With his easygoing style, backwards baseball cap, iconic blue shoes, and a comedic persona, Mr. Blue Shoes is anything but a conventional Bluesman …
Mr. Blue Shoes is the brainchild of Michael Dyson, Grammy Award winning producer, youth entertainer, guitarist and performer. To date, Dyson has shared his unique version of the Blues story with over 350,000 children in 1,200 performances.
As a senior in high school, Michael served as a mentor, offering third graders a helping hand and an understanding ear. His funny and humble demeanor became infectious. This experience uncovered Dyson’s unique ability to motivate and inspire children.
Michael co-founded The Blue Shoes Project, a nonprofit dedicated to introducing young audiences to living Blues Legends. The seed for the creation of Mr. Blue Shoes was planted by the inspiration that Dyson received from the children that he inspired and the participating legendary Blues artists he worked with through Blue Shoe.
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.
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.
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.
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