Congratulations to the 2016 Member's Choice Award Recipients!
See the full list HERE!

The Colorado Blues Society is Collecting for Those Less Fortunate

CBS is partnering with agencies throughout the state by collecting crucial items for the homeless and other families needing help. We are focusing on cold weather needs-gloves, socks, coats, (adults and children)blankets, sleeping bags, even tents. Another item that is  greatly needed are RTD bus passes, often the only way these folks have to get around. For a complete list of needs go to http://homelessgear.org/needs/
 
We will be collecting your donations at 2 upcoming CBS events. The Members Choice Awards this Sunday (Nov 13)  at the Buffalo Rose and our CBS IBC sendoff (Dec 11) at the Buffalo Rose. Bring your new and gently used items that day and we will get them to the agencies that need them. Thanks for thinking about the less fortunate during this Holiday season!

GoFundMe for John Catt
John Catt is in the fight of his life. Bills continue to pile up and he can use all of our help. He has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. John could use your donations to help him with personal and medical expenses as he undergoes treatment. He is committed to keep doing as much as he can for Blue Star Connection and the Grand County Blues Society even during this struggle. Donations can be made by via GoFundMe by clicking John's photo below or by depositing funds in the John Catt Fund at Grand Mountain Bank in Grand County.

CBS IBC Send Off Party December 11 at the Buffalo Rose

Come on down to the Buffalo Rose on December 11th to give the Colorado Blues Society's 2016 IBC winners, The John Weeks Band, band finalists, AJ Fullerton, solo/duo finalist, and the Grace Kuch Band, Youth Showcase finalist, a fine sendoff to the Memphis International Competition in February. 100% of the proceeds will go to help the artists defray their travel expenses to represent Colorado at the IBC in Memphis in January. Doors open at 3:00 and the show starts at 3:30. The artists will showcase their IBC sets and more. Joining AJ will be special guest, Mississippi bluesman, Stud Ford. Tickets are $10.00 for CBS members and $15.00 for non-members, and are available at the door. Please come and show your support!

Johnny Johnston's "Colorado Blue" Awarded CBS's Best Self Produced CD!
Congratulations to Johnny Johnston! His CD Colorado Blue has been selected as the Colorado Blues Society's BSPCD entry in Memphis this year. The competition was the stiffest yet as we had 8 great CDs that all had terrific aspects to them. Here's what the judges said about Colorado Blue - "Very well done recording! Really liked it", "Very good, I really liked this. Liner notes and cover very good as well" "Cool. He deserves the accolades". Congratulations Johnny and good luck to Colorado Blue in Memphis! Check out Johnny on his website  http://www.johnnyjohnston.com/

The other CDs are all worthy to be in your collection. Austin Young "Live at the Toad 2" and "Not So Simple". The Catfish Kray Band's "Ripples". Verses the Inevitable "All Debts Paid". Rex Peoples and Xfactor's "Fried Food /Hard Liquor". Sixty Minute Men's "Away we Go". Barrel of Blues' "Double Barrel Blues".
Support Colorado Blues and be sure to check out these great bands, and when you do, pick up their CDs as well.

The Colorado Blue Society Congratulates The John Weeks Band and A.J. Fullerton the Winners of the 2016 Colorado Blues Challenge!
They will represent CBS at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2017! We are proud of all of the artists that performed in this years competition. The blues talent in Colorado just keeps getting better! Thanks to all of the fans and venues that supported the events. More details...
The John Weeks Band (photo by Jim Drake)
A. J. Fullerton (photo by Jim Drake)

Colorado Blues Society's Youth Representatives for the 2017 International Blues Challenge!
Grace Kuch, Laine Ford & Jordan Stixx Jamison will be representing the Colorado Blues Society as the 2017 Youth Representatives for the International Blues Challenge!

Get Your Ad In The Weekly Update and On This Website
CBS Business members (that includes bands and CBS acts) keep in mind as a member, for $25/month you can run an ad in the Weekly Update AND on this website. Send send us a .pdf or .jpg of your ad or poster (min size 293 width x 432 height) and we will link it to your website or event link. Not a CBS member? We'll give your ad the same two spots for $50 a month. That's a pretty cheap way to promote your act and something to keep in mind if you have a special show coming up down the road.
For more info send an email to info@coblues.org.

Announcing the CBS Membership Referral Program
When you refer another person who becomes a new member of the Colorado Blues Society, you will receive a credit worth $5.00 toward any CBS merchandise or your next membership renewal.  You will also receive one entry for each referral into a drawing for gifts at the Annual Membership Party. Simply add “referred by Your Name” to an application you provide to your friend or make sure they include your name as the referrer to their application on the Membership page on the web-site.  We will log your referral into our database and send you a credit voucher which you and use at CBS’s merchandize booth at events.
A drawing will be held at the Annual Membership meeting, selecting three winners.  The winners will receive a gift, which may include tickets to events, merchandize, or a free membership. The member referring the most new members will receive the following year’s membership for free.
 
Disclaimers: The credit voucher has no cash value other than credit toward CBS merchandize or the membership fee.  All membership categories are eligible and are treated equally.


Do you receive the weekly Blues Update from the Colorado Blues Society? Every week the Colorado Blues Society sends out a Blues Update that includes timely blues related news, band introductions, jam and performance schedules and more. There is no cost or membership required to receive the Blues Update. If you would like to receive this excellent Colorado blues resource please sign up here.

John-Alex Mason Scholarship Fund
The Colorado Blues Society is creating an annual John-Alex Mason Scholarship to honor his memory and help continue the educational work he felt was so important. John-Alex took high school students from Colorado Springs to Mississippi on more than one occasion for an extended field trip that sometimes included visiting Memphis and New Orleans. This scholarship will help send student-aged musicians from Colorado to workshops and seminars that will further their blues music (and cultural) education. Your donations will help keep the dreams and memory of John-Alex alive.

Want Your Music Featured in the CBS Website Music Player?
CBS members can send us an MP3 (320kbps preferred) of your music via email addressed to the webmaster and we will add it to the rotation. The rotation order will be shuffled monthly. In the email please include your permission for us to stream the music to our members and site visitors. If you do not own the rights to the music, please do not send it.


Colorado Blues Society Mission Statement
The Colorado Blues Society is dedicated to increasing awareness of and appreciation for the Blues as an indigenous American Art form (and the wellspring from which all contemporary popular American music originated).

Programs and Services Offered
To further our mission, we sponsor Blues in the Schools programs, in which musicians present music and information to students at all levels (kindergarten through college). We offer programs in American social history, women in blues, language arts, conflict avoidance, storytelling and even math.

We also donate Blues-related materials (books, videos and CDs) to public libraries and offer educational programs in conjunction with those donations. Because many musicians learn to perform during jam sessions, we sponsor blues jams in several Colorado locations. We also work with other nonprofits, such as The Blues Foundation, Volunteers of America, Hudson Gardens, Swallow Hill Music Association, the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs, and Performance International. Our members number approximately 583 and range in age from 17 to 75. Some are professional musicians; most are fans of the music and culture of the blues.

We also publish an eZine/newsletter, The Holler, and maintain a web presence at http://www.coblues.org The purpose of the eZine/newsletter and web site is to provide information to our members and the public about blues-related events in Colorado.

We work with local nonprofits, civic organizations and businesses to strengthen the awareness and appreciation of the blues as an art form.


The Colorado Blues Society is a  501(c)(3) organization.