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Kashmar/Watson @ Wilebski's, Sept. 29
Kashmar Watson Poster
Meet & Greet
For MnBS Members Only

MnBS Members are invited to attend a reception for Mitch Kashmar & Junior Watson from 5 to 6 pm on Friday, September 29 at Wilebski's Blues Saloon prior to their performance.

Attendees will be able to meet and greet Mitch & Junior, get CDs signed, etc. Only non-flash photography will be allowed!

Members will be required to show their MnBS Membership cards for access to this event or new members may sign-up and join upon arrival.


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Kashmar_Watson Workshop

September 30
@ Hosmer Library
347 E 36th St, Minneapolis, MN

Mitch Kashmar Harmonica Workshop - 10am
Junior Watson Guitar Workshop - 1 pm

$35 General, $30 MnBS Members, $50 General for both workshops.
Contact Paul Barry: parbarry@msn.com, 612-812-1096


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September Wanes
Davina Lozier
The Dakota & Live at the Guthrie Presents:
An Evening With the The New Standards
With Davina Lozier
@ Guthrie Theater 
Monday, September 25, 7:30 pm
Joe Demko
Radio Joe & the Jazzbos
@ Eagles Club #34 
Wednesday, September 27, 8 pm
Tommy Castro
Tommy Castro
@ Famous Dave's BBQ 
Friday, September 29, 9 pm
Bad Lucky
Bad Lucky (Blues/Rock)
@ Neumann's Bar 
Saturday, September 30, 8 pm
Empty Arms
Empty Arms
@ Kathy's Pub
Saturday, September 30, 10 pm
Greg Shuck
Greg Shuck

Charles Lawson Conspiracy Presents:
The New Ace-Box Blues Band
featuring Greg Shuck & Curtis Blake
@ Dubliner Pub
Saturday, September 30, 9 pm
Everett Smithson Everett Smithson Band
w/ Hounddog Hayes
@ Howard Lake American Legion Post #145
Saturday, September 30, 8 pm
Tim Wick
Tim Wick

The Groove Merchants
@ Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge
Saturday, September 30, 9:30 pm
Annie Mack
Annie Mack
@ Aster Cafe
Saturday, September 30, 9:30 pm
Fattenin' Frogs
The Fattenin' Frogs
@ Dubliner Pub
Sunday, October 01, 5 pm


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Mark Hummel Poster 10/13/17


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2017 HOF Poster

Order General Admission Tickets - ($15 + $3)

Order VIP Tickets - ($20 + $3)


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Deadline September 30. Send Your CD Now!
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

The Minnesota Blues Society is seeking interested, qualified and responsible individuals to serve on its Board of Directors. The management role of the organization is assumed by the Board of Directors. The bare minimum requirements to serve as board director is that a person must be a member in good standing of the Minnesota Blues Society and be at least 21 years old. There are staggered two-year terms. The general society membership elects Board members annually. Full details can be found at MnBS Bylaws Article 5.

While previous experience with the group is preferred, it is not necessary. However, an interest in the goals of the organization and Blues music is essential, as well as the ability to invest the time necessary to attend the monthly meetings and otherwise participate in the organization?s events.

The Board has traditionally been a collegial group where music, fun festivities and events are customary, but required formalities are observed. Members have come from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of talents. However, the ability and desire to devote significant time to advancing the organization and its mission to preserve, commemorate, educate, celebrate and promote the past, present and future of Blues music in Minnesota is desired. It is not necessary to have a long track record with the organization to be a member of the Board, although, many do through the love of Blues music.

To apply, contact any current board member at . The deadline to apply for the upcoming election is October 4, 2017.


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VetsFest 2018 Fundraiser Nov. 11
@ 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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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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