Monday, September 09, 2013

Library Adds More Acts to America’s Music Program Series


If you missed the first three weeks of popular music performances, lectures, and films, you still have time to join in. The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) System has been awarded a $2,500 grant to host a twelve-week program series featuring documentary film screenings, scholar-led discussions, and performances of twentieth-century American popular music. The America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway series has already enlightened audiences about uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop. With several more weeks of outstanding programming planned, upcoming performers include Cleve Eaton, Act of Congress, Cottonmouth Creek Trio, and Dr. Frank Adams.

America’s Music is a project by 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. Programming for the series began Saturday, August 10, and runs through September 26, 2013. All programs are free, open to the public and take place at various library locations in the City. For program details or to obtain copies of program materials, please visit http://www.bplonline.org/Americas-Music.aspx or contact Sandi Lee at (205) 226-3742 or by e-mail at slee@bham.lib.al.us. (While the America's Music page is currently being updated, you may view a list of new programs on BPL's Press page.)

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