Madison Blues Society, Madison, Wisconsin Madison Blues Society, Madison, Wisconsin
Blues Picnic at Warner Park
photo by Dan Schilling

The Madison Blues Society is hitting the 10 YEAR MARK!! It's gonna be a great anniversary celebration at the 10th Annual Blues Picnic on Saturday, June  23, 2012. We'll have live music all day long so get on down to Warner Park between 12:00PM and 9:00PM and join in the fun! You can enter the park at 2930 North Sherman Avenue or at the entrance at 1625 Northport Drive. Look for the shelter with the big colored drums and you'll find the best fest in Madison!

Don't forget this great event is STILL FREE! Everyone from the community and beyond can come and enjoy a fantastic day of music, food, drink, beer and fun in the sun!

The bands are looking great again this year with lots of old favorites coming back to join in the anniversary celebration. There'll be ten hours of FREE MUSIC! Don't forget there's plenty of room for dancing so make sure you mark the date to swing your hips kick up your heels!

If just hanging out is your style, there's 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 huge thanks to the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission for their continued support of the MBS Blues Picnic. They've come through for us year after year in support of this community event and we're glad to be able to team up and help keep Dane County the fine place it is.

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

Joe Nosek's Blues Kids are gonna be back again this year. Joe and MBS are working with the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County. This great group of kids has been working hard in their own music program under the leadership of Joey B. Banks, well known local drummer, teacher and producer. We'll be hearing kids show their chops playing harp and drums. The kids will be backed up by a first rate professional blues band. This year, Joe Nosek is putting together an Madison All-Star Blues Band of madison area favorites. You can expect to hear some really great blues coming from these folks!

The Boys & Girls Club will be also be handling the food vending for burgers, hot dogs, brats, soda and water this year, so you'll be seeing these kids at the park enjoying the picnic as well as playing the Blues!

Help spread the word!

We're getting the posters put up around town. You can help by printing out a few and getting them put up in your neighborhood. Just click the poster to get the full PDF file.

You can keep up with all the news by checking out the latest on FACEBOOK! Check us out and tell all your Facebook friends!

We're working with WORT-FM again this year!

We're continuing our 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:

  • Every Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
          "Blues Cruise" hosted by Dave Watts
  • Every Saturday from 8:00 to 10:00 AM
          "The Dusties Storm (R&B)" hosted by Lady P.
  • Every Saturday from 8:00 to 10:00 PM
          "Two for the Blues" hosted on alternate Saturdays
              by Art Schuna & Dave Leucinger
Grab your chance to win in the Picnic 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 PRIZE LIST.

And a lot of folks love the 50/50 CASH RAFFLE. Tickets sold in the crowd at the Blues Picnic bring some very lucky winners a bundle of cash and help the Madison Blues Society keep bringin' you the blues.

Help out the community with our 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. You can expect to see lots of the same great talent you saw at the picnic! The jam will run from 9:30PM to 1:30AM and will be hosted at My Buddies, 4325 Lien Road, near East Towne.

It's easy to get over to My Buddies! Just head South on Sherman Avenue to Aberg Avenue. Hang left on Aberg then get off at E. Washington Avenue. Go down E. Washington Avenue a bit and take a right onto Theirer Road which then runs into Lien Road. My Buddies is at #4325 Lien Road in the building that used to be Damon's. Check out the Google Map for the complete picture.

In the event of rain, things will get started earlier with all the special guests.

We've got another great bunch of BLUES comin' at ya!
FAVORITE MADISON DUO graces this year's Blues Picnic

WESTSIDE ANDY & GLENN DAVIS form an incomparable blues duo of harp and guitar. Known to many as a regular summer favorite on the terrace at Otto's Restaurant, these guys make the Blues Duo experience a real pleasure. You can check out their chops in this video. You'll enjoy the interplay of these two fine artists as they play a range of traditional and original favorites.

FAVORITE POWER BAND comes back to rock the house

The JIMMYS are a powerhouse, eight piece band influenced by raw Chicago Blues and second line New Orleans funk. With touring experience throughout the U.S. and Europe, The Jimmys have amassed international acclaim. Members of this band have garnered Wisconsin's top honors in Blues to Grammy recognition to platinum records! "Guaranteed to make you shake a tail feathers!"

The Jimmys will be joined by Milwaukee area favorite guitar master Perry Weber. Perry's been picking Blues licks for years with his band, the DeVilles, and will definitely throw some hot spice into the mix!

The Jimmys haven't been sitten around doin' nothing lately! Their new album "Gimme the Jimmys" is making big waves in Blues music listening. Reaching the heights of their live performances and throwing in some new twists as well, this album is a "must have".

The BLUES KIDS are at it again!
Joe's Blues Kids
photo by Dan Schilling

JOE'S 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 year, the BLUES KIDS are again at the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County for all their training and practice in playin' the Blues. They'll be back on stage at this year's picnic, singing, blowin' harp, and stampin' their feet backed up by a Madison Favorites All-Star Blues Band. Over the years, the kids have been honing their skills and writing their own songs, too. Their enthusiasm is a real crowd pleaser, year after year. And the Madison area favorites that Joe Nosek has gathered together will bring you a fine Madison Blues sound.

The LOCAL FAVORITES remind us of all the great times we've had in past years

SHARI DAVIS AND THE HOOTCHY KOOTCHY BAND lay a musical range of jazz, swing, and blues. Shari's vocals and dancing encourage the audience to do the same; seldom is there a bare dance floor once the Hootchy-Kootchy Band takes the stage. Tunes include originals by some of the band members as well as renditions of popular and vintage swing. In this video you can see the energy of the band and the enormous talent of the musicians. Shari is the current president of the Madison Blues Society.

TATE AND THE 008 have been playing throughout Southern Wisconsin for many years. James Earl 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. He traveled the world with the great Luther Allison as soundman and while forming a close friendship with Luther was exposed to many blues legends. Tate has encouraged and supported many budding and outstanding blues musicians. You can now hear Tate at many Madison events and clubs and will leave a better person for doing so.

Wisconsin has some serious BLUES TALENT!

One of the most versatile groups around, HOWARD LUEDTKE AND BLUE MAX is a Western Wisconsin rock blues band that performs all over the Midwest. Many who have seen Howard and Blue Max have become fans of Howard's talented slide guitar playing and the band's rockin' electric blues sound.

Howard Luedtke has been playing guitar since the arrival of the Beatles in 1964. After playing with several rock, country and blues bands, he formed the Blue Max band in 1982. Joining Howard since 1987 is his wife, Deb Klossner originally from New Ulm, Minnesota, on bass, and several talented drummers from all over the region.

Howard and Blue Max have opened up for or played with some of the best in the blues world, including: Long John Baldrey, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, Debbie Davies, Tinsley Ellis, Jeff Healey, Jimmy Johnson, Kenny Neal, A.C. Reed, Eddie Shaw and the Wolfgang, James Solberg, Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Joe Louis Walker and Howard's guitar idol, Johnny Winter.

And we have a special treat for this year's Blues Picnic, Howard will be joined by Madison's original Funky Drummer, Clyde Stubblefield! Clyde will be manning the drum set to give this group a special dose of his extraordinary talent!

Bringing that CHICAGO SOUND to the Blues Picnic

Headlining this year's picnic will be the RICHIE RICH AND THE CHI-TOWN BLUES BAND. Richie formed the band "Richie Rich and The Funky White Boys" and released its first record, I am Frisky Whiskey. The title track called "Frisky Whiskey" made it to number 7 on the IMN Music Charts. Later, Richie changed the name to Richie Rich and The Chi-Town Blues Band which more adequately reflects the roots of its members.

Rich Ryan ("Richie Rich") is a Chicago born blues singer born under the name Daniel Joseph O'Brien. Richie began playing the piano, drums and saxophone at a young age and still plays piano and guitar to this day. He is influenced by the sound of Muddy Waters, Pinetop Perkins, BB King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Louis Armstrong and many others. As a teenager, he frequented many blues clubs including The Checkerboard Lounge, Kingston Mines, Blue Chicago and many other clubs using a fake ID to get in. He would also periodically sit-in with the players on stage.

Check out this great Chicago sound on YouTube as the band plays some of their hits as the Funky White Boys and the Chi-Town Blues Band.

And joining Richie for a hot set of some Wild Woman Blues is Shannon Curfman! Shannon's down from the Twin Cities for a special visit to Madison's Blues Picnic to complete this amazing day of great music.

Winners will get food, fun and more!

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 is a big one!

Here's what's come in so far:

There's more comin' in all the time so check back to see what's new!

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

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


Food Vendors

The Boys & Girls Club will provide burgers, hot dogs, brats, chips, candy, soda and water this year. Help out this great organization by stopping by their food stand!

We'll also have the great ethnic choices that Blues fans have come to know and love.

Plenty of Fine Brews

And 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.

  • Island Wheat
  • Capital Amber
  • Pale Ale
  • Supper Club
  • Weizen

At the MBS Tent, we'll have BLUES MERCHANDISE for sale including MBS T-shirts with a great new design. This year we'll also have Picnic Posters for sale and we've still got a few more flashing beer mugs - a real crowd pleaser after dark! There'll be lots of Blues fans bringing 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 still 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 again this year bringing you all kinds of interesting goods from Africa

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