Category Archives: Blues Music

Frequently Asked Questions

We get asked a lot of questions regarding our Balloon & Blues Event each year and always refer people to our FAQ page. Here are the top 5, that may answer your questions:

      1. DO YOU OFFER BALLOON FLIGHTS?
        Sorry, our festival does not offer balloon rides to the public, due to the additional licensing and insurance required. We do recommend contacting a group like the WI Balloon Group at or Balloon Group of IL. These organization’s will help you find reputable and licensed balloon operators who can schedule a ride. Many will also have larger balloons that can accommodate several people, which can reduce the per person cost.
      2. IS THERE A COST TO THE EVENT?
        Admission is FREE to the Balloon and Blues Festival, but if you want to park inside the Green County Fairgrounds, the cost is $3. Our event able to run due to dedicated  volunteers and gracious local business sponsors. We of course hope that you will participate by purchasing parking, food, drinks, and other items while at the event as many of the booths are run by local non-profits and small businesses.
      3. WHEN DO THE BALLOONS GO UP AND GLOW?
        Hot Air Balloon Launches are scheduled for Friday & Saturday evening at 6:00pm., as well as Saturday morning at 6:00am.
        Hot Air Balloon Glows are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30pm on the Fairgrounds. (*Please note that flights may be postponed due to weather concerns. Please watch our Facebook and Twitter page for live updates.)
      4. WHAT BLUES BANDS ARE PLAYING? 
        We have some of the best Blues Bands in this region, and probably the country, in our humble opinion. This year we are pleased to feature: Madtown Mannish BoysAlex Wilson BandStackhouseThe JimmysCash Box KingsJosh Hoyer and Soul Colossal . For more information and schedule please visit our Blues Page.
      5. HOW MANY BALLOONS WILL BE IN THE FESTIVAL?
        We generally have between 12-16 balloons.
      6. CAN WE BRING OUR OWN CHAIRS AND ALCOHOL?
        PLEASE, feel free to bring in chairs, blanket or other items to watch the bands, have a picnic or watch the balloon events. BUT, Carry in alcohol is prohibited on the grounds! So, please do not bring alcohol into the grounds. We will have a licensed beer tent available for those who wish to partake

The Jimmys

The Monroe Balloon & Blues Festival is proud to announce that the The Jimmys will be playing live Saturday June 16th 4:30-6:00pm

The Jimmys have been ripping up stages with their blend of blues, soul, funk and R&B for nearly 10 years. Award-winning keyboardist/singer/songwriter Jimmy Voegeli has put together an all-star lineup: Perry Weber, veteran blues guitarist/singer/songwriter; Mauro Magellan, of the Georgia Satellites; John Wartenweiler with his powerful bass lines and deep groove; the Amateur Horn Stars – Pete Ross, Saxophone; and Mike Boman, trumpet – combine 40+ years’ experience touring the world with Clyde Stubblefield, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Youngblood Brass Band, B.B. King and his All Stars, and many others.

With multiple awards and a growing legion of fans you gotta get yourself to their next show to find out what everyone’s hollerin’ about.

Keep up to date here and on Facebook & Twitter for tour dates, pictures, and video from the road.

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Recent Awards:
2017 Blues Song of the Year, MAMA Award
2017 Blues Album of the Year, MAMA Award
2017 Blues Performer of the Year, MAMA Award
2017 Brass Instrumentalist of the Year, MAMA Award
2017 Keyboardist of the Year, MAMA Award

2016 Best Albums of 2016, Downbeat Magazine
2016 Blues Performer of the Year, MAMA Award
2016 Blues Album of the Year, MAMA Award
2016 Blues Song of the Year, MAMA Award
2016 Keyboardist of the Year, MAMA Award
2016 Woodwind Instrumentalist of the Year, MAMA Award
2016 Blues Band, Gold Winner, Best of Madison
2016 Best Swing Band of the Year, WAMI Award

2015 Keyboardist of the Year, WAMI & MAMA Award
2015 Blues Performer of the Year, MAMA Award
2015 Blues Band, Gold Winner, Best of Madison
2015 Brass Instrumentalist of the Year, MAMA Award
2015 Woodwinds Instrumentalist of the Year, MAMA Award

2014 Artist of the Year, MAMA Award
2014 Blues Artist of the Year, MAMA Award
2014 Blues Song of the Year, MAMA Award
2014 Bassist of the Year, MAMA Award
2014 Brass Instrumentalist of the Year, MAMA Award

Check them out at:

Web: https://www.thejimmys.net/home

Madtown Mannish Boys

The Monroe Balloon & Blues Festival is proud to announce that the Madtown Mannish Boys will be playing live Friday June 15th 6:30-8:00pm

The Madtown Mannish Boys are a Madison-based Blues band who are steeped in Chicago-style Blues, including artists like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Otis Spann, Paul Butterfield, and Little Walter. They play harmonica-driven tunes with gritty fervor and dynamic energy, and perform with raw exuberance and driving rhythms that make you want to boogie!

Andy Smith has a powerful and soulful voice, reminiscent of some of the greats from Blues and R&B. Paul Schwoerer wields his harmonica with a chip on his shoulder and plays with nimble intensity while Jesse “Honey Boy” Steinberg injects flurries of guitar riffs into the lively grooves laid down by Jesse Olson (piano), Tim Payne (bass), and Nate Morenek (drums). Jason Schultz (trombone) and Dan Resnick (saxophone) frequently join the Boys on stage.

The Mannish Boys have played at a variety of joints and festivals, including AtwoodFest, Bos Meadery, Blooze Krooze: Classic Car & Blues Festival, Brink Lounge, Bacon, Beer, & BBQ Festival, Capital Brewery, Chief’s Tavern, Club Tavern, Come Back In, Concerts at the Portage, Crystal Corner Bar, Edgewater Hotel, Fiery Foods Festival, Flatted Fifth, Frequency, Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, Knuckle Down Saloon, Liliana’s, Live In the Park Concert Series in Waunakee, Me & Julio, Mr. Roberts, Nakoma Golf Club, Nomad World Pub, North Street Cabaret, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Orchard Lawn, Riverfront Rondezvous Festival, Tyranena Brewing Company, Up North Bar, Verona Concerts in the Park, Vintage Brewing Company, Wisconsin Brewing Company, Woodshed Ale House, and WORT Festival.

We’ve been getting rave reviews. For example, Chris Kalmbach (owner of the Knuckle Down Saloon) recently wrote: “It is a very rare thing, and more rare as the years go by, to have a new Blues Band come on the scene with such energy, purpose and talent. I haven’t seen such a thing in many, many years. All of these guys have have very involved lives outside the band, but still throw everything they’ve got into every show. These days we always seem to be looking for new champions to take up the torch for our precious brand of music. These guys wear that mantle like it was made for them. Madison’s Blues scene owes these guys a debt of gratitude. Please support them wherever they play.”

If you can’t make the Monroe Balloon & Blues Festival, please check out their Upcoming Gigs page to get groovin’ with them.

Check them out at:

Web:  madtownmannishboys.com

Facebook:  facebook.com/madtownmannishboys/