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. 


 

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 shows@MileHighBluesSociety.com and you can post them to our FaceBook page as well at https://www.facebook.com/TheMileHighBluesSociety

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


Their new single,Trust, releases on February 15th, 2021!

“Trust” is an homage to a landscape and an anthem for our times. It reminds us that everything is alive, everyone is connected, and, despite the chaos of the outside world, a sense of refuge and purpose are always available if we stop, look, and listen. 

Colorado musicians Cary Morin (guitar, vocals), Celeste Di Iorio (harmony vocals), A.J. Fullerton (guitar & vocals), Luke Hunter (bass & vocals), and Jordan Pasquin (drums, percussion, & vocals) unite to form a high-energy roots rock band, intent on getting folks up and out of their seats! 

“ ‘Cary Morin is a unique and brilliant guitar player, songwriter and singer, ‘ says renowned folk musician David Bromberg, extolling the virtues of one of his favorite players. ‘It’s hard to pick out what he does best.  As a guitar player, I have huge respect for Cary’s style and technique on the guitar.  If you haven’t heard him yet, you should. Try to remember that it’s only one guitar.’  “  - Dan Forte for Taylor Wood & Steel Magazine, June 2018.

A. J. Fullerton, a Colorado native, is an award-winning roots, rock, & blues artist. A.J. grew up listening to artists like; Mississippi John Hurt, Taj Mahal, T Model Ford, Albert Collins, R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, The Black Keys, Patrick Sweany, North Mississippi Allstars, Robert Belfour, and many more.  Since picking up the guitar as a teenager, A.J. has become known for his signature style of fingerpicking & bottleneck slide guitar.

Luke Hunter, a Colorado native, has been playing bass for over fifteen years.  He has been the tour manager for local band, Write Minded, for the past two years and has worked in music production for fifteen plus years.  

Jordan Pasquin, a full-time performer and music educator in Northern Colorado, has been a life-long musician and has experience in a wide range of musical styles. Jordan is grateful for every second that he gets to spend behind the drums. “For me, music is a spiritual practice. It centers my mind and forces me to step outside of my own reality.”  Jordan received his Bachelor's Degree in Drum Set Performance from Berklee College of Music and also plays with local band, Write Minded. 

Celeste Di Iorio, having been involved in dance, theater, and music for many years, has worked both in bands and as a soloist.  Her inspired vocals help shape the signature sound of Ghost Dog.


BLUES FOUNDATION APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT & CEO
 

Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Wilson Aden as its next President & CEO. Aden brings more than three decades of non-profit management experience to the Foundation, with a specialization in the preservation and celebration of African American cultural resources. Her most recent experience as President & CEO of the African American Museum in Philadelphia and her earlier role as Executive Director of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation make her uniquely qualified to lead The Blues Foundation and its Blues Hall of Fame. Aden stated, “I am genuinely excited to join The Blues Foundation and the Blues community in celebrating the Blues and the artists who have made it America’s original musical genre. Aden will join the Foundation staff on October 1, 2020.

Aden succeeds Barbara Newman, who will begin her retirement September 30th. Under Newman’s leadership, The Blues Foundation saw marked growth in engagement and reach in all facets of the organization’s operations. She embraced technology to offer greater access to and programming of major Blues Foundation events, including the International Blues Challenge and Blues Music Awards, forged new industry alliances, and amplified awareness of organizational activities in fulfilling The Blues Foundation’s mission to preserve, celebrate, and expand awareness of the Blues genre. Most recently, she led the charge to develop a relief fund to provide financial support for basic living necessities to Blues musicians whose income streams have evaporated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the first of April, that fund has raised over $250,000 and assisted close to 250 musicians. Throughout her tenure, she has prioritized strong fiscal management and is leaving The Blues Foundation well-situated to further advance its mission under Aden’s leadership.


Michael Freeman, Chairman of The Blues Foundation’s Board of Directors, added, “On behalf of the global Blues community we wish Barbara Newman the very best for a wonderful retirement and with the greatest appreciation for her tireless dedication to The Blues Foundation as its President & CEO. Thanks to her vision and leadership we are well positioned to welcome Patty Aden as our new President & CEO to continue the forward movement of the organization. We are thrilled to have found such an experienced and well-respected leader and look forward to welcoming her on October 1st.

 



 

MUSICIAN  ASSISTANCE

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 elizabeth@blues.org

 

Donate:
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: https://equalsound.org/musicians-corona-relief-fund-application/


Additional resources can be found at: 

FEMMUSIC - Emergency Grant Resources for Artists
https://femmusic.com/wp/index.php/2020/07/24/emergency-grants-resources-for-artists/

BILLBOARD.com
https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/9337908/coronavirus-resource-guide-music-professionals-help 



 

 

 

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

 

 

 






 


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

 




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


THE BLUES STORE IS OPEN - MHBS T-SHIRTS ARE HERE
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
 



 
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