For over three months, the School of Blues has enjoyed hosting a new Blues Jam in Eugene every Fri Nite at the new Jalisco Family Restaurant location at 941 Pearl street, in downtown Eugene, Oregon. Working with our young aspiring musicians seeking more experience playing and getting mentorship from professional musicians, has been a very successful start to the overall program School of Blues is a component of, Project Pro Am (PPA). The downtown issues with parking, crime, and rising taxes and rental costs, has seen many new business owners struggle to stay in business. School of Blues went dark this last Fri Nite Blues Jam so the Jalisco Family Restaurant owner could decide whether or not to continue being opened for dinners. It doesn't make financial sense, but a funny thing happened....he has fallen in love with blues music, and sees the value of helping his community youth have a safe space to get real world experience playing with the working bands and musicians that are featured in the first sets every Friday nite. Now, he has agreed to host Wednesday Blues Jams at the original Jalisco's Restaurant on W.11th starting January 30th 7pm sign-up 7:30 music start! Fri Nite blues Jam as usual every Friday Nite 7pm. 941 Pearl St. Eugene
Marco Pena - 15 year-old Guitarist
School of Blues is very grateful to Jalisco's for their support and interest in keeping this great youth project alive. However, they need all the support from the Blues and live music fans of Eugene to make it financially viable as well. Please support these Jams and enjoy great mexican food, ambience, and at the W. 11th location there is a dance floor for dancing! So mark your calendars and put on your dancing shoes!
PPA is a Non Profit Organization where professional artists and business people teach young people, both academically stable, and those at risk... to learn all phases of a Dinner Theatre and a collaborative Performing Arts Program. There will be a professional food and beverage component and culinary school training program that will prepare students to not only become skilled in all phases as workers, but also provide entrepreneurial training and hands on management opportunities. Then if desired, cross trained in Theatre Arts. And vice-versa. As an after school summer program, PPA will utilize family, community and school personnel to be involved with students internship and participation in PPA. PPA will coordinate and liaise with family, educators, and any other relevant person or agency involved in student's counselling and guidance for future school and or job placement opportunities.
Jalisco's has volunteered to be our first culinary kitchen, where their chef's will teach School of Blues students the art of preparing Mexican cuisine. One High School has already agreed to give credits for this internship opportunity. The students will also have a cooking segment on the TV Show now in pre-production at CTV 29 Community Television of Lane County.The students will also be involved with co-producing shows and becoming involved with community service with segments they will discuss and help the community become aware of important issues like Teen and Veteran Suicide Awareness, which had the highest increase in the nation.
We are needing more youth involvement and adult volunteers to help with the events and projects that PPA/School of Blues is launching.