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Blues & Soul Legend
Wee Willie Walker
12/23/1941 — 11/19/2019
Wee Willie Walker
Willie Walker, Performer Award
2013 MN Blues Hall of Fame
Wee Willie Walker passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 after returning from a recording session with the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra in Oakland, CA.

Willie has long been appreciated by local music fans in the Twin Cities for his soulful performances. Largely overlooked by national audiences, Willie finally was beginning to receive recognition for his talent on the international stage in the past few years.

A Celebration of Willie's Life will be held on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at Minnesota Music Cafe.

The following links highlight aspects of Willie's life and musical career:

Blues Matters — R.I.P. Wee Willie Walker
The Current — Wee Willie Walker, Minnesota soul legend, dies at 77
StarTribune — 'Sweeter than honey from a bee,' Twin Cities blues-soul hero Willie Walker dies at 77
American Blues Scene — Soul Blues Singer Wee Willie Walker Dead at 77

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(11/22/19)


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Blues Music Opportunities This Week
Sunday, December 01, 2019
2:00 PM Bloomington VFW Post #1296 - Bloomington, MN Blues SuperJam Sunday with Jim Stairs
11:00 AM Driftwood Char Bar - Minneapolis, MN James Loney & Lolo's Ghost Catch Lolos Ghost at The Driftwood Char Bar every Sunday from 11 a.m-2 p.m
5:00 PM Dusty's Bar - Minneapolis, MN Doug Otto & the Getaways
5:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN Beyond The Trees & Russ Parish Band
10:45 AM Minnetonka United Methodist Church - Minnetonka, MN Tom Hunter
7:00 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN Open Jam
8:30 PM Whitey's World Famous Saloon - Minneapolis, MN Miss Myra and The Moonshiners 1st Sunday Throwdown
Monday, December 02, 2019
7:00 PM Apple Valley American Legion Post #1776 - Apple Valley, MN Apple Jam
7:00 PM Bogey's - Lilydale, MN Blues Jam hosted by Tom Harkness and Johnny Mac.
7:00 PM Lakeshore Players Theatre - Hanifl Performing Arts Center - White Bear Lake, MN Scottie Miller with Jennifer Grimm - A Christmas With Family & Friends
7:00 PM Midway Saloon - St Paul, MN Moses Oakland Open Mic with Moses Oakland
6:30 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN James Girard
8:30 PM Shaw's Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Sarah Papenheim Open Blues Jam
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
7:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN Cassies Band
7:30 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN Conner McCrae's Red Apple Trio
8:00 PM Shaw's Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN New Primitives (Reggae)
10:00 PM Whitey's World Famous Saloon - Minneapolis, MN Graydon Peterson Presents: The Old Town Tuesday Night Jam
8:00 PM Wilebski's Blues Saloon - St Paul, MN Blues Jam
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
7:00 PM Dakota - Minneapolis, MN Willy Porter
7:00 PM Dog House Bar & Grill - Maplewood - Maplewood, MN Joe Flip
7:30 PM Eagles Club #34 - Minneapolis, MN Jacquie "Lady J Griot" Maddix KFAI Radio's Lady J Griot & Friends Blues Revue featuring guitarist Brian Dyke Friends are welcome to sit in or do their own thing. Drums and PA provided.
7:00 PM Hollihan's Pub - White Bear Lake, MN Blues Jam hosted by Jim Stairs
7:00 PM Hook & Ladder - Minneapolis, MN Pat Donohue Dynamite Duos Series - Every 1st Fall Wednesday in the Mission Room - w/ Richard Krien & Joyann Parker
7:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN The Starlite Blues Band
7:30 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN The Dark Click
8:00 PM Shaw's Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN A Blues Knockout Encore! - Boom Boom, Franken, Schroder, McCabe and Span 5-7:30p Daina de Prez
Thursday, December 05, 2019
7:00 PM 10K Brewing - Anoka, MN Betty Danger
8:30 PM Beast Barbecue - Minneapolis, MN "Belly of the Beast" jam - hosted by Alex Rossi
7:00 PM Blaine VFW Post #6316 - Blaine, MN Johnny O & Filet O Soul with guest Steve Vonderharr
8:00 PM Eagles Club #34 - Minneapolis, MN Swamp Poppas
7:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN MINNESOTA BLUES SOCIETY presents Mark Arneson Band with Mia Dorr 7 pm AND The Cobras 8:30 pm $5.00
6:00 PM Moe's - Moundsview, MN PK Mayo
8:00 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN Open Jam
8:00 PM Shaw's Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN The Butanes Paul Metsa @ 5-7pm
6:00 PM Smokey's Pub & Grill - East Bethel, MN Scottie Miller
6:00 PM The Loop - Rochester, MN Tony Cuchetti
Friday, December 06, 2019
8:30 PM Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis, MN Samantha Fish
7:00 PM First Draft Taproom & Kitchen - Minneapolis, MN Brian Naughton
7:00 PM Hook & Ladder - Minneapolis, MN Jorgensen Tagg with special guests Nici Peper Duo
6:30 PM Lift Bridge Brewing Company - Stillwater, MN The Jesse Lee Band
6:00 PM Loring Bar & Restaurant - Minneapolis, MN Cornbread Harris
7:00 PM Lupulin Brewing Company - Big Lake, MN Betty Danger
8:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN The Good, The Bad, The Funky
8:00 PM Neumann's Bar - North St Paul, MN Armadillo Jump
7:00 PM Palmer's Bar - Minneapolis, MN Front Porch Swingin Liquor Pigs Fun Folk/Blues/Country - FREE
7:00 PM Pine Island Sports Bar & Liquor Store - Pine Island, MN Tony Cuchetti
8:00 PM Rochester VFW Post #1215 - Rochester, MN Everett Smithson Band
8:30 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN Back Alley Band (Rock)
9:00 PM Shaw's Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Dee Miller Band fea. Craig Clark
9:00 PM Smokin Flame Saloon - Robbinsdale, MN Johnny O & Filet O Soul with guest Steve Vonderharr
8:00 PM St James Hotel - Red Wing, MN Joe Flip
8:00 PM The Mudd Room - Mendota Heights, MN Pete Kavanaugh
9:30 PM Trollhaugen Ski Lodge - Dresser, WI Miss Myra and The Moonshiners
6:00 PM Wilebski's Blues Saloon - St Paul, MN Harold's Christmas Bash - Scottie Miller
Saturday, December 07, 2019
7:00 PM 10K Brewing - Anoka, MN Jay Walter & the Rectifiers
8:00 PM Bloomington VFW Post #1296 - Bloomington, MN Scotty Reed Band
8:00 PM Boxcar Bar - Waseca, MN Everett Smithson Band
7:00 PM Coon Rapids VFW Post #9625 - Coon Rapids, MN Pete Kavanaugh
6:00 PM Garphish Brewing Company - Bethel, MN Betty Danger
8:00 PM Hook & Ladder - Minneapolis, MN Trailer Trash (Country/Honky-Tonk/Swing) Trashy Little Xmas Show
7:00 PM Mendoberri Cafe & Wine Bar - Mendota Heights, MN The Working Stiffs
8:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN Helium For Liftoff Band
8:00 PM Neumann's Bar - North St Paul, MN Harrison Street
7:00 PM Old Shafer Creamery Event Center - Shafer, MN Armadillo Jump
7:30 PM Park Theater - Hayward, WI Lamont Cranston Band with Bruce McCabe
8:00 PM Piggy's Restaurant - LaCrosse, WI Bluedog
8:00 PM Running Aces Casino & Racetrack - Columbus, MN Joe Flip Full Band
8:30 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN Jack Knife & the Sharps (Rockabilly)
8:30 PM Schuller's Tavern - Golden Valley, MN The Starlite Blues Band
10:00 PM Shamrock's Irish Nook - St Paul, MN Brian Naughton
9:00 PM Shaw's Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Jeff Loven (Heavy Metal Polka, You Name It) HOLIDAY BEER BUST 6 PM – 8 PM
9:00 PM Smitty's Bar & Grill - Chisago City, MN Craig Clark Band
8:00 PM The Mudd Room - Mendota Heights, MN Inside Straight Blues Band
Sunday, December 08, 2019
11:00 AM Driftwood Char Bar - Minneapolis, MN James Loney & Lolo's Ghost Catch Lolos Ghost at The Driftwood Char Bar every Sunday from 11 a.m-2 p.m
5:00 PM Dusty's Bar - Minneapolis, MN Doug Otto & the Getaways
8:00 PM First Avenue & 7th Street Entrance - Minneapolis, MN Curtiss A 40th ANNUAL JOHN LENNON TRIBUTE featuring CURTISS A, with a little help from his friends
2:00 PM Floyd's - Victoria, MN PK Mayo
7:00 PM Hook & Ladder - Minneapolis, MN Holiday Shindig - Mother Banjo & Ben Cook-Feltz featuring Roe Family Singers, Daddy Squeeze, Katy Vernon and more!
1:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN MINNESOTA BLUES SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING and HOLIDAY PARTY
10:45 AM Minnetonka United Methodist Church - Minnetonka, MN Tom Hunter
4:00 PM Neumann's Bar - North St Paul, MN Twang Time at Neumann's Every 2nd Sunday
7:00 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN Open Jam
Monday, December 09, 2019
8:00 PM 331 Club - Minneapolis, MN Roe Family Singers
10 pm - Doug Otto & Friends
7:00 PM Apple Valley American Legion Post #1776 - Apple Valley, MN Apple Jam
7:00 PM Bogey's - Lilydale, MN Blues Jam hosted by Tom Harkness and Johnny Mac.
7:00 PM Lakeshore Players Theatre - Hanifl Performing Arts Center - White Bear Lake, MN Scottie Miller with Jennifer Grimm - A Christmas With Family & Friends
7:00 PM Midway Saloon - St Paul, MN Moses Oakland Open Mic with Moses Oakland
6:30 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN Tim & Barry's Juke Joint
8:30 PM Shaw's Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Sarah Papenheim Open Blues Jam

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