Tonight! (Friday, August 26) Last minute schedule changes result in an appearance at Chief’s Tavern by Frankie Lee, Mel Ford, and Tom McCarty. They’ll be playing that Maintainers-type blues without all those noisy drums. (Kidding, drummers. You know we love you.) Downbeat at 6:30 pm.
Tomorrow night, Saturday (August 27) The Sparks Band at The Varsity Club—Beatles, Animals, Stones, and Kinks, Oh my! Even Beau Brummels, and Left Banke. It’s easier than building a time machine. Where is The Varsity Club, you ask? Head up through Lodi, past Okee, to Lake Wisconsin (also known as The Wisconsin River), take the free ferry across, turn left, then keep eyes right. You can’t miss it.
Big news for fans of Big Wes Turner’s Trio. The one and only Billy Flynn will be filling in on guitar for the whole month of September! That’s three Thursdays—the first, third, and fifth—September 1, 15, and 29. Blues? Yes. Sixties surf music? You betcha! Like it? Love it! That’s Grammy winner Billy Flynn to you, Missy!
Also in September The Maintainers (with Rick Becker on drums) play back-to-back gigs—Friday September 2, for the Mazomanie Music Conservancy, and Saturday, September 3, to open up The Knuckledown Saloon’s big outdoor blues and rockabilly show. Headliners are my personal all-time favorite band, the amazing BelAirs (biggest little band in all the land).
Kudos to Jon Vriesaker on fiddle and Dan Kennedy on guitar who answered the call last night (Thursday, August 25) and turned up the heat on the Birddog Blues Band performance at the last concert of the season outside the Green County Courthouse in Monroe. (If you missed it you also missed the headliners, the fabulous Family Business band.)