Mile High Blues Society
You're going to Memphis!
Band: Johnny and the Mongrels
Solo / Duo: Jeffrey Marshall
Youth Showcase: Alfonzo and Friends, Take 2
MHBS 2020 International Blues Challenge Winners
We are now accepting Best Self Produced CD submissions.
This is different than the Blues Foundation's BMA Awards.
Details on both are below
BEST SELF PRODUCED CD:
How to Submit:
Mail (or hand deliver) 4 copies of your self produced CD, abiding by the criteria from the Blues Foundation, found below. You may also hand deliver 4 copies to Mark "Doc" Brown to the MHBS Sunday Night Blues Jam at Rockabillies BEFORE September 23rd. If you hand deliver, be sure to personally hand them to Doc, not any bar staff.
Submissions MAILED TO MHBS MUST be POST MARKED no later than September 23, 2019 and mailed to the following address:
P. O. Box 12464
Denver, CO 80212-2464
The MHBS Winning CD will be announced in October, then forwarded on to the Blues Foundation for consideration.
About Best Self Produced CD:
In 2005, The Blues Foundation established an award for the Best Self-Produced CD, given out at the International Blues Challenge, as part of our mission to celebrate blues recording and to ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Unlike our celebration of blues recordings and performances at the Blues Music Awards, or our recognition of up-and-coming musician performance via The International Blues Challenge, this award was created to recognize excellence in independent Blues recordings.
Best Self-Produced Official Rules (with MHBS comments):
Entries for the Best Self-Produced CD are permitted by Blues Foundation Affiliated Organizations only. (That will be us, MHBS)
Each Affiliate is permitted one entry. (From the winning CD as determined by the MHBS judging panel)
The CD entered may be recorded and performed by an act other than is entered in the current year’s International Blues Challenge.
Compilations are not eligible.
Only CDs released between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019 are eligible for consideration as the 2020 Best Self-Produced CD. (Yes, we know this October date is after the date we, MHBS, require the CD's. It's always been this way by the Blues Foundation, for some reason.)
While we encourage a competition at the Affiliate level to determine the CD it will sponsor for Best Self-Produced CD, we do not require one. If an Affiliate does not conduct a competition to determine who it will sponsor but instead appoints a CD, that CD may not include a board member or officer of the sponsoring Affiliated organization. (MHBS uses a qualified judging panel to choose the winning CD based on the Blues Foundations criteria.)
A performer who has previously been nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Blues Award) shall not be eligible for this competition. A CD issued in the name of an otherwise eligible performer which also includes the contributions of a Blues Music Award nominee may be ineligible, depending on the extent of the contribution. Please contact The Blues Foundation directly to confirm eligibility.
A CD on a record label that has been previously nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Blues Award) shall not be eligible for this competition.
Judging will take place in three rounds. Judges will remain anonymous in order to protect them from outside influences and represent a cross-section of professionals from the blues radio and print industry. The final results will be announced at the finals of the 36th International Blues Challenge on Saturday, February 1, 2020 held at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN.
The finalists will be announced prior to The International Blues Challenge with the winner revealed during the IBC Finals on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Finalists are NOT required to attend International Blues Challenge. (The MHBS winning CD will be announced in October then forwarded on to Memphis by their deadline)
THE BMA'S - BLUES MUSIC AWARDS - MAY 7, 2020 IN MEMPHIS
This event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members.
All musicians are invited to submit their recordings for Blues Music Award consideration.
The 41st Blues Music Awards submission process is now open.
August 1 – August 31, 2019 – $155 USD per submission
September 1 – September 30, 2019 – $180 USD per submission
October 1 – October 15, 2019 – $225 USD per submission
For additional details go to the Blues Foundation's website at https://blues.org/blues-music-awards/#submission
Welcome to The Mile High Blues Society!
We Support Live Local Blues
We are musicians, fans, venues, and media committed to enjoying and sustaining Denver's blues music scene.
Become a member today!
We are in our Annual Membership Drive / Renewal Campaign - so if your membership has expired please consider renewing to help us keep the Blues alive in Colorado. You can renew from the link below or via the instructions if your receive our renewal email notice!
Thank you for supporting live blues!
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This MHBS Sunday Blues Jam
at Rockabillies 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward Road) Arvada, CO 80004
Open 11:00 a.m.
Signup for the jam as early as 6:00p.m.
Jam starts at 7:00p.m.
ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM AFTER 9PM OVER 21 ONLY
Hosted alternately by Doc Brown's Blues Band and MHBS Member Bands
Join us! Full backline and PA provided. Feel free to bring your own amps and pedals.
Signup as early as 6pm. Jam starts at 7:00pm
This Sunday - Mother's Day - Doc Brown's Blues Band
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BANDS - REMEMBER!!!
Your MHBS Membership gets you FREE show posting in the newsletter and on our website!
Send your posters and show notices to shows@MileHighBluesSociety.com
2019 is a special year for Swallow Hill Music… We’re turning 40! The past four decades have been incredible. Stay tuned for an anniversary concert series, archival footage from years gone by, and so much more! Thanks for being a part of the Swallow Hill community as we look forward to many more years of bringing the joy of music to life every day.
Double Headliner CD Release with Kerry Pastine & Cass Clayton
Cass and Kerry have a double CD release party this Friday at Dazzle! They’ve been hard at work in their respective studios this year, culminating in the release of PLAY NICE (Cass Clayton Band) and CITY OF LOVE (Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene). “This has been a year of intense and fulfilling collaboration,” says Cass. "Kerry and I came together with women in the music community to create SHE-EO, which supports women in music in fulfilling their dreams and overcoming business challenges.” Said Kerry, “It felt right for us to do our CD release party together. When we come together to release art into the world, it’s exponentially more joyful than doing it alone. We want other artists to know we’re genuine about the our love for the community.”
Show Details: Dazzle Denver, Doors 6:30, Double Show starting at 7:30pm. Tickets at www.dazzledenver.com.
JASCO @ West End Lounge
Thursday - September 12 - 6 to 8pm
Flamingo for gringos!
TONESHAKERS are at Trea 39
6:30-10:30 THIS FRIDAY THE 13th
15821 E. Centretech Cir Aurora, CO 80011
September 13 & 14 - 9pm to 1a @ Chillers Bar in Loveland
Saturday, Sept 28th, 5:00 - 8:30 pm
Deborah Stafford & The State of Affairs
Brews, Blues & BBQ with Buddy Guy!
Thunder Mountain Amphitheater
4250 Byrd Dr., Loveland, CO
The Taylor Scott Band and The Blues DoGs!, and Deborah Stafford and the State of Affairs
Opening acts for Blues legend, Buddy Guy!
Every Friday - Open Mic 7pm to 10pm
Scott "SHACK" Hackler will be playing solo EVERY MONDAY NIGHT
at Morrison Holiday Bar, 6:00-10:00. This will run until football season.
Mile High Blues Society
THE BLUES STORE IS OPEN - MHBS T-SHIRTS ARE HERE
MHBS GIG ZONE
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