Winter Park show will help provide musical instruments for kids battling cancer |

Winter Park show will help provide musical instruments for kids battling cancer

Blue Star Connection, a program the Grand County Blues Society started in 2005, puts instruments into the hands of young people fighting cancer and dealing with the stress of treatments. The program also gets the kids into shows.

Right now the program has patients from 6 years old to 26. Blue Star has participants in Rhode Island, Washington , Texas , Illinois, Colorado, Florida and California.

The program recently expanded its reach and mission by providing the music therapy departments of two Childrens Hospitals. In May, a Dallas, Texas, fundraiser generated enough money to enable Blue Star to buy and donate 10 guitars and 10 amps , 2 bass guitars, and a piano to the Childrens Medical Center therapy department.

Last week , Blue Star also was able to donate eight guitars, eight amps, a bass and amp, and five pianos to the Denver Childrens Hospital therapy department. This department does an amazing amount of work with kids and they were in dire need of this gift.

The GCBS plans to make a donation to several more Childrens Hospitals including St. Judes in Memphis.

The GCBS raises all the money through donations and events specifically for Blue Star. There will be a benefit show at Smokin’ Moe’s on Aug. 25. Mango Chutney and the Delta Sonics will be providing the entertainment. Music starts at 8 p.m. There will be no charge for admission but donations to BSC will be accepted.

A beautifull guitar with autographs of all the Blues From The Top artists will be raffled off. To find out more about Blue Star Connection, visit