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!
I was asked by Taltree Arboretum to help put together a elementary workshop that highlighted music and nature for elementary campers from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lake and Porter County. Day campers were bused into the Arboretum and spent four hours learning about music, art, and nature while experiencing the beautiful piece of earth at Taltree. The kids rotated through various stations where they learned a couple chords on the ukulele, learned how to blow a harmonica, made a egg shaker, learned how to write a blues song, participated in Call and Response singing, and make a music video. It was great fun, and at the end of the day, all the campers got to go home with a harmonica, and egg shaker, and a few lucky campers who got their name pulled from our raffle took home a colorful ukulele as well. Thanks to Ellen Kapitan and everyone at Taltree for organizing this workshop and all my Blues Project instructors for their hard work throughout the day.
The Blues Project ventured to Chicago's Millennium Park to rock the 2017 Blues Fest this year! This year was the first year that the world's largest free Blues Festival was moved to Millennium Park from Grant Park, and it was a great location. We were invited to play on the Blues Village Stage, which was a scenic location with some Roman Pillars behind us and a pleasant breeze that kept our smokin' hot musicians nice and cool. Many thanks to Fernando Jones and the Blues Kids Foundation for inviting us to play and for their gracious hospitality.
The Blues Project was honored to be a part of a really cool "Connected Paint" event at Central Park to celebrate Valparaiso's new Heavilin Elementary School! In addition to the food, music, and fun, Heavinlin students and families painted small square canvases that were then put together to form a huge Heavilin Logo. ABC 7 Chicago covered the event for the evening news, and you can check it out here: abc7chicago.com/2059918/
The Blues Project had the distinct privilege to open up for alt-country pioneers, the Bottle Rockets at the historic Memorial Opera House in downtown Valparaiso last Saturday night in a benefit for Respite House, a halfway house for substance abuse victims in Porter County. Maybe it was because everybody was there for such a noble cause. Maybe it was because we were super stoked about seeing the Bottle Rockets. Maybe it because It was close to sold out. Maybe it was because we had a great group of kids onstage that were really gelling. I don't know exactly why, but it was one of the most fun concerts I've ever been a part of. The crowd was really enthused and supportive, and it was just a good night all the way around. Here's hoping we can do it again next year. Do yourself a favor and check out the good work that is being done at Porter County's Respite House, and some of the photos from the evening's performance below.
The Blues Project was lucky enough to participate in WVLP's annual "Stars Over Valpo" concert at the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts last Sunday evening. Julia Fink, Ollie Grcich, and Kelsey Minko delivered a stirring rendition of the traditional spiritual "Now Let Me Fly" alongside some of the best musical talent in the region including Chad Clifford, Jim Chaddock, Brant Vogel, The Code Names and many more. It was a great show that we were honored to be a part of. Thanks to everyone at WVLP 103.1 FM!