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Fernando Jones to play Chicago Blues Fest with kids camp alums

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Good Day kicks off the 30th annual Chicago Blues Fest with a very special guest in Grant Park Thursday: Humanitarian, educator, renaissance man and legendary entertainer Fernando Jones!

The blues are synonymous with the city, along with the gorgeous skyline, deep dish pizza and Daaaa Bears. The Chicago blues scene emerged after the great migration from the deep south in the '40s and '50s to the Second City.

The international crowd is expected to reach 500,000 at this weekend's festival. Jones would like blues lovers to stop by the Blues Kids Foundation tent – everyone from baby to big mama!

Jones teaches at Columbia College and runs Blues Camp, a summer music program for kids, which provides scholarships and lodging for children who want to learn about the blues.

Jones created the camp because he was a blues kid himself – he started play when he was only four years old. He wants to give kids a place to play with their like-minded peers. Jones said the kids walk away with the blues in their blood.

Young blues artists from Jones' camp will open the festival at Pritzker Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. They've come to Chicago from Minneapolis, California and right here in the city.

More information can be found at the Blues Kids Foundation's website.

Who knew – Patrick Elwood plays a mean harmonica!

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