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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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R.Prince Symbol.P.
Jimmy Thackery
Photo by Alan Grossman

Jimmy Thackery
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Fri., April 29, 9 pm
Jason Medeiros
Jason Medeiros

Bruce McCabe
& Jason Medeiros Allstars
@ Schooner Tavern
Fri., April 29, 9 pm
Nick Dinius Band
Photo by Jeff Wheeler, StarTribune

Nick Dinius Band
@ The Station
Fri., April 29, 9 pm
Thunderheads @ Parkway Theater
Thunderheads Band
Annual Big Spring Show
@ Parkway Theater
Sat., April 30, 7 pm
Dorothy Doring
The Deadly Wombats
w/ Dorothy Doring
@ Hollihan's Pub
Sat., April 30, 8 pm
Pat Hayes

Lamont Cranston Band
@ Schuller's Tavern
Sat., April 30, 8:30 pm
Koerner and Parr at the Silverdome
Spider John Koerner
& Charlie Parr
@ Silver Dome Ballroom
Sat., April 30, 7:30 pm
Vine Arts Studio
Exact to Abstract:
Works of C.K. Pickering
& Susan Horns Kolstad

@ Vine Arts Center
Sat., April 30, 11 am
Music at 6 pm by Papa John Kolstad
 w/ Hot Club of East Lake
The Rides
The Rides
Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd
and Barry Goldberg

@ Ames Center
Monday, May 2, 7:30 pm


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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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