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Waukesha BluesFest Announces 2014 Entertainment Line-up - Tickets on Sale Tues., April 15

Waukesha BluesFest, “An American Music and Art Festival, presented by the Waukesha Rotary Club, will be held Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9, 2014 at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, 1/2 mile north of I-94 on STH 83. Gates open at 12:30pm both days with the music running from 1pm until 10:30pm. The full entertainment line-up for the 8th Annual Waukesha BluesFest will be:


CANNED HEAT, Selwyn Birchwood, Extra Crispy Brass Band, South End Blues Band,
Misha Siegfried and His Band, Wapatui and Matt Tyner


CURTIS SALGADO, Trampled Under Foot, Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat, Tweed Funk,
The Blues Disciples, Gerome Durham “Mississippi Blues Boy” and Steve Cohen

Canned Heat emerged in 1966 and rose to fame because their knowledge and love of blues music was both wide and deep. The band attained three worldwide hits, “On The Road Again” in 1968, “Let’s Work Together” in 1970 and “Going Up The Country” in 1969 which became rock anthems throughout the world. “Going Up The Country” was adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock and the “Woodstock Generation.” They secured their niche in the pages of rock ‘n roll history with their performances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival (along with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Who) and the headlining slot at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. Now, more than forty-five years later and with thirty-eight albums to their credit, Canned Heat is still going strong. They have been anchored throughout by the steady hand of original drummer/band leader Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra and original bassist Larry “The Mole” Taylor. Rounding out the current band is New Orleans legend, Dale Spalding on harmonica, guitar and lead vocals and guitarist John “JP” Paulus.

Curtis Salgado, award-winning vocalist/songwriter/harmonica icon, sings and plays with soulful authority, never giving less than 100 percent. Born in 1954 in Everett, Washington and growing up in Eugene, Oregon, Salgado’s been perfecting his craft since he first began playing professionally in the late 1960s. He fronted his own group, The Nighthawks, inspired John Belushi to create The Blues Brothers, was co-star of The Robert Cray Band and sang and toured with Roomful Of Blues. He released his first of eight solo albums in 1991, hitting the road hard year after year. Salgado and his band toured with The Steve Miller Band and Curtis spent a summer singing with Santana. Winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist Of The Year, Salgado effortlessly mixes blues, funk and R&B with a delivery that is raw and heartfelt. Curtis Salgado most recently won awards for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year and Soul Blues Album of the Year at the 2013 Blues Music Awards.

Other featured acts of note include on Friday Selwyn Birchwood who was the 1st place winner at the 2013 International Blues Challenge and New Orleans style jazz brass band Extra Crispy Brass Band. Saturday’s line-up brings the blues chart topping hot national act Trampled Under Foot from Kansas City and also touring guitarist for George Thorogood, Jim Suhler with his band Monkey Beat to Waukesha BluesFest.

In addition to the live music entertainment, 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 at 262-542-1522.

Advance tickets go on sale on-line Tuesday, April 15th. Waukesha BluesFest fans can recognize significant savings by purchasing their tickets in advance. From April 15th through May 31st one-day tickets are $10 and two-day tickets are $17. Beginning June 1st prices go up to $15 for one-day tickets and $25 for two-day tickets. Prices at the gate will be $20 for one-day and $35 for a two day ticket. Tickets are available on-line at Tickets will also be available by mail order and at a number of local area businesses including all Waukesha State Bank locations, all White House of Music locations and Almont Gallery in downtown Waukesha beginning May 1st.

Major sponsors of Waukesha BluesFest include the Waukesha law firm of Cramer, Multhauf & Hammes, LLP, Waukesha State Bank, ProHealth Care and the Waukesha Rotary Club with additional supporters soon to be announced. Proceeds from the event will be distributed by the Waukesha Rotary Club Charitable Fund to local humanitarian charities and civic projects.

For additional information on the event visit, email, or call 1-800-366-1961.

About the Waukesha Rotary Club:

The Waukesha Rotary Club was formed in 1920. Since then, the Club has initiated more than eight hundred members in its 94 years. The Waukesha Rotary Club is one of 33,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas, and its members total 88 of more than 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. Rotary Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto “Service above Self.” Past recipients of the Waukesha Rotary Club’s charitable giving include Angel’s Grace Hospice, Whiterock Elementary School, the Volunteer Center of Waukesha County, The Women’s Center, Inc., Salvation Army, Christmas Clearing Council, Safe Babies Healthy Families, Easter Seals, Haiti and many more. For more information on the Waukesha Rotary Club, visit

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