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Minnesota Blues Society Annual Business Meeting/Holiday Party

The event will be held at Wilebski's Blues Saloon on Sunday December 5th at 1 PM.
Music provided by Inside Straight with The Big Horns (Rose Duffy, "Zoot" Simonds,
and Rand Evenson).

Holiday Party Covid Protocols

We want to be able to gather safely as a community. In consultation with public health professionals, MnBS Directors, and a variety of staff and volunteers, we have developed the following plan for this event. We have a strong desire to keep all attendees safe and prevent transmission in any way possible. If you plan to attend on December 5th we encourage you to:
- Be fully vaccinated
- If not vaccinated, obtain Covid testing within the 72 hours preceding the Party.

Please do not attend the event if you have a positive Covid test or any Covid symptoms within the 72 hours preceding the Party.
Please do not attend if you have been exposed to someone diagnosed with Covid in the 72 hours preceding the Party.
We hope to have a successful and safe Party for everyone. There will be hand sanitizer and masks available at the door. Please wear a mask when you aren’t seated.
The Minnesota Blues Society will revise this policy if the Covid numbers in Minnesota increase. The Board of Directors of the Minnesota Blues Society thanks you for your understanding and cooperation to make this event safe for all of us.

Steve Leutgeb
President – Minnesota Blues Society

(11/7/2021)


Mark Halverson
MnBS Board Member Dies in Motorcycle Accident
7/27/1951 — 11/6/2021
Mark Halverson
Mark Halverson
Riverbend Blues Festival, Mankato, MN
July 2, 2011

Halverson, Mark Clarence Age 70, of Mankato, died November 6, 2021 in Mankato. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Mark was born July 27, 1951 in St. Peter, Minnesota to Clarence and Florence Halverson. He graduated from St. Peter High School in 1969. He completed his bachelor's degree at Mankato State University in 1973 and received his law degree from Hamline University School of Law in 1980. Following his education, Mark practiced law in Mankato until his death. He was a founder and attorney for the Save the Kasota Prairie Organization in which he helped establish in his early years as an attorney. During his summers in law school, Mark worked on the Alaskan railroad. He loved all trains which was a passion that continued throughout his life. Later in life, Mark volunteered as a trainman for the Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway. Mark was also a beer and baseball enthusiast. For many years he was a season ticket holder for the Mankato Moondogs and Minnesota Twins. He especially loved Twins spring training in Florida.

Mark Halverson
File photo from Mankato Free Press

Mark will be remembered as a blues music lover. He was a DJ on KMSU in which he hosted his own show, Blues Before Monday. He also sat on the Minnesota Blues Society Board. He took any and every chance to attend live music events. Mark was also passionate about politics. He was a strong supporter of the Minnesota DFL party and served as the chairman of the Blue Earth County DFL. Most importantly, Mark did everything he could to help others. If you were fortunate enough to be his friend, Mark was loyal and always there for anyone who needed him. He was a true friend. Mark is survived by his wife, Roylene Champeaux; stepdaughter, Anne (Drew Pinney) Hartman of Santa Cruz, California; grandchildren, Nick and Cameron; brother, Dean Halverson of Kasota; and all of his many loving friends. Mark was preceded in death by his parents. Mankato Mortuary is assisting the family.

Published on November 10, 2021

Obituary from the Minneapolis Tribune.

(11/11/21)

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Local blues musicians featured in
Twin Cities Film Fest movie

A few years ago, on a very cold day in the beginning of March, Craig Clark, Allen Kirk, Lonesome Dan Kase, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Jon Erikson joined a film company in the basement of a Seven Corners comedy bar on the West Bank to shoot a scene in which they jammed with the lead actor, Sam Bardwell.

That movie, "Sold Out," premiered last month at the Twin Cities Film Fest and has now been released. It is available to be streamed on Amazon.

Congrats and thanks, as always, to the musicians for sharing their music. May many of us blues fans enjoy their scene and the entire movie!

(11/14/21)


Jay Walter & the Rectifiers Rectification
Chosen 2021 Best Self-Produced CD
Will Be Entered In
2022 IBC Competition In Memphis

Rectification CD

As with many events and competitions this past year, the annual "Best Self-Produced CD" competition was somewhat sparse in 2021. That's not to say that MnBS won't have great representation at 2022 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennesse. On the contrary, both of this year's competing CDs were of top quality.

The winner of the 2021 competition is Rectification by Jay Walter & the Rectifiers. The CD is comprised of eleven songs, six of which are originals by Jay Walter Wilkins, three are by Jay Walter Wilkins and John Franken, one is by John Franken and one is a Jimmy Reed tune, "Gonna Find My Baby".

The Rectifiers on this CD represent some of the finest blues musicians in Minnesota: Jay Walter Wilkins, is on vocals and harmonica; John Franken and Dan Schwalbe swap licks on guitar; John Schroder plays bass on four tracks with Chris Johnson on bass for the other seven tracks; Bruce McCabe is featured on piano and Hammond organ; and Victor Span is on drums.

Recorded at Jeremy Johnson's Barking Jack Studio in North St Paul, the overall sound has that no-nonsense, quality of the old Chicago blues recordings. The guitar work is dazzling throughout. Bruce McCabe's keyboard is particularly good on the "Mean Hearted Woman" track. The rhythm section is solid throughout the CD and Jay's vocals are strong and his harmonica solos are tight.

So even though Minnesota won't be represented at the 2022 Band and Solo/Duo Challenge, we still get to root for the Rectifiers in the "Best Self-Produced CD" Competition in Memphis. — Jake Jacobson

The other entry in this year's competition was:

(11/15/22)

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Blues Music Opportunities This Week
Sunday, November 21, 2021
4:00 PM 10K Brewing - Anoka, MN Jake Ilika Sunday Artist Residency
a road-tested solo acoustic act,
bringing roots of Americana music with folk, blues, alt-country and finger style guitar!
3:00 PM 331 Club - Minneapolis, MN Mikkel Beckmen and Adam - Play Songs of Lead Belly
Remembering the 1948 Mpls House Concert
10:00 AM Bleu Duck Kitchen - Rochester, MN Cole Allen
3:00 PM Bloomington VFW Post #1296 - Bloomington, MN The SuperJam is back with your host Jim Stairs and the SuperJam house Band featuring Bill Pelletier, Mike Velasquez, and Mick Zampogna!
9:30 PM Bunkers Music Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Dr Mambo's Combo (70s Soul, R&B, Dance) $10 cover - Soul / Funk
5:00 PM Dubliner Pub - St Paul, MN Phil Heywood
3:30 PM Lupine Brewing Company - Delano, MN Betty Danger
4:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN Friends in Recovery Music Festival
featuring Ramshackle Charmers - Grand Awful Boys - Chubby Dick & the Squealers
4:00 PM Neumann's Bar - North St Paul, MN Twang Time
8:00 PM Palmer's Bar - Minneapolis, MN Miss Myra and The Moonshiners
3:00 PM Rochester VFW Post #1215 - Rochester, MN The Gopher Tones Nogosek Fall Jam
featuring Smokin Coyotes 3:00 - 4:15
and Gopher Tones 4:30-6:30 with guest musicians sitting in.
4:00 PM Thirsty Buffalo Saloon - Scandia - Scandia, MN PK Mayo
Monday, November 22, 2021
8:00 PM 331 Club - Minneapolis, MN Roe Family Singers
6:30 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.
6:00 PM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blue Monday - KMSU Radio Remembering Mark Halverson
7:00 PM Midway Saloon - St Paul, MN Moses Oakland Open Mic Night - Every Monday
join Moses On Stage - Bring your instrument
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
7:00 PM 10K Brewing - Anoka, MN Betty Danger
7:00 PM Blues Saloon - St Paul, MN "The Greatest Jam On Earth"
Bring your instrument, Big dance floor, Food
No Cover
7:00 PM Manitou Grill & Event Center - White Bear Lake, MN PK Mayo O-Solo-Mayo every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month
6:00 PM Midway Saloon - St Paul, MN Mikkel Beckmen Workers Playtime Series w/ Mike Munson
7:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN Dirty Shorts Brass Band
6:00 PM Omni Brewing Company - Maple Grove, MN` The Good Time Gals duo
7:00 PM Terminal Bar - Minneapolis, MN Javier Trejo (Blues/Roots) Terminal Tuesdays
6:00 PM White Squirrel Bar - St Paul, MN Mary Cutrufello and Trevor McSpadden
10:00 PM Whitey's World Famous Saloon - Minneapolis, MN Open Jam - Jazz Roots Americana
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
7:00 PM 331 Club - Minneapolis, MN Harold's House Party Presents Nikki and the Ruemates annual Thanksgiving Eve party!
7:00 PM Anoka Hardware Store - Anoka, MN Steve Clarke & The Working Stiffs
7:00 PM Bloomington VFW Post #1296 - Bloomington, MN Inside Straight Blues Band w/ Rose Duffy on Sax!
6:00 PM Blues Saloon - St Paul, MN Greazy Gravy with Boom Boom Steve V
9:00 PM Bunkers Music Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Dylan Salfer $7 cover - Rock / Blues
7:00 PM Crooners Lounge & Supper Club - Fridley, MN Annie Mack Band - Soulful Roots-Blues, Singer/Songwriter Treasure
7:00 PM Fridley American Legion Post #303 - Fridley, MN Craig Clark Band Pre-Thanksgiving Bash
6:30 PM KJ's Hideaway - St Paul, MN Open Mic Night - Every Wednesday
Acoustic Only - Bring your instrument
12 slots / 10 minutes each
Sign Up When on Site - First Come First Serve
8:30 PM Manitou Grill & Event Center - White Bear Lake, MN Mayhill
6:00 PM Midway Saloon - St Paul, MN Pat Donohue and Friends,
hosting new guitar buddy David Feily and violin virtuoso Ernest Bisong for an extremely casual musical gathering.
6:30 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN The Good, The Bad, The Funky Annual "Funksgiving" Show
7:30 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN Catfish Troy
8:00 PM Shaw's Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Lisa Wenger The gang is playing together, Bruce, David, Mike, Jeff, Lisa, High Pockets, and Larry!!
6:00 PM SMOAK BBQ - Rochester, MN Betty Danger
7:00 PM Terminal Bar - Minneapolis, MN Wain McFarlane and Friends
7:00 PM Thesis Beer Project - Rochester, MN Mike Munson November Residency w/ Mikkel Beckmen
6:00 PM Welsch's Big Ten Tavern - Arden Hills, MN Red Hot Rock N Blues Jam hosted by Jimmy Love
8:00 PM Whitey's World Famous Saloon - Minneapolis, MN Alex Rossi The "So So Solo Show"
Every week at the neighborhood favorite. Expect friends and guest sit ins.
Thursday, November 25, 2021
9:00 PM Bunkers Music Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Jaybee & the Routine $8 cover - Soul / R&B
7:00 PM Driftwood Char Bar - Minneapolis, MN Lolo's Ghost
8:00 PM Dubliner Pub - St Paul, MN Jim McGowan
7:00 PM Palmer's Bar - Minneapolis, MN Front Porch Swingin Liquor Pigs Every Thursday Night - Free
7:00 PM Terminal Bar - Minneapolis, MN Wain McFarlane and Friends
6:00 PM Velveteen Speakeasy - Stillwater, MN The Moonshiners A lovely little weekly residency on the patio, indoors in case of weather!
Friday, November 26, 2021
6:00 PM AEGIR Brewing Company - Elk River, MN Nate Case
7:00 PM Blaine VFW Post #6316 - Blaine, MN The Decades
6:00 PM Blues Saloon - St Paul, MN Jonah and The Whales
8:00 PM BLVD Tavern - West St Paul - West St Paul, MN Ross William Perry
7:00 PM Dakota - Minneapolis, MN Nachito Herrera
7:00 PM Eagles Club #34 - Minneapolis, MN Swingin' On A Star
7:30 PM Fridley American Legion Post #303 - Fridley, MN Inside Straight Blues Band
6:00 PM Heartland Country Club - Lewiston, MN Doghouse Jon and The Misbehavers
7:30 PM James Ballentine VFW Post #246 - Minneapolis, MN Who Are They? with very special guests - Kinda Kinky
6:30 PM KJ's Hideaway - St Paul, MN Mia Dorr & the Funkin' Bluesers with a 2nd show at 9 PM
8:30 PM Manitou Grill & Event Center - White Bear Lake, MN Craig Clark Band
8:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN GB Leighton GBL Band has also been here 24 years!!
8:00 PM Neumann's Bar - North St Paul, MN Everett Smithson Band
5:45 PM Norm's Wayside Pizza - Buffalo, MN Phil Kitze with SPECIAL GUEST Mr. Mark
6:30 PM Palmer's Bar - Minneapolis, MN Catfish Troy Band following Detroit Don King
"Black Friday Blues"
A night of real deal classic deep blues done by the new and the old guard!
Doors 6:30pm. Detroit Don King 7-8:30. Catfish Troy Band 8:45-10:00
8:00 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN The Sofa Kings
8:00 PM Schuller's Tavern - Golden Valley, MN Helium For Liftoff Band
4:00 PM Sociable Cider Werks - Minneapolis, MN Mike Munson Sociable Cider Werks Anniversary Party
7:30 PM The Mudd Room - Mendota, MN Heroe's End
Saturday, November 27, 2021
8:00 PM 201 Tavern - Anoka, MN Craig Clark Band
6:00 PM AEGIR Brewing Company - Elk River, MN Mike Munson
7:00 PM Blaine VFW Post #6316 - Blaine, MN GB Leighton
7:00 PM Bloomington VFW Post #1296 - Bloomington, MN The R Factor
8:00 PM BLVD Tavern - West St Paul - West St Paul, MN Tom Harkness
7:00 PM Brothers Bar and Grill - Rochester, MN Push and Turn
9:00 PM Bunkers Music Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Mick Sterling & the Stud Brothers
8:00 PM Columbia Heights VFW Post #230 - Columbia Heights, MN The New Feral Cats
5:30 PM Crooners Lounge & Supper Club - Fridley, MN Pop Wagner Tavern Trio - Iconic MN Folk Singer-Songwriter
8:30 PM First Avenue & 7th Street Entrance - Minneapolis, MN The Cactus Blossoms
10:00 AM Hell's Kitchen - Minneapolis, MN Jeff Ray & the Stakes
8:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN High & Mighty 20 years here at MMC
8:00 PM Neumann's Bar - North St Paul, MN The Authorities
7:00 PM Roseville VFW - Roseville, MN Pat McLaughlin Solo acoustic gig
8:00 PM Schuller's Tavern - Golden Valley, MN Wain McFarlane
6:30 PM Taste of Rondo - St Paul, MN Detroit Don King
7:30 PM The Mudd Room - Mendota, MN Denny McGovern
3:00 PM Washington Square - White Bear Lake, MN Scottie Miller Solo
7:30 PM Wicked Wort Brewing Company - Robbinsdale, MN Betty Danger
7:00 PM Winona Arts Center - Winona, MN Mike Munson *ticketed show*
Sunday, November 28, 2021
4:00 PM 10K Brewing - Anoka, MN Jake Ilika Sunday Artist Residency
a road-tested solo acoustic act,
bringing roots of Americana music with folk, blues, alt-country and finger style guitar!
9:30 PM Bunkers Music Bar & Grill - Minneapolis, MN Dr Mambo's Combo (70s Soul, R&B, Dance) $10 cover - Soul / Funk
8:00 PM Dubliner Pub - St Paul, MN The Good Time Gals trio
Monday, November 29, 2021
8:00 PM 331 Club - Minneapolis, MN Roe Family Singers
6:30 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.
6:00 PM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blue Monday - KMSU Radio Remembering Mark Halverson
7:00 PM Midway Saloon - St Paul, MN Moses Oakland Open Mic Night - Every Monday
join Moses On Stage - Bring your instrument

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