Alaskan Fiddle Poet Ken Waldman is set to begin two week-long residencies with Baldwin County fourth graders. From February 26 – March 2, Waldman will work with Midway Hills fourth graders. From March 12 – 16, he will work with Lakeview Academy students. His literacy residencies will include workshops and programs for teachers. The Midway Hills Academy residency will end with a performance at Allen’s Market. Waldman will perform his own works, as well as poems composed by students during the week. There is no admission cost for this free community event, and parents are encouraged to bring children.
Gerald, a Mississippi to Detroit transplant, began playing guitar at the age of 15. Inspired by Prince and 80s rock guitarists, he performed in multiple local bands trying to find his signature sound. He experimented with pop, rock, and finally, blues as he listened to the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Hill, and B.B. King. The struggle of keeping a band together caused Gerald to learn bass, keys, and drums in addition to his guitar.