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International Blues Music Day Aug 3, 2013

PRLog - The NYC Blues Society will host the inaugural "International Blues Music Day" concert Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St.), in New York City (212-353-1600). Showtime is 5pm and tickets can be found online.

Performers includes: JOHNNY CHILDS, BILL SIMS JR, DAVE FIELDS, SWEET GEORGIA BROWN, CHRIS BERGSON , IRVING LOUIS LATTIN,DAVID COPPA, MICHAEL HILL, DAVE KEYES, BEAREATHER REDDY, MICHAEL BRAM, INT BLUES DANCERS And: INAUGURAL IBMD PRESENTATION, WORLDWIDE TOAST TO THE BLUES, GUITAR RAFFLES, CONCERT TICKET RAFFLES. 

This event will coincide with over 100 simultaneous Blues concerts (worldwide) to usher in inaugural "International Blues Music Day.". Established by blues musician Johnny Childs, and the IBMD organization whos board he chairs and in partnership with the NYC Blues Society.

In August 2011, Johnny Childs with the support of over 15,000 Blues fans and musicians, circulated a petition to officially designate the first Saturday in August (of every year) as International Blues Music Day in order to highlight the Blues Music Genre. The Mission: "To celebrate, promote and preserve the rich legacy, tradition, and future of the great American art form and international language known as Blues music" and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Blues Music Day is chaired and led by renowned Blues guitarist and songwriter Johnny Childs, who serves as the President for the NYC Blues Society and Director of the IBMD Organization.  IBMD is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration.  The inaugural International Blues Music Day is set for August 3, 2013.

International Blues Music Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and Blues enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about Blues and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. Each year on the first Saturday of August, this international art form is now slated for recognition for it's vast musical works, contributions, influence, tradition and for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity, eradicating discrimination, promoting freedom of expression.

IBMD, Blues Societies, embassies and government outposts around the world will host special events for the first annual International Blues Music Day on August 3, 2013 to honor this revered musical art form. Universities, libraries, schools, community centers, performing arts venues and arts organizations of all disciplines around the world will mark the day through concerts, education programs, seminars, lectures, book readings, public jam sessions, master classes, photo exhibitions, Blues dance recitals, film and documentary screenings and theater presentations.  More than one million people around the world will be reached through International Blues Music Day programs and media Coverage on year one.

IBMD, The NYC Blues Society & The Sacramento Blues Society will present three high-profile programs: a seven hour music festival & celebration in New York City at Webster Hall; a 5 hr concert in Sacramento, CA at The Lion's Gate Hotel, Special Programming in Mississippi the birthplace of Blues; and a declaration of the establishment of International Blues Music Day at the United Nations (UNESCO) assembly in New York City. Among the world renowned artists that are participating are Candye Kane, Earl Thomas, Johnny Childs, Bill Sims Jr, Sweet Georgia Brown, Chris Bergson, Irving Louis Lattin, Dave Fields, Michael Hill, Dave Keyes, Michael Bram, Beareather Reddy, David Coppa and hundreds more. 

New York City has been named the 2013 Global Host City for International Blues Music Day. The city will host a weekend long series of Blues events including workshops and seminars, panels and roundtable discussions, film screenings, student master classes led by prominent musicians and educators, and a major evening performance at Webster Hall that will be broadcast on public television stations worldwide. IBMD, worldwide Blues Societies and Blues presenters will continue their partnership to encourage schools, universities, libraries, arts organizations, community centers and other entities in UNESCO’s 195 member states to host Blues concerts and educational programs on International Blues Music Day in order to reach people of all ages and backgrounds.

Find this press release in its entirety here.

Find out more about International Blues Music Day here.