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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Nov 15 event


MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL MN, September 30, 2015 — Music matters, especially to kids. Music education is a valuable part of any well-rounded education. In an effort to bring music to the lives of children growing up in many communities in MN as well as economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, MN Blues Society’s Blues for Kids program addresses this issue by providing programs to teach children the value and joy of making music.

Joe Filipovich, local musician, music teacher, and chairman of the Blues for Kids program, has created a six-week program to work with two of the jazz bands at East Ridge High School in Woodbury, MN. The program will be conducted from February to April 2016. After this pilot program, Filipovich plans to implement the program in other schools in the Twin Cities and across the state of MN. To ensure the success of the program, Filipovich is holding a fundraiser to raise money and awareness of the program and the MN Blues Society. (501c3  non-profit organization)

The fundraiser will be held on November 15 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the project. The suggested donation is $10. The "Blues Studio for School," is a six-week workshop that seeks to instill in children a deeper appreciation and awareness of blues music, its history, and influence in contemporary culture. The event will feature live performances by Filipovich’s band, The Blue Cities. Squishy Mud, Armadillo Jump and Joyann & Sweet Tea are also scheduled to perform. In addition to live music, there will be a bake sale, auction and a cash lottery.

Support for the Blues for Kids program can also be shown by contributing to the Kickstarter campaign

About Blues Studio
The Blues Studio features the best professional blues musicians in Minnesota. Classes are held once a week with students learning blues scales, chord progressions, improvisation theories and the blue’s history. The class will learn blues songs which they will perform with their band for the public. The students will receive a Blues Studio booklet that includes resources for further blues study and which will help them participate in local blues competitions, and perform onstage at many of the local “open blues jams.”

Upcoming Events
Filipovich isn’t stopping at youth education. He is in the process of creating an annual “Best of MN Blues” compilation CD, featuring many of the best local blues musicians in the state. All of the proceeds for this CD will also go to the MN Blues Society to help fund future projects. He is also creating his “Music in the Parks” series which will host live music, open jams, and youth education classes all free and open to the public.


Sunday, November 15at 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Minnesota Music Cafe
499 Payne Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55130

Facebook Event Page

12:30-1pm Free blues harmonica workshop for kids and free harmonicas

1-2pm Joey Flip and The Blue Cities, featuring Tony Houle, Mike Fugazzi
and open jam with youth blues musicians -

2-3pm Squishy Mud

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