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Blue Max to kick off summer events at
UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: June 8, 2010

Howard "Guitar" Luedtke
Howard "Guitar" Luedtke

EAU CLAIRE — The rocking electric blues group Blue Max will kick off the University Centers Summer Events series June 14 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The free concert, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall (rain site: The Cabin of Davies Center). Audience members are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. Free popcorn will be available.

Led by Howard "Guitar" Luedtke, one of the Midwest's best slide guitar players, Blue Max performs regularly at rock, blues and jazz festivals throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. Since 1987, Luedtke, with his wife and bassist, Deb Klossner, have shared stages with the best in the blues world, including Long John Baldrey, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, Debbie Davies, Tinsley Ellis, Jeff Healey, Jimmy Johnson, Kenny Neal, A.C. Reed, Eddie Shaw, James Solberg, Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, George Thorogood, Joe Louis Walker and Johnny Winter.

Jazz at Noon concerts will take place every weekday in June starting June 14. Groups featuring UW-Eau Claire student and alumni musicians will perform on the Central Campus Mall (rain site: The Terrace of Davies Center). The 60-minute shows will feature music ranging from jazz standards to improvisation. The Andy Detra Trio will perform June 14-16, and the Jeff Walk/Adrian Klenz Group will be featured June 17-18. A variety of grilled lunch items will be sold.

A sample of area farmers market offerings will be brought to campus for the Fresh Start Farmers Mart from 8 a.m.-noon Thursdays, June 17-Aug. 5. Items will be sold rain or shine on the sidewalk north of Zorn Arena.

With the theme "Welcome to our Backyard," the Summer Events series continues through Aug. 5. A complete schedule is available online or at the Service Center, 715-836-3727.

The eight-week series is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire and coordinated by the University Centers.

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JS/DW

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