Capital Region Blues Network Tunes into Literacy

2020 was quite a year for the Capital Region Blues Network (CRBN). The pandemic saw our weekly blues jams at McGeary’s suspended and the cancellation of all the events we had planned for the year. Hopefully, the tide will soon turn and we will be back living the life we love sharing blues and roots music with each other and with the community!

However, we have not been idle this last year. Thanks to the generous contributions of our members and corporate sponsors we have been focusing on our mission of teaching blues music history and its place in our culture by providing books about the blues for children in our area.

In 2020 CRBN donated copies of the book “Bad Dog Bubba” by Tas Cru for every branch of the Albany Public Library. 

Additionally, in partnership with the Golub Foundation two books, “Frankie Finds the Blues” by Joel Harper and “Bad Dog Bubba” by Tas Cru, were donated to every music class in the Schenectady City School District. Thanks to the staff of the Schenectady District Office of Educational Equity for their support and assistance in the distribution of the books to the classrooms.

We also partnered with the Stewart’s Holiday Match program and the Emily Willey Foundation to supply the complete three book series of Tas’s “Bubba the Blues Hound” for their community library share program sites in Schenectady County!

Given the circumstances, 2020 was a good year in terms of the education about the blues we’ve been able to provide to children in the area. Where there is a will there is a way, and the board of CRBN wish to thank all our members and corporate partners for their commitment to blues education.

Coming up in the spring CRBN is sponsoring virtual blues music interactive classes in partnership with the Schenectady County Library – “Blues Boogie” with Tas Cru, to be held on Wednesday, March 31 at 10:00am and Wednesday May 26 at 10:00am. Here is the link to sign up your child.

More information about CRBN’s Blues in the Schools program can be found here:

To become a member or donate to CRBN see our webpage at

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