School of Blues!
Announcing the new CBS School of Blues! See our new tab, above.  Please note: many of the important details in the Holler's announcement have changed since that article was written.  We hope to see you on 9/14!!

Nominate Your Blues Favorites!
The Colorado Blues Society’s 3rd Annual Members Choice Awards will be coming up this winter and we need you to tell us who the nominees should be. Anyone can nominate, you do not need to be a CBS member to nominate someone. However, once the nominations are over, you will need to be a Colorado Blues Society member to vote on the winners, after all, these are the MEMBERS Choice awards. This is your opportunity to nominate your favorite band, favorite musicians and singers, favorite club, favorite bartender, best dancers, etc…there are over 30 categories. The deadline for nominations is September 20, 2014. Members Voting will start in October 2014.
Nominate your blues favorites here!

Something new from CBS!
Want to form a blues band?  You finally can this September with the new CBS School of Blues! It is coming soon…so watch the website and the Weekly Update for more on this exciting new concept!

Best Self Produced CD Competition is On!
The Colorado Blues Society is looking for musicians interested in competing in the Blues Foundation’s "Best Self-Produced CD" (BSPCD) of the year. Where the IBC is the measure of excellence for a band's live performance, the Best Self Produced CD award honors artists that have achieved excellence in the studio. Acts can be bands, solo acts, duo acts, trios, full choirs or any other combination. The purpose of this award is to assist Blues musicians in the pursuit of their professional goals. More details can be found HERE. If you are interested email info@coblues.com

Call for International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase Participants
The Colorado Blues Society is seeking expressions of interest for young blues artists (Solo, Duo or Band) who might be interested in representing The Colorado Blues Society in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge next January as our Youth Showcase participants. If we have enough expressions of interest, we will do a Youth Showcase in the Denver metro area in the fall and select the finalist from the showcase artists. If there is limited interest, we will select the artist by a board vote. If you are interested, or know of any worthy contenders, please email Scott Fitzke privately at sfitzke@sfhlaw.net.

The 2014 Colorado Blues Challenge Winners!
Representing the Colorado Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis are:
Solo/Duo: Cary Morin
Cary Morin brings together the great musical traditions of America and beyond like no other, from the rocking, electrified world groove band The Atoll, to the solo acoustic blues of his 2013 release, Streamline, which showcases Morin's deft finger style guitar. The organic recording style of Streamline features original songs that reference his Native American heritage and life experiences as well as new takes on uncommon covers. Tim Duffy, president of the Music Makers Relief Foundation, describes Cary as "a brilliant guitarist, heartfelt songwriter and soulful singer whose music gives us pause to reflect on life's great rewards."
Band: Eef & The Blues Express
Eef ...is the tall-Dutch-girl-with-the-red-guitar who seamlessly blends traditional blues with funky and contemporary riffs, creating her own unique Eef-style. Her fans love her tasty guitar play, sultry voice and great stage presence. Eef has self-produced three albums that get airplay across the US as well as in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Argentina and Australia. Eef has appeared three times on legendary Sunshine Sonny Payne's King Biscuit radio show and has shared the stage with many great musicians including Ana Popovic, Mike Zito and Eden Brent. Eef won the award for, "Songwriter," in the CO Blues Society Members Choice Awards 2014. She also was a finalist in the, "Arranger," category and a nominee for "Vocalist." The Blue Express are: Jimmy Ayers, Glenn Tapia. JD Kelly, and Tim Molinaro
We are proud of all of the artists that participated in the Colorado Blues Challenge this year. The blues are alive and well in Colorado!
Details on the Colorado Blues Challenge

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.


Pinetop Perkins Workshop Colorado Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to Alissa Gattuso-Chesis and Nic Clark  for receiving scholarships to the Pinetop Perkins Workshops in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Only 23 scholarships were given  out to kids from 17 states, so it’s a tribute their talent and desire that they are headed to Clarksdale. Nic will be attending the Harmonica workshop led by Gary Allegretto with David Berntson assisting and Alissa is attending the guitar workshop lead by Bob Margolin and another Colorado son, Austin Young. Alissa, Nic and Austin are proof of what Blues in the School and the Greeley Blues Jam Blues 101 and the Blues From the Top Future of the Blues stages do for our Colorado Blues Youth. CBS fans have watched these three grow up on those stages, it’s great to see three of the nicest young people you will ever meet carrying that Blues torch forward!
 

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.