship with Luther. Tate has encouraged and supported many budding and outstanding blues musicians and has served as a past president of the Madison Blues Society. Tate and the 008 Band always aim to please.

The Shake Daddys was founded by blues singer and harp player Dan Schilling, host of the popular Blues n' Brews show. The Shake Daddys dish out a sweet mix of Texas, Chicago, Swing, Shuffle, Funk, and Back-water blues to entertain crowds that love to boogie. They also throw out some old-school rock n' roll tunes that are real crowd pleasers. Original Shake Daddys songs and uniquely improvised standards always leave people wanting more.

The crowd always loves the BLUES KIDS and the CASH BOX KINGS
Joe's Blues Kids
photo by Dan Schilling

The BLUES KIDS have been a highly successful project of Joe Nosek of the Cash Box Kings for several years now. Joe has been working with community kids to teach Madison's youth about Blues music and start the next generation of Blues musicians.

This is the third year that the BLUES KIDS had their training and practice sessions at the East Madison Community Center (EMCC). They'll be back, singing and blowin' harp, backed up by the Cash Box Kings. The last few years, proud parents have attended the picnic, cheering on their kids and making it a great family event. The kids have a lot of fun on stage and the crowd always loves it!

When the kids finish their set, the Cash Box Kings will do their own set of real Chicago-style Blues in the spirit of the 1940's and 1950's post-war blues sound. The band showcases the music of Chess Records and Sun Records luminaries such as Little Walter, Muddy Waters, the Howlin' Wolf, and Big Walter Horton as well as lesser known artists such as Robert Nighthawk, Eddie Taylor, and Luther Huff. The Cash Box Kings also delve into the Mississippi Delta sounds of blues men like Charley Patton, Son House, Fred McDowell and R.L. Burnside. The group rounds off their musical offerings with a healthy dose of original music that captures the essence of the Memphis and Chicago blues sounds.

We're bringin' in some great Blues from Milwaukee

Born and raised on south side of Chicago, Reverend Raven has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers.

Since 1990 he has opened for B.B. King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy's Legends. Locally he has performed with Billy Flynn, Perry Weber, Piano Willie, Stokes, Jon Paris, Clyde Stubblefied, Bryan Lee and the Lamont Cranston band. The Reverend and the boys were the Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) award for best blues band in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005 and again in 2008. They also received the People's Choice Award in 2006 and 2008.

Reverend Raven and his Chain Smoking Altar Boys have been bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please and sophisticated night clubs in the Midwest, playing traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings. These boys really cook!

JOHN PRIMER and GRANA' LOUISE headline this year's Blues Picnic!

John Primer is absolutely the "real deal". The Chicago blues guitarist began his career playing at Theresa's with Sammy Lawhorn, for a year with Willie Dixon's Chicago Blues All-Stars, played with Muddy Waters band between 1979-1983 (until Waters' death) and for the last 13 years with guitarist Magic Slim.

The Camden, Mississippi-native began playing the guitar as a child, and moved to Chicago in 1963. He began hanging out at Therea's Lounge, where he jammed with legends like Willie Dixon (in 1979 he joined Dixon's Chicago Blues All-Stars), Junior Wells, and Sammy Lawhorn.

Primer has been keeping busy with his major label debut The Real Deal (Atlantic), You Got to Watch (Earwig) and Blues Behind Closed Doors. He was a big hit at last year's Chicago Blues Fest where he joined a slide guitar workshop and demonstrated his seasoned slide techniques.

Internationally known vocalist, song writer and music producer Grana' Louise has performed and delighted countless numbers of music fans around the world. She has just come back from Memphis where she represented the Windy City Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge.

Grana' Louise brings saucy style to classic blues songs such as "Smoke Stack Lightning" and "Little Red Rooster." This Lady's talent is so huge that her first CD " Hit The Big Time", sold out completely, both nationally and internationally!

"... this CD makes me want to come out and see you live, which I will do ... I hope that you will be encouraged to keep creating fresh new material." - Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records)

This female Blues powerhouse is NOT to be missed!

Winners will get food, fun or a night in a great hotel!

Check out these great prizes! Tickets are mailed out to members and sold at the white Madison Blues Society tent. Only $10 or 3 for $25 and we put groups of prizes together so each prize a big one!

Here's what's come in so far:

We'll have our usual great selection of food and drink!

Please help support our great vendors and KEEP THE PICNIC FREE!


Food Vendors

All your food and drink needs will be taken care of at the Blues Picnic. Starting off the great food and drink selection is the home of the Blues Kids:

Next we'll have the great ethnic choices Blues fans have come to know and love:

Plenty of Fine Brews

Don't miss all the great beers from Capital Brewery. We'll have cups and pitchers again so you can be well stocked for the day. And you can try each of the choices in this great selection:


At the MBS Tent, we'll have BLUES MERCHANDISE for sale including MBS T-shirts of all kinds. We've also still got the flashing beer mugs - a real crowd pleaser after dark! Lots of Blues fans bring something back home with them after a great day of music. And if you haven't joined the Madison Blues Society, check out our membership packages. One-year single memberships are only $15! MBS is bringing all you Madison area fans the Blues! Don't miss this great day!

And we'll have Akarim African Products bringing you all kinds of interesting goods from Africa

Listen in to GREAT BLUES on WORT-FM community radio!

We're doing another promotional exchange with WORT-FM community radio this year. They'll be at the picnic and helping get the word out in the preceding weeks. Be sure to tune in for broadcast interviews with MBS "picnic people" and members of the picnic bands as well as lots of great Blues music.

Don't miss these WORT Blues Shows:

These great supporters bring you the Blues

Bringing us rewards for Blues Lovers!