11th BluesFest features Musselwhite, Popovic

By BRANDON ANDEREGG - Special to TimeOut 

August 10, 2017


Ana Popovic will headline Waukesha Bluesfest on Saturday.

Submitted Photo

WAUKESHA - The 11th annual Waukesha BluesFest, “An American Music and Art Festival,” is celebrating the roots of American music with acts ranging from blues, rock ‘n’ roll and country to gospel, soul, jazz and folk.

Friday’s headliner embodies the classic sound of Chicago blues. Legendary blues harp player Charlie Musselwhite made his way alongside heavy hitters like Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and Buddy Guy in the 1960s blues scene on the South Side of Chicago.

On Saturday, Serbian-born Ana Popovic will make her debut performance at BluesFest. A singer and guitar player, Popovic was recently nominated for the third time as Contemporary Blues Female Artist at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tenn. She was also featured in this year’s Experience Hendrix, a concert series celebrating the music of Jimi Hendrix.

In addition to a bevy of blues, the festival features food from popular local restaurants Delafield Brewhaus, CafŽ Esperanza, Koepsell’s Popcorn, a full selection of beverages, and an art show with regional and locally known artists.

The event will be held rain or shine under a large festival tent with ample seating provided.

Charlie Musselwhite, right, and his band play at 8:30 p.m. Friday

Submitted Photo

Attendees can bring fold-out chairs and blankets or sit outside on the adjacent grassy areas. Festival goers can leave the event but ticket stubs are required for re-admission. There will also be a limited amount of camping available at Naga-Waukee Park.

The following items will not be allowed: carry-in food or beverages, coolers, backpacks, pets, weapons, and audio and video recording devices.

Advance tickets through today are $22 for one day and $35 for two days. Prices at the gate will be $25 for one day and $40 for two days. Children 8 and younger get in free with a paying adult. Tickets are at www. and also in person through today at Almont Gallery in downtown Waukesha, all Waukesha State Bank locations and all White House of Music locations, as well as at the gate during the festival. Parking is free.

An “Elite Experience” seating option offers numbered seats on a first-come basis for $55 each day. They include admission to the grounds, parking, two complimentary beverages and a souvenir festival art poster, which can be obtained at the Merchandise Tent.

Waukesha BluesFest runs Friday and Saturday at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, one-half mile north of Interstate 94 on Highway 83.

Gates open at 12:30 p.m. with the art show and music running from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily.


n 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - “Rockonsin” 2017 band finalist: Something Ironic

n 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - The B-Side Band

n 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Starkweather Bay Blues Band

n 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Blues Harp Jimmie Band

n 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials

n 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Charlie Musselwhite


n 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Steve Cohen & Little Maddie

n 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Ol’ Style Skratch

n 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Altered Five Blues Band

n 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - The Paul Nelson Band

n 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. - The Kinsey Report

n 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Ana Popovic