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Special Monday Night Show
August 25, 8 pm
@ Bayport BBQ & Nashville Hot Chicken
Jaw Knee Vee Opening


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Music at The State Fair

As always there are numerous musical events scheduled at the fairgrounds during the Minnesota State Fair's twelve-day run. I have attempted to list what I thought might be of interest on the MnBS gig calendar, however, be aware that things often change during the week so I suggest you check these two links for the most current info: http://www.mnstatefair.org/entertainment/FE_all_stages_2014.html and http://www.mnstatefair.org/entertainment/FE_more_music.html.

Aretha Franklin & The Four Tops, Buckwheat Zydeco, Blood Sweat & Tears and Marcia Ball may be of particular interest. Scads of local acts are scheduled including Good Time Willy, RAMM Band, Alex Rossi & Root City Band, Matt Yetter, Sam Kuusisto Band, 4 on the Floor, Lamont Cranston Band w/ Bruce McCabe, Bluprint, Sonny Knight & the Lakers, High and Mighty, Roxxy Hall Band, GB Leighton, Tommy Bentz Band, Jack Brass Band, Big Bob Scoggin, Roe Family Singers, White Iron Band, Erin Lee & Elijah Adam Band, The Rockin' Pinecones, Pop Wagner & Bob Bovee, Galactic Cowboy Orchestra and regional favorite Paul Cebar. — Jake Jacobson


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Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
August 29, 9 pm
@ Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues
Rick Estrin


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Annual Picnic Slide Show
Now Posted

Dan Schwalbe, Jimi Smith and Curtis Blake @ 2014 MnBS Annual Picnic
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Lowertown Blues Festival
Slide Show Now Posted

Sena Ehrhardt @ Lowertown Blues Festival
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Hamilton Loomis at Lowertown Blues Festival
Hamilton Loomis Surrounded By The Crowd

1st Lowertown Blues Festival
Exceeds Expectations

Promoter Steve Heckler announced from the stage that the estimated attendance for the Lowertown Blues Festival held in Mears Park, St Paul on Saturday, July 26 was nearly 10,000 people. This was contrary to what some people had predicted would be 200-400 people.

Shemekia Copeland at Lowertown Blues Festival
Shemekia Copeland


By all accounts this was a great beginning for what will hopefully become an annual event. There will probably have to be a few more portable toilets and food vendors next year, but other than that, this was pretty much the ideal setting for a big blues festival.

Sena Ehrhardt Band, Lamont Cranston, Hamilton Loomis and Shemekia Copeland all gave solid performances that kept the crowd on their feet throughout the day and into the night.

The Minnesota Blues Society was proud to be a part of this event and congratulates and thanks everyone who helped to make this possible. — Jake Jacobson


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Jimi "Primetime" Smith
Jimi "Primetime" Smith








Jimi "Primetime" Smith, Big John Dickerson, Jo Jo Williams
Selected For Induction Into
The 2014 Mn Blues Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Blues Society announced the 2014 Mn Blues Hall of Fame Inductees at the Annual Picnic held at the Rosetown American Legion on Sunday, July 20. The inductees selected by the vote of the MnBS membership is as follows:

In addition to the member-selected awards, a Blues Legend Award is being presented to Big John Dickerson and a Blues Legacy Award will go to Jo Jo Williams. The Mn Blues Hall of Fame Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Wilebski's Blues Saloon, St Paul, MN. More information will follow in the coming months. — Jake Jacobson


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Wasn't That A Party?

Picnic Dancers

On Sunday, July 20, 2014, for the first time in the history of the Minnesota Blues Society, the Annual Members' Appreciation Picnic & Food Drive moved out of our members' backyards to a public location at the Rosetown American Legion in Roseville, MN. And a great venue it was. The weather was just about as perfect as it could be on the back patio overlooking the baseball field. The indoor space was spacious and was ideal for accommodating the potluck food tables.

The music ran pretty much non-stop all day with various musicians taking their turns on the stage. Curtis Blake, Jimi "Primetime" Smith, Lisa Wenger, Dan Schwalbe, John Lindberg and Allen Kirk were the house band for the day but were joined by many others including John Franken, Jason Medeiros, Brad Davies, Tony Houle, Jacquie Maddix and Chris Johnson. Road To Memphis Duo winners Brother Sun & Sister Moon (Dave Lambert and Donna Dahl) performed a short set as did Band winners, Jimmi and the Band of Souls.

Schwalbe, Smith and Blake Selfie
Three Mn Blues Hall of Famers
Dan Schwalbe, Jimi "Primetime" Smith and Curtis Blake

Thanks to everyone who made this such a successful event: Marilee Blake, Christina Hoglund, Richard Schaefer, Jim Pinckney, Chad Nordstrom, Deb and Don Hills, Ellie O'Brien, Brigid Martin, the folks at Rosetown American Legion, all the volunteers and especially you, the members who showed up for the party. — Jake Jacobson






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CD Competition Banner
From now until October 1, 2014, 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


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Mn Blues Hall of Fame Poster
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Mark Your Calendar!
2014 Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Ceremony
Sunday, October 5
@ Wilebski's Blues Saloon


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Vote For Annie!
Annie Mack's Baptized In The Blues CD
Nominated As "New Artist Debut Album"
For Blues Blast Magazine's 2014 Music Award

Voting Begins July 15,2014
at www.bluesblastmagazine.com
Baptized In The Blues


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Help Send Jimmi & the Band of Souls
& Brother Sun & Sister Moon To Memphis

You can show your support for the two acts that have been selected to represent Minnesota at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN by making a tax-deductible donation to either/or both funds (2015 IBC Travel Fund is for both the Band and Duo combined) to help offset their travel expenses. Participating acts are not compensated for their performances at the IBC. — Road To Memphis Committee

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