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Happy Summer Solstice!
Mark Cameron

MnBS 2016 Road to Memphis Challenge Winners
Mark Cameron Band
@ Blues & BBQ Summerfest
Wednesday, June 22, 7 pm
Javier & the Innocent Sons
Javier & the Innocent Sons
@ Viking Bar
Thursday, June 23, 8:30 pm
Charles Lawson

Charles Lawson Resurfaces
Spinning Records
@ Barely Brothers Records
- Fri., June 24, 5 pm
Charles Lawson & Crazy Snakes Allstars
@ Barely Brothers Records
- Sat., June 25, 2 pm
Charles Lawson & the Slender Men
@ Dubliner Pub
- Sun., June 26, 5 pm
Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy
@ Minnesota Zoo
Friday, June 24, 7 pm
Thicky White
David Stone & Thicky White
(Outlaw Country & Blues)

CD Release
@ Palmer's Bar
Friday, June 24, 9 pm
Scottie Miller
Scottie Miller Band
@ Tally's Dockside
Saturday, June 25, 6 pm
Inside Straight
Inside Straight Blues Band
@ Muddy Waters Bar & Grill
Sunday, June 26, 4 pm
Rena Haus
Rena Haus
w/ The Gang of Mischief

An Acoustic Delight
On A Sunday Afternoon

Gang of Mischief
@ Neumann's Bar
Sunday, June 26, 4 pm
Paul Mayasich
CD Release Concert
Paul Mayasich
w/ Joe Luoma, Hye Pockets, John Wright,
Lisi Wright, Toby Marshall, Al Oikari

@ Kellerman Event Center
Sunday, June 26, 3 pm


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GoFundMe Campaign For Lonnie Knight
Lonnie KnightThe friends and family of Lonnie Knight ask you to join us in supporting Lonnie’s fight against esophageal cancer.

You most likely know Lonnie as one of Minnesota’s finest musicians. He is a stellar guitar player, singer and songwriter who has earned several Minnesota Awards for best guitarist. He has produced many CDs and his music has touched hearts around the world.

We have been blessed by Lonnie’s music for decades. Let’s join together to give Lonnie the gift of life and in return we will continue to enjoy the blessings of his music and the joy of living life together. — from Joan Hanson

Donate at: https://www.gofundme.com/28cw7dw


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Coming at the End of June

Golden Stare Lone Star Revue

Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue
w/ Mark HummelLittle Charlie Baty
& Anson Funderburgh

@ The Parkway Theater
Wed., June 29, 8 pm

Advance tickets available in-person
at Peptio's Restaurant
on-line at: www.vitalculture.com
Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling
Doug Deming
& the Jewel Tones
w/ Dennis Gruenling

Wed., June 29, 8 pm
@ Minnesota Music Café


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Stuff in July
MnBS Annual Picnic Poster 2016 links
R.S.V.P. Form: http://www.mnbs.org/form6/rsvp2016.html
Volunteers Needed!!
If you would be interested in helping out at our Annual Picnic on July 17 or the following week at the Lowertown Blues Festival on July 23, please contact:

These are both major events for MnBS and we really could use some help from our membership to schedule enough people to guarantee that everybody has a fun time at these events.
Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest 2016
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Festival to Honor Veterans
Vets Fest Poster 2016

A music festival called VetsFest, will take place on July 2, 2016 at Richard B. Walton Park, 1584 Hadley Avenue, Oakdale MN 55128. There will be live music from the Pat McLaughlin Band, The Everett Smithson Band, and RAMM Band. There will be a vintage warplane flyover, and multiple Huey (Vietnam era) helicopter landings. Food and beverages are available, and there will be an opportunity to have your picture taken in cockpit of a fighter jet.

The festival is free of charge, and all are encouraged to attend to honor our nation's veterans. Opening ceremonies begin at 11am and continue until the closing ceremony at 6pm. This is a family event brought to you by the non-profit Vets for Music and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. For more information go to: VetsFest.org.


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Got A New CD Release? Think It's A Winner?
CD Competition Banner
From now until September 30, 2016, 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

2016 MnBS Youth Showcase Results
Colin Campbell
Colin Campbell & the Shackletons
Are Heading To Memphis
Representing Minnesota as
The Youth Showcase Band
@ The 2017 International Blues Challenge
The 2016 Youth Showcase Challenge was held at The Lodge in Robbinsdale on Sunday, May 15 with four (under 21) acts participating: Seis Leches, Discovery Club, Colin Campbell & the Shackletons and I.T.

The panel of judges, Nigel Egg, Steve Faison , Ross William Perry and Joyann Parker, selected Colin Campbell & the Shackletons as the act to represent Minnesota at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. First runners-up were Discovery Club followed by Seis Leches and I.T.

Our thanks to the judges; sound guys, Roger Kozel and Tim Reigstad; emcee, Mark Hebert; scorekeeper, Barry Tannenbaum; time-keeper, Tim Flanagan; merch-table person, Linda Tannenbaum; door-guy, Mark Felton; the folks at The Lodge and the-man-who-put-it-all-together, Steve Leutgeb.

As always, special thanks to all of the fans who showed up to support the musicians. Thanks for bringing the cake, Suzanne and Happy Birthday, Richard!


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The Results Are In! It's The Mark Cameron Band.
Mark Cameron Band
The Mark Cameron Band will be representing Minnesota at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

On April 24, 2016 the joint was jumping as the Minnesota Music Café hosted the MnBS 2016 Road To Memphis Band Challenge.
With Mark Cameron Band placing first, the first runner-up was Lisa Wenger Band followed by Harrison Street and The Gopher Tones. The competition was very close with all of the acts turning in high quality, high energy performances.

Special thanks to Steve Leutgeb and Kathy Krauter for organizing this event. Thanks to Infinity Drumworks and Vig Guitars for providing backline equipment. Thanks to the judges: Jacquie Maddix, Shirley Smith, Jim Stairs, John Lindberg, Richelle Slinger and Chad Nordstrom. We would also like to acknowledge and thank: Tim Flanagan, time keeper; Barry Tannenbaum, score keeper; Mark Halverson, emcee; Linda Tannenbaum, merchandise table; Luke Braulick, front door; the staff at MMC and all the other volunteers who participated in making this event so successful. And, as always, thanks to the blues music fans who turned out to support this great event.


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2016 Road To Memphis Duo Winners
Mikkel and Micheal
Mikkel Beckmen and Mike Munson were selected to represent the State of Minnesota at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The Challenge competition was held at Schuller's Tavern on Sunday, April 10, 2016. The other musicians competing were Nigel Egg and the duo of Jimmi Langemo & Nate Heinz. Trevor Marty was a late scratch from the competition.

Thanks to the judges; Judy Cedar, Rena Haus, Dan Schwalbe, Harold Tremblay, Glenn Elvig and Bambi Alexandra; to score keeper, Barry Tannenbaum; time keeper, Tim Flanagan; emcee, Ellie O'Brien; all of the volunteers and the staff at Schuller's for helping to make this event a success. Special thanks to Steve Leutgeb and Kathy Krauter for the hours they spent organizing the event. Last but not least, thank you to the blues enthusiasts who came out to support the music and cheer the acts on.

Next Up: 2016 MnBS Road To Memphis Band Challenge, April 24, 3 pm
@ Minnesota Music Café.


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Now Available!
Mn Blues Society Compilation Vol: 1
All proceeds from the sale of this compilation go to fund the MnBS Blues For Kids program.
Digital downloads available now on CD Baby.
CD's are coming soon!
Thanks to Joe Filipovich for all of the time and energy he has spent bringing this project to fruition. Also many thanks to the artists who have generously donated their recordings along with our sponsors, Mendoza Law Office, The Ads Group and Rare Form Mastering for the services they have provided.


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