The history of twentieth century popular music in America is as diverse as it is unpredictable — the striking artistic differences between genres as created and subsequent evolutions has shaped the musical landscape of today. With that concept in mind, the Ann Arbor District Library presents America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, an eight week series featuring documentary film screenings and discussions led by University of Michigan Professor of Musicology and Director of Research Mark Clague. Throughout the series, concerts performed by some of Ann Arbor’s most talented musicians will be presented at both the Library and at the Kerrytown Concert House. With genre topics ranging from rock music to bluegrass to swing and latin jazz, America’s Music series offers an interesting perspective on musical history for fans of all genres. Wednesdays through April 24. 6:30pm. Free. Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth St. 734-327-4200. Visit www.aadl.org for information about specific documentaries. —GMK
Project 206 masterfully melds freak-out jazz sensibilities with progressive rock tendencies on their instrumental, four-track sophomore EP, Volatile.
All live music venues are vital. That’s our starting point for this series. The stories we’re sharing here demonstrate that local establishments hosting performances by local musicians should never be taken for granted— particularly in a post-pandemic world. When it comes to the Ark, you could argue that there’s been a dedicated constituency that has
The Truth About Human Trafficking: Local expert Bridgette Carr dispels common myths and offers real solutionsMay 21, 2020
The phrase “human trafficking” can conjure up terrifying images of teenage girls being snatched up at the local mall— a problematic misconception about the realities of human trafficking. Bridgette Carr, director of the University of Michigan Law Human Trafficking Clinic, explains that “buying into this type of narrative is harming those who are actual victims
The Sharing for Shields fundraising program successfully delivered face shields to professionals at the University of Michigan and St. Joseph Mercy hospitals in Ann Arbor. The Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP) was able to donate over 1,100 face shields during the pandemic crisis. Face shields were received from individuals and businesses across Michigan, with