National Library Week Event: Plastic Soul, Man! Jim Leonard Discusses "Rubber Soul" The First Adult Beatles Album

Thursday April 16, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Rubber Soul was the first adult Beatles album, a record full of adultery, ambiguity, and ambivalence – plus, of course, sex and drugs and rock and roll – in the best batch of songs they’d yet written.

Find out what it all means when local freelance musicologist Jim Leonard explicates the melancholy mysteries of the minor subdominant.

This event is cosponsored by AADL and the Michigan Theater and is held in conjunction with the Theater’s April 18 concert Rubber Soul & Magical Mystery Tour Performed By the Fab Faux.

Tabla 101: An Introduction to the Drums of North Indian Classical Music

Saturday April 25, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Learn the rhythms in North Indian (or Hindustani) classical music through interactive exercises and visual media with drummer, percussionist and composer Dan Piccolo.

Demonstrations on the tabla drums will accompany group participation using hand gestures and idiomatic syllables in simple rhythmic compositions. The focus will be on the 16-beat cycle known as tintaal, the most common beat cycle in Hindustani music.

This event is cosponsored by the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

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!