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  Elkhart Lake Blues Festival

 By Shannon

Ike Turner & Shannon On Friday, April 8th I was cordially invited to the Elkhart Lake Blues Festival. I left straight from work and drove about an hour north of the Milwaukee area and arrived in Elkhart Lake.

The area was a picturesque setting with pretty villas along the lake with trees starting to bloom as the weather is getting nicer. With such fantastic acts as Steve Guyger, Piano Willie Oshawny, Billy Flynn, and Eddie Taylor, Jr. as performers I knew I needed to see what all the buzz was about.

I was greeted at the door by the owner of the Victorian Village who was extremely friendly and seemed excited by the packed house crowd. These people seem to really enjoy their blues and don't take it lightly. The dance floor was packed all night long and I was getting tired just by watching the energetic crowd!

Steve GuygerAs far as the artists go; I was really blown away! I must say I was most impressed by harmonica player Steve Guyger from Philadelphia. I had never seen this cat before but truly loved what he was doing. He has played w/ such greats as Jimmy Rogers, James Cotton, and Carey Bell.

From my experiences and love of harmonica I can safely say he is going to be one of my favs. You can learn more about Steve at www.steveguyger.com for info, merchandise, and tour dates.

I was also intrigued by guitar player Billy Flynn. Billy has been around for a long time and has jammed with legends including Jimmy Dawkins, Pinetop Perkins, and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. For more facts on this impressive guitar player visit www.billyflynn.com.

Eddie Taylor, Jr. needs no explanation. His father, the late Eddie Taylor was a blues legend in his own right. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree as they say and Taylor, Jr. has a distinct tone and sound much like his dad's. For more info on him follow this link.

The piano player Willie Oshawny was doing a fabulous job on the keys and playing his heart out.

Of course, I may be a bit partial to Piano Willie as he is my fiancé. He is an incredible talent nonetheless and always displays great stage energy. For tour dates and info you can email Willie directly at Pwillie04@aol.com.

Overall I had a wonderful evening and enjoyed eating breakfast with the blues gang (all very regular fellas) the next morning. The only bad part was having to drive back home and go to work! Hope you all enjoy the pics from the festival.

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