Paramount Music Festival Itinerary

FRIDAY SEPT. 1 – gates open at 4:00pm

4:30 – Lil Davy Max

5:30 – Matthew Curry

7:00 – Marquise Knox

8:30 – Greg Koch/Marshall Trio with special guests Jim Liban, and Billy Flynn



SATURDAY, SEPT. 2  Gates optn at 11:30

Noon – Starkweather bay band

12:30 – Cathy Grier

1:30 – Jonny T-Bird

2:00 – Blues Trail Marker dedication

2:15 – Joe Filisko & Eric Noden

3:15 – Jonny Millard & Friends

3:30 – Alex Wilson band

4:30 – The Katz Sass

5:00 – Davy Knowles

6:15 – Water Street Hotshots

6:45 – Shemekia Copeland

8:30 – Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues with : John Primer, Corky Siegel, Eddy Clearwater and Sam Lay



SUNDAY, SEPT. 3  gates open at 12:30

1:00 – Ozaukee Kids

1:30 – The Muddy Crows

2:45 – Big Al & Jonny T-Bird

3:15 – Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys with Westside Andy

4:45 – Sue DaBaco & Double Down

5:45 – Nelson Street Revival

7:15 – Whiskey of the Damned

8:30 – Starset




Visit Grafton Saturday & Sunday

take a free shuttle ride starting at 10:30 from Coal Dock Park to Grafton. See the Blues trail marker, do the walking tour, visit the Paramount Plaza.  Live entertainment both days

Saturday – The Benedon Boys

Sunday – 11 – Noon – Historian Gayle Dean Wardlow

12:15 – 1:15 – Cathy Grier

Sunday – Paramount Progressive Brunch

You do not need a festival ticket to join in on the great food!  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 the businesses have to offer.


Music Cruise

Set sail on a tall ship!  The Denis Sullivan will have cruises and deck tours all weekend.  Saturday we will have music by Paul Kaye on board the 10am cruise.

2017 Blues Challenge – April 1


DOORS open at 4:45 for advance ticket holders, 5:00pm for general public.  Tickets are $20 at the door for adults. All ages welcome, kids 15 and under are $10

WHERE:The Country Inn & Suites, Port Washington, WI (see image above)

The hotel has a special rate for the Blues Challenge. Ask for the Blues Challenge rate  262-284-2100 , 350 E. Seven Hills Rd. Port Washington, WI

2017 LINE UP:

5:30pm – The Benedon Delta Set
6:15pm – Cathy Grier
7:00pm – Jonny T-Bird & The Mps                                                                                   7:45pm – Starkweather Bay Band
8:30pm – Lil Davy Max
9:15pm – Big Al Dorn & the Blues Howlers         ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE

Shonn Hinton & Shotgun – International Blues Challenge Performances!

February 1, 2017   IBC   BB Kings Blue Club, Memphis TN

Live from BB s on Beale street in Memphis

Posted by Terry Jeanes Jr. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February 2, 2017   IBC   BB Kings Blue Club, Memphis TN

Shonn Hinton & Shotgun at the IBC in Memphis - BB Kings

Shonn Hinton & Shotgun at the IBC in Memphis - BB Kings

Posted by Paramount Music Association on Thursday, February 2, 2017

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.


12th Annual Paramount Music Festival!


Things you need to know:  YES tickets will be available at the gates.

  • FRIDAY – $15
  • SATURDAY $30
  • SUNDAY $30
  • Cash or credit accepted. NO CHECKS!

If you pre-purchased your ticket(s) Please bring the printout along with you to show at the gate.

Shuttle buses are free and will run all three days – regular route in Port Washington, stops will include:

  •  Country Inn & Suites Hotel
  • Park and Ride next door to Country Inn & Suites
  • N. Wisconsin & Whitefish
  • N. Wisconsin & W. Main Street
  • Walmart Parking lot on Hwy. 33 just off hwy. 43 in Saukville

These will be regular pickup locations and you can expect up to a 20 min wait.                                                                                           We also offer WILL CALL shuttle service from the 2 Grafton Hotels, Hampton and the Comfort Inn and the Motel 6 in Saukville.                 See the front desk at those location for the phone number – expect to wait up to 40 mins for the bus to arrive.                                             There is ONLY handicap parking. We have 15 spaces available and are first come first serve.  You must have proper tags.  We do offer a free in-park shuttle from the front of the park to the viewing area for those that need assistance. There are sidewalks surrounding the viewing area, but be prepared for a grassy viewing area.

No carry in of food or beverages is allowed.

Children (infant – highschool) are free with an adult.

We will also offer a few shade tents for those that don’t want to or can’t be in the sun. Seating under these tents is first come first serve.   This park has very little shade, plan accordingly. Umbrellas are welcome but will be asked to be used in the back or along the sides of the main viewing area.  Pop up tents (size 10x10) are welcome as well and will be put in the back of the main viewing area. Please see the festival page by clicking the link at the top of the page that says Paramount Music Festival for further details including food and drink options that will be available at the park.

If you have further questions it is best to EMAIL US at  Calling us after Wednesday will most likely result in a no answer due to the busy schedule. Email is much easier for us to respond to.   Thank you and we hope you enjoy the extended weekend and our new location!


Hotels – Country Inn & Suites 262-284-2100 in Port Washington and on the shuttle bus route
Grafton – Hampton Inn 262-474-1000 & Comfort Inn 262-387-1180 – call ahead shuttle, only on Saturday
Saukville – Motel 6 also on the regular shuttle bus route 262-284-9399
Belgium – Rodeway Inn 262-285-3566
Mequon – Baymont Inn & Suites 262-241-3677