Remember **Blues School?**
Inspired by the **International House of Blues Foundation** and funded by the **Broward Public Library Foundation,** **Blues School** was administrated by Tim "Hurricane" Bain and Cinema Dave. Besides deepening the collection of music and books, **Blues School** created two seminars; a lively academic presentation with Professor Chuck Bergeron from the University of Miami and a graduation concert held at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, hosted by Guy Davis. As an inaugural program, **Blues School** was a success with plans to continue the academic and entertainment program. Alas when the economy collapsed in 2008, funding for **Blue School** dried up.
The spirit of **Blues School** did not die. Through the years, there had been variations of **Blues Pre School** and this Saturday at 2pm, Deerfield Beach Percy White Library will present **Blues School: Ragtime Migration** featuring piano player Kris Nicholson.
Based in Miami with Bronx origins, Kris Nicholson describes himself as a "Boogie Woogie Honky Tonk Pianist," which is a modest assessment of his commitment to culture and entertainment. Living and breathing the musical influences of Scott Joplin, Fats Waller and Jerry Lee Lewis, Kris Nicholson's attention to detail is even more impressive.
He noticed a typo in one of the flyers, thus correcting the name of one of his influences, Jo Ann Castle from **The Lawrence Welk Show.** Besides tuning the Baldwin Piano in the multipurpose room, Kris Nicholson has requested a piano polishing with some Pledge.
With a sense of irony and ridicule by "serious" music critics, **A Briefcase Full of Blues** is the biggest selling Blues Album of all time. A live concert featuring Jake and Elwood Blues (alias John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, respectively), the Blues Brothers Band featured legendary musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra and Otis Redding with geographic influences from New Orleans, Memphis and Chicago. While The Blues Brothers have been typecast as a glorified cover band, the cover of these songs created royalty checks and revitalized the careers of Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles.
While **The Blues Brothers** is the best known Blues Movie, perhaps one of the most influential Blues Movies is **Crossroads,** starring Ralph Macchio and Joe Seneca as an old harmonica player who owes a debt to the devil. Inspired by the Robert Johnson's Crossroads myth (about selling your soul to the devil for fame), the grand finale features a musical showdown between Joe Seneca (With harmonica dubbing by Sonny Terry) and Steve Vai as the devil's guitar player.
**Blues School** faces it's own crossroads this Saturday Afternoon. Depending on the success of this free program sponsored by the Friends of the Percy White Library Inc., **Blues School: Ragtime Migration,** may launch annual **Blues School** programs. Besides, **Blues School** is free. How cool is that?