History of the Blues


The Music District - 639 S College


The History of the Blues is a presentation based on the Blues component of the 2013 Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street project. It consists of:
* A slide presentation featuring origins of blues music and audio/video clips of early bluesmen and women
* A demonstration of the structure of the blues, both musically and lyrically
* Performance of a blues medley to illustrate both similarities and differences of classic blues songs
* An interactive workshop to write a blues song with the audience

About Paul Kopco

Kopco was a professional musician in Florida, New York City, Virginia, Delaware, and South Dakota before moving to Fort Collins, CO in 2015. He sang and played lead guitar and bass guitar in a number of bands playing a variety of music — rock, standards, country, and originals. He also plays drums and keyboards.

Kopco holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Black Hills State University. Upon moving to South Dakota, Kopco wrote and recorded Black Hills Gold, an album of instrumental music based on the legends and natural wonders of the Black Hills, available on Amazon and iTunes. “I also have a “virtual album” of rock and country music called Badlands on CDBaby.com.”

He is the creator and host of The Real Deadwood Podcast, a variety show from the real Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota for fans of the HBO Deadwood series (2004 – 2006) combining interviews, entertainment and news from both Deadwoods. He also maintains the Real Deadwood Podcast Facebook page.