The Colorado Blues Society is launching its annual competition for the 2015 Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge. The IBC is an international search conducted by The Blues Foundation and its affiliated organizations (local blues societies from around the world) for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Acts that are ready to break out and perform on a national stage, but need perhaps that one extra break. This competition will give the winning band tremendously valuable exposure. In Memphis you will gain terrific contacts from other bands, promoters and record companies. This competition has been called “more valuable than $100,000 in marketing” for the winning band. This is the road to Memphis for our local talent as we have sent 5 acts to the semi-finals and 3 to the finals in the last 3 years alone!
There are two categories, band competition and solo/duo competition. The local winner in each category competes in the IBC in Memphis, TN from January 20th– 24th, 2015. CBS will be assisting the winners with expenses for Memphis. During the last 3 years CBS raised over $5000 each year that was divided between our winning acts to help finance their way to Memphis. The Colorado Blues Challenge will begin on Sunday afternoons in April 2014, in CBS Front Range venues from Denver to Longmont. Winners of each preliminary round will compete in the CBS finals to be held in May. Once the number of entrants has been determined, we will be contacting all bands and performers with a more detailed schedule.
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International Blues Challenge Update
Bad Brad and The Fat Cats Made It To The Finals!
They were one of nine bands that made it to the finals out of a total of 255 artists! We are all very proud of them and how they represented our Colorado blues community. We also congratulate Cary Morin for making it to the Semi-finals in the Solo/Duo completion. And Jack Gaffney for his performances in the Youth Showcase.
It was great seeing a bunch of CBS members at the IBC Finals in Memphis! CBS members who attended the big event were Chick & Patti Cavallero, Scott & Tracy Fitzke, Kyle Deibler, Brian Shunaman, Kenny Wilcox, Marc Wilson, Storm Koski, Deb Stafford, Rob Wattles, Zaida Zoller, Dave & Priscilla Kropuenske, Roger Vickroy & Erica Brown, Mike Saparow, Andrea Buell, George & Amy Whitesell, Big Jim Adam, Lionel Young and John Catt. Once again, Memphis validated our local IBC competition and judges. All of the Colorado entries made the semi-finals, and for the 4th time in 4 years a CBS act - Bad Brad & the Fat Cats stood on the Orpheum stage for the Memphis Finals. Congratulations to all of the Colorado acts for such a great showing. Bad Brad, Cary Morin and Jack Gaffney for the Colorado Blues Society and The Eleven Mile Band and Boogie Shoes from the Pikes Peak Blues Community. Both Colorado Blues Societies were well represented and supported! We heard from many blues societies and performers who were impressed by the number of Colorado fans that were there.
IBC Send-Off and Members Choice Awards Event - Sunday Jan 12, 2014
It was a great send-off for Bad Brad and the Fat Cats, Cary Morin, and Jack Gaffney as they represent Colorado in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. What a celebration it was! See the List of winners of all of the 2014 Member's Choice Awards. All net proceeds go to support the Blues Foundation's Raise the Roof campaign.
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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.
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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 a newsletter, The Holler, and maintain a web presence at http://www.coblues.com. The purpose of the 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.