Waukesha BluesFest Celebrates 10th Anniversary
With Diverse Entertainment Line-up!


August 11, 2016


Lidya Pense and Cold Blood

DELAFIELD - 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.

Legendary 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.

Chubby’s decribed on 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 genres.

While 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.

Yearning for traditional blues from the Deep South? Waukesha BluesFest has that covered, too.

Friday 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.

You like your blues from the Deep South?

Papa Chubby

Well, also 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. 

Saturday’s 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.

In 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.

Waukesha 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 p.m.

Tickets 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 

Waukesha 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 Tent.  



The lineup


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

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Danny Miller Band

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. - John Primer

7:30 p.m. 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

4:30 p.m. 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

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - AJ Ghent Band

9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - Lydia Pense and Cold Blood  

Saturday 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.

Proceeds 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 following areas:

- Arts and culture

- Basic needs, such as food, clothing and shelter

- Children, youth and families

- Reducing isolation of the elderly and maintaining independent living for them

- 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, including addictions.

For additional information on Waukesha BluesFest visit, email or call 1-800-366-1961.