Congratulations to Mojomama for winning the Colorado Blues Society Best Self-Produced CD Competition. Their self-titled Cd “Mojomama” was released in June, 2015 and contains 11 great original songs. This year’s competition had 7 outstanding entries that all belong in any blues lovers collection. In addition to “Mojomama” the entries were: “Another Shade of Blue” by Clark,Hawkins, Pellegrino and Pankar; “With Friends Like These” by Michael Hossler; “50 Shades of Blue” by 50 Shades of Blue; “Seriously” by Papa Juke; “Born To Love The Blues” by Dan Treanor & Afrosippi featuring Erica Brown; and “Ain’t It Hard” by Randall Dubis & Dan Treanor. Do yourself a favor and pick up all seven of these CDs at these performers next shows!
Win Tickets to Mato Nanji with the Otis Taylor Band 11/5/15
Hey Colorado Blues Society members, here’s a chance to win tickets to an extraordinary show with Mato Nanji (Indigenous) playing with The Otis Taylor Band. We have 4 tickets to give away, so two lucky CBS Members will each win 2 tickets to this show. Send an email to email@example.com with MATO as the subject and we will draw two winners. It’s that simple, BUT only CBS members can win, so if you aren’t a member you better join fast!
Roots music visionary Otis Taylor and Indigenous front man Mato Nanji (Yankton Sioux) help celebrate the Native American Rights Fund’s 45th Anniversary by performing selections from their 2013 collaboration, My World is Gone. The concert will be held Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at Dazzle Jazz (930 Lincoln Street, Denver). Doors open at 6:30 and there will be a full menu available for purchase. We hope that you will come early for the best seats and dinner and drinks before the show. https://narf.ejoinme.org/?tabid=686848
Voting for the 2015 Members' Choice Awards is Now Open!
CBS Members can cast your ballot HERE
2015 International Blues Challenge Sendoff, October 25, The Oriental Theater
Come on down to the Historic Oriental Theater in Denver on October 25th to give the Colorado Blues Society's 2015 IBC winners, Rex Peoples and X-Factor, band finalists, Randall Dubis & Dan Treanor, solo/duo finalists, and Grace Kuch, Youth Showcase finalist, a fine sendoff to the Memphis International Competition. 100% of the proceeds will go to help the artists defray their travel expenses to represent Colorado at the IBC in Memphis in January. Doors open at 1:30 and the show starts at 2:00. The artists will showcase their IBC sets and more. Tickets are $10.00 for CBS members and $15.00 for non-members. Please come and show your support!
The COLORADO BLUES SOCIETY is offering a limited number of scholarships to participate in the Otis Taylor Trance Blues Workshop.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why you’d like to attend. We will be selecting 4 young musicians to participate in this unique event!
The TBJF is designed for players of all types, all ages, and all ability levels to join in. It’s all about creating music together, not someone showing how well they can shred the guitar. It doesn’t matter what you play. Last year’s festival included vocalists, guitars, harmonicas, oboes, banjos, flutes, cellos, drums, violins, recorders, tambourines, maracas, mandolins and more. Workshop participants will join with Mr. Taylor and the Visiting Artists for both the morning and afternoon sessions. During the workshops, Mr. Taylor will invite some participants to bring their instruments and join him on stage during the evening performance. All workshop participants will be admitted to eTown Hall for the performance of course!).
A Cool Way to Help Blues In the Schools
Here’s a chance to help our Blues in the Schools program AND get the hottest cell phone accessory to hit the market! The Ultra Thin Instabank is the most practical use for all cell phone users. This ultra-thin, portable, 2600 mah charger fits any Droid, Windows or iPhone at any time. It's cordless feature fits conveniently in any small purse, back pocket, or WALLET. That's right, say goodbye to bulky wall chargers and cords! The Ultra Thin can re-charge three phones before needing a charge itself. Plus you can use your phone while it is being charged. Be the first in the world to own Instatricity.
BEST OF ALL there is a Special Edition of the Ultra Thin, the Colorado Blues Society Edition! With every purchase of this special edition CBS charger, $5 is donated to the Colorado Blues Society’s' Blues in the Schools program! Limited Edition of Instabank Pre-orders being taken now, don't miss out! Christmas is right around the corner and these will make the best stocking stuffers for everyone on your Christmas list. To order just go to: http://www.instatricity.com/fundraiser/colorado-blues-society-edition All preorders until Sept 25th get a free gift! Use code CBS
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!
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 email@example.com.
CBS is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Band Together to be a non-profit partner for 2015.
Band Together is an organization of non-profits, businesses and artists working together to promote musical events and musical education in the community. Band Together’s Mission is to impact local artists in Colorado by providing support, promoting growth and empowerment. It’s goal is to build business relationships, provide education and philanthropic partnerships. CBS is looking forward to working with Band Together and its other members to bring artists and others together to build, enhance and impact our community. http://www.bandtogethernation.com
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 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.