BIX Fest

March 9 - 12, 2017

Schedule of Events

Hot renaissance at Pudgy's

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Thursday, March 9th

Jazz Site Bus Tour
Sleep, drink, pee, watch films on the bus - 10 to 8pm
Pudgy's - 9pm to ?

$15 with Patron package
$30 in advance and at the Door (if available)

Bus trip starts at 10am.
Racine Hotel Lobby
Returns 8pm to Lobby & Pudgy's across highway,
for Bix & Liz Beiderbecke's b-day. Musicians jam.

Eat a Good Breakfast. Snacks & Drinks on bus.
Food at 6pm. Good & cheap.
Diabetics - please stuff pockets as required.

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Friday, March 10th

Record sales from 9am till 6pm

Lecture - 1pm

Concert 7-8pm, films from 8pm till ?

9pm Late Nite Record Spinning


Saturday, March 11th

Record sales from 9am till 4pm

Lecture - 1pm

Mystery Record Contest - 3pm

Concert from 7:30 pm to Midnite
Honky Tonk Gang, New Varsity Ramblers,
Galaxie Girls

Jam Session after concert

Late Nite Record Spinning?


Sunday, March 12th

Concert from 1pm till 7pm - all three bands

Extra Innings Jam Session in Lounge 8pm to ?
Free Admit. Cash Bar & Food

Free Bix birthday cake, 3pm


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My Aunt Margie, 2nd mom & hot cookie. Came down to Chicago on vacation every year,
always had a good fight with pa and stormed back home on the Hiawatha. Good fun, I'll say!

Meaning of the word, flapper.

Joan Blondell - 1931

Madonna - 1980's
I'll take Joan!

"Louis" on 47th St in Chicago - 1933? Yes? No?

Band Personnel

Who are these people?

Tuba Skinny

Erika Lewis (VOC)
Todd Burdick (TUBA)
Jason Lawrence (GTR)
Shaye Cohn (CNT)

Barnabus Jones (TBN)
Robin Rapuzzi (WSHBRD)

Craig Flory (CLT)
Thomas Majcherski (ALTO)
Max "Bien-Kahn" (GTR)

Varsity Ramblers


Ralph Norton (LDR/CNT/BASS SAX)
Josh Duffee (DRUMS)

Johnny Donatowicz (BJO/GTR)
John Otto (REEDS)
Andy Schumm (BASS/SAX/CNT)
Mike Davis (TPT/CNT)
Tom Batelett (TBN)
Paul Assaro (PNO)

Honky Tonk Gang

Roland Pilz (CNT/VOCAL)
Claus Moller (CLN/VOCAL)
Gert Goldenbow (TBN)
Andreas Clement (PNO)
Pavel Grunwald (DRUMS)



Liz Beiderbecke & JAzz Sweater Gal. Forgot Name. The Early Years.


Nancy with Chuck & Linda. The Early Years.


Ralph Norton. The Early Years of the Fest.


Leah LaBrea & John Otto with vintage microphone. The Early Years.


An Early Seminar. Tom Pletcher & Ralph Norton, at the Hitch-Inn Post bar.


Early Years - 1992 - L to R: Roland Pilz, Ralph Norton, Spiegle Willcox.


Some Don't!

Who is this Messiah I've heard so much about?