Capital city parkgoers face blue Sunday

Blues players perform at Jefferson City's Memorial Park Sunday afternoon. MO Blues used the free concert to raise money for blues instructors in local schools.

Blues music provided an antidote for Sunday afternoon's rainy-day blues.

Dozens of parkgoers danced, sang along and applauded as local blues musicians took the stage at Memorial Park for Blues Sunday, an annual blues concert sponsored by MO Blues.

The organization's president, Chuck Renn, told KRCG 13 the concert's proceeds would help support Blues in the Schools, a nationwide program that funds instructors to teach blues music and its history in schools. He said the instructors, who are cerified by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, teach a 1 to 3-day curriculum that covers the development and cultural impact of the blues. The Jefferson City band Squigglefish opened the festivities, with Birds' Eye Blues following and Ben Green rounding the concert out that afternoon.

Mike Markiano said he has been going to blues concerts in Jefferson City for almost 30 years. He said he thought the bands and the crowd at Sunday's concert were phenomenal. Markiano particularly enjoys blues music he can dance to and said Squigglefish was his favorite of the bands for that reason.

"We need more things like this in Jefferson City," he said.

Renn said his organization was hoping to raise about $1200 to bring an instructor in for 2-3 days.