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The second preliminary round will take place on Sunday, July 24
This event is held at Ziggies Live Music, 4923 W. 38th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80212


Entry fee is $10 per person - this entry fee helps support the acts going to represent MHBS in Memphis in 2017!

This is an all ages event - Children under 10 get in FREE.

Doors at NOON
Performance Order Drawing 1pm
First act starts 2pm sharp

7 acts will perform
The Solo/Duo acts will perform first
followed by the Bands

The top two scoring acts from each category (Solo/Duo and Band) will advance to the Finals in August!

SOLO / DUO acts who are advancing to the FINALS.

Mark “Doc” Brown
Mark “Doc” Brown, a Denver native, has been playing the blues live nearly 50 years, starting with his brothers in The Brown Brothers Blues Band in junior high, high school and college. He was inspired by the work of Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mike Bloomfield, Roy Buchanan, and The Animals, which led to discovering the classic music of the Chicago, Delta, and Texas blues greats (Lightening Hopkins was an early favorite).  Doc learn slide guitar early on, inspired by the likes of Johnny Winter and Mick Taylor, and loves modern slide players such as Sonny Landreth and Derek Trucks.  He played with regional blues bands in Connecticut, Utah, New Mexico, before returning to the Denver area in 1989.  Since then he has played with Otis T. and the Hammers, Sundanze, Ace Butler and the Aces, and sub gigs with many bands, before founding Doc Brown’s Blues Band in 2003.  DBBB has hosted the Sunday Night Blues Jam at Denver’s Ziggies Blues Club since 2004.  Doc has played solo throughout his musical adventures.  He says, he enjoys playing solo because if you feel like following a particular musical tangent, you just do it – there’s no band to cue!
Clay  Jarvis
Clay Jarvis, a singer, song-writer, composer and performer, playing original rhythm & blues, now enters the International Blues Competition for 2017.
Clay recently relocated to the Denver, Colorado area from Texas and is a new member of the Mile High Blues Society. He plans to play several of his new songs including a few from his 2013 CD titled “Then & Now”.
His first solo album was released in 1979, and his second project was recorded in 1983.
Clay has been entertaining for over 30 years. Most recently Clay has performed as a solo artist or with his band and others in the south Texas area. He is excited about the opportunity to collaborate with new musicians in Colorado and hopes to record another CD soon.
“Music should tell a story and get to you the point quick, that’s the way I like to write songs,” stated Clay, when asked about his new song, “Stay in Your Lane.” “I’m looking forward to playing it this year in the competition.”
Clay was a competitor in the 2015 West Texas Talent Search and was the winner of the 2010 King of the Blues Contest in San Antonio, Texas. Clay is also a BMI member.
BANDS advancing to the Finals
Deep Pocket Thieves
The vision for Deep Pocket Thieves (DPT) started in 2015 among friends from the local blues and music scene in Colorado.  Members of DPT came together as individuals to discuss creative ideas for new original music while playing and performing in several other local projects.  Each member brought a unique but complimentary creative piece to complete a picture that would eventually be the Deep Pocket Thieves.  After some improvisational sessions and some collaborative writing sessions,  new original music and a new original band was formed.

The Deep Pocket Thieves is a collaboration of friends that are veteran musicians in Colorado.  The band offers new music that blends the rootsy and emotive styles of the blues, jazz, funk, rock and roll,  and gospel music.  The music of DPT is a sonic synthesis of the unique personalities and backgrounds of each member.  The Deep Pocket Thieves are,  Larea Edwards.....Vocals.  Jim DeSchamp.....Guitar and Vocals.  Glenn Tapia.....Bass.  Tim Molinaro.....Drums.  Jimmy Ayers.....Keyboards and Vocals.
Papa Juke
Papa Juke is blues with a difference, blues with a heritage, blues with an attitude. Their intoxicating and infectious original sound is courageously creative and enticingly danceable. Their heartfelt live performances are both hauntingly memorable and contagiously fun loving.  Papa Juke is made up of Christine Webb on bass and vocals, Dr. Jim Seely on guitar and vocals, Mad Dog Friedman on harmonica and vocals and Danny Alibi on drums, washboard, percussion and vocals.

SOLO / DUO acts competing in the Preliminary Round, Sunday, July 24, 2016
Scott SHACK Hackler
Scott "Shack" Hackler was born in Bloomington, Indiana. He began singing at an early age and played various musical instruments before settling into a lifelong love affair with the piano. He began composing music in his teens, and has worked in music his entire adult life as a musician, composer, arranger, music director, and music educator. He has composed music in a wide variety of styles, with pieces ranging from solo piano and chamber music to gospel choir numbers. He has toured the United States extensively as a solo artist and as an accompanist. He has also worked as a studio musician, doing session work on albums for numerous artists.
In 2010, Scott graduated with High Distinction from Concordia University Saint Paul with a BA in Music Composition.
Since moving to Colorado in 2012, Scott has shifted his musical focus to the blues and loves being a part of the local blues community.
Alex Maryol
The son of Greek-American restaurateurs, Alex Maryol grew up in Santa Fe New Mexico and was raised on the music of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Elvis Presley. He began songwriting during his teenage years while performing at smoky bars and coffee shops in downtown Santa Fe. While primarily influenced by blues greats such as Lightning Hopkins and Buddy Guy, Alex maintained a love for all musical genres from classical to grunge.
In his early twenties Alex gained notoriety by performing at festival favorites such as the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival and the King Biscuit Blues Festival.
He is currently recording a new album in Leadville and performing live around the Denver area.  Throughout the summer of 2016 he will also be performing around the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. 
50 Shades of Blue
50 Shades of Blue embodies the essence of the blues, relishing the music and using it to transport the listener.  It has been said that this duo’s music will “tear you apart and put you back together again simultaneously.”  Christine's soulful vocals and solid bass playing, combined with Doc's mastery of acoustic, slide, and electric guitar, give this dynamic duo the ability to perform a wide variety of blues.  50 Shades of Blue is honored to have been sent to Memphis last year by the Mile High Blues Society to compete in the International Blue Challenge and would love the opportunity to represent the Mile High Blues Society again!
BANDS competing in the Preliminary Round, Sunday, July 24, 2016
Deborah Stafford and The State of Affairs
Deborah Stafford & The State of Affairs is the kind of band Colorado Blues Fans deserve to have represent them in Memphis. Everyone in this band is a seasoned professional at the height of their game. Put all these great players together and you have the kind of original Blues Music that fans have been waiting for! Deborah Stafford's soulful vocals are at the center of our sound, but there is so much more to love. Kick-ass keyboards by Bob Schlesinger, smooth guitar solos by "Doc" Daugherty and tasty sax licks by the newest member of the band, Alayna Simmons. Bob Tiger keeps the bass beat in time with Bruce Crisman our intrepid drummer. Let us bring you to the crossroads and we'll dare the devil to dance!
Muskateer Gripweed
American Ass Shake Stomp Holler.
The Fort Collins-based, blues-fusion band Musketeer Gripweed simply explodes onstage with the energy and fervor of a revival preacher out to save a filthy sinner’s soul. This group of highly accomplished musicians, however, isn’t about pushing religion – unless your religion is drinking, dancing and some damn good music – they’re about creating “American revival, stomp, shake and holla” music. With a passion influenced by modern and classic rock ‘n’ soul heroes, Musketeer Gripweed creates an extraordinarily powerful live energy, and the band’s “gasoline intense vibe” manifests in spontaneous, uncontrollable dancing and a compulsion to stand up, run to the stage and testify.
Ben Hockett: Bass, Vocals
Ehren Crumpler: Guitar, Vocals
Matt Goldberg (Goldie): Keys & Weird Keys
Jason Downing (AKA: Monkey Paw Patterson): screams, harp, dobro mobro, dancin' chair routine, spilling drinks...
Stu Crair: Drums, Vocals
The John Austin Band
The John Austin Band is a Blues/Classic rock inspired ensemble. John Austin has played guitar since he was 11 years old. His influences are Eddie Van Halen, Joe Walsh, Frank Gamble, Greg Howe, Joe Satrianni.

John Austin Band is:
John Austin - Lead vocals, guitar
Joseph Hecker - Drums
Kenny Martinez -  Bass
Kirby Velarde - Lead guitarist
The Movers and Shakers
The Movers and Shakers are a high energy blues based R&B band.
The group’s tight chemistry is born out of family and long time friends, collaborating creatively. Long time Denver blues drummer, Kyle Borthick, started the band with his son, Ryan Borthick (guitar and vocals), and Ryan’s long time friends, Andy Webber, (lead vocals) and Dane Vernon (Bass and vocals). A timely phone call from Kyle’s old friend and band mate, Eddie Silk (saxophone and keyboards and vocals) resulted in the addition of horns being added with Eddie’s buddy Scott Sessions (trumpet and vocals).
The Movers and Shakers have been lighting up venues and dance floors up and down Colorado’s Front Range since early 2015.


Sunday, July 10:
Solo / Duo Acts:
Mark “Doc” Brown (Solo)
Clay Jarvis (Solo)
Jeffery Marshall (Solo)
Mojo Medicine Show (Duo)

Sunday, July 10:

Deep Pocket Thieves

Davey & The Blu Dog

Papa Juke
Sunday, July 24:
Solo/Duo Acts: 
50 Shades of Blue (Duo)

Scott SHACK Hackler (Solo)

Alex Maryol (Solo)
Sunday, July 24:

The Movers and Shakers
Deborah Stafford & The State of Affairs

John Austin Band

Musketeer Gripweed

Mile High Blues Society will follow the Blues Foundation rules as closely as possible. 
The Preliminary Round sets will be 25 minutes
The Final Round sets will be 20 minutes
With additional 5 minute set-up and 5 minute tear-down allowed

The 2017 International Blues Challenge will be held in Memphis, Tennessee
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 2017


The Mile High Blues Society - Blues Children On Stage
Doors 2pm.
Kids start jamming at 3pm.
See the flyer for the song list to learn.
Ziggies - 4923 West 38th Avenue - Denver, CO 80212

The BCOS event took place on Sunday, June 5th and was a blast. 
The next BCOS event will take place on Sunday, October 2nd
A huge thanks to Jodie Woodward, Alan Knight, Mark "Doc" Brown, Scotty Rivera, and Dan Haynes who provide the stage support.
And a huge thanks to the families and musicians who support this event! The place was hopping!
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4923 West 38th Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80212

Mile High Blues Society
P. O. Box 12464
Denver, Colorado 80212-2464

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The MHBS presents Denver's award winning blues jam every Sunday night at Ziggies -- this is the award winning venue and winner of Denver's best blues jam by Westword, the local music and entertainment weekly.  The host band alternates between Doc Brown's Blues Band and John Weeks Blues Band.  Check the Shows calendar page to see who is hosting.  Blues starts at jams, and our jams are always free and fun. Bring yer axe n Let's Boogie!  Check out jams and gigs at the MHBS Shows calendar.

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A message from the Blues Foundation in Memphis

The Blues Foundation's 
32nd Annual International Blues Challenge was a HUGE success. Thanks to all of our affiliates, members, volunteers, musicians and fans for being a part of 2016 IBC.  And now, here are the winners.........

BAND - 1st Place
The Delgado Brothers
Ventura County Blues Society
Photo Credit: Ronnie Booze

BAND - 2nd Place
The Paul DesLauriers Band
Montreal Blues Society
Photo Credit: James Wessels

BAND - 3rd Place
The Norman Jackson Band
Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society
Photo Credit: Brian Anderson

SOLO/DUO - 1st Place
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Washington Blues Society
photo credit:  James Wessels

SOLO/DUO - 2nd Place
Columbus Blues Alliance
Photo Credit: Brian Anderson

The Delgado Brothers
Ventura County Blues Society
Photo Credit: James Wessels

Bing Futch
Orange Blossom Blues Society
Photo Credit: James Wessels

Columbus Blues Alliance
Photo Credit: Brian Anderson

Rob Lumbard - Blues in a Bottle
Central Iowa Blues Society

January 31 - February 4, 2017
Everyone has safely returned from the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis. All 3 acts performed amazingly well!
We have several photo albums posted on our website and FaceBook page. 

Performed at Alfred's on Beale. They advanced to the Semi-Finals

Performed at WC Handy's Blues Hall Juke Joint stage

Performed at Wet Willie's Youth Showcase and assisted Grace Kuch at Alfred's in the Women in Blues Showcase.

The official Mile High Blues Society Sunday night Blues Jam takes place Sunday's at 7pm at Ziggies in Denver.
Due to the Super Bowl Sunday event with the Denver Bronco's there will not be a Sunday Jam this Sunday, February 7th. Ziggies will, however, be open for normal business Sunday evening at 6pm.
The MHBS Sunday Blues Jam is hosted on alternate weeks by Doc Brown's Blues Band and John Weeks Blues Band
Ziggies provides the full backline. Doors 6pm. Music starts 7pm


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