Longmont Youth Participates in International Blues Challenge

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Redwater Blues (Photo courtesy of Jeanne Dworak)

Born from a love of music and the need to play blues music, three members of Longmont’s youth came together to form the band, Redwater Blues.

Elisabeth Bastunskiy, Alfonzo Dworak and Jeremiah Marshall are either still in high school or just graduated, in the case of Marshall.

Each has a passion to perform blues and competed to earn a spot in the International Blues Competition in Memphis in January 2019. To get the endorsement to go, the band had to play a 20-minute set, some of which included original songs.

Additionally, the band will soon release an album titled Judgement Day. According to Dworak, “It holds a lyrical theme of utopianism.”

“Overall, blues is a very flexible genre. People need to understand that there is a root, that it all comes from the roots of plantation folk music but it’s simply been added on over the course of hundreds of years,” says Dworak when speaking about all the different musicians who have influenced him to play blues music.

In the future, each of these young musicians has a different plan, however, for now, they are all committed to having a good time and playing their own style of blues.

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