Tate's Blues Jam


Tate's Blues Jam has been a part of the Madison's Live Music Scene for over 30 years. 

Blues newcomers and Blues Stars alike show up every week, proving that the Blues is alive, well and always has a home in Madison. 

"Congratulations and thank you for over three decades of keeping the blues alive in Madison."
- Madison Mayor Paul Soglin



January 17, 2020

Maurice John Vaughn
Shirley Johnson
Freddie Dixon


Will be rescheduled for FEBRUARY OR MARCH

A Blues Revue the likes of which Madison hasn't seen in a very long time!!

With more than 50 years of professional experience, Maurice John Vaughn defines the phrase “musician's musician.” Perhaps best known for his blues vocals and guitar work on Alligator releases in the 1980's and 1990's, he's also adept on sax and keys – not to mention songwriting that captures the gritty reality of life in ungentrified Chicago. His career has included work with Phil Guy, Luther Allison, Son Seals, Zora Young, and A.C. Reed – just to name a few. Vaughn is an esteemed veteran of blues festivals in North America and Europe.

Joining Vaughn will be songstress and Delmark recording artist Shirley Johnson, whose high-intensity vocals have been a staple of the lineup at Blue Chicago for three decades. Further, the lineup includes Freddie Dixon, son of legendary blues songwriter/bassist Willie Dixon. Freddie is carrying on his father's legacy with the group his father started – the Chicago Blues All-Stars.

Advanced Tickets available here:


$12 Adv. / $15 DoS

January 18, 2020

Paul Filipowicz
& Martin Lang


A great night of old-school blues music! Both Filipowicz and Lang have extensive roots in Chicago, recognized in their "Chicago Blues Hall of Fame" honorifics. Filipowicz's guitar bite also draws from a Texas-tempered roadhouse drive, inspired by collaboration with the late Will “Smokey” Logg. Lang's Mack truck-big harmonica tone captures the gritty Chicago West Side club sound with fervor, in keeping with the intensity of recording/performing partners Taildragger, Willie Buck, and Rockin' Johnny Burgin.


January 24, 2020

The Birddog
Blues Band
Mel Ford


Birddog Blues Band is a Power Blues group that boast ‘talent, tenacity and tone’... and back it up with their play! A tradition set up of lead guitar, bass, drums and harmonica with three vocalists, there’s a great blend of styles and personality. Ken Olufs started his playing days and credits his development to the late, great Barrelhouse Chuck, and has shared the stage with Nick Moss, Paul Filipowicz, Tab Benoit, Rev Raven, Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn, Westside Andy, Tommy Harkenrider and many others. bass player, Tom McCarty is in great demand as both a player and singer. Said Steve Jones, President of Crossroads Blues Society, “This is a band you simply must hear.”
Mel Ford, one of Madison's most storied blues performers, joins Birddog, adding his famous guitar stylings to the mix 


January 25, 2020


Grammy Nominated - 100% High Energy Dancin' Blues!!
Aaron Williams & The Hoodoo have a wealth of Award Nominations and Wins at all levels for their powerful brand of modern blues! Never failing to bring a host of their dedicated fans and admirers, they consistently put out the best Blues Parties in the city. Don't miss out & don't be late!


February 07, 2020

Robert Allen Jr.


WAMI Winner - Blues Artist of the Year

Robert's incendiary guitar playing and passionate singing have been firing up audiences since his professional debut at age 17. Robert has won countless awards and competitions and he has shared the stages with some of the biggest names in both Blues and Rock! 


"...one of the premier blues bands in the mid-west."

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Powerful... Great songs played with great spirit."

- Blues Revue


February 08, 2020

The Blues Disciples


WAMI WINNER - Blues Act of the Year
High Energy, Dance Hall Blues!!
That's what the Blues Disciples specialize in!
The Blues Disciples have been bringing their Blues to the people of the  local clubs in the Milwaukee area and the Midwest region since 1990.  Founded by "Barefoot" Jimmy Schwarz with  the intent of remaining true to the influences of the Chicago electric  blues era of the '50's and 60's.
Winners of the Wisconsin Music Industry's WAMI for Blues Artist of the Year, Barefoot Jimmy and the guys are known for a highly polished combination of Chicago Electric Blues with a dash of Slim Harpo's Swamp Style Blues! A Perfect Saturday Night Blues Band!!


February 22, 2020




International Blues Challenge
Award Winner

​"Jeff Taylor sings powerfully... Jeff Schroedl's live-wire guitar reaches the high bar of mixed invention and fluidity" 

​“Ripping up the Midwest band scene for over a decade…  Jeff Schroedl’s stiletto guitar licks slice around Jeff Taylor’s strong, gravelly voice”
– Living Blues
“An outstanding blues and soul band… barrel-chested frontman Jeff Taylor’s voice sounds like it was lifted off an old Stax 45.”
– Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Explosive, hard driving blue collar rockin’ blues….muscular blues mixed with vintage soul designed to showcase the mighty vocals of frontman Jeff ‘JT’ Taylor”
– No Depression


February 28, 2020

Bon Voyage


The Jimmys are off to JAMAICA!!  This annual extravaganza is how Madison sends their favorite Big Band off in style!!

You can't say too much about this powerhouse New Orleans Funk band!  There are very few music awards they haven't won

...but here's the short list;
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

Are you starting to see the trend here...?


February 29, 2020

Josh Hoyer
& Soul Colossal


Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal's combination of soul, funk and R&B is in a word, electric. Best displayed in their high-energy live show, the blend of Hoyer's honest lyrics and his rich, intensely soulful vocals merge with his top-notch band to create an undeniable chemistry.
In 2017, Josh was featured as a contestant on NBC's The Voice, and the band completed their first European tour; a 27-city stint capped with a live album release from their show in Brussels, Belgium.


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