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Howard Luedtke and Blue Max to Open Summer Session Programs

RELEASED: June 2, 2006

Howard LuedtkeEAU CLAIRE — An outdoor concert by Howard "Guitar" Luedtke and Blue Max Monday, June 12, highlights the first day of an eight-week series of free Summer Session Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The Music on the Mall show will be presented from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating. Refreshments will be sold, and popcorn is free.

Led by one of the Midwest's best slide guitar players, Blue Max has opened shows for such big-name blues artists as Long John Baldrey, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, Tinsley Ellis, Jeff Healey, Jimmy Johnson, Kenny Neal, A.C. Reed, Eddy Shaw, James Solberg, Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, George Thorogood, Joe Louis Walker and Johnny Winter.

Howard Luedtke has recently released a new solo acoustic CD, "Alone with the Blues." His three recordings with Blue Max include one recorded during the band's 1995 European tour with Clyde Stubblefield.

The Jazz at Noon series also begins Monday, with a show by the Ben Herpel-Dobay Group. The combo will perform Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall. A variety of grilled lunch items will be sold.

Jazz at Noon concerts by UW-Eau Claire student groups will be presented every weekday in June. The series is directed by Steven Hobert, a pianist, composer and private music instructor who is soon to graduate from UW-Eau Claire with a liberal arts degree in music. At the university, he has been a member of the jazz ensembles as a saxophonist, pianist and student director. He was recently featured on a seven-movement jazz piece, "South-East Alaskan Suite," written by UW-Eau Claire legend Geoff Keezer. He has also participated in countless community events such as the Viennese Ball and jazz concerts at the Mabel Tainter Theater in Menomonie.

Hobert has played keyboard with such local groups as The Vehicle and the John Raymond Project and has appeared with Fat Maw Rooney and Daredevil Christopher Wright. In March he performed at the nationally recognized Dakota jazz club in Minneapolis.

Summer Session Programs continue through Aug. 6. A complete schedule is available from the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833, or on the Web.

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