Blues Singer and Student Wins Trip to Memphis

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Blues Singer and Student Wins Trip to Memphis

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Nissa D'Agostino, Reporter

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Coleman Dickson, a student here at Centaurus High School, recently won a contest  hosted by the Colorado Blues Society. The contest was to submit a blues song, and the best one entered would win. The song Dickson submitted was his cover of “Hoochie Coochie Man” by Muddy Waters. Dickson wasn’t nervous about submitting a song, as he said “It wasn’t an in-person audition, it was online.”

For winning the contest, he gets a free one week trip to Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee which is the “blues capital of the US” according to Dickson. His week long trip is estimated to occur the end of January of 2015. When asked how he felt when he found out he won, Dickson said, “I was very, very excited. I was really surprised, and excited.”

One of the the main things that Dickson will be doing there is performing music. He will be performing in a contest called The International Blues Challenge there. The prize for winning the youth contest, isn’t an actual prize, the winner just gets a lot of exposure and gets to meet important people. He also plans to go sightseeing, touring around, and listening to music at local clubs.

What makes Beale Street famous is the blues music being performed in the clubs on the street. It is also prominently known for it’s history involving blues music, which is why Dickson will be taking his trip there. Beale Street was created in 1841 by Robinson. It soon after became a place for traveling blues musicians could gather and play. By the 1900s there were many shops, clubs and restaurants on the street.

On November 16, he performed at the Toad Tavern, as arranged by the Colorado Blues Society. He mostly plays guitar and does vocals, but he also plays the drums.

On November 29, Dickson held a fundraiser to raise money to support his trip to  Nashville, Tennessee as well as Memphis. The fundraiser was held at Alfalfa’s Market on South Boulder Road from 4 pm to 7 pm. There was an auction, as well as the option to donate. He made a total of 25,000 dollars. Cody Qualls, Dustin and Katy Rose, Marcos Ospina, Jack Gaffney, and Rick Gabler and Dickson himself played at the fundraiser.   

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