The six-week America’s Music program is a film and discussion series that looks at popular music from blues to bluegrass, Broadway to rock ‘n’ roll. Each event features films followed by a discussion (and frequently performances) led by UMKC musicologist Andrew Granade.
Tuesdays, April 2 - May 7, 2013
Reception at 6 p.m., Program at 6:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Tribeca Film Institute, and the American Library Association.
Blues expert Lindsay Shannon and Delta blues player Pat Nichols join UMKC musicologist Andrew Granade for a discussion of blues and gospel music. Features excerpts from the films Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues; Feel Like Going Home; and Say Amen, Somebody.
Excerpts from Ken Burns’ Jazz: Swing, the Velocity of Celebration and International Sweethearts of Rhythm will be shown, and jazz expert Chuck Haddix will host a discussion.
The Broadway and Tin Pan Alley evening features the documentary Broadway: The American Musical: Syncopated City (1919-1933) and a discussion with Broadway historian William Everett.
This program features the documentary High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music and live musical performances by pickers Jack Burlison and Jim McGreevy, members of Kansas City's award-winning Bluegrass Brigade.
Rock music is the focus of this evening, with a screening of the documentary The History of Rock n Roll: Episode 6, Plugging In and a live performance by rock legend Bob Walkenhorst, singer/songwriter/guitarist for The Rainmakers.
Featured are selections from the documentaries Latin Music USA: Bridges and From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale, and a discussion and perfromance with KC rapper Denzel "D/Will" Williams.
In conjunction with America's Music films and discussions is the film series Hollywood's Music at the Central Library, a collection of feature films inspired by and about popular music.