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

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
2:00 Mojo Medicine Show 
2:35 Andy Sydow
3:10 Citrus & Clay
3:45 50 Shades of Blue
4:20 Randall Dubis & Dan Treanor
4:55 The Dr. Izzy Band
5:30 The John Weeks Band
6:05 G'Jai's Jook Joint
6:40 Rex Peoples & X Factr
7:15 Mojomama

Doors will open at 1pm and the show will start at 2pm.
The admission for the finals is $10.00 for CBS members
and $15.00 for non-members


The Colorado Blues Society is launching its annual competition for the 2016 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 in 2016. 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 CBS competition will begin with preliminary rounds on March 22nd and April 12th. Winners of each preliminary round will compete in the CBS finals to be held on May 3rd.. Once the number of entrants has been determined, we will be contacting all bands and performers with a more detailed schedule.

The entry fee is $25 and a competing band must be a current CBS Business member. If you or your band are not current Business Members, you can become a business member HERE. Being a CBS Business member will benefit your band throughout the year. Your membership gets your gigs listed on the CBS website calendar, in each issue of The Holler (members magazine), and also in the Weekly Updates sent out to all of our 500 members. Your CBS membership also gives you discounts in The Holler & Weekly Update for any ads you wish to place.

Deadline for entries is February 28th, 2015 All fees must be paid before hand. For details review the Rules and Information. Please contact Kyle Deibler ( with ANY questions concerning the competition.
Get the Application HERE

Entrants will be divided in Preliminary competitions March 22nd and April 12th…with the FINALS being Sunday, May 3rd.
** We've scheduled two preliminary rounds for 2015 so it is preferable that each entry be available to compete on either Sunday. We will make every effort to work through scheduling issues as they arise.

The 2014 Colorado Blues Challenge Winners!
Representing the Colorado Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis are:
Solo/Duo: Cary Morin
Band: Eef & The Blues Express
Youth Showcase: Coleman Dickson

CBS IBC Past Band Winners:

2014 Band - Bad Brad and the Fat Cats - Competed in the IBC Finals

2013 Band – Dan Treanor & Afrosippi featuring Erica Brown
(Dan Treanor & Afrosippi fea. Ercia Brown took 3rd Place in the 2013 Band Finals Competition)

2012 Band - Delta Sonics

2011 Band - Lionel Young Band
(The Lionel Young Band was the overall winner in the 2011 Band Competition)

2010 Band - Boa & The Constrictors

2009 Band - The Johnny O Band

2008 Band - The Erica Brown Band

CBS IBC Past Solo/Duo Winners:

2014 Solo/Duo - Cary Morin

2013 Solo/Duo – Jack Yoder

2012 Solo/Duo - Johnny O.

2011 Solo/Duo - Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen
( Big Jim & John advanced to the 2011 Solo/Duo Finals Competition)

2010 Solo/Duo - Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen

2009 Solo/Duo - Ben Stevens

2008 Solo/Duo - Lionel Young
(Lionel Young was the overall winner in the 2008 Solo/Duo Competition)

More info on the Blues Foundation and the IBC