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Upcoming Blues Society Events

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Irma Thomas
Irma Thomas , Blind Boys of Alabama, Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet
@ Guthrie Theater
Monday, October 23, 7:30 pm


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Halloween Bash @ MMC


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So Much Music It's Scary!
Dean Magraw
Dean Magraw

Butch Thompson & Dean Magraw
@ Vieux Carre
Wednesday, October 25, 8 pm
Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Dave Alvin
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
& Dave Alvin
This Week @ Cedar Cultural Center
Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Wed., Oct. 25, 8 pm

Charlie Parr
Record Release Night #1 (Acoustic)
Fri., Oct. 27, 8 pm
Record Release Night #2 (Electric)
Sat., Oct. 28, 8 pm
Jim Stairs
Jim Stairs - Squishy Mud
@ Neumann's Bar
Thursday, October 26, 7 pm
Elijah Adam
Elijah Adam
@ Coon Rapids VFW Post #9625
Friday, October 27, 7 pm
Pat Hayes
Pat Hayes

Lamont Cranston Band
w/ Johnny O & Filet O Soul
@ Wilebski's Blues Saloon
Friday, October 27, 6 pm
No Limits the B-Side
No Limits the B-Side
@ Hat Trick Lounge
Friday, October 27, 9 pm
Jaedyn James
Jaedyn James & the Hunger
@ Shaw's Bar & Grill 
Saturday, October 28, 9 pm
Bill Swanson
Brother Bill Swanson

Annual Halloween Costume Party
Inside Straight Blues Band
@ Brookside Bar & Grill
Saturday, October 28, 8 pm
Willie West
Willie West

Two Great Acts
@ Bistro La Roux
Saturday, October 28
3:30 pm - Harrison Street 
7 pm - Willie West

Davina & the Vagabonds
Davina & the Vagabonds
@ Hooligan's Bar
Saturday, October 28, 8 pm
The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers
@ Mystic Lake Casino
Saturday, October 28, 8 pm
Krewe of Dad's Masquerade Ball Krewe of Dad's Masquerade Ball XXXII:
John Papa Gros , Gentlemen's Anti Temperance League
@ Hook & Ladder
Saturday, October 28, 7:30 pm


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VetsFest 2018 Fundraiser Nov. 5
@ Wilebski's Blues Saloon
VetsFest Fundraiser Poster The second annual VetsFest will be held July 7th, 2018. Organizing and fundraising efforts are now underway.

Funds will be raised through direct donations and grants, but you can help out by joining together for a day of music at Wilebski's Blues Saloon on Sunday Nov. 5th 2017, from 11am to 6pm. We will be treated to music by Harrison Street, Squishy Mud and the Pat McLaughlin Band. The bar and kitchen will be open. There will also be a silent auction of donated items for bid. Considering donating? Cash can be sent through go fund me: www.gofundme.com/vetsfest. If you have material items — please contact Pat McLaughlin at 651-246-9380.

Mark your calendars now and donít forget to bring your friends and family to this great event. There will be a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door.


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Willie's Tavern Grand Opening Nov. 18


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Blues Aid for Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands


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IBC Promotional Blurb From The President
Our attention is quickly turning towards the International Blues Challenge which will take place on Beale Street in Memphis, TN from Tuesday, January 16th though Saturday, January 20th, 2018. We are proud to send Ken Valdez and Javier Matos as representatives of the Society.

Many have inquired about when IBC tickets will go on sale and when the hotel blocks will open for your reservations. On October 1st, the Blues Foundation will be sending an email to current Blues Foundation members to open ticket sales and to share links to all of the Downtown Memphis hotels with whom they have blocks of rooms with special rates for their members. If you are not a member of The Blues Foundation, make sure to JOIN NOW in order to be included in this communication. Rooms sell out quickly for the IBC, and members always get first access, so your membership is the best way to get this information ahead of the general public.

There are daytime activities beyond just the showcases to include workshops and panels. In order to join any of these events at the 2018 IBC, you must have a pass for the entire week. Your pass will get you into everything IBC. Passes have been $100 for the entire week.

MORE NEWS!!! For the past several years a contingent of Minnesota blues fans have extended their IBC trip by one more day and traveled to the Mecca of the Blues, Clarksdale MS, a mere 75 miles down the road. This is "The Crossroads," the location where the legend says blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil for the ability to play a mean guitar. Located at the corner of Highway 61 ("The Blues Highway") and Highway 49 in Clarksdale, this is a definite stop for any follower of the blues, or rock & roll, for that matter. We have made arrangements with the Shack Up Inn to hold a blues party on Sunday night, January 21st. A blues band and blues jam will be playing into the night. Lodging is very affordable and unique. See site for details: http://www.shackupinn.com/

It's the blues lover's getaway!

Richard Schaefer
President, MnBS


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Jake Is Retiring - Web Designers Needed
To My Friends and Blues Fans:

I have been maintaining the website for the Minnesota Blues Society since 2006. Against my better judgement, I added a Blues Gig Calendar to the site sometime between 2008 and 2009. To make matters worse, I foolishly started sending out the calendar info in a weekly email blast, the Blues Notes, around August 2011. Since that time I have been faithfully maintaining the calendar and sending out the Blues Notes every single Monday and maintaining the rest of the website, as well.

I have informed the MnBS Board of Directors that I intend to retire from this volunteer position as of 12/31/2017. It has been an interesting and rewarding experience, Iíve learned a lot and it has actually been fun to play around with the website. But Iíve reached a point in my life where I would like to spend more time on the hobbies and interests that Iíve put on hold since I started this avocation.

If you have any knowledge of web design or databases and an interest in working with the Communications Committee to help them maintain the website going forward, please contact:

Thanks and I'll see you where the music is, hopefully more often!

Jake Jacobson
Lifetime Member MnBS
Past President MnBS


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