Friday Dec. 2nd 2011
$10 Suggested DonationDoors 8pmBroadcast 9pmRoad 34 Tavern - 1213 W. Elizabeth St., Ft. Collins CO 80521JASON DOWNING (Musketeer Gripweed) & FRIENDS
Colorado bluesman, John-Alex Mason (November 30, 1975 - October 19, 2011) was beloved and respected throughout the blues music community, and that was particularly true here in Colorado. Since his sudden and unexpected death this Fall, many in the state have been looking for a way to honor his memory and help continue the educational work he felt was so important.
John-Alex Mason took high school students from Colorado Springs to Mississippi for extended field trips that sometimes included visiting Memphis and New Orleans.
The Colorado Blues Society, a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization, will use the money raised in John-Alex Mason's memory to further the blues music education of young Colorado artists.
KRFC volunteers and staff are hard at work compiling interviews, videos and photos of John-Alex Mason for the live show and simulcast in the week leading up to the event. If fans or acquaintances have a memory they would like to share, KRFC invites them to post it on their Facebook page <facebook.com/krfcradio> or email <email@example.com>. Silent Auction items may be sent to KRFC c/o John Alex Mason Scholarship Fund; 619 S. College Ave. #4; Ft. Collins, CO 80524. Social Media can reference this event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/189511134465495/More information on John-Alex Mason:Artist's EPK: http://www.johnalexmason.com/media/epk/Death Announcement: http://www.gazette.com/articles/mason-12513-colsprings-alex-john.htmlMore information on 88.9FM KRFC, Fort Collins:KRFC's "Live local; listen local" mission is to make great radio that is local, non-commerical and volunteer powered. This is KRFC's first live remote broadcast since launching an all-new daytime format with a 3-day live broadcast from Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest in August. The new daytime mix format has doubled the amount of Colorado music played alongside national artists, driving a dramatic increase in new members and listeners in a just few short months.More information on Colorado Blues Society:
The Colorado Blues Society is dedicated to increasing awareness of and appreciation for the Blues as an indigenous American Art form (and the wellspring from which all contemporary popular American music originated).
Programs and Services Offered:CBS sponsors Blues in the Schools programs, in which musicians present music and information to students at all levels (kindergarten through college). CBS offers programs in American social history, women in blues, language arts, conflict avoidance, storytelling and even math.CBS also donates Blues-related materials (books, videos and CDs) to public libraries and offer educational programs in conjunction with those donations. Because many musicians learn to perform during jam sessions, CBS sponsors blues jams in several Colorado locations. CBS also works with other nonprofits, such as The Blues Foundation, Volunteers of America, Hudson Gardens,Swallow Hill Music Association, the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs, and Performance International. CBS members number approximately 583 and range in age from 17 to 75. Some are professional musicians; most are fans of the music and culture of the blues.CBS also publishes a newsletter, The Holler, and maintains a web presence at http://www.coblues.com. The purpose of the newsletter and web site is to provide information to members and the public about blues-related events in Colorado.CBS works with local nonprofits, civic organizations and businesses to strengthen the awareness and appreciation of the blues as an art form.