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For those of you planning to attend the Annual Picnic on July 16, please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible so that the committee can plan for the appropriate amount of food.

Also, a reminder for those of you who are participating in the Mn Hall of Fame balloting. We would like to get your responses at your earliest possible convenience. The absolute deadline for response is August 14.

Thank you,
Marilee Blake


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Nothing To Do On Friday?
Erin McCawley

Harrison Street
@ Driftwood Char Bar
Friday, June 30, 9 pm
Scott Holt

Scott Holt
@ Shaw's Bar & Grill
Friday, June 30, 9 pm
Ken Valdez

Ken Valdez
@ Doc’s Landing 
Friday, June 30, 5 pm
Albert Cummings

Albert Cummings
@ Dakota Bar & Grill 
Friday, June 30, 7 pm
Dirty Water Dawgz

Dirty Water Dawgz
@ Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar
Friday, June 30, 8 pm
Miss Myra & the Moonshiners

Miss Myra and The Moonshiners
@ Bistro La Roux
Friday, June 30, 7 pm
Bernard Allison
Bernard Allison

Northwoods Blues Festival

Tinsley Ellis , Duke RobillardSena Ehrhardt BandLeft Wing BourbonHoward 'Guitar' Luedtke and Blue MaxBrother Sun Sister MoonBowers & Lesmeister, Bernard Allison , Albert CummingsRay Fuller & the BluesrockersBridget Kelly Band  Dee Miller BandBrother Jon Band,  Jim Stairs - Squishy Mud

@ Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds - Chippewa Falls, WI
Friday, June 30 & Saturday, July 1
Tribute to Motown

Jeff Cryer's Tribute to Motown
@ Minnesota Music Cafe
Saturday, July 1, 8 pm
& Sunday, July 2, 5 pm
Performers include: Randy Robbins, Maurice Jacox, James Jaybee Brown, Howard Chaney, Robbie Cryer, Michael Walk, Kimberlie Ramsaran, Diane Elaine, Jeff Cryer, James Williams, Jeff Adams, Mike Mothershed, Dante Porter, Jeff Watkins, Paul Watkins, Matina Watkins, Jacelyn Johnson, and Netta Stevenson

Advance tickets $15 available at MMC and local record stores.
$20 day of event at the door. $40 VIP tickets also available.
For more info call: 985-664-7547
— from Luke Braulick
Scottie Miller

Scottie Miller Band
@ Muddy Waters Bar & Grill
Sunday, July 2, 4 pm


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Being Made in the Twin Cities:
Lonnie Johnson
        Lonnie Johnson
The film is based on the acclaimed book by Dean Alger of St. Paul. It has interest from great musicians, top writers, etc.:

5 Star review of the book, THE ORIGINAL GUITAR HERO and THE POWER OF MUSIC – The Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music and Civil Rights, by former editor Paul Trynka in the famous music magazine MOJO:
“First Lonnie biog aims to restore his reputation as one of the most influential guitarists—ever. This ambitious book sets out to place Lonnie Johnson as a cross-cultural visionary in the veins of Charlie Christian or Jimi Hendrix, and succeeds brilliantly. With a lucid explanation of Johnson’s music, plus many anecdotes both poignant and inspiring, this excellent biography does full justice to an underappreciated musical titan.”

B.B. King: “Lonnie Johnson was the most influential guitarist of the 20th century.”

For more, see the film website: www.originalguitarherofilm.com
And there’s information on our Kickstarter crowd-funding effort for the film. The direct link: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1674388222/the-original-guitar-hero-and-the-power-of-music

In the Kickstarter presentation you can hear, in his own voice, stunning statements from B.B. King on Lonnie’s importance, never heard before—from Alger’s historic interview with BB.

Alger/”Dr. D” has spent 12 years and many resources developing this book, Grammy campaign and film. Hopefully, the MN Blues Community will help take this further.

This is more than a simple old musician biography. A broader theme on “the magic & power of The Guitar” gives it wide appeal; Lonnie Johnson is Founding Father of virtuoso, expressive guitar playing. This is the Ultimate Great Musical Figure Rediscovered story, and it’s a cultural justice action to give this great African-American musician the recognition he deserves.

On the website also see the Alger-led petition drive for a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award for Lonnie J, with supporters including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Derek Trucks, Taj Mahal and more.

Also on the website you can see the strikingly powerful support letter for this film project from JOE BOYD, revered record producer for Pink Floyd, REM, Taj Mahal, etc., lead guy on the famous documentary, Jimi Hendrix, and former head of music for Warner Bros. Pictures. And there are notes on the Film Team. — from Dr. Dean Alger


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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.
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