Broward County Libraries Division Hosts "America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Bluegrass to Broadway"
  
- Six-week series at Main Library to focus on great American musical genres -
  

America's Music Logo.

DATE: September 11, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division
EMAIL: cmcelrath@broward.org
PHONE: 954-357-7402

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Broward County Libraries Division presents America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, a six-week series of public programs, scheduled for Wednesday afternoons from October 9 through November 13 at Main Library Auditorium, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. The programs feature live performances followed by documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music. 

Dr. James Cunningham of Florida Atlantic University will lead discussions focusing on uniquely American musical genres: blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock ‘n’ roll, mambo and hip hop. America’s Music is designed to offer participants an opportunity to increase their understanding of how 20th-century American music has influenced our culture today.

America’s Music is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music. America’s Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

America's Music Program Schedule
October 9
- The Blues and Gospel Music, 1 to 4 pm
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Zoretta Hopkins performs original gospel music
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Film/discussion led by Dr. James Cunningham
Films: Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues (2003) and Say Amen, Somebody,(1980) 
October 16 - Tin Pan Alley and Broadway, 1 to 4 p.m. 
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – The Senior Moments Band performs music of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Film and discussion led by Dr. James Cunningham
Film: Broadway:The American Musical, Episode 2, (2004)
October 23 - Swing Jazz, 1 to 4 p.m.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Gary Lawrence on piano and Chris LaBarbera on trumpet
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Film and discussion led by Dr. James Cunningham
Films: Ken Burns’ Jazz: Episode 6, (2001) and International Sweethearts of Rhythm, (1986) 
October 30 - Bluegrass and Country Music, 1 to 4 p.m.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Matthew Sabatella performs traditional folk songs of the American South
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Film and discussion led by Dr. James Cunningham
Film: High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music, (1994)
November 6 - Rock, 1 to 4 p.m.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Larry Joe Miller presents Rockabilly
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Film and discussion led by Dr. James Cunningham
Film: The History of Rock ’n’ Roll: Episode 6, (1995)
November 13 - From Mambo to Hip Hop, 1 to 5 p.m.
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Performance by Miguelangel Estampa Flamenca: Music of Cuba and Rumba Flamenca
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Film and discussion led by Dr. James Cunningham
Films: Latin Music, USA: Episode One, (2009) and From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale, (2006)
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - HipHop Performance by VerseWon 

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please call Barbara Miller, 954-357-7443, bmiller@broward.org.

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use, and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County's diverse community. Broward County Libraries Division continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, Broward.org/Library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission.



 
 
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