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2015 Minnesota Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Big George Jackson
Big George Jackson
The Minnesota Blues Society is pleased to announce the 2015 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Inductees listed below. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 11 at Wilebski's Blues Saloon.
  • Blues Performer: Big George Jackson
  • Blues Legend: John Beach
  • Blues Legacy: Auburn Pat Hare
  • Blues Sideman: Donald "Hye Pockets" Robertson
  • Supportive of the Blues (Non Performer): Harold Tremblay
  • Blues Art, Literature, Media: Jacquie Maddix "LadyJ Griot"
  • Blues Recording: "City Music" Joel Johnson Band
  • Blues Song: "A Good Woman is Hard to Find" Percy Strother


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A Few of the Many Musical Events This Week
Riverblast 2015 Riverblast Festival
New Ulm, MN
September 4-5
Cold Blooded Whiskey, Javier & the Innocent Sons, Old Time Music, Schells Hobo Band, Howard "Guitar" Luedtke and Blue Max, Everett Smithson Band
Blues For Kids Harmonica Lessons at 6:30 pm
Bowlful of Blues
Maytag Bowl, Maytag Park, Newton, IA
Saturday, September 5

Mississippi Heat, Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band, Lamont Cranston Band w/ Bruce McCabe, Del "Saxman" Jones & Final Mix, James Biehn Band, Rob Lumbard, Matt Woods
Bowlful of Blues
Big George Jackson Big George Jackson Band
Saturday, September 15, 9 pm
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Wilebski's Blues Saloon
Filming a Network TV Pilot
Saturday, September 5, 2 pm
with Grady Champion
Grady Champion
Photo by Charles Ryan
Dee Miller and Jimi 'Prime Time' Smith Dee Miller Band
w/ Jimi "Prime Time" Smith
Labor Day Monday, 3 pm
@ Brookside Bar & Grill
Greazy Gravy
w/ Curtis Blake
Labor Day Monday, 3 pm
@ Rosetown American Legion
Greazy Gravy


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Prayers and Donations Would Be Greatly Appreciated
Ryan Houle
Ryan Houle, brother of musician Little Bobby Houle, suffered multiple gunshot wounds Sunday, August 9 in Thief River Falls. Your help would be welcome.
I got an email notification yesterday to contact Bobby Houle. For those that don’t know, Bobby is a 3rd generation musician and an early supporter of the Minnesota Blues Society. He was raised on the Red Lake Indian reservation near Thief River Falls. Currently he is working on his music in Austin, Texas. Bobby recorded and mixed the “Blues Women International” CD at the Hopson Commissary in Clarksdale during the IBC in 2013.

Last Sunday, during a birthday party for his Dad, Bobby’s brother Ryan was involved in an unfortunate accident and ended up with gunshots to the left side of his chest.

http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/3815462-man-indicted-after-birthday-party-fight-ends-shooting He was flown to the trauma center in Fargo and is currently post-surgical and waiting to get off a ventilator.

Bobby said that Ryan’s family, significant other and young daughter, are ill-prepared for the upcoming onslaught of expenses. There is a GoFundMe webpage currently setup for Ryan http://www.gofundme.com/mgbjpkms and a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PrayersforRyanHoule.

In the tradition of supporting the blues community I’d like to recommend publicizing Ryan Houle’s situation and suggest interested donors reach out to his family via the GoFundMe webpage.


Richard Schaefer:
President - Minnesota Blues Society


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2015 MnBS Annual Picnic
Slideshow Is Posted

Happy Picnic Person at Rosetown American Legion
Click To See The Slideshow

Got A New CD Release? Think It's A Winner?
CD Competition Banner
From now until October 1, 2015, the Minnesota Blues Society is accepting CD's produced by Minnesota acts for consideration for the Blues Foundation's "Best Self-Produced CD" Competition.
Check it out: Best Self-Produced CD Competition

Donate To 2016 IBC Funds

Click Button To Make A Tax-Deductible Donation
Travel Fund For
Louisville "White Lightning" Curtis
Travel Fund For
Sweet Tea
Travel Fund For
Both IBC Acts
Here is your chance to make a contribution to the acts that will be representing Minnesota at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, January 26 - 30, 2016.

The acts chosen for the competition are not compensated for their performances while in Memphis and must pay for their own travel expenses. If you would like to help one or both of the acts with a tax-deductible contribution, click on one of the above buttons.

We also encourage you to attend the upcoming Road To Memphis fund raising events and, by all means, if you have never been to Memphis for the IBC, plan to make the trip this January to show your support for our Minnesota acts, Louisville "White Lightning" Curtis and Sweet Tea .

The Minnesota Blues Society is looking for motivated volunteers to help with our ongoing operations. We could use some help in the following areas:

GRANT WRITERS — MnBS is seeking volunteers with experience in the grant-writing and application process to assist the Society in pursuing available governmental and corporate funds that potentially could help us to realize our long-term goals and to expand our existing programs.

QUICKBOOKS ACCOUNTING DATA ENTRY — We are looking for a volunteer familiar with the Quickbooks software program willing to assist the Treasurer in tracking the Society's finances. We need to have our information in a format more conducive to generating reports that are acceptable to foundations offering grant money for our ongoing programs and to help MnBS to grow.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS — There is an opening on the MnBS Board of Directors for the seat vacated by Chad Nordstrom who left due to a job change. The Board of Directors meets the first Monday of each month (except for holidays) and is responsible for planning events and keeping the Minnesota Blues Society operating in accordance with its mission statement. We would be very interested in persons with artistic, organizational, secretarial or inter-personal skills to serve on the Board. If you feel that you could make a positive contribution to the Society and are willing to make the commitment of your time and talent, please contact us.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact:


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New And Renewing Memberships Now Good Through 12/31/2016.

Get your tees, mugs, sweats, and lots of other MnBS merchandise and support your local blues society and the local bands that they support.




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