Thanks to Johnny Long, B.J. Estares and Route 61, Erik Boa and the Constrictors, The Verdict, Old Souls, and the Westside Rhythm Kings for helping make Paint the Town Blue a success. And a huge thank you to the volunteers who worked the merchandise table. It wouldn’t have been a success without you. They are; Anne Nielsen, Pamela Heath, Mark Qualls, Sherry Fairchild, Jean Moreno and Bernadette Ortega. You guys rock!

2017 is winding down, but the board is working and gearing up for an exciting November, December, and beyond.

Jammers! Mark Wednesday, December 6th, on your calendars and help make this “last of the year” Quarterly Jam another success. Build confidence by showing your talent in front of an audience and meet other musicians with various levels of expertise. Stay tuned for house band info. (pikespeakblues.org) The house band is the basis of a great jam. It is enhanced by the merging of “sign-ups.” Come out and show us your talent. Who knows? The newbie, allowed to take the stage with seasoned talent, may be the next musical star. Of course, you must have a certain level of ability to get the most out of this experience. If you’ve been playing for a while and want to take it to the next level, come out and show your talent! Looking for a band? Brushing up to maintain musical abilities? These are just a few, good reasons to jam with us. Doors open at 6, and the jam starts at 6:30, with a requested donation of $5.00.

On to 2018 and more, exciting showcases! PPBC has scheduled the Denver based band, Cass Clayton and the Riders-previously known as Cass Clayton and the Hogback Blues Band-for Thursday, January 11th. Cass has a blues voice from Heaven and she plays slide guitar! With her relentless talent, she is guaranteed to “give you the blues.” Backed by a gifted band; Dann Burke on guitar, Jodie Woodward on bass, Sugar Rich Liner on harp/keyboard, and Mike Ray on drums. You will also be treated to special guests, John Stilwagen on keys and Kenny Johnston on sax.

Woodshed Red will be taking the Stargazers’ stage on Thursday, February 8th. The four piece band; Rob Fulton on guitar, Deirdre McCarthy on fiddle, Craig Haughton on upright bass, and Skye Lewis on drums. If pushed to label the genre of Woodshed Red’s music, Americana will suffice. Americana is contemporary music that incorporates elements of American roots music styles, including; country, roots-rock, folk and bluegrass. While not totally blues, the blues community is sure to appreciate the unique sound that is only Woodshed Red.

A common question: “What do I get with a PPBC membership?” The answer is, “A lot!” Every donation received by the Pikes Peak Blues Community benefits blues lovers in our area. PPBC is a non-profit organization (501c3). The newest, membership cards have 3 stars at the top, representing Stargazers and 3 stars at the bottom, representing PPBC. Stargazers: Receive 50% off drinks or a meal at any Stargazers’ blues event, one star punched per discount. PPBC: Receive a PPBC coffee cup, one star punched, one cup only- ($10 value) when joining. Receive 10% off merchandise, one star per item and 15% off a store purchase at Moondog Music Shop, 1211 W. Colorado Ave. The total of these benefits equal well over the $20 membership donation. Thanks to those who donated over the donation amount of a showcase, jam etc. Your actions promote blues activities for your enjoyment; Showcases, Quarterly Jams, Paint the Town Blue and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. As many of you are aware, we were not able to send competitors representing PPBC this year (competition January 2018). We are working to make sure next year will be different.

In closing, thank you to our present and future supporters. We can’t do it without you!