Frank Strong, Jr. learned at a young age that blues has its roots here in America and was created by African Americans. Frank’s workshops focus on both the history of blues and the music itself. He performs and shares vital historical and societal aspects of blues music and its place in American life. Frank sings blues tunes and plays the guitar and harmonica, exposing audiences to blues music from the Delta, Piedmont, Memphis, and Chicago. As a blind man, Frank has some understanding of what it’s like to be left on the fringes of “typical” American life and believes music has the unique ability to express emotions and communicate with others in a sublime and powerful way. Frank uses blues to convey emotions and share a special musical relationship with others. Participants will compare different musical styles and learn the fundamentals and geography of the blues. They will get a chance to try some instruments for themselves and even create their own song.
Social Studies, History, Music
Open space with room for students to move; clean floor