Honor Awards 2020

Music Honor Awards 2020 Minneapolis/Saint Paul

By Mitzi Beliveau

There are many in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota area who help others in the music business. I don’t hear or see all of them. But, the few I know I will share their names and acknowledge what I know about their service lifting others up. Next year I will ask others to help find the Honor Awards winners. Really everyone deserves to be honored. One at a time, everyday, every week, month after month.

Honor Awards For 2020

Volunteering to Help the Vets

One man who has been outstanding for helping with doing fundraising with a few of his friends and bandmates. Goes to nursing homes and other places to entertain the vets and their families. Thank you for being humble and serving your country wherever you are.

Patrick McLaughlin   Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/patrick.mclaughlin.39

The next person I can think of is help do some fundraising and play small concerts for the vets. He and his bandmates I know go to the handicaped vets camp. Thanks for all that you do.

Ray Campbell 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ray.campbell.752

Media Honor Awards

Next I want to acknowledge the media that I know that does not get paid to press their work. We all see stories, video, pictures and websites. I know there maybe more these are just the ones I have had the pleasure to meet and work with the last few years.

This man and his friends have produced some of the best blues stories and pictures for years. Free to read and lots of information about who is who in his newspaper/magazine/online. Thank you for all that you do. Owner of Blue Monday Monthly Tabloid and the Blues Weekly radio show. 

John ‘blueshammer’ Hammer  

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/john.b.hammer.7

This man takes pictures and videos and lots of musicians and singers know him. Following anyone and taking pictures and video. Sometimes having his beloved mother who passed recently taking pictures of her and CDs of bands. A man always in the pictures of the most active singers and musicians in the community in the midwest, the Minneapolis/Saint Paul. 

Carlo James LaManna   Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/carlo.lamanna.33

Helping others, mentoring others and sharing blues music on Radio Station these two are all ways working in the music community.  

Radio Station KFAI 90.3

Jacquie Maddix – Lady J Maddix/ Lady J Griot  https://www.kfai.org/personality/ladyjgriot/

Harold Tremblay  Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/harold.tremblay

Honor Awards for Helping Other by Using Jam Session

Jam Sessions are one way to practice and network in the music business. Many get their first break or a new break being in a Jam Session.

This man has managed several Jam Sessions in the Twin Cities area. Helping others get started and using his connections and friends to do a Jam Sessions ongoing in Saint Paul and other metro cities. Thank you for the other musicians and singers who are with him. 

Jim Stairs

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002617847691

Honor Award for Going Beyond to Help Others in the Music Business

People who help others in the music business. Help mentor, help others practice, help with benefits, help with teaching online tools and many more things. Thank you to each one of these people, that I know of. There are many more, but these are just a few.

The Late, Debbie Duncan 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.duncan.9889

George Moye 

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/george.moye.7

Johny O Keefe 

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/johny.keefe

John Garden 

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/john.garden.3

Bambi Alexandra 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bambialexandra

Joe Flip/Filipovich  Facebook Page: 

https://www.facebook.com/JoeFlipMusic

Erin McCawley

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/erinmccawleyHSB

Michael (Taco) Velasquez 

Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/michaeltaco.velasquez

Michael Brisson

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/michael.brisson1

Allen Kirk 

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/allen.kirk.12

There are many more I could share, but will wait for next year. Somebody needs to win next year. Plus let me know next November 2021 who you think should win an Honor Award. 

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