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Warren & Flick: Acoustic String DuoWarrenFlick sm

musical staff elabSunday, October 7, 3pm

Using both original material and arranged standards from many genres, this ensemble finds new depth in the simplicity of a duo.  Jacob Warren is a multi-style bassist steeped in classical, folk, jazz, bluegrass and Cajun music.  Grant Flick plays violin, tenor guitar & mandolin, with interests in jazz, swing, bluegrass and new acoustic music.  Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.  Sign-up online.



Sunday, September 16, at 3:00 p.m.     pirateship

mainstr operalogoEnjoy musical selections from Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance along with other seafaring melodies presented by members of the Main Street Opera Theatre.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.



musicvideographicBillboard Magazine Staff have reviewed the past 18 years of music videos to arrive at The 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 21st Century: Critics Picks, posted online 7/24/2018.  Entries include artist, song title, video director, commentary and twenty-eight video links.

And... 12 Choreographers on their Most Iconic Music Video Moves...,
by Nolan Feeney, 7/27/2018, Billboard.




Rhapsody: Blue Cat Band


Sunday, July 22, at 3pmbcb logo cr

Al Carmichael (Vocals, Lead Guitar), Billy Farris (Vocals, Guitar), Frankie Lee (Bass guitar), Ken Murphy (Drums, Percussion).

Together for 21 years, the Blue Cat Band combines four lifetimes of musical experience to bring a unique guitar-driven sound from the Motor City.  With backgrounds in rock, country, and folk, the Band now plays classic, original & contemporary blues.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library.


a journey to the end of classic rock

by Steven Hyden, Dey St., 2018.


New to the collection...

twilight gods

In his first book, Your Favorite Band is Killing Me, Steven Hyden derived life meanings from pop music rivalries.  In his latest undertaking, Hyden takes aim at classic rock and its profound effect on all of us - from its existence as a radio format to a social phenomenon to a way of life.

Twilight of the Gods is a bold, often humorous, and effortlessly provocative book about our rock gods and the real messages they leave behind.  Since the 1960s, artists like the Rolling Stones, the Who, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Black Sabbath, and Bruce Springsteen have ushered the classic rock canon forward for generations.  Even groups that are no longer active - the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin - continue to wield an outsized amount of cultural capital; The White Album, Dark Side of the Moon, and Led Zeppelin IV are namechecked and referenced constantly in our cluture.  But no matter how entrenched these classic rockers have been, you can already see signs of their decline.  At some point, rock will fade fully from view, just as all subcultures do.

By mixing personal memoir, criticism, and journalism, Hyden explores the ways that classic rock changed the culture - how it established the album as music's answer to the novel, and rock concerts as the secular equivalent to church - and asks whether any of these signposts can endure.  He investigates the rise and fall of classic rock radio and determines whether the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is telling the right version of rock history, and he revisits all of your favorite live bootlegs, rereads all the great tell-all rock biographies, and excavates deep down into the liner notes of rock's greatest masterpieces to explain what we can all learn from rock gods and their music.  Is classic rock ephemeral or forever?   -- Publisher.

Click on Book image to link to catalog.