Crossroads Blues Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises funds in order to host Blues In The Schools Programs in the Rockford area of northern Illinois. These programs are fully funded by us and there is absolutely no cost to area schools for these programs.
What is Blues in the Schools?
Crossroads conducts Blues in the Schools (BITS) as part of a nationally acclaimed cultural and musical appreciation program that helps students understand the rural and urban African-American culture. Age appropriate content is formatted to deliver high quality learning experiences that meet the goals and fulfill the mission of Blues in the Schools, Inc. Based on this premise, this program was developed to suit the needs of students in a variety of settings from organizations to schools.
Many areas of culture and art are explored in a hands-on setting where students actively participate in the creation of music and composition of songs that represent them. The purpose of the program is to introduce students to the Musical Art form that originated in Africa and was brought to the new world via slavery. The music has since undergone many changes but still maintains the essence of deep expression that the tradition it is based on instills. The programs goals include providing a forum where students can identify the cultural, geographical and historical origins and evolution of Blues music and the people who composed and played it while gaining an understanding of it’s significance in the world of modern music and popular culture.
June 26th: Wheatbread Johnson Blues School @4:30
July 3rd: Joe Filisko Harp Workshop @ 4:30
Harmonicas will be provided for kids; Adults will need to pay $10
July 17th: Wheatbread Johnson Blues School @4:30
July 31st: Wheatbread Johnson Blues School @4:30