CHICAGO, IL (April 2018) – Blues Kids Foundation proudly presents Fernando Jones’ Blues Camp Sunday, July 8th - Sunday, July 15th at Columbia College Chicago, Chicago State University and The Logan Center for the Arts (University of Chicago). Through this priceless, fun-filled weeklong experience your Blues Kid will learn and perform America’s “roots” music in a structured program with like minded others under the tutelage of highly qualified instructors. In different parts of the world, sessions may range from one to six days and are always free. Entry is competitive and spaces fill-up fast. Page best viewed on desktop and tablet v. cell phone.

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 and music as a second language.

Blues Camp Chicago July 8 to 15, 2018

Blues Kids don't have to be from or live in Chicago to attend. Register to audition online at

 Sunday, July 8, 3P to 5P Motor Row Brewing Company | Meet &Greet  

 Monday, July 9 thru Friday, July 13 | Columbia College Chicago | 1014 S Michigan Avenue

 Saturday, July 14 | Chicago State University | 9501 S King Drive | Blues Camp 

 Sunday, July 15 | University of Chicago (Logan Center for the Arts) | 915 E 60th Street

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About the Presenter

Fernando Jones is a Columbia College Chicago faculty member and Blues Ensemble founding director. He's also an American Bluesman, educator, songwriter and scholar. Born to loving Mississippi parents on the South Side of Chicago, Jones was inspired by his older brothers, Foree and Gregory, and that inspiration led him to teaching himself how to play guitar when he was four years old.


Jones is a highly sought-after lecturer focusing on music pedagogy and literacy improvement whose clientele includes 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.

Photos by Glenn Kaupert