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Upcoming Blues Society Events

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Butch Thompson
Butch Thompson
@ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club
Tuesday, May 3, 7 pm
The Brass Kings
Steve Kaul & the Brass Kings
@ 331 Club
Wednesday, May 4, 7 pm
Joe Demko
Photo by Laurie Schneider

Radio Joe & the Jazzbos
@ Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar
Thursday, May 5, 7 pm
Walter Trout
Walter Trout
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
w/ Ken Valdez
Thursday, May 5, 7 pm
Bambi Alexandra
Bambi's Birthday!
Bambi Alexandra & The Dark Horse Band
@ Hollihan's Pub
Thursday, May 5, 8 pm
Curt Obeda
The Butanes
@ Crooners Lounge & Supper Club
Friday, May 6, 7:30 pm
Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Friday, May 6, 9 pm
Pat Hayes
Lamont Cranston Band
@ Wilebski's Blues Saloon
Friday, May 6, 6 pm
Scotty Reed
Scotty Reed Band  w/ Bruce McCabe
@ Hollihan's Pub
Saturday, May 7, 8 pm
Don Scott
Don Scott's 69th Birthday Bash!
Don Scott , Curtis Blake and Rosanne Licciardi
@ Wine Cafe Pub & Eatery
Saturday, May 7, 8 pm
Joe Bonamassa
Joe Bonamassa
@ Mayo Civic Center Auditorium
Monday, May 9, 8 pm


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The Results Are In! It's The Mark Cameron Band.
Mark Cameron Band
The Mark Cameron Band will be representing Minnesota at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

On April 24, 2016 the joint was jumping as the Minnesota Music Café hosted the MnBS 2016 Road To Memphis Band Challenge.
With Mark Cameron Band placing first, the first runner-up was Lisa Wenger Band followed by Harrison Street and The Gopher Tones. The competition was very close with all of the acts turning in high quality, high energy performances.

Special thanks to Steve Leutgeb and Kathy Krauter for organizing this event. Thanks to Infinity Drumworks and Vig Guitars for providing backline equipment. Thanks to the judges: Jacquie Maddix, Shirley Smith, Jim Stairs, John Lindberg, Richelle Slinger and Chad Nordstrom. We would also like to acknowledge and thank: Tim Flanagan, time keeper; Barry Tannenbaum, score keeper; Mark Halverson, emcee; Linda Tannenbaum, merchandise table; Luke Braulick, front door; the staff at MMC and all the other volunteers who participated in making this event so successful. And, as always, thanks to the blues music fans who turned out to support this great event.


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2016 Road To Memphis Duo Winners
Mikkel and Micheal
Mikkel Beckmen and Mike Munson were selected to represent the State of Minnesota at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The Challenge competition was held at Schuller's Tavern on Sunday, April 10, 2016. The other musicians competing were Nigel Egg and the duo of Jimmi Langemo & Nate Heinz. Trevor Marty was a late scratch from the competition.

Thanks to the judges; Judy Cedar, Rena Haus, Dan Schwalbe, Harold Tremblay, Glenn Elvig and Bambi Alexandra; to score keeper, Barry Tannenbaum; time keeper, Tim Flanagan; emcee, Ellie O'Brien; all of the volunteers and the staff at Schuller's for helping to make this event a success. Special thanks to Steve Leutgeb and Kathy Krauter for the hours they spent organizing the event. Last but not least, thank you to the blues enthusiasts who came out to support the music and cheer the acts on.

Next Up: 2016 MnBS Road To Memphis Band Challenge, April 24, 3 pm
@ Minnesota Music Café.


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Are You The One?
The Minnesota Blues Society is looking for a motivated individual who loves blues music and would like to become more involved in helping to keep the blues alive in Minnesota.
Right now the MnBS Board of Directors is short one player. If you believe that you are the person to fill the roster spot, please get in touch with us.
As a Director you will be involved in planning and expediting various Blues Society events. You will meet and work with local musicians, club owners, media persons, educators and more. You will have an opportunity to shape the future of the MnBS with your creative talents and ideas.
Contact Richard Schaefer:


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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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Now Accepting Applications
for 2016 Youth Showcase (Under 21) Challenge
Sunday, May 15 @ The Lodge
If you are interested in participating in the 2016 Road To Memphis Youth Showcase Challenge for a chance to perform at the 2017 International Blues Challenge, please read the Official Announcement
and contact:
Deadline for entry is 5/7/2016


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

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