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Blues Kids Foundation in partnership with

The Music Center at Columbia College Chicago presents

Fernando Jones’ 12th Annual Blues Camp International

Sunday, July 4 to Friday, July 9, 2021 | 8:00A to Noon Monday to Friday

Extra Curricular Performances TBD

Contact us on how your Blues Kid can attend: Info@BluesKids.com | (312) 369-3229

Read the latest press from the Chicago Tribune on Blues Camp here. (Click Here)

"[Fernando] you are one in a million trying to get to the bottom of the barrel of the Blues.

Buddy Guy (Click to see photo of the two)

"Unlike Jazz camps, camps that focus on the Blues are a rarity. [Fernando] Jones’ Blues Camps have become an annual rite of Summer."

Downbeat (Click for article)

"Few Chicago Blues musicians have done more to nurture the next generation of talent than guitarist Fernando Jones."

Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune (Click for article)

Blues Kids Foundation and the Music Center at Columbia College Chicago are proud to be on the cutting edge of Blues andragogy and pedagogy with Fernando Jones' 12th Annual Blues Camp International. While respecting science during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have an interactive remote and/or an in-person Blues Camp (contingent upon the World Health Organization’s data). Local, national and international student musicians ages 12 to 18 can audition for placement between now and May 15, 2021. Placement is for beginner, intermediate and advanced level vocalists and instrumentalist. We do not discriminate. All a student musician has to do is pass the audition to participate. That's it!

 

We are not looking for the best "Blues Kid" players in the world. We are looking for the Blues Kid who wants to be in this program. However, they must audition with one of the songs below, first, not one of their choosing. Then we will do our best to place them by their skillset according to our Blues Camp ensemble instrumentation need(s) and position availability. Here are the Kennedy Center ArtsEdge Standards we useThanks for making us your charity of choice.

 

For more information on how you and your Blues Kid can be part of this experience visit BluesKids.com/EarlyBird or email us at Info@BluesKids.com or call us (312) 369-3229.

The Blues Kids Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. We were established to preserve, perform and promote the Blues among America's youth, parents and educators under the tutelage of highly qualified instructors. Our focus is on education, literacy, social emotional learning and music as a second language. 

Media Contact:

James McMurray (773) 519-4843 • Info@BluesKids.com

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About the Founder

Internationally known Bluesman Fernando Jones founded Blues Camp, an international program, and established it Monday, July 5, 2010 on the campus of Columbia College Chicago where he is on faculty as founding Blues Ensemble director in the Music Department. on July 4th, the day before, there was a kick-off celebration on the site of the old Chess Records at 2120 S. Michigan Avenue. Jones said, "It has been a dream since childhood to have a centrally located place where children could come and play the Blues in a user friendly, nurturing environment on a college or performing arts campus." 

Mr. Jones is also a songwriter and scholar. Born to loving Mississippi parents on the South Side of Chicago, Jones was inspired by his older brothers, Foree, Marvin and Gregory to play music; that inspiration led him to teaching himself how to play guitar when he was just four years old.

He is a highly sought-after lecturer focusing on music pedagogy and literacy improvement whose clientele has included the Smithsonian Institute and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Buddy Guy said that Fernando Jones is “one in a million trying to get to the bottom of the barrel of the Blues.” The incomparable Fernando Jones is a 21st Century Renaissance man and the 2008 Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipient and a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee to name but two of his professional acknowledgements.

​Assessment Measures

Click here for the Kennedy Center's ArtsEdge Standards that we use.

​Assessment Measures

  • Pre-Course Evaluation

  • Oral and Written Quizzes

  • Homework Assignments

  • Class Participation

  • Rehearsal Performance Prep

  • Concert Performances Evaluation

  • Final Presentation Project

  • Exit Course Evaluation

Goals

• Keep Blues youthful and exciting, while preserving and building on the past.

• Provide Blues Kids with the basic skills (musically, socially, emotionally and linguistically) necessary to play proficiently and effectively in a music community.

• Learn the importance of the Blues from a sociological and historical perspective with a focus on the future, representing student musicians as scholars.

• Introduce this indigenous American art form to new audiences.

• Use critical thinking skills, while collaborating with others.

• Apply practical skills learned in class in culminating activities on stage.

• Promote digital learning and embrace technology.

• Contributions to the future of the Blues musically, socially and culturally

• Represent the next generation of musicians as scholars and proficient players.

• Introduce students to the art of live professional performance.

Objectives

• Introduce the history of American music through the lens of the Blues.

• Keep the Blues youthful and exciting, while preserving the past.

• Represent the next generation of Blues artist as scholars and proficient players + vocalists.

• Learn the importance of the Blues from a sociological and historical perspective with a focus on the future.

• Use critical thinking skills and collaborate with others.

• Apply practical skills learned in class in a culminating activity on stage.

 

Learning Outcomes

For Student Musicians To:

• Improve music literacy by playing by ear and reading tabs + chord charts.

• Communicate using cross-generational/regional “Blues” language.

• Use proper dynamics to ensure appropriate volume levels for songs.

• Accompany vocalist with proper volume control, fills and chords.

• Critique and self-evaluate performances and provide feedback to others.

• Perform as “one” in an ensemble setting.

• Demonstrate basic Blues patterns such as 8-bar and 12-bar Blues.

• Demonstrate the call-and-response.

• Play songs effectively without guitar or piano solos.

• Perform a 15 to 20 minute set of music at a professional level with confidence.

• Demonstrate the art of the groove.

Photo by Glenn Kaupert | Click link to download flyer.

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Video Orientation Presentation

Handbook

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Off Campus

All parents/guardians, donors, family members and Blues Kids are welcome.

1:00PM - 4:00PM at the Motor Row Events | 2337 S Michigan Avenue

Click here to RSVP

 

Monday, July 5, 2021 | Bring A Smile & Make A New Friend Day

We welcome our local, national and international friends.

Each morning we all meet next to the Music Center at the North West corner of  11th & Wabash St.

for our morning assembly before going into the 1014 S Michigan Ave. at 8:45A. It is on the same side

of the street as Blues Camp to the West. A two minute walk from the door.

On the Campus of Columbia College Chicago's Music Center

8:00AM to 8:25AM - Welcome to Blues Camp

• Healthy Morning Snacks

8:25AM to 8:40AM - Morning Assembly + Orientation + Roll Call

8:45AM to 11:15AM - Ensemble Sessions

9:00AM to 9:45AM - Jan Potter Reed on "Taking Care of Your Vocal Instrument"

11:15AM to 11:25AM - Special Guest TBA

Off Campus

11:45AM - Dismissal / (Parents/Guardians pick up your Blues Kid)

12:00PM - Everyone must be out of the building Guardians to join the band email us at: FloyliceLawnicki@Comcast.net

12:30PM to 2:30PM - I Cream Social + Pizza Dance Party (We will provide it.)

Motor Row Events | 2337 S Michigan Avenue

100 person capacity. Adults do not have to wear masks with proof of vaccination.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 2021 | Picture Day

Columbia College Chicago | Music Center | 1014 S Michigan Avenue | (312) 369-3229

Each morning we all meet next to the Music Center at the North West corner of  11th & Wabash St.

for our morning assembly before going into the 1014 S Michigan Ave. at 8:45A. It is on the same side

of the street as Blues Camp to the West. A two minute walk from the door.

On the Campus of Columbia College Chicago's Music Center

8:00AM to 8:25AM - Welcome to Blues Camp

& Healthy Morning Snacks

8:25AM to 8:40AM - Morning Assembly + Orientation + Roll Call

8:45AM to 11:10AM - Ensemble Sessions

9:00AM to 10:00AM - Vocalist Workshop with Dr. H. Steven Sims

Dr. H. Steven Sims is a laryngologist and director of the Chicago Institute for Voice Care. He will present an overview of how the voice works, what can happen when you use it improperly, and things you can do to take care of your voice. 

11:15AM to 11:25AM - Special Guest TBA

Off Campus

11:45AM - Depart for South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S South Shore Drive, on the School Bus.

(Outdoors. If it rains we will be inside. We will provide hot dogs, snacks and water.

12:20PM - Arrive at South Shore Cultural Center

12:30PM - Lunch. Bring lunch if you have allergies or a special diet

1:00PM to 2:45PM - Blues Kids + Blues Mamas & Daddies Perform

3:00PM - Parents/Guardians can pick up their Blues Kids. A survey will be sent out

3:15PM - Others will board the school bus and return to Columbia College Chicago

3:45PM - Return to Columbia College Chicago for Blues Kid pickup

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Blues Kids Wear Your Favorite Blues Camp T-Shirt Day

Columbia College Chicago | Music Center | 1014 S Michigan Avenue | (312) 369-3229

Each morning we all meet next to the Music Center at the North West corner of  11th & Wabash St.

for our morning assembly before going into the 1014 S Michigan Ave. at 8:45A. It is on the same side

of the street as Blues Camp to the West. A two minute walk from the door.

On the Campus of Columbia College Chicago's Music Center

8:00AM to 8:25AM - Welcome to Blues Camp

• Healthy Morning Snacks

8:25AM to 8:40AM - Morning Assembly + Orientation + Roll Call

8:45AM to 11:10AM - Ensemble Sessions 

10:00AM to 10:45AM - Parent Workshop:

"My Child's Career Path as a Pro Musician" with Mr. Jones

11:00AM to 12:00PM - Blues Mama and Blues Daddy Rehearsal

11:15AM to 11:25AM - Special Guest TBA

Off Campus

11:30AM - Lunch Time Blues Kids are to bring their own lunch.

11:45AM - Dismissal. (Parents/Guardians pick up your Blues Kid)

12:00PM - Everyone must be out of the building

5:30PM - Arrive at Reggie’s, 2109 S. State Street 

7:00PM to 10PM - Blues Camp Concert | All Ages Show & Open To The Public $10 Cover. Blues Kids and Blues Mamas & Daddies perform at Reggie's Rock Club. Parents/Guardians will pick up their Blues Kids

Thursday, July 8, 2021 | Bring a Friend to School Day | White Party

Due to social distancing invite your friends to Navy Pier

Columbia College Chicago | Music Center | 1014 S Michigan Avenue | (312) 369-3229

Each morning we all meet next to the Music Center at the North West corner of  11th & Wabash St.

for our morning assembly before going into the 1014 S Michigan Ave. at 8:45A. It is on the same side

of the street as Blues Camp to the West. A two minute walk from the door.

On the Campus of Columbia College Chicago's Music Center

:00AM to 8:25AM - Welcome to Blues Camp

Healthy Morning Snacks

8:25AM to 8:40AM - Morning Assembly + Orientation + Roll Call

Special Guest: Ms. Napolitano - Assistant Director, Events and Program (Columbia College Chicago)

8:45AM to 11:00AM - Ensemble Sessions

11:15AM to 11:25AM - Blues Kids are to bring their own lunch.

Off Campus

11:30AM - Dismissal Dismissal / Depart for Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Navy Pier: Annual White Party at the Polk Bros. Stage.

(Wear your best white outfit and your favorite hat and enter the "Best Hat Contest")

1:30AM - Parade Procession

1:45P— M to 3:30PM - Blues Kids Concert

4:00PM - Break

4:00PM to 4:30PM - Fernando Jones & My Band!, Blues Mamas & Daddies, Blues Kids Concert

4:45PM - Parents/Guardians can pick up their Blues Kids

Others will board the school bus and return to Columbia College Chicago

5:00PM - Return to Columbia College Chicago for Blues Kid pickup

5:30PM - Arrive back at Columbia College Chicago for dismissal. Parents/Guardians will pick up their Blues Kids

Friday, July 9, 2021 | Show What You Know Day

Columbia College Chicago | Music Center | 1014 S Michigan Avenue | (312) 369-3229

Each morning we all meet next to the Music Center at the North West corner of  11th & Wabash St.

for our morning assembly before going into the 1014 S Michigan Ave. at 8:45A. It is on the same side

of the street as Blues Camp to the West. A two minute walk from the door.

On the Campus of Columbia College Chicago's Music Center

8:00AM to 8:25AM - Welcome to Blues Camp

• Healthy Morning Snacks

8:25AM to 8:40AM - Morning Assembly + Orientation + Roll Call

8:45AM to 10:30AM - Ensemble Sessions

Off Campus

10:45AM - Head to Columbia College Chicago's Student Center at 700 S. Wabash Avenue.

11:00AM - Arrive at the Student Center.

11:30AM - Lunch

The Altruistic Music Festival

Columbia College Chicago | Student Center | 754 S Wabash Avenue | (312) 369-3229

12:30PM to 4:00PM - Concert and Ceremony

4:30PM - Dismissal. Parents/Guardians will pick up their Blues Kids

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Some ensembles will may join each other while performing outside of Columbia College Chicago. Due to social distancing we a rehearse in ensembles as pieces of a puzzle, then we will put it together live and in-person.

Mr. Alex Smith's Class |  Room 211

For this, play the first two courses instrumentally then come in with the vocals. Close out with two instrumental courses.

 

Hide Away by Freddie King
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HICsPNm2ARY


Thrill is Gone by BB King
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fk2prKnYnI


Oye Como Va

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NsJ84YV1oA


Last Night by the Mar-Keys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX5T9GvSnbY

This band may also support room 104

1. Noah Norris, Bass

2. James Ballard, Drums

3. Boogie Boy Shaw (Alt. Player)

4. Xavier Poole, Drums

5. Jada Carroll, Violin 

6. LJ Allen, Keys

7. Sinola Johnson

One singer in a booth at one time

Singers will alternate,

340 and 34

Cordairo Jenkins

and Layla Williams

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Ms. Margaret Murphy - Webb |  Concert Hall
Baby What You Want Me to Do by Jimmy Reed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pVvQIMlSDI

 

She’s Got Everything but a Man by Jackie Scott
https://soundcloud.com/fernando-jones

 

Wang Dang Doodle

 

Freddie Bettie Butter Fly

Chicago (Has Got Everything You Need)

 

5 of these students will be with Mr. Jones and Ms. Cannon.

They will rotate with the other 8 in Ms. Murphy - Webb's class.

1. Kassidy McFowler

2. Le'Nijah Sanders

3. Gage McFowler

4. Ophelia Lassandrello

5. Lennox Lassandrello

6. Lauren  Johnson

7. Dari Moon

8. Christopher Mock

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Mr. McFowler | 405
Little By Little by Junior Wells
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcCAZd1BA0Y


I Want a Pretty Woman by Barkin’ Bill
https://soundcloud.com/fernando-jones

 

Alessia Cara – “Not Today”

https://youtu.be/0jMPXRDYpkQ


Oil and Water by Nellie Travis
https://soundcloud.com/fernando-jones
http://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=BsDX5t5nGP0

 

1.Vinnie Vhenault, Bass

2. Dallas Hardrick, Drums
3. Damarion Johnson (He is the child comedian and MC)

4. Owen Rittgens, Gtr

5. Alan Johnston

6. La Joya Franklin, Drums

Vocalists

414A            Alexa Mueler

414B            Kimberly Stanek, Singer Live will also sing with

414C            Jayden Fragoso

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Ms. Kim Jones | 207
Big Boss Man by Jimmy Reed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di1-bB1w4wM

 

The Greatest Love of All

https://youtu.be/lzPMz7ybMNQ


Chicago (Has Got Everything You Need) by Fernando Jones
https://soundcloud.com/fernando-jones

Vocal Ensemble to be spread

Room 104 and Outside

1. Jaden Allen

2. Keyanna Baker

3. Laurin McMichael

4. Hazel Wofford

5. Keyanna Baker

6. Journey Giddens

7. Josh Diaz

 

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Mr. Jones/ Ms. Cannon/Ms. Winburn (Outside)

Jakyla Allen will be our team lead and assistant

1. Charisma  Boler (Will not be on campus)

2. Quinn Winters

3. Lorionna Sanders

4. Diamond Handy

5. Kayla Giddens

6. TJ Gerald, Drums

7.. Reginald Johnson

8. Damarion Johnson (He is the child comedian)

He will shadow Mr. Jones and will be the Master of Ceremony

I Want Money by Barrett Strong
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5KU34DrrPI

Freddie Butter Fly

Chicago Has Got Everything You Need

 

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Mr. Crews | 411

In Love with The Blues by Marilynn Claire
https://soundcloud.com/fernando-jones


Mississippi Hippie by Fernando Jones
https://soundcloud.com/fernando-jones

 

Today I Drove Through the Suburbs
https://youtu.be/ZmDBbnmKpqQ

Suavecito by Malo
http://youtu.be/VGfLZPmAilo

 

Can’t Let Go by KoKo Taylor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72kxCxI7LWc

           

1. Delaney Hodges, Gtr.

2. Dylan James "Boogie Boy" Shaw, Keys

3. Jeremiah Franklin, Bass

4. Chase Reyez Guitar

5. Joseph Robertson, Drums

6. Jeremiah Franklin, Percussions

7. Miles Cvelbar, Drums

8.  Golden Egwuenu, Bass

10. Addie Janowiak, Keys

11. Billy Boris, Piano

Singers can rotate

414            1 Singer Kelsey Miko

422            1 Singer Tobias Mendenhall

338            1 Singer Annalee Cvelbar

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Mr. Navarro | 203

1. Marston Murdock, bass

2. Stacy Norris, Drums

3. Logan Conrick, Gtr.

4. Rebecca Egwuenu, Guitar

Time is Tight by Booker T. & The MGs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50xx1_CbJTI

 

“Soulful Strut

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX1XSOzDPik

Tie together

Soulful Strut by Young-Holt Unlimited

https://youtu.be/yX1XSOzDPik

Am I the Same Girl by Swing out Sister

https://youtu.be/XtMLCbvqJjk

“Good Times” by Chic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g79r90FHaAI&list=PL8nmRXscpqIq9NNLXQ7EZqOXsBHmE9pLx

 

“Spacer” by Chic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaXkwWLgpns&list=PL8nmRXscpqIq9NNLXQ7EZqOXsBHmE9pLx&index=3

 

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Mr. Taylor Sides | 409

1. Colette A Spight

2. Nirobi Moon

3. Corey Ballinger

4. Rowan Mitchell, Keyboard

5. Reginald Johnson

6. Christian

7. Dallas Hardrick, Drums

“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEeaS6fuUoA


Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HICsPNm2ARY


The Funky Chicken by Rufus Thomas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFVrOW8TnJM

• • •

The Star-Spangled Banner

(Written on September 14, 1814)

By Francis Scott Key

 

O say can you see,

By the dawn's early light,

What so proudly we hail’d

At the twilight's last gleaming,

 

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight

O'er the ramparts we watched

Were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket's red glare,

The bomb bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

 

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free

And the home of the brave.

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Lift Every Voice And Sing (Written in 1919)

By James Weldon Johnson, Lyrics (1871–1938)

& John Rosamond Johnson, Music (1873–1954)

Lift every voice and sing
‘Til earth and Heaven ring.
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise,
High as the list'ning skies,
let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song

Full of faith that the dark past has taught us.
Sing a song

Full of the hope that the present has brought us.

Facing the rising sun / of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

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"The Musicians Pledge" by Fernando Jones

Also known as the "Blues Kids Pledge"

 

I am somebody. (Repeat)
I am a musician. (Repeat)
A musician is a person who makes music. (Repeat)
A good musician listens. (Repeat)

And a musician that listens learns. (Repeat)

(All say together) And a musician that learns earns . . .

 

"The Musicians Pledge" by Fernando Jones

Also known as the "Blues Kids Pledge"

 

I am somebody. (Repeat)
I am a musician. (Repeat)
A musician is a person who makes music. (Repeat)
A good musician listens. (Repeat)

And a musician that listens learns. (Repeat)

(All say together) And a musician that learns earns . . .