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Ken Valdez Tops
2017 Road To Memphis Band Challenge
Wilebski's Blues Saloon, Sunday, April 23:

Not surprisingly, again this year, the bands that came out to compete in the Road To Memphis Challenge all performed at a very high level. In order of appearance the bands were: Squishy Mud - Jim Stairs, Ken Valdez, Slim Willie and The Ride, Harrison Street, Paul Barry & the Ace Tones and Bluedog. If you are not familiar with these bands, check their web sites and the MnBS Gig Calendar to find out where they are playing.

Ken Valdez
             Ken Valdez
The difficult task of choosing this year's winner fell to the panel of judges: Diane Nemitz, Spike Stephan, Gary Eckhart, Nick Zwack, Joyann Parker and Mark LaMoine. When scorekeeper Barry Tannenbaum presented the final tally, it was Ken Valdez whose set impressed the most. First runner-up was Harrison Street.

Once again, kudos to the RTM Committee: Steve Leutgeb, Kathy Krauter and Chris Brauer for their time and energy spent bringing this impressive event to fruition. Also thanks to timekeeper Tim Flanagan, volunteers Linda Tannenbaum, Joan Hanson, Deb Hills, Marilee Blake and anyone else I might have missed. Special thanks to Nipper Barrett for working the sound board, Kent Kapitan for his emcee duties and to Duke and the staff at Wilebski's for providing the venue.

Next up in the RTM process will be the Youth Showcase Challenge scheduled for Sunday, August 6 at The Lodge.
Jake Jacobson


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Curtis Blake

Curtis Blake Band
@ 331 Club
Wednesday, April 26, 7 pm
Robin Trower
British Blues/Rock Guitar Maven
Robin Trower
Opening Act: Paul Metsa & Sonny Earl
@ Fitzgerald Theater
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 pm
Paul Mayasich

@ Moe's
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 pm
John Nemeth
Photo by Jon Pearson

John Nemeth
@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Friday, April 28, 9 pm
Empty Arms

Empty Arms
@ Willow River Saloon
Friday, April 28, 9 pm
Donna Dahl

Brother Sun Sister Moon
Featuring Bobby Messano
@ Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ
Saturday, April 29, 9 pm
Cole Allen
Cole Allen Band
w/ Frank N Beans
@ Friar's
Saturday, April 29, 8:30 pm
Randall Webb
Randall Webb

Charles Lawson Combo
featuring Randall Webb
@ Dubliner Pub
Saturday, April 29, 9 pm
Voodoo Fix

The Voodoo Fix
@ Shaw's Bar & Grill
Saturday, April 29, 9 pm
Charlie Parr

Rezo City: Resonator Guitar Player Series
featuring  Charlie Parr
@ 331 Club
Sunday, April 30, 3 pm


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2017 Road To Memphis Solo/Duo Honors
Go To Javier Matos
Javier and Levi Matos
Javier and Levi Matos
The 2017 MnBS Road To Memphis Solo/Duo Challenge was held on Sunday, April 9 at the Dugout Bar in Mahtomedi in front of a roomful of fortunate and discerning blues fans. As usual, the audience was treated to exceptional performances by all of the participating musicians.

In order of appearance, the competing acts were: Javier Matos, Brother Jon Duo, Louisville "White Lightning" Curtis Duo and Trevor Marty. In the end, Javier prevailed, perhaps with a little help from his son Levi. Trevor Marty was first runner-up.

Thanks to judges Grace Enebo, Ken Tritz, Sheri Cameron, Charlie Lawson and Mike Fugazzi; time-keeper, Tim Flanagan; score-keeper, Barry Tannenbaum; emcee, Mark Halverson; volunteers Kay Rooney, Brigid Martin and Linda Tannenbaum. Special thanks to Steve Leutgeb, Kathy Krauter and Chris Brauer on the RTM Committee for pulling this event together. Also thanks to our hosts at the Dugout and the sound guy. — Jake Jacobson


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Blues Foundation Now Offering
Hall of Fame Podcasts
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Dear Richard,

I am writing to you as the leader of Minnesota Blues Society to follow up on exciting information about our new Blues Hall of Fame Podcasts. As we announced from the stage at the IBC Finals, our newly produced series of podcasts have gone live. Each episode of the podcast, to be released every two weeks for the next year, will feature a different Hall of Famer. We feel confident that your membership will want to know about these podcasts and will be interested in subscribing to them.

Many of you expressed an interest in sharing this content with your blues society members. As such, we are happy to now provide artwork and links for your Affiliate to use on your website. Your visitors may listen directly from your website by going to the link listed below. In order for listeners to subscribe to our podcast from their cellphones, where they will receive updates whenever a new podcast is released, they will need to use either an apple or an android platform. Below we have also included codes that will allow you to embed a link on your website. Please make sure your website administrator includes codes for both Android and iTunes so listeners using either platform may enjoy this content. (Webmaster's Note: The links are already imbedded above this message.)

Best regards and Happy Listening,
Barbara B. Newman
President & CEO
The Blues Foundation


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