MusicWorks MN is proud to partner with enthusiastic blues performers, professionals and parents to present BLUES U from June 30 – July 3 at the MacPhail center for music.
BLUES U is a hands on, performance based experience for players of all instruments from ages 1220. It brings together some of the Twin Cities’ finest professional performers and business people to provide a unique opportuntiy to play with new peers at the best venues in town. At the same time, participants will be learning the business side of music in addition to topics like songwriting and master classes for instrument and voice.
Participants will choose an audition piece from the list below and present it at The Underground Music Cafe located at 1579 Hamline Ave. North in Falcon Heights on either May 19 at 7pm or May 24 at 2pm. A special audition time will also be established at FAIR School and FAIR students will be notified. A backing band will be provided for you if you audition at one of these sites. Alternatively, participants may video their audition, post and forward to firstname.lastname@example.org
Blues U is designed to connect like minded musicians and provide them opportunities to advance throughout the year by building strong networks with both peers and established pros. This is the second year of the camp and graduates have ended up playing in such prestigious venues as the Chicago Blues Festival and The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Graduates have formed their own bands with others they have met through the experience and are being paid to perform. What could be better than being paid to do what you love to do?
If you love the Blues, want to take your performance skills to another level by playing with an established working pro and want to connect with other young people who share your passion, this is a unique opportunity.
Tuition for the week is $200. We have generous supporters and will actively fund raise on your behalf. Scholarships are also available to those with financial need to attend this camp.
Each of these songs has been recorded in a variety of versions. For audition purposes, you will be asked to perform with a backing band. Please rehearse the original recording, which can easily be located on You Tube.
Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King
Rather Go Blind - Etta James
Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
Hide Away - Freddie King
Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
My Babe - Little Walter
For any questions regarding auditions or Blues U, please contact Jack Campbell at 651-808-0628 or by email email@example.com