Fundraiser for Jimmy Ayers July 19!
Colorado blues musicians and music supporters are organizing a fundraiser for Jimmy Ayers, who has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. You've seen Jimmy play with many local blues bands ranging from Erica Brown to Kirby Velarde to Eef and & the Blues Express. The fundraiser will be held in the early afternoon of Sunday July 19th at the Rusty Bucket (3555 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Unit G101, Lakewood). Specific times will be announced soon.
Glenn Tapia, bassist for Eef & the Blues Express, is collecting donated goods and services for auction and raffle at the fundraiser. If you or anyone you know can donate any gift cards, merchandise, services, or ANYTHING please contact Glenn at 303-638-8144 or via email at
The fundraiser will offer performances by many local blues artists in the community. The specific lineup and details will be announced soon. Plan for an afternoon full of music and community support for Jimmy Ayers. 100% of all proceeds will be donated to Jimmy and his family to help with his enormous medical costs that come with his diagnosis.

Harmonica Lovers - The SPAH Convention is Coming to Denver!
The International Blues Blowoff is coming to DENVER this August! SPAH is the non-profit Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica. This years convention is at the Denver Airport Crowne Plaza. Aug 11-15  Featuring Kim Wilson, Howard Leavy, The Harmonicats, Jason Ricci, Stan Harper, The Delta Sonics + literally dozens of other top harmonica acts from all around the world! Your own Colorado Blues Society will be helping with volunteers, sign up and get to see a show at the hotel for free! IF interested in volunteering send an email to
The link to the International Blues Blowoff is at This is the great granddaddy of all annual blowoffs... worldwide. Held in conjunction with the 52nd annual SPAH convention, not likely to return to Denver for another 7-10 years. Aug 11, 2015. Jason Ricci is this years featured artist. He'll be joined by Dale Spalding (Canned Heat), Will Scarlett (Hot Tuna), Joe Filisko, Ronnie Shellist, Jimi Lee and John Long just to name a few of the GREAT players who will appear in this 5 1/2 hour showcase. The Delta Sonics are the house band! Advance tickets for the blowoff are on sale now, they can be purchased at the standard rate direct from the Soiled Dove website: This show is expected to sell out quickly.
SPAH members, and members of the Colorado Blues Society can request a $10 discount by going to
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

Colorado Blues Society's School Of Blues
We're back in business starting Thursday, 5/21!  The Colorado Blues Society's SCHOOL OF BLUES ( S.o.B.) has been redesigned and we're ready for our newest incarnation.  We are partnering with innovative music schools across our state to help blues musicians "get out of the practice room" and play along with others.  The first version of this approach will start on Thursday, 5/21 at Mojo's Music Academy in Longmont, supporting the Denver/Boulder/Fort Collins area.  Watch for more details in CBS Facebook announcements,  Weekly Update or, better yet, become a member on Meetup at to stay informed. 

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

Congratulations to the 2014 Colorado Blues Society Members Choice Award Winners!
See the list HERE.

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.
Best Self-Produced CD Winner: Colorado Blues Society “Jam for Blues in the Schools”
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, KBA awardee Dan Treanor gathered together a group of Colorado’s finest blues musicians and went into Sound Stream Studio with a mission to record a stellar all-star jam to support the Colorado Blues Society’s (CBS) Blues in the Schools programs. A few hours later a truly special recording of original songs and blues/soul standards emerged. Recorded live in the studio, in one take, with no overdubs, this CD features the great talents of Dan Treanor, Erica Brown, Randall Dubis, David Booker, and a host of supporting musicians who donated their time and talent to support this effort. John Weeks, Tim Mahoney, Scott Hackler, Scott Headley, Mike Wysocki, Anton Stuart Medas, Bruce Collins, Doug Egan, Alan Simmons, Tony Arceneaux, Michael Hossler, Genoa Dodd, Ellie Treanor, Gary Flori, and others contribute guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, horns, harmonica, lap steel, vocals and Khalam.
The CD will be available at CBS sponsored events, and is available by contacting Scott Fitzke at 303.694.2000 or email at You can also contact any Board member. The price is $10.00, plus shipping. 100% of the net proceeds go to fund CBS’ blues education programs in Colorado schools.

Listen to the Music on the Couch interview with Dan Treanor, Erica Brown, and Scott Fitzke about "Jam for Blues In The Schools" This will open your music player and stream the show.

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 a newsletter, The Holler, and maintain a web presence at 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.
Copyright © Colorado Blues Society 2015