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Celebrating the bicentennial of the U.S. National Anthem, this exhibit illustrates through interpretive panels, historical documents and photographs, the cultural 200-year history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” (1814–2014).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.

Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

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

This event is intended for Grade 6–Adult

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.

Hip Hop Music & Movement with the Alphabet Rockers!

Sunday June 28, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5

Kids, come learn the foundations of hip hop with Northern California’s Alphabet Rockers! The San Francisco Bay Area's "premiere hip hop collective for families” [KPFA] and “Kids Music Icon” will lead kids and families through easy-to-learn games and activities that explore dance, singing, rhyming and beatboxing in this incredible arts workshop. No experience necessary - just bring your dancing shoes, your hip hop swagger, and your imagination!

This Hip Hop Music & Movement workshop will be led by teaching artists Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd (Alphabet Rockers), who work with thousands of children in hip hop workshops each year around the country.

Make Music with the Trummytones!

Sunday June 14, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for children in Preschool-Grade 3

Using an assortment of recycled materials you could probably find around your own house, The Trummytones will show how to make your very own percussion instrument, and how to keep the beat!

Early Music Demonstration With The Rose Ensemble

Saturday October 3, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades 3–8

Explore the fascinating music from medieval Bohemia, Renaissance Poland and Baroque Russia, when saints were Kings and folk heroes were praised in love and battle. Through story and song, The Rose Ensemble engages audience members both young and old to experience music through an exploration of history, legend, culture and language.

This event is cosponsored by the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, and The Academy for Early Music. This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund. a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Crane Group, and General Mills Foundation.

Dave Menzo Record Release Concert

Saturday May 16, 2015: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Musician Dave Menzo explored an exciting concept for his new album “Shhh...”. Every instrument played on the album came from AADL’s Music Tools collection! This unusual collection allows Library cardholders to check out drum machines, synthesizers, guitar pedals, and other instruments. Hear Dave perform live versions of tracks from his album!

Electronic Music Production with Mike Huckaby

Wednesday July 29, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for grade 6 to adult

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.

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