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2016 MnBS Youth Showcase Results
Colin Campbell
Colin Campbell & the Shackletons
Are Heading To Memphis
Representing Minnesota as
The Youth Showcase Band
@ The 2017 International Blues Challenge
The 2016 Youth Showcase Challenge was held at The Lodge in Robbinsdale on Sunday, May 15 with four (under 21) acts participating: Seis Leches, Discovery Club, Colin Campbell & the Shackletons and I.T.

The panel of judges, Nigel Egg, Steve Faison , Ross William Perry and Joyann Parker, selected Colin Campbell & the Shackletons as the act to represent Minnesota at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. First runners-up were Discovery Club followed by Seis Leches and I.T.

Our thanks to the judges; sound guys, Roger Kozel and Tim Reigstad; emcee, Mark Hebert; scorekeeper, Barry Tannenbaum; time-keeper, Tim Flanagan; merch-table person, Linda Tannenbaum; door-guy, Mark Felton; the folks at The Lodge and the-man-who-put-it-all-together, Steve Leutgeb.

As always, special thanks to all of the fans who showed up to support the musicians. Thanks for bringing the cake, Suzanne and Happy Birthday, Richard!


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Rev. Raven
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys
@ Minnesota Music Café
Thursday, May 19, 7 pm
Battle of the Blues Bands
Battle of The Blues Bands Semi-Finals
Bambi Alexandra & the Dark Horse Band,
Mark Cameron BandSquishy Mud,
Northstar Blues Project

@ Famous Dave's BBQ
Thursday, May 19, 7 pm
Erin McCawley
Erin's Birthday!
Harrison Street  
@ Al's Center Saloon
Friday, May 20, 8:30 pm
Greazy Gravy
Greazy Gravy  
Featuring Curtis Blake
Special Guest Appearance
by Lady J Griot

@ Wilebski's Blues Saloon
Friday, May 20, 5 pm
Cronin Home Blues & BBQ
Cronin Home's
4th Annual Blues & BBQ
Fund Raiser

Dave Lambert & the Motivators , The Swamp Kings, Jambon Cru Reunion, Brother Sun Sister Moon, Swamp Brothers
@ Olmstead County Fairgrounds
Saturday, May 21, 4 pm
Inside Straight Blues Band
Inside Straight Blues Band
Two Gigs In One Day!
Saturday, May 21
Noon @ Meister's Bar & Grill Scandia
(Fund Raiser for Veterans of America Foundation)

8 pm @ Hollihan's Pub
Davy Knowles
British Import
Davy Knowles
Saturday, May 21, 9 pm
@ Famous Dave's BBQ


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The Results Are In! It's The Mark Cameron Band.
Mark Cameron Band
The Mark Cameron Band will be representing Minnesota at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

On April 24, 2016 the joint was jumping as the Minnesota Music Café hosted the MnBS 2016 Road To Memphis Band Challenge.
With Mark Cameron Band placing first, the first runner-up was Lisa Wenger Band followed by Harrison Street and The Gopher Tones. The competition was very close with all of the acts turning in high quality, high energy performances.

Special thanks to Steve Leutgeb and Kathy Krauter for organizing this event. Thanks to Infinity Drumworks and Vig Guitars for providing backline equipment. Thanks to the judges: Jacquie Maddix, Shirley Smith, Jim Stairs, John Lindberg, Richelle Slinger and Chad Nordstrom. We would also like to acknowledge and thank: Tim Flanagan, time keeper; Barry Tannenbaum, score keeper; Mark Halverson, emcee; Linda Tannenbaum, merchandise table; Luke Braulick, front door; the staff at MMC and all the other volunteers who participated in making this event so successful. And, as always, thanks to the blues music fans who turned out to support this great event.


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2016 Road To Memphis Duo Winners
Mikkel and Micheal
Mikkel Beckmen and Mike Munson were selected to represent the State of Minnesota at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The Challenge competition was held at Schuller's Tavern on Sunday, April 10, 2016. The other musicians competing were Nigel Egg and the duo of Jimmi Langemo & Nate Heinz. Trevor Marty was a late scratch from the competition.

Thanks to the judges; Judy Cedar, Rena Haus, Dan Schwalbe, Harold Tremblay, Glenn Elvig and Bambi Alexandra; to score keeper, Barry Tannenbaum; time keeper, Tim Flanagan; emcee, Ellie O'Brien; all of the volunteers and the staff at Schuller's for helping to make this event a success. Special thanks to Steve Leutgeb and Kathy Krauter for the hours they spent organizing the event. Last but not least, thank you to the blues enthusiasts who came out to support the music and cheer the acts on.

Next Up: 2016 MnBS Road To Memphis Band Challenge, April 24, 3 pm
@ Minnesota Music Café.


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Are You The One?
The Minnesota Blues Society is looking for a motivated individual who loves blues music and would like to become more involved in helping to keep the blues alive in Minnesota.
Right now the MnBS Board of Directors is short one player. If you believe that you are the person to fill the roster spot, please get in touch with us.
As a Director you will be involved in planning and expediting various Blues Society events. You will meet and work with local musicians, club owners, media persons, educators and more. You will have an opportunity to shape the future of the MnBS with your creative talents and ideas.
Contact Richard Schaefer:


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Now Available!
Mn Blues Society Compilation Vol: 1
All proceeds from the sale of this compilation go to fund the MnBS Blues For Kids program.
Digital downloads available now on CD Baby.
CD's are coming soon!
Thanks to Joe Filipovich for all of the time and energy he has spent bringing this project to fruition. Also many thanks to the artists who have generously donated their recordings along with our sponsors, Mendoza Law Office, The Ads Group and Rare Form Mastering for the services they have provided.


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New And Renewing Memberships Now Good Through 12/31/2016.

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