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Charlie Lawson Awarded
Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame
"Keeping The Blues Alive" Award
Brigid Martin & Charlie Lawson
Brigid Martin Congratulates
Charlie Lawson
On Sunday, December 4, 2016, Charlie Lawson was inducted into the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame as the third recipient ever of the "Keeping The Blues Alive" Award at the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party held at Crooner's Supper Club in Fridley, MN.

Charlie's longtime friend, Bill Lydon, nominated Charlie and presented him with the award. Bill's presentation highlighted some of Charlie's contributions to the celebration and preservation of blues in the State of Minnesota:

"Charles Lawson started his musical education with a father that played Jazz trombone and listened to the Classic Blues recordings from Smithsonian Folkways. So while Charlie's pal’s were discovering the Allman Brothers, he was listening to Muddy Waters. In the early 1970s Charlie made his way from his home in the suburbs to the bars on the West Bank in Minneapolis to listen to live blues music. From this school of hard knocks Charlie started the Crazy Legs Blues Band in 1976 and followed that up over the next thirty years with stints in The Kingsnakes, The Wallets, the Chaconnes, a memorable ten year run with Charles and Ed play Blues at the Viking Bar and most recently with the Swamp Twisters.

In the mid 1970’s Charlie wrote a Blues News column for the Connie’s Insider weekly newspaper and interviewed such luminaries as Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. Since it’s inception in 1978, Charlie has been both a promoter and volunteer for KFAI Fresh Air Radio and over the years has organized all day blues festivals for both KFAI Fresh Air Radio and the St. Paul Tenants Union.

Ever since his formative years on the West Bank, Charlie has been a cheerleader for the blues encouraging people to get out and experience live music. As Muddy Waters told Charlie for the Connie's Insider, 'the Blues is the thing that happens to people in their everyday lives, it’s an age old storytelling tradition'." — Bill Lydon


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It's December. Break Out The Egg Nog.
Chris Holm Photo by Carrie Haugan
Photo by Carrie Haugan

Chris Holm
Has Got Something Brewing This Week
Friday, December 9, 7 pm
@ Spilled Grain Brew House - Annandale, MN

Saturday, December 10, 7 pm
@ Disgruntled Brewing - Perham, MN
Hurricane Harold

Hurricane Harold's All-Star Blues Revue
w/ Good Time Willy, Allen Kirk, Chris Johnson & Tim Wick
Friday, December 9, 6 pm
@ Wilebski's Blues Saloon
Doghouse Jon
Southern Minnesota Blues Legend
Doghouse Jon
& the Misbehavers
Saturday, December 10, 8 pm
@ Piggy's Restaurant - LaCrosse, WI
Willie B
Playin' the Blues for You
Willie B Blues Band
Saturday, December 10, 8:30 pm
@ South St Paul VFW Post #295
Dee Miller & Kendra Glenn

TC Women of the Blues
Dee Miller Band  & Kendra Glenn
Saturday, December 10, 9 pm
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Ross William Perry

Ross William Perry
Friday, December 9, 9 pm
@ Kathy's Pub - Rochester, MN

Saturday, December 10, 9 pm
@ Viking Bar - Minneapolis, MN


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CP Holiday Train Chuggin' This Way
Holiday Train 2016 Six-time Juno Award-winning singer/guitarist/ songwriter Colin James, whose new CD, Blue Highways, was released on October 14 via True North Records, will perform on the 18th edition of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Holiday Train that has stops planned throughout the U.S. Midwest during the first two weeks of December.

“Since I was a child I’ve always been romantic about the railway,” says Colin James. “Spending a couple weeks on a train and pulling into some of these idyllic towns will not only be a new experience for me, but a fantastic way to ring in the Christmas season.”

At each stop on the Holiday Train’s schedule, the beautifully decorated and lighted train pulls up and one side of a box car opens to reveal a music stage with the band ready to entertain the crowds who flock to see it each year and also bring along food to donate to local food banks. Besides Colin James, all Holiday Train stops in the US will also feature Canadian country music artist Kelly Prescott.
Holiday Train Schedule For Minnesota
  • Sunday December 4
    • La Crescent, MN — 7:45 – 8:15 PM
  • Thursday December 8
    • Winona, MN — 4:15 – 4:45 PM
    • Wabasha, MN — 6:15 – 6:45 PM
    • Hastings, MN — 8:45 – 9:15 PM
    • Overnight in Hastings, MN
  • Friday December 9
    • Cottage Grove, MN — 6:00 – 6:30 PM
    • St. Paul, MN (Union Station) — 7:30 – 8:10 PM
    • Overnight in Shoreham Yard, MN
  • Saturday December 10
    • New Hope, MN — 2:30 – 3:00 PM
    • Golden Valley, MN — 3:45 – 4:10 PM
    • St. Louis Park, MN — 4:45 – 5:15 PM
    • Minneapolis, MN — 7:15 – 7:45 PM
    • Overnight in Shoreham Yard, MN
  • Sunday December 11
    • Loretto, MN — 4:30 – 5:00 PM
    • Buffalo, MN — 6:00 – 6:30 PM
    • Annandale, MN — 7:30 – 8:00 PM
    • Eden Valley, MN — 9:00 – 9:30 PM
    • Paynesville, MN (potential stop n go)
    • Overnight in Glenwood, MN
  • Monday December 12
    • Glenwood, MN — 10:15 – 10:45 AM
    • Alexandria, MN — 11:45 – 12:15 PM
    • Detroit Lakes, MN — 2:45 – 3:15 PM
    • Callaway, MN (potential stop n go) — 3:50 PM
    • Plummer, MN — 6:15 – 6:45 PM
    • Thief River Falls, MN — 7:45 – 8:15 PM
    • Deadhead back to Glenwood, MN
  • Tuesday December 13
    • Elbow Lake, MN — 4:30 – 5:00 PM


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2016 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame
Slide Show
Parkway Theater
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MnBS Membership Rate Increase Announcement
Hello Minnesota Blues Society members and friends.

Throughout the year MnBS strives to support programs that encourage, recognize and promote the blues music genre. It seems something is happening every month that gives us a chance to bring all our valued members, blues fans and musicians together to celebrate the joy and rhythms that our State offers.

There are numerous new ideas that have been discussed such as showcasing blues bands, exchanging musicians with other Blues Societies and developing events that bring the community together for new and familiar experiences. We will be offering an online survey that will help guide us in our future choices.


The MnBS Board of Directors approved the following membership rate increases effective January 1, 2017:
1-Year Individual from $20 to $25
1-Year Household from $35 to $40
3-Year Individual from $50 to $60
3-Year Household from $85 to $95
Lifetime Membership remains the same at $200

You may join or renew your current membership between now and December 31, 2016 at the current membership rate and avoid paying increased rate. Memberships purchased now are good through December 31, 2017 or December 31, 2019 in the case of 3-Year Memberships.

As we wind up the current year and start planning for 2017, please consider if you would want to be a bigger part of it. Our committees are understaffed and we would welcome new ideas and manpower to keep running with energy and a fresh perspective.

Thank you for your interest, confidence and support of the Minnesota Blues Society.

Richard Schaefer
President – Minnesota Blues Society


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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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Join Minnesota Blues Society

Join or Renew Your Minnesota Blues Society Membership Online Now!
New And Renewal Memberships Now Good Through 12/31/2017.

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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