Submitted by Beverly Arts Center
Chicago has always been central to the history of the blues. So make a little history for yourself as playing your part in the music’s next chapter.
A special afternoon of workshops for students and adults alike is scheduled between 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Beverly Arts Center, located at 2407 W. 111th St. on Chicago’s Southwest Side.
BAC and The Blues Kids Foundation will present Blues Day—an afternoon of instruction, performance and entertainment, under the direction of legendary Chicago bluesman and music educator Fernando Jones. Rehearsal and concert performance, which is open to the public, will take place that night at 7 p.m.
Tweens and adults alike who bring their instrument or their voice can dive into fun, action-packed on-the-spot training to better understand and play the blues. There also will be one course program for student-musicians ages 10 to 18 years and another for adult amateur music-makers.
This jam-packed afternoon ends with a concert, featuring all of the participants. Friends and family are invited to see all participants play the blues.
The day’s events also include a lecture on the future of the blues and children’s education, a photo exhibition of local concerts by Chicago Tribune photojournalist Glenn Kaupert, and a screening of the documentary, “Blues Kids: Before They Become Legends.”
Space for this immersion program is limited. Both players and singers are welcome but must register. Registration, which is $25 per person, closes Thursday, May 15, and may be done either in person at BAC or online at www.blueskids.com.