About America's Music
America’s Music is a six-week series of programs about 20th century American popular music featuring documentary film screenings, scholar-led discussions, and live musical performances. The six sessions will focus on uniquely American musical genres: blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock 'n' roll, and mambo and hip hop.
The Blues and Gospel Music
6:00 pm, October 8 @ the Civic Center Library.
Explore the birth of the blues from its African roots to its eventual prominence in places like Memphis, Chicago, New York and beyond.
Featured films: Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues Episode 1: "Feel Like Going Home"
Musical performance: Tomcat Courtney
Broadway and Tin Pan Alley
6:00 pm, October 15 @ the Civic Center Library.
Follow the 100-year history of musical theater and the story of its relationship to 20th century American life.
Featured film: Broadway: The American Musical -- Episode 2: "Syncopated City"
Musical performance: Eddie Kruck and the Vibratones
Swing and Jazz
6:00 pm, October 22 @ the Civic Center Library.
Discover Jazz in a program that spans nearly a century of jazz styles, while also highlighting America's first integrated all-women swing band.
Featured films: International Sweethearts of Rhythm & Ken Burns' Jazz Episode 6: "Swing: The Velocity of Celebration"
Musical performance: Claudia Russell from "Friday’s Jazz Ride Home" on 88.3 FM
Country and Bluegrass
6:00 pm, October 29 @ the Civic Center Library.
Trace the emergence of bluegrass from Appalachian descendants of Scotch-Irish settlers into a popular subgenre of country music.
Featured film: High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music
Musical Performance: Box Canyon Bluegrass
Rock and Roll
6:00 pm, November 5 @ the Civic Center Library.
Travel between past and present to explore the birth of the blues out of the Mississippi Delta.
Featured film: The History of Rock n’ Roll: Episode 6: "Plugging In"
Musical performance: Christy Coobatis
Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop
6:00 pm, November 12 @ the Civic Center Library.
Find out how mambo—the Cuban hybrid of traditional danson fused with syncopated Afro-Caribbean rhythms—migrated to New York City from Havana in the 1940s and broke social and musical rules.
Featured films: Latin Music USA Episode 1: “Bridges” and A South Bronx Tale.
Musical Performance: Alan Phillips Music