Visiting Blues artists inspire youth |

Visiting Blues artists inspire youth

Staff Report
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, Colo.

The Grand County Blues Society’s “Blues In The Schools” program is at it again. This past spring, the Blues In The Schools brought in long time Denver blues artist and educator Dan Treanor for a school assembly at Grand Lake and Granby elementary schools.

“I know that all our efforts really pay off when I saw a boy’s face light up as he clapped with excitement, and blurted out ‘Oh my gosh, it’s the guy who sings the hippopotamus song,'” said program director Maria Chavez. “It was as if that boy just saw his own Jerry Garcia or Muddy Waters in person.”

“[This] is one of the few school assemblies that captures all the students attention,” said Melissa Lustig-Chudzik, teacher at Granby Elementary. “They’re all so involved and focused on the music and excited to participate.”

Coming June 3, the Grand County Blues Society program will bring 9-year-old prodigy Jaden Carlson to Fraser Elementary School and Indian Peaks Charter School.

“By bringing in youth artists, we hope to inspire the kids to play music themselves,” Chavez said.

Jaden writes her music and plays guitar. She’s played with big artists such as Buddy Guy and Michael Franti.

“Jaden is one of those kids that come along once in a long while,” Chavez said. .

Jaden will also be playing at the Tuesday Night Picnic in the Park Series in Fraser on Aug. 3.

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