Summer Game Kick-Off Concert @ TOP: Ice Cream Vendors

Sunday June 16, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Top of the Park

Kids Rock@Top Concerts return!! Kick off the 2013 AADL Summer Game at this family-friendly concert with Ice Cream Vendors on the Rackham stage!

Chicago's unique musical institution-Ice Cream Vendors-are not just a musical duo but a mysterious life force! Songs about beta data, bacon men, and sharing eyeglasses will have you smiling and geeking out right alongside them!

Sign up for the AADL Summer Game at the concert, and be one of the leaders for great summer game prizes.

Kids Rock Music Workshop With The Not-Its!

Sunday June 30, 2013: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Meet The Not-Its! in person on the afternoon of their Top Of The Park Kids Rock performance.

This hands-on music creation workshop will give music lovers and fans a chance to learn how The Not-Its! combine crunchy guitars with smooth, four-part harmonies, to create pop gems.

Meet them in person as they teach you how they create their fantastic sounds.

This event is for grades K - 5.

AADL Presents Kids Rock Series @ TOP: The Not-Its!

Sunday June 30, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Top of the Park

Kids Rock@Top Concerts continue!! Do not miss this final family-friendly concert in the series with The Not-Its! on the Rackham stage!

Seattle kindie rock band The Not-Its! took the children's music world by storm with their award-winning debut album, We Are The Not-Its! Featuring lead vocals by Sarah Shannon (of lauded '90s indie-pop band Velocity Girl). Their high-energy performance makes the ENTIRE family want to dance along and jump up and down.

This event is for all ages.

AADL Presents Kids Rock Series @ TOP: The Candy Band

Sunday June 23, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Top of the Park

Kids Rock@Top Concerts continue! The Candy Band is a punk rock band founded by four Detroit area moms who were tired of what they deemed wimpy music for kids. They took a stand, and in 2003 formed The Candy Band, playing punk covers of nursery rhymes, movie themes and other children's favorites, along with original tunes.

Presented by AADL and the Summer Festival

An Introduction To Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" With Music Expert Richard LeSueur

Sunday June 9, 2013: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Richard LeSueur, opera lover extraordinaire, will provide a delightful introduction to Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro". He will discuss the plot, the relationship of the characters and provide recordings for listening examples.

This event is held in conjunction with Arbor Opera Theater's production of "The Marriage Of Figaro" at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, June 13-16.

LISTEN!! Digital Music News: Where is Kabylia?, Chillout Funk, Vivaldi on Cello

YOU can access over 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!

WORLD
Moh Alileche: Music of the Mountains of Kabylia
With the soul and spirit of Algeria's mountainous region of Kabylia, Moh Alileche has been promoting Amazigh (Berber) culture since the early nineties. This release, "When the Dust Settles", finds him more politically engaged and musically forceful than ever. Track after track, Alileche's silken voice bears the raspy edge of hard experience and hard-earned moral authority as he addresses deep matters of invasion, repression, human love and the tumultuous changes sweeping North Africa. "It started in Tunisia" he sings in one trenchant track.

ROCK / FUNK
Made of Wood: Groove Laden Funk
"Birds of the State Fair" is an eclectic carnival of funky grooves, blending "organic" instrumentation, like piano and upright bass, with electronic samples and beats. The inspirations for the sounds are wide-ranging: from Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack, to the Meters, Parliament Funkadelic, Radiohead and Air. Made of Wood also draws from a classical background and classic film composers, such as Lalo Schifrin.

CLASSICAL
Vito Paternoster: Cellist Extraordinaire
Vito Paternoster performed has performed Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" perhaps 1000 times in 35 years all around the world. He has also recorded it 6 times with the best Italian violinists (three times with the label Philips Classic-Universal, once with Sony jp, twice with Arcadia kr). He now proposes his own version, according to the ancient stylistic of transposition in forma di sonata, which is this recording before you now. "Antonio Vivaldi, The Four Seasons in forma di sonata for cello", a recording not to be missed.

Ray Manzarek, co-founder and keyboardist of the rock group The Doors, has died

Ray Manzarek, keyboard genius and co-founder (with the late Jim Morrison) of The Doors died yesterday in Rosenheim, Germany.

A chance meeting on a California beach in 1965 between Morrison and Manzarek sparked one of the most successful rock bands in U.S. music history. After Morrison's death in 1971, Manzarek stayed busy in the music world, working with the punk band X and collaborating with Michael McClure on the documentary Obscene: A Portrait of Barney Rossett and Grove Press (2008).

Manzarek loved to tell the story about how The Doors seriously aggravated Ed Sullivan on September 17, 1967 for their first and only appearance on his variety show. Sullivan made the band swear they would NOT sing the word 'higher' when performing Light My Fire ("You know that it would be untrue, You know that I would be a liar, If I was to say to you, Girl, we couldn't get much higher"). The group promised -- "Yeah, yeah, sure, sure." -- and then performed it as written. Sullivan cancelled all their future performances.

Mr. Manzarek, who was 74, had been battling bile duct cancer.

Jim Gill Workshop for Anyone Who Has Young Children or Works with Young Children

What a rare opportunity for anyone who has small children in the family or teachers and caregivers who work with small children. Jim Gill is coming to Ann Arbor to give a workshop and a family concert.
The workshop will be at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Downtown Library. The concert will follow at 7:00 p.m. At the workshop he will talk about how music plays such an important part in children's development. You will learn a lot but you'll also be entertained.
A Jim Gill family concert is fun for the whole family.
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LISTEN!! Digital Music News: Crunchy Guitars?, Medieval Burgundy, West African Influences

YOU can access over 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!

ROCK / ELECTRONIC
Chinaski: Dark and Driving Energetic Alternative Rock
On their debut CD, "You Might Like This Better Than Me", indie rockers Chinaski deliver an infectious, signature album with crunchy low end guitars, interwoven bass lines, and highly active sinewy drumming. The album's opener, "I Will", was recently featured on an episode of the TV show "The Gilmore Girls". Another album standout is the neo-psychedelic "C.V.R.", enhanced by spoken word narration "This is your captain speaking, I'll see you on the ground".

CLASSICAL / MEDIEVAL
Asteria: Late-Medieval Vocal and Instrumental Music
Antoine Busnoys (1430-1492) ranks among the most avant-garde and prescient composers of his time; a proto-Renaissance composer who is nonetheless firmly grounded in the courtly love tradition of the troubadours. "For the Love of Jaqueline" tracks the highs and lows of a real medieval romance through Busnoys' sumptuous music and poetry, with new arrangements by Asteria directly from a 15th century song book found in Dijon, France and recorded at the 14th century Burgundian palace of Germolles.

WORLD / NEW AGE / JAZZ
House of Waters: Unique International Band Creates Something Completely Original
House of Waters is a Brooklyn based band with a global sound. Drawing inspiration from Africa, India, South America, and Jazz, the band is hammered dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT (lauded as the "Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer" by NPR); master percussionist Luke Notary; and brilliant bassist Moto Fukushima. This album, "Peace the Coats", is influenced by West African music and guided by western-classical harmony and jazz voicing.

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America's Music Film & Discussion: A Space for Music, A Seat For Everyone: 100 Years Of UMS Performances In Hill Auditorium

Wednesday May 8, 2013: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

As a final segment of the America's Music series, Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, along with local filmmakers Sophia Kruz and Anna Prushinskaya, lead a screening and discussion of the just-released documentary "A Space for Music, A Seat For Everyone: 100 Years Of UMS performances In Hill Auditorium."

America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

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