FEBRUARY 2014: Rosebud Founder Mike Kappus To Be Inducted Into Blues Hall of Fame
Mike Kappus, founder of The Rosebud Agency, will be inducted into theBlues Hall of Fame on May 7, 2014 in Memphis. Kappus is the only individual to have won The Blues Foundation's agent / manager of the year award more than once, having won 4 times over the years. With a goal from day one of focusing on an intentionally small roster of timeless rather than trendy artists, the Blues Music Foundation named Kappus as "one of the most respected men in the business.".. read more
NOVEMBER 2010: The Rosebud Agency Nominated For Pollstar Concert Industry Award: Independent Booking Agency of the Year
The Rosebud Agency has been nominated for the Pollstar Concert Industry Award for Independent Booking Agency of the Year. The 22nd Annual Concert Industry Awards ceremony will take place February 5, 2011 in Los Angeles and will be the final event of the Pollstar Live! conference.
In addition to being nominated, Rosebud founder/president Mike Kappus will be speaking on a conference panel entitled Smaller Is Better: Why Indie Agents Are The Soul Of The Concert Business, on Friday, February 4. Founded in 1976 with the concept of delivering the best possible service to an intentionally limited number of artists, Rosebud has recently been having some of it's best years ever. Rosebud clients have included some of the most influential legends in roots and roots - influenced music including Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Captain Beefheart, The Staple Singers (and now Mavis Staples) to each and every artist on the current Rosebud roster, each one representing an impressive singular style. Please check out their upcoming Tour Dates >>.
Many thanks to all of the artists, agents and staff for making this nomination possible.
Rosebud Founder, Mike Kappus, Recognized As Humanitarian At Celebrate A Legend Event
(April 2003) Rosebud founder, Mike Kappus, was recognized with an award as a humanitarian by Congresswoman Barbara Lee at the Celebrate A Legend event on April 11, 2003. Other award winners honored at the event included long time Rosebud client, the late John Lee Hooker, Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz, jazz legend, Jimmy McGriff, blues great Gatemouth Brown, blues artist and author of the B.B. King hit, "The Thrill Is Gone" Jimmy McCracklin, lap steel virtuoso, Sonny Rhodes, Zydeco royalty, Queen Ida, and New Orleans Legend, Eddie Bo, among others.
Blues Foundation Manager / Agent Of The Year, Unprecedented 4 Time Honoree 1986, 1987, 1990 and 2003
(January 2003) Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world. Unlike the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, a popular award voted on by thousands of members of The Blues Foundation and subscribers to specified magazines, the KBAs are awarded to non-performers strictly on the basis of merit by a select panel of Blues professionals.
Mike Kappus was honored with the KBA Award in the "Manager / Agent" category in 1986, 1987, 1990 and 2003. No other individual has won this award more than once.
Rosebud Founder, Mike Kappus, Honored At Wisconsin Music Awards
(April 2002) Rosebud founder, Mike Kappus, was honored with the President's award at the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards (WAMIs). The awards took place on April 29, 2002 at the Northern Lights Theatre in Milwaukee. Kappus is a native of Eau Claire, WI and lived in Milwaukee from 1971 to 1976 working simultaneously as an agent, manager, and talent buyer for, among others, Teddy's, the city's first showcase club for national talent with a focus on jazz and blues. Kappus moved to San Francisco in 1976 and, started the Rosebud Agency just a few months later. Also honored with the award was Milwaukee's renowned Summerfest, now in their 35th year.
Mike Kappus Named 2001 Blues Music Association A.G.E.S. Award Honoree
The Blues Music Association named Mike Kappus as the second recipient of their annual A.G.E.S. Award. The first honoree in 2000 was Tom Mazzolini, promoter of the longest running blues festival in the US - the San Francisco Blues Festival. Honoree for the year 2002 was the legendary B.B. King. Kappus founded The Rosebud Agency in 1976 and has represented blues legends Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Robert Cray, John Hammond, Charlie Musselwhite, Luther Allison, Duke Robillard, Marcia Ball, Bettye LaVette, Ruth Brown, Michael Bloomfield, Charles Brown and many more over the years.