Next Tuesday, some students and professors will have the chance to show off their talents.
Jason Jimmerson, sociology professor, has traveled the state and country playing blues music for years. He said he wanted to get students involved and have a blues jam at Franklin College.
In a blues jam, a main band performs an array of songs, then welcomes guest performers on stage.
The Franklin College Blues Jam will have guest performers join Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors on stage to perform a mix of classic and contemporary blues.
Davis is an Indiana blues artist with albums “Live” and “I Am the Governor.”
Jimmerson reached out to public relations professor Ray Begovich about teaming up with public relations students. He said Begovich was on board and more than willing to assist.
“Of course, Ray and his class have also done most of the public relations work, such as designing the graphics for advertisements promoting this blues jam,” Jimmerson said.
He reached out to a handful of students he felt would be interested in performing.
One those students is junior Kody Emrich, who has been playing guitar for four years. He said he was honored to be chosen to perform in Franklin College’s first jam.
“My role in this event is to add a little color and a bit of style to the overall sound,” Emrich said. “I’m looking forward to playing with other musicians almost completely improvised.”
Emrich said he is glad he and other Grizzlies are able to show off their passion for music.
As for Jimmerson, he said he hopes there is a big turnout for what he hopes becomes an annual event.
“I encourage people to attend for fun, to see the friends, classmates and professors perform, to hear professional musicians, to hear great classic songs, and to learn about American music,” he said.
The Blues Fest is Tuesday in the Branigin Room inside the Napolitan Student Center at 7 p.m.
Admission is free.