12:00 PM : Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Stage
Cadillac Pete and The Heat
One of the first questions people ask Pete is how did you get your name, Cadillac Pete? Pete was dubbed "Cadillac Pete" by his fellow musicians. Cadillac is a symbol of excellence, known for legendary performance which fits Pete to a tee; hence the name, "Cadillac Pete".
Pete was given a harmonica at the age of 4 and has been playing ever since. He went to see an Allman Brothers concert one night and Muddy Waters opened for them. It was Pete's first time hearing the blues and he was blown away! He soon learned how to bend notes and within a year he was in his first band travelling around the Midwest. He's now been performing professionally for over 30 years.
Pete is an international recording artist having recorded with Kenny Wayne Sheppard, James Cotton, Frank Marino, Bryan Lee, Reverend Raven and many more. Pete's toured the U.S., Europe, South America, and Canada. He is a 2 time WAMI ( Wisconsin Area Music Industry) winner for best harmonica instrumentalist and has performed on stages like Milwaukee's Summerfest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Belgium Blues Fest, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Buddy Guy's Legends and many more.