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.


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 10×10) 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