John-Alex Mason Scholarship Benefit Sunday, October 16, 2016
The Colorado Blues Society is proud to announce that this year's John-Alex Mason Scholarship Benefit will take place on Sunday, October 16th at Nissi's in Lafayette. Colorado artists contributing their talents to this year's benefit include: Grace Kuch; Rex Peoples; The Delta Sonics Duo; Eef with Stacey Turpenoff; A.J. Fullerton with Cass Clayton; John Weeks & Moses Walker; Larea Edwards with Jimmy Ayers & Jim DeSchamp; and Jessica & Paul Rogalski with Bob Murnahan.  Doors will open at 4 p.m. and tickets are available on-line at A very grateful "Thank You" to Marc Gitlin and his staff at Nissi's for collaborating with CBS for this event!

Best Self Produced CD Competition 2016 is Underway!
The Colorado Blues Society is looking for parties interested in competing for the "Best Self-Produced CD" (BSPCD) of the year. 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.  In 2009, the Colorado Blues Society submitted the Informants “Crime Scene Queen” which went on to take 1st place in the Blues Foundation National Awards!

The eligibility period is the same as for the Blues Music Awards-the CD must have been released during November 1, 2015 - October 31, 2016 time frame.
A panel of judges will judge the CDs on the following criteria: 1) Blues Content, 2) Musical Performance, 3)Audio Quality of the Presentation, 4) Cover Art and Design, and 5)  Credits and Liner Information.  Compilations are not eligible.  Singer, band, society or local producer may produce the actual CD as long as the performer is a singer, band or other individual entity.  Recordings with established or "known" producers within the industry are eligible as long as the recording is on the artist's independent label and not on an established national blues label.

The deadline for the local competition is September 20, 2016. This will allow us to evaluate the entries, select a winner and get 4 copies to Memphis by their deadline (Nov. 1, 2016).  If you are interested in competing in the BSPCD please contact for further details. There is no entry fee, however you will need to supply CBS with 3 copies of your CD for the local contest. If your CD wins the local CBS contest, we will need 4 copies to send to Memphis.

The Colorado Blue Society Congratulates The John Weeks Band and A.J. Fullerton the Winners of the 2016 Colorado Blues Challenge!
They will represent CBS at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2017! We are proud of all of the artists that performed in this years competition. The blues talent in Colorado just keeps getting better! Thanks to all of the fans and venues that supported the events. More details...
The John Weeks Band (photo by Jim Drake)
A. J. Fullerton (photo by Jim Drake)

Colorado Blues Society's Youth Representatives for the 2017 International Blues Challenge!
Grace Kuch, Laine Ford & Jordan Stixx Jamison will be representing the Colorado Blues Society as the 2017 Youth Representatives for the International Blues Challenge!
Meet CBS' New Partner - The Mile High Harmonica Club
The Colorado Blues Society welcomes a new partner, The Mile High Harmonica Club in Denver. CBS worked together with MHHC last summer at the SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica) Convention in Denver. MHHC is composed of harmonica players with a range of talents - from novice to expert. Many types of instruments are played and all types of music, including blues, bluegrass, classical, standards and jazz. The club meetings are well attended and they give members a good chance to keep in touch with one another.  Just like in school where you have to hand in homework, playing your harmonica with others sends you home with the inspiration to practice and learn some new music. If there is something that a member wants to share with all club members, it can be announced at meetings or even posted on this website. Check out their website
Club members receive a monthly newsletter.  The newsletter contains information about the events of the prior meeting, such as relevant announcements which were made and who the performers were at the open mike session. Club members are notified regularly of special events such as various state harmonica festivals and the annual National Convention meeting of SPAH.

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

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 an eZine/newsletter, The Holler, and maintain a web presence at The purpose of the eZine/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.