Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Minnesota Blues Society Road to Memphis Fundraiser - Jazz Blues Florida checks out the northland!

Minnesota Blues Society
Road to Memphis Fundraiser Fest

So, our mission of informing our cold northern blues brethren of the wonderful blues happenings around Florida continues. Yes, a lot of people come down to Florida to board the blues cruises, but there is so much going on continuously that any trip to Florida to easily be turned into a first-class musical voyage on land (and beaches!). Yesterday we took the good word of warmth and blues to Wilebski's Blues Saloon in Minneapolis. What follows below is some of the sound and images captured during the event. Great to meet so many new friends, and contact face-to-face with those we have been in contact with for years but had never met!

 This coming Saturday the day will be spent in Elgin IL at the Winter Blues Bash telling the fine people there of the wonders of Florida's music scene. Then a run down to Memphis for the IBC to tell EVERYONE that they to check out the great Florida festivals, such as Bonita Blues Festival, then over to Des Moines for the Central Iowa Blues Society's Winter fest to close the month. A couple more stops around the upper midwest, then this thin-blooded blues hound is heading it back to where he belongs!

January 11, 2015
Wilebski's Blues Saloon
1638 Rice St, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55117
Minnesota Blues Society
Jimmi & the Band of Souls  http://jimmiandthebandofsouls.com
Brother Sun Sister Moon https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brother-Sun-Sister-Moon/1421217921461862
Black Water Blues Band   http://www.blackwaterbluesband.net/
Tampa Spatz http://www.tampaspatz.moonfruit.com
Annie Mack Band  http://www.anniemackblues.com
IBC All Star Band: (Thank you Dave Lambert for names!)
Far left Dan Schwalbe (gtr)
Hurricane Harold (harp)
John Franken (Middle gtr)
 The 3rd guitarist is Mark "Good Time Willy" Williams. Great player and singer. 
Upright bass is Javier Matos. Usually fronts his band "Javier & the Innocent Sons" on guitar/harp/vocals. 
Drummer is Dave Larson. He's played with everybody over the past 40 yrs... Lynwood Slim, R J Mischo are a couple who made it bigger.  Schwalbe and Larson play in the Innocent Sons with Javier.

Last fundraiser for the musicians representing Minnesota at the 2015 international Blues Challenge. Event to include music, silent auction and bake sale.

State line - heading into the cities from Wisco, crossing the St. Croix at Hudson.
Memories of many years gone by! I guess once every thirty years it is good to
 get back to remind one's self about just why one is not here in winter!

The ol' new place! 
It has been a long while since I was in the original venue, but I think the
whole place could have fit on just the dance floor here! NICE venue!!
Black Water Blues Band

Great event people! Thanks for the warm welcome!

Tampa Spatz - Signing about HOME!

Annie Mack Band - PROS!

Annie Mack - Giving it all, all the time!

Couldn't be done without the volunteers! Thanks!

WIDE community involvement in getting them to Memphis!

Nice MEMPHIS art in the auction! Sun Studios

Plenty of ways to contribute!

Art abounds!

Memphis Bound w/ Brother Sun & Sister Moon!
Dave Lambert - resonators, guitars & vocals 
Donna Dahl - drums & vocals 
2014 Road To Memphis Blues Challenge Winners Solo/Duo, MN

Jimmi, leading that band of soul(s)

Ya'll come back, ya hear?

Winner's, all!

Black Water Blues Band

Tampa Spatz - boogie-ing the board!

Need to get those feet in motion? LOOK UP ANNIE!

Good people get out the blues! Great seeing you Steve!

Yep. Darn good...

Close up of "Darn Good"!
Nice people with beautiful smiles enjoying great music... Yes indeed, survival skills in the northland! Hi Joan!

My new friend Marilyn and my 'old' friend Steve!

Yes, another blues legend captured by the lens. I had the pleasure of meeting Ted Wilebski (right) and Rich. Real people, and it is reflected throughout the club. Thanks!

The foreboding beauty of endless snow at zero degrees. 

Look what I found!! Hmmmmm......

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  1. Thanks for the post and videos, Charlie. Looking forward to joining you in sunny Florida soon. We really enjoyed meeting you and love the video clips and documentation on the IBC fundraiser at Wilebski's.

  2. Wow! Charlie thank you for the videos, photos and kind words. Hope to play for you down in Florida sometime soon! Peace to you, brother.