Minnesota Blues Society Contacts & Business

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Next Board Meeting:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6:30 pm
Clive's Roadhouse
13050 Aldrich Ave S
Burnsville, MN 55337

Those with business to present to the Board should contact the President:

2019 MnBS Board of Directors

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Mail Address:

P.O. BOX 580704

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[Internet Communications/Advertising Policy]
[MnBS Bylaws (Amended 7/17/2011)]
[Sponsorship Guidelines (Adopted 3/7/2011)]
[MnBS In-Kind Sponsorship Agreement]
[How To Process A MnBS Membership (08/04/2014)]

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Board of Directors' Biographies

Steve Leutgeb


After retiring from my machinist career in June 2014, I was able to pursue my love of music to a much greater degree. I had grown up with interests in rock and jazz and found that both were based in the blues. I was able to go to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge in 2015, where I met many members and musicians from the MnBS. We had such a great time that I got more involved in MnBS events and was later asked to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors.

In my time on the Board I have helped to organize and work at all of our annual events. I have been a volunteer at the Road To Memphis competitions, the annual picnic, Lowertown Bluesfest, and various fundraising activities. I hope to meet more of our members and I will work to get even more people involved in the Minnesota Blues Society and to help them find the joy of the music and the friendships that come from being a member of the Minnesota Blues Society.

Linda Tannebaum


Hello Blues Society Members, my name is Linda Tannenbaum, I have been on the board for the last two years and have really enjoyed working for the Blues Society. I currently work on the volunteer committee- I love working on the events with all the amazing people who help make our events so successful. I would like to continue to serve on the Board and help make our Blues Society fun for everyone. Thank you





Deb Hills


My name is Deb Hills. It has been a joy to serve on the board since 2008. Last year, I took on the task of being secretary, which keeps me updated of everything that is going on. I look forward to continuing to serve as a director, secretary, volunteer, and member of various committees. I also do some graphic work for the society, which helps keep the Minnesota Blues Society visually present as well as promoting the fabulous musicians we work with. I enjoy volunteering at the events and meeting new people within the blues community. We have such a strong blues presence in the Twin Cities and it is my hope that we can spread out our mission of supporting the blues culture throughout the entire state on Minnesota.



Richard Schaefer


My name is Richard Schaefer. I am presently serving as President of the MnBS Board of Directors. I have been a member of the Minnesota Blues Society since 2009, on the Board of Directors since 2011 and a Lifetime Member.

As a leading officer of the Society I have multiple opportunities to observe the daily challenges our organization encounters. While we have grown in membership the future choices that become necessary to define our direction need to be carefully charted. Securing our accounting system, expanding our web and social network reach, and defining strategic objectives are examples of projects that will help ensure the viability and sustainability of the Minnesota Blues Society. I would like the opportunity to promote these items, and more.

The Blues Society has multiple events throughout the year. From Blues for Kids, Road To Memphis, the Hall of Fame ceremony, periodic fundraisers, picnics and sponsored activities our membership has been supportive and growing during its first twelve years of existence. I have seen the leadership and hard work that makes this Society successful and I want to remain a part of its future.

The Hall of Fame committee has been especially rewarding as I have been able to meet, and speak with, some of the finest Blues artists in the State of Minnesota. Being able to recognize the work and passion that our Awardees have endeavored to achieve while they encourage and mentor the rising talent that keeps our region vibrant, has been very gratifying to our committee and members. Maintaining the prestige and integrity of the Hall of Fame will require an imaginative approach that recognizes the past, present and future.

For the past seven years I have traveled to Memphis to enjoy the Blues Foundation International Blues Competition while meeting blues fans both nationally and internationally. Recently I’ve gotten the opportunity to join the volunteers that provide the backbone of the IBC and hope to participate again this January.

I feel extremely fortunate to belong to this group. I have made many new friends, been given a chance to meet talented musicians, and observed the power of volunteerism when the blues community comes together for supporting our mutual causes. The success and growth of the Society is very important to me.

The mission statement of the Society reads in part "…to preserve, commemorate, educate, celebrate and promote the past, present and future of Blues music in Minnesota." I pledge to uphold this objective if given the opportunity.

Doug Anderson


Music matters to me, it's a great form of expression, emotionally involving, and hugely entertaining. I've always been exposed to music: the big-band and Dixieland jazz of my parents, folk music of my older siblings, rock 'n' roll through the 1960's and 1970's, mostly The Grateful Dead through the 1980's, mostly blues since. From my early years, the blues underlying and intertwined with all this music has been my favorite.

To date, my support of music and musicians has been as an enthusiastic audience member for live and recorded music and an encouraging parent of musical offspring. I've retired from the IT department at Mayo Clinic and would love to take advantage of that situation to find additional ways to support and encourage musicians and audiences, especially blues musicians and audiences! Having been a member of MnBS for several years, throwing my hat into the ring as a candidate for the board of MnBS seems like a natural opportunity.

My own musical background, other than as an appreciator, is scant. I played woodwinds in school bands as a kid, period. My academic background includes a BA in Mass Communications with emphasis in still photography, a couple years in the Graduate School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, and a master’s degree in Kinesiology with emphasis in Human Factors from the University of Minnesota. Other than a year as a custom cabinetmaker in San Francisco, I have worked with aspects of computer technology in management, support, and software development since 1977. I have served on the board and as treasurer in a chapter of the Usability Professionals Association and as the committee chair responsible for annual club races for a car club. So I'm not a stranger to contributing to and organizing worthwhile, volunteer-led organizations and projects.

If I am elected to the board I will enthusiastically collaborate with the officers, board, and members to develop and carry out creative, fun, effective, and valuable ways to promote the mission of MnBS.

Mike Eastman


My name is Mike Eastman. I am interested in joining the Minnesota Blues Society Board of Directors because I would love to help promote the music that has had such a drastic influence on my life with others. I did not grow up with a musical background; the extent of my musical knowledge was my dad listening to the Bee Gees and Supertramp and mom listening to the Beach Boys Christmas album, year-round. However, I took a class in college titled The History of Rock and Roll, and because we all know rock and roll wouldn’t exist without the blues, I have been hooked ever since. I have been taking guitar lessons for over three years and am interested in getting more integrated with the vibrant rock/blues scene here in the Twin Cities.

What I can offer the society is a background in grant writing and grant application; I currently work at the University of St. Thomas as a Grants Coordinator for our Corporate and Foundation Relations team. Also, I have recently made contacts within the nonprofit community, specifically the arts, and have received some great leads on not only where would be the most effective place to apply, but also where to find examples of past successful grant applications. In addition, I have begun, with Richard’s help, to assemble a grant application for board development. I also believe, in the future, we can build strong in-roads with foundations for music education and awareness.

I am originally from Ohio and went to high school in Milwaukee. I went to graduate school at the University of Minnesota and have lived in Minneapolis for five years now. The rich blues roots that have been planted here constantly surprises and marvels me. I am grateful to be considered to help bolster the strong sense of blues identity in our community; the Twin Cities is truly one of the best-kept secrets in the country for its musical history. Thank you for your consideration.

Mark Halverson


I have resided at the bend of the Great River in Mankato where I have been a practicing attorney for many years. I am concluding my first term as a Director of the Minnesota Blues Society. While the logistics have been somewhat challenging, I have enjoyed the experience, especially getting to know and working with the wonderful individuals on the board and the numerous dedicated members whose efforts make the organization dynamic. I believe I can continue to serve effectively on the Board.

First and foremost, I have been a blues fan for as long as I have been a music fan. I lived close to the West Bank when it was the blues epicenter of the Twin Cities. I was able to see all of the Twin Cities bands of the time and some national acts as they passed through.

Before there were many blues festivals, I would always gravitate to blues acts at what were called folk or jazz festivals. I attended every Winnipeg Folk Festival during the 1980s (that festival included a healthy portion of blues). Later, I attended the first Chicago Blues Festival and have attended most since. While I drove by the first Bayfront Blues Festival I elected not to stop for logistic reasons, I did make the second one, and almost all since.

Beyond Fandom, I have devoted significant time and resources to promoting or facilitating blues. My primary blues activity overall has been hosting and producing six hours of weekly blues radio programming on an independent public radio network for almost 27 years.

I owned and operated the iconic south-shore Lake Superior club Brokedown Palace for several years beginning in 1989. During that time, I became well acquainted with most Wisconsin and Minnesota blues acts, many of whom are still active. I have maintained personal friendships with many of those people.

I have organized and produced many blues events. The Blues Before Monday Performance Series has through a combination of donations, grants and support from KMSU/KMSK brought some of the finest blues acts to the Mankato area I have emceed many events, written numerous articles about blues matters for Blues On Stage (still archived), Blue Monday and other publication.

All in all, I feel up to the task of another term on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Blues Society.

Kent Kapitan


Hello Blues Lovers. My name is Kent Kapitan, I am the newest member to the Board.

Raised in Minneapolis and after graduation from high school I attended Radio Broadcasting school. I became a radio announcer in southern Minnesota. This opened the door to new opportunities. Member of the Minnesota Association of County Fairs. I was the Emcee for numerous County Fair Grandstand Shows, Rodeos and Demolition Derby’s events. I became an Entertainment Director at a Twin Cities nightclub scene working with Local & National acts. With over 40 plus years in the entertainment business I’m looking forward to working with the Board on the Event Committee.

I became a member in 2015 to which I have volunteered as the emcee with such events as Family Picnic, the Road to Memphis fund raisers and the Hall of Fame events. After attending the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, I became a member of the Blues Foundation. My trips to Memphis “IBC’s” & the Crossroads have brought me a greater love for the Blues genre.

My Goal is to strengthen our membership, educate the younger generation to the Blues genre, create a fun entertaining atmosphere. Listen to our members and bring new ideas to the board for discussion. I am looking forward to meeting every one of the Minnesota Blues Society Family.




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