2018 Road To Memphis Challenge
Wilebski's Blues Saloon, Sunday, April 29, 2018:|
The Dee Miller Band was announced as the winner in Sunday afternoon's Minnesota Blues Society’s Road To Memphis band competition at Wilebski's Blues Saloon in St Paul. The Dee Miller Band was judged best of the eight acts competing. The band is composed of Dee Miller on vocals, Craig Clark on guitar and vocals, Mike DuBois hittin’ the drums and Eric Meyer on bass guitar with Jesse Mueller on keyboards. Included in the competition were Doghouse Jon and The Misbehavers, Pimps and Preachers, Bluedog, Mark Cameron Band, The Starlite Five, Paul Barry & The Ace Tones and Brother Jon Band. It was great to see a full house and supportive fans enjoy the competition. All of the acts were full of enthusiasm and energy.
The Dee Miller Band
Congratulations to Steve Leutgeb, Chris Brauer and Kathy Krauter for driving the Band competition and making the event a success. Also, hats off to Linda Tannenbaum, Volunteer Coordinator and the many volunteers including the judges, time-keeper, scorekeeper, merchandise-handlers and door monitors who pitched in. Thanks to the Wilebski's Blues Saloon (Rich, Duke, Alex, Kendra and staff) for hosting the event. Special thanks to Connor Hammergren for his drum tech skills. Also, thanks to Kent Kapitan for keeping things moving as emcee. To all the acts that played their hearts out, thank you so much. And finally, thank you to all of the blues fans who showed up to support the music on such a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Coon Rapids VFW Post #9625, Sunday, April 8, 2018:|
The duo act of Tony and Joe (Cuchetti/Filipovich) prevailed in this year's MnBS Road to Memphis Solo/Duo Challenge competing against Phil Kitze Acoustic Band, The Wain & Kurt Show, Donnie Sauve and Tim Reigstad.
Joey Filipovich & Tony Cuchetti
This year's judging was handled by past International Blues Challenge participants; Mike Munson, Javier Matos and Donna Dahl; along with longtime blues fan, MnBS member and spouse of a musician (you have our sympathy,Terri) Terri Tremblay.
Thanks to the RTM Committee headed by Steve Leutgeb with Kathy Krauter and Chris Brauer; Scorekeeper, Barry Tannenbaum; Timekeeper, Tim Flanagan; Soundman, Roger Kozel; Emcee, Mark Halverson and to volunteers, Linda Tannenbaum, John and Laura Segala and Charlie Johnson. Also, special thanks to the Coon Rapids VFW staff for hosting this event.
The 2018 Road To Memphis Band Challenge will be held on Sunday, April 29 @ Wilebski's Blues Saloon .
— Jake Jacobson
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