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Angie’s Early Pioneering Activism for Obscure Local Blues History (2004-07)

Contact:  angie@ozaukeetalent.com for speaking engagments and interviews

December 2004
Angela got in touch with Alex van der Tuuk and began corresponding with him on a regular basis and reading his book

January 2005
ParamountsHome goes online, collects data, and begins networking locally and worldwide

April 2005
Kris of the Grafton Jaycees begins to tackle the project of putting on a blues festival in Grafton after Angie proposed the idea to the group.

May 2005
Angela gets in touch with Michael “Hawkeye” Herman and he begins encouraging her and mentoring her toward her goals.

September 2005
Joe Krupski approaches the Grafton Planning Commission to open a Paramount Restaurant

September 2005
Michael “Hawkeye” Herman does Blues in the Schools for all 3 Grafton Elementary Schools (Thanks to principal Scott Oftedahl, area music teachers and Kennedy P.A.C.E.)

Fall 2005
“Embrace the Legacy” concert series designed to educate adults about Paramount at the Timothy Wooden Building/North Shore Academy of the Arts (Thanks to Barbara Krause and Grafton Area Live Arts)

October 2005
“Paramount Blues Festival” at the Cedarburg Cultural Center featuring Ann Rabson, Fruitland Jackson, and a Paramount panel discussion

October 2005
Ad Hoc Committee forms to discuss the possibilities of incorporating the Paramount theme into the downtown redevelopment and Grafton’s identity. Ad Hoc Committee Members Present: Jim Brunnquell, Jim Grant, Angela Mack, Tom Sweet, Melissa Schmitz, Darrell Hofland, and Michael Rambousek. Discussion begins about creating a Paramount music society of sorts

December 2005
Paramount GIG (Grooves in Grafton) begins to form and later brings “the mobile museum” to area banks, businesses, and the library to educate the community. (Thanks to Missy Schmitz)

January 2006
Grafton Blues Association begins to form out of members from the Grafton Jaycees

July 2006
Paramount GIG presents “A Dance With Early Jazz” to raise funds for the etching of artists into the Walk of Fame

July 2006 ParamountsHome wins the annual Wisconsin Historical Society website award

July 2006
PBS History Detectives films in Grafton upon Angie’s written request

August 2006
“Lost Musical Treasure” by PBS History Detectives airs nationwide

August 2006
The Grafton Hotel is purchased by Rob Ruvin

September 2006
Angie presents “Passionate about Paramount and the Blues” at the Grafton children’s library

September 2006
First annual Paramount Blues Festival presented by the Grafton Blues Association and attended by first lady Jessica Doyle

September 2006
Representative Mark Gottlieb issues a legislative citation to the Village of Grafton acknowledging the importance of the history and praising the Village, individuals, and groups who have embraced the history

September 2006
The Village of Grafton holds the first annual Walk of Fame ceremony to honor Henry Towsend as the first inductee into the new Walk of Fame.  Angie provides a team of youth singers to accompany the event.

September 2006
North Shore Academy of the Arts (Angie) presents a second annual “Embrace the Legacy” concert featuring the Paul Curtis Band

October 2006
ParamountsHome (Angie) lectures at the Wisconsin State Historical Museum

October 2006
Henry Townsend Memorial Benefit Concert presented by the GBA- American Legion, Grafton

November 2006 Grafton Blues Association becomes organization of the year – Grafton Chamber of Commerce

November 2006 Paramount Plaza tree lighting ceremony – Grafton Chamber of Commerce

December 2006 Paramount Restaurant opens and begins to provide a venue for musicians to play (Thanks to Joe Krupski)

December 2006 North Shore Academy of the Arts (Angie) finishes its recording studio and does some makeshift recording projects with Scout Groups, classes and birthday parties

December 2006 Paramount GIG begins to merge into the Village of Grafton Historical Preservation Commission

The News Graphic lists Angie as one of the most influential leaders in Ozaukee County.

June 2007 Playwrite Kevin Ramsey announces his new musical, “Grafton City Blues” to be performed at the Milwaukee Rep Theatre Jan-March 2008.  Angie’s interview of Kevin is published in the playbills.

June 2007 Paramount Walking Tour is completed

Summer 2007 Many of the components of the Paramount Plaza are completed

September 2007 2nd annual Paramount Blues Festival

September 22, 2007 Walk of Fame ceremony inducting Louis Armstrong and Son House. Dick Waterman came for the ceremony and gave the Grafton Historic Preservation Commission a photo of Son House and Skip James that hasn’t ever been published before.

October 18, 2007 Village of Grafton and Grafton State Bank formally dedicate the sculpture by Norm Christensen

world music foundation

Listen to Podcast Paramount Records:  the Rise, Fall and Resurrection featuring Alex van der Tuuk and Angie Mack Reilly presented by The World Music Foundation

Angie Mack Reilly Reviews: A Star is Born

“Lady Gaga was. Fragile.  And it was all in her eyes.   Painful.  His eyes.  Painful.  My eyes.  Painful.”  -Angie Mack Reilly

Let’s talk.  BOOK angie@ozaukeetalent.com for speaking engagements.

Award-winning poem “The Traveling Minstrel” by #angiemackreily etched into a sidewalk in Grafton, WI.

On fragility, 

Some women feel the need to act like they’re never scared, needy or hurt; like they’re as hardened as a man. I think that’s dishonest. It’s OK to feel delicate sometimes. Real beauty is in the fragility of your petals. A rose that never wilts isn’t a rose at all.” ––Crystal Woods

Angie Mack Reilly: Public Speaking Resume (now booking)

CONTACT:  angie@ozaukeetalent.com

“Angela is a passionate visionary who has the ability to articulate, set and attain high goals for a greater cause.”  -Michael “Hawkeye” Herman, international music educator,  keynote speaker and performer

Angie Mack Reilly

Grafton, WI • 262.309.4112• angie@ozaukeetalent.com

Public Speaker | Writer | Musician | Composer | Marketing Professional

Innovative Public Speaker and natural leader with a passion for the arts community and issues effecting women and the mentally ill. Proven effective transforming environments to create lasting change using the arts and creativity. Background in marketing with success linking businesses with needed resources to provide mutually positive opportunities and revenue streams.

Technical Proficiencies: Social Media, Music Production, WordPress, eCommerce, Sound Equipment, Recording Equipment, PC, Mac, Microsoft Office.

world music foundation

Listen to Recent Podcast Where Angie is Featured by The World Music Foundation

Topics of Expertise

Creating a Culture of Innovation and Teamwork

Transforming Work Environments into Creative Hubs

“Old Guys I’ve Met”:  The Importance of Business Mentors in the Arts

Managing Teams “Theater Style”

Moving Audiences and Tips from a Theater Director

Public Speaking Engagements

  •  See television and radio appearances below 

  • Vast amount of experience speaking as a theater director and actor for 18+ years

  • “Listen to Your Mother” National Show on Motherhood  

  • Chronic Creativity Interactive Workshops at Spirit Life Church in Mequon

  • Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony”, Grafton, WI as Chairperson about blues history

  • “Giro d’ Grafton Bike Race, 2007, Grafton, WI  

  • “Wisconsin Blues Connection” and PowerPoint Presentation, Wisconsin Historical Society

  • “At 10” Radio Interview, National Public Radio

  • “Paramount History” and PowerPoint Presentation, Port Washington Kiwanas Club

  • “Paramount History” and PowerPoint Presentation, MATC-Mequon Campus

  • “Passionate about Paramount and the Blues” Children’s Educational Performance, Grafton Library 2006

  • “Paramount Blues Festival Panel Discussion”, Cedarburg Cultural Center WI

  • St. Mary’s Care Center Chapel Services, Madison, WI 

Television, Acting and Production Career

  • Played supporting actress, Carol, in Leaving Eden Series

  • Produced and stared as lead female, Golde, Fiddler on the Roof, Next Act Theatre

  • Produced and acted as supporting female lead, Motormouth Maybelle, Hairspray, Cedarburg Performing Arts Center (CPAC)

  • Produced and played female lead Narrator, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, CPAC

  • Produced and starred as supporting lead, John the Baptist and female soloist for Godspell, NSAA

  • Produced and directed hundreds of musical theater productions and events throughout southeastern Wisconsin primarily at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center, The North Shore Academy of the Arts, Next Act Theater, Schauer Arts and Activities Center, Spirit Life Church, Cedar Creek Settlement, Ozaukee Christian School, The Joseph and Rebecca Peltz Center for Jewish Life.

  • 2018:  Television feature on the Real Milwaukee show with Brian Kramp about children’s theater

  • 2018:  Television feature on CBS 58 with Michael Schlesinger about children’s theater

  • 2017:  Juried Public Speaker for National Listen to Your Mother Show about mental illness 

  • 2016:  Television feature on the Morning Blend Show about mental illness

  • 2016:  Television feature on the Morning Blend Show about gifted and talented children

  • 2009:  Television feature on My Fox about Wisconsin music history

Writing Career

  • Authored three published books titled Be True, Be Free, and Chronic Creativity.

  • Created written content for the following major projects:

  • Grafton City Blues” by Kevin Ramsey, Milwaukee Repertory Theater

  • Lost Musical Treasure” PBS History Detectives

  • The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (6 LP 180g) …. Grammy Award Winner, 2014 – Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package …. Label: Third Man Records;

  • The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (6 LP 180g) …. Grammy Award Winner, 2015 – Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package …. Label: Third Man Records; “Chasin’ Dem Blues” by Kevin Ramsey, Delaware Theatre Company

  • Paramount Walking Tour Booklet”, Village of Grafton Historic Preservation Commission

  • Substance Abuse: The Ultimate Teen Guide (It Happened to Me)” by Sheri Bestor

  • Paramount Walking Tour Booklet”, Village of Grafton Historic Preservation Commission

  • Wrote journalistic articles for magazines and blogs:

  • Cedarburg’s Rising Star” Ozaukee Magazine, Apr 2014

  • On the Trail of Bluesman Blind Blake in Milwaukee” OnMilwaukee.com Apr 2011

  • Chronic Creativity” Creativity Portal

  • Why the Blues Belongs in Port” Ozaukee Magazine, Mar 2015

  • The Adventures of Tim and Ben” Ozaukee Magazine, Jun 2014

  • Eurydice” Ozaukee Magazine, Aug 2014

  • North Shore Academy of the Arts Website Blog, Main Writer, 2007-2013

  • Ozaukee Talent Website Blog, Main Writer and Web Owner, 2016

  • Sociofocus Website Blog, Main Writer and Web Owner, 2010-2016

  • Paramounts Home, Article Contributor and Web Owner, 2004-2016

  • Creative Connection Arts, Contributor and Web Owner, 2004-2011

  • Milwaukee Talent Website Blog, Main Writer and Web Owner, 2016

  • The Value of An Idea”, Creativity Portal

Career Accomplishments

  • 1997- Present Lifetime arts and entertainment industry career has consisted of effectively reaching audiences on a regular and weekly basis.

  • 1997- Present Guest Performer (Singer/Songwriter) at hundreds of special events over the years.

  • Boosted Ozaukee County tourism by pitching a new music theme leading to the Paramount Plaza redevelopment design in Grafton, Wisconsin.

  • Pitched a show to PBS History Detectives resulting in the nationally aired segment, “Lost Musical Treasures” on the music history of Ozaukee County.

  • Assisted Playwright Kevin Ramsey as a Blues History Consultant for the musicals “Grafton City Blues” and “Chasin’ Dem Blues”.

  • Collaborated with Grafton Area Jaycees to launch an annual blues festival that has been ongoing and successful since 2005 raising blues awareness and bringing tourism.

  • 2005-Present Expertise as in arts leadership and pre-war blues history has led to being interviewed by various international and national publications such as Blues and Rhythm Magazine, The New York Times, Blues Festival Guide, American Profile Magazine, Blues and Soul Records Magazine. Appearances also in several award-winning books as a blues expert such as Do Not Sell at Any Price by Amanda Petrusich and New Paramount Book of Blues by Alex van der Tuuk. Angie has also been quoted in many written news publications throughout Wisconsin as they relate to blues history, marketing and the arts.

Additional Experience

Ozaukee Talent, Grafton, WI, (2016 – Present)

Founding Director/CEO

Discover musical and artistic talent within individuals with diverse skillsets working independently through lessons, coaching, and connecting resources to link individuals into the arts community. Collaborate with industry leaders locally and throughout the United States and provide expert advice to clients. Teach music lessons, direct and produce plays, and participate in public speaking engagements to educate the community on current issues. Advocate for arts education and growth within the area. Network on all Social Media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogs, Pinterest, Snapchat, websites, twitter, YouTube, etc.

Northshore Academy of Arts, Inc, Grafton, WI, (2004 – Present)

Performing Arts Expert | Visiting Music Director | Teacher | Marketing Director

Developed strategic marketing plans to reach multi-child families in Southeastern WI. Created all social media accounts, handled public relations with area businesses, and gave detailed marketing and analytic reports to the Board of Directors. Managed marketing volunteers. Produce and direct plays and teach performance art and music classes to all age groups.

Key Contributions:

  • Increased community arts education and knowledge of programs through various marketing and branding techniques.

  • Built valuable relationships and increased organization Public Relations (PR).

Paramount Records and Blues Educator, Advocate and Researcher, Grafton, WI, (2004 – Present)

Co-Founder/Researcher/Educator

Developed a community historical resource researching and analyzing musical history in the area and awakening tourism to provide a new outlet to bring in visitors. Discovered lost history and encouraged community partnerships to assist all businesses in the area.

Key Contributions:

  • Revealed the unmarked burial place of legendary musician Blind Blake and raised funds to have his graved marked.

  • Awakened a legendary history of blues artist that had been forgotten in the area.

Marcus Promotions/Footlights, Inc., Milwaukee, WI, (2013 – 2015)

Account Executive/Marketing Consultant

Strategically partnered businesses with productions and theater venues building Business to Business (B2B) type sales relationships for mutually benefiting parties. Handled large key accounts with clients including Milwaukee Public Television, Habush Habush and Rottier, The Trinity Irish Dancers, Roundys, etc.

Key Contributions:

  • Boosted company revenue through strategic processes and teamwork.

  • Secured several key accounts creating lasting business relationships.

2018: Television Appearance on CBS 58 with Michael Schlesinger

Hear them roar in “The Lion King Junior” at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center

Photos courtesy of Trinix Creative.  Taken at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center 2018.

The show was produced by Angie Mack Reilly of Ozaukee Talent

for the North Shore Academy of the Arts

 

New Beginnings: Just Angie

Open Your Mouth written, recorded and arranged by Angela Mack in the late 1990s. 

Published for the first time on the Internet.  Here.  Right now.  First time the public is hearing it.  Please know that I produced this going on 20 years ago now.   This is part of my musical archive that I will begin sharing.  Living and breathing music almost everyday since this was recorded has obviously matured me as a musician.

But there are elements in this song that remain true today.

One.  I love major seventh chords.  This song was built on major seventh chords.  It lends itself to go jazz, or whatever.

I originally wanted to have a million musicians on this.   Like a John Tesh Live on the Red Rocks kind of thing.

But, I was raising three busy boys at the time, didn’t have a car, nor the money to pay musicians.  So I played every instrument on my Korg N264 and wound up with a total of 17 layers.   I turned my townhouse living room into my music studio.  We lived at 142 W. Falls Rd.  in Grafton.  (My boys used to call it “the ghetto of Grafton.”)  Gosh.  When I think about how much time it took me to record these, I have to give myself a little respect.  Or attribute it to being somewhat miraculous.

Of course, there are stories and meanings behind this song that I will share as time goes on…….

On another note, I would love to do an acoustic remix with as many singers as possible….harmonizing…. and, of course, I would love a full orchestra and band.  #gobigorgohome

I will be posting more music and content in my spare time. (ha!) 

Be True

Purchase Angie Mack Reilly’s first book of published poems, “Be True” HERE 

“To thine own self be true,” says Polonius in Hamlet

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