Chicago School of Blues teachers Rock for Kids at Buddy Guy's

On Friday Aug. 14, the Chicago School of Blues, a band of veteran South and West Siders organized by Bonni for summer blues programs sponsored by Rock for Kids, gave a show for 115 children from South Side homeless shelters at Buddy Guys Legends. Rock for Kids worked with the summer tutoring program Chicago Hopes to bus the kids, ages 1 through 15, and their mothers downtown for the program. Bonni gave a little blues history and urged the group to "Let the Good Times Roll." Guitarist Ray Allison led the band and kept up the pace to match the audience's youthful energy. Bass player CC Copeland took the kids on a historical music tour and told how the blues is the root of music from Elvis to Kanye West. Saxophonist Abb Locke, who played with Howlin' Wolf during the 50s, brought a bit of the laid back honk and roll, while Wes Sanders, drummer, invited the kids to a Wang Dang Doodle and got them singing "All night long, all night long." The guys were touched when kids stood in line after the show and asked for autographs. Our thanks to ROCK FOR KIDS for sponsoring the show, which was mentioned in the Chicago Sun-Times on Aug. 21.

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