2023 Hall of Fame

The MN Blues Hall of Fame is a historical record of those who have made the Blues timeless 

through performance, documentation, and recording. 


Every year, the Minnesota Blues Society will induct new members into the Blues Hall of Fame for their 

historical contribution, impact and overall influence on the blues in Minnesota. 


The celebration for the 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees will take place in two parts: 

a celebration and banquet in October and a celebration at the Annual Party in December


2023 Hall of Fame Inductees


Performer – Bernard Allison

Sideman – Michael Velasquez

Legend – Virgil Nelson (Butanes)

Legacy – Steve Kilbride

Arts/Media/Literature– Neil Schloner (Photography)

Blues Recording – The Blues is All Around  Hook’s Combo

Blues Song – Barbara LeShoure “Crying” 

Keeping Blues Alive – Roz Goldberg

Linda Tannenbaum Supporter of the Blues (Non-Performer)– Jerry and Sandy Hokanson

Dates to Remember

October 15, 2023 

Hall of Fame Banquet at The Concord Exchange


December 3, 2023 

Hall of Fame Celebration Inductees at the Holiday Party 

at Manicinis


July of Each Year

Inductees Announced at Annual Picnic 

January 1 – June 15 each year

Public Nominations for Hall of   

    Fame Candidates Accepted  

Are you interested in supporting this wonderful event that honors local blues musicians each year.  

Please click on the button for more information! 



Do you have someone in mind that meets the criteria for a future award?

Use this form to submit your nomination.  

October Ceremony

Seating Charts

The 15th Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held at the Historic Concord Exchange.

Tickets to this prestigious event will be available starting September 15 at Eventbrite. 

This event will honor our Performer, Sideman, Legacy, Legend and Arts,Literature, and Media inductees


Ticket Information 

(please see diagram for floor plan of Concord exchange) 

   $40.00 Premium Seating tables of 4 in raised  

   area in ballroom

   $30.00 Reserved seating tables of 8 or 10 on   

     main floor

   $30.00 Reserved balcony seating tables of 4

   $25.00 General admission balcony seating 

      tables of 7

   $20.00 General Reserved no guaranteed 

       seating (will also be available at event) 

December Celebration

December 3 at Mancini’s in St. Paul

More info coming soon!

This event will honor the inductees for Recording, Song, Keeping the Blues Alive, and the Linda Tannenbaum Supportive of the Blues inductees.