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



February 21, 2020

The Blues Party


If you like your Blues Red Hot and ready to go, then one of Wisconsin's best Blues Rock bands, The Blues Party, is your ticket.  Lead by guitar virtuoso, Kenn Cobb, this power trio will roll hard with all your high energy favorites.  Joined by accomplished veterans of from the Wisconsin music scene, Doug Seals & Terry Galloway, there are decades of polished talent in this crew.    They start strong and finish strong, and have an encyclopedic library of music, so get ready to rock all night.

The Blues Party brings together some long time members of the Madison blues scene with an exciting energy. As a member of the Mudangels, Kenny was a 2008 winner for Blues Artist of the Year at the Madison Area Music Awards. Doug was a long time members of local favorite Floyd and The Void. They joined up in the spring of 2011 to form The Blues Party, a project dedicated to their collective love of electric blues and playing it the old fashioned way.  Now with one of southern Wisconsin's most dynamic drummers, Terry Galloway, they are ready to bring the the party to you.


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.


March 06, 2020

Corey Dennison


The Blues Foundation: BMA Nominee

"Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Corey Dennison is now a fixture on the Chicago club scene. The band’s second release on Delmark continues the successful blend of blues, soul and Rn’B shown on their self-titled debut, a CD that garnered several nominations including a Blues Blast nomination for Best Debut release in 2016."
- Blues Blast Magazine 

"What sets the Corey Dennison Band apart from others is their natural grasp of soul music, finding that sweet spot between electric blues and funky soul grooves without the benefit of horns and background vocalists. "
- Elmore Magazine



March 13, 2020

The Bel Airs


Fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars, with Michael Cherry on drums, the Bel Airs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic bluesy-country-soul-and-rock-n-roll sound influenced by the likes of Wilson Picket, Slim Harpo, Howlin' Wolf and Johnny Cash.

​Living on the road and playing clubs from "Austin to Boston", the Bel Airs are carrying on the tradition of American Rhythm and Blues.  The band is fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars.  Growing up on country soul and rock-n-roll, the Pruitt brothers have developed a harmony vocal style all their own.  They have been performing together for more than 30 years, wowing audiences nightly with their unique brand of music- leading one reviewer to refer to them as the "Everly Brothers of Blues."


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