Vail Soul Music Fest hosts music and mentoring youth day
VAIL -Vail Soul Music Fest will host a youth day and mentoring program Aug. 21 in Vail. Organizers plan to bring together boys and girls from the Front Range and the local community for a day of workshops, music and conversations. Local residents can bring children to jam sessions by musicians participating in the festival starting at 10 a.m. Saturday morning on Aug. 21. The exact location will be announced shortly. The jam sessions will be offered free of charge.”Music is a natural bridge between people of different backgrounds,” says Rhonda Jackson, president of Legacy Entertainment, the Colorado-headquartered company producing the Vail Soul Music Fest. “Soul music, in particular, has demonstrated the ability to translate life experiences into melodies everyone can appreciate and understand.”In addition to the jam sessions, The Youth Day’s Mentoring Program will be offered to select students ages of 12-15 years. Interested parties must complete an application by visiting the youth page on http://www.vailsoulmusicfest.com. Although any adult 18 or older may nominate a student, no children will be accepted without a parent or legal guardian’s consent.Vail Soul Music Fest partnered with the Vail Youth Foundation to create the educational component that allows children to meet, learn and play together while gaining increased awareness of the history and contributions of soul music. Middle school children interested in participating in workshops must submit a written essay explaining their interest in the program. Selection will be based on essay quality, interest in music and need. Visit http://www.vailsoulmusicfest.com to download an application.The application deadline has been extended to July 23. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.