Paramount Blues Challenge

July 11, 2020


Veterans Park, Oostburg, WI 


Food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Plenty of room for social distancing.   Line up:

1-130 Too Sick Charlie
1:45-2:15 The Delta Jets
2:30-3:00 Ol’ Style Skratch
3:15-3:45 The Jay Stulo Band
4:00 -4:30 Milwaukee Mike & The MOB
4:45-5:15 The Mighty Ms Erica and the Sound Production
5:15 – 5:45 Awards
6:00 – 9:00 More TBA


Chasin’ Dem Blues

Join the PMA at the March 14 presentation of Chasin’ Dem Blues.

A Celebration of the Blues
This revival of a Rep premiere (previously titled Grafton City Blues) explores the inspiring story of Grafton, Wisconsin’s Paramount Records.
For a few brief, bright years at the height of the jazz and blues age, Paramount Records was the leading label for recording artists of color in the Midwest – and broke down small-town racial barriers along the way. Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter and Ma Rainey all recorded there. This exuberant musical celebration of some of the greatest jazz and blues music features four sensational quadruple threat performers guiding the journey through story and song.
“Vibrant…the true story of a once-forgotten blues record label.” — Shepherd Express


2018 Paramount Music Festival Itinerary

8/26/18 HOTEL ALERT!

The newest Grafton hotel has many of rooms available for the festival weekend (we were told this by calling the hotel direct just a few moments ago). Call now before word gets out. Townplace Suites call 262-618-8100 last we checked rooms were $159 & $169 & $179 for a 1 bedroom. The hotel is a short drive to the Festival grounds.
PLEASE tell them you are booking because of the festival.(not a room block, this will help us in the future!!)


Printable schedule

The VIP treatment is available at the festival!  Your VIP pass gets you a meal, seating in the VIP area (covered and garden seating), concierge service, your beverages are included. Single day and weekend passes are available. CLICK HERE to join the VIP club!

Mainstreet businesses will offer samplings of food and drink from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Start your tour at Sir James Pub where you will trade your $15 prepaid voucher in for the official wristband, then head out and enjoy the food and drink the participating businesses have to offer. Afterwards, head to the festival grounds for another day full of great music  Get tickets here

This 2 hour beer and wine sampling takes place on the festival grounds. Taste a wide variety of beverages, while enjoying great music. Get your ticket for The Pour here!

100 Years of Paramount – #1

Paramount Records was founded in 1917 by the Wisconsin Chair Company. This year will mark the 100th anniversary and will be celebrated as such at the annual Paramount Music Festival over Labor Day weekend! With pure excitement for this event, the team intends to post information related to Paramount Records and it’s history on a weekly basis. We hope you enjoy these fun facts and artifacts, while sharing back to us!
Below  is the first number release from the 12000 Race Records series – 12001 Alberta Hunter, a link to the movie My Castle’s Rockin’ – 1988, and link to video of Alberta Hunter “Don’t Pan Me” from the album Alberta Hunter.