Mark your calendars and come on down to Casselmans Bar & Venue Denver on January 12th to give Bad Brad and the Fat Cats, Cary Morin, and Jack Gaffney a solid send-off to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and learn who CBS members have selected as their choices for the 2014 Member's Choice Awards. All net proceeds go to support the Blues Foundation's Raise the Roof campaign.
Party For MamaKat!
Dig it, everybody!! The PAR-TAY for "The Senior Citizen of the Airwaves" aka JC, aka MamaKat will be Sunday, January 5th, at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, the Sunday after her last Rockin' N' Rhythm show on Friday night!! So far, Dan Treanor's Afrosippi Band with Erica Brown, Lannie Garrett, and Lionel Young are on the bill, with more talent to be announced!! The plan at this time is to have a cover charge, with proceeds going to the charity of MamaKat's choice!! Mark your calendars NOW for what is going to be an incredible night of music to give back to this beloved Icon of Denver music!! We'll be back in touch with more details!!
When The Flood Waters Came
Mark “Maddog” Friedman has written an amazing song “When the Flood Waters Came,” and we hope it to be a song of healing and hope, as well as a significant fund raiser for musicians who suffered loses form the recent floods. A week ago some Colorado’s finest blues musicians came together to record the song at the Arsenal Studios in Wheatridge, Colorado. The all-star cast of area musicians donated their time and talents to lay down the tracks. On Tuesday, Dan Barnhart mixed and mastered the song.
The song debuted as part of KGNU’s popular Americana radio show, Highway 322 on Thanksgiving night. Friday night, Dan “Mojo Man” Crecco & Maddog were guests on KGNU’s Blues Legacy show and discussed the project live on the air (http://maddogharp.com/media/KGNU_INTERVIEW_BluesLegacy_2013-11-29.mp3 ).
100 % of the proceeds from the sales of this song will be donated to support Boulder County musicians who suffered loses as the result of the 2013 Boulder County Flood. Donations will go to the Conscious Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, committed to supporting communities in crisis. (www.consciousalliance.org). The distribution webpage is whenthefloodcame.bandcamp.com
CBS and Buffalo Rose Flood Relief Event Was a Great Success!
Thanks to everyone who volunteered and donated to last Sunday’s Flood Benefit at the Buffalo Rose. CBS & The Buffalo Rose raised over $2700 to be split between Canyon Cares, Foothills Flood Relief Fund, and Larimer County Flood Long Term Recovery. A special thanks to the great acts that donated their time to the event: Eef & the Blues Express, Randall Dubis, The Handsome Wrecks, Delta Sonics, Dan Treanor & Afrosippi, The Vindacators, and The Roustabouts. Thanks to Mike Golden of the CBS Board for organizing the entire event, the Buffalo Rose for sponsoring it and providing the stage & sound. Thanks to Billy Hoke & the Boulder Drum Shop and Tony Golden for backlining the event!
2013 Members Choice Awards Voting is Now Open!
Voting for your favorite artists, clubs, venues and more!
Cast your ballot for the 2013 Members Choice Awards Here!
Representing Colorado in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis...
Congratualtions to all of the artists who performed in the 2013 Colorado Blues Challenge! World Class blues is alive and well in Colorado!
Jack Gaffney will represent CBS as our Youth Showcase performer at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis
Jack Gaffney is a 16-year-old singer-songwriter and pianist from Boulder, Colorado. Jack’s musical interests span from Beethoven to U2 to James Booker. He began playing piano at age 4, writing songs at 9, and recorded his first CD at 12. Twice he’s been invited to the Pinetop Perkins master keyboard workshop in Clarksdale where he played and studied with Bob Margolin, Erwin Helfer, David Maxwell, and other blues greats. He’s attended Otis Taylor’s Trance Blues workshops. Voted “Freshman of the Year” at Boulder High, Jack also studies music theory at the University of Colorado
“Tangled Road Again” by Dan Treanor's Afrosippi Band with Erica Brown has been selected to represent the Colorado Blues Society in this year's Best Self Produced CD competition in Memphis! Get it at http://www.dantreanorband.com/new-cd
CBS members Moreland & Arbuckle are proud to announce the release of “7 Cities”!
Produced by Matt Bayles, the new album tells the story of Spanish explorer Coronado and his fabled Search for the Seven Cities of Gold in their homeland, the Kansas prairie. Get the full details on the release, links to listen to tracks, and how to preorder "7 Cities"
Dan Treanor's Afrosippi Band with Erica Brown releases "Tangled Road Again"
CBS members and 2013 International Blues Challenge 3rd place winners release their new CD. Find out all about it and how to order your copy!
Austin Young & NO Difference CD "Blue As Can Be"
CBS member Austin Young is proud to announce the release of his new CD “Blue As Can Be” on the VizzTone Label.“ Full details about the CD, performers, release concert, and how to get the CD
CBS Classified Ads.
Need to sell, buy, trade musical instruments? Looking for musicians? CBS members can post advertisements HERE at no charge.
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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 presented a check for $1250 to the Blues Foundation’s Raise the Roof Campaign to raise funds to build the Blues Hall of Fame Museum in Memphis. All proceeds raised from our event were given to the Blues Foundation’s campaign.
Thank you Colorado blues community for your support in making this event a very special evening for the blues in Colorado!
Kai Turner - CBS Lifetime Membership Award
CBS has presented Kai Turner with a Lifetime Membership in the Colorado Blues Society in honor of his involvement in the Colorado Blues scene which includes his Strictly Blues radio show, MC'ing numerous Festivals such as Blues From the Top, Mile High Blues Festival, and Blue Star Festival, and in honor of receiving his own Keeping Blues Alive award for radio in 2009.
The Blues Foundation has announced that your Colorado Blues Society is the 2013 Blues Organization of the Year!
Read the details from the Blues Foundation
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.