Our Mission

To enhance the vitality of Blues and American Roots music by supporting live performance and education.

Our Vision

To support the blues music scene in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Denver areas. We support both local musicians and provide platforms for local and regional musicians to be heard by the blues-loving public.

Upcoming Blues Events

Pikes Peak Blues Community

International Blues Challenge 2023

October 16th & October 23rd 2023


2023 Marks the 20th Anniversary of the Pikes Peak Blues Community

In celebration of twenty years supporting The Blues on the front range, we are inviting local Colorado artists to enter the PPBC Blues Challenge either as a Solo/Duo Act or band to be selected to participate in the 2023 IBC Challenge in Memphis.

Online Artist Application Form

Printable Artist Application Form


2003 was designated, by the U.S. Congress as The Year of the Blues. In light of this fact blues fans, musicians, and club owners partnered to launch a local organization that would benefit the citizens of the Pikes Peak Region, by developing partnerships and connections for live performance. 

It is 2023 and in spite of numerous challenges including a pandemic the PPBC continues to carry on the vision of the original founders twenty years later. We intend to continue and expand that vision and one of our kick-off events is a Blues Challenge in support of the 2023 IBC Challenge in Memphis.

Colorado musicians are encouraged to enter as a solo/duo act or a band (3 or more). Winners of their respective category will earn the right to represent the PPBC in Memphis. 

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What will the artists need?

You will need your instruments. If you use a DI, bring one. All backline equipment will be provided by PPBC and will be quality professional gear. Drummers will need to bring cymbals and a kick pedal, and you may bring a snare as well. Harp players can bring a harp amp. Keyboard players should bring their own keyboards and stand; you may also bring your own keyboard amp if you desire. 

The competition will be held at Lulu’s Downstairs 107 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs CO. 80829. Competition will begin promptly at 1:00 PM. You will be required to perform 20 minutes. Judging will be conducted according to the IBC rules as listed here: https://blues.org/ibc-rules-guidelines-local-affiliate-challenges/

Please arrive one hour prior to your performance time and check in with the stage manager.

Submit your application and entrance fee by October 9th. No refunds will be made. Should you be late or miss your performance your participation will be solely at the discretion of the judges. 

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Support your blues community by making a tax-deductible donation.

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Personal Info

Donation Total: $5.00


Thanks, BOB BEFF, for an awesome raffle donation!!

PPBC is holding a drawing for a customized 1989 Fender Squire II, autographed by Tommy Castro and Tinsley Ellis. Don't miss this great raffle at the Paint the Town Blue Concert Series! There will be four events in August at Thorndale Park (located at 23rd and Uintah) every Thursday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm starting August 6th.

Donation raffle tickets are only $5 at the merchandise table, so buy a few for better chances to win and to support PPBC, your blues community.

1989 Fender Squire ll with maple neck
Fender custom SCN noiseless pickups
Sperzel locking tuners
Fender 5 way selection switch
Fender OEM tone and volume pots (250K)
Volume/tone roll off (maintains tone with lowered volume)
Center pickup direct wired (no tone control--Eric Johnson style)
Switchcraft output jack
Mother of Pearl pick guard

autographed by Tommy Castro and Tinsley Ellis at the TnT Stargazers show!*

Photograph by Scott Stevens.
Photograph by Scott Stevens.

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