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Happy 4th of July
John Garden
John Garden of Rhythm Roosters
The Rhythm Roosters
The Mini Apple Rhythm Section
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Friday, July 3, 9 pm
Tony Houle
& the Hitmen
@ Schooner Tavern
Friday, July 3, 9 pm
Tony Houle
Pat Hayes Lamont Cranston Band
@ Gull Dam Brewing
Nisswa, MN
Saturday, July 4, 6 pm
Armadillo Jump
Lakefront Park
Hudson, WI
Saturday, July 4, 1:30 pm
Armadillo Jump
Curtis Blake Greazy Gravy w/ Curtis Blake
Rosetown American Legion
Saturday, July 4, 3 pm
Everett Smithson Band
Roseville Central Park
Saturday, July 4, 5 pm
Everett Smithson Band
Thunderbay Festival 2015 14th Annual Thunder Bay Blues Fest
July 3-5
Johnny Reid, Allen Frew, The Paul Deslauriers Band, The Boardroom Gypsies Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Alan Doyle, The Walkervilles, Kelly Richey Band, Brother Yusef, Brandon Niederaur Band, The Groove Merchants, Loose CannonPaul Rodgers, Doyle Bramhall II, Walter Trout, The Sheepdogs, The Brothers Landreth, Jordan John, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, The Krazy Kenny Project


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2016 Road to Memphis Youth Showcase Competition
2015 Youth Showcase Challenge Poster
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The Minnesota Blues Society is sponsoring a solo/duo/band to participate in the "Youth Showcase" at the International Blues Challenge (IBC), Memphis in January 2016.

Finalists will compete on July 26, 2015 at the Minnesota Music Café.

For all of the details see: www.mnbs.org/2015YouthShowcase.html

Deadline for entry is: Wednesday, July 8, 2015, midnight.


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Picnic Poster 2015
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Save The Date:
Sunday, July 19
Minnesota Blues Society
Annual Picnic & Food Drive
@ Rosetown American Legion

Music By Big George Jackson Band
w/ Special Guest: Kathy Smithson

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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

Lowertown Blues Festival
Adds Dee Miller Band To Lineup
The Lowertown Blues Festival has announced the winner of the Battle of the Blues Band and the victor is the Dee Miller Band. They earned the coveted slot during a spirited blues band competition held at Famous Dave’s, with runner-up Sweet Tea Band, followed by Squishy Mud and The Mini Apple Rhythm Section. Dee’s band will perform on the Main Stage along with acclaimed blues veterans Elvin Bishop and Walter Trout. Minnesota Blues Society, a proud sponsor of the Lowertown Blues Festival, is pleased to welcome everyone to the free event. Mark your calendar now for Saturday, July 25th, Mears Park in downtown St. Paul. www.lowertownbluesfestival.com/ or www.facebook.com/LowertownBluesFestivalRichard Schaefer Dee Miller Band @ Famous Dave's
Photo by Chris Brauer


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The 2nd Annual Lowertown Blues Festival will be held on July 25th at Mears Park in St Paul. We want to blanket businesses around the Twin Cities with posters for this event. If you would be willing to tack up a few posters at grocery stores, laundromats, music stores, libraries etc. (with their permission, of course), contact: or


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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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How Sweet It Is …

Joyann Parker of Sweet Tea
Joyann Parker of Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea Band
Takes Road To Memphis
2015 Band Challenge

It is a treat each year to see a showcase of local talent perform at the Road To Memphis Challenge. This year Sweet Tea won a very close competition with RAMM Band finishing second and Bluedog finishing third. Completing the day's entertainment were Fattenin' Frogs, Jimmi and the Band of Souls and Squishy Mud. All first rate acts. Many thanks to the judges, timekeepers, scorekeepers, Vig Guitars, The Drum Loft, the staff at Wilebski's Blues Saloon, Ted Wilebski, Jim Pinckney, Ken Tritz, Richard Schaefer, the volunteers and all of the audience members who showed up on a spectacular April afternoon. More pictures and a complete recap will be posted in the near future on the web site. — Jake Jacobson


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And The Winner Is …

Curtis Marlatt

Louisville "White Lightning" Curtis

The judges' selection for the 2015 Road To Memphis Solo/Duo Challenge winner is Louisville "White Lightning" Curtis (Marlatt). First runners-up are Brother Sun Sister Moon and second runners-up are Mark Cameron & Bill Keyes.

It was a suprisingly good turn out on an exceptionally nice afternoon at The Lodge in Robbinsdale. Many thanks to The Lodge staff, Vig Guitars, the volunteers, judges, audience members and all of the other participating acts for making this a successful event once again this year. A more complete review of the event and more photos will be posted in the near future at www.mnbs.org. — Jake Jacobson


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