Pense and Cold Blood
- While not your classic “variety show,” all kinds of
blues will be felt and heard at Waukesha BluesFest in a
coast-to-coast music blitz.
New York blues guitarist Popa Chubby headlines Friday, then
powerhouse vocalist Lydia Pense and funky-horned Cold Blood
out of San Francisco close two days of the blues at Naga-Waukee
Park on Saturday.
decribed on AllMusic.com as: “A blues-rock veteran known for
his blistering live shows, working-man politics, and fierce
Hendrix covers.” It’s a contrast to Pense’s Cold
Blood’s old-school R&B that draws on other musical
Chubby pops into the Midwest, it’s not familiar ground for
Pense and Cold Blood, who are promoting their latest
recordings. They got their recording start when rock promoter
Bill Graham signed them in 1969.
for traditional blues from the Deep South? Waukesha BluesFest
has that covered, too.
also features the Cedric Burnside Project. Cedric Burnside is
a former member of the North Mississippi Allstars and a Grammy
Award nominee for best blues album in 2016.
your blues from the Deep South?
on Friday’s bill is John Primer, a Chicago Blues legend and
former member of Howlin’ Wolf’s band. Primer was nominated
for a Grammy Award for best blues album this year for his work
on the album “Muddy Waters 100,” a centennial tribute to
the legendary blues artist.
lineup brings Atlanta-based the AJ Ghent Band, known for its
lap steel guitar and a dynamic stage show to Waukesha
BluesFest. In addition, Saturday’s BluesFest presents the
Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2016 with Blue Sisters Tash Taylor,
Ina Forsman and Layla Zoe. The show features three intense new
female vocalists from the U.S.A., Finland and Canada
respectively who perform individually and as a trio, backed by
a supercharged touring band.
addition to the live music, Waukesha BluesFest features a
selection of food from popular local restaurants CafŽ
Esperanza and Delafield Brewhaus along with a full selection
of beverages. The juried art show features regional and
locally known artists in a variety of media.
BluesFest, “An American Music and Art Festival,” presented
by the Waukesha Rotary Club, is celebrating its 10-year
milestone this summer. The festival will be held Friday and
Saturday at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, on Highway 83,
one-half mile north of Interstate 94. Gates open at 12:30 p.m.
both days with the music entertainment from 1 p.m. to 10:30
prices through today are $17 for one-day tickets and $29 for
two-day tickets. Prices at the gate will be $22 for a one-day
ticket and $39 for a two-day ticket.
Parking and sales tax are included in the ticket
prices. Children 8 and younger get in free with a paying
adult. Tickets are available online at www.waukeshabluesfest.com.
BluesFest is again offering an “Elite Experience” seating
option for $50. The reserved seats are numbered and issued on
a first-come basis as purchased separately for each day.
The tickets also include admission to the grounds,
parking, sales tax, two complimentary beverages and a souvenir
festival art poster that can be obtained at the Merchandise
1 p.m. to
1:40 p.m. - Tom Sugars
2 p.m. to
2:40 p.m. - Black Cat Bone
3 p.m. to
4 p.m. - Blues Summit Band
to 5:30 p.m. - Danny Miller Band
6 p.m. to
7 p.m. - John Primer
to 8:30 p.m. - Cedric Burnside Project
9 p.m. to
10:30 p.m. - Popa Chubby
1 p.m. to
1:40 p.m. - “Rockonsin” 2016 Band Competition Finalist
2 p.m. to
2:40 p.m. - Serious Trouble
3 p.m. to
4 p.m. - Jonny T-Bird and the MP’s
to 5:30 p.m. - Leroy Airmaster with Stokes
6 p.m. to
7 p.m. - Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2016 with Blues Sisters
Tasha Taylor, Ina Forsman and Layla Zoe
to 8:30 p.m. - AJ Ghent Band
9 p.m. to
10:30 p.m. - Lydia Pense and Cold Blood
will also include performances from young area musicians in
the Waukesha County Arts Program’s Rock Band Camps. They
will perform 15 minutes on a second stage in between bands.
from Waukesha BluesFest go back into the community through the
Waukesha Rotary Club Charitable Fund, Inc. a recognized
501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Waukesha Rotary Club
Charitable Fund places highest priority on projects in the
- Arts and
needs, such as food, clothing and shelter
Children, youth and families
isolation of the elderly and maintaining independent living
Employment and training
Educational enrichment activities beyond the core curriculum
Environmental conservation, restoration and education
Assisting individuals who lack basic access to health care
Assisting persons with physical or mental disabilities,
additional information on Waukesha BluesFest visit
www.waukeshabluesfest.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or