Opening statement by Elwood Blues
over "I can’t turn you loose!"
from "A Briefcase Full of Blues" - 1978
Not only can you find classic blues recordings at your local public library, but now, you’ll have a chance to hear and learn from live blues masters!!
Blues School is a Broward County Library program that celebrates Blues music and will feature live performances by University of Miami Professor of Jazz History Chuck Bergeron and contemporary Blues guitar great, Guy Davis. Professor Bergeron and his band will perform at the Main Library auditorium in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, February 10 at 2 pm. In addition to performing, Professor Bergeron will be discussing the origin and development of Blues music and its relationship to other popular forms of music.
Learn more about our esteemed Blues scholar, visit Chuck Bergeron at www.chuckbergeron.com. To find more information about Blues School and to see the Blues School video promo, visit: http://www.browardlibrary.org/resources/onlinestorytime/blues.htm.
The inspiration for Blues School came unexpectedly.
Dave, a librarian from the Main Library AV/Popular Section visited the House of Blues while on vacation in Downtown Disney. “Cinema Dave”, as he’s known around the library, caught a program called Blues School House that the International House of Blues Foundation (IHOBF) puts on at The House of Blues. The Blues School House program traces the origin and development of Blues music.
Inspired by the IHOBF program, Cinema Dave began to work on how to create a similar program for South Florida. He and his supervisor, Tim “Hurricane” Bain wrote a grant proposal for Blues School and submitted it to the Broward Public Library Foundation for consideration. Thanks to the generous backing of the Broward County Library Foundation the programs will be free to the public on a first come, first seated basis.
Cinema Dave and Hurricane Bain would like to make Blues School an annual event for Broward County, but the program will thrive or die based on community participation.
Fortunately there has already been much goodwill generated for Blues School. The Sun-Sentinel has run an article about the program in both its online and hardcopy editions and local Blues DJ, Dar McCauley, has been plugging the program on her Sunday Blues with Dar radio program on 88.5 WKPX (to learn more about Dar and her radio program, checkout http://www.blueatheart.com/). In addition, The Riverwalk Blues Festival (http://www.riverwalkbluesfestival.com/) and Musicians Exchange (http://www.musiciansexchange.cc/) have added links from their websites to the Broward County Library Blues School website (http://www.browardlibrary.org/resources/onlinestorytime/blues.htm).
Cinema Dave and Hurricane Bain have the blessing of the International House of Blues Foundation. The only thing they ask is that Blues enthusiasts are not tardy for Blues School!