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Curtis Blake
Curtis Blake
House Party Presents
@ 331 Club
Don Scott & Curtis Blake
Wednesday, May 20, 7 pm
New Como Dockside
May 20 - River City Jazz Orchestra
May 24 - Heart of a Tinman
May 26 - Mark Lamoine & Friends
June 7 - Cooker John
Mark Lamoine
Mark Lamoine
Larry Wiegand
Larry Wiegand
The Walking Wounded are Back
@ Hollihan's Pub
Gwen Matthews, Gregg Inhofer, Bobby Schnitzer, Larry Wiegand, Scott Sansby
Thursday, May 21, 8 pm
4th Annual
West Bank Reunion

Willie Murphy Band
Mississippi Driftwood
@ Minnesota Music Café
Saturday, May 23, 8 pm
Tom Burns
Tom Burns
of Mississippi Driftwood
Memory Lanes Block Party 2015 Memory Lanes Block Party 2015
May 23 & 24
Tons of Music Including:
Davina & the Vagabonds
The Groove Merchants
w/ Jimi "Prime Time" Smith
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Saturday, May 23, 9 pm
Scott Graves
Scott Graves
Longtime Groove Merchant
Bobby Schnitzer Bobby Schnitzer
Blues Brunch
@ Lone Oak Grill
Sundays at 11 am

Greazy Gravy Memorial Day 2015 Memorial Day Blues Bash
Greazy Gravy
@ Rosetown American Legion
May, 25, 3pm


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Lowertown Blues Festival
Adds Dee Miller Band To Lineup
The Lowertown Blues Festival has announced the winner of the Battle of the Blues Band and the victor is the Dee Miller Band. They earned the coveted slot during a spirited blues band competition held at Famous Dave’s, with runner-up Sweet Tea Band, followed by Squishy Mud and The Mini Apple Rhythm Section. Dee’s band will perform on the Main Stage along with acclaimed blues veterans Elvin Bishop and Walter Trout. Minnesota Blues Society, a proud sponsor of the Lowertown Blues Festival, is pleased to welcome everyone to the free event. Mark your calendar now for Saturday, July 25th, Mears Park in downtown St. Paul. www.lowertownbluesfestival.com/ or www.facebook.com/LowertownBluesFestivalRichard Schaefer Dee Miller Band @ Famous Dave's
Photo by Chris Brauer


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The 2nd Annual Lowertown Blues Festival will be held on July 25th at Mears Park in St Paul. We want to blanket businesses around the Twin Cities with posters for this event. If you would be willing to tack up a few posters at grocery stores, laundromats, music stores, libraries etc. (with their permission, of course), contact: or


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The Minnesota Blues Society is looking for motivated volunteers to help with our ongoing operations. We could use some help in the following areas:

GRANT WRITERS — MnBS is seeking volunteers with experience in the grant-writing and application process to assist the Society in pursuing available governmental and corporate funds that potentially could help us to realize our long-term goals and to expand our existing programs.

QUICKBOOKS ACCOUNTING DATA ENTRY — We are looking for a volunteer familiar with the Quickbooks software program willing to assist the Treasurer in tracking the Society's finances. We need to have our information in a format more conducive to generating reports that are acceptable to foundations offering grant money for our ongoing programs and to help MnBS to grow.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS — There is an opening on the MnBS Board of Directors for the seat vacated by Chad Nordstrom who left due to a job change. The Board of Directors meets the first Monday of each month (except for holidays) and is responsible for planning events and keeping the Minnesota Blues Society operating in accordance with its mission statement. We would be very interested in persons with artistic, organizational, secretarial or inter-personal skills to serve on the Board. If you feel that you could make a positive contribution to the Society and are willing to make the commitment of your time and talent, please contact us.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact:


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How Sweet It Is …

Joyann Parker of Sweet Tea
Joyann Parker of Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea Band
Takes Road To Memphis
2015 Band Challenge

It is a treat each year to see a showcase of local talent perform at the Road To Memphis Challenge. This year Sweet Tea won a very close competition with RAMM Band finishing second and Bluedog finishing third. Completing the day's entertainment were Fattenin' Frogs, Jimmi and the Band of Souls and Squishy Mud. All first rate acts. Many thanks to the judges, timekeepers, scorekeepers, Vig Guitars, The Drum Loft, the staff at Wilebski's Blues Saloon, Ted Wilebski, Jim Pinckney, Ken Tritz, Richard Schaefer, the volunteers and all of the audience members who showed up on a spectacular April afternoon. More pictures and a complete recap will be posted in the near future on the web site. — Jake Jacobson


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And The Winner Is …

Curtis Marlatt

Louisville "White Lightning" Curtis

The judges' selection for the 2015 Road To Memphis Solo/Duo Challenge winner is Louisville "White Lightning" Curtis (Marlatt). First runners-up are Brother Sun Sister Moon and second runners-up are Mark Cameron & Bill Keyes.

It was a suprisingly good turn out on an exceptionally nice afternoon at The Lodge in Robbinsdale. Many thanks to The Lodge staff, Vig Guitars, the volunteers, judges, audience members and all of the other participating acts for making this a successful event once again this year. A more complete review of the event and more photos will be posted in the near future at www.mnbs.org. — Jake Jacobson


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