We invite you to participate in the Living Story of Blues by attending Mile High Blues 2019, our 10 Year Anniversary. As we choose to find a home in a community grounded in Blues, the national community is choosing to study the Blues to understand where it comes from, what it is, and what has arisen in the world as a result. The Blues began with the experience of Black peoples finding hope and community in a fundamentally oppressive and racist America — Blues music, dance, and cultural aesthetic have all arisen from this experience and the resilience needed to traverse it. Each person who engages in the Blues shapes it with their experience and participation and we invite everyone to attend Mile High Blues 2019 to be transformed by the relationship they build with the Blues. Join us to explore the ways Blues is currently alive for us individually, as a community of dancers and musicians, and to share what brings you to the Blues.
At Mile High Blues, we continue to feature Blues musicians at the heart of what we do. As is our custom, we dance to the hottest live Blues music all night long and incorporate live music into a number of our education offerings. This year, we will take our music-based education offerings one step farther with our Blues Songwriting Intensive and our musician / dance instructor collaborative classes featuring Blues idioms.
Be part of the Living Story of Blues by participating in these 8 all-event opportunities!
Celebrate! – Thursday Evening
Join us as we celebrate 10 years of coming together as a Blues dance community here in Denver, CO. This evening’s celebration will honor current and past Colorado Community Award recipients, feature performances on the theme The Living Story of Blues, and include some special surprises. Be sure to book your flights to arrive by 6pm Thursday to ensure you get to participate in all the fun!
Together in the Circle – Friday Class
To complete our day of intensives on Friday, we will be having an all-event workshop on coming together in the circle where we’ll explore the importance of community, circling, and sharing in cultures of the African diaspora and strengthen our community as we celebrate and share what we’ve been working on during the day.
Welcome, Let’s Party! – Friday Welcome Party and Flash Mob/Line Dance
Friday evening, we’ll kick off the dance with our community welcome party where you’ll get a chance to know each other with some fun games and activities as well as learn the special 10 Year Anniversary Mile High Blues flash mob choreography (which we’ll do at the dance that night).
Grounding in History – Saturday Class
This year, we will have local favorite, musician, and Blues in the Schools educator Rex Peoples, to ground us in the history of the Blues with an all-event workshop 1st thing Saturday morning. In much the same way Reverend Jones’ Saturday morning workshop last year provided the grounding for the workshops in the rest of the day, Rex Peoples’ workshop will provide context for the idioms and music genres focused on throughout the weekend.
The Blues is Now – Saturday Lunch
At lunch on Saturday, we will again feature a panel of Blues musicians and we invite you to get to know some of our scene favorites and some new-to-our-scene faces. The panel will be moderated by local Blues musician and visionary Erica Brown (also a member from our panel last year!). Pre-order your lunch at registration to ensure you have easy access to food during the lunch break so you can get to know more about these fabulous musicians and how the Blues is alive for them now.
Breakfast & Blues – Sunday Breakfast
Sunday morning Breakfast & Blues features live Blues music and a breakfast buffet — we’d love to have you join us for this sweet way to wake up and enjoy the (late) morning, dance a bit, and connect before classes begin.
Women in the Blues – Sunday Class
Ground in with your community in a celebration of the contributions, stories, and context for women in the Blues at our Sunday all-event workshop with Piedmont folk Blues artist and activist Veronika Jackson. This year’s event features a stunning lineup of Blues Women and we will have some special activities on Sunday to continue this celebration, grounded in the content of this workshop.
Getting to Know You Through the Blues – Sunday Lunch
Spend time getting to know your fellow Blues enthusiasts over lunch as folks share the stories of their favorite Blues songs and genres. Pre-order your lunch at registration to ensure you have easy access to food during the lunch break.