Friday, May 24, 2019

Marco Pena & Resurrection Blues Band Plays Lakeside Oregon Brewfest



Marco Pena, the fifteen year old guitar prodigy, and Resurrection Blues Band will appear at the 5th annual Lakeside Oregon Brewfest. Last November Marco started showing up at Blues Jams in Eugene Oregon, where he wowed not only audiences, but professional musicians as well. His playing caught the attention of The School of Blues Director Steven Masone, who also is an Artist Manager and began to organize a band to surround Marco and other School of Blues students with for learning the improvisation skills and the historical importance of Blues Music. School of Blues is a component of Project Pro-Am (PPA)   PPA/School of Blues is a pilot program 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. The professional food
and beverage component will be a 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 and summer program, PPA will

utilize family, community and school personnel to be
involved with students internship and participation
in PPA. The Executive director of PPA will
coordinate and act as case worker as to students
progress, liaise with family, educators, and
any other relevant person or agency involved in student's
counselling for future school and or job placement.

PPA will initially outsource much of the class room

curriculum with established culinary and business
programs in local high schools and college/
technical schools where resources are available.

The Theatre Arts program will be a first phase,

where students will be involved with production of
a  musical chosen where the professional theatre
 company will have trained and rehearsed all
students involved as cast members, and all other
aspects of show. However, the professionals will
appear and perform in the shows that will be
competitively priced and staged like any regional
level Dinner Theatre Operation.

The student productions will then be performed and

produced by the students themselves  for
the amateur non-profit program. And where appropriate;
gratis pricing. ( As inducement for underprivileged
youth to encourage their participation.)

The long range goals of PPA will be to coalesce the

program into a School for the Performing and
Culinary Arts. The students will be challenged to
work towards completing their formal education
while gaining invaluable experience, skills, problem
solving, in an atmosphere designed to instill self-
confidence and social interaction and team work
with peers in a culturally diverse environment.

Students will learn valuable customer and human
relations, with cross training in the guest
relations aspects of Theatre, Food & Beverage
and Hospitality Industry.

PPA will use resources available to evaluate
students skill level and proficiency to assist in
capitalizing on their strong areas and develop
leadership skills with internships at participating
organizations and businesses PPA will partner
with.

PPA will utilize a mentor-ship model where college
level students will mentor the younger students
and tutor those who have need to bring their
academic scores to acceptable levels as "staying in
school" will be a requirement for participation in PPA.




In 1984 Steven Masone of Masone & Associates in Association with Steve Clausman of Clausie Records were in a LP project for Ian Shelter Band out of Sacramento, California.
Two young fifteen & sixteen year old rockers gave them a tape to listen to. They had a garage band named "City Kid" but soon were renamed after signing with Claussie Records as TESLA... who eventually had several LP's that went platinum, had 16 year old lead guitarist; Frank Hannon spearheading the success of TESLA.

"Marco reminded me of Frank Hannon's skills" say's Steven Masone, " If we can build the right band around this talented young man, the sky is the limit!"  "This summer we will keep Marco Pena and RBB on the road getting as much playing time together with live audiences and then when school starts again in the fall, we will focus on original material."  






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