“The presentation was, hands down, the most effective and engaging presentation I have witnessed in 25 years of teaching!”
— Keith A. Hoffman, George Washington Carver Elementary, Dallas, Texas

The Experience

Mr. Blue Shoes is a one hour, highly interactive and engaging, multi-sensory live music experience that combines Blues music, oral history and life lessons, designed to inspire children of all ages about music and learning. Covering a span of 400 years, music, song, dance and storytelling immerse students in a historical journey through America’s cultural heritage.

Following a historical timeline, children learn about:

  • West African culture
  • Early 20th century history
  • Famous Blues Musicians
  • The Great Migration
  • Blues music’s influence on American music
  • Engagement and Learning

Audience participation and learning are keystones of the experience. The oral and visual elements of the program address all learning styles and complement classroom curriculum in language arts, social studies, science, and physical education using something that has universal appeal across young audiences – music.

Not only will children be engaged throughout the performance, they will become part of the performance – singing, dancing, clapping, participate in call and response and perhaps even visiting the stage! In fact, children are so engaged that Mr. Blue Shoes concludes with a yoga breathing exercise to calm the senses before departing.

Academic Highlights

The Mr. Blue Shoes experience aligns with academic standards, includes integrated lesson plans, addresses all learning styles and is appropriate for K-12 and family audiences.

Why Mr. Blue Shoes?

Mr. Blue Shoes has become the goto guy for schools, libraries, festivals and performing arts centers looking to electrify their audiences and inspire their children through music. 

As you can see from the video clips, the program is designed to be flexible and accommodate a variety of venues and performance spaces. 

To date Mr. Blue Shoes has performed over 1,000 shows for 350,000 youth across the United States. 

Program Costs

If you are interested in booking now, visit the contact page to have available date and cost information sent to you.

Depending on your area, grant funding may be available.