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Enriching the community through the power of Blues

The Washmo Blues Society is a non-profit organization located in Washington, MO, USA that's centered on an exciting venture of bringing together musicians, enthusists, and other lovers of the Blues. We promote and participate in some of the best Blues music in the area, and we welcome Blues musicians of all levels. We are dedicated to promoting the Blues through education, public performance and volunteerism.

Join us in promoting the Blues and providing support to the Blues culture in our area.






Hello fellow WASHMO BLUES SOCIETY members,

We hope everyone is doing well, staying healthy and safe.

The WBS board would like to fill everyone in on what we've been doing and planned upcoming events.


During these trying times we've been doing what we can to continue moving forward. Unfortunately, we've had all our major fund raisers cancelled. However, we did manage to squeeze in the Blumenhof Weekend of Blues back in July. It was a huge success and fun was had by all! At this event, we gave out music education grants to two very deserving recipients; we also raised money for our music education fund and future events by conducting 50/50 raffles and raffling off a guitar.


In September we held a benefit for one of our members who recently lost his soul mate, suddenly and tragically. So, we did what we do. We partnered with Samuel Berton Distillery and Labadie Downtown association and had a Music Festival featuring 6 bands over 4 hours. All the bands donated their time and talents as did the many members who were on hand to help make this a wonderful event. All proceeds went to the cause.


Most of our upcoming events are on hold due to the Covid risk and social restrictions in place for our safety. We’re still planning on having our annual Christmas Party so check our website and Facebook Page for details on that in the coming weeks.


We want to be safe in all ways possible. Therefore, we decided to do mail in voting this year. We are also using this letter to solicit nominations for the open seats on the Board of Directors. If you are interested in becoming a board member or know someone who is interested in serving, please submit your nominations by email to:

Fred Gardner: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gary Alfermann: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jerry Meyer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or any other board member.

Nominations must be received by November 18, 2020 to be included on the ballot.

Nominations will be placed on the ballot for the election in December. Look for your ballot to arrive by mail around December 1st. Your ballot must be returned by December 18, 2020.


Remember, in order to vote, you must be current on 2020 dues. Please remit your dues to:

Washmo Blues Society

P.O. Box 1283

Washington, MO 63090

We encourage everyone to get involved and participate. We have a Blast at every event and everything we do!! There's nothing like hanging with like minded people!!! We're here for the Blues and we're here for you!!


Thank you for your Donations and your involvement. Without you, we couldn't do what we do!!!


Please VOTE!!!!

Thank You,

WBS Board


Congratulation's to two recipients of the WashMo Blues Society Music Education Fund. Gracie Sperry and Chloe Weiss each received a $500 grant.

Gracie is pursuing her musical career in music production. Chloe is pursuing education.

Pictured with Gracie and Chloe are WBS President Paul Cockrum and WBS Vice President Mike Edsel.

The winner of the WashMo Blues Society guitar raffle from the Blumenhof Weekend of Blues Event. 
Bobby Mayer!!!! Put your hands together folks!! 
Thank you to everyone for participating, helping and attending this event!!

Congratulations to Bob Bowman, winner of the Fender guitar that was raffled at the WashMo BBQ, Bikes & Blues Festival in Downtown Washington. Bowman picked up his new guitar at River City Music in Washington. River City Music supports the efforts of the Washmo Blues Society and graciously donated the instrument. Proceeds from the raffle go to the WBS Music Education Fund. Left to right, Cris Brough, River City Music; Paul Cockrum; Fred (Doc) Gardner; Bob Bowman; Clay Veninga. Photo credit Jeanne Miller-Wood.

Pictured with Bob Bowman, winner of the Fender guitar were some of the members of the Washmo Blues Society that were on hand to congratulate him. Left to right, Paul Cockrum; Walter Jung; Chris Brough; Dave Raub; Fred (Doc) Gardner; Gary Alfermann; Bob Bowman; Clay Veninga; J. R. Jones and Gailand Bay. Photo credit Jeanne Miller-Wood.

The 2019 Washmo Blues Society, Officers for 2019: Left to right back row, Gary Alfermann, Treasurer; Mike Edsel, Vice President; front row, J.R. Jones, Chairman; Paul Cockrum, President; Fred (Doc) Gardner, Secretary. Photo credit Amanda Postma, The Missourian.

The 2019 Washmo Blues Society, Board of Directors: Left to right back row, Clay Veninga; Gary Alfermann; Mike Edsel; Walter Jung; middle row, Dave Raub; Gailand Bay; J.R. Jones; Paul Cockrum; Fred (Doc) Gardner; front row, Krista Knott; Chuck Butler; Keith Sells; Gavin Woolley. Photo credit Amanda Postma, The Missourian.