Battle of the Bands

The DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands for 2020 has been cancelled. Also, the International Blues Challenge that would have been held in Memphis, TN in January 2021, has also been cancelled. This decision was made with the safety and health of everyone in mind. Please continue to support the Blues and look for these events to return in 2021 and 2022. 


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


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.


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

Please Help: Update your Membership Information!


You have heard us say this many times: The D.C. Blues Society (DCBS) is an all-volunteer organization. By lending a hand at DCBS events, you can help make more of an impact and in turn, we can sponsor more events. 


We are currently updating our membership database and need your help to add information on tasks that members are willing and able to occasionally do by helping volunteer at events. Remember - Volunteers get in for free at our ticketed events!


Here are some of the tasks we occasionally need your help to fill:

  • Monitor the door and sell admission tickets for special events

  • Assist with sales at the DCBS merchandise table and give out information on membership at shows and festivals

  • Assist with food preparation or serving at special events

  • Assist with collecting donations for bands and DCBS

  • Assist with carrying band equipment and sound system set up and tear down (may require carrying equipment from parking lot to upstairs in the Legion hall)

  • Assist with room set up & tear down (requires lifting and occasionally carrying tables and chairs)


Please help us update our membership & volunteer database and let us know what tasks you can occasionally do by replying to:


If you have other ideas on how you might assist DCBS, please include those ideas. We have several additional roles that would greatly benefit from a dedicated volunteer, e.g., Blues in the School Coordinator, Blues Calendar Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator.


Please contact if you have any questions. Thanks for supporting the DCBS!

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


Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back to the causes you care about. The DC Blues Society is a proud partner of Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is held annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and this year it’s on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.


Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Join us on December 1, 2020 and donate to help the DC Blues Society (DCBS) continue our mission of celebrating, preserving, and promoting the blues as an original American art form.


Giving Tuesday is an excellent opportunity for you to help support the DCBS in these difficult times.  As you all know, COVID has prevented us from “passing the bucket” to raise funds at our regular monthly jams, blues happy hours, our annual festival and special event shows. 


Still, our work to promote the blues continues.  Donations will be used for future events and programs that can be conducted safely, and any support you could generously spare to the DCBS would be greatly appreciated.


The DCBS is an all-volunteer organization and we are recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with the Internal Revenue Service.


Tax-deductible donations can also be mailed to:

The DC Blues Society

P.O. Box 6289

Washington, D.C. 20015-0289


As a special thank you for making a donation, we have a few gifts to offer. Donate $75 and get a DCBS t-shirt or hat; donate $150 and get a DCBS hoodie or bowling style shirt.


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. Thank you!

Upcoming Shows at the City Winery DC (Partner of DC Blues Society)

  • There are currently no 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.

Listen online every Friday, 4-6 PM US EST

Send in requests -

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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The DC Blues Society has tickets to

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

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