The Blues can get you down.

But singing them can bring you back up.

Bad luck and trouble are always present themes in Blues music, which originated in the Mississippi Delta after the Civil War. It’s the anthem of the downtrodden.

But music has the power to heal, and that’s what Greensboro College art and music professors hope to do with their Healing Blues project. Initiated by the college’s assistant professor of art, Ted Efremoff, The Healing Blues project pairs local musicians and songwriters with clients of the Interactive Resource Center (IRC). The day center serves people who are homeless, recently homeless or facing homelessness.

Efremoff collaborated with Greensboro College music professor Dave Fox to identify local musicians and songwriters to participate in the project. They worked with 13 IRC storytellers to produce a CD that can be purchased to benefit the IRC.

A CD release concert will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center at Greensboro College. Cost: $15, and includes a meet-and-greet cocktail reception in Cowan Art Lobby at 3 p.m.

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