School Assemblies – Roots Music Style

Dallas, Texas – National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship Recipient, Blues legend, and one of the last surviving primal Delta Blues icons, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, 92, will perform for Dallas Independent School District students participating in a leadership program known as “The People Empowerment Project” on Tuesday, May 8th 2007, 10:30 a.m. at North Dallas High School located at 3120 N. Haskell Ave. Dallas, TX 75204. The program is being spearheaded by The Blue Shoe Project a Dallas-based nationally-recognized non-profit organization that educates children on the impact of Blues on American music.David “Honeyboy” Edwards, featured in Martin Scorsese’s PBS series The Blues, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, and in his own award-winning documentary film Honeyboy, Edwards is one of the most sought after bluesmen in the world. “Honeyboy Edwards is among the last authentic performers in the blues idiom that developed in central Mississippi during the second and third decades of [the 20th] century….Through him, an entire body of great American music lives on.” states Robert Palmer, author of Deep Blues and former pop music critic of The New York Times .

Mr. Edwards will also perform a public concert event and fundraiser for The Blue Shoe Project the evening of Tuesday, May 8th 7:00 p.m. at The Palace Arts Center Theatre located at 300 South Main Street, Grapevine, Texas 76051. For more information and tickets please visit http://www.blueshoeproject.org or call 1-800-714-6019. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 7th, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., Prices $25, $55, $75.

This event will be the fourth Blue Shoe Project education program Mr. Edwards has participated in as a part of Blue Shoe’s on-going mission to educate younger generations on the indelible mark blues has made on the world.

In 2004, Honeyboy along with fellow blues legends, Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, Robert Lockwood, Jr., and Henry James Townsend participated in The Blue Shoe Project’s historical concert and live recording of the “Last of The Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen – Live in Dallas” which is nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album of 2006 and receiving critical acclaim worldwide. Lockwood and Townsend have since passed and their lives and legacies will live on through their music. Edwards is currently touring the world in support and promotion of the release. For more album information, please visit The Blue Shoe Project’s website or the online community dedicated to the album: http://www.myspace.com/lastgreatlegends

About The Blue Shoe Project
– Founded in 2004, The Blue Shoe Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, motivates students toward achieving academic excellence through the appreciation and preservation of blues music. The Blue Shoe Project engages students from Kindergarten through College level in world-class arts education programming involving nationally recognized artists.About The People Empowerment Project – PEP was founded in January of 2003 by a group of community leaders focused on developing strategies that would benefit their community. PEP’s mission is to educate, promote, and demonstrate to school children and adults the importance of personal responsibility, community service, and good citizenship.

To learn more about The Blue Shoe Project or for more information on this event, log on to http://www.blueshoeproject.org and http://www.blueshoetimes.com . For more on The People Empowerment Project please visit http://www.governmentbelongstous.org .  

One Response to “School Assemblies – Roots Music Style”

  1. Hey Thanks for posting this up! It’s going to be a really exciting event and we can’t wait!!

    Be sure to check us out on the blog:

    http://www.BlueShoeTimes.com or myspace.com/theblueshoeproject

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