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Sonny Knight
June 17, 2017
Sonny Knight
Photo from Secret Stash Records

Read Chris Riemenschneider's
Star Tribune Obit.


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Happy Juneteenth!
Cooker John

Cooker John Band
@ 331 Club
Wednesday, June 21, 7 pm
Lisa Wenger

Lisa Wenger & Her Mean Mean Men
@ Hollihan's Pub
Thursday, June 22, 7 pm
Nikkii Mattson

Nikki & the RueMates
@ Dusty's Bar
Friday, June 23, 9:30 pm
Tim Cheesebrow

Tim Cheesebrow
@ Green Lantern
Friday, June 23, 9 pm
Empty Arms

Empty Arms
@ 201 Tavern (former River City Saloon)
Saturday, June 24, 8 pm
Big George Jackson

Big George Jackson
@ Big Daddy's BBQ
Saturday, June 24, 5 pm
Croix Daddy

Croix Daddy with Shawne Baccari
@ Chateau St Croix Winery
Saturday, June 24, 3 pm
Dean Weisser

Dean Weisser Band
@ Shaw's Bar & Grill
Saturday, June 24, 9 pm
Hurricane Harold Tremblay

Gang of Mischief
@ Neumann's Bar
Sunday, June 25, 4 pm
Armadillo Jump

Armadillo Jump
@ Muddy Waters Bar & Grill
Sunday, June 25, 4 pm


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Being Made in the Twin Cities:
Lonnie Johnson
        Lonnie Johnson
The film is based on the acclaimed book by Dean Alger of St. Paul. It has interest from great musicians, top writers, etc.:

5 Star review of the book, THE ORIGINAL GUITAR HERO and THE POWER OF MUSIC – The Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music and Civil Rights, by former editor Paul Trynka in the famous music magazine MOJO:
“First Lonnie biog aims to restore his reputation as one of the most influential guitarists—ever. This ambitious book sets out to place Lonnie Johnson as a cross-cultural visionary in the veins of Charlie Christian or Jimi Hendrix, and succeeds brilliantly. With a lucid explanation of Johnson’s music, plus many anecdotes both poignant and inspiring, this excellent biography does full justice to an underappreciated musical titan.”

B.B. King: “Lonnie Johnson was the most influential guitarist of the 20th century.”

For more, see the film website: www.originalguitarherofilm.com
And there’s information on our Kickstarter crowd-funding effort for the film. The direct link: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1674388222/the-original-guitar-hero-and-the-power-of-music

In the Kickstarter presentation you can hear, in his own voice, stunning statements from B.B. King on Lonnie’s importance, never heard before—from Alger’s historic interview with BB.

Alger/”Dr. D” has spent 12 years and many resources developing this book, Grammy campaign and film. Hopefully, the MN Blues Community will help take this further.

This is more than a simple old musician biography. A broader theme on “the magic & power of The Guitar” gives it wide appeal; Lonnie Johnson is Founding Father of virtuoso, expressive guitar playing. This is the Ultimate Great Musical Figure Rediscovered story, and it’s a cultural justice action to give this great African-American musician the recognition he deserves.

On the website also see the Alger-led petition drive for a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award for Lonnie J, with supporters including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Derek Trucks, Taj Mahal and more.

Also on the website you can see the strikingly powerful support letter for this film project from JOE BOYD, revered record producer for Pink Floyd, REM, Taj Mahal, etc., lead guy on the famous documentary, Jimi Hendrix, and former head of music for Warner Bros. Pictures. And there are notes on the Film Team. — from Dr. Dean Alger


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