‘Hawkeye’ Herman presents area blues programs Oct. 28

“Hawkeye” Herman

Staff Report

Oct. 28, Crossroads Blues Society will be bringing Michael “Hawkeye” Herman and his Blues in the Schools program to Rockford-area schools and for an evening show at the Hope and Anchor English Pub in Loves Park, Ill.

Herman educates students by incorporating blues music into the school curriculum. He traces the influence of blues music on American popular music, jazz, bluegrass, classical, country, rock, and rap/hip-hop, and its impact on American and world culture.

For 35 years, “Hawkeye” Herman has brought “The Blues Had a Baby” program to more than 500 schools (elementary to college level) in 30 states and 10 foreign nations. He engages students by using his vocal and guitar skills to teach and encourage student participation via sing-along/response and by keeping time/tempo.

Among his many achievements, Herman was the recipient of the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping The Blues Alive” award for achievement in education in 1998, was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2004, served on the board of directors of the Blues Foundation for six years, and is the co-founder of the Rogue Valley Blues Festival, Ashland, Ore.

The public performance will begin at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, at Hope and Anchor English Pub, 5040 N. Second St., Loves Park, Ill. Admission is free. Call (815) 633-2552 for details.

From the Oct. 23-29, 2013, issue

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