Reprinted from the Blues Society of Omaha newsletter
We are right in the thick of our BluesEd season! Our six BluesEd bands are performing nearly
every weekend at area events. We just wrapped up our BluesEd Benefit Concert on Father's
Day held at a Sokol Park in Bellevue. All six of our bands performed beautifully despite the hot
weather. Our BluesEd parents, Stephanie & Jason Groenjes, chaired the Fundraiser which
provided additional revenue for BluesEd. Guests at Sokol Park were treated to an outstanding
Silent Auction full of treats for music lovers, food & beverage items, pampering gifts and tickets
to area events. We also had three area food trucks serving our hungry guests & a full bar
serving drinks. Funds raised help us keep our tuition costs low for our students while they learn
the art of performing Blues music in a band setting.
Look for BluesEd bands performing this summer at many well-known Omaha-area venues.
Voodoo Vinyl, Dilemma and Us & Them all performed in front of large, appreciative crowds for
Playing with Fire. Those bands then hosted the AfterBurn Jam at Cantina Laredo featuring the
headliners from Playing with Fire. Even our BluesEd alumni joined us at a chance to jam with
the very finest Blues artists in the world.
For the first time in BluesEd history three of our BluesEd bands will also be performing at the
venerable "Jazz on the Green" at Midtown Crossing. Opening acts on July 9th, July 23rd &
August 13th will feature BluesEd bands Dilemma, Far & Wide and Silver Lining respectively.
Other area events you'll see BluesEd bands include July 12th at the 21st Saloon for our
BluesEd Showcase & July 26th for our Season Finale at Sumtur Amphitheater. Come out to
support these young musicians. Chances are you are witnessing a young Jimi Hendrix on
guitar, Etta James on vocals or Ray Charles on keys. Time and time again people attending our
shows say they can't believe these are "kid bands." The talent level of our 12-18 year old
students will blow you away.
Be sure to check out our website: www.BluesEd.com and like BluesEd on facebook to get all
the latest updates.
Kevin & Chris Shouse