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2014 Mn Blues Hall of Fame Slideshow

Yes, the pictures from the 2014 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame are now posted for you to view. Sorry it took so long. You know you get what you pay for with free volunteer labor. Special thanks to Greg Granger, Doug Jenkins and Suzanne Borg for providing additional images for this presentation. It was a fabulous day and it provided some great memories. — Jake Jacobson

Hall of Fame Slideshow


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Steve Faison Steve Faison's Benefit
Sunday, November 23, 2 pm
@ Wilebski's Blues Saloon

Elizabeth Anne Faison, Dee Miller Band, Who Nu , Open Jam

Silent Auction 2-6 pm

Steve Faison; has been an influential part of the twin cities music scene since the early 1970's. He has been a member of many bands including Class Action, Jazz Fusion Band Samoa, and Moore By Four. Steve is respected and admired by many individuals. He has spent the last thirteen years as a valued instructor at McNally Smith Music College. He has paid forward a wealth of knowledge of music and has touched many young souls as both an educator and mentor.
This benefit is to help Steve meet the cost of staggering medical bills due to the stroke he had in June of 2014 and ongoing medical expenses for the future. — Family and Friends of Steve Faison


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Acoustic Soul & Blues Revue
Wednesday, November 26, 7:30pm
@ Parkway Theater

Paul Metsa, Willie Walker, Willie West, Sonny Earl and Mari Harris

A Benefit For
Grateful Turkeys & Horizons Unlimited
Acoustic Soul & Blues Revue Poster


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Leo "Bud" Welch Leo "Bud" Welch
Is Back With
Charlie Parr

Nov. 28, 10 pm - Hell's Kitchen
Nov. 29, 8 pm - The Red Herring Lounge
Nov. 30, 8 pm - Ed's No-Name Bar


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Frankie Kohler's
Wayward Boyz Klub
Friday, November 28, 6 pm
Wilebski's Blues Saloon

Harrison Street (Opening Act)
Wayward Boyz Klub Logo


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Lisa Wenger "As Simple As That" CD Lisa Wenger
Simple As That
CD Release Party
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Saturday, November 29, 9 pm


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Youth Showcase Act Needs Funds
To Get To IBC in Memphis

The Black Water Blues Band will be representing Minnesota at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN January 23, 2015.

Unlike the adult acts going to Memphis, the Youth Showcase Band has not had a lot of time to hold fundraisers to help them collect money to offset their travel expenses.

If you are interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to help these lads make their journey, please click on the button below. — The Road To Memphis Committee

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Black Water Blues Band
Black Water Blues Band
2014 Youth Showcase Challenge Winners
Representing Minnesota at the
2015 International Blues Challenge


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Holiday Party Poster 2014
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Save The Date!
Sunday, December 7, 1-5 pm
MnBS Annual Meeting, Holiday Party & Food Drive
@ Schuller's Tavern, Golden Valley
Inside Straight Blues Band
& Black Water Blues Band (IBC Youth Showcase Band)

Blue Ballots Are On The Way

Eligible voting members of MnBS will be receiving proxy ballots in the mail for the upcoming Board of Directors election to be held at the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party on December 7. You may vote by mail or cast your ballot online. Instructions will come with the ballot. Why do the ballots have that blue cast to them? Well, it is a blues society, but actually Jake's laser printer had a defective cyan cartridge.

Back At It by Big George Jackson Blues Band

Big George Jackson
- Back At It
Tops "Best Self-Produced CD" Competition

The Back At It CD by Big George Jackson Blues Band was selected by a panel of judges to represent Minnesota at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in the "Best Self-Produced CD" Competition. The other seven entries in this year's field were Designated Rider by The Abiders, New Ground by Bob Bingham, Blues At Barkin' Jack's by Doug Otto & Hurricane Harold, Live From The Park Theater by Jimmi and the Band of Souls, Mike Munson by Mike Munson, The Blues Is Personal by Nigel Egg and Rock-A-Doodle-Blue the The Rhythm Roosters.

My sincere thanks to the judges who took the time to evaluate these CDs. This was no easy task with eight CDs and the quality of this year's entries. If you have not heard these acts I would encourage you to seek them out on the Blues Gig Calendar and buy their CDs. Once again, I am amazed at how truly blessed we are to have such a plethora of musical talent in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Blues Society is now accepting blues CDs released between October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015 for the 2016 competition. CDs must be received by October 1, 2015. See CD Competition for details. — Jake Jacobson


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Got Some Ideas?
Send Us Your MN Blues Hall of Fame Nominations Now!

Yes, we just finished celebrating the 2014 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame with a terrific event at Wilebski's Blues Saloon on October 5. But it is not too soon to start working on the 2015 Hall of Fame. We invite the members of the Minnesota Blues Society and the public-at-large to send us ideas for nominees for Blues Performer; Blues Sideman; Supportive of the Blues (Non-Performer); Blues Art, Literature and Media; Blues Recording and Blues Song. Be prepared to supply some background information about your nominees, not just, "I think Joe Dokes should be in the Hall of Fame because he's good." Send your nominations to marilee@mnbs.orgMn Blues Hall of Fame Committee


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Help Send Jimmi & the Band of Souls
& Brother Sun & Sister Moon To Memphis

You can show your support for the two acts that have been selected to represent Minnesota at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN by making a tax-deductible donation to either/or both funds (2015 IBC Travel Fund is for both the Band and Duo combined) to help offset their travel expenses. Participating acts are not compensated for their performances at the IBC. — Road To Memphis Committee

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New & Renewal Memberships Now Good Through 12/31/2015.

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