The ability to express yourself in a positive and creative way in society is sometimes difficult with few outlets for young people to express the frustrations of modern life.
Whether it is through interacting with others in a creative way or finding an outlet for their creativity, Blues Boot Camp helps to discover the fun, joy, and pleasure that music and its community can bring.
Returning again for this year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival, the Blues Boot Camp is a fun and challenging, two day and one evening, highly interactive workshop, where participants will gain a basic understanding of the mechanics of the blues and gospel forms of music, as well as practical ways to apply this knowledge to modern music, from trained and experienced music industry professionals.
With the guidance of esteemed musician and the man behind the program Wayne Jury, Ocean Grove musician Andrea Robertson and funky bluesman Buddy Knox, students (of ages 12-25) can expect to work on performance, songwriting, teamwork, business skills, and social media, while also being encouraged in terms of freedom of expression, combining knowledge with emotion, and linking to the listening audience. It’s designed for all instruments, and for students with an intermediate ability level for instrumentalists and beginner to intermediate level for vocalists. Most of all, though, it’s about playing music and working towards putting on a public show in the evening on Friday.
With Blues Boot Camp events running since 2009, the success of which is really owed to the passion, and depth of knowledge of the events teachers. Past events have presented students with teachers that have a combined industry experience of over 200 years that they are eager to share and pass down to the next generation.
“The ability to express yourself in a positive and creative way can be difficult for young people today,” says event organiser Wayne Jury. “The pressure to perform academically has never been greater and an outlet for positive, creative self- expression is essential to balance the pressures of modern life. Whether it is through interacting with others in a creative way or finding an outlet for their creativity, Blues Boot Camp helps to discover the fun, joy, and pleasure that music can bring.”
If you’ve got something to say but can’t express it, this might be the ideal camp for you!
It all goes down at The Engine Room (old Fire station) at 58 View Street in Bendigo across November 7 & 8 from 9am-5pm, with the showcase concert by all students and tutors on Friday night 7:30pm.