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Wisconsin Annual Blues Harmonica Festival 2014 (all-ages, 6pm)

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5101 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53219

 David J. Miller & Tom Radai Present the Wisconsin Annual Blues Harmonica Festival 2014:





11/14/2014 (Friday):

American Serb Hall (The Hall of Presidents): from 6:00 pm-11:00 pm, 5101 W Oklahoma Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53219 (http://goo.gl/9hd9Ni) 414-545-6030. 

Dave Miller Band

Steve Goetsch (guitar), Grant Garske (bass), Bruce Cole (drums), & Manfred Kreuzpaintner (keyboard), Hosting:


  • Jim Liban (Jim Liban Combo):

*"Singer, songwriter and stellar blues harmonica player Jim Liban was known throughout the midwest in the 1970's as the leader of Short Stuff,the innovative Milwaukee based ensemble that pioneered the blues & rock sound later identified with bands like the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He continues to perform in a more traditional vein with his trio. He has international cult status as one of the foremost post-war blues harmonica stylists, and many of his original songs have been recorded by national blues artists like Johnny Winter and Lonnie Brooks."



  • Westside Andy (The Westside Andy & Mel Ford Band): 

by R.C. Harris

*"First off, for truth in advertising, I'm a totally biased fan of Westside Andy's harp playing. Been so since dirt was invented.

More modern facts include that Hohner, Inc. lists him as an endorser alongside Rod Piazza, Toots Thielemans, & Corky Siegel, among many other great players. Those who know who these folks are, nothing further need be said. Turn the page. For those who haven't had that good fortune, know that these are giants on Planet Harmonica. Actually, Corky was one of Andy's most enthusiastic early mentors. In fact, the night they met during a Siegel/Schwall Blues Band set break, Corky asked him to sit in for the entire next set. Andy was 15. That may have been the galvanizing moment when the "Westside" story really started. Meaning thousands of gigs. Probably a million miles with a trunk full of gear, and how many late nights driving home in ice and snow in the groovy winters of Wisconsin where this blues bird resides. In the process, Andy has shared the stage with James Cotton, Luther Allison, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Charlie Musselwhite, Doobie Brothers, Richie Havens, Muddy Waters, Gary Primich, Jimmy Johnson, Tab Benoit, Hubert Sumlin. Ok, you get the idea. Not to mention his current long-time collaboration with Mel Ford, a blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter of wide acclaim. And thus, the name of the band. The Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band. Like a winter night's drink. Neat and hot. 

But enough of this. Give a listen, and see if the boogie man don't dance." *http://westsideandy.com/bio.aspx


  • Lil' Rev:

*"Lil Rev grew up in Milwaukee, WI where he still resides today. Growing up in the shadows of American Motors Corp, Briggs N Stratton, and A.O. Smith, he was inspired by the sights and sounds of an industrial powerhouse in flux. His music is infused with a strong sense of humility for the common man. His heroes include: Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Cicso Houston and Leadbelly. After graduating in 1987 from John Marshall High School, Lil Rev went on to earn his Bachelors Degree in Community Education from UW-Milwaukee. Following his college education, Rev decided to take a job working for local 998 as a city bus driver under the Milwaukee County Transit System. He stayed on for 1 year before the urge for going was too strong! From 1993 to 2000, Lil Rev traveled extensively throughout the Midwest, performing in coffee houses, at house concerts, in schools, libraries, temples, on streetcorners, in taverns and at folk festivals. From 2000 to 2005, Lil Rev decided it was time to ply his trade as a full time grade school music teacher (Milwaukee Jewish Day School) and as an adjunct lecturer/music historian at The University of WI- Milwaukee. Following 5 years of teaching, the road called and Lil Rev knew it was time to court the muse once again! Since that time, Lil Rev has stayed very busy, writing over 8 instructional ukulele books for Hal Leonard, while touring North America extensively. He tours the east each fall and the south and west in the winter months, while also flying around North America to teach and perform at Ukulele Festivals. While Lil Rev is well known for his ukulele and harmonica stylings, he is also a seasoned multi-instrumentalist equally adept at old time banjo, flat-pick guitar and blues mandolin. If you're looking to book Lil Rev, he performs for kids, seniors, veterans, developmentally disabled and anyone who is willing to listen! Rev has over 24 years of music experience, working throughout the community, uplifting, empowering and entertaing all.He can be reached at lilrev@lilrev.com" *http://www.lilrev.com/about


  • Blue Rick Gerek (John Brim Band):

• *"Chess Records’ John and Grace Brim's harp player for nearly 10 years-tours and recordings and Fishing Buddy.

• Billy Flynn & the Blue Flames.

• Milwaukee Slim Blues Band with Sam McCue.

• Influences : Little Walter,  Big Walter Horton, George "Harmonica" Smith,  Sonny Boy Williamson, Plus 40s & 50s R&B Jump & Honkin' sax players. 

(And of course, my sweet wife Joan.)" 

""In our quest to improve each and every Blues Harmonica festival We have sought out musicians of the highest caliber and credentials. To that end the 2014 Wisconsin State Blues Harmonica Festival had big shoes to fill after the successful packed house 2013 Event at the Astor Hotel. Adding to the already strong Harmonica talent line-up of the upcoming 2014 event at Serb Hall …We have added long time John Brim guitarist (Chess Records recording artist) J.A. Arenas who comes to us with a boatload of impressive credentials…Check special guest J.A. Arenas credentials:

• Long time touring and recordings with John Brim (including the classic “Jakes Blues”Lp …”Jake” was the nickname none other then the great “Little Walter” gave to John Brim during the Chess recording days.

•  The Johnny Camacho Band which featured a who’s Who of talent including: Sam McCue (Everly Brothers, Dave Mason Band, Crowfoot, Knu Blues Band, Snax, and the Legends)Rick Jagger (Crosby-Stills and Nash, Paul McCartney, Dave Mason and The Pointer Sisters) 

  PT Pedersen Bass- Charlie Musselwhite, The Unit and Reverend Raven. Also Matt Liban on drums

 Billy Flynn (New Legends Of Blues All Stars, Muddy Waters Band aka The Legendary Blues Band, Otis Rush, Jimmy Dawkins, Jimmy Rogers)

Last but not least 

• “Billy Flynn and the Blues Flames” with Blue Rick and Billy Flynn. (See above for history on these names) 

**J.A. Arenas will perform with the great Blue Rick at the up coming 2014 event.**" *Tom Radai



  • Danny Miller (The Danny Miller Band):

*"Danny Miller has been playing the blues in southeast Wisconsin for the last thirty five years with some of Wisconsin's best musicians. In that time he has collected a loyal group of fans who love to listen and dance to his music which features his soulful voice and soaring harmonica solos. Danny started his career with "Rocket 88" and played with several bands over the years, including Plumb Loco and the well known "Cahoots" before forming his own group in 1980. Danny won the 2002 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award winner as a harmonica player and is an acknowledged "Master" of the instrument. Danny was nominated for a WAMI again in 2004. His talents are in demand and he has contributed solos to the CD's of many local artists. He continues to make guest appearances when the situation calls for a great "harp" player."



  • Doc:

Doc is one of the leading experts of the Chromatic Harmonica. He has been playing professionally both Chromatic and Diatonic Harmonicas for over 60 years. Doc is also known throughout the Midwest as a specialist in Harmonica Repair. He's a gem and needs to be seen!


  • David Miller (Dave Miller Band):

*"Dave Miller is a multiple genre Harmonica Player, Vocalist, Guitarist, Teacher, and Booking Agent. David Miller teaches beginning to advanced harmonica, beginning voice, and basic blues guitar. David was introduced to the harmonica back in 1972 by his late father at the age of eleven years old. Dave's dad was his mentor, but his other influences also include: Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Billy Branch, Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Sonny Boy Williamson, Junior Wells, to name just a few. David Miller has appeared throughout the Midwest. Some of the venues included the Wisconsin State Fair, Summerfest, Sherman Fest, as well as various Chicago clubs. Miller has played with Billy Branch, the legendary Aaron Moore, Willie Kent, Billy Flynn, Aron Burton, and Johnny Rawls. Wherever David performs, he is sure to please his audience with his expertise as a professional musician. David Miller Live Music Booking Agency can fulfill any venue with virtually any genre. Dave Miller also works with the legendary Tom Radai in booking other venues. 

For inquiries or bookings: Email Me: David@DavidMiller.us

Call Me: (414) 375-9895, or View Me: http://www.DavidMiller.us

Fresh off the press: http://www.examiner.com/article/it-s-miller-time-for-area-blues-harpist"




A Sincere Thank You To: 

  • Tom Radai and the Wisconsin Blues Society:

*"Tom Radai is the longest surviving Blues agent/Mgr.in the USA. The multiple WC Handy/ KBA recipient, European Music Award and National Leadership Award winner, has been in business longer then anyone still active in the Blues Scene. Tom has said that his curiosity about Blues culture peaked when he started hanging out at Maxwell Street in the early 1960's and meeting some of the people who were eventually to become his clients. His love for the music came at an even earlier age when most teenagers were interested in other things. Tom Radai's roots in the Blues are long and deep. Initially launching his career in booking and management in 1964 with his first client, Otis Spann. Tom soon added to his talent roster the likes of Johnny Young, Eddie Taylor, Johnny Littlejohn and Charlie Musselwhite from 1968 to 1979. Tom Radai's Blues Management Group soon became notorious for the 'Blues All Star' packages he toured world-wide. One such package based out of Chicago teamed Jimmy Rogers and Eddie Taylor, Detroit Jr./Johnny 'Big Moose' Walker, Wild Child Butler, Sam Lay, Bob Anderson and Lucile Spann. A few years after this package toured the legendary Jimmy Rogers became a full time client which lead to a relationship lasting nearly 25 years, which included engagements with the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, numerous national television appearances, and a monumental recording on Atlantic Records. A 'West-coast AllStar' package that Tom organized in the late 1970's included the legendary George 'Harmonica' Smith teamed with the great Phillip Walker plus a second young harmonica genius by the name of William Clarke. In addition to his Blues credentials, Tom has promoted Rock & Blues concert series that included The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger, and Canned Heat. Tom Radai's talent roster had included: The Phillip Walker Band, The Jimmy Rogers Legacy (tribute to Jimmy Rogers.) Eddie Taylor Jr., Steve Guyger, plus 'The NEW Legends Of Blues AllStars' (Eddie Taylor Jr., Steve Guyger, Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn and 'Piano Willie'). In addition The NEW Legends Of Blues Duo with Steve Guyger and Billy Flynn. Tom has been a tireless advocate for Traditional Blues, one reason why over 75% of his talent roster have stayed for an unprecedented 15 to 25 years. He is still doing business in the USA, Canada, Europe. Tom can be reached at: The Blues Mgt Group -2413 South 51st St. Milwaukee Wisconsin 53219 USA ph:414.321.0188" Wisconsin Blues Society http://bluesmgtgroup.com/


On January 8, 2001, Tom Radai was instrumental in re-naming the South Honore Street in Chicago "Jimmy Rogers St". More details can be found at http://www.blues.co.nz/news/article.php?id=414. Pictures can be seen below:



Thank You to our Sponsors:

This performance is brought to you by David Miller Live Music. For bookings or information, Call: (414) 375-9895, Email: David@DavidMiller.us, or Visit: http://www.DavidMiller.us!



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