Minnesota Blues Society Contacts & Business

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Next Board Meeting:
Thursday, August 12, 6:30 pm
Via Zoom

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84015072842?
Meeting ID: 840 1507 2842
Password: 669058

Those with business to present to the Board should contact the President:

2021 MnBS Board of Directors

* Filling vacancy for Kent Kapitan

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Mail Address:

P.O. BOX 580704

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Documents & Policies

[Internet Communications/Advertising Policy]
[MnBS Bylaws (Amended 12/6/2020)]
[Sponsorship Guidelines (Adopted 3/7/2011)]
[MnBS In-Kind Sponsorship Agreement]
[How To Process A MnBS Membership (08/04/2014)]

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Membership Database

Board of Directors' Biographies

Steve Leutgeb


After retiring from my machinist career in June 2014, I was able to pursue my love of music to a much greater degree. I had grown up with interests in rock and jazz and found that both were based in the blues. I was able to go to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge in 2015, where I met many members and musicians from the MnBS. We had such a great time that I got more involved in MnBS events and was later asked to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors.

In my time on the Board I have helped to organize and work at all of our annual events. I have been a volunteer at the Road To Memphis competitions, the annual picnic, Lowertown Bluesfest, and various fundraising activities. I hope to meet more of our members and I will work to get even more people involved in the Minnesota Blues Society and to help them find the joy of the music and the friendships that come from being a member of the Minnesota Blues Society.

Linda Tannebaum


Linda Tannenbaum, Succumbed to cancer, Thursday, May 27, 2021
Many of you knew Linda Tannenbaum as a kind and gentle person who was a friend to all. Linda was the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Blues Society. She brought her many talents to us as a retired social worker and attorney. She was a dear friend and someone who you could confide in at any time. Linda passed away May 27th 2021 after a brief battle with cancer. Very unexpected. She was being treated with chemotherapy when her body systems began to shut down. She was given comfort care for her last 24 hours. A service for her was held Saturday June 5th at 2 PM. Thank you





Deb Hills


My name is Deb Hills. It has been a joy to serve on the board since 2008. Last year, I took on the task of being secretary, which keeps me updated of everything that is going on. I look forward to continuing to serve as a director, secretary, volunteer, and member of various committees. I also do some graphic work for the society, which helps keep the Minnesota Blues Society visually present as well as promoting the fabulous musicians we work with. I enjoy volunteering at the events and meeting new people within the blues community. We have such a strong blues presence in the Twin Cities and it is my hope that we can spread out our mission of supporting the blues culture throughout the entire state on Minnesota.



Richard Schaefer


My name is Richard Schaefer. I am presently serving as President of the MnBS Board of Directors. I have been a member of the Minnesota Blues Society since 2009, on the Board of Directors since 2011 and a Lifetime Member.

As a leading officer of the Society I have multiple opportunities to observe the daily challenges our organization encounters. While we have grown in membership the future choices that become necessary to define our direction need to be carefully charted. Securing our accounting system, expanding our web and social network reach, and defining strategic objectives are examples of projects that will help ensure the viability and sustainability of the Minnesota Blues Society. I would like the opportunity to promote these items, and more.

The Blues Society has multiple events throughout the year. From Blues for Kids, Road To Memphis, the Hall of Fame ceremony, periodic fundraisers, picnics and sponsored activities our membership has been supportive and growing during its first twelve years of existence. I have seen the leadership and hard work that makes this Society successful and I want to remain a part of its future.

The Hall of Fame committee has been especially rewarding as I have been able to meet, and speak with, some of the finest Blues artists in the State of Minnesota. Being able to recognize the work and passion that our Awardees have endeavored to achieve while they encourage and mentor the rising talent that keeps our region vibrant, has been very gratifying to our committee and members. Maintaining the prestige and integrity of the Hall of Fame will require an imaginative approach that recognizes the past, present and future.

For the past seven years I have traveled to Memphis to enjoy the Blues Foundation International Blues Competition while meeting blues fans both nationally and internationally. Recently I’ve gotten the opportunity to join the volunteers that provide the backbone of the IBC and hope to participate again this January.

I feel extremely fortunate to belong to this group. I have made many new friends, been given a chance to meet talented musicians, and observed the power of volunteerism when the blues community comes together for supporting our mutual causes. The success and growth of the Society is very important to me.

The mission statement of the Society reads in part "…to preserve, commemorate, educate, celebrate and promote the past, present and future of Blues music in Minnesota." I pledge to uphold this objective if given the opportunity.

John Bennett


I have a wealth of banking experience and understand the meaning of providing value added service. I am known as a great “connector” who uses his large sphere of influence to match problems to solutions. In addition to helping businesses, I’ve worked closely with area nonprofit organizations. I’m dedicated to working with nonprofit directors and boards, I have strong skills in development services and fundraising. A few of my Professional Affiliations are St. Paul Port Authority, Board Chair; St. Paul Police Foundation, board member; Lowertown Blues and Funk Festival, Board Chair; Minnesota Blues Society member and the Andy and Bing Holiday concert. Various achievements are: King Boreas 68, St. Paul Winter Carnival, Louis Collette Award Winner-Fund Development and Community Service, Spurgeon Award Winner, Boy Scouts of America and Kentucky Colonel Award Winner for Community Service

My special interests include nature, guitar, conversational Spanish, volunteering and networking.

Sue Bujold


I am Sue Bujold and am proud to be an appointed member of the board. I have just retired after 35+ years as a middle school choir teacher. Even though I am a classically trained musician, I have always loved blues music. I hope to bring the organizational, project completion, and communication skills that I developed as an educator to the work of the board. I have experience with website design and maintenance and have always been an avid user of technology to make tasks more efficient. I have been involved with the Dee Miller Band for several years which has given me experience with “the behind the scene” blues world. I have volunteered for several events and am looking forward to be more involved with the Minnesota Blues Society.



Mark Halverson


I have resided at the bend of the Great River in Mankato where I have been a practicing attorney for many years. I am concluding my first term as a Director of the Minnesota Blues Society. While the logistics have been somewhat challenging, I have enjoyed the experience, especially getting to know and working with the wonderful individuals on the board and the numerous dedicated members whose efforts make the organization dynamic. I believe I can continue to serve effectively on the Board.

First and foremost, I have been a blues fan for as long as I have been a music fan. I lived close to the West Bank when it was the blues epicenter of the Twin Cities. I was able to see all of the Twin Cities bands of the time and some national acts as they passed through.

Before there were many blues festivals, I would always gravitate to blues acts at what were called folk or jazz festivals. I attended every Winnipeg Folk Festival during the 1980s (that festival included a healthy portion of blues). Later, I attended the first Chicago Blues Festival and have attended most since. While I drove by the first Bayfront Blues Festival I elected not to stop for logistic reasons, I did make the second one, and almost all since.

Beyond Fandom, I have devoted significant time and resources to promoting or facilitating blues. My primary blues activity overall has been hosting and producing six hours of weekly blues radio programming on an independent public radio network for almost 27 years.

I owned and operated the iconic south-shore Lake Superior club Brokedown Palace for several years beginning in 1989. During that time, I became well acquainted with most Wisconsin and Minnesota blues acts, many of whom are still active. I have maintained personal friendships with many of those people.

I have organized and produced many blues events. The Blues Before Monday Performance Series has through a combination of donations, grants and support from KMSU/KMSK brought some of the finest blues acts to the Mankato area I have emceed many events, written numerous articles about blues matters for Blues On Stage (still archived), Blue Monday and other publication.

All in all, I feel up to the task of another term on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Blues Society.

John Hogg


Hi there everybody! My name is John Hogg. I love the blues and I have been involved with the Minnesota Blues Society since 2016 and have taken on the Chairman duties of the Membership Committee, as a volunteer, which at that time was run by Jake Jacobson. I became a Lifetime Member October of 2016. It has been very rewarding to be able to manage the membership of the Society, which I expect to be able to continue doing for the foreseeable future. In our last Board of Directors meeting due to a vacancy that has occurred I volunteered to be a director to fill that vacancy until the end of that term. The board has accepted me for this directorship. I will continue to perform my role as Chairman of the Membership Committee. I look forward to working with the board and members of the Society.



Lynne Oldre-Mortenson





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