Blues In The Schools heats up on Thursday
May 26, 2011
The Grand County Blues Society’s Blues In The Schools (BITS) program will be heating things up with the coolness of the blues in three Grand County schools with different blues artists on Thursday, May 26.The schools include Indian Peaks Charter School, Fraser and Granby Elementary School.”We are very excited to have a full day of blues in a handful of schools in one day,” says Maria Chavez, director of Blues In The Schools. “I feel the power of blues music travels with the kids throughout their life. Kids recognize the style of music when they hear it on the radio and know how to relate to the blues when they get the ‘homework blues’.”2010 Blues Challengers (IBC) Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen will be at Indian Peaks Charter School in the morning and Fraser Elementary School in the afternoon. These two assemblies will enlighten the students of sound of the blues and its instruments. Big Jim will capture the attention of the students with his sliding swampy guitar and big voice while John will show them his spicy expertise on the accordion.Another GCBS favorite blues educator and IBC challenger, Dan Treanor, will be demonstrating the blues to small groups of students throughout the day in 20 minute rotations at Granby Elementary School. Dan will not only showcase his trusty harmonica and homemade African guitars, but will also present a wealth of knowledge about the history of the blues.”It’s always so moving to watch the kid’s faces light up and their bodies wiggle when they hear the mountain of sound,” says Chavez. “We hope that the appreciation of blues music resonates in students and perhaps reaches someone that becomes a musician themselves.”As a reminder, the purpose of the BITS program is to keep blues alive in Grand County and educate students about this important American art form. As a 501 (c)3 non-profit, the program is funded by grants and donations. Special thank you to the Grand County commissioners for believing in keeping the blues alive and funding the BITS program.Anyone who would like to donate to the program should contact Chavez at 303-921-3316 or visit http://www.grandblues.org.