Boogie Woogie Pianist Matthew Ball

Thursday April 30, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Ragtime, Boogie-woogie, and Blues pianist Matthew Ball brings his rollickin’ program of piano fun from the 20’s 30’s & 40’s with arrangements of classic American songs like Swanee River, Over the Rainbow, In the Mood, The Entertainer, Waltzing Matilda, Sheik of Araby, Chopsticks Boogie, Bumble Boogie, and so many more! Don’t miss this toe-tappin’ performance of swinging piano favorites!

With a performance history spanning jazz fests to symphony appearances throughout the Midwest and Canada, as well as recent appearances on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition, “ Matthew has been described as a "rising giant in the field."

Today declared as "a nationally emerging boogie-woogie master,” Matthew is helping to define a new generation's contribution to this treasured American tradition. With more than 3 million YouTube views of past performance footage, see why he is described as a Michigan best!

Dave Menzo Record Release Concert

Saturday May 16, 2015: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Musician Dave Menzo explored an exciting concept for his new album “Shhh...”. Every instrument played on the album came from AADL’s Music Tools collection! This unusual collection allows Library cardholders to check out drum machines, synthesizers, guitar pedals, and other instruments. Hear Dave perform live versions of tracks from his album!

Music Expert Linda Baker Discusses Los Lobos

Sunday May 17, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Grammy Award winners Los Lobos are known for the Mexican-influenced rock that burst them to stardom in 1987, when their covers of “Come On Let’s Go” and the titular track for the Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba took over the airwaves.

The band is far more musically versatile than that, however, with a sound that reflects their East L.A. roots and is grounded in rock & roll, R&B and Tejano.

Music executive Linda Baker, Partner/Owner of Mishara Music and former Marketing Manager at Warner Bros. Records will examine at the life, career and music of this legendry band.

This event is co-sponsored by the Michigan Theater and held in conjunction with their May 22 Los Lobos concert, which is part of their Legends of Rock & Roll series.