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RTM Fundraiser Sept. 24 2017 Javier Matos Harrison Street Craig Clark Band Slim Willie and the Ride Ken Valdez Minnesota Music Cafe

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Please Note: Plan to use the North Payne Avenue route to approach Minnesota Music Cafe as the intersection of Payne Avenue and 7th Street may be closed due to construction.

We also want to remind those of you who wish to donate baked goods, there will be a bake sale as part of this fundraising event. Bring your cookies!


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OK — It's Officially Fall on Friday
Johnny Rawls

Johnny Rawls
@ Legend's - Holiday Inn
Wednesday, September 20, 7 pm
Lonesome Dan Kase
Lonesome Dan Kase
@ Vieux Carre 
Thursday, September 21, 6 pm
Dee Miller
Dee Miller Band
@ VFW Post 1782 on the Lake
Friday, September 22, 7 pm
Jim Stairs
Jim Stairs - Squishy Mud
@ Marydale Park
Saturday, September 23, 1 pm
Big Bob Scoggin
Big Bob Scoggin
@ Norm's Wayside Pizza 
Saturday, September 23, 7 pm
Erin McCawley
Harrison Street
@ Neumann's Bar
Saturday, September 23, 8 pm
Crow Poster
Crow  w/ Lisa Wenger
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Saturday, September 23, 9 pm
Miss Myra & the Moonshiners
Miss Myra and The Moonshiners
@ Bistro La Roux 
Saturday, September 23, 7 pm
Curtis Blake
Curtis Blake

Greazy Gravy
@ Shaw's Bar & Grill 
Sunday, September 24, 4 pm


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Kashmar/Watson @ Wilebski's, Sept. 29
Kashmar Watson Poster
Meet & Greet
For MnBS Members Only

MnBS Members are invited to attend a reception for Mitch Kashmar & Junior Watson from 5 to 6 pm on Friday, September 29 at Wilebski's Blues Saloon prior to their performance.

Attendees will be able to meet and greet Mitch & Junior, get CDs signed, etc. Only non-flash photography will be allowed!

Members will be required to show their MnBS Membership cards for access to this event or new members may sign-up and join upon arrival.


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2017 HOF Poster

Order General Admission Tickets - ($15 + $3)

Order VIP Tickets - ($20 + $3)


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Deadline September 30. Send Your CD Now!
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From now until September 30, 2017, the Minnesota Blues Society is accepting CD's produced by Minnesota acts for consideration for the Blues Foundation's "Best Self-Produced CD" Competition.
Check it out: Best Self-Produced CD Competition

The Minnesota Blues Society is seeking interested, qualified and responsible individuals to serve on its Board of Directors. The management role of the organization is assumed by the Board of Directors. The bare minimum requirements to serve as board director is that a person must be a member in good standing of the Minnesota Blues Society and be at least 21 years old. There are staggered two-year terms. The general society membership elects Board members annually. Full details can be found at MnBS Bylaws Article 5.

While previous experience with the group is preferred, it is not necessary. However, an interest in the goals of the organization and Blues music is essential, as well as the ability to invest the time necessary to attend the monthly meetings and otherwise participate in the organization?s events.

The Board has traditionally been a collegial group where music, fun festivities and events are customary, but required formalities are observed. Members have come from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of talents. However, the ability and desire to devote significant time to advancing the organization and its mission to preserve, commemorate, educate, celebrate and promote the past, present and future of Blues music in Minnesota is desired. It is not necessary to have a long track record with the organization to be a member of the Board, although, many do through the love of Blues music.

To apply, contact any current board member at . The deadline to apply for the upcoming election is October 4, 2017.


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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 16th though Saturday, January 20th, 2018. We are proud to send Ken Valdez and Javier Matos 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.

There are daytime activities beyond just the showcases to include workshops and panels. In order to join any of these events at the 2018 IBC, you must have a pass for the entire week. Your pass will get you into everything IBC. Passes have been $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, January 21st. A blues band and blues jam will be playing into the night. Lodging is very affordable and unique. See site for details: http://www.shackupinn.com/

It's the blues lover's getaway!

Richard Schaefer
President, MnBS


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