The Alligator Records Blues Weekend will return to The Grand Oshkosh for the second straight season, with two performances, featuring four blues artists, scheduled on May 18-19.

This year’s celebration of blues will kick off on May 18 with Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, bringing deep blues and funky soul grooves from the West Coast to The Grand Oshkosh stage. Castro has won six career Blues Music Awards, including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award.  Castro and his band will be performing songs from his 2017 release, Stompin’ Ground. Special guest that evening is the Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling. World-class guitarist and vocalist Moss will join forces with Gruenling, one of today’s best blues harmonica players, to embody the classic Chicago blues ensemble sound they know and love. The collaboration will be performing music from their Alligator debut, The High Cost Of Low Living. Moss opens the evening and will also perform at a special afterglow in The Grand Lounge following the mainstage concert.

The Alligator Records Blues Weekend will continue on Saturday, May 19, with returning favorite Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon double-billed with Atlanta blues-rock guitar hero Tinsley Ellis. Cannon released his debut Alligator Records album, The Chicago Way in 2016. The contemporary blues guitarist, vocalist, songwriter —and Chicago Transit Authority bus driver— has since found an overwhelming response to his original music and live charisma. Co-billed on Saturday evening is the legendary Tinsley Ellis. Ellis released his first Alligator Records album nearly 30 years ago, but the Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist, and songwriter continues to make new music and maintain his reputation as one of the blues world’s most acclaimed artists. His talents are spotlighted on his brand new album, Winning Hand, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues Chart.  Toronzo Cannon will also perform at a special afterglow in The Grand Lounge following the mainstage concert.

“The Blues Weekend is a big deal for us,” said Joseph Ferlo, Director of The Grand Oshkosh. “It was a popular event or us many years ago, and we were glad to bring it back to our stage last season. There’s a passionate audience out there for the blues and we’re fortunate to be working with Alligator Records to bring their artists to our community.” Bruce Iglauer, founder and head of the independent blues record label Alligator Records in Chicago, will serve as host of the weekend.

The performances on May 18 and May 19 will begin at 7:30 P.M., and tickets start at just $25. The Grand’s new Suite Seat service, which features maximum legroom, seating, complimentary first beverage and intermission beverage service, is also available at this event. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, February 22, and can be purchased at The Grand Oshkosh Box Office at 100 High Avenue, Oshkosh; via phone at (920) 424-2350; or online at


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The Grand Oshkosh

The Grand Oshkosh is a historic opera house located at the corner of High Avenue and Market Street in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It was built in 1883, and has since undergone two renovations. The first renovation took place during the 1980s and the second in 2009. The theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The Grand Oshkosh is owned by the City of Oshkosh and leased to and operated by the non-profit Oshkosh Opera House Foundation.

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