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Boats, Blues & BBQ

The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum (MLMM) is hosting its second annual fundraiser and community celebration - "Boats, Blues and BBQ."

The event will take place Friday, August 29 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the MLMM, 205 3rd Avenue West.

Organizers encourage the public to attend this event, which they say will be an enjoyable evening of fun and blues music.

Music will be provided by Scottie Miller and The Re-uptake Inhibitors, a popular Twin Cities blues band.

The menu for the evening includes barbecued beef brisket, cole slaw, sweet potato fries, rocky road bar, coffee and lemonade. There will also be a cash bar available.

Event organizers said that one of the evening's highlights will be the "Goat Boat," although they didn't offer any explanation of what it is. They said people would enjoy it.

The cost per person is $20 in advance or $25 at the gate.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the museum, Pete's County Market and Elden's Food Fair.

For more information, contact the MLMM at (320) 759-1114.

About the museum

The Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of antique and classic watercraft, resort memorabilia and sporting equipment used on the Minnesota lakes.

Becoming a member is a good way to support the museum and be involved in future activities.

For more information, call the MLMM at (320) 759-1114 or visit its Web site at

About Scottie Miller

Scottie Miller grew up in Minneapolis and started studying piano at age 6. He was classically trained until age 13 when he began studying jazz with Peter Murray at McPhail School of the Arts.

In 1986, Miller attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with the help of a partial scholarship from the Chick Corea Jazz Masters Incentive Fund. He also studied under piano great Craig Najjar.

Miller then moved back to Minneapolis, where he still resides.

In 1998, Miller crossed paths with Minneapolis blues heroes Big John Dickerson and Blue Chamber. They went on tour extensively in the states and overseas.

Miller wrote and co-wrote tunes such as When the Sun Goes Down, When I'm Gone and How Long?, which were featured on the CD, Arms of the Blues, Blue Chamber featuring Big John Dickerson.

Since 2002, Miller has been recording and performing with drummer Mark O'Day and bassist John Iden. From 2003-2005, the trio hooked up with guitarist Paul Mayasich and recorded two Scottie Miller CDs - The Other Side and Days of Reckoning.

In 2006, Miller released a solo piano and vocal CD titled Livin' Between the Black 'n White. Unlike his previous original recordings, this was a dedication to piano-blues forefathers, especially Otis Spann.

Recently, the band enlisted local saxophone giant, Brian "Zoot" Simonds. This combination created the band's new sound and its current CD release, Scottie Miller and The Re-Uptake Inhibitors, which features Mark O'Day, John Iden, Brian "Zoot" Simonds, and special guests, Scott Sansby on percussion, and Dave Barry and Mark Knoll on guitars.

The "Inhibitors" have released their strongest material to date, with production and arrangement efforts that far surpass their previous releases.

The new CD exhibits strong Minneapolis and New Orleans funk flavors, reflective soulful ballads, slow blues, and R&B cuts that wander back and forth somewhere between Ray Charles, John Hiatt and Dr. John.

For more information, visit Scottie Miller's Web site