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Respite House Presents The Blues Project

Doors open at 7:00pm
Concert at 7:30pm
Concessions Available

For the past 12 years, Valparaiso's Blues Project has been on a mission to preserve, protect, and promote one of America's most important art forms, the blues. Its origins were in the classroom, where Scott Cvelbar, a US History teacher, used the blues as a way to teach students about the African-American experience during Black History Month. That project resulted in a large public concert that culminated the study, and over the years, the program grew in leaps and bounds. Now, through the support of Project Neighbors, the Blues Project has branched out of the school to bring the history and sound of the blues to venues throughout the Chicago region.

Essentially, the Blues Project is a touring blues ensemble anchored by a dedicated house band of professionals that provide the foundation for up-and-coming student musicians to showcase their musical talents. These professionals include local legends Bobby Schaefer-Murray from the Planetary Blues Band, Bill Romer from Freek

Johnson, and Carolyn Rodea from the Spanish folk duo, the Rodeas. The house band is rounded out by Cvelbar and Zach Hall on guitar in addition to Greg Kenworthy on harmonica. Many times, the band is also joined by other guest musicians who are eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with the next generation of blues performers. Not only do these seasoned musicians provide musical support for students on-stage, they are able to mentor them during rehearsals, passing on valuable lessons about their craft and career. Follow the Valparaiso Blues Project on Facebook or check to find out more about the program and keep up on all future happenings.

 Join us for a benefit concert for Respite House - a halfway house for men seeking recovery from the disease of addiction and alcoholism in Porter County. A collaborative effort motivated by volunteers recognizing this need, Respite House opened it's doors in Valparaiso in December of 2009. The initial cost of purchase and renovation was financed by the Porter County Council and County Commissioners. As a 501 (C)(3) charitable organization, operation of Respite House is completely funded through resident service fees, grants, and donations. Additional information can be found at
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