Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Successful BITS Events

Six school programs are now done, with 2,150 students and several hundred teachers lives having been touched by the blues. We completed two days of Spring BITS set of programs today with Ann Rabson, and the Reverend Raven and Madison Slim completed their "rookie" days of BITS programs yesterday. All in all, the kids got exposed to the blues in a fabulous manner.

Ann began the day at WNTA AM 1330. Then she was off to school as were the Rev and Slim. They did 4 school programs on Tuesday. The evening show on Tuesday night had 50 blues lovers in attendance. The Rev and Slim opened, Ann did a second set and then the three of them went at it for almost an hour of a great blues jam. The 10 or less minutes of the artists "conspiring" together prior to the show resulted in about an hour of super music with Ann, the Rev and Slim trading the lead back and forth like the seasoned pros they are. It was a great night of blues and the Just Goods Store Music Room is an outstanding and intimate venue for music.

The Rockford Register Star came out to Conklin Elementary School and gave the program a glowing review. Music Teacher Paul Smith joined Ann Rabson on his sax and the kids just loved it. You can check out today's Wednesday paper or click here:

All schools visited were new to BITS. They were:
Conklin ES
West View ES
Summerdale ES
Dolan HS
Spectrum School
Carlson ES

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