A One Day Blues Education Program Workshop Demonstration
BLUES GOT A SOUL EDUCATIONAL TOUR
Information, facts and resources about the Blues Experience coming from the Delta and the people that made it happen. Increasing the degree of understanding among students, scholars and the general public as to the value of music and education as a critical aspect of Black cultural heritage.
Students will experience a hands-on opportunity to work with established blues musicians who’ll encourage and push them to achieve confidence in their musical development. Through direction and collaborations, students will gain understanding about the importance of performing an engaging live show.
Dr. Johnny D. Jones Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) welcomed the new Freshmen and Transfer student class with a Taste of the Delta event. During this event, They serve Catfish, Grits, Red Kool-Aid and Blues to over two hundred students.
Dr. Jones announced that Mississippi Valley State University had renewed its partnership with the Jus Blues Music Foundation and re-established, The Delta Research and Culture Institute (DRCI) through this celebrated Jus' Blues Music Foundation (JBMF) and Blues Got a Soul (BGAS)event. .
The event was kicked off with a welcome from Mississippi State Representative District 30 Tracey Rosebud who welcomed the students and introduced Jus Blues Music Foundation CEO, Charles Mitchell. They both discussed, voting rights, internships and the importance of understanding the preserving the Blues. Charles told them about the Jus’ Blues Music Foundation's mission of safeguarding Blues Heritage in the Delta and wanted the students to be informed about the Delta and how it is connected to the overall music experience. How the Blues became hip-hop!
During his monologue, he explained the value of MVSU and JBMF partnership and how we are here to help students navigate their academic success. He also told them about a new program that the Valley and Jus’ Blues has designed with them in mind, we feel it will be fun and educational for those interested in the music business. It is called the internship program, and he passed out flyers with more detailed information
Next Bluesman, Grady Champion, turned the show out, through interactive educational workshops and excellent blues playing. He held the kids attention, while he shared stories and music about the Blues and showed some history about his harmonica, he is known worldwide as a Blues Man. They loved his performance, they sung alone, danced and took pictures with Grady. During Grady's show, he told them how some of Mississippi Blues men before him made him fall in love with the Blues.
This was the first Blues workshop and performance of 2018/2019 school year, and we decided to start in the Delta at Mississippi Valley State University. We will tour a school near you, if you are interested in us coming to your city with this program, please contact us at info@JusBlues.org
JUS' BLUES DELTA RESEARCH & CULTURAL CENTER
The Jus' Blues Music Foundation is actively engaged in documenting, organizing and promoting information, resources and programs that highlight the integral relationship between evolving and residual characteristics of African cultural traditions in the Mississippi Delta. Blues & Jazz - each distinctive elements of this cultural fabric.