The Blues Are Helping Kids with Cancer [VIDEO]
I feel like I’ve been a member of the Blue Star Connection without even knowing it. BSC was started innocently enough in 2005 in Colorado following a Blues Society concert for a group of kids battling cancer. Following the show, John Catt struck up a conversation with a 17-year old cancer patient. They started talking about guitar and the young man said that he played a beat up old acoustic guitar. Catt asked him if he’d play an electric guitar. The response was the flame that lit the fuse on BCS: “anything to brighten my day.”
Less than a week later, an electric guitar and amp was donated to the young man. A few weeks later, Catt received an e-mail from the boy’s doctor letting him know about the marked improvement in his patient’s outlook. From there the young man found other kids going through the same fight he was that were also interested in learning music and the rest as they say, was history.
The kids were actually the one’s that named the group. Blue, for their favorite type of music. Star, because the kids are all stars. And Connection, because music is what brought the children together.
Since then, they’ve provided musical instruments to 60 kids, in 21 states (including South Dakota) and even one little girl in New Dehli.
That smile on Abbey’s face alone would make it worth donating. But BCS has taken fundraising to a new level, enlisting some incredible Blues musicians who last year did a benefit concert at Knuckleheads in Kansas City. Jimmy Hall, who was the frontman for Wet Willie. Reese Wynans, who played keyboard with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Danielle & Kris Schnebelen from JazzFest 2013 performers Trampled Under Foot; Blues Music Award winner Samantha Fish; and fantastic blues guitarist Kate Moss all answered the call to perform as “The Healers”
The Healers put on a show that included covers of Messin’ With The Kid, Got My Mojo Workin’, As The Years Go Passing By, This Is A Man’s World, Goin’ Down and more. Being a fan of all the performers on the bill, I started seeing Facebook posts about it after the fact. It was then that I found out about Blue Star Connection. Being a huge Blues fan and a proud supporter of Cure Kids Cancer I naturally wanted to know more and started asking when/if a CD/DVD would be released.
That time is NOW. You’re going to hear a few cuts in the coming weeks on the Blues Fix at 6, but to fully appreciate the show, I’d suggest the DVD. Not only do you get 90 minutes of phenomenal musicians doing a killer blues show, you’re giving hope to kids fighting cancer, brightening their outlook, and bringing them together with the power of music.