About MHBS

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 nonprofit corporation registered in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State.

-All our meetings are open to any member who is interested.


-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!

P. O. Box 12464
Denver, Colorado 80212-2464


- 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!

For advertising - email us at:  ads@milehighbluessociety.com
For general email submissions - email us at:  info@milehighbluessociety.com
To email us your show submissions - email us at:  shows@milehighbluessociety.com
You may also contact us via the contact form below.


MHBS Board of Directors

Carla Jordan – President

Carla is 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 has worked very hard to revive the blues scene in Denver. Ziggies is a performance club, with a big stage and sound system and presents live music seven nights a week. Touring regional, national, and local acts can be found at Ziggies every weekend and often throughout the week.  Carla has made Ziggies a very welcoming and popular hangout for blues fans and musicians. Prior to purchasing Ziggies, Carla was a corporate executive in a technology based organization.

Jodie Woodward -- Vice President

Jodie Woodward is one of a few female bass players in Colorado, with an extraordinary style and wicked grooves. Jodie is the hostess to the MHBS Sunday Blues Jam, on alternate Sundays. Currently performing with Alan Knight and Company, and Erik Boa and The Constrictors (2015 MHSB IBC Winners). She is also an entrepreneur with a Boulder business, Custom Hair Extensions, specializing in custom and handmade hair pieces and extensions. Jodie is the founder of Woodward Productions, which produces several events each year, including Women Rock the Night and Holiday Toy Drive/Pro-Jam.

Julie Cummings – Secretary

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 for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. She is the sole founder and organizer of the three day Ziggies Poetry Festival held every year in August and host of Performance Poetry which takes place twice a month.

Murat Iyigun – Treasurer

Murat Iyigun is a lifelong blues enthusiast and a regular jammer in the Mile High Blues scene. He's the guitarist for the Lafayette, Colorado, based band, Barrel of Blues. Murat started playing guitar at 14. His musical influences range from the blues legends Freddie King, Peter Green, John Mayall, Mike Bloomfield, Luther Allison and Gary Moore to the hard rockers Queen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Slash and Randy Rhoads. During the day, Murat is Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Studies in Bonn, Germany.


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!




Mark "Doc" Brown – Board Member at Large
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. 





Alan Knight -- Board Member at Large - Membership Committee Chair

Alan Knight is a blues guitarist and singer from Fort Worth, Texas.
He moved to Denver over three years ago, making an excellent addition to the Colorado blues scene.
For the past thirteen years, Alan toured Texas with his band, Alan Knight and Company.  He has settled in Boulder and continues to bring his unique combination of Texas and Delta blues with Alan Knight and Company band throughout Colorado.
Alan continues touring in the Ft Worth/North Texas area with his band several times a year.





Kim Leonard – Board Member at Large
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.

Rick Davis – Immediate Past President

Rick has been prominent in the local blues scene for several years. He is the founding member of two gigging blues bands, Roadhouse Joe and The Blues Allstars. He has hosted Denver’s premier blues jam for more than four years. For six years Rick has authored the Blues Harp Amps blog, which is the online authority on old school blues harp tone, and he owns a company that builds and sells blues harp amplifiers.  He is also a former member of the board of directors of the Colorado Blues Society and now resides is beautiful Sheridan, Wyoming with his lovely wife where he remains active in the Wyoming blues scene.

A Blues Society for Denver

Denver is known as The Mile High City. When you think of Denver you think of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metropolitan area, which is circumscribed by the C470 and E470 freeways, the loop around our city. This is the Denver Metro area, and it is the territory the Mile High Blues Society is here to serve.

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.


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