The Lead Belly “Blues for Blue” Children’s Music Festival: A fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club and the Lead Belly Foundation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1, on the grounds of the Boys and Girls Club in Murfreesboro. Gates open at 11 a.m. with music performances from 12–5 p.m.
“When I became a board member of the Boys and Girls Club,” said Tanya Singh, president of the nonprofit Lead Belly Foundation, “I knew we were going to make great music together!”
As a member of Lead Belly’s family, Singh is passionate about passing along the history, love and skill of music. Proceeds from the event will benefit the LBF music scholarship program and the BGC programs.
The lineup includes performances by headliners The Homemade Jamz Blues Band, youngest blues band in America featured on NBC Today Show and CBS Sunday Morning, from 3:30–5 p.m. and The McTell Brothers, Teen TWIN guitarists, at 1 p.m. Other performers include locals such as the Stones River Pilots, Satin Mockingbird, Lead Belly scholars, a Middle Tennessee school band and James Robinson, a member of the Lead Belly family.
As B.B. King said about The Homemade Jamz Blues Band, “In my 82 years, I’ve never seen something musically…so remarkable. These young kids have got energy, talent and do the blues proud with their own flavor. I believe they’ve got a GREAT future ahead.”
Families will also enjoy art activities by Kids for the Creative Arts, bounce castles, food and business vendors, face painting and storytelling.
“We are excited to partner with the Lead Belly Foundation to bring this great cultural opportunity to our club youth, their families and the entire Rutherford County community,” Bale says. “We hope all residents will take a little time over the holiday weekend to come out and support the Clubs and help continue to promote Blues music in Middle Tennessee. It’s a wonderful opportunity and a great family destination over the Labor Day weekend with plenty to do for both adults and youth.”
For more information on Blues for Blue, call Rebecca Derchy at (615) 403-8091For more information on the Lead Belly Foundation, visit: www.leadbelly.org.