Who We Are

About Us

About

Blues, like many traditional art forms, faces serious challenges.  The music is an aural tradition historically handed directly from one generation to the next, one player to the next.  It is not written down or formally taught in schools. It is communal music. Unfortunately, in our modern society most of the social constructs which have supported the music have disappeared.  Blues U seeks to bridge that gap.

Entering our 8th year Blues U brings together young musicians from around North America for a week immersed in the blues.  We spend a week rehearsing in a band under the guidance of highly-decorated blues artists at The MacPhail Center for Music’s state of the art facility in downtown Minneapolis.  The bands finish the camp with a public performance at The Hook & Ladder Theater.

Blues U’s work has been formally recognized by Generation Blues, the youth development arm of The National Blues Foundation.  Each summer deserving young musicians have their travel, accommodation and tuition covered so they can attend Blues U. These musicians then return home to work as ambassadors for the blues to their peers.  These friendships forge a network both locally and across the globe.

Intro Video

Our (Approximate) Stats

By the Numbers

8
Years Running
160,000
Dollars Raised
240
Youth Participated
45,699,785
Notes Played
Annual

Updates

Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest 2019

The largest free blues festival in the Twin Cities started in 2003 as “Famous Dave’s BBQ and Blues Festival” in Peavey Plaza, Minneapolis, MN. After several changes and the re-construction …

Camp 2019

Camp this year will be held at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. Program runs from July 1st – 5th. Please use this link to fill out a sign up …

Camp 2018

  Camp this year will be held at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. Program runs from July 2nd – 6th. Please use this link to fill out a sign …