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. 


 

...AND THE WINNERS OF THE GEAR DRAWING ARE:

1ST PLACE - SIGNED BY OUR 2020 MHBS IBC MUSICIANS - HARD LUCK KING SOUTHERN BELLE  ELECTRIC GUITAR

WILLIAM  MISTRETTA

 

2ND PLACE - SUPRO LAP STEEL ELECTRIC GUITAR - DEB WHITTAKER

 

3RD PLACE  - AUDIO-TECHNICA MICROPHONE - JAMES TAYLOR III

THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!

WILLIAM MISTRETTA - WINNER FIRST PRIZE - Hard Luck Kings Southern Belle Electric Guitar – (donated by Jeff Engler)

Telecaster style, white with gold hardware, maple fretboard with unique inlays,2 single coil Telecaster- style pickups, 1 volume, 1 tone, fully intontable string-through-body hardtail bridge, low action, great sound and playability, brand new!  No case.

 

DEB WHITTAKER - WINNER SECOND PRIZE -  Supro 1466BW Jet Airliner Lap Steel guitar - (donated by Mark Miller)

Reissue of 50’s-early 60’s Supro lap steel, black and white art deco aesthetics, enhanced with an intonation friendly string-through-body hardtail bridge, humbucker-sized version of the Supro Silver Foil pickup slightly overwound and located right at the harmonic “sweet spot”, 1 volume, 1 tone, 23 inch scale.  1 crack in the pickguard near the tone and volume controls, not an issue, barely noticeable.  No case.

 

JAMES TAYLOR III - WINNER THIRD PRIZE - Audio-Technical PRO41 Microphone - (donated by Jensen Guitars)

This cardioid dynamic step-up is built to survive the realities of day-to-day use and still produce clear, full-range vocal reproduction every time. Its superior internal shock mounting reduces handling noise. The microphone’s cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of the desired sound source.
Natural, full-range vocal reproduction; ideal for close-up vocal use in performance
Superior internal shock mounting reduces handling noise
Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
Hi-ENERGY® neodymium magnet for articulate vocal reproduction
Two-stage ball-type headcase for superior "pop" protection
MagnaLock™ on/off switch
Corrosion-resistant contacts from gold-plated XLRM-type connector
Rugged design and construction for reliable performance

 

 

SEE  YOU  IN  MEMPHIS!!!
Representing MHBS in the Memphis, 2020 International Blues Challenge January 28 - February 1, 2020

Westside Joe and the Men of Soul

(Joe Schicke, Taylor Tester, Steve Amedee)
West Side Joe and the Men of Soul. Joe Schicke began playing the blues at a young age. Raised in Memphis, he refined his performing, recording, arranging, and songwriting skills through collaborations with many different artists. A few years after moving to Colorado in 2007, Joe began working with Steve Amedee, originally from just outside New Orleans, LA, and Taylor Tesler, originally from Rochester, NY. The band's been inspiring local Colorado audiences ever since with big rhythms, fat guitar licks, and singin' you can dig your heart into. To play the blues takes soul, and these men got it. 




Solo / Duo: Jeffrey Marshall

Jeffrey Marshall, who was born with a severe disability, has no arms and is confined to a wheelchair, is breathing life into the music industry one fan at a time. He plays harmonica, and guitar with his feet, while belting out his feelings vocally, sharing his musical emotion. His musical journey began as a teenager in Nashville and has taken him around the world where he has performed in nearly a dozen countries. Jeffrey‘s only desire in life is to share his talent with anyone willing to listen and experience his life through his art. His music is raw, infectious and genuine to its core.





Youth Showcase: Alfonzo and Friends
(
Alfred Dworak, Aidan Debie, Aidan Roberts, Charlie Chilson)

Well beyond his years and hailed as a “real bluesman” Alfonzo brings music that transcends boundaries while taking you on an emotional ride from the Delta to Chicago and then into unexplored territory. As a performer, songwriter, producer and multi instrumentalist from Colorado, Alfonzo with his soul, blues and funk collective provides the stories of a thousand different cities. For the 2020 IBC Alfonzo will be backed by bassist, Charlie Chilson, guitarist, Aidan Roberts and drummer Aidan Debie. Together they put on a fully immersive stage performance that leaves the audience begging for more!



 

Longmont High School student’s band bringing Colorado blues to Memphis
By 
 | jmarinelli@prairiemountainmedia.com | 

PUBLISHED:  | UPDATED: 

Memphis — people call it the home of the blues, the birthplace of rock-and-roll.

For Alfonzo Dworak, a Longmont High School sophomore and blues musician, it’s one of the finest cities in the country. And this month, he’ll represent Colorado during the 2020s International Blues Challenge there with his eponymous band. Other members include Aidan Roberts of Parker, new addition Charlie Chilson of Lyons and Aidan Debie, an alumnus of Longmont High who now attends CSU.

Dworak has been playing instruments since he was a young boy, originally starting with the piano. He moved on to the bass, and, a week after that, the guitar, eventually rounding out his skillset with a foray into singing when he was about 14.

“It’s a big deal, really,” said Darryl Abrahamson, one of two band directors at Longmont High School and Dworak’s jazz band teacher, of the band’s trip across the country.

  Picked by the Mile High Blues Society as its youth representative, Alfonzo will travel to the event alongside two other Colorado representatives, solo artist Jeffrey Marshall and band West Side Joe and the Men of Soul.

“Throughout that one week of the year, the roads are closed off and there’s music in every venue from… at least 3 p.m. and it goes until about 2 to 4 (a.m.), and that’s for a little less than a whole week,” Dworak said of the event. “Thousands of people come in.”

He added that while most bands that play at the event are from America, last year he saw a number of bands from Europe and one from Korea.

And while his band has had much to celebrate, including a recent performance at Denver’s Hard Rock Cafe and the release of its album “Judgement Day” on Spotify and other streaming platforms, Dworak said being one of his home state’s blues ambassadors gives him pride.

“Memphis is probably one of my favorite cities in the country, and in addition, to be one of the faces that says, ‘This is what it sounds like in Colorado’ is an honor,” he said.

Joe Whitmer, the producer of the International Blues Challenge and production consultant for The Blues Foundation, the organization that puts on the event, said that its competitive aspect can help propel winners of the challenge onto the national and international stage. All acts that come, though, get to witness what blues is like around the world, he added.

And with nearly 200 affiliated organizations sending up to three acts each — a solo artist, a band and a youth band or artist — there’s plenty of variety.

“They get to see how other acts perform on the stage, what’s the song selection that they’re using, how they’re interacting with the crowd,” he said. “Even affiliates that don’t have acts that finish in the semi-finals or finals, those acts learn something.”

Whitmer added that he’s seen a lot of younger acts like Alfonzo go on to do big things, too, during his time working on the International Blues Challenge. For example Micah Kesselring, a blues musician from Ohio, received a scholarship from The Blues Foundation when he was younger.

“We’ve watched a lot of young musicians come and participate in the youth showcase, which is a one-day event, and they go on to bigger and bigger things,” he said. “Maybe they come back and compete in the challenge and they go on to the semi-finals and final stage.”

Dworak said that those looking to see his band in Boulder County can get to La Vita Bella Cafe in Longmont at 8 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

 


 

 

MEMPHIS  BLUES  NEWS
 
Download the 2020 Generation Blues Application

Blues Society Leadership, we're again asking for your assistance in sharing information with both your membership and surrounding blues community regarding the Generation Blues youth scholarship program. Please help us pass along this important opportunity to young blues musicians in your area. Thank you in advance for all that you do to promote the blues and cultivate an active blues community in your region!

* Musicians must be under the age of 21 to apply for a Generation Blues Scholarship *


Visit the Blues Foundation’s website for more details about
Generation Blues by 
clicking here.

The deadline to submit a Generation Blues Application is 
March 31, 2020. Completed applications should be sent to Keisha Moore-Alston at keisha@blues.org
 
The Generation Blues scholarship fund was created to provide financial assistance to aspiring young blues musicians whose limited financial resources might prohibit them from attending a blues music learning opportunity. Since Generation Blues began, The Blues Foundation has awarded over 250 scholarships totaling more than $200,000 to our youth members as part of our mission to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.

Download the 2020 Generation Blues Application
 

Our Mission: To preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.

The Blues Foundation is excited to share with you the full list of Nominations for the 41st Blues Music Awards!


And your 2020 Blues Music Awards Nominees are:

 

Acoustic Blues Album
Sponsored by
Newman, DeCoster
Catfish Crawl
Catfish Keith
Confessin’ My Dues
Terry Robb
Good as Your Last Dollar,
Fruteland Jackson
Solo Ride
Bruce Katz
This Guitar and Tonight
Bob Margolin

Acoustic Blues Artist
Sponsored by
Folk Alliance International
Eric Bibb
Guy Davis
Rhiannon Giddens
Fruteland Jackson
Doug MacLeod

Album of the Year
Sponsored by
Rum Boogie Café & Blues Hall
Church of the Blues
Watermelon Slim
Hail to The Kings!
The Cash Box Kings
Kingfish
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
The Preacher, The Politician or
The Pimp
Toronzo Cannon
Roots and Branches: The Songs of Little Walter
Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues

B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
Sponsored by
B.B. King’s Blues Club
Billy Branch
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford
Bobby Rush
Mavis Staples

Band of the Year
The Cash Box Kings
The Nick Moss Band
featuring Dennis Gruenling
Rick Estrin and the Nightcats
Southern Avenue
Sugaray Rayford Band

Best Emerging Artist Album
Before Me
Ben Levin
Folie a deux
Hudspeth & Taylor
Kingfish
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Spectacular Class
Jontavious Willis
Through My Eyes
John “Blues” Boyd

Blues Rock Album
Killin’ It Live
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Masterpiece
Albert Castiglia
Reckless Heart
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Survivor Blues
Walter Trout
Up and Rolling
North Mississippi Allstars

Blues Rock Artist
Sponsored by
Landmark Band
Albert Castiglia
Tommy Castro
Tinsley Ellis
Eric Gales
Walter Trout

Contemporary Blues Album
Contemporary
Rick Estrin and The Nightcats
Don’t Pass Me By: A Tribute to Sean Costello
Various Artists
Kingfish
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
The Preacher, The Politician or The Pimp
Toronzo Cannon
Venom & Faith
Larkin Poe

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Diane Blue
Vanessa Collier
Shemekia Copeland
Samantha Fish
Janiva Magness

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Toronzo Cannon
Gary Clark Jr.
Luther Dickinson
Rick Estrin
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Instrumentalist Bass
Willie J. Campbell
Patrick Rynn
Bill Stuve
Larry Taylor
Michael “Mudcat” Ward

Instrumentalist Drums
Tony Braunagel
Cedric Burnside
June Core
Derrick D’Mar Martin
Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

Instrumentalist Guitar
Christoffer “Kid” Andersen
Laura Chavez
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Junior Watson
“Monster” Mike Welch

Instrumentalist Harmonica
Sponsored by
Hohner Harmonica
Billy Branch
Rick Estrin
Dennis Gruenling
Brandon Santini
Kim Wilson

Instrumentalist Horn
Mindi Abair
Jimmy Carpenter
Vanessa Collier
Trombone Shorty
Nancy Wright

Instrumentalist Piano
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Anthony Geraci
Bruce Katz
Dave Keyes
Jim Pugh
Victor Wainwright

Instrumentalist Vocals
Shemekia Copeland
Sugaray Rayford
Curtis Salgado
Mavis Staples
Dawn Tyler Watson

Song of the Year
“Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues”
written by Rebecca Lovell
“Lucky Guy”
written by Nick Moss
“Resentment File”
written by Rick Estrin, Joe Louis Walker, and JoJo Russo
“Time To Get Movin’”
written by Eric Corne
“The Wine Talkin’”
written by Joe Nosek, John Hahn, and
Oscar Wilson

Soul Blues Album
Dog Eat Dog
Billy Price
Keep On
Southern Avenue
Real Street
Tad Robinson
Sitting on Top of the Blues
Bobby Rush
Somebody Save Me
Sugaray Rayford

Soul Blues Female Artist
Annika Chambers
Thornetta Davis
Bettye LaVette
Terrie Odabi
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Billy Price
Sugaray Rayford
Tad Robinson
Curtis Salgado
Wee Willie Walker

Traditional Blues Album
Church of the Blues
Watermelon Slim
Hail to the Kings!
The Cash Box Kings
Lucky Guy!
The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling
Roots and Branches – The Songs of Little Walter
Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues
Spectacular Class
Jontavious Willis

Traditional Blues Female Artist
Koko Taylor Award
Rory Block
Sue Foley
Mary Lane
Trudy Lynn
Teeny Tucker

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Lurrie Bell
Billy Branch
John Primer
Jimmie Vaughan
Jontavious Willis

 





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


 

BLUES  NEWS  FROM  MEMPHIS

 

MEMPHIS  BLUES  NEWS

 
Download the 2020 Generation Blues Application

Blues Society Leadership, we're again asking for your assistance in sharing information with both your membership and surrounding blues community regarding the Generation Blues youth scholarship program. Please help us pass along this important opportunity to young blues musicians in your area. Thank you in advance for all that you do to promote the blues and cultivate an active blues community in your region!

* Musicians must be under the age of 21 to apply for a Generation Blues Scholarship *


Visit the Blues Foundation’s website for more details about
Generation Blues by clicking here.

The deadline to submit a Generation Blues Application is March 31, 2020. Completed applications should be sent to Keisha Moore-Alston at keisha@blues.org
 
The Generation Blues scholarship fund was created to provide financial assistance to aspiring young blues musicians whose limited financial resources might prohibit them from attending a blues music learning opportunity. Since Generation Blues began, The Blues Foundation has awarded over 250 scholarships totaling more than $200,000 to our youth members as part of our mission to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.

Download the 2020 Generation Blues Application

 

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Send your posters and show notices to shows@MileHighBluesSociety.com


 

 



 


 

 


ALFONZO

ALFONZO is written up in the Longmont newspaper!

Longmont High School student’s band bringing Colorado blues to Memphis
By  | jmarinelli@prairiemountainmedia.com | 

PUBLISHED:  | UPDATED: 

Memphis — people call it the home of the blues, the birthplace of rock-and-roll.

For Alfonzo Dworak, a Longmont High School sophomore and blues musician, it’s one of the finest cities in the country. And this month, he’ll represent Colorado during the 2020s International Blues Challenge there with his eponymous band. Other members include Aidan Roberts of Parker, new addition Charlie Chilson of Lyons and Aidan Debie, an alumnus of Longmont High who now attends CSU.

Dworak has been playing instruments since he was a young boy, originally starting with the piano. He moved on to the bass, and, a week after that, the guitar, eventually rounding out his skillset with a foray into singing when he was about 14.

“It’s a big deal, really,” said Darryl Abrahamson, one of two band directors at Longmont High School and Dworak’s jazz band teacher, of the band’s trip across the country.

  Picked by the Mile High Blues Society as its youth representative, Alfonzo will travel to the event alongside two other Colorado representatives, solo artist Jeffrey Marshall and band West Side Joe and the Men of Soul.

“Throughout that one week of the year, the roads are closed off and there’s music in every venue from… at least 3 p.m. and it goes until about 2 to 4 (a.m.), and that’s for a little less than a whole week,” Dworak said of the event. “Thousands of people come in.”

He added that while most bands that play at the event are from America, last year he saw a number of bands from Europe and one from Korea.

And while his band has had much to celebrate, including a recent performance at Denver’s Hard Rock Cafe and the release of its album “Judgement Day” on Spotify and other streaming platforms, Dworak said being one of his home state’s blues ambassadors gives him pride.

“Memphis is probably one of my favorite cities in the country, and in addition, to be one of the faces that says, ‘This is what it sounds like in Colorado’ is an honor,” he said.

Joe Whitmer, the producer of the International Blues Challenge and production consultant for The Blues Foundation, the organization that puts on the event, said that its competitive aspect can help propel winners of the challenge onto the national and international stage. All acts that come, though, get to witness what blues is like around the world, he added.

And with nearly 200 affiliated organizations sending up to three acts each — a solo artist, a band and a youth band or artist — there’s plenty of variety.

“They get to see how other acts perform on the stage, what’s the song selection that they’re using, how they’re interacting with the crowd,” he said. “Even affiliates that don’t have acts that finish in the semi-finals or finals, those acts learn something.”

Whitmer added that he’s seen a lot of younger acts like Alfonzo go on to do big things, too, during his time working on the International Blues Challenge. For example Micah Kesselring, a blues musician from Ohio, received a scholarship from The Blues Foundation when he was younger.

“We’ve watched a lot of young musicians come and participate in the youth showcase, which is a one-day event, and they go on to bigger and bigger things,” he said. “Maybe they come back and compete in the challenge and they go on to the semi-finals and final stage.”

Dworak said that those looking to see his band in Boulder County can get to La Vita Bella Cafe in Longmont at 8 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.




 

MAD DOG BLUES

Mad Dog Blues Experience

Friday, January 17, 7:00 -10:00 pm

Devil's Head Distillery at 3296 S. Acoma St.

in Englewood, CO 80110

(720) 668-8770

No cover.
 

Mad Dog Blues Experience

Saturday, January 18, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Großen Bart Brewery at 1025 Delaware Ave.

in Longmont, CO 80501

(720) 438-2060

No cover.
 

Jenn Cleary Duo

Friday, January 24, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Front Range Brewing at 400 W. South Boulder Rd., #1650

in Lafayette, CO 80026

(303) 339-0767

No cover.


 

AJ FULLERTON


1/16 - The Sherbino Theater
Ridgway, CO. (Band)

1/17 - KAFM Radio Room
Grand Junction, CO. (Band)

1/18 - Gunnsion Arts Center

Gunnison, CO. (Band)

1/24 - KRFC Radio
"LIVE @ LUNCH

Fort Collins, CO. (Band)

1/24 - New Belgium Brewing
   Fort Collins, CO. (Band)


1/25 - Ophelia's 
   Denver, CO. (Duo)

1/25 - Jake's Brew Bar
   Littleton, CO. (Solo)



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.




 


The Custom Shop Band





 

Lincoln Station, Lonetree, Colorado


 



 




 

 

 




 
THE MILE HIGH BLUES SOCIETY  MAILING ADDRESS
Mile High Blues Society
P. O. Box 12464
Denver, Colorado 80212-2464


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