Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

Wednesday September 16, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

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

Learn electronic music production with Mike Huckaby. Tastemaker, Educator, Sound Designer, and Motor City Proponent, Mike has done much for electronic music. The man behind the once-legendary Record Time store has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of dance music. Currently an in-demand remixer and performer around the world, Mike also serves as an instructor for Native Instruments and Ableton on their digital music tools.

Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

Wednesday September 9, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for adults and teens in grade six and up.

Learn electronic music production with Mike Huckaby. Tastemaker, Educator, Sound Designer, and Motor City Proponent, Mike has done much for electronic music. The man behind the once-legendary Record Time store has gathered an encyclopedic knowledge of dance music. Currently an in-demand remixer and performer around the world, Mike also serves as an instructor for Native Instruments and Ableton on their digital music tools.

An Afternoon with The Blue Water Ramblers

Saturday November 14, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The Blue Water Ramblers' repertoire comes right out of Michigan life experiences and the history of the Great Lakes region. It includes lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers' paeans, Michigan humor, '60s civil rights and protest music, love songs, gospel music and children's ditties. Everyone agrees that these combine into a versatile repertoire to the delight and entertainment of the audience.

Gorgeous New Country-Rock: Traveller

Chris Stapleton’s first solo album, Traveller, has earned critical acclaim, particularly from NPR Music. Featured on NPR earlier this month, Traveller has now been ranked in the top 25 albums of 2015 so far by the organization. I think this honor is more than well-deserved! Stapleton’s story is a fascinating one. Born and raised in Kentucky, Stapleton dropped out of college and was driving an ice truck and playing music locally in the evenings. After encouragement from friends and fellow musicians passing through, Stapleton finally bit the bullet and moved to Nashville, where he began working as a songwriter for artists like Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker. One of the first songs that he wrote, “Nobody’s Fool,” was ultimately recorded by Miranda Lambert. Stapleton also lent his voice as backing vocals to many songs, but couldn’t seem to break out on his own as a solo act. He even recorded an entire album a few years ago, but his label declined to release it.

Traveller is the result of his final chance in the studio—or rather, what likely would have been his final chance if Traveller had proved a lesser album. Morgan Hayes, Stapleton’s wife, who sings harmony on the album, says that she can tell that Traveller came from a “deeper place” inside of Stapleton. The songs focus on common country themes: heartbreak, homesickness and hangovers, but the lyrics are well-crafted and, to borrow a line from one of the cover tracks, “as smooth as Tennessee whiskey.” Traveller is truly a beautiful album, and worth a listen even for those who don't usually enjoy country music.

Poets & Patriots: A Tuneful History of the United States Through The Tale of Francis Scott Key’s Most Famous Song

Monday August 17, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

The story of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the story of the United States itself. The melody was famously set to new words by amateur poet and lawyer Francis Scott Key after the Battle of Baltimore in 1814.

Since the “dawn’s early light” on that now emblemmatic day, the song has grown and changed in ways largely forgotten today. This lecture and discussion by U-M Associate Professor of Musicology and American Culture Mark Clague will explore the history of the U.S. national anthem as a witness to the story of the nation itself.

This event is held in conjunction with the Downtown Library exhibit: Banner Moments: The National Anthem In American Life, which is on display in the Multi-Purpose Room through August. Celebrating the bicentennial of the U.S. National Anthem, this exhibit illustrates through interpretive panels, historical documents and photographs, the cultural 200-year history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” (1814–2014). The tale that emerges demonstrates the power of music and poetry to spark the social imagination and thus create a sense of shared community.

Mark Clague is a native of Ann Arbor and longtime fan of the Ann Arbor District Library. He serves as Associate Professor of Musicology and American Cutlure at the University of Michigan and is editor-in-chief of the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition and director of the University’s Gershwin Initiative.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #533

The Silver Swan by Elena Delbanco is an intimate, passionate, triumphant story of love and betrayal, centered around a Stradivarius cello and the cast of characters who lust after it.

Mariana Feldmann, only child of world-renowned cellist Alexander Feldmann, emerges as a rising star herself at nineteen and is seen as the inheritor of her father's genius. It comes to reason that Mariana expects that the Silver Swan, Feldmann's a one-of-a-kind Stradivarius will one day be hers. Upon Alexander's death, Mariana is devastated to learn that Claude Roselle, one of his students and a rising European talent about to make his New York debut, will inherit the Silver Swan. As Mariana try to understand her father's decision by getting to know Claude, their relationship quickly evolves into a passionate, if contentious, affair.

Elena Delbanco, recently retired from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy has long been engaged in the world of classical music. Her father was the renowned cellist Bernard Greenhouse (of the Beaux Arts Trio), who owned the Countess of Stainlein ex-Paganini Stradivarius violoncello of 1707. The imagined fate of that instrument inspired this debut novel.

The author will be reading and signing at Nicola's Books on June 9th, at 7 pm.

Siusan O'Rourke And Zig Zeitler: Traditional Irish Music And Folklore

Thursday October 15, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Enjoy an evening of delightful Irish music and folklore with an acclaimed duo that NPR has called “one of the strongest Irish American duos out there! Great vocals & great instrumentals!”

Siusan O’Rourke & Zig Zeitler are an exceptional Celtic and World Music duo. Siusan plays guitar and is a true alto and a second generation Irish American from Brooklyn. She chooses songs in both English and Gaelic, performing songs over 250 years old and following it with a contemporary song arranged in flavors of the past. O’Rourke’s own original compositions also reflect the traditional music that she loves. In Gaelic or English, Siusan O'Rourke's dark alto voice is as enveloping as the Irish mist and as warm as a peat fire.

The instrumental landscape of the duo is accomplished by the remarkably versatile musician Zig Zeitler. Zig’s background is Blues and World Music. He toured extensively, had a successful run with his Zydeco Cajun Band for many years and has released 18 CDs. Zeitler brings crisp leads on the harp, mandolin, fiddle, octave violin, an occasional harmonica and especially the Irish bouzouki.

Together Zig and Siusan bring years of craft and performing savvy to the stage, 21st-century artists embodying the best that Irish seeds have produced from American soil.

An Evening with John Latini

Thursday September 10, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Do not miss award-winning Michigan musician John Latini!

Commanding the stage alone, Latini personifies the best the heartland, and especially Michigan's righteous rock history, have to offer: an honest, straight-ahead, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people.

In addition to being a serious crafter of clever, literate songs, Latini is the purveyor of a slick, blues-soaked, economically hard-driving guitar style.

Banner Moments: The National Anthem in American Life

Now through August 30, 2015 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Celebrating the bicentennial of the U.S. National Anthem, this exhibit illustrates through interpretive panels, historical documents and photographs, the cultural 200-year history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” (1814–2014). The tale that emerges demonstrates the power of music and poetry to spark the social imagination and thus create a sense of shared community.

The year 2014 marked the 200th birthday of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States of America. Inspired by the successful defense of Baltimore, Maryland from British attack on September 13 & 14, 1814, lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key penned his now famous lyric. Rather than extraordinary, Key’s creative impulse was typical of early America’s broadside ballad tradition in which new words were written to fit well known tunes. The result, however, was far from everyday—Key could not have predicted that his song would survive the moment, yet become his nation’s singular anthem.

Follow the “The Star-Spangled Banner” from the moments leading up to September 14, 1814 through the present day and explore the social history of our national song.

CANCELLED - Music Expert Linda Baker Discusses Los Lobos

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

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Los Lobos lecture with Linda Baker has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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