The Healing Blues

Homeless storytellers and local songwriters create THE HEALING BLUES CD
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Ted Efremoff
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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The Healing Blues Project

In The Healing Blues Project faculty and students from Greensboro College are teaming with area musicians to work with local storytellers who are clients of the Interactive Resource Center struggling with issues including homelessness and post-traumatic stress disorder to turn their stories into blues songs.

Storytellers express their challenges to participating songwriters. Songwriters then collaborate with the storyteller to write and perform a song that will be included on The Healing Blues CD, crediting both the collaborators with the creation of the song.

Project proceeds will benefit Greensboro's Interactive Resource Center as well as the storytellers who are clients of the IRC. The IRC is an innovative day resource center for people experiencing homelessness that provides many crucial services to the homeless community.

The "Healing Blues" CD release celebration concert will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center, Odell Building, Greensboro College. The concert will feature Lawyers, Guns, and Money; the Greensboro College Gospel Choir under the direction of GC alumnus Jamar Tyree; The Fairlanes; plus members of The Healing Blues team, including Kristy Jackson, Neil Clegg, Jon Epstein, Sam Frazier, and more. 

Listen to WFDD public radio interview with project initiators David Fox and Ted Efremoff at 37.36 mark of the David Ford broadcast. 

How you can help

We ask you to help The Healing Blues project raise money for the IRC and the people they serve. Your contribution will help support the IRC as they provide job skills classes, shelter placement, showers, laundry facilities, medical assistance, arts programming, transportation assistance, case management, mail services and other services that reconnect those experiencing homelessness with the community.

We are looking to raise $30,000 in total. $20,000 of that money will go directly to the IRC. A portion of that money will go to the IRC clients who are storytellers on The Healing Blues Project.

$10,000 of the money will go to The Healing Blues project for the recording of The Healing Blues CD at Earthtones Recording Studio, paying studio musicians and creating 1,000 CD’s for distribution. A portion of that money will be used for the production of the three concerts and one public lecture for The Healing Blues project. The final portion of the money will be used to create the CD cover and package art as well as produce rewards for the contributors.

To get the recording process rolling, we have raised $2,000 through Power to Give, now we would like to raise the remainder of the cost of the CD and concerts.

Your generous contribution will not only support a great Greensboro community organization in the IRC but also a unique work of art that commemorates our fellow community member’s stories of struggle. The healing process of talking about and memorializing one’s struggle in living music permeates this project as it has permeated The Blues since the beginning of the genre. Please join the dozens of generous musicians, artists, students, teachers and community members in supporting The Healing Blues project!!

We ask that anyone who does donate, to please share this page with your friends on Facebook to raise awareness. Thank you.
Link is: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-healing-blues

Perks

Original artwork for the CD by Greensboro College art student Gabrielle Harvin

You will be rewarded for your support by the exciting perks that include a download of The Healing Blues CD, A copy of The Healing Blues CD autographed by The Healing Blues Band, Tickets to the Healing Blues CD release celebration concert at Greensboro College or a private concert by the Healing Blues Band at your residence.

Healing Blues Concerts and Events

A benefit concert, co-sponsored by ArtsGreensboro, featuring Dave Mcracken and Friends, including Sam Frazier and members of Donna the Buffalo, and The Healing Blues Band (Dave Fox, Roger Kohrs, Chuck Cotton, Benjy Johnson, and other Healing Blues songwriters and performers to be announced), 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Blind Tiger, 1819 Spring Garden St. in Greensboro. Admission has yet to be determined and will be announced by ArtsGreensboro.

A Healing Blues Communion Service, 11:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 2, in Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel on the Greensboro College campus. Music by Healing Blues songwriters and musicians, along with college faculty members Dave Fox and Neill Clegg. Free and open to the public.

A Greensboro College Citizen-Scholar Series lecture and panel discussion, "The Art of Healing:  Social Practice Art and Communities of Need," featuring panelists Patrick Frank, author and singer-songwriter; Jessica Moore, founder and lead organizer at Open Art Society; George Scheer, executive director of Elsewhere Living Museum; Liz Seymour, Director Emeritus of the Interactive Resource Center; and GC associate professor Dave Fox, music director for Healing Blues, with discussion moderated by GC assistant professor Ted Efremoff, 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 109 Proctor Hall West on the Greensboro College campus. Free and open to the public.

The "Healing Blues" CD release celebration concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center, Odell Building, Greensboro College, featuring Lawyers, Guns, and Money; the Greensboro College Gospel Choir under the direction of GC alumnus Jamar Tyree; The Fairlanes; plus members of The Healing Blues team, including Kristy Jackson, Neil Clegg, Jon Epstein, Sam Frazier, and more. Admission: $15 at the door and includes a one-hour, meet-and-greet cocktail reception in Lea Center before the concert from 3 to 4 p.m.

Challenges

This is a project with many challenges as we are working to create a CD, put on three concerts and a lecture and raise funds simultaneously.  Despite that we are very confident that we will achieve our goals because we have assembled a great team of contributors. Our team includes experts in music and stage production, the best of local musicians, Arts Greensboro and the Piedmont Blues Preservation society, as well as many more collaborators. We have had overwhelmingly positive support from community members and music lovers alike and feel empowered by that. Thank you for your support!!


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  • $10USD
    CD download

    Be one of the first to download The Healing Blues CD with music by Lawyers, Guns, and Money, The Fairlanes, Kristy Jackson, Neil Clegg, Jon Epstein, Sam Frazier, David Fox and others.

    9 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $15USD
    The Healing Blues CD

    Produced by Dave Fox (The Meldavians, The Dave Fox Group) this CD features tunes written by The Healing Blues songwriting team (Kristy Jackson, Neil Clegg, Sam Frazier, Dave Fox, Kris Ferris, Terry VunCannon, Janice Vuncannon, Jon Epstein, Kim Thore, Mark Harris, Sheila Klinefelter, Bubba Klinefelter) and performances by Lawyers, Guns, and Money, the Fairlanes, Big Bump and the Stun Gunz, and The Healing Blues Band (Sam Frazier, Roger Kohrs, Benjy Johnson, Chuck Cotton, Dave Fox.)

    30 out of 350 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $15USD
    Concert Ticket

    CD Release Celebration Concert, 4 PM, Sunday, Oct. 5, in Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center at Greensboro College. Featuring Lawyers, Guns, and Money, The Fairlanes, Big Bump and the Stun Gunz, various members of the Healing Blues Team, and the Healing Blues Band. Includes a one-hour, meet-and-greet cocktail reception in Lea Center before the concert from 3 to 4 p.m. Will Call available.

    4 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $30USD
    1 Concert Ticket / 1 CD

    1 CD + CD Release Celebration Concert, 4 PM, Sunday, Oct. 5, in Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center at Greensboro College. Featuring Lawyers, Guns, and Money, The Fairlanes, Big Bump and the Stun Gunz, various members of the Healing Blues Team, and The Healing Blues Band. includes a one-hour, meet-and-greet cocktail reception in Lea Center before the concert from 3 to 4 p.m. Will Call available.

    5 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $30USD
    Two concert tickets

    CD Release Celebration Concert, 4 PM, Sunday, Oct. 5, in Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center at Greensboro College. Featuring Lawyers, Guns, and Money, The Fairlanes, Big Bump and the Stun Gunz, various members of the Healing Blues Team, and the Healing Blues Band. Includes a one-hour, meet-and-greet cocktail reception in Lea Center before the concert from 3 to 4 p.m. Will Call available.

    14 out of 100 claimed
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  • $40USD
    Download /Cover Art Print

    A limited edition print of the original CD cover art and a download of the CD

    3 out of 50 claimed
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    CD/Download/Cover Art Print

    One CD, a Download to share with friends and a Limited Edition Print of CD Cover Art

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    2 tickets/2 CD's

    2 tickets to concert and 2 CD's. Will Call available

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    $65USD
    "American Flag" art piece

    11x14" digital art printed on matte paper. Signed by the artist, Andrew Doss, a former student of Greensboro College and an accomplished artist. See art piece here: http://tinyurl.com/andrewdoss US Residents Only Please.

    1 out of 1 claimed
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  • $75USD
    Autographed CD/Download

    Autographed CD by the members of The Healing Blues Band Sam Frazier, Roger Kohrs, Benjy Johnson, Chuck Cotton, Dave Fox plus CD download

    1 out of 50 claimed
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  • $100USD
    CD/Art

    An autographed CD by the members of The Healing Blues Band Sam Frazier, Roger Kohrs, Benjy Johnson, Chuck Cotton and Dave Fox plus a Limited Edition Print of CD cover art

    3 out of 100 claimed
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    $200USD
    Original Art

    Signed Original Artwork for The Healing Blues CD cover

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  • $225USD
    "House Burning Down" guitar

    One of a kind left handed maple Stratocaster guitar body blank signed on the back by the artist, Jon Epstein. Preview art piece here: http://tinyurl.com/jonepstein *US residents only please

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  • $250USD
    Private Concert

    Dave Fox and Chip Newton play a jazz concert for you at your home. (Limited to Greensboro, NC area).

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  • $250USD
    The Healing Blues story

    One limited edition behind the scenes documentary DVD produced and signed by The Healing Blues concept developer Ted Efremoff and One Healing Blues CD signed by the members of The Healing Blues Band (Sam Frazier, Roger Kohrs, Benjy Johnson, Chuck Cotton and Dave Fox).

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    $250USD
    "Give Me Blue Roses" art piece

    18x22" art piece, Part of a Triptych. Printed separately on Ultraboard. Preview art piece here; http://tinyurl.com/kimthore By artist, Kim Thore, who is a writer, artist and cultural commentator. Using multiple layers and design techniques the pieces explore glamour, fashion, and other chimera. *US Residents only please.*

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  • $500USD
    Song Production

    Get together with Healing Blues producer Dave Fox and co-write a song that he will produce and record for your own personal copy. Can be done online or in person.

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  • $700USD
    Recording Session

    Record yourself playing music in a four hour session at Earthtones Recording Studio with musician/engineer/producer Benjy Johnson.

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    Private Concert with Band

    A private concert by the Healing Blues Band (Sam Frazier, Roger Kohrs, Benjy Johnson, Chuck Cotton and Dave Fox) at your residence. (Limited to Greensboro, NC area).

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