April 2012

Hey! Was that a great concert or what? Lust For Blues V at Action City was excellent! What? You missed it? Too bad for you. Mary Cutrofello rocked the place. Then Howard Luedtke had everyone rollin’ round the room, with his wife Magic Deb they had everyone on their feet and shoutin’ for more. By the time the Ross William Perry Band started the crowd was primed for RWP’s blues-rockin’ stylings. It was a gorgeous, temperature record-breaking March spring forward afternoon, but everyone who came was glad they did. There were great door prizes and silent auctions including a bunch of Harley gear and framed blues prints including a low numbered limited edition Joe Bonnamossa with his gold top Les Paul. The Metropolis made us feel welcome with some Kansas City style barbecue plates and super beverage prices as well as a lot of game cards to aid our fund raising activities. If you want to see some video of the awesome music performances, check out the Tuesday Night Blues Facebook page or the Chippewa Valley Blues Society web page.

Speaking of Tuesday Night Blues, we will be announcing the summer schedule by the time this issue is in print. Go to ChippewaValleyBlues.com to get the full listing. Just to tease you a little I’ll tell ya the Sue Orfield Band will be opening up the 2012 season on May 29. If you haven’t figured it out, that is the Tuesday after Memorial Day. I’ve heard a rumor that SOB may have a special guest, but then, maybe not, you never can tell. Either way Sue will be wailing that tenor sax like only she can. There’s no doubt why she was named Best Horn by the Washington (state) Blues Society six times in eight years before she moved back to Wisconsin. With one of the tightest bands around, including Mike Schlenker, Randy Sinz & Dave Schrader, these guys & Sue always draw a crowd.

That’s just for openers! Thirteen more Tuesday’s until Labor Day, and every one of them has a great band playing at Tuesday Night Blues on The River at Owen Park in Eau Claire. Music always starts at 6:30. Our food and other vendors will be back so you can get a bite or a beverage at very reasonable prices while catching some superb music under the trees in the summer in the park.

Other musical happenings around the area.

Friday, March 30th: AcoustiHoo w/Sue Orfield at Porters (Holiday Inn) downtown Eau Claire for The Eau Claire Jazz Festival

Saturday, March 31: Sena Ernhardt at Shari’s Chippewa Club in downtown Durand. 8 p.m. till midnight. Also, Sue Orfield Band at The Sunset Tavern, Black River Falls.

Sunday, April 1: Open Blues Jam at Shari’s Chippewa Club, downtown Durand.

Thursday, April 5: Howard “Guitar” Luedtke at the historic Trempealeau Hotel.

Saturday, April 14: Mojo Lemon at The Snout in Chippewa Falls.

Also comin’ up in April will be Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin Altar Boys at Shari’s Chippewa Club in Durand on the 17.

For more details and info go to ChippewaValleyBlues.com and check out the calendar on the home page. If you want us to list your band send us the info at “contact the webmaster. We will decide if it is appropriate for our site.

Catch Snapshot’s blues show every Sunday morning from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. on WHYS local community radio 96.3. If you can’t dial it in, you can stream it on the web at www.whysradio.org

Well, that’s about it for now, thanks for lending me an ear! See ya around!