February 2013

Hey All!

Just a couple updates this month. Left Wing Bourbon opened the 2013 portion of Tuesday Night Blues with a bang. They had the crowd in the pews clapping and weaving and rockin’ and bouncing in the seats with their funky and soulful offerings. An excellent turnout for early January left only a little room in the comfortable confines of the Unitarian house of Blues and Soul. Didn’t hear any hallelujahs, but there probably could have been if people weren’t so busy cheering on this great band from Durand, WI. Comin’ up just before Valentine’s day is the venerable Howard “Guitar” Luedke and his very own sweetheart “Magic” Deb Klossner. They always put everyone in the mood for a good time. Don’t miss it. If you’d like a taste of what’s happening here, go to the Tuesday Night Blues Facebook page or the Chippewa Valley Blues Society’s web page http://www.chippewavalleyblues.com/

Good stuff! Tuesday Night Blues Unplugged will be on the second Tuesday of each month through May. You don’t want to miss it at the Unitarian Universalist church, it is a great venue for these acoustic style concerts. There is plenty of parking there with two public parking lots across both streets and easy access to downtown Eau Claire eateries. The “church” is located on the corner of 421 S. Farwell in Eau Claire and is easy to find, just a block east of Barstow.

As usual, the music will start at 6:30 p.m. and will go for a couple of hours.

February 12th   will feature those blues sweethearts Howard “Guitar” Luedtke & “Magic” Deb Klossner

March 12th  Davey J & The Jones Tones will get us rocking our way in to spring with their Texas style

April 16th   the Sue Orfield Band keeps things jumping and rolling with their special blend of tunes

May 14th   Code Blue w/Catya & Sue will be the finale for the unplugged series and get us warmed up and ready for a summer full of blues and boogie!

So, be sure to put these dates on your calendar and come join us the 2nd Tuesday of every month from now until May when the summer season takes off!

The Annual (6th) meeting of the Chippewa Valley Blues Society will be held on February 19th. I was hoping to have the location for this column, but it will be solidified later this week and will be posted at the website. If you would like to get involved with the CVBS and the events we put on or support, or are just interested in hearing more about us please come on and attend. We will be voting in the officers for this year, making changes to our by-laws, discussing and voting on issues and events and listening to some good tunes offered by The Pumps, Buck Barrickman, Jason Kiesler & whatever friends may join them. There will be good food, good folks and some fun to be had.

We are currently getting ready for the 5th season of Tuesday Night Blues at Owen Park. We are always looking for help for the planning, preparation and presentation of this great event. We really can use some more sponsors to keep this thing going, so if you are interested or maybe work for a company that might want to be presented to 500 – 1000 people every week throughout the summer please contact us at the website.

The website has been undergoing some changes lately. We have added the survey section and feedback can be provided. There are also new links for membership, mailing lists and even sponsor information for Tuesday Night Blues. We have the entertainment calendar on the home page and there are links to many of the bands (and there scheduled events) at the Chippewa Valley Blues Society website www.chippewavalleyblues.com and the Tuesday Night Blues Facebook page www.facebook.com/tnblues for more info. Don’t forget to tune in to WHYS 96.3 Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. for Snapshot’s blues show.

Give me some feedback about what you’d like to see more of in this column. Drop us a card or letter to:

Blues Notes
c/o GNP Report
PO Box 473
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Or go to ChippewaValleyBlues.com

Click on the “send a note to the webmaster” link at the bottom of the page. I’m not the webmaster, but we’re good friends, and I’m pretty sure he’ll let me know what you had to say. While you’re there, check out the survey on the Tuesday Night Blues page and let us know what bands you think we should make sure to have next year, or what we can do to make it an even better event. We appreciate your comments!

Thanks for lending me an ear! We’ll be seein’ ya around. Happy Valentine’s Day!