The Madtown Mannish Boys are a Madison-based Blues band who are steeped in Chicago-style Blues, including artists like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Otis Spann, Paul Butterfield, and Little Walter. They play harmonica-driven tunes with gritty fervor and dynamic energy, and perform with raw exuberance and driving rhythms that make you want to boogie!
Paul Schwoerer wields his harmonica with a chip on his shoulder and plays with nimble intensity while Jesse “Honey Boy” Steinberg injects flurries of guitar riffs into the lively grooves laid down by Jesse Olson (piano), Tim Payne (bass), and Nate Morenek (drums). The Mannish Boys are lucky to have three vocalists in the band. Andy Smith has a soulful and powerful voice, and Paul Schwoerer and Jesse Olson each belt out some tasty tunes as well.
The Mannish Boys have played at a variety of joints and festivals, including AtwoodFest, Bos Meadery, Blooze Krooze: Classic Car & Blues Festival, Brink Lounge, Bacon, Beer, & BBQ Festival, Capital Brewery, Chief’s Tavern, Club Tavern, Concerts at the Portage, Edgewater Hotel, Fiery Foods Festival, the Frequency, Knuckle Down Saloon, Liliana’s, Live In the Park Concert Series in Waunakee, Me & Julio, Mr. Roberts, Nakoma Golf Club, Nomad World Pub, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Orchard Lawn, Riverfront Rondezvous Festival, Tyranena Brewing Company, Up North Bar, Verona Concerts in the Park, Wisconsin Brewing Company, Woodshed Ale House, and WORT Festival.
We’ve been getting rave reviews. For example, Chris Kalmbach (owner of the Knuckle Down Saloon) recently wrote: “It is a very rare thing, and more rare as the years go by, to have a new Blues Band come on the scene with such energy, purpose and talent. I haven’t seen such a thing in many, many years. All of these guys have have very involved lives outside the band, but still throw everything they’ve got into every show. These days we always seem to be looking for new champions to take up the torch for our precious brand of music. These guys wear that mantle like it was made for them. Madison’s Blues scene owes these guys a debt of gratitude. Please support them wherever they play.”