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Mississippi Valley Blues Society

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Blues Education

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society has one of the most active Blues Education programs of any Blues Society in the country. Each year, the Blues Society plans and coordinates 4-9 weeks of Blues in the Schools programming. Some of the artists who have participated in our Blues in the Schools program include David "Honeyboy" Edwards, John Jackson, Billy Branch, Henry Butler, Willie King and the Alabama Blues Project, Hawkeye Herman, Rev. Robert Jones, Rich DelGrosso and Fruteland Jackson.

BlueSKool is an area designated for children’s workshops at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Harmonicas are given to all attendees and at least three blues educators are chosen to conduct the programs.  BlueSKools at the Festival will benefit another 500+ participants.  The very nature of what we make available—Blues in the Schools, a world-class festival with educational components, sponsoring blues artists—requires us to hire and provide lodging for a number of professional performers and blues educators throughout the year.

The 2016 Blues in the Schools artists in residence visited at least 30 area schools with approximately 300 children each, and open-to-the public sites. This year we would like to expand the program to include 4-5 week-long artist residencies. A typical week-long residency includes 10-12 performances and workshops in schools, libraries and/or community centers in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. In addition, each residency will include an Open-to-the-Public presentation (for all ages). All performances are free, and expose a wide segment of our community to blues-related music and the rich history and heritage of that music.

The Mississippi Valley Blues Society Sponsors the 2018 Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp

WORSKHOPS: DEC 26-29, 2018, FROM 1 - 5 PM EACH DAY
FINAL JAM: Dec 29, 2018 from 6-8pm
LOCATION: River Music Experience, 129 N Main St., Davenport, Iowa
AGES: 8 - 18 years old
FEE: $175**

winter bluesThe annual Winter Blues program features vocal and instrumental workshops (guitar, bass, harmonica, keyboards & drums), as well as concentration on blues composition and improvisation. Sessions are open to area musicians from 8-18 years old.

Workshops and rehearsals run in December after Christmas and conclude with a blues jam in the Redstone Room.

These sessions will be led by RME's Bret Dale, along with Hal Reed of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, and will feature other veteran blues musicians from the region as special guests for these workshop sessions. The focus will be on sharpening one's individual skills and expressing oneself through the blues roots form - by learning how to improvise, and also through the composition of original blues lyrics and music.

Winter Blues will consist of five ½ day sessions from Dec 26-29. Sessions will be held from 1-5 pm on site at River Music Experience in the RME Performance Hall, the Redstone Room and on the Sound Lab. Winter Blues concludes with a special Blues Jam event in the Redstone Room on Saturday, December 29th starting at 6pm.

Winter Blues Registration and Information
You can register and pay for Winter Blues online here
(Payment due in full upon registration. Follow link to complete registration form and payment online.)

 

***DUE TO A GRANT PROVIDED BY THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BLUES SOCIETY, IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PAY SOME (OR ANY) OF THE $175 REGISTRATION FEE, WE STILL WELCOME YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2018 ELLIS KELL WINTER BLUES CAMP!!!
PLEASE CONTACT
Bret Dale for more details
Phone: 563-326-1333, ext. 110 or email: bdale@rivermusicexperience.org

 

Blues Education Events

2018 BlueSKool Lineup:

2:00 Ellis Kell Winter Blues All-Stars

3:30 David Berntson
Blues Harmonica Lessons

5:00 Anthony "Big A" Sherrod
Delta Blues Session

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Photo of three musicians playing at the Quad Cities Mississippi Valley Blues Festival