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 Election closes May 14 @ 5pm MT
Please vote using this link:

Mark "Doc" Brown - President - Unopposed

Jim "Doc" Seely - Vice President - Unopposed

 Steve Crower - Secretary - Unopposed

George Williams - Treasurer - Unopposed

MHBS Appointed Board (information only) 

Mark (Mad Dog) Freidman
Rick Davis
Jake Bergstrom
Julie Cummings
Carla Jordan
Karen Betstadt
Shaundra Fry

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!

***For Immediate Release***

March 22, 2021

Last year, in 2020, amid the Corona Virus epidemic the Denver metropolitan area and beyond witnessed a sharp decrease in live music, not just in venues closing, but also with bands often taking a hiatus due to the financial impact as well as opportunities quickly dissolving. Blues musicians as well as venue owners, fans, organizers, and patrons alike felt the impacts first hand. The financial impact to our community was devastating as so many watched their way of life swiftly disappear. A large swath of the Colorado blues community sadly came to a screeching halt.

Now that 2021 is upon us, it’s spring, the vaccines are being more widely distributed, and now we’re looking forward to resuscitating our blues community. We have plenty of work we hope to do to help Colorado and our blues community once again prosper. 

The Mile High Blues Society Board of Directors met recently via Zoom and voted to extend ALL MHBS memberships that have expired anytime between March 1, 2020 through today, March 22, 2021, to be automatically extended, at your current membership level, until July 1, 2021. 

Any memberships purchased or renewed since July 2020, will also be extended for the appropriate commensurate period.

Now is your time to be involved! We need you! We welcome your diverse knowledge, skills, interest, contribution, and love of the Blues! 

Here is our call to action – MHBS is actively seeking new board members to join our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The MHBS board is comprised of elected members as well as having board members at large and volunteers. Being a board member has simple requirements, attending regular meetings (via Zoom and face to face when safe), participating in strategic planning, working on fundraising initiatives, serving on committees, helping with the MHBS Sponsored Events, hosting Blues Jams, helping plan and assist with the logistics for the International Blues Challenge (IBC) local challenges, and Blues Children on Stage (BCOS). All positions on the MHBS, elected or appointed, are volunteer positions. No one on the MHBS Board of Directors is financially compensated.

We are seeking individuals with experience and expertise where your contributions will further advance our mission. We’re seeking brilliant minds who love the blues, like to have fun, understand technology, fund raising, management, leadership, advisory capacity, grant writing, event organizing, just to name a few of the skills and interests we’re seeking. 

And we are always seeking volunteers, the gears of the MHBS machine!

Please email your interest to no later than Wednesday, April 7, 2021. 

We will be holding our next election, online, between April 11-16. The next board meeting will be help April 18, 2021 to welcome the new board of directors. 

Due to term limits, the following positions are up for election this year:

Vice President




Non-Elected positions: 

Member at Large – 5 open positions 


In your email, you may cut and paste the below information with your interest level. 

Yes, I’d love to be a more active part of the Mile High Blues Society!

Please consider me for these positions!


____Vice President




____Member at Large



My name:

My skills include: 

My email:

My telephone number:

My address:

Best time to contact me:

Thank you so much for supporting MHBS, live blues, and helping keep blues music alive in Colorado!


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.




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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