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Colorado Blues Society Mission Statement

The Colorado Blues Society is dedicated to preserving Blues heritage and increasing awareness of and appreciation of the Blues as an indigenous American art form (the wellspring from which all contemporary popular American music originated)


Colorado Blues Society MEMBERS CHOICE AWARDS

Here are the FAVORITES IN 2019 OF THE Colorado Blues Society's Members

Here are the winners of the 2019 Holley awards for the CBS Members Choice Awards:

Blues Singer Female
Kerry Pastine

Blues Singer Male
Rex Peoples

Taylor Scott

Slide Guitar
A.J. Fullerton

Harmonica / Harp
Nic Clark

Jodie Woodward

Horns (JD Kelly Award)
Movers & Shakers Horns, Scott Sessions & Eddie Silk

Scott Hackler

Scott Rivera

Lionel Young Violin

Kerry Pastine

Taylor Scott

Blues Band
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene

Acoustic Act
Cary Morin

AJ Fullerton

Favorite Young Performer (Under Age 21) John Catt Award
Alfonzo Al Dworak
Grace Kuch

Favorite Blues Jam
Rusty Bucket-Jodie, Alan and Scotty

Favorite Festival
Greeley Blues Jam

Favorite Club Owner
Ron Rosso-Rusty Bucket

Favorite Venue/Club
The Buffalo Rose

Favorite Club For Dancing

Favorite Food
The Dickens Opera House

Favorite Wait Staff
Rusty Bucket

Favorite Blues Fan
Peggy Meis

Favorite Dancer(s)
Michelle Smothers Maxwell

Favorite Local Recording
Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene-City of Love

Favorite Blues Radio Program
Strictly Blues-Kai Turner-The Fox

Favorite Blues Radio Host
Kai Turner

Favorite Photographer
Ken Arias

Favorite Blues Educator
Dan Treanor

Favorite National Blues Performer
Southern Avenue
Ori Naftaly, Tierinii Jackson, Tikyra Khamiir Jackson, Jeremy Powell

Favorite Live Moment - Include Performer(s), Date, and Location
Cass Clayton Band and Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene double CD release party, Dazzle, September 2019

Write in Option
Favorite Local Publication-The Holler (EDITOR- Chick Cavallero)


Colorado Blues Society 25th Anniversary Party


Join us for the Annual CBSMembers Party at the Buffalo Rose on February 23rd, FREE to all CBS Members! The Entertainment will be Blues Veteran Sam Mayfield, a master blues guitarist, singer, and composer who gigs all over the world. Sam started playing the blues early in the 1960s. Sam’s long and rich musical history during which the multi-talented guitarist/ singer/ songwriter has performed with many great blues luminaries as Big Joe Turner, Big Mama Thornton. The history of Sam Mayfield spans more than three decades as the Musical Director for the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Soul Legend” Solomon Burke in addition to leading his own band, the Sam Mayfield Blues Revue. 

Also that day are The Delta Sonics who have been here longer than CBS,  playing in Colorado since 1992. They  have established themselves as one of the finest blues acts in the area with their solid musicianship and exciting live performances. The Delta Sonics were the 2012 CBS IBC Challenge winner & representative and were Semi-Finalists in Memphis in that year. The Denver Post calls them “...the area’s best harmonica-led band.” The band has received the "Best Blues Band in Denver" from Westword for 6 of the last 7 years. Colorado Blues Society International Blues Challenge Winner & Representative in Memphis IBC 2012.


                               VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE EVENT AS WELL AS SILENT AUCTION ITEMS                                                                  CONTACT Scott Fitzke <>


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CBS Needs Vital Volunteers

Your Blues society has an urgent need for some very special volunteers. Here is a great chance to meet a bunch of fellow Blues fans and make new friends!!! You can become part of a great community 501c3 non-profit, an award winning Blues Organization- the 2013 recipient of the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation!

The Colorado Blues Society is looking for some special blues lovers- a Volunteer Coordinator, Merchandise Coordinator/Chair, and a Web Admin.  If you think any of these sound like something you might enjoy, send an email to and let’s get together and talk! See you soon!

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.

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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.

John-Alex Mason Scholarship Fund

The Colorado Blues Society has created 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.

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. We similarly work with other nonprofits, such as The Blues Foundation, Swallow Hill Music Association, The Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Blue Star Connection and The Colorado Music Business Organization.

Our members number approximately 600. Some are professional musicians; most are fans of the music and embrace the art and literature of the Blues culture. We publish a bi-monthly newsletter, The Holler, and a weekly email blast, The Blues Update.  The purpose of the newsletters, web site and social media platforms is to provide our members and the public information about Blues-related news and events in Colorado.

CBS created the John Alex-Mason Scholarship Fund to help send student-age musicians to workshops and seminars to further their Blues music education.   We sponsor youth performances where young blues performers can be seen making music on the “Blues 101 Stage”. Here kids of all ages have the opportunity to learn about the music which is part of their national heritage and the basis for present-day popular music.

We honor those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions.  Over time, CBS has honored Blues musicians and outstanding contributors with Lifetime Achievement Awards, Heritage Awards, In Memoriam or other special recognitions.

We work with local nonprofits, civic organizations and businesses to strengthen the awareness and appreciation of the Blues as an art form.

Date of most recent review by the Board of Directors:  June 12, 2018

The Colorado Blues Society Anti-Discrimination Policy

The Colorado Blues Society believes that equal opportunity is important for the continuing success of our organization. In accordance with state, federal, and municipal laws, this organization intends to comply with these laws which preclude negative discrimination against any person or organization because of race, disability, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, military status, sex, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, political service, affiliation or any other protected classification. This policy applies to all activities of The Colorado Blues Society, including but not limited to employment, selection of volunteers, selection of recipients of its programs, grant- making, purchasing, and selecting vendors or consultants. The Colorado Blues Society defines "negative discrimination" to include (but not necessarily be limited to) denial of services, employment, or volunteer opportunities to any class of individuals in a manner that negatively restricts opportunities to that class of individuals.

In 2013, The Blues Foundation presented the prestigious Keeping the Blues award to The Colorado Blues Society for meritorious excellence in the Blues Society category.