(BOULDER, CO) – The Colorado Blues Society is celebrating its 25th year as a Blues Foundation Affiliate. They will have a big anniversary party Feb 23 at the Buffalo Rose in Golden, Colorado starting at 3pm.
in 1995, the society came about from founder Dave MacIntyre being inspired by a
deck of cards called Heroes of the Blues and drawn by famed cartoonist
R. Crumb. Noted educator Hawkeye Herman offered those cards for sale in Living
Blues Magazine, and when Dave contacted him, a friendship was formed that
was the driving force behind the Colorado Blues Society. Holding their first
meeting in a pizza joint in Louisville, Colorado, it was decided that the new Colorado Blues Society would start a newsletter
called The Holler to provide members with articles and a concert
calendar, and also start a Blues in the Schools program.
Over the years the CBS has had many successes. They
have presented Blues in the School programs to well over 10,000 Colorado school
children from kindergarteners to high schoolers. CBS also started the John Alex
Mason Scholarship fund to help expose kids to workshops on the blues throughout
CBS has helped promote the entire Blues Community with
their website and online gig calendar (free) by promoting the thriving Colorado
Festival scene and offering a forum for promoting our local venues and musicians.
This was the 13th year CBS has sent local acts to the Blues
Foundation’s International Blues Challenge, and in 6 of those years they are
proud to say there have been CBS acts standing on the Finals stage at the
Orpheum Theater when it ended.
CBS has also supported the entire Colorado Community
with blues benefits that raised money for Colorado wildfires (currently CBS is
helping with a benefit for the Australian Wildfires), floods in Colorado as
well as Louisiana, and food and clothing drives for those in need.
The Colorado Blues Society was recognized by the Blues
Foundation in 2013 with a Keeping the Blues Alive Award (KBA) as Blues
Organization of the Year.
Top Lt: Dan Treanor and Gary Allegretto, both KBA Award education
Recipients, with CBS Banner (Photo: Scott Fitzke)
Top Rt: CBS’s Jim Primock,
VPs Scott Fitzke and Tarry Underwood, Secretary Patti Cavallero and President Chick Cavallero receiving the 2013 KBA Award for Blues Organization (Photo: courtesy Scott
Ctr Lt: Keb’ Mo’ receiving the 2012 CBS Lifetime Achievement Award from Jim
Primock and Chick Cavallero (Photo: Courtesy Chick Cavallero)
Ctr Rt: Tarry Underwood with Hawkeye Herman in 1995 (Photo: Courtesy Tarry
Bottom Lt 5: Dan Treanor, the man behind the Colorado
Blues Society Blues in the Schools program (Photo: Scott Fitzke)
Bottom Rt: CBS Volunteers Doug Richardson, Marie Walker, John Stilwagon,
Jim Primock, Gloria Schultz, and Phil Borcherding before the Snowy Range Music Festival