· James Martin – President
· Tony Pierce – Vice President
· Barbara Dougherty – Secretary and Merchandise
· Steve Point – Treasurer
· Craig Coffield – Entertainment
· Lyn Arnold – Membership
· Wayne Saulsbury - Merchandise
You may contact us by emailing: CenDelBlues@Outlook.Com
The Central Delaware Blues Society (CDBS) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization based in Kent County Delaware. Our mission is to preserve and promote a musical style originated in America called the Blues. We keep this roots music alive through sharing and supporting live Blues music performances and artists.
We are a totally volunteer based organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and the support of our membership. CDBS began as a loosely organized group of local Blues fans who had come together at Blues events and jams organized by Founder Craig Coffield at Jonathan’s Landing Clubhouse in Magnolia Delaware. (see CDBS History below). This small group began to envision a more formal way to bring more Blues music to Delaware’s lower two counties.
The Central Delaware Blues Society began its first full year as an organization in 2014 and hasn’t slowed down since. We continue to fulfill our goal of sponsoring a Blues Band at the International Blues Challenge held each year in Memphis Tennessee in January. We have hosted a Blues Festival since 2014.
What we do:
Craig Coffield, our Founder, saw a need to have more blues music in the local area. There are several venues and another blues society in New Castle Delaware that support blues music but few in the lower two counties. Staged at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Course, where he was the general manager and golf pro, Craig began holding a few national acts back in 2011.
He saw that working and building interest and in April 2013 he began holding blues jam sessions, hosting local talent and scheduling additional national touring acts on a more frequent basis. At that point a formal blues society was not a true entity, it was still a thought in Craig’s mind.
During those early times Craig did have the foresight to establish a website and create a name for our organization; the Central Delaware Blues Society.
In the beginning of 2014 Craig called together a few interested blues aficionados and we began forming the rough layout as a group and began setting direction for a long-term commitment of holding more blues shows, holding a festival and most importantly sending a band to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. We also started working more closely with the Blues Foundation located in Memphis.
Come See What We’re All About:
If you don’t do anything else, get out to listen and support your local musicians and the venues showcasing them. Chances are that the music you listen to has a background and a history of the Blues.
If you don’t know about the Blues and you want to learn a little more we invite you to please come out to one of our free Thursday night jams or shows. Your ears, your mind, your heart and your soul will love you for it.
The Central Delaware Blues Society is an official 501-(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of Americas native musical art form, the Blues.
We are a proud affiliate of the Blues Foundation and support their efforts on a national and international basis.