Once each month, musicians come together to play for a purpose at the Blue Monday Jam in Lafayette, Louisiana. These Blue Monday shows are not just about music, but they are also focused on helping those who are carrying on the music, culture, and arts in the area. The Love of People organization, which runs the Blue Monday events, provides assistance to musicians in need, whether it be financial, medical, or career guidance.
musician feels impact of blue monday
Lee Allen Zeno, a Grammy award-winning bass player and regular at Blue Monday shows, knows firsthand the impact of this organization. He has received assistance with major medical bills and credits Blue Monday with brightening up the day for musicians who are too sick to play. Jonathan Williams, who runs the Love of People organization, explains that they provide assistance to older musicians with everything from a roof over their heads to someone to sit and have coffee with. Younger musicians also receive career guidance to help them avoid financial hardships in the future. Jill Butler, another regular on the keyboard with the Blue Monday All Stars, says that the events have changed the heart of the musicians who participate, not just the beneficiary.
music with a mission
The music that’s played at Blue Monday shows is special. It’s not just the songs or the talented players, but it’s music with a mission. The Blue Monday jam sessions are a way for musicians to come together and not only entertain the crowd but also help their fellow musicians have a brighter future. As Jill Butler says, “I think it’s changed the heart of the musicians that participate.”
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Blue Monday shows are held on the second Monday of each month in Lafayette, Louisiana.