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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". Rex Peoples and Xfactr's "All Debts Paid" & "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.
CBS Member's Choice Awards November 13!
Save the date Sunday November 13 when the CBS Members Choice Awards will be presented at the Buffalo Rose. The show has Southern Avenue (Ori Naftaly) as our headliner plus the CBS IBC entries: The John Weeks Band, AJ Fullerton and Grace Kuch and Friends. Come on and check out who are the CBS Holley Award winners this year and hear some great blues at the same time. Show starts at 3:30 (Broncos play early that day and will be done by then).
Help Blue Star Connection Provide 150 Guitars to Music Therapists!
Last November, John Catt, founder of Blue Star Connection, donated 40 electric guitars, amplifiers, straps and guitar stands to the American Music Therapy Association's (AMTA) Annual Conference in Kansas City. This year, Blue Star Connection has set their sights high to raise enough money and to collect enough instrument donations for 150 electric guitars! These guitars will be distributed at the AMTA Conference this year in Sandusky, Ohio to the Music Therapists. Donate to help Here!
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...
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!
Meet CBS' New Partner - The Mile High Harmonica Club
The Colorado Blues Society welcomes a new partner, The Mile High Harmonica Club in Denver. CBS worked together with MHHC last summer at the SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica) Convention in Denver. MHHC is composed of harmonica players with a range of talents - from novice to expert. Many types of instruments are played and all types of music, including blues, bluegrass, classical, standards and jazz. The club meetings are well attended and they give members a good chance to keep in touch with one another. Just like in school where you have to hand in homework, playing your harmonica with others sends you home with the inspiration to practice and learn some new music. If there is something that a member wants to share with all club members, it can be announced at meetings or even posted on this website. Check out their website https://www.milehighharmonicaclub.com
Club members receive a monthly newsletter. The newsletter contains information about the events of the prior meeting, such as relevant announcements which were made and who the performers were at the open mike session. Club members are notified regularly of special events such as various state harmonica festivals and the annual National Convention meeting of SPAH.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Looking for information on blues jams in Colorado? Check out CBS Jam Central!
CBS Classified Ads!
Need to sell, buy, trade musical instruments? Looking for musicians? CBS members can post advertisements HERE at no charge.
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.