Mile High Blues Society

Welcome to the Mile High Blues Society

MHBS Mission Statement:
To nurture appreciation for blues music through blues performances, youth blues education, as well as sponsoring local and international blues challenge competitions.


Mile High Blues Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You donations are tax deductible, per the IRS rules. 

Mile High Blues Society Board of Directors 2021

MHBS Elected Board
Mark "Doc" Brown - President 
Jim "Doc" Seely - Vice President 
Steve Crower - Secretary
George Williams - Treasurer

MHBS Appointed Board 
Karen Betstadt
Jake Bergstrom
Julie Cummings
Rick Davis
Mark (Mad Dog) Friedman
Carla Jordan
Michelle Maxwell

Send us your upcoming shows, remote, live, streamed - we'd love to put them on the calendar and spread the word. 

Email your event information to and you can post them to our FaceBook page as well at

We'd love to help spread the word about your music!

Our newest Business Membership!

The Corner, 640 Main Street, Louisville, CO 303-997-9548

Introducing Blues Underground

A summer series of blues music live from The Louisville Underground.

Click on the Blues Underground Image or the Line Up below to purchase tickets.


5/29 Johnny & the Mongrels 


6/5 50 Shades of Blue

6/12 Eef & The Blues Express

6/19 Mad Dog Blues

6/26 Delta Sonics


7/10 Hazel Miller & The Collective 

7/17 Bruce Cook Band          

7/24 Chris Daniels & The Kings          

7/31 Deborah Stafford & The State of Affairs



The Blues Foundation preserves blues heritage, celebrates blues recording and performance, expands worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensures the future of this uniquely American art form.


A Message from the President of the Blues Foundation, Memphis, TN

Overcoming Challenges, Embracing New Solutions

Over the course of the global pandemic, we have all been confronted with unprecedented challenges that have changed our lives in profound ways. “Normal” has been redefined and, in many instances, the notion of normalcy has been abandoned altogether. Yet, fueled by the indefatigable human spirit, we have discovered creative solutions that have opened doors to new and often extraordinary experiences.

Here at The Blues Foundation the unparalleled circumstances resulting from the pandemic have compelled us to embrace new solutions. Thus, while we had all hoped that we would be able to gather for a live event, the 42nd Blues Music Awards (BMAs) will be presented virtually. Although the 2020 BMAs were also presented virtually on our social media platforms, this year we are partnering with Mandolin to enhance your virtual viewing experience. You can expect the same high-quality production during this year's virtual BMAs that you have enjoyed when viewing concerts presented by many of your favorite blues musicians on the Mandolin platform.

In addition to Mandolin, a number of old and new sponsors are partnering with The Blues Foundation to celebrate excellence in blues music. Thanks to our Headlining sponsor Global Electronic Technology, longtime local sponsors Memphis Tourism and the Renasant Convention Center, and many other dedicated organizations and individuals, the 2021 BMAs will be presented on Sunday, June 6. Our host Big Llou will bring the party as we applaud the outstanding achievements of blues musicians across 25 categories of performance, and you will enjoy surprise appearances by several artists who currently distinguish our genre. Of course, we will pay solemn tribute to our many friends who have sadly passed over this last year. We hope you will also join us in the VIP Blues Lounge sponsored by Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise for Art Tipaldi’s lively backstage conversation with five of your favorite blues stars.

We can’t wait to see you in 2022 when we will finally come together for the International Blues Challenge and the 43rd Blues Music Awards. In the meantime, after being closed for over fourteen months, The Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame is now open for visitors. Come see us! We are eager to embrace our old friends and greet new ones.


Patty Wilson Aden
President & CEO

Swallow Hill Music announces the return of the Shady Grove Picnic Series to Four Mile Historic Park for 2021

Tickets are on sale now

WHAT: Swallow Hill Music’s Shady Grove Picnic Series at Four Mile Historic Park

WHEN: Thursday evenings this summer from June 3 to August 26, music begins at 6:30 p.m., doors at 5:30.  

WHERE: 715 S Forest St, Denver, CO 80246


TICKETS: Tickets for announced artists are on sale now; remaining concerts will go on sale when artists are announced. Unless noted otherwise, tickets are $15 for Swallow Hill Music and Four Mile Historic Park members, $20 for nonmembers, $10 for children ages 3-12, and children ages 2 and under are free. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Barry Osborne,

MEDIA SPONSOR: 105.5 The Colorado Sound

DENVER- Swallow Hill Music is excited to announce the return of its Shady Grove Picnic Series to Four Mile Historic Park on Thursday evenings this summer.

Hal Aqua & The Lost Tribe kicks off the eagerly awaited return of live music to Four Mile on June 3. From there, Thursday evenings will be filled with music from favorites like Dakota Blonde, Cary Morin & Ghost Dog, Eilen Jewell, and more. 

Swallow Hill Music's Shady Grove Picnic Series at Four Mile Historic Park is presented by 105.5 The Colorado Sound. 

We will follow local, state, and national health directives to ensure a safe environment for concert attendees, performers, and event staff. In the meantime, we want people to look forward to the summer, so plan on packing a picnic dinner and settling into the Colorado summer to once more enjoy live music from Swallow Hill.

Last year's Shady Grove Picnic series did not take place due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This year the concerts take place on Thursday evenings, June 3-August 26, at 6:30 p.m. Unless noted otherwise, tickets are $15 for Swallow Hill Music and Four Mile Historic Park members, $20 for nonmembers, $10 for children ages 3-12, and children ages 2 and under are free.

The return of the Shady Grove Picnic Series at Four Mile Historic Park is a long time coming, thank you for supporting live music in Denver and Colorado with Swallow Hill!

Swallow Hill Music's Shady Grove Picnic Series at Four Mile Historic Park

Doors at 5:30, music 6:30 subject to change pending social distancing precautions

Jun 3 - Hal Aqua & The Lost Tribe

Jun 10 - Dakota Blonde

Jun 17 - Cary Morin & Ghost Dog

Jun 24 - Extra Gold

Jul 1 - TBD - tickets will go on sale when artist is announced

Jul 8 - TBD - tickets will go on sale when artist is announced

Jul 15 - Harry Tuft

Jul 22 - Perpetual Motion

Jul 29 - Clay Kirkland: Beat the Reaper XV

Aug 5 - Eilen Jewell*

Aug 12 - TBD - tickets will go on sale when artist is announced

Aug 19 - TBD - tickets will go on sale when artist is announced

Aug 26 - TBD - tickets will go on sale when artist is announced

*Tickets for Eilen Jewell are $20 for Swallow Hill Music and Four Mile Historic Park members, $25 for nonmembers, $15 for children ages 3-12, and children ages 2 and under are free.

About Swallow Hill Music:

Founded in 1979, Swallow Hill Music is a nonprofit community for musicians and music lovers who appreciate the ability of music to bring people together. As a home for individuals and families who want to learn about, listen to and perform music, Swallow Hill Music enhances Colorado's cultural vitality and is a model for experiential music schools and performance spaces across the country. The organization serves more than 165,000 people through its school, outreach programming and concerts annually. Swallow Hill Music also presents and produces concerts at a wide range of venues across Denver. For more information visit 


It’s time to get the party started! The previously announced Greeley Blues Jam will be bringing high quality blues music to Greeley June 5th. The blues music festival will feature over eight hours of music and entertainment including a craft beer sampling, whiskey and cigar tasting, shopping and food! Tickets for the festival will be available beginning May 5th at 10am. 


The 2021 Greeley Blues Jam will feature the amazing talents of:
Ronnie Baker Brooks
Southern Avenue
Jimmy Hall
Johnny Sansone
Grace Kuch Band
King Cake

Doors will open at 11am, with the party continuing until 10pm.


General Admission      $30 in advance                        $40 day of event
Reserved Seating        $40 in advance                        $50 day of event
Whiskey & Cigar         $25 with event ticket              Includes one premium cigar and flight of five whiskey or scotch samples
Craft Beer Tasting      $15 with event ticket              Includes 5, 3oz craft beer samples

ON-SITE CAMPING - 300 INDIVIDUAL CAMPING SITES at the Island Grove Regional Park adjacent to the Arena.  The Greeley Blues Jam allows exit and reentry during the event.

Camping – Tent  $25 per night

Camping – RV $35 per night in lot L and B
Camping – RV $50 per night in premium grass locations

Tickets can be purchased beginning May 5th at or by calling the ticket office at 970-356-7787, Monday – Friday 10am-4pm.

The 2021 GBJ will be a modified event with one main stage this year. At this time, masks will not be required for the outdoor event but are recommended for high traffic areas. Vendors will also be located outside of the arena to leave more room for social distancing. We will continue to work with state and local government to stay up to date on all outdoor guidelines and adjust our event policies accordingly to have a safe event for the community.

 To stay current with all things Greeley Blues Jam, be sure to follow us   on social media. 

ABOUT THE GREELEY BLUES JAM: The Greeley Blues Jam, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. We attract 4,000+ appreciative fans each year and has grown to be one of Colorado’s largest blues festivals. Five time winner of the Colorado Colorado Blues Societies "Favorite Festival" Award Five of the last 6 years. The Greeley Blues Jam mission is to continue blues traditions through music education and to strengthen our community. To learn more about the Greeley Blues Jam, visit


Joe Bonamassa's KTBA LAUNCHES FUELING MUSICIANS PROGRAM Joe Bonamassa’s Fueling Musicians Program  is an emergency relief plan for touring musicians affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This initiative is designed to support musicians by providing financial assistance for essential living expenses such as food, shelter, and more. Fueling Musicians provides immediate cash payments of $1,000, as well as pre-paid gas cards of $500 to help struggling musicians get back on the road again when it is safe.Your gift today will have an impact on the livelihood of struggling musicians. Please help with what you can - your donations go directly to musicians in need.DONATE NOW! If you are a musician that has been dramatically affected by the cancellation of shows due to COVID-19, click here to apply.  

General Information about the COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund
The Blues Foundation established the COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund to provide immediate resources to full-time professional North American blues musicians whose revenue streams have been severely diminished by the current coronavirus pandemic. The fund is intended for blues musicians for whom performing makes up the bulk of their income and who have no other outlets for work. A professional blues musician with financial need will be considered for an award by the Fund Committee based on the subjective merits of their application and financial need. Award amounts are intended to assist primarily with immediate essential needs such as food, rent/mortgage, utilities, phone and car payments. Medical insurance premiums will also be considered.Request FundingRequests for funding should be made by contacting The Blues Foundation directly. Upon contacting the Foundation, you will be asked to complete a short application form that will be reviewed by a committee.To request funding please contact:
Elizabeth Montgomery Brown at


Funds donated to the COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund are dedicated 100% to artist relief efforts. Contributions may be made online or by sending a check to:
The Blues Foundation (COVID-19), 421 South Main, Memphis, TN 38103.

Equal Sound, an organization that strives to break down traditional genre boundaries through events and advocacy, is inviting musicians who have lost income due to the pandemic to apply for funds. Applicants must provide proof they had a confirmed concert cancelled over the coronavirus to receive the money.Equal Sound is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation based in Los Angeles.

Corona Relief Fund applicationApplication:

Additional resources can be found at: 

FEMMUSIC - Emergency Grant Resources for Artists 

Please save the date for IBC Week 2022 - January 18th - January 22nd 
We look forward to seeing you in Memphis then!










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

The Mile High Blues Society Store is Open for Business! You can order one of our very cool, high quality MHBS T-shirts. Prompt shipment via USPS Priority Mail. Show your colors; visit the store HERE

Membership has its benefits!  You will receive the "Blues Insider" newsletter, with news and reviews.  Members get a discount on tickets to shows and invitations to members-only events presented by The Mile High Blues Society, among other perks.  As a MHBS member you will be a strong supporter and advocate for local blues.  

Membership starts at only $15,  Please 
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