These folks are trying to put together a concise list of virtual and live performances for our viewing pleasure.

MONDAY, 11/30:
9:00 pm eastern:  WINTHROP R&B PRESENTS: THE GREYHOUNDS

TUESDAY, 12/1:
8:00 pm eastern:  MINDI ABAIR WINE + MUSIC SESSIONS!

THURSDAY, 12/3:
9:00 pm eastern: AVEY GROUWS CSTB DEBUT – THROWBACK THURSDAYS
10:00 pm eastern:  GARY HOEY W/SPECIAL GUEST LOUIE THE LOOPER- THROWBACK THURSDAYS

FRIDAY, 12/4:
9:00 pm eastern:  HURRICANE RUTH LIVE AT CAMPING WITH THE BLUES
10:00 pm eastern:  LARA PRICE BAND – MAKING LEMONADE

SATURDAY, 12/5:
9:00 pm eastern:  RUTHIE FOSTER PRESENTED BY LEVITT SHELL

SUNDAY, 12/6:
9:00 pm eastern:  HARPDOG BROWN & FRIENDS – REALLY LIVE FROM CANADA

10:00 pm eastern:  JOHN NEMETH & THE BLUE DREAMERS – LIVE FROM MEMPHIS

*Please note- LRBC will be doing an early broadcast of the virtual cruise each day at 6 pm eastern, on their facebook page and youtube channel, and we will do a second broadcast at 9 pm eastern.

2020 Blues Café Videos


Dear friends, family, GNBS members, Blues Café attendees, and our corporate sponsors,

The past week has been a very difficult and and stressful time for us at the GNBS. The COVID-19 situation, and the timing of it, nearly caused us to cancel the Blues Café for 2020. Putting things in simple terms – it is likely that not holding the event would have meant the end of the Great Northern Blues Society, as it would have completely drained our financial resources.

We made the very difficult decision to proceed because we had already invested thousands of dollars, and were committed to spending thousands more. The entertainers were on their way here, so thought a logical way to proceed was to:

  1. Inform all potential attendees that if they are feeling ill at all, to please stay home.
  2. If anyone was uncomfortable coming to our show, they could return their tickets to us for an equal number of tickets to next year’s show. No questions asked.
  3. If you felt comfortable coming to the show, it is your decision to do so, and we will do what we can to insure as safe an environment as possible.

We felt comfortable with our attendees making the adult decision to do what they felt was comfortable for them on an individual basis.

We obviously did not want anyone to get sick, and did what we could do to keep risk at a minimum. There were several other events in the Wausau area that continued last weekend, and we are sure it was equally stressful for them as well.

We hope you understand our position, and will continue to support our society, as we do many good things for the surrounding community that would be sorely missed if we were no longer here.

Thank you from the bottom of our blues-loving hearts!

The GNBS Board of Directors