Join Mary every Tuesday evening from 10 to midnight
for Contemporary and Traditional Blues
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Contact Mary Flynn with your questions, comments, and suggestions.
Exploring and presenting the finest Chicago and American blues to support the advancement of the genre for listeners now as well as generations to come.
Mary Flynn has been host of THE BLUE SIDE on WPR since April 4, 1988. The Blue Side mission is to present the enduring tradition of blues and emphasizes out of print, non-commercial, or hard-to-find music. The primary foundation is Chicago-style blues as well as blues from throughout the US and beyond.
Regular BLUE SIDE features include a weekly The New Side of THE BLUE SIDE featuring new releases; Blues News that promotes blues music events locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally; regular updates and information on blues artists; a holiday blues feature; and the annual Three Kings Show (Albert, BB, and Freddy) every January. Other featured shows include the Chicago Blues Fest, Lucerne (Switzerland) Blues Fest, and other blues festivals reviews, promotions, and features.
THE BLUE SIDE ESSENTIAL LIST
The Essential List is a select listing of blues resources, events, and streams. Find out more about the music you love by checking out the music companies, publications, clubs, events, and festivals listed below. When visiting sites or contacting them, let them know that the blues you love to hear is on The Blue Side of Wisconsin Radio.
Jimmy Dawkins died Wednesday, April 10, 2013. He was 76 year old
Winner of one of France's most prestigious music award, Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz, in 1969, Dawkins was considered a voice of the people with music and lyrics exposing
the hardships and inequalities of life in the 1960s and 70s. His unique and cutting guitar style contrasted the often shy and quiet man he was offstage. Dawkins appeared at the 30th Annual Blues In The Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in August 2011.
To learn more about Jimmy Dawkins, click here
Magic Slim passed away Thursday, February 22, 2013. He was 75 years old
Slim was deservedly regarded as the hardest working man in music and a respected Chicago icon.
Please read more about this great man and his life by visiting this link:
Rest in peace, Magic Slim. Thank you for all the great music!
Essential Music Clubs, Events, and Festivals
Northwoods Blues Festival
Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, 2013
Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat
May 25 scheduled performers
2 pm - Howard "Guitar" Luedtke and Blue Max
4 pm - Reverend Raven and The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys w/ special guest Westside Andy
6 pm - Chris Beard
8 pm - Joe Louis Walker
May 26 scheduled performers
2 pm - The Rhythm Roosters
4 pm - Mojo Lemon
6 pm - Kenny Neal
8 pm - Ana Popovic
Ticket info and schedule!
Allis After Hours
Charles Allis Art Museum
1801 N. Prospect Avenue
Doors open at 5:30pm, music at 6:00pm
May 2: Eric Noden & Joe Filisko
May 9: Lil' Rev
May 16: Michael Ammons & The Water Street Hot Shots
May 23: Peter Roller & Steve Cohen
May 30: Billy Flynn
Individual and Series Pass information:
Allis After Hours
B B King
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
For ticket information click here!
Chicago Blues Fest
The world's largest free blues festival!
Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9, 2013
Chicago Blues Fest site with information updates ongoing until the event
Blues On The Fox
Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, 2013
Click here for Blues On The Fox event info
Essential Music Labels
Delmark Records and The Jazz Record Mart
The World's Largest Jazz and Blues Shop
27 East Illinois
Chicago IL 60611
OVER 55 YEARS OF GREAT JAZZ & BLUES
Check out the Jazz Record Mart!
Alligator Records and Artist Mgt., Inc.
P O Box 60234
Chicago IL 60660
The world's largest independent blues record label
10340 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530
P O Box 191
Niagara Falls, NY 14304 USA
Delta Groove Productions, Inc.
14602 Victory Blvd. Suite 200
Van Nuys, CA. 91411
Cross Cut Records
P.O. Box 106524
Living Blues Magazine
The Magazine of the African-American Blues Tradition
Blues Revue Magazine
The World's Largest Blues Publication
Juke Blues Magazine
PO Box 4083
fax: +44 1225 758375
Essential Blues Societies
Welcome to the newest essential listing on The Blue Side
Learn more about great music in your area as well as supporting blues
now and in the future by visiting these blues societies' sites
Grafton Blues Society
Grafton Blues Society link
Great Northern Blues Society
Great Northern Blues Society link
Lakeshore Blues Society
Mailing address: 3417 Adams Street, Two Rivers, WI 54341
Email contact: email@example.com
Lakeshore Blues Society on Facebook
Madison Blues Society
Madison Blues Society link
Need more blues between Blue Side shows?
Click to hear more great blues!
Harvey Stauffer, Old Harve's Blues Revue, Saturday and Sunday 12n-3p CST on WVPE
Ole Harve's Blues Revue
Byrd Hale, Byrd of Paradise Blues With A Feelin', 11a-2p CST on KZSU
Blues With A Feelin'
Sonia, Blues Drive, Friday 3-6p on WMSE
Dave Waldman, The Evil Show, Monday 9p-12m on WHPK
The Evil Show
Ground Zero Blues Club features live webcasts Thursday-Sunday
See real-time performances!
Ground Zero Blues Club
Hear an interview with the Fabulous Thunderbirds
Hear an interview with Steve Thomas, stage manager of the Fabulous Thunderbirds
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