Forest Lake Minnesota’s Jazz and Blues Music Connection

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Real Estate Agent with Boardman Realty Minnesota License#90858

mc signMusic is a known eclectic force in throughout the Midwest. Notably, Minnesota is the home to Prince, Jonny Lang and Soul Asylum to name just a few. There always seems to be a new band on the horizon just waiting to be discovered in the undercurrent of talent in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. In the area where I live and sell real estate, few would consider looking in Forest Lake or Taylors Falls for an upcoming Jazz/Blues/Rock sound but thanks to a musical profile on local cable access programming, I found one that deserves to be heard.

Many who move to the Forest Lake area will eventually stop into Music Connection to rent an instrument for school band or to sign up for music lessons. On a Saturday morning, I have run into more than one past homebuyer and friend stopping in to peruse the sheet music, pick up drum sticks or drop off someone for a lesson. The store offers a talented group of musicians that teach piano, drums, voice, guitar and more. We discovered the store several years back when our sons began lessons with an energetic yet quiet, young electric guitar instructor, Tony Berning.

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Though we knew Tony played in a band and wrote music, we were unaware of the depth of his musical talent as he presents himself with an unassuming daytime demeanor. But surprisingly we recently discovered that inside there beat the heart of a true blues and jazz musician just waiting to explode on stage as lead singer of The Juizy Blazz Shake-Up.red bird sign

This fall I was fortunate to tag along during a photo shoot and filming of the band's profile at the Red Bird Music in the picturesque St. Croix Valley. Just across the river from Taylors Falls, the community of St. Croix Falls offers a unique atmosphere for local bands. I met the members of JBSU on a stage in the basement of the main street store, where local musicians hone their talents every weekend. It was only a photo shoot so no music was played that night. Intrigued by their story after hearing they had played at The Fine Line Music Café and First Avenue in Minneapolis, I later tagged along again to Wisconsin to hear the band in action.

Unbelievable! Awesome vocal and guitar talent that was so unexpected from the guitar teacher we knew so well.

If you have a chance, you will want to catch Juizy Blazz Shake Up in person. In the meantime you can check out the band's story and sound on the complete band profile created by film production talent, Pyromaniac Studios .

Intriqued and want to see where the Juizy Blazz Shake-Up is playing next? Or maybe you want to ask if they are available to play at your Twin Cities event? Visit The Juizy Blazz Shake Up MySpace page. The band plays periodically throughout the Twin Cities...and for many of the venues, there is NO Cover Charge!

If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give me a call or visit my website for a FREE Relocation Packet or Homebuyers Success Packet. I specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

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Teri Eckholm. REALTOR with Boardman Realty, is a native Minnesotan who has lived and worked in the Minneapolis St Paul metro all of her life. She specializes in lakeshore homes, acreage properties and first time home buyers but assists anyone making a move in the north and east Twin Cities metro.

If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give Teri , a call or visit her website for a FREE Home Buyer Success Guide or FREE Home Value Report She specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

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Teri Eckholm
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If you watch the profile video beginning of the profile, you will get a chance to see someone very near and dear to my heart and see the real reason I was tagging along. :)

Dec 28, 2008 10:06 AM #1
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I had no idea that such great music came from this region.  I really enjoyed the video and the music.

Dec 28, 2008 10:25 AM #2
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Teri Eckholm
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Joan--It is pretty impressive stuff and most often you can see this band for free. Unless they are playing in Mpls.

Dec 28, 2008 10:42 AM #3
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Teri, I really enjoyed this.  How much fun it must have been to "tag along" and do a photo shoot AND hear some great music.  Ok, somewhere I missed the reason you were tagging along :(

Dec 28, 2008 02:18 PM #4
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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Nice photos of the area the falls look impressive from the top how high are they?

Dec 28, 2008 08:09 PM #5
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Teri Eckholm
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Carole--It was fun to see a different side of someone like Tony that we have known for years as a guitar teacher and share in their passion.

Dec 28, 2008 11:35 PM #6
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Terry--That shot is from above the falls over the St. Croix. I have no idea how high up we are but when I was up there, I did try not to look down. ;)

Dec 28, 2008 11:51 PM #7
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Hi Teri I am a big fan of blues and Jazz myself. It is great to be able to go out and find a great entertainer that you have never heard.

Dec 28, 2008 11:55 PM #8
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great use of specific local info to attract customers, prospects or stay in touch with current clients, hope you have a great new years

Dec 29, 2008 04:52 AM #9
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Teri Eckholm
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Bill--Did you get a chance to listen? JBSU is pretty good and Tony writes a lot of  the music but they play favorites too. It was fun to see them.

Dec 29, 2008 11:23 AM #10
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Teri Eckholm
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James--Posting on specific information helps everyone. The band, the businesses, new people to the area and ties me to the community. Thanks for the wishes...I hope 2009 is wonderful for you too!

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Hi Teri,

Loved your Matt's video, no tdoubt you are very proud of him. Tried to get through it 2X, side-tracked by phone calls but thought he did a great job. As for the another band named Toe Jam...what a hoot.

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Teri  ou've got to be proud of him - he displays a great personality,  Karen

Dec 30, 2008 11:28 AM #13
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Teri Eckholm
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Lynda--Thanks! He really did a good job with this...writing the questions, filming, editing, graphics. The only thing he didn't do was the music and photograph the still shots at the end. The garage band guys are a little less polished but Matt did make them look pretty good too. Thanks for watching. :)

Dec 31, 2008 12:14 AM #14
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Karen--Thank you...Yes, we are very proud. He puts together a great product and works very hard at everything he does.

Dec 31, 2008 12:16 AM #15
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