Omaha Public Library has been awarded a grant to host a program series featuring music, documentaries and discussions based on uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop. All events are free and open to the public. “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.
- Swing Jazz film & discussion, Tuesday, August 13, 6 p.m. at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402.444.4849
- The Acoustic Tradition bluegrass performance, Wednesday, August 14, 6 p.m. at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402.444.5299
- Tin Pan Alley & Broadway film & discussion, Thursday, August 15, 6 p.m. at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402.884.7473
- The History of Rock film & discussion, Tuesday, August 20, 6 p.m. at Carver Bank, 2416 Lake St., 402.933.6624
- Record Club @ SHOP listening party for Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys, Wednesday, August 21, 7 p.m. at Saddle Creek SHOP, 721 N. 14th St., 402.384.8248
- From Mambo to Hip Hop film & discussion, Thursday, August 22, 6 p.m. at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St., 402.731.1137
- Music Publishing & Theater in Omaha scholar presentation & discussion, Thursday, August 22, 6 p.m. at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402.884.7473
- Omaha From Mambo to Hip Hop salsa demo & hip hop performance, Friday, August 23, 6 p.m. at Love’s Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St., 402.502.5291
- SONGS @ SHOP songs of the 60s performed by local artists, Saturday, August 24, 3:30 p.m. at Saddle Creek SHOP, 721 N. 14th St., 402.384.8248
- Country & Bluegrass film & discussion, Tuesday, August 27, 6 p.m. at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402.444.5299
- Curly Martin Trio jazz & blues performance & lecture, Wednesday, August 28, 6 p.m. at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402.444.4849
- The Blues & Gospel gospel choir performance followed by film & discussion, Thursday, August 29, 5:30 p.m. at Love’s Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St., 402.502.5291
“We are thrilled to participate in this exciting program that will help introduce different types of music, show how modern music has been influenced by older styles, and bridge gaps among generations,” said Gary Wasdin, OPL executive director.
“America’s Music,” designed for a general audience, will introduce genres of twentieth-century American popular music that are deeply connected to the history, culture, and geography of the United States. Older and younger Americans alike will have the chance to recognize how the cultural landscape has been influenced by the development of the popular musical forms discussed in this series.
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