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Stackhouse

The Monroe Balloon & Blues Festival is proud to announce that the Stackhouse will be playing live Saturday June 16th 2:30-4:00pm

Stackhouse is a Soul & Blues trio featuring Xavi Lynn, Garrett Wartenweiler, and Derek Hendrickson! Bound to make you get down!

“Xavier Lynn is one of the best young guitar players I’ve ever met. He plays with an intensity and poise that you will rarely see in such a young musician. Xavier possesses the technical skill and confidence of someone twice his age. He is like a sponge constantly soaking up any style of genuine American music he sets his mind to play including jazz, blues, soul, gospel, and funk.” (Joe Nosek, Cash Box Kings)

Don’t let his age fool you, 18-year old Xavier Lynn is as well traveled as any seasoned bluesman. Originally born in London to American and British parents, Xavier grew accustom to life on the move, subsequently making his home in San Diego, CA, Austin, TX, Geneva, Switzerland, Madison, WI, and Cleveland, OH where he currently resides. While he was drawn to blues and gospel from an early age, his travels led him to learn and embrace a diverse array of musical styles.

In Geneva, he was introduced to music from Africa and the Caribbean, learning to play Central African gospel music and soukous, a popular form of dance music originating in the Congo Basin; as well as exploring the music of Guadeloupe with vocalist and francophone superstar Francky Vincent. Living in Geneva also afforded Lynn the opportunity to regularly attend the world-renowned Montreux Jazz Festival, where nightly jam sessions allowed him to sit-in with some of music’s biggest names, including the Roots, Jon Batiste, Nigel Hall, and Sam Smith. Ironically, the musician who most influenced him while in Europe was another American – drummer Vic Pitts of the late 60’s Milwaukee R&B group Vic Pitts and the Cheaters. From Pitts, Lynn gained a deeper understanding and appreciation of funk and R&B and was also introduced to Cheaters’ guitar player Van Patterson.

A 2014 move from Geneva to Madison, WI, enabled Lynn to further his relationship with Patterson who happened to still be living in Milwaukee. While working with Patterson, Xavier focused on gospel quartet and soul, and learned to tastefully incorporate his diverse musical background into the blues. Presently, Xavier is regularly playing throughout the Midwest and Europe, captivating audiences with his energetic stage shows and authentic enthusiasm for performance. In addition to fronting his own group, Lynn has also performed with the Jimmy’s, the Cash Box Kings, Russel Thompson (of the O’Jays), and the late Clyde Stubblefield of the James Brown Band. His debut solo album is set to be released in summer 2018.

Check them out at:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/stackhouseband/

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/