Alabama Blues Project Update - Winter 2006

Welcome to the last ALABAMA BLUES PROJECT newsletter of the year!!!

This issue is devoted to bringing you some images from our 2006 programs.
Please click the links below to see some of our favorite activities!

  THANK YOU to our sponsors!

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“The Alabama Blues Project teaches self-esteem, discipline, cross-cultural understanding and teamwork. Its innovative arts and educational programs encourage direct participation in the creative process and have been particularly effective with at-risk or troubled youth.”

- Jan Sikes, teacher

As with many non-profit organizations, we are constantly looking for ways to help you support us and this year we have come up with a new plan - anyone making a gift of $30 or more will receive a great Alabama Blues Project t-shirt as a thank you for your generosity.

to make your gift of any amount, large or small. All your contributions are greatly appreciated and greatly needed.



For those in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, area: our next Beginning Blues Camp will begin on Monday, February 26th from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Hargrove Road. For more information contact the ABP office at 205-752-6263 or email


2006 Blues Camp

After-School Beginning Blues Camp at Covenant Presbyterian Church

After-School Blues Camp Final Performance and Open-House at Covenant Presbyterian Church


Summertime Blues Camp – Covenant Presbyterian Church and Kentuck Art Center

Alabama Blues Project Blues Camp Advanced Band - "The Project" . . .

. . . appearing at the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive" Awards in Memphis, TN  

. . . recording a DVD at the Alabama Public Television Studio in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

. . . summertime Blues Camp – songwriting sessions with Sharrif Simmons and Jim Parker

. . . with Bonnie Raitt at her concert with Keb’ Mo’ in Birmingham – September 30, 2006

Alabama Blues Project Fundraiser, “An Evening of Art & Blues"

Many thanks to everyone that came out to support “An Evening of Art & Blues” on Friday, July 21 st at the L & N Train Station. It was a wonderful event and has proven to be our most successful fundraiser to date! Thank you for your support!!!

The following item appeared in Tuscaloosa Magazine


2006 Rural School Tour

Willie King and his band traveled to Davenport, Iowa, and the Quad City areas for a “ Blues in the Schools” artist residency on November 6 – 11. The band performed at Horace Mann Elementary, the Boys and Girls Club, John F. Kennedy School, Wilson Elementary School, Muscatine Central Middle School, Muscatine Central Middle School, River Music Experience, Washington Elementary, Lincoln-Irving Elementary, Veteran’s Day, and All Saints Catholic School as well as three public performance!

Next stop is Aliceville Middle School in February!!!

Alabama Blues History

Our exhibition “Red, Hot, & Blue: A Spotlight on Alabama Blues Women” – a beautiful educational exhibit with period artifacts – has been touring throughout the state, including Auburn, Mobile, Tuscaloosa, and Livingston. The exhibition has been presented with live shows that have included Alabama blues women Caroline Shines, Sweet Claudette, Elnora Spencer, and others. This newsletter features our panel from the exhibition on Dinah Washington, a great Alabama blues women born in our home town of Tuscaloosa.


Vera Hall Memorial – Artist Assistant Fund

In celebration of her life, the Livingston Historical Commission will unveil a monument on April 21, 2006 to co-inside with the Alabama State Tourism 2007 “Year of the Arts”. This marker has been made possible through generous donations from Moby, the Sikes Family, Anna Lomax, and many other thoughtful individuals.


MANY THANKS to our wonderful sponsors!!!!!!!!

Our programs are made possible by the generous support of our sponsors, including Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama , National Endowment for the Arts, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alligator Records, Bonnie Raitt, Capstone Church, Covenant Presbyterian Church, db Tech, Guitar Center Music Foundation, Harrison Galleries, Little Willies Jazz & Blues Club, Mercedes Benz, Pollack Foundation, Tuscaloosa Consortium for Higher Education, United Way of West Alabama, Zildjian and many other kind organizations and individuals.

Happy Holidays!