One of my favorite moments of the year is our time at Blues Camp in Chicago. The Blues Kids foundation puts on a week long camp that includes daily instruction and performance opportunities in really cool locations around the city. A huge thanks to Fernando Jones and everyone involved in the Blues Kids foundation for inviting us to be a part of the fun. Our Blues Project contingent managed to also sneak in some other fun and educational stops throughout the week like the Chicago History Museum's Blues Exhibit, The Dusable Museum of African American History, Buddy Guy's Legends, and Chess Records. Can't wait until next year!
The Blues Project was honored to be a part of the fifth annual Stars Over Valpo musical review to benefit WVLP this year. Representing the Blues Project were Isaiah Vargas and Jack Wilburn who performed a rousing rendition of the Robert Johnson classic, "Sweet Home Chicago." Other musical acts supporting the non-profit local radio station included Chad Clifford, Ripley Street, Nicole Lee, Waz, Jim Chaddock, and many others. Thanks to Paul Schreiner, John King, and everyone at WVLP for including us in this very special evening. Read more about the show and see photos from the event via ValpoLife: www.valpolife.com/entertainment/tv-movies-music/69379-local-radio-station-wvlp-and-dozens-of-local-musicians-play-to-packed-house-for-fifth-annual-stars-over-valpo-concert
The Blues Project was honored to be the featured performers at Blues For Beds this past Saturday night at Living Hope Community Church in Valparaiso. Living Hope's youth group organized this show to benefit Family Promise in Porter County and raised over $1700, doubling their goal. Its always a special thing when kids can put their time and talents together to make our community a better and more welcoming place. Kudos to Annalee Cvelbar, Amanda Allen, Lexi Hisaw and all the kids from the Living Hope youth group who worked so hard to make this event happen.
Unfortunately, the Blues Project concert finale scheduled for March 16th has been canceled. Please be patient as we look to the future.
The Blues Project is gearing up for another year, and we want YOU to be a part of it! The Blues Project is a musical community of students, teachers and professionals who collaborate to perform some of the most important music in American History - blues, soul, and rock and roll. If you love to sing or play guitar, drums, piano, trombone, or virtually anything else, we want you to join our band! But it's not only musicians that we're looking for; we also need artists, photographers, stagehands, and other volunteers to make the magic happen.
Many thanks to Homenclature Furniture store in Valpo for hosting an absolutely amazing fundraiser for the Blues Project yesterday! It was a day of perfect weather, awesome people, and good music all to raise money for the Blues Project, and I want to personally thank everyone who came out to support us. The Blues Project played 14 shows in 2017, and this was a perfect way to wrap up a long year. It was truly humbling to see all the great folks who pitched in to support the Blues Project; it made it feel more like a party with all my favorite people there. Thanks to everyone who performed or chipped in to make yesterday such a success. Lets do it again next year.
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Thanks to the generosity of Fernando Jones and the Blues Kids foundation, twelve of our Blues Project kids got to participate in a week of blues camp at Columbia College in Chicago with kids from all around the world. We rented a van this year to transport our Valpo kids to the city each morning, where they received instruction and tutelage from Fernando Jones and the Blues Kids staff, and learned a handful of songs in smaller ensembles. Each evening the students got to perform at fantastic venues like the Hard Rock Cafe, Navy Pier, Reggie's Rock Club, the Wire, and the historic Glessner House Museum. Check out the Blues Kids foundation (www.blueskids.com/) to find out more about the great work they're doing to keep the blues alive, and enjoy some of our photos from throughout the week!