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Here is a great opportunity to do so with a simple online donation
to help our selected "Road to Memphis" acts with the expenses of competing next January at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.




Minnesota Blues Society
HALL OF FAME INDUCTION 2018
Make plans now to attend on October 28th, 1 to 6 pm
at Crooners Lounge & Supper Club!

Seating is limited and advance tickets are on sale now at EventBrite.com

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Minnesota Blues Society 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees:

The Minnesota Blues Society is announcing the results of the recent balloting for inductees into the 2018 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame. We are proud to recognize the following class.

Dee Miller, in the “Performer” category;

Dee Miller

Larry Wiegand, in the "Blues Sideperson" category;

Larry Wiegand

'Doghouse' Jon Lackey, in the "Legend" category;

'Doghouse' Jon Lackey

Karl Bremer, in the “Arts, Literature, Media" category;

Karl Bremer

Butanes Soul Revue CD "One Night", in the “Recording” category;

The Butanes Soul Revue

Scottie Miller's Song "Sweet Cream Sugar Delight", in the “Song” category;

Scottie Miller

Mike 'Tiny' Rogers, in the “Supportive of the Blues” category;

Mike 'Tiny' Rogers

The late Mike 'The Hook' Deutsch, in the “Legacy” category;

Mike 'The Hook' Deutsch

Review: ‘Road to Memphis’ Fundraiser at Minnesota Music Cafe


Minnesota musicians, headed to a competition near the Delta that spawned the blues, got a boost at Minnesota Music Café on Sunday, September 30, with the first of several fundraisers.

‘The Road to Memphis’ event sponsored by the Minnesota Blues Society attracted veteran blues musicians and hopeful newbies. Six bands each played a 45-minute set. The vets came to play and lend drawing power to attract a donor audience which packed the house. Donations will help cover travel and lodging expenses for the three local blues acts headed to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this coming January.

The Dee Miller Band, headed up by its veteran namesake, won the 2018 RTM Band competition in April as the Minnesota group chosen to vie in the international competition.

Tony and Joe, bringing their own twist to a more classic style of blues, earned the judges' recommendation to represent in the Solo/Duo category.

The C-Notes, a Youth Showcase entrant, was designated to perform in Memphis. Youth bands are not eligible to compete, so the C-Notes are invited to perform. They gain an important opportunity to display their skills and seek advice from established blues performers.

The Minnesota Music Café attracted an appreciative throng of fans who soaked up the six-band sampler platter of blues. Tony & Joe led off the sets, and then came the funky pounding notes of Harrison Street, powerfully fronted by a kinetic Erin McCawley. The C-Notes poured out their fresh takes on blues standards, adding new directions.

Commandeering the stage in support; Boom Boom Steve & the Knockouts charged the airwaves and then filled the dance floor. Annie Mack with the Gopher Tones changed the tempo to bittersweet, soulful ballads.

Dee Miller and her band kept the buzz going with their bluesy, driving style. Their set impelled energy that brought many to their feet. Dee’s potent sound is brought to life by Craig Clark, guitar; Eric Meyer, bass; Jesse Mueller, keyboard; and, Mike DuBois on drums. Like the cross-cultural ingredients in a Creole recipe, Steve Vonderharr’s harp added extra spice to the already piquant set.

A bake sale was in perfectly sweet character as a positive contributor to the cause.

If you’d like to help a trio of Minnesota bands offset travel and lodging to be our Ambassadors of Blues, please click a button above to donate. And, be sure to watch for and support coming Road to Memphis fundraisers.

Event photos courtesy of Michael Border: Annie Mack, Tom Kochie of The Gopher Tones, Dee Miller Band plus Steve Vonderharr




The Blues Foundation's
International Blues Challenge 2019
Event passes and lodging for the IBC in Memphis,
January 22-26, 2019 are on sale now from The Blues Foundation.


Coming soon - VetsFest Fundraiser
November 11th, noon to 6 pm at Wilebski's Blues Saloon!

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An Upcoming Harmonica Retreat in Michigan
October 18-20, the Great Lakes Harmonica Retreat



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Blues Music Opportunities This Week
Sunday, October 14, 2018
7:00 PM Art Works - Eagan, MN Joe Flip
11:00 AM Aster Cafe - Minneapolis, MN Patty & the Buttons
7:00 PM Dakota Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Eric Gales
5:00 PM Dusty's Bar - Minneapolis, MN Doug Otto
10:00 AM Famous Dave's BBQ - Minneapolis, MN Phil Kitze Duo with Larry Beckman
7:00 PM Famous Dave's BBQ - Minneapolis, MN Blues Jam hosted by Moses Oakland
4:00 PM Neumann's Bar - North St Paul, MN Boom Boom Steve V & the Knockouts
2:00 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN Mark Martin Benefit
1:00 PM The Joint Bar - Minneapolis, MN Brian Naughton
6:00 PM Washington Square - White Bear Lake, MN Scottie Miller
Monday, October 15, 2018
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 The Apple Jam
7:00 PM Crooners Lounge & Supper Club - Fridley, MN Thomasina Petrus
7:00 PM Famous Dave's BBQ - Minneapolis, MN Steve Clarke & the Working Stiffs
8:30 PM Shaw's Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Blues Jam
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
8:00 PM Lee's Liquor Lounge - Minneapolis, MN Lindsay Beaver
6:00 PM Loring Bar & Restaurant - Minneapolis, MN Dan Newton
8:00 PM Wilebski's Blues Saloon - St Paul, MN Blues Jam
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
7:00 PM 331 Club - Minneapolis, MN The Pine Hearts KFAI House Party
7:00 PM Dakota Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Bettye Lavette
7:00 PM Hollihan's Pub - White Bear Lake, MN Jim Stairs Blues Jam
7:00 PM Hook & Ladder - Minneapolis, MN Big George Jackson Blues Band
7:00 PM Mancini's Char House - St Paul, MN Miss Myra and The Moonshiners
8:00 PM Shaw's Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Lisa Wenger & her Mean Mean Men
Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:00 PM Dakota Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Davina & the Vagabonds
8:00 PM Eagles Club #34 - Minneapolis, MN Stone Arch Jazz Band
7:00 PM Hollihan's Pub - White Bear Lake, MN Craig Clark Band
6:00 PM Jersey's Bar & Grill - Inver Grove Heights, MN Joe Flip
6:30 PM Moe's - Moundsview, MN RAMM Band
8:00 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN Open Jam
8:30 PM Shaw's Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN The Butanes
8:00 PM Tavern of Northfield - Northfield, MN Feathered Mason
6:00 PM Uncle Mike's M Pour E Yum - Hudson, WI Phil Kitze
Friday, October 19, 2018
7:00 PM Bloomington VFW Post #1296 - Bloomington, MN Phil Kitze & the Resonators
7:30 PM Captain's Lakeside Grille - Isanti, MN Joe Flip and Elijah Adam
8:00 PM Dusty's Bar - Minneapolis, MN Lonesome Dan Kase and Crush Collision Trio
9:00 PM Famous Dave's BBQ - Minneapolis, MN Davina & the Vagabonds
6:00 PM Loring Bar & Restaurant - Minneapolis, MN Cornbread Harris
8:00 PM Manitou Grill & Event Center - White Bear Lake, MN Harrison Street
8:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN Corey Medina
8:00 PM Neumann's Bar - North St Paul, MN Dee Miller Band
7:00 PM Stillwater Eagles Club #94 - Stillwater, MN Jimmy Famous & the Payback
7:30 PM Wicked Wort Brewing Company - Robbinsdale, MN Detroit Don King Blues Band
Saturday, October 20, 2018
7:00 PM 10K Brewing - Anoka, MN Jay Walter & the Rectifiers
8:30 PM Al's Center Saloon - Center City, MN Joyann Parker
7:00 PM Bistro La Roux - Circle Pines, MN Curtis Marlatt & Les Blues Attaque
8:30 PM Bunkers Music Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN TC Jammers
7:30 PM Haunting Experience - Cottage Grove, MN Harrison Street
8:00 PM Hollihan's Pub - White Bear Lake, MN The Starlite Blues Band
7:00 PM Old Shafer Creamery Event Center - Shafer, MN Craig Clark Band
9:00 PM Ole Piper Inn - Blaine, MN Inside Straight Blues Band
8:00 PM Piggy's Restaurant - LaCrosse, WI Joey Tenuto Band
7:00 PM Scab's Place - Prescott, WI Joe Flip
8:00 PM Shakopee VFW Post 4046 - Shakopee, MN Jim Stairs - Squishy Mud
12:00 PM Silver Dome Ballroom - Neillsville, WI A Tribute to Muddy Waters Featuring Mud Morganfield,Rev. Raven & his Chain-Smoking Altar Boys,Studebaker John & the Hawks,Big George Jackson Blues Band, Howard Guitar Luedtke, Aaron Kaplan
7:00 PM Stillwater Eagles Club #94 - Stillwater, MN Jimmy Famous & the Payback
7:00 PM Vieux Carre - St Paul, MN BeauSoleil 2nd Show @ 9pm
3:00 PM Washington Square - White Bear Lake, MN Sam Kuusisto
Sunday, October 21, 2018
11:00 AM Aster Cafe - Minneapolis, MN Patty & the Buttons
2:00 PM Bloomington VFW Post #1296 - Bloomington, MN Blues SuperJam Sunday with Jim Stairs
5:00 PM Dusty's Bar - Minneapolis, MN Doug Otto
7:00 PM Phipps Center for the Arts - Hudson, WI Davina & the Vagabonds
2:00 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN Mark Martin Benefit
1:00 PM The Joint Bar - Minneapolis, MN Brian Naughton
4:00 PM Wilebski's Blues Saloon - St Paul, MN Road to Memphis Fundraiser for Joe Flip and Tony Cuchetti
Brother Jon Band, Tim Reigstad, Joe Flip and Tony Cuchetti
Monday, October 22, 2018
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 The Apple Jam
7:00 PM Famous Dave's BBQ - Minneapolis, MN Twin Cities Hot Club
8:30 PM Shaw's Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Blues Jam

(10/15/18)

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