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Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Aug. 15, 2008

   Johnny Winter slowly walked onstage, joining his band as they warmed the crowd up. He looked like a Texas blues specter, dressed in black, his cowboy hat shadowing his eyes, his face framed by long, white hair, his arms covered with fade...
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

After distinguished stints backing blues greats John Mayall and Albert Collins, guitarist Coco Montoya finally took a stab at his own solo career in 1995, and he’s been recording steadily ever since. Though he cut his teeth with sharp, electric riffs, on recent records he’s fall into a softer, more soulful sound a la Robert . . .
Friday, Aug. 15, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

After more than 40 years on the road and a career colored by both hard knocks and critical accolades, Johnny Winter is considered a vintage blues artist—one short step away from the status of personal idols such as Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Winter, along with his brother, fellow musician Edgar Winter . . .
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Tonight @ Cathedral Square Park - 6:30 p.m.

Jazz purists who blast the weekly Jazz in the Park concert series in Cathedral Square Park for not booking enough traditional jazz music will find plenty of fodder to complain about tonight, when the jazz series welcomes… a blues band. The area smooth, electric blues combo The Back Alley Band take the stage . . .
Monday, Aug. 11, 2008

Online Exclusive

One would think that a 64-year-old blues musician who performs sitting down due to ongoing recovery from a hip broken in 2000 wouldn't be hard to track down. But it took several weeks and numerous trans-Atlantic phone calls before Johnny Winter finally surfaced in a club in a suburb of Rome, Italy. Winter and his three-piece backup band were on the last leg of a southern European tour, having just finished a late-night set performed before what the Albino blues guitarist thought was a fairly reserved crowd . . .
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008

Today @ the Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield

Been down ever since your baby left you? Then heal your wounds this weekend at the Waukesha BluesFest at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield. Today’s line-up include The Bel Airs, Altered Five, The Jim Liban Blues Trio, Hounds Tooth and headliner Popa Chubby, who closes out the festival with a set of blistering . . .
Friday, Aug. 8, 2008

Today @ the Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield

Been down ever since your baby left you? Then heal your wounds this weekend at the Waukesha Blues Fest at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield. Tonight’s line-up includes The Groove Hogs, Tarbox Ramblers, The Danny Miller Band, The Robert Allen Jr. Trio and headliner Doyle Bramhall, the blues singer . . .
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Jazz Estate - 10 p.m.

As the Jazz Estate’s resident blues musician, guitarist Matt Hendricks has a lot of ground to cover. While sometimes overshadowed by another regularly billed Estate giant, Evan Christian, Hendricks is no less talented when it comes to guitar. With a repertoire including Mississippi John Hurt, and other blues . . .
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Singer to Be Reckoned With

Take out the amateur, needlessly placed poems by Tyehimba Jess in mawkish, embarrassing praise of Lead Belly and we have a perfect book. Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures (Steidl) is not merely a picture book at all, but is rife with brilliant essays and era-specific memorabilia that portray the complexity of the man who just might be America’s finest folksinger – because he sang anything and was no purist. Every song that came his way turned into his version and, in many instances, his copyright, from “Happy Birthday To You” (covered by the world) to “Good Night, Irene” (covered by Frank Sinatra and hundreds more).

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