Monday, January 17, 2011

And the winner is

Lonna... see the details at One the page too, I'm through the first 4 of 14 video posts from artists that have played the Bluff View.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

First mix CD from Bluff View Concerts

Monthly, I will draw randomly from the fans of our FaceBook Fan page, one person to receive a mix CD of Past and Future artists. Now since I have have been waiting on official approvals from the artists AND booked & planned artists change each month, every month's mix will be unique and a gem of either recorded live tracks from the house concert or studio stuff. I have wealth of material to choose from, and the first drawing will be right before the kickoff of the Packer / Falcons game.

p.s. The contest rules might change monthly, but it will always be updated in this blog and at the fan page: The only other rule I have put on it this time is that if I pick an artist in from the cd, I will skip to the next one. I will announce a winner but have a backup in case I the winner doesn't claim the cd.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Free CD Contest

Ok... I am so pleased that most artists from the past concerts have said yes I can share one cd a month with a song from them each month... to win just "like" this page in facebook. Every month I will likely vary the cd... I love to make mixes... who knows what songs live or studio that might show up.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Facebook users...

Real simple now to share it with your friends if it comes up in conversation...

Even if you never attend a concert, your sharing this might wake up someone to the best and the only house concert series in the La Crosse / Winona area. So it it's so simple ... click on the link, click iLike, but don't forget there are some great discussion areas like who you would like to see, comments from any previous concert at the Bluff View that you have attended, or other internet marketing ideas you might have.

Love audience because while the artists give me pleasure, audience makes it worthwhile.


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year... 2011 with fresh faces & old friends

So I am amazed that what started as an idea to help out a friend of my wife's Lori, has turned into a series that has hosted 14 different shows with 12 different headliners. Headliners... yes all have been incredibly gifted individuals. I do marvel at the fact that they have shown the faith to give us a shot, or is it the fact that they are hungry too to make connections and find new venues. 2011 already has two bookings and plenty of artists knocking on the door for a date. Fresh smiling faces of Dana & Susan Robinson (NC) on March 5th and Doug Spears (FL) on April 23rd are coming for their first visit to the LaCrosse area, though Dana & Susan have played in Winona MN just a stones throw from here.

Dana & Sue was booked without either of us ever meeting, and while that can bring apprehension it really adds to the surprise of new friendship and music kinship. And if this would drive you crazy think of what Mary Mack told me when she was asked about playing our house concert without knowing us, "well I figured they couldn't be mass murders because it wouldn't be a concert series, and they would continually lose audience." Catch up with the Robinson's at their website :

Doug Spears and I have corresponded for seemingly years thru myspace and emails, though this will be our first time meeting. He's got a great voice and a great story telling style to his song writing. He will transport you to the back roads of down south. He's also been listed on the Grammy nomination sheet, so by the time he plays here there might something else to congratulate him about. Read more about it at his website, and listen to some of his songs.

Old friends... well maybe in the fact that his and his brother's music has become part of my bones... Garnet Rogers and I have been talking about a date. Now this will be a treat. For anyone who has seen Garnet headline bigger venues this will be a chance to be up and close to a folk legend and one that has a lot of spunk and love in his craft. I guess I'm lucky that he has some friends in LaCrosse that he loves to stop and see. More to come on I'm sure. If by chance you are saying WHO?, here's a nice article on Garnet.

Lastly I leave you with a great song that is perfect prayer on New Year's Day for all those who need to have a good year.