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Sep 12, 2013
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Sun Prairie Blues Festival is This Saturday

Sun Prairie Blues Festival is This Saturday

The Sun Prairie Lions Club will host its seventh annual Sun Prairie Blues Festival this Saturday, September 14, at Angel Park in Sun Prairie (Directions here). The event has moved to a better location inside the park. Things kick off at noon on the Cigarbox Stage while the main stage fires up at 1:10 p.m.

This is one of the more affordable festivals around—$10 for ten hours of blues music if purchased in advance at one of these locations:

  • Beans and Cream Coffee House
  •  Cannery Wine and Spirits
  •  ComLink Computers
  •  All Madison area Park Banks

Tickets can also be purchased online here.

Tickets at the gate will be $15.

The lineup is especially strong with Walter “Wolfman” Washington leading the way. This New Orleans-based group was voted No. 1 Blues Band in 2012 in a New Orleans readers' poll. Seeing Walter “Wolfman” Washington perform with his current outfit, the Roadmasters, is akin to taking a history lesson on black music in America with the exception that sitting down and taking notes is not an option. With his breadth of experience and seemingly endless repertoire, each of his highly danceable shows is one-of-a-kind. Like the greatest jazzmen, Washington channels his everyday life into his music. Depending on the setting, the band plays the blues, R&B, soul, funk, jazz and everything in between with pure heart.

Also appearing on the main stage will be Dave Specter who has earned an international reputation as one of the premier young talents on the Chicago blues scene. Since 1985 Specter has performed regularly at top Chicago blues and jazz clubs in addition to festivals and concert halls throughout the USA.

A variety of local acts will also be featured throughout the day. Below is the full schedule:

Cigarbox Stage:

Noon–1 p.m.        Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo
2:50–3:50 p.m.   Paul Filipowicz
5:40–6:40 p.m.   PurgAtory Hill (featuring Pat McDonald and Melaniejane)

Main Stage:

1:10–2:40 p.m.    Kyle Henderson & Blue-Eyed Soul
4:00–5:30 p.m.   The Velveetatones
6:50–8:20 p.m.   Dave Specter & Sharon Lewis
8:30–10 p.m.       Walter “Wolfman” Washington

Showtimes are staggered to allow festival goers to enjoy all the acts, each of which is worthy of the effort. Visit www.spbluesfest.com for more information. 

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Rick Tvedt has been a performing musician since the age of eight and had regional success with local band The And. He has also been a solo performer and was a member of the Sled Dogs. He launched the monthly local music newspaper Rick’s Café in January of 2003, which is now publishing online as Local Sounds Magazine. That same year he founded the Madison Area Music Association, a charitable organization that raises money to fund music programs for kids and provides musical instruments. The MAMAs also produce the annual Madison Area Music Awards.

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