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Greg Beach
05/30/1949 — 05/02/2021
Greg Beach

Gregory “Greg” “G” Lee Beach, 71, of West St. Paul, passed away on May 2nd, 2021 after a long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was the only child of John and Sarah (née Ayers) Beach, born on May 30, 1949 in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania. Greg worked in various positions throughout his life, most notably as a Minnesota State Employee until his retirement. His love of music was a cornerstone in his life, so many that knew him recall memories of him on stage, or wandering around the house, with his bass guitar in hand. He fondly shared stories of attending Woodstock, teaching himself to play the bass, and reminiscing about various gigs. Greg loved the Far Side comics and “dad jokes”, filling the air with his laughter. He had a passion for reading and random trivia; he loved to share that knowledge with anyone that was interested in a good conversation or debate.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy, daughter Amanda Jepson (Jacob), son James Richards (Angie), stepdaughter Tina Peterson (Cory), stepdaughter Denise Hickerson (Tony), stepdaughter Jessica Osen (Branden), and stepson Curtis Shefland (Chantell). He was always exuberantly happy to be grandpa to Zoe, Penelope, Tristen, Claire, Phillip, Cherokee, Tiarah, Toniea, Denaé, Tony 2, Denzel, Javon, Monte, Hunter, and Caleb; and great grandfather to Akelius, Cherokee II, Dezinaya, Shamaria, Kyra, DJ, and Jasiah. He was preceded in death by John Beach, Sarah Beach, and the beloved Mr. Kitty Lee.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, May 8th 2-5 PM at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 235 Wentworth Ave. W., West St. Paul, MN 55118, (651) 457-7938.

“We're living our dreams, My mind's stopped aching, That's how it happened living life by the drop.” -Stevie Ray Vaughn "

From Amanda Jepson

(05/07/2021)

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History of Blues in Minnesota
Book Project - "Help Wanted"
Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame ‘Keeping the Blues Alive’ award recipient, Charlie Lawson would appreciate if you could give him a hand. Charlie is a West Bank alum from the ‘60s and 70s and has lived the Blues and been ‘inside’ the genre for decades. Now he is undertaking an ambitious project to document Minnesota’s Blues History from the 1960s to the present.

He’s teamed up with ‘Hurricane’ Harold and they are looking for individuals that can share some skills in the editing, photography, interviewing and design fields.

They received some good literature and background info a couple months ago and would love to have more goodies related to blues in Minnesota. If you have any archival material (e.g., photos, posters, ticket stubs, articles, etc.) to share, they would be appreciated (scans are great, you can keep your memorabilia). Anecdotes, referrals and ideas would be greatly valued as well. (Maybe you’ll find yourself credited in the acknowledgements of the published book)

Contact Charlie Lawson at: CPLawson2004@yahoo.com or call/text at 651-252-8562. Please put the word “Blues” in the Subject line.

(05/02/2021)

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Blues Music Opportunities This Week
Monday, May 03, 2021
6:00 PM Apple Valley American Legion Post #1776 - Apple Valley, MN The Apple Jam Big ballroom, better sound/acoustics, lots of tables and full eat and drink service!!
7:00 PM Bogey's - Lilydale, MN Bogeys Lounge Blues Jam
Join Johnny Mac, Kent Dougherty, Tom Harkness, and Nick Zwack for a ripping good jam.
10:00 PM KFAI Radio - Minneapolis, MN Spin with Cyn - KFAI Radio with Cyn Collins - Eclectic, Rock, Roots
11:30 AM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Break - KMSU Radio Your midday Blues oasis
6:00 PM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blue Monday - KMSU Radio Hosted by Mark Halverson (Marconi M. Milquetoast)
7:30 PM Live Streaming Show - Internet, USA Joe Flip Every Monday at 7:30pm - https://www.facebook.com/JoeFlipMusic/live
Tuesday, May 04, 2021
10:00 AM KFAI Radio - Minneapolis, MN East of Here, West of Now - KFAI Radio with Jackson Buck and Nicholas David - Americana, Blues, Funk, Gospel, R&B, Rock, Soul
2:00 PM KFAI Radio - Minneapolis, MN Songs of the Soul - KFAI Radio with Lady J - Arts & Culture, Blues, Jazz, Roots
11:30 AM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Break - KMSU Radio Your midday Blues oasis
6:00 PM Midway Saloon - St Paul, MN Mikkel Beckmen Worker's Playtime -
In the Empty Lot Next to the Midway Saloon
Jeff Ray and the Stakes
7:00 PM Terminal Bar - Minneapolis, MN Javier Trejo (Blues/Roots) Terminal Tuesdays
7:00 PM Wilebski's Blues Saloon - St Paul, MN The Wilebski's Jam and Dance
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
12:00 PM KFAI Radio - Minneapolis, MN Big Blue Train - KFAI Radio with Mark Slim Stevens - Filled with 16 Tons of Blues, Soul, Roots Rock 'n Roll -- Always available on the Web
11:30 AM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Break - KMSU Radio Your midday Blues oasis
6:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN Jaybee & the Routine featuring Jellybean Johnson - Cinco De Mayo Party!!
7:30 PM Schooner Tavern - Minneapolis, MN The Dark Click a Curtiss A joint
6:00 PM Welsch's Big Ten Tavern - Arden Hills, MN Red Hot Rock N Blues Jam hosted by Jimmy Love
Thursday, May 06, 2021
7:00 PM 10K Brewing - Anoka, MN Betty Danger
5:00 PM 331 Club - Minneapolis, MN Alexander Craig Acoustic on the Patio
7:00 PM Crooners Lounge & Supper Club - Fridley, MN Mia Dorr The Evolution of the Diva: Linda Ronstadt
11:30 AM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Break - KMSU Radio Your midday Blues oasis
5:00 PM KUMD Radio - Duluth, MN Beale Street Caravan - KUMD Radio Also on Saturdays at 3 PM
7:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN Smooth Jazz Thursdays - fea. Wes Smooth, Brian Powers and Mark Arneson - 1st Thursday
EVERY THURSDAY - Mary Elias Happy Hour Party 5-7!!
6:00 PM Smokey's Pub & Grill - East Bethel, MN Scottie Miller
7:00 PM Terminal Bar - Minneapolis, MN Wain McFarlane and Friends
7:00 PM Volstead House Whiskey Bar and Speakeasy - Eagan, MN Miss Myra with the Good Time Gals
Friday, May 07, 2021
7:00 PM Anoka Hardware Store - Anoka, MN Drew Peterson
7:30 PM BLVD Tavern - West St Paul, MN Chris Herriges
7:00 PM Forager Brewing Company - Rochester, MN Miss Myra Duo
7:00 PM Hook & Ladder - Minneapolis, MN The Belfast Cowboys 'Under the Canopy' Series -
7:00 PM KBEM Radio - Minneapolis, MN Bridge to the Blues - KBEM Radio with Bobby Vandell - Blues and allied styles, focusing on the 1970s to the present
9:00 PM KBEM Radio - Minneapolis, MN Bluesville - KBEM Radio with Kevin Barnes - Showcasing a wide range of local, national and international Blues and R&B artists
11:00 PM KBEM Radio - Minneapolis, MN Smokestack Lightnin' - KBEM Radio with Tommy Thompson, Paul Newnum, Rob McKinney & Marvin Rooks - the team presents ‘The Best Blues in the World’
11:59 PM KFOW Radio - Owatonna, MN Hammered By The Blues Hosted by John Hammer.
Now in its 15th year, HBTB has been faithfully broadcasting and supporting all brand new blues in Southern Minnesota.
11:30 AM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Break - KMSU Radio Your midday Blues oasis
7:00 PM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Before Monday - KMSU Radio The cure for your end of the weekend blues
6:00 PM KUMD Radio - Duluth, MN Blues Alley - KUMD Radio A mix of blues from its early years to the present.
8:00 PM Manitou Grill & Event Center - White Bear Lake, MN Ross William Perry Band
7:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN The Good, The Bad, The Funky GBF/MMC Funky Weekend!!
7:00 PM P.D. Pappy's - Stillwater, MN Mason Dixon Line
8:00 PM Smitty's Bar & Grill - Chisago City, MN Alexander Craig
7:00 PM The Mudd Room - Mendota Heights, MN Joe Flip
5:00 PM Whip Blues Radio - Manchester, NH Hammered By The Blues Rebroadcast on the Wordwide WHIP Radio Network
Saturday, May 08, 2021
7:30 PM BLVD Tavern - West St Paul, MN KC & The Southside Band
3:00 PM Brookside Bar & Grill - Marine On St Croix, MN DD & Company Catchy dance rhythms from many cultures
8:00 PM Crooners Lounge & Supper Club - Fridley, MN Tom Hunter Quartet featuring Frank Johns - Downtown, Down-Home Blues
7:00 PM Forager Brewing Company - Rochester, MN Drew Peterson
7:30 PM Goat Ridge Brewing Company - New London, MN Mike Munson
3:00 PM Hastings American Legion - Hastings, MN Mayfair 3
12:00 AM KBEM Radio - Minneapolis, MN Smokestack Lightnin' - KBEM Radio with Tommy Thompson, Paul Newnum, Rob McKinney & Marvin Rooks - the team presents ‘The Best Blues in the World’
3:00 AM KBEM Radio - Minneapolis, MN Blues Before Sunrise - KBEM Radio with Steve Cushing - blues heritage showcase, presenting recordings from the beginning of recorded music up to about 1970
3:00 PM KBEM Radio - Minneapolis, MN American Routes - KBEM Radio with Nick Spitzer - Insightful interviews and features in the fields of folk, rock, country, jazz, blues, gospel and Zydeco
6:00 PM KTNF Radio - St Louis Park, MN Wall of Power Radio Hour - KTNF Radio with Paul Metsa - music, entertainment, and cool people from all walks of life
12:00 PM KUMD Radio - Duluth, MN Saturday Afternoon Blues - KUMD Radio
7:00 PM Minnesota Music Cafe - St Paul, MN Funktion Junction
7:00 PM P.D. Pappy's - Stillwater, MN High & Mighty
2:00 PM Smokey's Pub & Grill - East Bethel, MN PK Mayo
7:00 PM The Mudd Room - Mendota Heights, MN Ross William Perry Band
Sunday, May 09, 2021
3:00 PM Bloomington VFW Post #1296 - Bloomington, MN Bambi Alexandra hosting the All-Around Jam on the second Sunday of each month
3:00 PM Brookside Bar & Grill - Marine On St Croix, MN Steve Meyer & True Heat Band
5:00 PM Dubliner Pub - St Paul, MN Miss Myra Duo
2:00 PM Floyd's - Victoria, MN PK Mayo
7:00 PM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Before Monday - KMSU Radio The cure for your end of the weekend blues
10:45 AM Minnetonka United Methodist Church - Minnetonka, MN Tom Hunter
6:00 PM Route 47 - Fridley, MN Roy's Majik Jam Shop Jam Shop is Open!! Blues Jam Every Sunday 6-10
10:00 AM WHYS Radio - Eau Claire, WI Blues On Sunday w/ Snapshot Best station in the valley
Monday, May 10, 2021
6:00 PM Apple Valley American Legion Post #1776 - Apple Valley, MN The Apple Jam Big ballroom, better sound/acoustics, lots of tables and full eat and drink service!!
7:00 PM Bogey's - Lilydale, MN Bogeys Lounge Blues Jam
Join Johnny Mac, Kent Dougherty, Tom Harkness, and Nick Zwack for a ripping good jam.
10:00 PM KFAI Radio - Minneapolis, MN Spin with Cyn - KFAI Radio Join Johnny Mac, Kent Dougherty, Tom Harkness, and Nick Zwack for a ripping good jam.
11:30 AM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blues Break - KMSU Radio Your midday Blues oasis
6:00 PM KMSU Radio - Mankato, MN Blue Monday - KMSU Radio Hosted by Mark Halverson (Marconi M. Milquetoast)
7:30 PM Live Streaming Show - Internet, USA Joe Flip Every Monday at 7:30pm - https://www.facebook.com/JoeFlipMusic/live

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