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
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.
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
(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
$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 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.