We are working hard at Pikes Peak Blues Community to enhance the local blues scene. Our Showcases at Stargazers Theatre are becoming more and more popular. February's Showcase with local favorite, Woodshed Red, was stellar. Marty Gordon is working hard to put together a Paint the Town Blue outdoor concert series that you will really enjoy. We had so many requests that we are coming back to Thorndale Park again this year. Check the pikespeakblues.org website often as we start to fill in the schedule.
Saturday Blues Night!
Your Pikes Peak Blues Community has a new sponsor and new relationship with the upscale Hotel Elegante'! Starting in April, Saturday Night will be Blues Night at the Hotel. The Elegante' is booking some of Colorado's finest blues bands for your listening and dancing enjoyment each week! If you are a blues fan, you should not miss this. The shows are scheduled to start at 7:00pm and the Hotel is offering dinner and other specials to holders of a current PPBC Membership card. Come out and see some of your local favorites and some great bands that you may not have had the opportunity to hear. We will be posting the weekly schedule, as always, on the pikespeakblues.org website.
School of Blues
This is the first year we are establishing this new program called PPBC School of Blues! We are patterned after the Omaha Blues Society's BluesEd program where we are building youth blues bands from the talented High School and Middle School kids in the area. We will be having seven workshops for each band. The first six are for our professional blues mentors to teach and arrange six songs selected by the kids and the seventh is to teach the kids how to put the songs together into a show. You will be able to see these band perform this summer and possibly during year as opportunities open up. If you have, or know of, a talented budding musician, go to our website and register for the audition.
Follow this YouTube link to check out Omaha's Us and Them Youth blues band at the 2017 The International Blues Challenge in Memphis! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vOrXB3EkvQ
Quarterly Blues Jam
This is a special jam where we have asked Dale Creel (founding member of the PPBC) to put the Channel Cats back together to act as our host band for this quarter. Many of our regular jammers will remember playing with this band at local venues around town. Come out and say "hey" to Dale and the guys and enjoy some fine music and dancing at Stargazers.
I first saw Mike Zito when he was with the Royal Southern Brotherhood and I could not believe what a great guitarist and singer he was. Since then, he has set out on his solo career and he has just gotten better and better. Mike is playing at Stargazers on Sunday March 25th. We were able to get him for an afternoon seminar starting at 2:00pm. Mike is going to talk about many things and share some the experiences that make him a great player!
We did this last year with Tommy Castro and it was terrific! These seminars are directed at musicians, but I believe any blues fan should come and learn how great blue's musicians like Tommy and Mike are.
You can get tickets at the day of the show for a $25 donation or get them on-line on our website for a $20 donation.