SPECIAL EVENT: Dr. Bob's Soundschool and AADL's Music Tools Collection Launch Party

Learn about the science of sound with Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, presented by the Bob Moog Foundation!

Experience the magic of electronic music while exploring the physics of sound generation and travel; the intertwining of ideas and invention; and the history of Moog Music. This event includes hands-on experimentation with electronic instruments like theremins, synthesizers and oscilloscopes.

Participants will also be the very first to check out AADL's circulating Music Tools collection. The mtools collection features musical gear that you can check out from the Library, from such noted manufacturers as Moog, Korg, Maywa Denki, Bleep Labs, Chamber of Sounds, Folktek, Critter & Guitari and more!

GRADES K-5: Wednesday August 1, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

TEENS & ADULTS: Wednesday August 1, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Amazon Bestseller: Reason to Breathe

Currently #7 on the Amazon Best Sellers in Teen Books is Reason to Breathe (The Breathing Series #1), by Rebecca Donovan The Amazon description calls the novel "an electrifying page turner from start to finish, a unique tale of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and one girl’s fragile grasp of hope." The novel incorporates a number of musical references. "I inserted descriptions of music throughout the entire book," the author writes on her webpage. "At times, it was a specific band and/or song, other times it was just a genre." Donovan's "unofficial soundtrack" for Reason to Breathe includes the song Only by the musical group Nine Inch Nails.

Bob Babbitt, Funk Brothers bassist, has died

Bob Babbitt rockin' bass player for the Funk Brothers, THE studio band for Motown's heaviest hitters, died Monday In Nashville, TN.

Babbitt moved to Detroit in the 1950s while still in his teens. Then from 1959 until Motown relocated to Los Angeles in 1972, the Funk Brothers backed up every megawatt performer from Stevie Wonder to the Temptations to Marvin Gaye to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, to name just a few.

A 2002 documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown brought the Funk Brothers out of obscurity, especially after the group received a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2004 Grammys.

In 2008, the Funk Brothers packed the house at a concert which was part of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Mr. Babbitt, who was 74, died of an inoperable brain tumor.

Magazines A-Z: M: Music & Musicians

Whether you're a music professional, amateur, or simply an enthusiastic fan, M: Music & Musicians is for you. It is a celebration of music and the people who make it.
Norah Jones, Garbage, and Grace Potter are featured in the current issue, with the Indie scene being covered as well as a column devoted to the Classics. Lots of reviews for what's about to be released, along with reviews for tools of the trade. While we're on the subject, here's a few other titles covering music, Acoustic Guitar, Downbeat, and of course, Rolling Stone.

Kitty Wells, country music's first woman superstar, has died

Kitty Wells, country music's acknowledged first female superstar, died yesterday at her Tennessee home.

Her leap to stardom with the much-loved standard, It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, almost didn't happen. She had been singing and perform since 1936, a year before she married her husband of more than 70 years, Johnnie Wright. In 1952, she was on the verge of retiring to become a fulltime wife and mother. But she agreed to record Honky Tonk Angels to collect the union-scale fee.

Angels became an instant hit, despite being initially banned by NBC radio and the Grand Ole Opry (too racy). Not only did the recording top the country charts for six weeks, it also made it onto the pop Top 40, forcing Nashville to rethink its belief that women country singers would not be money makers.

Ms. Wells was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976. Fifteen years later, she became the third country western performer (after Hank Williams and Roy Acuff) to receive a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Ms. Wells, who was 92, died of complications from a stroke. Her survivors include two children, eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

LISTEN!! Digital Music News: Who is Yona?, Hurdy-Gurdy!, Burning Down the World, Celtic Folklore, Cameroon Tunes


YOU can access almost 1,000 digital music albums directly through our AADL.org catalog. Stream or download as much as you like, DRM free, on any device you choose. No waiting for a copy. No due dates. Hooray!

POP / ROCK
Chiwawa: He Who Sings Thinks No Evil
Chiwawa's debut album, "The Sick World Of Yona", was released in 1998. It was produced by Steve Whitfield (The Cure, The Mission among others). The record quickly became a hit with the critics, securing the band a strong and loyal to this day fan base. The first single "Below Zero" still resonates on the airwaves, after 13 years. "The Sick World of Yona" consists of 13 tracks which shift in mood, tempo, atmosphere and flavour.

CLASSICAL / WORLD
Viva La Pepa: Spanish, Sephardic and French Traditions Served On A Bed Of Drones
¡Viva la Pepa! draws on musical traditions from Spain, France, and the Sephardic diaspora, covering a musical timeline from the Middle Ages to the present. The group's signature sound from reflective to rousing can be attributed to the haunting and unique combination of the vocals and the hurdy-gurdy. The multi-instrumentalists delight and entertain with a musical sleight of hand that includes guitar, accordion, hurdy-gurdy, Spanish lute, bagpipes, psaltery, tromba marina, recorders, cajon, darabuka, davul and more.

METAL / PUNK / ROCK
Jackalopes: High Energy Horror-Punk Rock and Roll
The Jackalopes are a Hi-Energy, Horror, Occult and B-Movie inspired, Punk Rock and Roll band from Dayton, Ohio. With influences ranging from 50's Rock and Roll, 60's Garage and Psychedelia, 70's Country, Southern Stoner, Acid Rock and Punk to 80's Deathrock, Goth, Industrial, Metal and New Wave to the 90's Noise and Alternative bands, and of course the Cult movies from all of the above eras, The Jackalopes blend it all into an invigorating stew of something old, something new.

ALT ROCK / FOLK
Jasmine Brunch: A Secret Garden of Lucid Musical Dreams
Here you will find mountain dulcimers, ukuleles, guitars, accordions, mandolins, pianos and others doing some of the things they do best. The Mews album is a modern tribute to the space between Celtic folklore and Bluegrass music. The music pays tribute to the traditional sounds of Jigs and Reels, as well as fusing different styles and taking the musical ingredients of Celtic-American folklore one step (sometimes two steps) further.

WORLD
Kaissa: Modern African Music With Elements of R&B, Pop, and Jazz
"Looking There" showcases various rhythms from Cameroonian Makossa to reggae, Afro-beat and R&B. Kaïssa has drawn from Cameroon's cultural vibrancy and her family's musical tradition. The themes are love, loss, sociopolitical issues, women's rights, hope, optimism, poverty, war, unrest, honoring ancestors and immigration. Holding it all together is the focus on her hauntingly beautiful voice, powerful yet silky.

AADL Presents Kids Rock Series @ TOP: Big Bang Boom

Sunday July 8, 2012: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Top of the Park (map)

Dance, listen and sing at TOP! Big Bang Boom is a North Carolina power pop trio that writes and performs parent-friendly kids' music. Their live show is high energy! From getting the kids onstage for the SpongeBob Chorus to the parents vs. kids Hokey Pokey Challenge, there's no sitting down! This event is for all ages.

AADL Presents Kids Rock Series @ TOP: Anna Banana Band

Sunday July 1, 2012: 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Top of the Park

The Anna Banana Band, from Brooklyn, NY, is the BEST new punky rock band for kids! Sing and dance away the evening at this Kids Rock @ TOP concert, presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. This event is for all ages.

World Dance Workout Class!

If you love dancing to African drumming, a great opportunity for strength training, stretching and toning to live music is starting Thursday, July 5, 10-11 a.m., running every Thursday in July! World Dance Workout will lead the sessions at the Ann Arbor Senior Center 1320 Baldwin Ave. in Burns Park. This will be a total body workout for all ages and fitness levels, so bring the family for a free, fun and healthy experience! Call 734-794-6250 to register.

Making Something Out Of Nothing: Extreme Improvisation With Sneakin' Out

Wednesday June 27, 2012: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Rock out with the Portland-based band Sneakin' Out who feature some crazy mash-ups. Take a look into their weird and wild song-writing process. This workshop has it all from classical music to '80s rock anthems!

This event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and is for grades 4 - 8.

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