Venues for 2018 Public Performances
Monroe County History Center - Saturday, August 11, 2018
The Monroe County History Center, 202 E. 6th St., Bloomington, IN 47408, is the venue for "Saturday's Child" on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 11 a.m. "Saturday's Child" is WFHB's free monthly live music showcase. The Aug. 11 program offers a free preview of the 4th Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival, featuring guest artists Cynthia Girtley, Alfred "Uganda" Roberts, and others to be announced. Listen live on WFHB or join us at the Monroe County History Center.
Bloomington Boogies After Hours at Malibu Grill - Sunday, August 12, 2018
Malibu Grill on the Square, 106 N. Walnut St., Bloomington, IN 47404, is the venue for free evening performances. The public is welcome to meet and mingle with festival artists.
Venues for School Performances - for Students, Faculty, Staff, School Administration and Invited Guests
Fairview Elementary - Monday, August 13, 2018
Fairview Elementary, 500 W. 7th St., is the location of one school concert and free boogie woogie and blues piano workshop on Aug. 13, 2018. An Artful Learning School, staff, students, and families take collective responsibility for providing a respectful, rigorous and engaging learning environment where the artistic process, inquiry and collaboration promote life-long learning and high levels of achievement for all students. Bloomington Boogies is excited to partner with Fairview!
Templeton Elementary School - Monday, August 13, 2018
Templeton Elementary School, 1400 S. Brenda Lane, is the location of one school concert and free boogie woogie and blues piano workshop on Aug. 13, 2018. Part of the Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC), Templeton serves students ages 3-13 (preschool-grade 6) in brain-compatible, multi-age, looping and single grade classrooms that focus on meeting the needs of all children. Templeton is committed to the development of inquiring, knowledgeable, caring and globally minded learners. Templeton's motto, created by a student, is "Templeton Elementary… a place where children and adults want to be!" Bloomington Boogies is excited to partner with Templeton!
View photos and videos from school concerts.
Tri-North Middle School - Monday, August 13, 2018
Tri-North Middle School, 1000 W. 15th St., is the location of two school concerts and a free piano workshop and Master Class on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Tri-North Middle School provides a learning environment where all students master the fundamental knowledge and skills of their classrooms’ challenging curricula, are evaluated using a variety of assessment tools, and are continuously supported to ensure success academically and as part of our community. Bloomington Boogies welcomes Tri-North as an educational partner!
Venues for Free Piano Workshops - Monday, August 13, 2018
This year we are offering three free piano workshops for pianists of all abilities. Fairview Elementary, Templeton Elementary, and Tri-North Middle School will all have workshops after school on Monday, Aug. 13.
We began presenting piano workshops in 2016, and in 2017 we presented workshops at Fairview Elementary and Templeton Elementary.
In 2016, artist and blues educator Ricky Nye presented the workshop following a concert at Templeton. A piano and music theory instructor for 35 years, Ricky has taught blues and boogie woogie piano at the Augusta Heritage Foundation "Blues & Swing Week" at Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV. Ricky encouraged students to make videos of his presentation so they could continue working on his examples.
In 2017, Bill Sims, Jr. presented a workshop at Fairview Elementary, and Josh Paxton presented at Templeton Elementary. Bill Sims, Jr., vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and internationally respected master of the blues, is the subject of a PBS documentary, An American Love Story. A member of the Heritage Blues Orchestra, Mr. Sims lives in New York City, where he mentors a new generation of blues and roots musicians. Josh Paxton resides in New Orleans. He attended the University of Miami and Bowling Green University, studied under Ellis Marsalis at the University of New Orleans, and earned a master's in Jazz Piano. Josh focuses on the New Orleans Rhythm and Blues piano style.
Click here for more information or to sign up for one of the free piano workshops.
Venues for Film Screenings
In 2017 Bloomington Boogies partnered with Festival Sponsor The Ryder Magazine and Film Series in screening I AM THE BLUES, a film of interest to blues and boogie woogie lovers. The documentary visits the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, juke joints of the Mississippi Delta, and Moonshine-soaked BBQs in North Mississippi Hill Country. The film visits blues musicians rooted in the genre's heyday, many in their 80s, still living in the deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit, including blues pianist Henry Gray, Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and friends.
IN 2017 BLOOMINGTON BOOGIES CONCERT TICKET PURCHASERS RECEIVED FREE ADMISSION TO THE FILM!