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State Fair Already?
"Fairchild" © Minnesota State Fair
Music at
The Minnesota State Fair
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and Minnesota State Fair
John Till
@ 331 Club
- Wed., Aug. 26, 7 pm
@ Harriet Brewing Company
- Thur., Aug. 27, 9:30 pm
@ The Local Blend Coffee Shop & Wine Bar
- Fri., Aug. 28, 8 pm
John Till
Dylan Salfer Dylan Salfer Band
@ Neumann's Bar & Grill
Thursday, August 27, 7 pm
The Groove Merchants
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Friday, August 28, 9 pm
Tim Wick
Tim Wick
of The Groove Merchants
Donna Dahl Brother Sun Sister Moon
@ Covered Bridge Restaurant & Lounge
Friday, August 28, 8 pm
Papa John Kolstad
@ The Contented Cow Pub
Friday, August 28, 7 pm
Papa John Kolstad
Ross William Perry Ross William Perry
@ Schooner Tavern
Friday, August 28, 9 pm
Cole Allen Band
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Saturday, August 29, 9 pm
Cole Allen
Santiago Shakedown 2015 Santiago Shakedown 2015
(Bailey Ray's Roadhouse)

Saturday, August 29, 4:30 pm
Dee Miller Band w/ Jimi "Prime Time" Smith, Claudette King, Lamont Cranston Band, Johnny Rawls, Mississippi Driftwood plus Tim Haussner
Scott Graves - 5:30 pm
Jimmi and the Band of Souls - 8:30 pm
@ Vieux Carré
Saturday, August 29
Scott Graves
Scott Graves
Bill Swanson
Bill Swanson
of Inside Straight Blues Band
Inside Straight Blues Band
w/ Steve Clarke on sax
@ Muddy Waters Bar & Grill
Sunday, August 30, 4 pm


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Prayers and Donations Would Be Greatly Appreciated
Ryan Houle
Ryan Houle, brother of musician Little Bobby Houle, suffered multiple gunshot wounds Sunday, August 9 in Thief River Falls. Your help would be welcome.
I got an email notification yesterday to contact Bobby Houle. For those that don’t know, Bobby is a 3rd generation musician and an early supporter of the Minnesota Blues Society. He was raised on the Red Lake Indian reservation near Thief River Falls. Currently he is working on his music in Austin, Texas. Bobby recorded and mixed the “Blues Women International” CD at the Hopson Commissary in Clarksdale during the IBC in 2013.

Last Sunday, during a birthday party for his Dad, Bobby’s brother Ryan was involved in an unfortunate accident and ended up with gunshots to the left side of his chest.

http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/3815462-man-indicted-after-birthday-party-fight-ends-shooting He was flown to the trauma center in Fargo and is currently post-surgical and waiting to get off a ventilator.

Bobby said that Ryan’s family, significant other and young daughter, are ill-prepared for the upcoming onslaught of expenses. There is a GoFundMe webpage currently setup for Ryan http://www.gofundme.com/mgbjpkms and a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PrayersforRyanHoule.

In the tradition of supporting the blues community I’d like to recommend publicizing Ryan Houle’s situation and suggest interested donors reach out to his family via the GoFundMe webpage.


Richard Schaefer:
President - Minnesota Blues Society


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Still Plenty of Summertime Blues
Music in the Zoo
Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN
Robert Cray Band / Sonny Landreth
Tuesday, August 17, 7:30 pm

Jonny Lang
Saturday, August 22, 7:30 pm
Robert Cray
Robert Cray
John Beach 2015 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame
"Legend" Inductee

John Beach
@ 331 Club
Wednesday, August 19, 7 pm
Louisville "White Lightning" Curtis
@ Crystal VFW Post #494
BBQ & Blues Night (Every 3rd Wednesday)
Wednesday, August 19, 4 pm
Curtis Marlatt
Larry Wiegand
Larry Wiegand
The Return of the Unexpected
Lonnie Knight, Gregg Inhofer, Dale Strength, Larry Wiegand, Scott Sansby
@ Hollihan's Pub
Thursday, August 20, 8 pm
Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders
@ Dugout Bar & Grill
East Bethel, MN
Friday, August 21, 8:30 pm
Kim Wilson
Thunderbirds' Kim Wilson
with Mn Blues Hall of Fame Award
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
@ Mystic Lake Casino
Friday, August 21, 8 pm
Willie Murphy
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Calhoun Square
Saturday, August 22, 9 pm
Willie Murphy
Photo by Marc Norberg
Molly Maher
Molly Maher
Nye's Polonais Room
Outdoor Tent Party
Sat., Aug. 22, 3pm
Sun., Aug. 23, 2 pm
Daina DePrez, World's Most Dangerous Polka Band, St Dominic's Trio, Doug Otto & the Getaways, New Primitives, Molly Maher
Nikki Roux & Rich Rue
@ Vieux Carré
St Paul, MN
Saturday, August 22, 5:30 pm
Nikki Roux


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2015 MnBS Annual Picnic
Slideshow Is Posted

Happy Picnic Person at Rosetown American Legion
Click To See The Slideshow

Got A New CD Release? Think It's A Winner?
CD Competition Banner
From now until October 1, 2015, 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

Donate To 2016 IBC Funds

Click Button To Make A Tax-Deductible Donation
Travel Fund For
Louisville "White Lightning" Curtis
Travel Fund For
Sweet Tea
Travel Fund For
Both IBC Acts
Here is your chance to make a contribution to the acts that will be representing Minnesota at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, January 26 - 30, 2016.

The acts chosen for the competition are not compensated for their performances while in Memphis and must pay for their own travel expenses. If you would like to help one or both of the acts with a tax-deductible contribution, click on one of the above buttons.

We also encourage you to attend the upcoming Road To Memphis fund raising events and, by all means, if you have never been to Memphis for the IBC, plan to make the trip this January to show your support for our Minnesota acts, Louisville "White Lightning" Curtis and Sweet Tea .

The Minnesota Blues Society is looking for motivated volunteers to help with our ongoing operations. We could use some help in the following areas:

GRANT WRITERS — MnBS is seeking volunteers with experience in the grant-writing and application process to assist the Society in pursuing available governmental and corporate funds that potentially could help us to realize our long-term goals and to expand our existing programs.

QUICKBOOKS ACCOUNTING DATA ENTRY — We are looking for a volunteer familiar with the Quickbooks software program willing to assist the Treasurer in tracking the Society's finances. We need to have our information in a format more conducive to generating reports that are acceptable to foundations offering grant money for our ongoing programs and to help MnBS to grow.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS — There is an opening on the MnBS Board of Directors for the seat vacated by Chad Nordstrom who left due to a job change. The Board of Directors meets the first Monday of each month (except for holidays) and is responsible for planning events and keeping the Minnesota Blues Society operating in accordance with its mission statement. We would be very interested in persons with artistic, organizational, secretarial or inter-personal skills to serve on the Board. If you feel that you could make a positive contribution to the Society and are willing to make the commitment of your time and talent, please contact us.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact:


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