Blues in the Schools is a program created by The Blues Foundation and is committed to preserving blues heritage. Taking Blues music into schools systems, via Blues in the Schools, provides a direct line to keep this great American genre both relevant and thriving.
Blues in the Schools with the “Youngbloods” proved to be a wonderful experience and epitomizes the value of diversity in music programs in education. The Youngbloods arrived early and we had a great time getting the stage set for a very interesting performance. The Youngbloods range in age from twelve to seventeen.
Eight “youngbloods” make up the band. They are Josh Kuntz, lead singer, dancer and tambourine, Peyton Shipp on drums and percussions, Jackson Victorian, keyboard and vocals, Marston Murdoch on electric bass, Tobias Mendenhall, drums and vocals, Clarke Elmore on rhythm
guitar and harp, Ethan Kuntz on Lead guitar and vocals, and Christian Boekhout on sax.
Sherry Hughes, the director of the program made a short introduction about the program and explained how students and performing musicians were given the chance to interact. She introduced the band members as they appeared on stage.
The show started with each song being introduced by a band member, who gave the origin of the song and describing the version they were playing. They opened the show with an American folk song made famous by the British Rock group, Eric Burden and the Animals, “House of the Rising Sun”, to demonstrate the far reaching effects of blues in the world. “Boom Boom Boom Boom”, the John Lee Hooker classic, followed to the delight of our crowd. The show moved right along with blues classics from the likes of Junior Wells and Little Anthony and the Imperials. They followed with th John Fogerty hit, “Proud Mary”, as performed by Ike and Tina Turner, BB King’s “Thrill is Gone”, with a great guitar lead, and songs by Willy Dixon, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Chester Burnett, the man known as “ Howlin Wolf”. The Great Robert Johnson was recognized with Cream’s version of “Crossroads”, and “Sweet Home Chicago”, and T’Bone Walkers “Stormy Monday”. They ended their show by merging “Let the Good Times Roll” into an instrumental called “Chapel Hill Boogie”. A great selection of classic blues!
Big thanks to Sherry Hughes, David Hughes, Dean of NPCC where the “Blues in the Schools” has
its home, and “the Youngbloods” for coming to Mount Ida and playing for us.
Thanks to all the family members who made the trip and to all our friends who came out in support of live music. Thanks to our volunteers who get it done …