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Upcoming Blues Society Events

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Lucky Losers
Photo by Victoria Smith

The Lucky Losers
@ 331 Club 
Wednesday, August 16, 7 pm
Willie Murphy

Willie Murphy
@ Schooner Tavern
Wednesday, August 16, 8 pm
Dean Magraw
Dean Magraw

Butch Thompson & Dean Magraw
@ Vieux Carre
Wednesday, August 16, 8 pm
Slim Willie and the Ride
Slim Willie and The Ride
@ The Doggery
Thursday, August 17, 8 pm
Rocco Calipari
Rocco Calipari

Boundary Waters Blues Festival
The Fattenin' Frogs, RAMM BandTommy Bentz Band, Virgil Caine, Jim Stairs - Squishy Mud, Conspiracy Theory, Rocco Calipari & the Head Honchos , Ken ValdezBrian Naughton, Daina De PrezHarrison Street
August 17 - 19
Jon Cleary
Jon Cleary
w/ Jaden Carlson Band
George Porter Jr Trio
Frogleg (Album Release)

@ Como Dockside
Saturday, August 19, 4 pm
Willie B Band

Willie B Blues Band
@ South St Paul VFW Post #295
Saturday, August 19, 8:30 pm
Nick Dinius Band
Nick Dinius Band
@ Flame Bar 
Sunday, August 20, 2 pm
Dee Miller
Dee Miller Band
@ Muddy Waters Bar & Grill
Sunday, August 20, 4 pm


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Benefit For Wilbur Cole
Sunday, August 20, 12 pm
@ Wilebski's Blues Saloon
Wilbur Cole

Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Award-Winner, Wilbur Cole lost his wife to cancer in early July. Musicians and friends are holding a benefit for Wilbur to help defray the costs of the funeral and to ease his transition.

Please plan to attend on Sunday, August 20, 12 pm @ Wilebski's Blues Saloon. More details to follow. — from Johnny O' Keefe


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Let There Be Drums Logo
Harriet Island - St Paul, MN
1000 Drummers for 1000 Minnesota Families
Drummers interested in participating in this event along with the legendary, Bernard Purdie, please check here: Sign Up Here


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Picnic 2017

A beautiful day and a terrific turnout for the 2017 MnBS Annual Picnic and Food Drive. Thank you, one and all who participated. Click for the Slideshow.


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Tally's Bluesfest 2017 Tally's Bluesfest 2017

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RTM Fundraiser Sept. 24 2017 Javier Matos Harrison Street Craig Clark Band Slim Willie and the Ride Ken Valdez Minnesota Music Cafe

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Got A New CD Release? Think It's A Winner?
CD Competition Banner
From now until September 30, 2017, 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

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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