Anyone can nominate, you do not need to be a CBS member to nominate someone. However, once the nomination process is over, you must be a Colorado Blues Society member to vote for the winners. The deadline for nominations is September 24, 2015. Member voting will start in October 2015 Votes are tabulated and verified by an outside agency.
Nominate your choices today!
Benefit for JD Kelly
Thanks to everyone who came out and showed their support for JD Kelly at the Rusty Bucket last Sunday. Once again, the fantastic blues community that we have here in Colorado came out and showed their love for one of our own. The music was great and over $7000 was raised to he[p with JD's medical bills. Thanks to Glenn & Allison Tapia and Kyle Borthick for making this happen!
At the event, the Colorado Blues Society announced that from this day forward, the Member's Choice Holly Award for Favorite Horn Player will be called The JD Kelly Award! An honor that is well deserved. And we are planning for JD to present the first JD Kelly Award at this years Colorado Blues Members Society Members Choice Awards in December.
CBS Partners With the International Songwriting Competition
SC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in merchandise and services. In addition to prizes, winners gain recognition, press, kudos, and more career opportunities. Judges include Keb Mo, Robben Ford, Tom Waits, Pat Metheny, Bruce Iglauer, to name a few. Enter your songs now, the regular deadline ends September 10, 2015. More information on entering ISC can be found at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com
The Colorado Blues Society is a proud partner of the International Songwriting Competition.
CBS Best Self-Produced CD Competition
The Colorado Blues Society is looking for parties interested in competing for the "Best Self-Produced CD" (BSPCD) of the year. Deadline for the local competition is September 20. Click HERE for more details!
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!
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.
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 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.