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Dry Bones Blues Festival XI June 15th 2014

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Father's Day June 15th 2014

Minnesota Music Cafe

499 Payne Avenue Saint Paul MN. Zip 55130

2:30 'Old Timers' Open AA Meeting

Topic on Page 101 of The Big Book

Live Music 3-7 PM

Five Bands

Celebration of Recovery

Families, Friends, Neighbors,

Public Event

Information call 651-491-6286


3:00 PM Blues by

The Kennedy's

4:00 Dee Miller Blues Band


Special Guest Vocalist

Claudette (BB’s Daughter) King


Ramshackle Charmers

A Rocking Blues Band

Screening of the rushes for movie called DRY BONES BLUES FESTIVAL

Producers Cheryl & Tom Hilber Sober Rose Productions

Sober Rose Productions in partnership with Minnesota Blues Society, East Side Neighborhood Development Company; Northeast Neighborhood Development Corporation, Minnesota Music Cafe, Parkway Printers, Kendall's Ace Hardware, Merrick Community Services all on Payne Avenue, Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church on Mackubin, Christ Recovery Center Union Gospel Mission, Metro Anthony Louis Treatment Center, On-Belay Houses, Pat's Home Dairy Kemps, Newport Laundry & Dry cleaning, Saint Paul Ward 2 Councilmen Dave Thune, City of Saint Paul, District 625 Board Member John Brodrick.


Dry Bones 651-491-6286

Hours spent on Dry Bone Blues.COM 2012-2013

Posted on June 22, 2013 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)



Volunteer Hours by Tom Hilber Sober Rose Producti0ons of DBBFX 6/15/13

 6/10/13, Private Security hired, Police contacted 1 hr, Thrust Stage set up 6/5/13 -------------3 hrs, (33)

 Friday sound system set up 6 hours Saturday Produced show 9 AM until 11:00PM ---------14 hours

 Sun. clean up 2 hrs, Book keeping final report typing up reports! 17, 18, 19, 29, Mon. Tus. -

 Wed. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------6 hrs

 6/4/13 Meet With Reporter Newspaper...Tuesday Bill Stiger Cheeky Monkey 11:00AM-

 1:00PM ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2 hrs.

 Worked business community Selby Ave, collected remaining sponsors pledges Payne

 Avenue 6/3/4/13 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---6 hour,

 Wed Thurs 29 & 30 2013 work 16 hour on internet add for news paper one the phone-=--

 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------16 hrs (106)

 5/29/13Worked on News paper ads City Pages and bought it on the spot nice discount

 and color 1-5 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---4 hours

 Worked On Highland Villager News Story for Dale Mischke editor Wants to run Human

 Interest Story. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7 Hours

 Worked on adds for Highland Villagers and Pioneer press (on internet) also putting up

 poster 5/23/24/13 on east side and Selby Highland area ---------------------------------------------5 hrs

 Janet and her brother Norman worked on mailings at DAPC to tx. centers and 1/2 houses

 also putting up DBBF X posters in clubs around town 5/22/13 ------------------------------------8 hrs

 Went to Summit-Hill Planning Council with information and posters Tuesday 5:30 -8:30

 pm 5/21/13 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----3 hrs

 5/13/13 Poster Completed for printer to Parkway Printer Worked on Requisitions for

 payment of bands and services, collection of promised funds this week, fifty posters put

 up 50 treatment 1/2 way houses mailing done, 20 hours Monday 5/20/13 Janet& Norman

 & I worked 4 hours on mailing with me! I Worked on Selby Ave with posters and

 promotions 2hrs .For total of---------------------------------------------------------------------------26 hrs

 Been working ALC every day so just in throws of flyers and poster adds and collecting

 funds 2 hrs a day ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20 hrs

 Friday 4/26/13 9-2:00 PM Worked on Add corrections for phoenix news Cleaned up

 FBP had sly edit add-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5 hrs.

 Working with Phoenix add and story for May isse of that recovery news paper 4/20,

 21/13 Julia Edelman!------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5 hrs

 4/25/13 Been working with Web Master on Dryboneblues.com in Vadnais Heights finally

 got it mostly right--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------5hrs

 Began working media last two weeks, plus financial reports to fiscal agent, and Selby

 Ave Business Community

 A lot of time in e-mails, copy stories DBBFX for press /30 hours a week last two

 weeks 4/17/13 5:45PM ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------60 hrs ( 103)

 Worked with past and new sponsors Wednesday AM Fr: Blaine , Vadnais Heights, East

 Side down town St. Paul talked to 14 different people. got to make up the lost 500! I

 think I’m up to $400 today ------------------------------------------------------------------------------5 hrs


MARSHALL MESSAGE redacting Face Book Pages Monday 3:35PM ; RENIGING ON

500.00 SPONSORSHIP-------------------------------------------------------------------------------3hrs

 facebook/drybonesbluesfestival X work on up date Bands, Sponsors, food CD Sales

 tables for ---bands ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2-hrs

 Internet net working DBBF X -Ea. day -2-4 hours a day Meet with Chuck on financials

 3/29/13------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2 hrs

 Contract work with Bands all week long time consuming 3/30/13 copies contrasts to N.P.

 fiscal Agent- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20 hrs

 3/25/13 Contract nego. with bands and Web Site Work Cull mailing list for promo-------------6 Hrs

 3/24/13 Band contracts type up e-mail correct / prep prepare dinner two band contacts --

 meetings ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4-hrs

 3/24/.13 with sound tech. and cush. band contract talks Echo Street -----------------------------10 hrs (102)

 3/23/13 Graphic work lettering --------------------------------------------------------------------------8 hrs

 Poster work with Mike Garry 3/21/13-----------------------------------------------------------------3 hrs

 3/19/13 Work on band contracts, work with Web Master 50.00 for domain --------------------6 hrs

 3/1813 Promoting/ Booking bands ( Annie Mack On) with Minn. Blues Society Joe B. ---

 committee reports ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------10 hrs

 Media F.B. Updates $ requests3.15.13 -------------------------------------------------------------- 2hrs

 Dan Emerson Pioneer Press, Rec Joe Demco,Willie Murphy or other draw for fund raiser --- 1 hr

 Contact Joe Spenser, Mayors office-------(Not returning Calls)------------------------------------- 1 hr

 Income / expense statement work with fiscal agent 3/15/13-----------------------------------------2 hrs

 Al Franken smooze internet for DBBFX ---------------------------------------------------------1 hr

 Fund Raiser Don King Dan, Emerson Promo funding Talk /15/13 --------------------------------1 hr

 Committee work.. Sam Joe Dan Stewart- -----------------------------------------------------------1Hr

 Warners' Stellian break through commitment----------------------------------------------------------1 hr

 3/12/13 Grant writing continues-------------------------------------------------------------------------12 hrs

 Wrote a Grand proposal for DBBF X proposal/refined it sent to Chuck DAPC N.P

 fiscal Agent-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------3 Hrs

 Wrote Star Grant proposal packaged and delivered to PED. St P.with Chuck DAPC N.P-. 5hrs

 Interviewed With PEDE Star Grant Panel ------------------------------------------------------------ 2-hrs

 Awarded Star Cultural Grant Burger Moes' to celebrate -------------------------------------------- 2--hrs

 Met with Chuck N.P. Fiscal Agent --------------------------------------------------------------------2-hrs

 Began research and development of Corporate Sponsors------------------------------------------- 4 hrs

 Went To MRAC Legacy Seminar Bob Burns ---------------------------------------------------------3 hrs

 Contacted John Marshall Excel sent prospective on Dry Bones ------------------------------------1 hr

 Contacted Jeff Warner, John Marshall today DBBFX------------------------------------------------2 hrs

 Contacted Securing Corp. Downloaded Grant package ---------------------------------------------- 1 hr

 Contacted Treasure Island -------------------------------------------------------------------------------1 hr

 Contracted Mystic Lake ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 hr

 Contact Jeff Warner caught on a Friday afternoon when he was on his way out the door 1 hr

 Excel contact found name John Marshall He's with St. P. Chamber--------------------------------1 hr

 3/12/13-12 hrs Corporate grant writing Excel Center Securian, PepsiCo ------------------------12 hrs

 3/14-3/15 communications Joe Byrne MNBS & Jeff Warners’Stellian-------------------------- 3 hrs

 Total HOURS _____336 hours______

344 X $ 10.00 =$ 3440.00

6/20/13 submitted by Tom S. Hilber




Dry Bone Debriefing Story 2013

Posted on June 22, 2013 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

12 Steps 12 Bar Blues


Tom S. Hilber











The then Local Mayor Chris Coleman’s art Person, Joe Spenser, asked me to apply for a St. Paul Star (Sales Tax Revitalization) Special Cultural Projects Grant from the cities sales tax used to enhance the downtown area as a cultural center. An even smaller amount is used to fund neighborhoods outside the downtown area with cultural development, outright grants, loans or matching funds. Backing up a bit now…the Dry Bone Festival was first funded in 2005 by the Metro East Builders a Methodists community outreach development fund for which I wrote a grant for $2000.00 which was granted and put in the then pastor’s care of which I used for seed money and always replaced after each event. The then city councilmen Dan Bostrom from Ward 6 stepped in with Community Organization planning project money from the Saint Paul City Council in the amount of $500.00 which I then matched from businesses and individuals and proceeds from the festivals of which I have produced ten events sense 2005. $30,000 dollars later I have ten events under my belt which each have made modest profits from freewill offerings from patron attending the each free community event.

I us the first person I for the simple fact I am a ‘one man committee’; which is not my evaluation but the Pioneer Press’s reporter that wrote the story about the dry bones a few years ago, by adding the neighboring city, Minneapolis Minnesota, main newspaper the Star Tribune wherein I am labeled as a ‘political gadfly’ by the latter and a one man committee by the other. I cannot argue either of the two observations by local reporters. This Year a Highland Park neighborhood newspaper, the Villager, stated a third observation that I was a maniac but that was a comment directly quoted from my own lips. I’ll let my readers decide if any of the three fit my profile!

So here I start the journey of 365 days it took to produce the Dry Bones Blues Festival Number Ten. It was a Story that started with an invitation from Joe Spencer the Saint Paul Mayors cultural affairs officer. He was aware, apparently, of my efforts to develop a Blues event as we started the year of the last Raspberry Blues Festivals was held at the Saint Paul Park’s Raspberry Island Band Schell in 2005 in the downtown area located on West Side of Saint Paul. Our Mission has always been to promote a alternative to liquor sponsored music events and promote professionalism amongst musicians and listening audience and to create musician paying venues for local St. Paul and greater Minnesota Blues bands and keeping the music live!

I am not a drug or alcohol prohibitionists I just realize the number of addicted musicians and the deaths of many of our friends whose music we admire that left to soon due to chemical use and abuse and complication thereof. Wikipedia lists about 500 deaths by drugs and alcohol but the liquor industry, I can only suspect, has managed to suppress the alcohol related death as a formal list and appears as not accessible on internet however a daily read of the local papers or the number of friends in the music business that abuse alcohol and drug is as apparent as ever to me!

The spring of 2012 was traumatic for me personally as I lost my home, and my retirement plans to foreclosure crisis that some say was my fault, if you listen to Tom Bernard morning show, or to US banks bundling and selling toxic mortgages, rising taxes; insurance inflation and stagnant wages. Gratefully my wife was able to buy into her parent’s home that was left in trust after their deaths and the deaths of three of her younger brothers in the last few years preceding the mortgage crisis still ravaging our communities even after five years. I personally calculate a quarter million dollars personal loss in future interests as I had planned to continue to rent rooms to recovering folks as I had done over the previous twenty-five years. The summer was not all loss but filled with a Little Crow Memorial trip up the Minnesota River with my youngest brother Rick to visit battle site forts and Minnesota State Parks sites. Then there was the Semi-annual family Reunion at Lida Greens Golf Coerce built by my father on an old notorious Pelican Rapids Minnesota Pot farm and before that a bootleggers hideout in the nineteen twenties! This was my father’s boyhood family summer retreat area for many years and he knew the area and carried out building a truck farm, a log cabin, and remodeling and building a home in pelican Rapids after his retirement from Northwestern Bell Telephone company. With twelve brothers and sisters these events always prove very interesting and updating the family’s pilgrim’s progress.

Granddad was Wisconsin second generation product of hotel businesses in logging towns and he traveled Montana and eventually to Saint Paul to work for the US Government Weight & Measures in St. Paul’s Selby and Snelling Avenue Area of Saint Paul. Dad was born in St. Paul and granddad gave up the government job for a job with Nabisco Company in Fargo North Dakota. Fargo is the area dad grew up in and then as a married man worked across the State of North Dakota with rural electrification and telephone lines and area exchange buildings. Dad’s passion was golf and he was a North Dakota State Runner up State Golf Champion and golf pro as a young man out of High School. With mom bearing kids born one after another going to work for the phone company was a no brainer for dad! The women dad married was a beautiful mix-blood French and Indian which we only learned later in life as hostilities against indigenous peoples still runs deep in Minnesota culture as a result of the war of 1862 and genocide that occoured before and after that war.

Well back to the story: Fall of 2012 I wrote the proposal for Saint Paul Star cultural Grant and by the new year we were accepted as a recipient of a five thousand dolor grant which I proceeded to try to match dolor for dolor from the business community and blues music philanthropists. Then I was under the weather so to speak, for winter was record breaking, and I was hit twice to and from work by a diver admittedly drinking and a dude on talking away his cell phone and not paying attention. I was not hurt but my beautiful Buick looks like crap and a long fight with the insurance company ensued. The settlement did come in handy for some projects and I now drive a car missing a plastic bumper but the steering was repaired from previous driver’s neglect and the wife went on a mission trip to Guatemala with her church group.

Now things start getting desperate for my plan to go to corporate to help fund Dry Bones went quickly nowhere and then in desperation I tenaciously scored with Jeff Warner of Minnesota Warners’ Stellian a seven store family owned business after having my phone calls, emails, and on line contacts ignored, I watched and waited for the time he left work to talk to him personally. The truth is all the previous Dry Bone fests were funded by personal face to face contacts and the so called great technology advancement is way ahead of the populace need for real community and not virtual ones. Jeff was a hard sell but his gift was to spur me on and with a few desperate conversations with spiritual men I proceeded with my pursuit of corporate Saint Paul funding for Dry Bones Blues Festival X.

virtual relationships i.e. phone calls, e-mails, applications went down deep black holes and gatekeepers and even the ones that supported me got shut down by nameless higher up shut me out of corporate sponsorship. One day I had a $500.00 grant and the next week it was withdrawn and five others went nowhere fast. The casinos did take time to e-mail me they are no longer funding music festivals which I know is not entirely true. This was the year Mystic introduced booze after the old chief, who did quite well without alcohol at the casino, died and his legacy was and now is because of next generation of young bucks wish for what (?) more profits, more security jobs, what well I don’t really know! At least I got a response from two area casinos while whereas some corporate entities were simple rude and I was rude right back at them. My aghast at unprofessional behavior higher ups and paid gatekeepers lack of courtesy in provincial Saint Paul will be told to at least twenty friends I can’t quarantine this bitter pill and it’s not the first one for me in life’s forty year journey in Saint Paul. I’m not perfect either but I try to pay attention to courtesies. The Good News is personal contact and tenacity, staying positive, and painting great promotional pictures & stories for people paid off in the end. We increased our budget; fundraising, attendance, sponsorship, and made a profit due to the generosity of our patrons the day of the event. Thanks to all!

The funding all happened; the fans came through, the money came through, the bands came through, the newspapers ads and reporters came through, just one final note on Saint Paul’s provincialism! The Cultural affairs office and the Mayor’s office acted similar to corporate Saint Paul as my calls, requests did not even merit a response even a after a personal face to face contact with the mayor one week out. I would just like to know why this provincial city of Saint Paul Minnesota cannot adapt a more cosmopolitan attitude with courtesies and answered phone calls. I, like most others I believe, would like not to be left hanging in the breeze, even if a no answer is a no answer in my book, it’s rude behavior, Saint Paul, and tax payers, costumers, promoters, visitors, et.al. Deserve better. There I did not even swear even once! See You Next Year God willing!

I start the festival process all over again right after the annual event!



This is background on one man's run for office

Posted on July 7, 2010 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

     The 'Door Knocker' was printed this weekend so I have been out  walking and talking the neighborhood with it and don't you know I have to correct one part where the date of the general election was wrong.  I took the imperfection and made a positive out of it and will sign each piece 'Tom' as I correct each one ...just as a personal touch to let people know  I'm active in the neighborhood. Rain gear is on order Wedneday... it seems!

     Mostly people are wishing me well, but,  the negitive stuff is still tuff to take especially from peers who want to make feel bad for my political quest cause they think I should'nt even be elected cause I'm imperfect and yes 'grandiose' to think a recovered drunk should not be a Minnesota Senator.  I guess if you're a well to do  recovering drunk, like Mark Dayton, it would be easier to accept for some people. It does take a strong ego to with stand the slings and arrows of folks that just do not like yeah!

     The other criticism is the grandfatherly  aura I'm promoting.. it  is a gimmick to get peoples attention and recognize my campaign as ligit and not just a ego thing. Thinking outside the box and being creative is part of promoting ones self which, after all is said and done, is what politics is all about.  My personal story is just as valuable as the next guys and never having enough money to do things is just the message politicians need to address with all the deficit spending government is doing to stimulate the economy. There is a better way!  The Hat cause I'm going bald,  the glasses cause my eyesight is not what it used to be and I do have grandchildren so as far as the 'professor thing' I have to say I am a scrappy scholor.  I was not ever a A student except in history class! 

      As far as 'puffing up my qualification', well you cannot take away the fact I have never been a slaker. I've worked hard all my life making a living, and trying to improve myself and others to make this the best life I can with the talent God gave me. You Don't like it tough! Good luck is the most common salute when out door knocking so I wish you good Luck with the personality / principle thing some of you got going out there for yeah!  I'll press on cause I am no loser.  I know what I'm gonna do next ...do You?