Minnesota Blues Society

Honoring the Musicians, Composers, Authors and Individuals Who Have Made a Historical Contribution, Impact and Overall Influence on the Blues in the State of Minnesota.

Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame 2016 Poster


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2016 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Ceremony
Oct. 16, Ceremony at 2 pm @ Pepito's Parkway Theater
Brunch 11 am - 3 pm
'Boom Boom' Steve Vonderharr
"Boom Boom" Steve Vonderharr
Wilbur Cole
Wilbur Cole
Paul Mayasich
Paul Mayasich
2016 Mn Blues Hall of Fame Inductees
Bobby Johnson
Bobby Johnson
  • Blues Performer:
    • Paul Mayasich
  • Blues Legend:
    • Wilbur Cole
  • Blues Legacy:
    • Laverne "Lady Blue" Johnson & Bobby Johnson
  • Blues Sideman:
    • Steve "Boom Boom" Vonderharr
  • Supportive of the Blues (Non Performer):
    • Mike Shaw
  • Blues Art, Literature, Media:
    • Gary Eckhart
  • Blues Recording:
    • "Two Hours From Tulsa" - RJ Mischo
Lady Blue
Laverne "Lady Blue" Johnson
      Gary Eckhart
Gary Eckhart
    RJ Mischo
RJ Mischo
      Mike Shaw
Mike Shaw

2016 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Press Release


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2016 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame
Slide Show
Parkway Theater
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Charlie Lawson Awarded
Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame
"Keeping The Blues Alive" Award
Brigid Martin & Charlie Lawson  
Brigid Martin Congratulates
Charlie Lawson
On Sunday, December 4, 2016, Charlie Lawson was inducted into the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame as the third recipient ever of the "Keeping The Blues Alive" Award at the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party held at Crooner's Supper Club in Fridley, MN.

Charlie's longtime friend, Bill Lydon, nominated Charlie and presented him with the award. Bill's presentation highlighted some of Charlie's contributions to the celebration and preservation of blues in the State of Minnesota:

"Charles Lawson started his musical education with a father that played Jazz trombone and listened to the Classic Blues recordings from Smithsonian Folkways. So while Charlie's palís were discovering the Allman Brothers, he was listening to Muddy Waters. In the early 1970s Charlie made his way from his home in the suburbs to the bars on the West Bank in Minneapolis to listen to live blues music. From this school of hard knocks Charlie started the Crazy Legs Blues Band in 1976 and followed that up over the next thirty years with stints in The Kingsnakes, The Wallets, the Chaconnes, a memorable ten year run with Charles and Ed play Blues at the Viking Bar and most recently with the Swamp Twisters.

In the mid 1970ís Charlie wrote a Blues News column for the Connieís Insider weekly newspaper and interviewed such luminaries as Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. Since itís inception in 1978, Charlie has been both a promoter and volunteer for KFAI Fresh Air Radio and over the years has organized all day blues festivals for both KFAI Fresh Air Radio and the St. Paul Tenants Union.

Ever since his formative years on the West Bank, Charlie has been a cheerleader for the blues encouraging people to get out and experience live music. As Muddy Waters told Charlie for the Connie's Insider, 'the Blues is the thing that happens to people in their everyday lives, itís an age old storytelling tradition'." — Bill Lydon


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