As part of Blues in the School, a Homer Council on the Arts program offered during Black History Month, blues musician Michael “Hawkeye” Herman visits lower Kenai Peninsula schools through March 5. He also performs at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Council on the Arts. Tickets are $5 youth, $10 HCOA members and $15 general, available at HCOA, the Homer Bookstore and online at homerart.org. Herman also performs 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in Nanwalek, 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in Port Graham and 7 p.m. March 1 in Seldovia.
Herman performs a wide variety of traditional blues, ballads, swing and original tunes on six-string and 12-string guitar. Born in Iowa, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1960s, where he has become a staple of the Bay Area blues scene. He also has performed at blues and folk festivals and in concert in the United States, Canada and Europe. During his residency, he does presentations at Paul Banks Elementary School, Fireweed Academy and West Homer Elementary School, Homer High School, Susan B. English School in Seldovia, Nanwalek School and Port Graham School.