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Most school kids don't know that blues music -- the only made-in-America art form -- forms the basis for all the music they listen to today. Whether they're fans of pop, rap, or rock, they have little chance of learning about the impact of the blues on everything that came after. There's no blues on MTV or VH1. Many blues artists perform mostly in clubs or other venues that don't readily allow children. Even the Grammy nominations for blues recordings are buried at the bottom of the list, rarely ever listed in the print media, let alone mentioned on radio or television. Without B.B. King's duets with U2 and other mass market artists, many children might not even know blues music still exists.
That's where the blues societies of the world come in. And that's the educational fare that the many Blues in the Schools programs bring to the table. Helping children learn about the wide-ranging influence of the blues. Introducing them to the basis of what Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry were doing at the beginnings of rock and roll. Telling them about the blues and mountain music coming together with Jimmy Rogers. Showing them the fine line between the music of Saturday night and Sunday morning. Making sure they understand that this powerful music originated in a minority population in the American South.
2010 Blues in the Schools performances scheduled:
Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin will perfrom at Girls Inc., July 28th, 10:00 AM.
An enthusiastic crowd of more than 200 students and faculty at Carnall Elementary School cheer for David Jacobs-Strain on August 24, 2004 after his performance of the annual "Blues in the Schools" presented by the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society.
Photo by Corey S. Krasko • Times Record
David Jacobs-Strain sings and plays the Blues on a National Steel-Body guitar for the students and faculty of Carnall Elementary School August 26, 2004 during the annual "Blues in the Schools" presented by the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Society.
Southside High School student Angela Payne, right, lends a hand during blues guitarist Nina Gerber's performance as part of the 'Blues In The School' educational program on February 17, 2000.
Photo by Carrol Copeland • Times Record