Friday, May 11, 2012
The Blue Shoe Project
The T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, with the support of grants from Target Corporation and the Texas Commission on the Arts, will sponsor The Blue Shoe Project in local schools. The program will be presented to students at Linden Elementary School and Jefferson Elementary School Monday, May 21. Students at Mae Luster Stephens Junior High School in Linden and Atlanta Middle School will see the show Tuesday, May 22. This is the third year area students have had the opportunity to experience The Blue Shoe live in their schools. The mission of The Blue Shoe Project is to bring the rich cultural heritage of blues music to students of all ages. Students experience an educational journey through the history of the blues from its African roots to its evolution as an original American art form. This highly interactive program combines storytelling, song, dance, instrumental performance and graphic display to cover a broad range of subjects to reinforce learning and deliver positive outcomes for students.The host and performer for the presentation is Michael Dyson, aka Mr. Blue Shoes. He is co-founder of The Blue Shoe Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, along with his father, Jeff Dyson. In 2008, he received a Grammy Award for producing the Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year, "Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen - Live in Dallas." Dyson is responsible for developing the educational and musical content for Blue Shoe programs and serves as the program’s musical director, songwriter and performer. In his capacity as a performer, he has performed more than 400 blues education programs for approximately 121,000 students in Texas.