Senior Spotlight - Thomas Palensky
Name: Thomas Palensky
School: Papillion-LaVista South High School
Band: Voodoo Vinyl
Instrument: Bass Guitar
Possible College & Major:
Metro Community College (Planning on going to UNO afterwards). Majoring in computer science.
How Long in BluesEd: Since Q1 of 2014
How long have you been playing? for about 6 years
What is your favorite BluesEd workshop song: Stevie Wonder - Signed Sealed Delivered
Who is your favorite Blues artist? Stevie Ray Vaughn
Favorite BluesEd moment:
Performing at Memphis, as well as jamming with other people from other bands
Hobbies outside of BluesEd: Jazz combo band Three Day Weekend, independent family band Mark Street Trio, home music studies and composition.
Omaha Gives: Keep the Blues Alive Festival
BluesEd is participating in Omaha Gives, a charitable giving day for non-profits, sponsored by the Omaha Community Foundation and American National Bank. Last year over 700 non-profits participated and over $8 million was raised! It was also our first year to participate in Omaha Gives and we exceeded our expectations and raised over $2000!
In an effort to bring more awareness to BluesEd & our participation in Omaha Gives we are hosting a "Keep the Blues Alive Festival" at The 21st Saloon on 96th & L in Omaha on Sunday, May 22nd starting at 4:30. We will have 3 BluesEd bands perform: Far & Wide, Dilemma & Us & Them and one Alumni band: The Navigators.
Our goal is to raise $4000 through donations during the actual day of Omaha Gives (May 25) but also through donations scheduled early. (Donations are now accepted at www.OmahaGives24.org.) The more donations we receive the greater our chances of receiving bonus dollars through the Omaha Community Foundation and Omaha Steaks. The minimum donation is $10.
Omaha Gives has become a vital part of our financial well-being. Thanks to donors through Omaha Gives and our own BluesEd fundraiser on July 10th we are able to keep our tuition low. Without these fundraisers we would not be able to purchase equipment, offer special clinics, maintain a website, or send a band to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge. We appreciate your support!
Far & Wide: 4:30 - 5:15
Dilemma: 5:30 - 6:15
Us & Them: 6:30 - 7:15
The Navigators: 7:30 - 8:30
Senior Spotlight - Jeremy Boyd
Name: Jeremy Boyd
School: Millard South High School
Band: Front and Center
Possible College & Major: Drury University in Springfield MO
How Long in BluesEd: 5 years
How long have you been playing? I have been playing the electric bass since I was 13 and the upright bass since I was in 4th grade.
What is your favorite BluesEd workshop song: This year, it is Broken World, but over the years I have enjoyed many different songs, my favorite would have to be Right As Rain.
Who is your favorite Blues artist? Jonny Lang
Favorite BluesEd moment: It would have to be playing Jazz on the Green, it was an amazing experience to be able to play in front of that many people.
Hobbies outside of BluesEd: I volunteer at Heartlight Choir, which is a choir for kids with developmental and physical disabilities. Other than that I enjoy doing tech (lights and set design) for the drama department, playing in the pit orchestra and hanging out with my friends when I'm not working at Runza.