Waukesha BluesFest 10th Anniversary Aug 12-13, 2016

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(Delafield, WI) – Waukesha BluesFest, “An American Music and Art Festival,” is presented by the Waukesha Rotary Club who are proud to be reaching a 10 year milestone this summer. The festival will be held Friday and Saturday, August 12 and 13, 2016 at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, located 1/2 mile north of I-94 on STH 83. Gates open at 12:30pm both days with the music running from 1:00pm until 10:30pm. Here is the exciting full entertainment line-up for the 10th Anniversary edition of Waukesha BluesFest:



Popa Chubby

Cedric Burnside Project

John Primer

Danny Miller Band

Blues Summit Band, Black Cat Bone and Tom Sugars



Lydia Pense and Cold Blood

AJ Ghent Band

Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2016 with Blue Sisters Tasha Taylor, Ina Forsman & Layla Zoe

Leroy Airmaster with Stokes

Jonny T-Bird and The MP’s, Serious Trouble and “Rockonsin” 2016 Band Competition Finalist

The entertainment at this year’s Waukesha BluesFest spans America from coast to coast as the event will feature legendary New York City blues guitarist Popa Chubby headlining on Friday, August 12th, Saturday, August 13th brings the funky horn arrangements of late 60’s and early 70’s San Francisco R&B standouts Lydia Pense and Cold Blood in a rare Midwest appearance. Regular Cold Blood shows at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West lead to him signing the band and a very successful early 70’s run. Cold Blood has performed occasionally over the years, but currently plays frequent shows in support of two new recordings. Today’s band is still fronted by their original powerhouse singer, Lydia Pense.

Other featured acts on Friday include 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. Also on Friday’s bill is John Primer, a Chicago Blues Legend and former member of Howlin’ Wolf’s band. John also was nominated for a Grammy Award for best blues album this year. Saturday’s line-up brings Atlanta based lap steel guitar breakout the AJ Ghent Band and their dynamic stage show to Waukesha BluesFest. In addition, Saturday will host the Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2016 with Blue Sisters Tasha Taylor, Ina Forsman and Layla Zoe. The show features three dynamic new female vocalists from the U.S.A., Finland and Canada respectively who perform individually and as a trio all backed by a supercharged touring band.

In addition to the great line-up of live music, Waukesha BluesFest features an exceptional selection of food from popular local restaurants, a full selection of beverages and an Art Show featuring regional and locally known artists. Applications for artists interested in being considered for the Waukesha BluesFest Art Show are still being accepted. Contact Lynn Gaffey at the Almont Gallery in Waukesha to apply at 262-542-1522.

General Admission prices from June 1st through August 11th are $17 for a one day tickets and $29 for a two day ticket. 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 age 8 and under are free with a paying adult. Tickets are available on-line at www.waukeshabluesfest.com. Tickets are also be available in person at Almont Gallery in downtown Waukesha, all Waukesha State Bank locations and all White House of Music locations.

Once again this year, Waukesha BluesFest is offering an “Elite Experience” seating option which will provide true music fans a front and center reserved seat for Friday and/or Saturday. These reserved seats are numbered and issued on a first come basis as purchased for each day. The ticket also includes admission to the grounds, parking, sales tax, two complimentary beverages of your choice and a souvenir festival art poster which can be obtained at the Merchandise Tent. The tickets are priced at $50 per day. Only a limited number of Elite Experience tickets will be available for each day.

Major sponsors of Waukesha BluesFest include Forest County Potawatomi Foundation; Cramer, Multhauf & Hammes, LLP, Attorneys at Law; ProHealth Care; Clear Channel Outdoor; Waukesha State Bank; First Federal Bank of Wisconsin and Waukesha Rotary Club, along with many other supporters.

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 www.waukeshabluesfest.com, email info@waukeshabluesfest.com, or call 1-800-366-1961.


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