A 2020 Year-End Update from the DCBS Treasurer on behalf of the Board of Directors.

Dear D.C. Blues Society members, supporters, and aficionados:

Normally, we would be busily preparing for our annual New Year’s Eve party at Post 41. Obviously, that is just not in the cards this year. Live music is healing for our souls and lies at the core of what the D.C. Blues Society is all about. While we cannot host our jams, happy hours, concerts, and festivals right now, we have work to do. The Board of Directors of the DCBS have a moral and fiduciary responsibility to ensure that our organization is prepared to keep the Blues Alive for many decades to come. Even before the pandemic, the Board recognized a critical need for greater financial and operational transparency and accountability. Once we were shut down, this became the task at hand.

We expect the ongoing work of getting our administrative house in order will open up previously unavailable potential sources of sponsorships, grants and other funds. This will provide more and better options as we develop exciting events for the post-pandemic live music world. That is the plan. We retained the accounting firm of Citrin Cooperman in order to assist us in this effort. The first step is developing a financial reporting process consistent with generally accepted accounting practices. I have nearly completed the move of all our accounting systems into QuickBooks, integrating and reconciling our financial records for the past two years. This is a time-consuming process for an all-volunteer organization like the DCBS, but once completed, we can then set up streamlined operational structures. This will allow us to make better informed decisions and transparently report on the same to you.

Between memberships and donations, your contributions have helped sustain our business operations. The raging COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has offered unprecedented challenges for everyone, not only the blues community. The pandemic has claimed so many of our loved ones, beloved musicians, shuttered venues, and forced cancellations of all the events that normally bring us together. Despite these hardships, many of you have remained steadfast in your commitment to the D.C. Blues Society and our mission to preserve blues heritage and to celebrate the artists who create blues music. On behalf of myself and the rest of the Board of Directors of the D.C. Blues Society, Pete Salsbury (President), Pat Bransford (Secretary), Dorothy Hines, John Neumann and Larry Spiwak, we are deeply grateful for your outpouring of generosity during these troubling times. We also send our best wishes for your health and happiness throughout the New Year.


With appreciation,

Adam H. Oppenheim

Treasurer and Vice President

D.C. Blues Society, Inc.


There’s still time to make your 2020 gift! Give online or by mail. D.C. Blues Society, Inc., P.O. Box 6289, Washington, DC 20015.

Thank you!
 

PLEASE READ THIS MESSAGE FROM THE DC BLUES SOCIETY...

September 2020 Message 

2020 has been a difficult time for everyone. Clearly, musicians, restaurant and music club owners, and for-profit as well as non-profit music-related organizations such as the DC Blues Society (DCBS) are one large category that has suffered.  During these challenging times, the DCBS is asking the community that has supported our monthly events and festivals over the years to continue to support DCBS by keeping their membership current and renewing it on time.  As an added incentive for members to renew their memberships, DCBS is offering 1-year renewals to include an extra 6 months (for a total of 18 months at no extra cost) and 2-year renewals to include a total 30 months at no additional cost...

Jose Ramirez - Here I Come

Jose Ramirez

HERE I COME

Originally from Costa Rica, singer-guitarist-songwriter Jose Ramirez has been making a
name for himself in the Blues World. Residing in the Washington, DC area recently, he won the 2019 DC Blues Society's Battle of the Bands. 

CLICK HERE to read the full review of the upcoming Jose Ramirez album, HERE I COME.

The NIGHTHAWKS

Tryin' To Get To You

With their 50th Anniversary coming towards the end of 2021, The Nighthawks have a new line-up but still show that they are a seminal American roots music band with this latest release.

CLICK HERE to read the full review of the Nighthawks album, Tryin' To Get To You

Tax deductible donations can also be mailed to:

The DC Blues Society

P.O. Box 6289

Washington, D.C. 20015-0289

 

Donations support DCBS's general operations unless the donor specifies otherwise. Please contact us at president@dcblues.org for more information or to discuss a targeted donation, a large donation or a bequest.
 
Of course, we welcome any donation, large or small, at any time.  We're proud to help carry on our area's remarkable heritage in blues music. Thank you for your support.  Have a safe and successful New Year! 

 

Pete Salsbury

President, DCBS

Please Support DCBS!

Thank you all for your support. Whether coming out to a 1st Sunday jam, a 4th Friday Blues Happy Hour or coming out to one of our special event shows this year, we really appreciate YOU!
 

We work hard to present free monthly jams and blues happy hours and terrific concerts at low prices. We need help to keep our ticket prices down, so that our shows are accessible to as many people as possible. We are a small organization, and ticket sales and donations from individuals make a significant difference to us. 
Please consider making a donation to the DCBS. We are an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the blues and are recognized as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation with the Internal Revenue Service. You can make an on-line donation:

The DC Blues Society on TV!

The program ARTICO filmed our January Happy Hour featuring The Rogue Johnsen Trio with Lady D. The Rogue Johnsen Trio with Lady D were the winners of The DC Blues Society's most recent Battle of the Bands and they represented The DC Blues Society proudly in the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. IT IS NOW AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE! Here are the links:

https://youtu.be/dUUWJ3KnnhQ  segment link

https://youtu.be/1sVgwZzdPN8   show link

Welcome to 2021! The DC Blues Society looks forward to seeing you back at our events when we can safely resume them. Thanks for your continued support!

The DC Blues Society has tickets to

give away to blues shows at local venues! CLICK HERE for more info!

There are currently no ticket giveaways.​

*Ticket giveaway contests for DCBS members only

ENTRY DEADLINES

  • AT LEAST 5 days before the date of the show.

To Enter to Win Tickets

Email: entry@dcblues.org

 

In the Subject line type:

  • The artist/band name

  • The Venue

  • The date of the show

 

In the email type:

  1. Your name

  2. Your phone number 

  3. Your email address

  4. Your membership status

Priority for ticket giveaway contests is given to members. To join or renew membership, click here.

Caldonia's Crossroad Radio

DC Blues Society Internet Radio Show: Blues at the DC Crossroads with DJ Cadillac Chris.

Cadillac Chris hosts 2 hours of down home Blues, old and new, acoustic and electric. Focusing on those who created modern Blues and those who keep it alive, she explores the roots and growth of the music we call Blues. Fridays, 4-6 PM U.S. Eastern Time.

Listen online every Friday, 4-6 PM US EST

Send in requests - cadillac.chris@comcast.net

If you, your family and friends do, all of you can help support the DC Blues Society by using this link to the Amazon Smile Foundation.

 

Just click on AMAZON to go directly to Smile Amazon and support the DC Blues Society.

Once there, log on using your regular Amazon.com account information at the Amazon Smile site. The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price you spent to the DC Blues Society.
 
Please help spread the word about this fundraising activity. Happy shopping and thanks for supporting the DC Blues Society.

HELP WANTED

Your DC Blues Society is in need of a few new dedicated volunteers to take over some key positions. If you can donate a few hours each week, send your contact information to volunteer@dcblues.org

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