Antioch blues concert to drum up $10K in music education grants


ANTIOCH — Money doesn’t fall from trees, but sometimes it’s there for the asking.

For the first time in its history, the Antioch nonprofit Delta Blues Festival is offering $10,000 to further local students’ musical education.

To apply for the grant, schools and other organizations must complete the form at https://www.deltabluesfestival.net/dbf-grant-form.html.

The deadline is Feb. 14; a check will be presented to the successful applicant(s) at the March concert.

Delta Blues Festival also will award two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to study music in college.

East County teens still have time to apply for the funds by going to this link. The deadline is also Feb. 14.

First held in 1999, the festival has drawn thousands of blues lovers to downtown Antioch’s Waldie Plaza every September for the past 19 years.

But when sponsorships for the free event dropped off seven years ago, festival organizer Frank Giovanni and his stable of volunteers began holding spring benefit concerts at El Campanil Theatre to keep the outdoors blues fest going as well as to raise money for the scholarships.

Now Giovanni has decided to streamline his efforts by recombining the two events into one: Starting with this year’s March 3 concert, the theater will be the festival’s sole venue.

The show will feature four acts instead of the usual three, however, and the performers are bigger names, he says, noting that three of the groups tour internationally.

And although the theater won’t be able to accommodate as many music lovers as the plaza, Giovanni says the educational grant or grants he will be distributing from the profits is another way of benefiting the community at large.

The concert is 7 to 10 p.m. March 3 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St.

Admission is $30; $28 for ages 62 and older. Ages 10 to 17 is $15.

Seats in the first three rows are $40.

Tickets are available online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?actions=4&p=1



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