Date:   5/31/2008

Westside Andy & Mel Ford Band: An Explosion of High Energy Blues!

Explosion of high-energy blues coming to Thrasher!


Westside Andy and the Mel Ford band will be jammin’ at the historic Thrasher Opera House in beautiful downtown Green Lake on Saturday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.  It may be early summer but this high-energy concert is sure to have the audience rockin’ and jivin’ as they heat things up to a blistering degree of pure blues entertainment! 


Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd calls Andy Linderman “one of the most dynamic electric harmonica players of our generation.”  Jazz performer and producer Ben Sidran calls Mel Ford “one of the finest blues players in the Midwest if not the country.”


Andy’s past collaborations include James Cotton, Corky Siegel, Jim Schwall, Luther Allison, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Charlie Musselwhite, The Doobie Brothers, Richie Havens, Muddy Waters, Ben E. King, Tab Benoit, and The University of Wisconsin 250-piece band (Andy stopped the show).


Mel began in opening acts for Albert Collins, Freddie King, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He played with Bo Diddley, Sunnyland Slim, Zora Young, Junior Pettis, Ben Sidran and Paul Black and the Flip Kings (with Andy). Mel also played the part of bandleader in Mel Ford and the Fairlanes.


So what is the Westside Andy / Mel Ford band? It’s part celebration of a great American music. It’s part the result of all the musicians Mel and Andy have played with. And it’s all about love. They love this music and they love to play it for you.


Tickets for the Westside Andy & Mel Ford Band are only $15 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at 


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