The Mile High Blues Society is dedicated to Denver's blues community. We are musicians, venues, media, and fans committed to enjoying and sustaining blues music.
-We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered and in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State.
-All our meetings are open to any member who is interested.
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.
-To stage the official MHBS blues jam, with top local musicians hosting.
-To promote and present shows and concerts featuring local and regional talent.
-To produce a "Road To Memphis" competition for local bands.
-To nurture appreciation for America's greatest music from which all other popular music springs, The Blues!
- Active MHBS Members (Bands & Businesses) receive discounted advertising rates for as little as $20 per month. Non-member rates start at $30 per month. Membership does have privileges! Your band or business ad will have premium placement in the weekly Blues Insider newsletter as well as on the home page of this website! Contact us today to start your promotion!
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MHBS Board of Directors
Mark "Doc" Brown – President
Doc, born in Denver, first performed live blues at his grade school when he was 10 years old. He played with his brothers in The Brown Brothers Band throughout his high school and college years, and with well–known regional bands based in Utah, Connecticut, and New Mexico. Returning to the Denver area, he led Otis T. and the Hammers and played with Ace Butler and the Aces. Since 2003, he has been leading Doc Brown’s Blues Band, releasing the CD “Prescription for the Blues” in 2006, and has hosted the Sunday Night Blues Jams (alternate Sundays) at Ziggies since 2004.
Julie Cummings – Vice President
Julie is an educator in a prominent school district in Colorado. She is a dedicated blues fan with valuable experience serving on boards of non-profit organizations. She is the President of Columbine Poets, Inc. and also the Judges Chair, and First President for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.
Carla Jordan – Secretary / Treasurer and Immediate Past President
Carla was the owner and proprietor of Ziggies, an award winning and the oldest blues night club in Colorado which was established in 1964. She rescued Ziggies from closure in 2007, remodeled and rejuvenated it and worked very hard to revive the blues scene in Denver until it closed in 2017 when the owners of the building put it up for sale. As Ziggies, the venue closed a new era began. Since Carla owns the Ziggies brand, she started a band / venue booking, promotion, management business, appropriately called Ziggies Presents.
Rick Bevan – Board Member at Large
Rick started playing music when he was a Junior in High School. Originally a guitarist, he had to play bass in order to join a group, which he gladly did. Playing for several years, he enlisted in the US Navy and played in a combo on a ship. When he thought he was done playing in 1974 he answered a call to play bass for a local country band and ended up playing all over Colorado and on several military installations. He enrolled in college to learn more about the music ‘trade’ and focus on vocals. Somewhere along the way he got side tracked and wound up spending 31 as a Train Engineer for Union Pacific.Over time he met Brendan Treanor, younger brother of Dan Treanor, and at his urging and cajoling Rick ended up playing yet again. He’s been on the local jam “circuit” ever since he retired and what a ride it’s been!
Dan Frost - Board Member at Large
Kim Leonard – Board Member at Large - Donations Chair
Kim Leonard grew up in Denver, listening to the blues in her teens. She frequented the legendary original Denver Folklore center when it was 17th Street listening to great musicians passing through. The blues always caught her ear, especially the harmonica, and is considered to be a soulful harmonica musician in the Denver Blues Scene. She works with Woodward Production events , such as Women Rock the Night from 2004 to 2008 and Holiday Toy Drives and the Mile High Blues Society with great energy and enthusiasm!
Teresa Lynne – Board Member at Large
Teresa Lynne has been a fixture in Colorado blues for 21 years. A gripping vocalist and poignant harp player, Teresa is the real deal. She can belt out a tune with the best of them and can hold back and be equally effective with softer ballads. Teresa is one of the best female blues harp players anywhere. She fronts the band Teresa Lynne & The Dreamboats.
Michelle Maxwell -- Board Member at Large
I was born in Boulder and grew up listening to everything from Elvis to Motown, the Beatles to Bob Dylan. My favorite artists were always the ones with a blues feel, although I didn’t realize what that meant at the time. The soulful sounds of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner were important influences.
I discovered my love for the blues in the 90’s when I made a decision to pursue dancing. Luckily the venues I went to for lessons had live music. Enter Boa and the Constrictors, who played for many of the dances. I fell in love with dancing and that music all at the same time and I’ve been to every blues show I can find since.
I have met many, many wonderful people in the blues community and am very excited to be involved with the Mile High Blues Society.
Scott Rivera -- Board Member at Large
Recard "Scotty" Rivera is a Colorado blues drummer. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan so he has a lot of natural soul and funk from the influences of the Motown sound. He came to Colorado in 1980 and immediately started playing with the band Black Irish. This band had a big following for over a decade as did the The Erica Brown Band which he helped create and played in. He has gone to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee three times. Scotty has had the pleasure of playing on stages with Jimmy Hall, Reese Wynans, Kenny Passarelli and Eddie Turner to name a few. His natural style makes him one of the most sought after blues drummers in Colorado.
Mike Stobie -- Board Member at Large
A Blues Society for Denver
There are 2.6 million people in Denver Metro. There are thousands of blues fans and hundreds of blues musicians. There are several fine blues venues, and radio shows devoted to blues music. What Denver has not had, however, is a blues society that meets in this city and focuses its efforts and dollars on the Denver blues scene.
A blues society needs to be rooted among its members. Holding its meetings locally is important to establishing the identity of the organization. It is very hard for blues folks in Denver to travel to a different city to participate in blues society business.
There are three other blues societies in Colorado: One in Colorado Springs, one in Winter Park, and one in Boulder/Longmont. Occasionally they will stage events here, but their home bases are distant. A blues scene as cool and vibrant as we have in Denver deserves the dedicated support of its own blues organization. That is what the Mile High Blues Society is all about, and that is why so many people are excited about it.