Blues Shows & Jams

Ruthie Foster - Swallow Hill

Swallow Hill - Daniels Hall, 71 East Yale Avenue, Denver, CO 80210

In the tightknit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t.

If you do, word gets around. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. You might even wind up getting nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy — three times in a row. And those nominations would be in addition to your seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year, and the title of an “inspiring American Artist” as a United States Artists 2018 Fellow.

There’s only one Austinite with that résumé: Ruthie Foster.

The small rural town of Gause, TX had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse known as Ruthie Foster to itself. The worship services at her community church and influences like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin created the foundation of her vocal capabilities, which developed into her own sound which is unable to be contained within a single genre. That uniqueness echoes a common theme in Ruthie’s life and career - marching to the beat of her own drum.

Joining the Navy was one way for Ruthie to stake out her own path. It was during her time singing for the Navy band Pride that her love for performing became apparent. After leaving the service, Ruthie signed a development deal with Atlantic Records and moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional musician.

A deal with a major label would seem to be a dream come true for a budding artist, but the label favored Ruthie as a pop star. In another bold move, she walked away from the deal and returned to her roots, moving back to the Lone Star State.

Returning to Texas, Ruthie solidified her place as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter and began a musical partnership with Blue Corn Music, whom she has stood beside for all her releases over the past two decades.

Then came Ruthie’s latest - "Joy Comes Back" - again on Blue Corn Music. When she recorded this album, Foster wasn’t merely singing about love and loss; she was splitting a household and custody of her 5-year-old daughter. Music was her therapy.

The comfort she felt within the studio gave her the strength to pour the heartache of her family’s fracture and the cautious hope of a new love into 10 incredible tracks, nine of which are by a diverse array of writers ranging from Mississippi John Hurt and Grace Pettis (daughter of renowned folk singer Pierce Pettis), to Chris Stapleton and Black Sabbath. Producer Daniel Barrett described the album to local hero Warren Hood, who lays fiddle and mandolin on “Richland Woman Blues,” as “some blues, some folk, some soul, some rock, some gospel.” Hood replied, “Sounds like Ruthie Foster music.” It takes a true artist to make an outside song their own and, if you know Ruthie, you know she succeeds. Every note on Joy Comes Back confirms this truth: It’s Ruthie’s time.

It’s not only Ruthie’s music that endears her fans to her; she has been recognized by United States Artists as an “inspiring” American artist, and, in early 2018, was awarded a grant as a ‘2018 Fellow’ in recognition of that title.

Venue Information: Swallow Hill Music - Daniels Hall 71 East Yale Ave Denver, CO, 80210

Sep22

Deborah Stafford & The State of Affairs

Old Town Square, Ft. Collins, CO

Sunday, Sept 22, 2:00 - 9:00 pm Deborah Stafford & The State of Affairs - Blues Ft. Collins Blues Society presents Blues in Old Town Square Old Town Square in Ft. Collins State of Affairs plays at 7:00. A day of music featuring Mystic River, Blues behind bars, Grace Kuch, Rob Wilson Blues Band, State of Affairs & The Blues DoGs

MHBS Sunday Blues Jam @ Rockabillies

Rockabillies, 12363 West 64th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado 80004

The Mile High Blues Society Sunday Night Blues Jam every Sunday at Rockabillies. Signup early as 6pm. Jam starts 7pm. Full backline provided. Come out and play. They have plenty of free parking, great food and service, and a real stage! Join us! Hosted by the Doc Brown's Blues Band and MHBS Members Bands on alternate Sundays.

All ages welcome until 9pm. Full backline. Come play, dance, frolic, network, and enjoy great live blues!

JAM - Erik Boa's "Blues Monday" Jam at Oskar Blues

Oskar Blues, 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO

Sep23

JAM - David Booker hosts at El Chapultepec

El Chapultepec, 1962 Market Stree, Denver, Colorado

Buddy Guy / Deborah Stafford & SoA + more

Thunder Mountain Amphitheater, 4250 Byrd Dr, Loveland, CO

Saturday, Sept 28th, 5:00 - 8:30 pm Deborah Stafford & The State of Affairs - Blues Brews, Blues & BBQ with Buddy Guy! Thunder Mountain Amphitheater 4250 Byrd Dr., Loveland, CO We will be one of the opening acts for Blues legend, Buddy Guy! Opening bands will be State of Affairs, The Taylor Scott Band and The Blues DoGs!

MHBS Sunday Blues Jam - Doc Brown's Blues Band Host

Rockabillies, 12363 West 64th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado 80004

The Mile High Blues Society Sunday Night Blues Jam Backline provided - bring your own guitar amp if you'd like. Sign up as early as 6pm Hosting band set 7pm All ages welcome until 9pm Ample free parking Alternately hosted by Doc Brown's Blues Band and MHBS Member Bands on alternate Sundays.

MHBS Sunday Blues Jam @ Rockabillies

Rockabillies, 12363 West 64th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado 80004

The Mile High Blues Society Sunday Night Blues Jam every Sunday at Rockabillies. Signup early as 6pm. Jam starts 7pm. Full backline provided. Come out and play. They have plenty of free parking, great food and service, and a real stage! Join us! Hosted by the Doc Brown's Blues Band and MHBS Members Bands on alternate Sundays.

All ages welcome until 9pm. Full backline. Come play, dance, frolic, network, and enjoy great live blues!

JAM - Erik Boa's "Blues Monday" Jam at Oskar Blues

Oskar Blues, 1555 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO

Sep30

JAM - David Booker hosts at El Chapultepec

El Chapultepec, 1962 Market Stree, Denver, Colorado

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ATTENTIONS  BANDS - Did you know that when you purchase an annual BAND membership to the Mile High Blues Society that you get all kinds of cool BENEFITS !!!! We've noticed a lot of bands haven't been taking advantage of the benefits they have paid for so we wanted to recap them for you! And if you're not a member, please consider signing up today!In addition to all of the 'individual membership' benefits which are:
1) Subscription to the MHBS weekly newsletter
2) Advance notice of MHBS special events
3) Discounted cover charges (for limited acts and venues)
4) Free or discounted rates at MHBS special events
5) 10 percent discount on all MHBS merchandise
PLUS all of this, BANDS get all of these additional benefits for up to four band members:

1) Links to band webpages on the MHBS webpage;
2) Band original music played (on a rotating basis) on the MHBS webpage streaming audio;
3) Discounted advertising rates on the MHBS website;
4) Discounted advertising rates in the MHBS weekly newsletter;
5) Listing of one band flyer per month on the MHBS website and in the weekly newsletter;
6) Listing of upcoming band shows on the MHBS website;
7) CD promo and sales links on the MHBS webpage.

Become a member today. We have several levels of membership from student, senior, individual, couple, band, business, etc. Starting at only $15 per year. Band membership is only $40 per year. http://milehighbluessociety.com/join

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