Colorado bluesmen plan to mentor youth

March 7, 2018 by  

Bluesman John Wise wants to reinvigorate the blues scene in Colorado Springs, and has decided the best way to achieve this is to mentor young people. Wise and others are undertaking a School of Blues project.

The Pikes Peak Blues Community (PPBC), comprised of professional, local, blues musicians, wants to help kids in high school and junior high develop their talent so they can so they can start performing in local blues bands. Jim Sesters, president of PPBC, doesn’t believe it’s possible for the blues to survive in Colorado Springs without bringing in younger players and a small amount of money.

Auditions will be held soon for the School of Blues; depending on the number of people who register, there may be either one or two days of tryouts. Each applicant will need to prepare one out of four traditional blues numbers, and then play, accompanied by professional musicians. Students who are accepted will pay $200 tuition to cover materials, mentoring by either John Wise or Randy Ruebsamen, and six workshops where they’ll be taught six songs. A seventh session will be devoted to teaching them how to create a stage show, and prepare for a concert.

Auditions are scheduled for March 10 and, if necessary, March 24, 2018, at the Stargazers Theatre and Event Center.

Organizers of this type of event can help spread the word by working with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for residents.