Madison Blues Society, Madison, Wisconsin Madison Blues Society, Madison, Wisconsin

Dee Miller at 2015 Blues Picnic
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One more time, the Madison Blues Society is holding their fabulous Blues Picnic in the Park on Saturday, June  20, 2015. We're having great live music all day long so you'll be sure to want to 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 for a rockin' good time for all. There'll be nine hours of FREE MUSIC! Don't forget there's plenty of room for dancing so make sure you mark the date to shake your booty!

If just hanging out is your style, there's lots of room for blankets and chairs with shade under the trees. We'll have more of the same great traditional and ethnic food vendors to give you lots of options for tasty food and drink. And Capital Brewery will be back with their fine brews.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Thanks to these great organizations supporting the arts, the Madison Blues Society can continue to bring this event back again and again.

Blues Picnic Crowd 2008
The Blues Kids will be back!

The Blues Kids will be back again at this year's Blues Picnic. This year's band will be the Future of Blues. Don't miss these area kids get up and show you where they are taking the Blues as the next generation gets their boogie on!

MBS continues its tradition of working with area youth musicians who'll bring to the stage the drive and enthusiasm that shouldn't be missed! These kids work hard every year to bring their best and show the crowd what they've got!

This year, the Blues Kids are learning their chops from Jimmy Voegeli, bandleader and keyboard player for the very popular band, the JIMMYS. Jimmy has a great group of kids who will show the crowd how to get down and boogie!

Help spread the word!

We're getting Blues Picnic Posters put up around town. You'll be able to read about us in the Isthmus and you'll find flyers at your favorite area clubs and music shops with all the details. Let your friends and family know about this fun day! 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!

Blues Picnic Art Contest!

This year, we're holding a BLUES PICNIC ART CONTEST! Your design could win $100 and a T-shirt with your artwork! Help out the Madison Blues Society, have some fun and win a prize!

Check out all the details of th Blues Picnic Art Contest HERE.


Since the Blues Picnic usually concides with a Madison Mallards baseball game, the Warner Park parking lot fills up quickly in the afternoon. Last year, some folks who did not come to the picnic early could not find a place to park.

To alleviate this problem, we are recommending to people who aren't walking or biking, to take advantage of the Madison Metro Bus system. Route 22 stops at Warner Park as well as some reasonable places to park, like the Northside Transfer Point.

Check out the details of Madison Metro Route 22.

For those with smart phones, "there's an app for that".

You can also park at Malcolm Shabbaz school between 3:00PM to 10:00PM and a shuttle bus will circle continuously to Warner Park.

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:

Grab your chance to win in the Picnic Raffles!

This year's prize raffle is going to give blues fans plenty of chances to win! Members are getting tickets to purchase in the mail. Everyone else can pick up tickets at the MBS tent for a chance to come home with a great prize!

You can also grab your chance at these great prizes from an MBS Board Member NOW! The tickets are all printed and ready to go! Only $10 or three for $25! You may run into them at TATE'S BLUES JAM at the Knuckle Down Saloon on Thursday nights. Don't miss out!

You can check out all the contributions from our great Blues Picnic supporters on the RAFFLE 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 the area community by bringing non-perishable food items for the Food Drive. This really helps out hungry people in need. This year, MBS is working with River Food Pantry on the north side's Darwin Road. These hard working folks get 30,000 pounds of food out into the community every week! Last year, the Blues Picnic visitors filled a pickup truck with food donations. Let's do it again! Drop off canned and dry goods in the marked containers at the entrance. Cash donations are also very much appreciated. This drive is entirely voluntary but your help really makes a difference!

And don't miss the Post Picnic Bash!

After the Blues Picnic, the CASH BOX KINGS will be hosting a great post picnic bash at the Harmony Bar starting at 9:45PM featuring artists from the festival including Joel Paterson, Oscar Wilson and more! Don't miss the fun as the party revs up again!

We've got local favorites as well as greats from Chicago, Memphis and the Twin Cities!

They'll be singin' and playin' the Blues from Noon to 9:00PM! Don't miss these hot bands!

Hard Blowin' Harp opens the Blues Picnic

The Birddog Blues Band is a great new collaboration of talent, tenacity and tone, combining some of Wisconsin's most accomplished and creative blues artists. The group features the virtuosity of Gary Hendrickson on guitar with the unique harmonica and vocal skills of Ken "Birddog" Olufs, backed up by Tom McCarty on bass and award-winning Derek Hendrickson on drums.

They are well known in blues circles in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Their performances were caught on YouTube video at the Taste of Sun Prairie and in Janesville. Check out their great chops as they tear it up for the crowds. These guys will really kick off the Blues Picnic in style!

The Blues Kids are baaaaaaack!
Blues Kids
"Future of Blues"

The Blues Kids (shown here in 2014) has been a highly successful project that brings music educators together with community youth to teach them about the music and its history and importance -- and start the next generation of musicians.

Every year the Blues Society coaches a group of kids who then perform at the Picnic. The Blues Kids is a group of young people who will definitely amaze you with their ability and spirit. This year, group is aptly named Future of Blues. Only one member of the group is over 16 years old. If these are the youth representing the future of the blues, then blues music is in good hands.

Area favorites really get the crowd kickin' up their heels!

The Jimmys have been tearing up stages and clubs for nearly 10 years and show no signs of slowing down. With their unique blend of blues, soul, funk and R&B the band brings a party every time they hit the stage. Led by the award winning keyboardist Jimmy Voegeli, he has assembled an all star lineup that is sure to impress.

Perry Weber brings years of experience and an authenticity to The Jimmys blues sound, while Mauro Magellan, of the Georgia Satellites, drives the band with his powerful drumming. John Wartenweiler ties it all together with his thumping bass lines and hard groove.

Laying a force field of sound is a horn section with over 50 years combine experience. The members of "Amateur Horn Stars" have played with the likes of Clyde Stubblefield, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Davina and the Vagabonds, Youngblood Brass Band, B.B. King and his All Stars, and many more. Pete Ross (Saxophone), Darren Sterud (Trombone), and Mike Boman (Trumpet) come together to complete The Jimmys sound.

The world is taking notice of this hot band as evidenced by five 2013 Madison Area Music Awards (MAMA's) including Artist of the Year and Blues Performer of the Year. You can get your hands on "Gimme the Jimmys" at CDBaby. The Jimmys never fail to get the crowd whipped into a frenzy of fun!

Chicago Blues at its best!

The collaboration of Jim Liban and the Joel Paterson Trio that created the recent platter for Ventrella Records, "I Say What I Mean" - an album of 14 original blues tunes recorded in Chicago - has been garnering rave reviews. The Chicago-based trio fronted by former Madisonian Joel Paterson, is dedicated to performing many styles of traditional American roots music -- classic blues, hot jazz, western swing, rockabilly and everything in between. Joel is a true guitar master with several albums under his belt.

For decades, Milwaukee harmonica ace and songwriter Jim Liban has been held in high regard by fellow musicians of every stripe as well as by Midwestern blues aficionados. He was known throughout the Midwest in the 1970's as the leader of Short Stuff, the innovative Milwaukee based ensemble that pioneered the blues-rock sound later identified with bands like the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He has international cult status as one of the foremost post-war blues harmonica stylists, and many of his original songs have been recorded by national blues artists like Johnny Winter and Lonnie Brooks.

One reviewer at CDBaby writes "There's little doubt: Jim Liban & Joel Paterson's 'I Say What I Mean' is a long-overdue masterpiece of American roots music. Highly recommended."

Memphis Blues with plenty of fun thrown in!

When people say, "Memphis blues ain't what it used to be," they haven't heard the Daddy Mack Blues Band. All of its members at one time or another played in the Fieldstones, one of the most talked-about urban blues bands since the 1970s. Led by Mack Orr on lead guitar and vocals, this four-piece group is down-home and funky, and the best band around for cuttin' loose on a Saturday night. Their raw approach to blues is something too often missing in contemporary blues. Since 1998, they have been the house band at the Center For Southern Folklore on Beale Street, where thousands of tourists from all corners of the world have experienced their natural and soulful musical blend.

Daddy Mack's new album, "Slow Ride", has been released recently to critical acclaim. It is a new twist on the old adage that rock and roll came from the blues. On "Slow Ride", Daddy and the band perform blues versions of rock hits, from Eric Clapton's "After Midnight" to Carlos Santana's "Black Magic Woman." His recent success at the Chicago Blues Festival is a testament that he might be on to something here.

From barbecue dives in Mississippi to Paris, France, Daddy Mack has "been there done that." He isn't too shy to play a party for a gathering of governors from all across the United States or to walk right into the middle of a crowd with his wireless and play guitar licks while his sweat drips right onto the shoes of hollerin' blues fans. Daddy Mack is not only doing his part to keep the blues alive for the 21st Century, he's not compromising what he thinks blues is supposed to be - fun, and with the right balance of showmanship and good music.

Twin Cities Blues never sounded so good!

The Dee Miller Band, the Twin Cities finest barrelhouse blues band, features veteran chanteuse Dee Miller bellowing vocals that grab the audience by the collar and won't let go. The band, with guitarist and blues veteran Jimi "Primetime" Smith, claims some of the best musicians ever to knock out a 12 bar. Their mix of Chicago, Delta, and Upper Mississippi blues, tempered with a little R&B and rock makes a soulful gumbo.

When audiences first hear Dee Miller belt out a song they are not sure she isn't lip syncing the likes of Etta James or a throaty Bonnie Raitt. Her 30+ years of experience with Twin Cities Blues and R&B bands have earned her the nickname The Duchess of the Blues. Her infectious vocals and duets with harmonica man Paul Mejia have kept audiences dancing and jumping.

The powerful and lovely Dee Miller started singing in 1976 with the Fabulous Minnesota Barking Ducks with Mick McCormick as her mentor. She sang with them until 1978 when she took time out to start a family. By 1990, she was back with a number of Blues and R&B bands until 2004 when she formed the Dee Miller Band. Her biggest musical influences include Etta James, Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin. You can really hear and feel these great Blues and R&B singers in her singing.

Dee Miller has been getting Twin Cities audiences revved up with her infectious style. You can get your own motor going as she belts out Junior Wells' "Little By Little" and "I'd Rather Go Blind" on YouTube. Don't miss this terrific blues diva doin' her thing!

Winners will get food, fun and more!

Check out these great prizes! Tickets are available NOW from MBS Board Members and will be on sale 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!

Check out this list of great prizes!

There's still more comin' in so you might be surprised at the picnic!

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

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


Food Vendors

We'll have the great familiar and 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. Be sure to stock up on your favorite Capital Brewery brews!


At the MBS Tent, we'll have BLUES MERCHANDISE for sale including MBS T-shirts with a great new design and we should have a few Wild Women T-shirts left, too! We'll also have drink cozies, tote bags, travel mugs, hats, beer glasses with a discount for beer! 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 keeps bringing the Madison area fans the Blues year after year! Don't miss this great opportunity to support the Blues!

And we'll have some interesting hand made ethnic merchandise for you to explore!
Darpo Tashi is coming this year bringing you all kinds of interesting souvenirs.

These great supporters bring you the Blues
Capital Brewery
Capital Brewery

David Herriot
David Herriot

Bringing us rewards for Blues Lovers!
Guitar Center
Guitar Center