Blue Sky’s key mission component brought the art and business of music directly to the classroom. In 2010 and 2011 BSK partnered with the not-for-profit Cabbage Patch Settlement House in Old Louisville, located in one of the city’s oldest and most architecturally significant neighborhoods. “The Patch” celebrated its 105th year of profoundly changing lives in 2015. Its mission: to equip and empower at-risk children, youth and their families to be self-sufficient. As part of the Cabbage Patch Recreation/Youth Development initiative, Blue Sky’s music ed program invited musicians to share their talent and real world experiences in a classroom setting. 

A typical program consisted of a performance, a brief lecture focusing on one or more aspects of the music, and concludes with a Q & A session. This direct exposure to a working, performing musician actively engaged in the music industry became a catalyst for many of the students in pursuing their life dreams, whether it be music or some other endeavor.


Multi-instrumentalist Gregory Acker, teaching artist with the Kentucky Arts Council and founder of Afro-beat band Afro Physicists, conducts a drumming workshop in June along with Hamidou Kouivogui, a professional dancer and musician from Guinea, West Africa.

Both currently teach with Louisville’s Sound Community. And, hey! Dancing happened…

Folk-pop tunesmith Mark Charles Heidinger of Vandaveer (aka ‘Vandie’) stops by for a songwriting session…keep your ears peeled for a song about Grace, a beautiful and sweet-sounding guitar from Virginia now living in Kentucky…and she is a she, by unanimous vote…

Joan Shelley, Julie Purcell and Cheyenne Mize of Maiden Radio share their appreciation and three-part harmonies of traditional instrumentation and music…also suggested to be country, old-timey, and ‘back in the day’ music (hmm…)

Big Poppa Stampley rolls out his workshop on American music genres and where they came from, along with the simple yet powerful act writing – write it, own it, be the master of your own creativity…

Rick Quisol and his band The Derby City Dandies introduce the hot jazz/tin pan alley tunes of a bygone era…
giddy-uppin’, twistin’ & shoutin’, toe-tappin’ and bull fiddle-slappin’!

Hands up and hands-on time with blues guitarist, singer and songwriter JonBoy Slim, a former winner with
the Kentuckiana Blues Society based here in Louisville…