America's Music Film & Discussion: A Space for Music, A Seat For Everyone: 100 Years Of UMS Performances In Hill Auditorium

Wednesday May 8, 2013: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

As a final segment of the America's Music series, Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, along with local filmmakers Sophia Kruz and Anna Prushinskaya, lead a screening and discussion of the just-released documentary "A Space for Music, A Seat For Everyone: 100 Years Of UMS performances In Hill Auditorium."

America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

America's Music Concert: A Salute To Broadway And Tin Pan Alley With Barbara Wisse And Mark Kahny

Friday May 10, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Tonight's concert, originally scheduled for March, is the final concert in the America's Music series and centers on Broadway and Tin Pan Alley.

Barbara Wisse's silky voice has been heard on stages throughout West Michigan and she was featured on Circle Theatre's "Tapestry, The Music of Carol King" CD. Pianist Mark Kahny is one of West Michigan's finest keyboard and vocal talents and was recently named West Michigan Jazz Society's 2012 Musician of the Year.

America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

America's Music Film & Discussion: Latin Rhythms From Mambo To Hip Hop

Wednesday May 1, 2013: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, leads this screening and discussion session on Latin & Hip Hop Music focusing on the films "Latin Music USA, Episode One: Bridges" and "From Mambo To Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale."

"Latin Music USA" presents the story of Afro Cuban jazz and mambo as they developed in the dance halls and nightclubs of New York City. "From Mambo To Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale" celebrates the cultural life of one of America's worst urban slums in the 1970s, New York's South Bronx.

America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

America's Music: The Latin Sounds Of Los Gatos

Tuesday April 30, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Enjoy live music? Don't miss Los Gatos perform at the Downtown Library! They join us as part of AADL's presentation of America's Music. The concept of a small group, combined with traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms has since positioned Los Gatos as a consistent crowd pleaser.

America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

America's Music: Saturday Looks Good To Me


March through early May, AADL has been presenting America's Music Project, celebrating and tracing the history of American popular music through film, discussion and free performances. Prior weeks have talked about Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Tin Pan Alley.

The week of April 22 is devoted to the history of Rock and Roll, and Saturday Looks Good to Me will perform Monday, April 22, at 7pm in the Multipurpose Room Downtown.

From its year-2000 birth as a home recording project to its prolific 2002-7 stretch of releases to its recent return to playing and recording, Saturday Looks Good To Me has consistently brought together the jubilant fun of Motown and Northern soul with an indie approach. Thomas and an evolving cast of musicians draw on a variety of past influences while remaining firmly rooted in the present.

No tickets or registration required, no admission fee.

The AADL is one of fifty sites nationwide to host the America’s Music series, a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music.

The AADL series is cosponsored by Kerrytown Concert House, UMS, WCBN 88.3 FM, and the Friends of the AADL. America’s Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

America's Music Film & Discussion: Country And Bluegrass

Wednesday April 17, 2013: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, leads this screening and discussion session on Country And Bluegrass Music focusing on the film High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music.

The film provides on-camera commentary by bluegrass greats including Mac Wiseman and Jimmy Martin, as well as rarely seen tapes of Flatt and Scruggs, both of whom played with Monroe's Bluegrass Boys.

America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

America's Music Film & Discussion: Rock

Wednesday April 24, 2013: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, leads this screening and discussion session on Rock music focusing on the documentary: "The History of Rock n Roll: Episode 6, Plugging In."

This screening is part of AADL's participation in the America's Music film/discussion/concert series.

America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

America's Music Concert: Country And Bluegrass With Bill Bynum & Co.

Saturday April 20, 2013: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Enjoy live music? Don't miss Bill Bynum & Co. perform at the Downtown Library! They join us as part of AADL's presentation of America's Music.

The band's core instrumentation of acoustic guitar, fiddle, bass, pedal steel guitar and harmony vocals can lean into country, veer toward bluegrass, or take listeners on a unique journey through Bill's original songs.

America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

America's Music Film & Discussion: Swing Jazz

Wednesday April 10, 2013: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, leads this screening and discussion session on Swing Jazz Music focusing on the documentaries: Ken Burns' Jazz: Episode 6: Swing, the Velocity of Celebration and International Sweethearts of Rhythm. This screening is part of AADL's participation in the America's Music film/discussion/concert series.

America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

CANCELLED - America's Music Concert: A Salute To Broadway And Tin Pan Alley With Barbara Wisse And Mark Kahny At Kerrytown Concert House

Due to circumstances beyond our control - this concert - which was to have taken place on Thursday March 28, 2013 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Kerrytown Concert House has been cancelled for this evening due to illness.

It has been rescheduled for Friday, May 10 at 7 pm in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and will now be the final event for the 'America's Music' series.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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