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1638 Rice Street
Saint Paul, MN 55117
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while offering the same great stage to a variety of local and regional favorites!
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in the front row nearest Rice Street
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Ted Wilebski Jr., a passionate pioneer of the St. Paul blues scene, died at age 67. Wilebski died Monday, November 19, 2018, four days after he suffered a heart attack, his family said.
The Oakdale resident was the man behind Wilebski’s Blues Saloon, which he opened in St. Paul in 1979. The venue played host to blues acts of local and national prominence, including the likes of Etta James, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy and Otis Rush.
“He called himself … the Blues King,” said his wife, Jennifer Wilebski. “He was so proud. He said, ‘Honey, I brought up musicians from the South.’”
Ted Wilebski Jr. was born in St. Paul in 1951.
He opened and managed the live-music venue on the corner of Western and Thomas avenues in St. Paul until it closed in the early 1990s.
He reopened Wilebski’s Blues Saloon in 2009 at the same location in Frogtown, before moving to a newer building on Rice Street near Wheelock Parkway. He ran the venue for a year and a half before moving on to new endeavors.
A new owner now operates the Blues Saloon.
Wilebski was drawn to blues music because of its “soulfulness” and the way it made him feel, said his son, Ted Wilebski III. “The music and the people was pretty much what consumed him. That was his passion,” he said.
In the Minnesota blues scene, Wilebski was known for elevating local musicians by letting them open for national acts.
He once was recognized by the Minnesota Blues Society for his contributions to the music scene.
“Ted was really willing to bring up the names that no one had heard of if they were good,” said Curt Obeda, a longtime friend and member of a band that performed at the Blues Saloon.
“(He was) a larger-than-life promoter.” Pat McLaughlin, an Oakdale resident who knew him since high school, said Wilebski treated patrons and performers like royalty.
Wilebski’s daughter, Tracy Davies, said he gave his children the same treatment. She said she once attended the Minnesota Black Music Awards with her father and tried to get an autograph from Prince, who was in attendance. Prince’s entourage turned her and her father away, Davies said. When Prince found out, he insisted on getting her an autograph. “(My father) just had that kind of respect,” she said. “He was a spoiler … anything we wanted, he got.”
In addition to his wife and two children, Wilebski is survived by four grandchildren
Ted Wilebski, Jr.
The founder of
Wilebski's Blues Saloon
with Jennifer & Bill Swanson
Thanks Jennifer W for the pics!!!
The steps up to the old Wilebski's
Always a great Master of Ceremonies