Blues

The Kiwanis Club of Marion will present the Bluesman and Blues Essential on May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre.

Tickets for general admission seats are $15 each and available by calling 276-783-6092.

Bluesman and the Blues Essentials is a group consisting of a father and his two sons. Bluesman George Ferrell is featured on guitar and vocals. Joining him are George Ferrell III, 17, on bass and vocals, and Jon Ferrell, 13, on percussion.

“We are a family band that takes our work seriously. Special guest musicians perform with us on a regular basis or just occasionally. Currently we have Jerry ‘Wailer’ Naylor on harmonica and vocals, Aaron Howard on saxophone and vocals, and Richard ‘Bluesman’ Bryant on keyboards and vocals,” said Ferrell.

The group plays classic blues songs such as Roadhouse Blues, Roll the Dice, Dust My Broom, Red House, Hot Legs, Shame Shame Shame, Boogie Thang, and 5 Long Years. Part of the show consists of old songs such as Shout, Land of 1,000 Dances, Mustang Sally, Summertime, Superstition, Heartbreak Hotel, Great Balls of Fire, Hold On I’m Coming, and Jailhouse Rock.

“Most of the songs in our set are up tempo, which is how we like it. We love playing all the genres of the blues, rock, traditional, jazzy, straight blues. When you come and see our show, feel free to dance. We encourage it. See you there,” Ferrell added.

Proceeds from the Lincoln show help the Kiwanis Club to provide financial assistance to community organizations and finance programs that benefit the children of Smyth County.

The club was organized in 1923 and is a member of Division 16 of the Capital District of Kiwanis International.

Kiwanis’ youth services includes Safe Kids City at all elementary schools in the county, a creative writing program in all elementary schools, two $1,500 college scholarships awarded to Marion Senior High School students and a $1,000 scholarship at Wytheville Community College, the Agape summer school, the Summer Enrichment Program at Oak Point Elementary School, and Snack-in-a-Pack for all students at Atkins and Sugar Grove elementary schools.

Each year the local Kiwanis club works to raise approximately $15,000 to finance these projects. The show at the Lincoln is one of the ways the club accomplishes these goals.

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