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R.I.P. Pete Salsbury – DCBS President

It is with great sadness that we share that Pete Salsbury, President of the DC Blues Society (DCBS), has passed.  Although fully vaccinated, Pete had been hospitalized since early August for complications relating to COVID.  His valiant fight against this disease sadly ended on September 20, one day after his 68th birthday.  The DCBS Board of Directors, DCBS members and so many in the local blues and other music community will miss this very special person. 

Pete loved music and especially live music, and before things shut down in 2020 due to COVID, he was tireless in his attendance at music events and his support for other musicians and for the venues that also supported live music.  Pete, a musician himself, got involved with the DC Blues Society in 2013, contributing ideas for events, writing newsletter articles, and volunteering at events.  In 2017, he joined the Board of Directors to assist with fundraising.  In January 2018, he became Vice President, and a year later became President. As President, he provided great leadership and enthusiasm, and he especially enjoyed the monthly jams and happy hours, which he emceed and ensured blues fans, members and non-members – and old and new – were treated to a welcoming atmosphere.

Pete leaves his wife, Carol, and two sons, Danny and Jimmy Salsbury.  To date, his family has not yet developed firm plans for a memorial gathering, nor has the DC Blues Society determined how it will pay tribute to Pete.   Pete retired from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March 2020, and his co-workers at FDA have planned a virtual celebration of his life for Weds., Sept. 29, 2021, from 3 to 4 pm.  For more information on this event, please visit the CaringBridge site that his wife established to keep friends and family updated.  (see

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!

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 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:  segment link   show link

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 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.


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

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November 26 - The Carly Harvey Band


The First Sunday Blues Jam RETURNS on Sunday, December 5!


As of now, the current Montgomery County Covid regulations permit

normal indoor activities - provided that people are masked unless engaged in the act of eating, drinking or singing. We expect attendees and participants to conduct themselves accordingly. In addition, the DCBS Jam Team has decided to require all attendees to present a proof of vaccination for entry. This is the only way we can manage this event with relative safety. Please be understanding and help us keep safe and keep the Blues (and each other) alive!

The DC Blues Society has tickets to

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

  • Check Back Later for Future Ticket Giveaways.

*Ticket giveaway contests for DCBS members only


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

To Enter to Win Tickets



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.

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