SUN PRAIRIE BLUES FEST
"ten hours of blues for 10 bucks" ($10 advance-$15 at the gate
The Sun Prairie Lions Club has announced the line-up for the 2013 Sun Prairie Blues Fest, Saturday, September 14, at Angell Park. Lions club Blues Fest Committee Chairman, Bill Tefft, said this year’s festival will feature a unique mix of exceptional performers who have studied at the side of many of the best Blues musicians that have ever lived. This year will also feature performances on a variety of homemade “cigar box” instruments. Performers will be Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo, Kyle Henderson and Blue Eyed Soul, Paul Flipowicz, The Velveetatones, Purgatory Hill, Dave Specter with Sharon Lewis, and Walter “Wolfman” Washington.
Walter “Wolfman” Washington has been an icon on the New Orleans music scene for decades. His searing guitar work and soulful vocals have defined the Crescent City’s unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk and the blues since he formed his first band in the 1970s.
Washington began his career during the fertile heyday of the 1950s Rhythm and Blues period that spawned dozens of Number 1 songs and made New Orleans the recording destination of choice for hit makers like Ray Charles and Little Richard. Born in 1943, Washington was on the road by his late teens spending over two years backing the great vocalist Lee Dorsey who was touring in support of his smash hits, “Ride Your Pony” and “Working in a Coalmine.”
When Washington formed his first band as a leader he was often pigeonholed into the blues genre. But by taking his cues from other New Orleans greats, his sound reflects the full range of music from New Orleans. He certainly can howl the blues, hence his nickname, but his musical talents have always defined pure Crescent City soul. In later years, with the second rise of funk, Washington fully embraced that genre as well.
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.
Blues guitarist, bandleader and producer Dave Specter 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. Since 1989 Dave has toured internationally with performances in Brazil, Israel, Spain, England, Holland, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Luxembourg, Mexico and Canada.
Before forming his own band in 1989, Specter toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe behind such blues greats as Son Seals, The Legendary Blues Band, Hubert Sumlin, Sam Lay and Steve Freund. Specter has also performed and recorded with such blues and jazz artists as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Snooky Pryor, Kim Wilson, John Primer, Mighty Joe Young, Valerie Wellington, Magic Slim, Lonnie Brooks, Willie Kent, Pinetop Perkins and Sunnyland Slim.
Appearing with Specter is Blues artist Sharon Lewis who has performed with top musicians around the world, including Grammy award winners Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, and Mumford & Sons. Blessed with a powerful, soulful voice described by Chicago Tribune Music Critic, Howard Reich, as “the eighth wonder of the music world,” Ms. Lewis is a mesmerizing entertainer that captivates her audience with her penetrating delivery. She is a featured artist in the 2006 University of Illinois Press book Chicago Blues: Portraits and Stories by scholar David Whiteis. Lewis received a BS from Loyola University in Management and Industrial Psychology and a minor in Computer Science.
2013 Sun Prairie Blues Fest
Saturday September 14, 2013
Angell Park, Hwy N