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Greg Beach
05/30/1949 — 05/02/2021
Greg Beach

Gregory “Greg” “G” Lee Beach, 71, of West St. Paul, passed away on May 2nd, 2021 after a long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was the only child of John and Sarah (née Ayers) Beach, born on May 30, 1949 in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania. Greg worked in various positions throughout his life, most notably as a Minnesota State Employee until his retirement. His love of music was a cornerstone in his life, so many that knew him recall memories of him on stage, or wandering around the house, with his bass guitar in hand. He fondly shared stories of attending Woodstock, teaching himself to play the bass, and reminiscing about various gigs. Greg loved the Far Side comics and “dad jokes”, filling the air with his laughter. He had a passion for reading and random trivia; he loved to share that knowledge with anyone that was interested in a good conversation or debate.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy, daughter Amanda Jepson (Jacob), son James Richards (Angie), stepdaughter Tina Peterson (Cory), stepdaughter Denise Hickerson (Tony), stepdaughter Jessica Osen (Branden), and stepson Curtis Shefland (Chantell). He was always exuberantly happy to be grandpa to Zoe, Penelope, Tristen, Claire, Phillip, Cherokee, Tiarah, Toniea, Denaé, Tony 2, Denzel, Javon, Monte, Hunter, and Caleb; and great grandfather to Akelius, Cherokee II, Dezinaya, Shamaria, Kyra, DJ, and Jasiah. He was preceded in death by John Beach, Sarah Beach, and the beloved Mr. Kitty Lee.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, May 8th 2-5 PM at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 235 Wentworth Ave. W., West St. Paul, MN 55118, (651) 457-7938.

“We're living our dreams, My mind's stopped aching, That's how it happened living life by the drop.” -Stevie Ray Vaughn "

From Amanda Jepson

(05/07/2021)

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History of Blues in Minnesota
Book Project - "Help Wanted"
Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame ‘Keeping the Blues Alive’ award recipient, Charlie Lawson would appreciate if you could give him a hand. Charlie is a West Bank alum from the ‘60s and 70s and has lived the Blues and been ‘inside’ the genre for decades. Now he is undertaking an ambitious project to document Minnesota’s Blues History from the 1960s to the present.

He’s teamed up with ‘Hurricane’ Harold and they are looking for individuals that can share some skills in the editing, photography, interviewing and design fields.

They received some good literature and background info a couple months ago and would love to have more goodies related to blues in Minnesota. If you have any archival material (e.g., photos, posters, ticket stubs, articles, etc.) to share, they would be appreciated (scans are great, you can keep your memorabilia). Anecdotes, referrals and ideas would be greatly valued as well. (Maybe you’ll find yourself credited in the acknowledgements of the published book)

Contact Charlie Lawson at: CPLawson2004@yahoo.com or call/text at 651-252-8562. Please put the word “Blues” in the Subject line.

(05/02/2021)

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Blues Music Opportunities This Week
Monday, May 17, 2021

6:00 PM Apple Valley American Legion Post #1776 - Apple Valley, MN The Apple Jam Big ballroom, better sound/acoustics, lots of tables and full eat and drink service!!

7:00 PM Bogey's - Lilydale, MN Bogeys Lounge Blues Jam
Join Johnny Mac, Kent Dougherty, Tom Harkness, and Nick Zwack for a ripping good jam.

11:30 AM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Break - KMSU Radio Your midday Blues oasis

6:00 PM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blue Monday - KMSU Radio Hosted by Mark Halverson (Marconi M. Milquetoast)

7:30 PM Live Streaming Show - Internet, USA Joe Flip Every Monday at 7:30pm - https://www.facebook.com/JoeFlipMusic/live
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

11:30 AM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Break - KMSU Radio Your midday Blues oasis

6:00 PM Midway Saloon - St Paul, MN Mikkel Beckmen Worker's Playtime -
In the Empty Lot Next to the Midway Saloon
Mike Munson

7:00 PM Terminal Bar - Minneapolis, MN Javier Trejo (Blues/Roots) Terminal Tuesdays

7:00 PM Wilebski's Blues Saloon - St Paul, MN The Wilebski's Jam and Dance
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

11:30 AM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Break - KMSU Radio Your midday Blues oasis

6:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN Jaybee & the Routine featuring Jellybean Johnson

7:30 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN 2 & 1/2 Brains

6:00 PM Welsch's Big Ten Tavern - Arden Hills, MN Red Hot Rock N Blues Jam hosted by Jimmy Love
Thursday, May 20, 2021

7:00 PM 10K Brewing - Anoka, MN Betty Danger

7:00 PM B-Dale Club - Roseville, MN Mark Stary Acoustic One Man Band - Bluesy, Funky Rock & Roll

8:00 PM Crooners Lounge & Supper Club - Fridley, MN Joyann Parker Band

7:00 PM Fireside Getaway - Forest Lake, MN PK Mayo Will be playing here every third Thursday of the month. Come and enjoy great food, drink and music.

11:30 AM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Break - KMSU Radio Your midday Blues oasis

5:00 PM KUMD Radio - Duluth, MN Beale Street Caravan - KUMD Radio Also on Saturdays at 3 PM

6:00 PM Medina Entertainment Center - Hamel, MN The Jorgensens on the Patio

7:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN ***Sumo Seven***
EVERY THURSDAY - Mary Elias Happy Hour Party 5-7!!

7:00 PM Palmer's Bar - Minneapolis, MN Front Porch Swingin Liquor Pigs Every Thursday Night - Free

6:00 PM Smokey's Pub & Grill - East Bethel, MN TBD

7:00 PM Terminal Bar - Minneapolis, MN Wain McFarlane and Friends
Friday, May 21, 2021

7:30 PM BLVD Tavern - West St Paul, MN Ross William Perry Band

5:00 PM City House - St Paul, MN Kendra Glenn

8:00 PM Crooners Lounge & Supper Club - Fridley, MN Joyann Parker Band

6:00 PM Dock and Paddle - St Paul, MN Happy Hour w/ Daddy Squeeze

7:00 PM Eagles Club #34 - Minneapolis, MN Swingin' On A Star

4:00 PM Keller Grille - Maplewood, MN Drew Peterson on the Patio

11:30 AM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Break - KMSU Radio Your midday Blues oasis

8:00 PM Manitou Grill & Event Center - White Bear Lake, MN Craig Clark Band

7:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN 70s Magic Sunshine Band

7:00 PM Music in the Park (Prior Lake) - Prior Lake, MN GB Leighton

6:00 PM Palmer's Bar - Minneapolis, MN The Brass Messengers with special guest Jack Klatt

6:00 PM The Blue Boat - Mankato, MN United by Blood

7:00 PM The Mudd Room - Mendota Heights, MN James Brown

5:00 PM Whip Blues Radio - Manchester, NH Hammered By The Blues Rebroadcast on the Wordwide WHIP Radio Network
Saturday, May 22, 2021

7:00 PM 10K Brewing - Anoka, MN Matt Schatza Trio

5:00 PM 331 Club - Minneapolis, MN Dan Israel Acoustic on the Patio

8:30 PM Birds Bar - Superior, WI Brother Jon Band

7:30 PM BLVD Tavern - West St Paul, MN Joe Flip

3:00 PM Brookside Bar & Grill - Marine On St Croix, MN Bluedog

7:00 PM Brothers Bar and Grill - Rochester, MN Don Scott Celebrating 50 years playing Blues!!

3:30 PM Buffalo American Legion Post - Buffalo, MN Everett Smithson Band Car show

7:00 PM Corks & Pints - Faribault, MN Miss Myra Duo

8:30 PM Crooners Lounge & Supper Club - Fridley, MN Scottie Miller Poetry-Piano in the Dunsmore Room

9:00 PM Down South Bar and Grill - New Germany, MN Ledfoot Larry

7:00 PM Eagles Club #34 - Minneapolis, MN Brian Naughton Band

7:00 PM Forager Brewing Company - Rochester, MN Gina & Carly

7:00 PM Hook & Ladder - Minneapolis, MN Paul Cebar 'Under the Canopy' Series -
with special guest Siama Matuzungidi

12:00 AM KBEM Radio - Minneapolis, MN Smokestack Lightnin' - KBEM Radio with Tommy Thompson, Paul Newnum, Rob McKinney & Marvin Rooks - the team presents ‘The Best Blues in the World’

3:00 AM KBEM Radio - Minneapolis, MN Blues Before Sunrise - KBEM Radio with Steve Cushing - blues heritage showcase, presenting recordings from the beginning of recorded music up to about 1970

3:00 PM KBEM Radio - Minneapolis, MN American Routes - KBEM Radio with Nick Spitzer - Insightful interviews and features in the fields of folk, rock, country, jazz, blues, gospel and Zydeco

6:00 PM KTNF Radio - St Louis Park, MN Wall of Power Radio Hour - KTNF Radio with Paul Metsa - music, entertainment, and cool people from all walks of life

12:00 PM KUMD Radio - Duluth, MN Saturday Afternoon Blues - KUMD Radio

7:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN Legacy of the Loud!

9:00 PM Mooney's Rusty Horse Bar & Grill - Spring Valley, WI Ross William Perry Band

3:00 PM P.D. Pappy's - Stillwater, MN Dave Burkart on the Poopdeck

7:30 PM Route 65 Pub & Grub - East Bethel, MN Snak Attack (R&B)

7:00 PM Smitty's Bar & Grill - Chisago City, MN Craig Clark Band

2:00 PM Smokey's Pub & Grill - East Bethel, MN The Jesse Lee Band

7:00 PM The Blue Boat - Mankato, MN Lost Walleyes

7:00 PM The Mudd Room - Mendota Heights, MN Talia Jackson

5:00 PM Three Twenty Brewing - Pine City, MN Betty Danger
Sunday, May 23, 2021

3:00 PM Brookside Bar & Grill - Marine On St Croix, MN Riverside Swing Band

1:00 PM Brookview Winery - Milaca, MN Betty Danger

4:00 PM Crooners Lounge & Supper Club - Fridley, MN Nachito Herrera and again at 7 pm.

7:00 PM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Before Monday - KMSU Radio The cure for your end of the weekend blues

3:00 PM P.D. Pappy's - Stillwater, MN The Jorgensens

6:00 PM Palmer's Bar - Minneapolis, MN Miss Myra and The Moonshiners and The Good Time Gals

6:00 PM Route 47 - Fridley, MN Roy's Majik Jam Shop Jam Shop is Open!! Blues Jam Every Sunday 6-10

2:00 PM Up the Creek Grill & Bar - Silver Creek, MN Everett Smithson Band Trio

10:00 AM WHYS Radio - Eau Claire, WI Blues On Sunday w/ Snapshot Best station in the valley
Monday, May 24, 2021

6:00 PM Apple Valley American Legion Post #1776 - Apple Valley, MN The Apple Jam Big ballroom, better sound/acoustics, lots of tables and full eat and drink service!!

7:00 PM Bogey's - Lilydale, MN Bogeys Lounge Blues Jam
Join Johnny Mac, Kent Dougherty, Tom Harkness, and Nick Zwack for a ripping good jam.

11:30 AM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Break - KMSU Radio Your midday Blues oasis

6:00 PM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blue Monday - KMSU Radio Hosted by Mark Halverson (Marconi M. Milquetoast)

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