Congratulations to  the winners of the Colorado Blues Challenge. Representing CBS in Memphis in January 2020:












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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 Nominations are now being accepted. Nominations will be taken thru November 5. To nominate your favorite blues musicians, venues, festivals, and live moments ( over 30 categories) go to  or click the Holley Award below.





The 10th anniversary Trance Blues Festival celebrates the African American roots of the banjo with some of the most accomplished contemporary African American banjo musicians including

Alvin Youngblood Hart and Guy Davis


BOULDER, Colo. — A resident of Boulder since 1967, singer and songwriter Otis Taylor established the Trance Blues Festival in 2010 to give something different back to his hometown. Known for his original voice on the contemporary blues scene and recognized as a Trance Blues innovator, Taylor blends trance music, the style featuring steady and hypnotic grooves found in ancient cultures, with blues, the source of rock and roll, to create a unique sound which allows for layers of diverse instrumentation and musical improvisation.


On the road, Taylor has met and jammed with many award-winning musicians and he is eager to share their talents with the Boulder community. Each year he brings in selected guest artists for an all-ages workshop and concert. Called “the most diverse musical experience in Boulder,” Taylor’s festival has grown with wide community support to include a number of events.


This year’s 10th anniversary festival focuses on the banjo, a topic with special meaning for Taylor. The first instrument Taylor learned to play was the banjo, but he initially rejected the banjo for its association with racism in the American South. After learning about the African and African American roots of the banjo, he was inspired to create a project that would highlight some of the most accomplished contemporary black banjo players. Taylor connected with Keb’ Mo’, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Don Vappie, Guy Davis, and Corey Harris for the groundbreaking 2008 CD “Recapturing the Banjo.” The project honored the history of the banjo and simultaneously took the instrument in a bold new musical direction.


The following year Downbeat magazine critics named “Recapturing the Banjo” as "Blues CD of the Year.”


This summer Taylor debuted his new project, “Otis Taylor’s Psychedelic Banjo Posse” at Milwaukee’s Summerfest and the Telluride Blues Festival to rave reviews. The Posse will have a cameo appearance at the festival concert.


Festival guests artists include Mato Nanji of the band Indigenous and the Experience Hendrix tour, Cuban guitarist Luis Barberia, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Guy Davis, Rex Peoples, Taylor’s daughter Cassie Taylor and more.


10th Anniversary Trance Blues Festival events:


Tuesday November 5, 2019. 4:30 p.m. Pre-concert lecture “At the Crossroads: African American Music-Making in American Life,” hosted by the University of Colorado American Music Research Center featuring Dr. Dwandalyn Reece of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.


A roundtable discussion, “Black Banjo & Beyond” featuring Dr. Dwandalyn Reece; Dom Flemons, GRAMMY winning musician of the Carolina Chocolate Drops; Johnny Baier, Executive Director of the American Banjo Museum; and Otis Taylor follows the lecture at 5:30 p.m. Details:


Thursday November 7, 2019. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Exclusive tour of Boulder’s world-class Ome Banjos factory. Limited to 15 attendees. Email to reserve a space.


Friday November 8, 2019. Acoustic Kickoff concert at The Post, 7:00 p.m. Tickets at


Saturday November 9, 2019. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All ages, all instruments workshop with Otis Taylor and guest artists at eTown.

Tickets at


Saturday November 9, 2019.  7:00 p.m. Festival concert with Otis Taylor and guest artists at eTown, Tickets at


For more information visit or contact Otis Taylor at 303-579-4917 or



Rocky Mountain Bass Slam


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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. These positions work close with our members and blues fans. The Merchandise Chair helps with managing our merchandise that we sell at the CBS Booth at Festivals and CBS events. This person doesn’t have to actually attend the events or physically manage the booth but will make sure we keep a good stock or merch, look for new items we might want to sell, figure how many volunteers will be needed at the booth, as well as look for opportunities/events to have the CBS merchandise tent at.

The Volunteer Coordinator will put out calls for the volunteers we need at events and work with the Merchandise chair and other CBS Directors to make sure we have adequate volunteers at events we are at. It is a great position for meeting other members and making new friends.

The Web Admin is responsible for maintaining this web site and the Office 365 mail platform used by the CBS Board.

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.

For more info send an email to

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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.




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