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Call For Board of Directors

In the past, the Minnesota Blues Society (MnBS) has put forth requests for volunteer help on our website, Facebook pages and to serve on our Board of Directors, with limited success.

We are here, once again, to double down on that effort. Currently, there are a handful of people that put forth the effort required to keep the MnBS upright and rolling down the "blues highway." Some of these people are ready to step aside from their current roles – but not step away from the Society – and we're extending an invitation to other members to step in to take their places.

In particular, the MnBS is looking for people with interests in the following areas:

If you have a few hours a month to spare, and would like to help us with any of the tasks above, please shoot an email to Richard@MnBS.org. You don't have to be an expert – just the desire to help out on a limited basis. A few hours a month would make a big difference to help the organization continue to keep the blues alive in our community.

None of this would be possible without YOU, so please take the time to consider a way to get involved.

Thank you from the bottom of our “blues-lovin’ hearts.”

Richard Schaefer
Director - Minnesota Blues Society
Ph: 651-955-2612
Email: Richard@MnBS.org
Web: www.MnBS.org


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September Closes With A Bang, Freaky Busy Friday
Joe Demko
Photo by Laurie Schneider

Radio Joe & the Jazzbos
@ Eagles Club #34
Wed., September 28, 7:30 pm
Not Guilty Band

Not Guilty Band
@ Minnesota Music Café
Friday, September 30, 9:30 pm
Johnny Mac

Johnny Mac Band
@ Gallaghers Bar
Friday, September 30, 8:30 pm
Willie Walker
Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Member
& Blues Music Award Nominee

Willie Walker
@ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club
Friday, September 30, 7:30 pm
Davina & the Vagabonds
@ Eagles Club #34
Friday, September 30, 8 pm
Scottie Miller

Scottie Miller Band
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Friday, September 30, 9 pm
Kathy Smithson
Everett Smithson Band
@ Neumann's Bar
Friday, September 30, 8 pm
Silver Dome Blues Party 2016

2016 Blues Party
@ Silver Dome Ballroom
Saturday, October 1, 8 pm
Kent Burnside  & the New Generation,
Sue Orfield Band,
Howard "Guitar" Luedtke


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Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame 2016 Poster


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2016 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Ceremony
Oct. 16, Ceremony at 2 pm @ Pepito's Parkway Theater
Brunch 11 am - 3 pm
'Boom Boom' Steve Vonderharr
"Boom Boom" Steve Vonderharr
Wilbur Cole
Wilbur Cole
Paul Mayasich
Paul Mayasich
2016 Mn Blues Hall of Fame Inductees
Bobby Johnson
Bobby Johnson
  • Blues Performer:
    • Paul Mayasich
  • Blues Legend:
    • Wilbur Cole
  • Blues Legacy:
    • Laverne "Lady Blue" Johnson & Bobby Johnson
  • Blues Sideman:
    • Steve "Boom Boom" Vonderharr
  • Supportive of the Blues (Non Performer):
    • Mike Shaw
  • Blues Art, Literature, Media:
    • Gary Eckhart
  • Blues Recording:
    • "Two Hours From Tulsa" - RJ Mischo
Lady Blue
Laverne "Lady Blue" Johnson
      Gary Eckhart
Gary Eckhart
    RJ Mischo
RJ Mischo
      Mike Shaw
Mike Shaw

2016 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Press Release


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IBC Promotional Blurb From The President

Our attention is quickly turning towards the International Blues Challenge which will take place on Beale Street in Memphis, TN from Tuesday, January 31st though Saturday, February 4th, 2017. We are proud to send the Mark Cameron Band, Mike Munson/Mikkel Beckmen and Colin Campbell & The Shackletons as representatives of the Society.

Many have inquired about when IBC tickets will go on sale and when the hotel blocks will open for your reservations. On October 1st, the Blues Foundation will be sending an email to current Blues Foundation members to open ticket sales and to share links to all of the Downtown Memphis hotels with whom they have blocks of rooms with special rates for their members. If you are not a member of The Blues Foundation, make sure to JOIN NOW in order to be included in this communication. Rooms sell out quickly for the IBC, and members always get first access, so your membership is the best way to get this information ahead of the general public.

This year, they are increasing the daytime activities beyond just the showcases to include workshops, panels, and a new documentary film. In order to join any of these events at the 2017 IBC, you must have a pass for the entire week. Your pass will get you into everything IBC. Passes are only $100 for the entire week.

MORE NEWS!!! For the past several years a contingent of Minnesota blues fans have extended their IBC trip by one more day and traveled to the Mecca of the Blues, Clarksdale MS, a mere 75 miles down the road. This is "The Crossroads," the location where the legend says blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil for the ability to play a mean guitar. Located at the corner of Highway 61 ("The Blues Highway") and Highway 49 in Clarksdale, this is a definite stop for any follower of the blues, or rock & roll, for that matter. We have made arrangements with the Shack Up Inn to hold a blues party on Sunday night, February 5th. Blues band and blues jam will be playing through the night. Lodging is very affordable and unique. See site for details: http://www.shackupinn.com/

It's quite the blues lover's deal!

Richard Schaefer
President, MnBS


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Got A New CD Release? Think It's A Winner?
CD Competition Banner
From now until September 30, 2016, 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

Now Available!
Mn Blues Society Compilation Vol: 1
All proceeds from the sale of this compilation go to fund the MnBS Blues For Kids program.
Digital downloads available now on CD Baby.
CD's are coming soon!
Thanks to Joe Filipovich for all of the time and energy he has spent bringing this project to fruition. Also many thanks to the artists who have generously donated their recordings along with our sponsors, Mendoza Law Office, The Ads Group and Rare Form Mastering for the services they have provided.


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New And Renewal Memberships Now Good Through 12/31/2017.

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