(the following is from our friend Kelly Marie Weiler)
In August 2008 at the Dave Hall Plaza Blues Festival, on a tent near the stage hung a brand new banner with a really cool logo announcing the arrival of a new 501c3 non-profit, the Dayton Blues Society. Enthusiastic volunteers wearing a variety of shirts and caps (with the really cool logo) sold memberships and apparel all afternoon as they shared the mission of DBS.
Fifteen months later, the Dayton Blues Society now has over 200 members, an increasing team of dedicated volunteers and talented musicians, and new community partners helping increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of blues music while presenting excellent blues performances.
DBS helps expand the presence and vitality of the blues locally through promotional events, educational programs like Blues in the Schools, and opportunities to strengthen the link between the community and local musicians.
Board President Jeff Hill leads the all-volunteer team with passion, commitment and vision. He and his crew sure know how to throw a party! In addition, they endeavor to be a resource for blues lovers. Visit the Dayton Blues Society website and you will find the world of local, regional and national blues at your fingertips. From calendars, to links to bands, venues and other blues societies, there is also a link to a fascinating uncensored history of the blues.
The Dayton Blues Society provides opportunities to experience music like blue jeans for the soul. DBS, like many things in Dayton, is still a secret treasure. Dayton has many secret treasures: people, places and things that create the intangible, hard-to-describe quality of life feeling that makes Dayton a wonderful place to live. Take a minute to learn more about DBS, attend the Winter Blues Showcase in January and resolve to make 2010 the year to experience some of the secret treasures that make our community “blue jeans for the soul.”