The Colorado Blues Society Thanks Our Artists In The  International Blues Challenge in Memphis!
Band: Rex Peoples & Xfactr - Semi-finalist!
X Factr was created by singer, songwriter, and Blues in Schools educator Rex Peoples in 2007, and is intentionally spelled without the O to represent that little part of music that's been missing. All songs are originals inspired by the Almighty.  Steeped in gospel and blues, X Factr attempts to keep the music simple. Reminders of history, love, marriage, and heartbreak, flashing back to the special moments in life that make you say, "That's my song!"
Professional musicians Dan Haynes, Bob Tiger, Carleton Pike, and Jim DeSchamp play with true emotion, backing Rex's smooth and powerful vocals, getting audiences up on their feet and shouting for more-that's Rex Peoples & X Factr.
 
Solo/Duo: Randall Dubis and Dan Treanor - Semi-finalist!
Randall Dubis and Dan Treanor have been active Blues musicians in Colorado for over 30 years. They have performed together many times, including 2 tours of The Netherlands. Randall is a strong vocalist and uses a combined rhythm/lead guitar style, while Dan's harmonica stylings range from Sonny Boy #2 to Little Walter and James Cotton. Dan Treanor's Afrosippi Band place 3rd overall at the 2013 IBC. He was honored to be the 2012 KBA recipient for Education. Both Randall and Dan perform the Blues with passion and style. They are honored to be sponsored by the Colorado Blues Society.
IBC Schedule: Friday Semi-Finals 1/29/16 6:55 at King's Palace
Youth Showcase : Grace Kuch  
Grace has had a very impressive young career already, and she' only
12! She was named one of American Blues Scene Magazines Must See musicians under 20. She has been to the Pinetop Perkins Workshops and was nominated for a JIMI Award this year. She has played with Otis Taylor, and at this year's Big Blues Bender with Nick Moss. Grace is a talented young guitarist and is already writing her own music. You can also catch her in the  Women in Blues Showcase, where she is the youngest performer in the Showcase this year.
IBC Schedule: Friday 1/29/16 5:40 Youth Showcase at Wet Willies

Registration is Now Open for the 2016 Colorado Blues Challenge
The registration deadline is March 15th, 2016.  The preliminary rounds will be held on April 3rd at the Buffalo Rose and April 17th at the Dickens Opera House with the finals set for Sunday, May 1st at the Buffalo Rose.  The Colorado Blues Society is looking forward to sending both a solo/duo winner and a band winner to represent it in Memphis at the 2017 International Blues Challenge!
Review the Rules and Information HERE
Official Application Form HERE

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Colorado Blues Society Member's Choice Awards
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Colorado Blues Society Member's Choice Awards. See all of the winners HERE!
Thanks to everyone in the Colorado blues community for your nominations, votes, and attending the Awards show on December 10th at the Buffalo Rose. The blues community in Colorado is thriving!



Mojomama Wins the 2015 Colorado Blues Society Best Self-Produced CD Competition!
Congratulations to Mojomama for winning the Colorado Blues Society Best Self-Produced CD Competition. Their self-titled Cd “Mojomama” was released in June, 2015 and contains 11 great original songs. This year’s competition had 7 outstanding entries that all belong in any blues lovers collection. In addition to “Mojomama” the entries were: “Another Shade of Blue” by Clark,Hawkins, Pellegrino and Pankar; “With Friends Like These” by Michael Hossler; “50 Shades of Blue” by 50 Shades of Blue; “Seriously” by Papa Juke; “Born To Love The Blues” by Dan Treanor & Afrosippi featuring Erica Brown; and “Ain’t It Hard” by Randall Dubis & Dan Treanor. Do yourself a favor and pick up all seven of these CDs at these performers next shows!

A Cool Way to Help Blues In the Schools
Here’s a chance to help our Blues in the Schools program AND get the hottest cell phone accessory to hit the market! The Ultra Thin Instabank is the most practical use for all cell phone users. This ultra-thin, portable, 2600 mah charger fits any Droid, Windows or iPhone at any time. It's cordless feature fits conveniently in any small purse, back pocket, or WALLET. That's right, say goodbye to bulky wall chargers and cords! The Ultra Thin can re-charge three phones before needing a charge itself. Plus you can use your phone while it is being charged.  Be the first in the world to own Instatricity.
BEST OF ALL there is a Special Edition of the Ultra Thin, the Colorado Blues Society Edition! With every purchase of this special edition CBS charger, $5 is donated to the Colorado Blues Society’s' Blues in the Schools program! Limited Edition of Instabank Pre-orders being taken now, don't miss out! Christmas is right around the corner and these will make the best stocking stuffers for everyone on your Christmas list. These are only available online and not at CBS events. To order just go to: http://www.instatricity.com/fundraiser/colorado-blues-society-edition  

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The winners of the 2015 Colorado Blues Challenge:
Rex People & X Factr - Band, Randall Dubis and Dan Treanor - Solo/Duo

They will represent CBS in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2016!

Dan Treanor and Randall Dubis - Solo/Duo

Photo by Tarry Underwood

Rex Peoples & X Factr - Band

Photo by Tarry Underwood




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.

CBS is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Band Together to be a non-profit partner for 2015. 
Band Together is an organization of non-profits, businesses and artists working together to promote musical events and musical education in the community.  Band Together’s Mission is to impact local artists in Colorado by providing support, promoting growth and empowerment. It’s goal is to build business relationships, provide education and philanthropic partnerships.  CBS is looking forward to working with Band Together and its other members to bring artists and others together to build, enhance and impact our community. http://www.bandtogethernation.com

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.