Detroit Blues Society

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Detroit Blues Society
Keeping The Blues Alive
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Detroit Blues Society
PO Box 488
Goodrich, MI 48438



In 1985 a group of people interested in acoustic blues music joined together to form an informal association. The name selected for the group was The Detroit Country and Classic Blues Society. The Society's first meeting was held on March 14, 1985 and met in the First Unitarian-Universalist Church in Detroit. Electric instruments were not allowed at the early Society meetings as they would have been too loud for the people hosting them. In 1988 the format began to include electric instruments and the Society met at various locations. Included among these were Sully’s, Alvin’s, The Sunset Grill, The Soup Kitchen and the Attic Bar.

By 1990 the number of members were falling and the Society was in danger of ceasing to exist. It was saved by the efforts of a small group of dedicated members who began to reorganize the Society. In January 1992 the name was changed to The Detroit Blues Society (DBS) and a new Board of Directors was established. The primary goal at that time was to increase public interest in the Society. Large-scale events included a number of indoor and outdoor concerts and school workshops. Increased membership and a more organized approach allowed the Society to embark on special projects. Educational programs became more formalized and in 1996 the Scarab Club Educational/Blues Heritage Series began.

Every year since 1992 the DBS has awarded to both living and deceased musicians that have made significant contributions to Detroit Blues during their careers in the business the Lifetime Achievement Award. Since 2005 the Blues Horizon Award has been awarded to living and deceased individuals that have made significant contributions to Detroit Blues during their careers in the business. It is the highest non-musical honor given by the DBS.

The Detroit Blues Society (DBS) is a registered federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is dedicated to the preservation, education, and advancement of the blues tradition, as it relates to the Metro-Detroit area. It has as its primary goals to promote a wider appreciation for the blues by the general public and to serve the members of the Society. DBS schedules free blues jam sessions, usually on the second Saturday of each month (January-May and September-December), arranges discounts on merchant sponsored merchandise, discounted event tickets and administers an educational program.

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Information in this article and Award links from Detroit Blues Society Website