Your hottest source for the blues in the desert, the Phoenix Blues Society (PBS) is a grassroots, all-volunteer organization; dedicated to the education and preservation of the uniquely American art form known traditionally as the blues. We are comprised of a rich mixture of culturally diverse people brought together through our common appreciation of the heritage and history of the Blues. The PBS is one of 200 national and worldwide affiliates of the Blues Foundation, a non-profit arts corporation founded in 1980 and located in Memphis. Its signature honors and events–the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards–make it the international center of blues music. The PBS was incorporated as an Arizona non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization in 1989 and promotes the blues in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area that includes Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, Glendale, Avondale, Chandler, Mesa and many more. Since our inception we have known that education bridges the gap between generations and links the future to the past; that the one be not forgotten and the other not neglected. The history of blues in the Phoenix community includes some of the greatest and most unique players the genre has ever produced, including: Dyke and the Blazers, Big Pete Pearson, Hans Olson, Chico Chism, Bob Corritore, Louisiana Red, Texas Red, Janiva Magness, Dave Riley, Francine Reed, Sugar Ray Rayford and many more. Over the years, Arizona has had a unique relationship with many famous musicians such as Louis Jordan, Phil Chess, Joey DeFrancesco, "Papa" John DeFrancesco, George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Eunice Davis, Charles Mingus, Gaynel Hodge (Platters), Jerry Lawson (Persuasions), Long John Hunter, Jimmi Prime Time Smith and LC 'Blood' Ulmer among others. The PBS is host to several annual events including the Blues Blast (the largest annual blues festival held in Phoenix), the Arizona Blues Showdown and more. In 1996 and again in 2005, Sistah Blue represented the PBS at the International Blues Competion in Memphis, taking second place.