Monday, February 11, 2013
As part of the Oak Park Library's continuing America's Music series, photographer and author Terry Abrahamson will discuss his journey through blues music and writing music for some of the greats.
The Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., dives into some rich blues music history with author and photographer Terry Abrahamson tonight at 7 p.m. In the 1970s, Terry Abrahamson—of Oak Park's Abrahamson Fur Salon family—traveled on the road with some of music's greatest legends, including Muddy Waters, George Thorogood and the Rolling Stones. Over the years, Abrahamson was even able to pen some hits of his own. He co-wrote three songs with Waters, and ended up winning a Grammy Award for the Muddy Waters recording, Bus Driver. Abrahamson is also credited with writing George Thorogood's first vinyl recording and with creating John Lee Hooker's first live radio commercial for Levis. He was even backstage the night Waters was joined by the …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Led by professor Janice Monti, creator of the Annual Blues Symposium at Dominican University, the discussion will center around the history of music from Memphis and the Mississippi Delta, starting at 7 p.m.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Films, concerts and lectures will focus on uniquely American genres from blues to bluegrass to Broadway.
A major series of events showcasing music's unique influence on American culture will be staged during February and March at the Oak Park Public Library. The national program, America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, will offer 25 events, all taking place at the library's main branch, located at 834 Lake St. The series will include documentarys and "pitch perfect" film screenings, concerts, lectures and special evening events for teens and artists. Each will feature a uniquely American musical genre. Covering blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo and hip hop, popular music's deep connections to the history, culture and geography will be explored. Older …