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Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp

Dates for Winter Blues 2020 will be announced in the fall.



The annual Winter Blues Camp features vocal and instrumental workshops, as well as concentration on blues history, composition and improvisation. Students learn how to sharpen their individual skills and expressing themselves through the blues form through improvisation and the composition of original blues lyrics and music. Sessions are open to area musicians from 8-18 years old, with all experience levels and instrumentation welcome.

Workshops and rehearsals take place in December after Christmas and conclude with a blues jam in the Redstone Room.

These sessions are led by RME’s Bret Dale and Ben Schwind with Hal Reed of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, and feature other veteran blues musicians from the region as special guests and instructors for these workshop sessions.

Contact Bret Dale for more details
Phone: 563-326-1333, ext. 110 or email:

Thank you to last year's sponsors!
The 2019 Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp was made possible by the support of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society, Modern Woodmen of America, and the Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship Fund.