Library Songsters

In the spirit of the 1950s folk music revival, the AADL Library Songsters program brings folk musicians, storytellers and dancers into our public schools to teach these traditional arts to students. This year Banjo Betsy Beckerman taught fourth graders at Angell and Pattengill how to write Michigan history songs; Glen Morningstar Jr. brought "Dancing Through American History" to Burns Park, and Lee Knight showed storytelling to sixth graders at Slauson. At the end of each three-day residency, students came to the library to perform their creations for each other or parents. They had a good time learning history, and some go to hear live folk music at places like The Ark or Crazy Wisdom Tea Room. AADL has a excellent collection of folk music recordings, histories and songbooks.

On the road again...

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Here's a real treat for all you Country & Western fans... Willie Nelson is coming to the Fox Theatre in Detroit on Friday, March 23rd @ 7:30pm. Joining him will be Merle Haggard, Ray Price, and Asleep at the Wheel...

And who knows? If you are able to get front row seats, you may be close enough to see a few signatures on Trigger...

Enjoy!

Got the Blues?

Bobby "Blue" BlandBobby "Blue" Bland

Let Bobby "Blue" Bland help chase them away at the Detroit Blues Festival this Saturday, March 10th. Performances times are 4pm and 8:30pm at the Detroit Opera House.

Other artists include: Bobby Rush, Shirley Brown, Marvin Sease, Latimore, Mel Waiters, Floyd Taylor, and Theodis Ealey.

Need weekly "Blues" therapy? Check out the Detroit Blues Society's Web Site. Their calendar stays packed...

Enjoy!

HIP-HOP's NOT DEAD!

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Catch one of Hip-hop's greatest, Talib Kweli in concert w/ special guest, Jean Grae this Friday, March 9th - 9pm at Clutch Cargo's in Pontiac. This Brooklyn native is consider a legend among his peers. If you know your Hip-hop facts, you may remember Jay-Z's famous rhyme from "Moment of Clarity" on The Black album, "If skills sold, truth be told / I'd probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli."

Need another Hip-Hop lesson? Check out these artists:

ARTIST HIGHLIGHT: Corinne Bailey Rae

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Corinne Bailey Rae is an English born songstress with a Neo-soul sound. You may have heard the radio single, Put Your Records On. She has a lighter sound than some of artists of the same genre, but if you enjoy Amel Larrieux, Vivian Green, and Erykah Badu, then check out Corinne's self-entitled album.

Enjoy!

Remember Dick Cavett?

March 4, 1968 marked the TV premiere of The Dick Cavett Show, then a daytime talk show on ABC which morphed into late night entertainment. Cavett was known for his quick wit and adeptness as an interviwer. The Library has a collection of his shows, "Comic Legends" and "Rock Icons" which include interviews and performances by such greats as Groucho Marx and the Rolling Stones.

Britney Spears - "Has she lost her hair or lost her mind?"

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Okay, okay... I know that was a little harsh... but when a news anchor delivered the line with a straight face, I laughed pretty hard... (Ummm, I guess you had to be there...)

Anywho... I figured this was a good time to highlight AADL's collection of Britney Spears CD's. You should also check out the March 5th edition of People magazine (yes, we have that too). Then come back and tell us what your theories are on the whole situation...

:-D

Wow! More Gospel!

Wow Gospel 2007Wow Gospel 2007

Hey, guess what? WOW Gospel 2007 is in! You should also check out the rest of the WOW Gospel Series... but don't ask what happened to the year 2004... don't even think about asking...

But you're welcome to submit a suggestion to add the 2004 (and 2001, 2000, 1998) back in the collection! Please!?!?

We're Taking Back Sunday...

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... and now that I've got your attention...

Taking Back Sunday will perform Friday, Feb. 23rd, 7:30pm at the EMU Convocation Center.

Before you mosey on over to the concert, check out their new album, Louder Now.

BTW... Under Oath and Armor for Sleep will be performing as well... double bonus!

Can't get enough? Here are a few artists with a similar sound and style:

New Found Glory
Relient K
30 Seconds to Mars

Enjoy...

IN CONCERT: SALIVA

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Guess who's gonna be featured at the 101 WRIF Anniversary Show?

Saliva! (Honest! I wouldn't joke about something this important!) The event is Friday, Feb. 23rd at 6:30pm at the State Theatre in Detroit.

Also featured: Crossfade, Ligion, and a gaggle of other groups (No, I'm not going to tell you everyone who is performing... where's the fun in that?)

Enjoy...

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