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Decoration Day Blues
Greazy Gravy Memorial Day 2015 Memorial Day Blues Bash
Greazy Gravy
@ Rosetown American Legion
May, 25, 3pm
Two Dollar Tight
@ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club
May 26, 5 pm
Two Dollar Tight
Papa John Kolstad Papa John Kolstad
Wed., May 27 @ 331 Club
Thur., May 28 @ Merlin's Rest Pub
Charlie Lawson & Natural Born Lovers featuring The Kid
@ Dubliner Pub
Thursday, May 28, 5 pm
Charlie Lawson
Curtis Marlatt Curtis Marlatt & The Kicks
Blues Showcase Thursday
w/ Joy Parker of Sweet Tea
@ Whiskey Junction
Thursday, May 28, 8 pm
Fundraiser for 2016 International Blues Challenge
Willie B Blues Band
@ Wilebski's Blues Saloon
Friday, May 29, 6 pm
Willie B Blues Band
The Drum Loft Logo
601 NE Taft St
Minneapolis, MN 55413
The Drum Loft Grand Opening
We will be having our Grand Opening on May 30th. Come check out our special offers. We will have Dr. Decibel at the store to give you info on hearing issues and can do in-ear molds on sight. Also, from 3 to 5, Steve Goold will be doing a free drum clinic in store.
Grand Opening discount of 10% will be taken off any purchase on May 30th!! — from Patrick @ The Drum Loft
Smokin' In Steele
May 29-30
Brother Sun Sister Moon, Dave Lambert & the Motivators, Bruce Katz Band, Fabulous Love Handles w/ Brian 'Zoot' Simonds, The Swamp Kings, Blue Rooster, Joanna Connor Band, Mark Cameron Band, Mike Fugazzi, Ray Fuller & the Blues Rockers, Bobby Messano, Smokin' in Steele Band
Smokin' In Steele 2015
Cornbread Harris Cornbread Harris
At Final Performance Of
River Road Boogie:
The Augie Garcia Story

Sunday, May 31
@ The History Theater - St Paul, MN

After the performance, Cornbread will take part in a discussion about his playing days with Augie Garcia.
Phil Kitze & the Resonators
@ Neumann's Bar & Grill
Sunday, May 31, 4 pm
Phil Kitze


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New Como Dockside
May 20 - River City Jazz Orchestra
May 24 - Heart of a Tinman
May 26 - Mark Lamoine & Friends
June 7 - Cooker John
Mark Lamoine
Mark Lamoine

Lowertown Blues Festival
Adds Dee Miller Band To Lineup
The Lowertown Blues Festival has announced the winner of the Battle of the Blues Band and the victor is the Dee Miller Band. They earned the coveted slot during a spirited blues band competition held at Famous Dave’s, with runner-up Sweet Tea Band, followed by Squishy Mud and The Mini Apple Rhythm Section. Dee’s band will perform on the Main Stage along with acclaimed blues veterans Elvin Bishop and Walter Trout. Minnesota Blues Society, a proud sponsor of the Lowertown Blues Festival, is pleased to welcome everyone to the free event. Mark your calendar now for Saturday, July 25th, Mears Park in downtown St. Paul. www.lowertownbluesfestival.com/ or www.facebook.com/LowertownBluesFestivalRichard Schaefer Dee Miller Band @ Famous Dave's
Photo by Chris Brauer


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The 2nd Annual Lowertown Blues Festival will be held on July 25th at Mears Park in St Paul. We want to blanket businesses around the Twin Cities with posters for this event. If you would be willing to tack up a few posters at grocery stores, laundromats, music stores, libraries etc. (with their permission, of course), contact: or


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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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How Sweet It Is …

Joyann Parker of Sweet Tea
Joyann Parker of Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea Band
Takes Road To Memphis
2015 Band Challenge

It is a treat each year to see a showcase of local talent perform at the Road To Memphis Challenge. This year Sweet Tea won a very close competition with RAMM Band finishing second and Bluedog finishing third. Completing the day's entertainment were Fattenin' Frogs, Jimmi and the Band of Souls and Squishy Mud. All first rate acts. Many thanks to the judges, timekeepers, scorekeepers, Vig Guitars, The Drum Loft, the staff at Wilebski's Blues Saloon, Ted Wilebski, Jim Pinckney, Ken Tritz, Richard Schaefer, the volunteers and all of the audience members who showed up on a spectacular April afternoon. More pictures and a complete recap will be posted in the near future on the web site. — Jake Jacobson


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And The Winner Is …

Curtis Marlatt

Louisville "White Lightning" Curtis

The judges' selection for the 2015 Road To Memphis Solo/Duo Challenge winner is Louisville "White Lightning" Curtis (Marlatt). First runners-up are Brother Sun Sister Moon and second runners-up are Mark Cameron & Bill Keyes.

It was a suprisingly good turn out on an exceptionally nice afternoon at The Lodge in Robbinsdale. Many thanks to The Lodge staff, Vig Guitars, the volunteers, judges, audience members and all of the other participating acts for making this a successful event once again this year. A more complete review of the event and more photos will be posted in the near future at www.mnbs.org. — Jake Jacobson


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