Local Music: Timothy Monger

Friday January 30, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

AADL highlights a local performing artist with this evening concert by Timothy Monger, best known for his work with Michigan rock group Great Lakes Myth Society, which he co-founded with his brother James.

For this performance, Monger will be joined by Patrick Herek on piano. He'll also use guitar pedals and a few other musical items from AADL’s circulating Music Tools collection!

In 2004, Monger released his debut solo album Summer Cherry Ghosts. The lush baroque-pop song cycle earned favorable comparisons to Elliot Smith, Electric Light Orchestra and early Bee Gees and was re-released in Japan the following year.

The success of Great Lakes Myth Society’s literate, folk-tinged rock eventually landed them a deal with Michigan indie Quack! Media in 2006 and their sophomore effort Compass Rose Bouquet was released in 2007 to glowing reviews. This was followed with several national tours, multiple appearances at SXSW and shows with Patti Smith, British Sea Power, The Hidden Cameras and The Hold Steady among others.

In 2009, Monger recorded his second solo album and performed regularly both as a solo artist and with his newly formed backing band Timothy Monger State Park. His sophomore album The New Britton Sound is a beautiful melding of elegant pop, and lyrical folk-rock named for the small rural town of Britton, Michigan where the bulk of it was recorded and written. Released in June 2011 on his own Northern Detective record label, the album was a stylistic leap forward, moving away from the orchestral leanings in favor of a more organic, rural pop sound.

Concert: An Afternoon with Bill Bynum and Co.

Saturday January 31, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

With songs both traditional and original, and a sound that's at once as comfortable as old jeans and as fresh as a new blade of grass, Bill Bynum & Co. is a band that's easy to love and hard to quit.

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.

Although a Detroit native, Bill Bynum’s musical roots are in the South. His parents migrated from Black Oak, Arkansas, to work in Detroit’s steel industry in the 1940s, bringing—like many others—their love for bluegrass and country music. Bill grew up listening to artists like Johnny Cash and Buck Owens on Detroit’s country radio station, “The Big D.”

Detroit rock drove Bill’s early musical career. But in 1999, Bill turned on the radio and heard “Yours Forever Blue” by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band. From that moment on he found himself with a “nonstop desire to hear and play those songs.” Soon he was writing them too. Bill is a first-prize winner in the Metro Detroit Songwriting Showcase with his song “Lovin’ You.” He has collaborated with bluegrass legend Pete Goble, an International Bluegrass Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Bill lives for the joy of entertaining his audience. He is a true showman!

Pan African Youth Orchestra

Saturday February 21, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This African youth orchestra, led by Kweku Kwakye, traveled from Ghana to Michigan to perform at AADL and in schools in Washtenaw County.

Enjoy an afternoon of lively music from Africa!

El Dia de Los Ninos y Libros Cultural Celebration

Sunday April 26, 2015: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm -- Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd.

This event is intended for all ages.

The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti District Libraries join together to celebrate children and books with music, dancing, and traditional treats and crafts at the Ypsilanti District Library!

For more information, call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110.

KinderConcert

Friday May 8, 2015: 9:30 am to 10:00 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5

Learn about the trumpet from Becky Gawron and about the piano from Kathryn Goodson, and listen, dance and hear a story with Gari Stein.

Enjoy the music of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra!

This event is also offered from 10:30 - 11:00 am.

KinderConcert

Friday May 8, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5 years.

Learn about the trumpet from Becky Gawron and about the piano from Kathryn Goodson, and listen, dance and hear a story with Gari Stein.

Enjoy the music of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra!

This event is also offered from 9:30 - 10:00 am.