America's Music Project: Explore Popular Music March through May with Films, Concerts, and Talks
AADL presents America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, an eight-week series featuring documentary film screenings and discussions at the Downtown Library.
Wednesday evening sessions, led by Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, will focus on various genres of twentieth-century American popular music, including:
- Blues and Gospel Music
- Broadway and Tin Pan Alley
- Swing Jazz
- Country and Bluegrass
- Latin Rhythms From Mambo To Hip Hop
A final session on May 8 will center on the history of performances at Ann Arbor’s own Hill Auditorium.
Throughout the series, the Library and Kerrytown Concert House will present related concerts performed by some of the area’s prominent musicians.
The series begins March 13 with a concert by Mr. B and a film preview at the Downtown Library.
The Ann Arbor District Library 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.
America’s Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.