Ellsworth – “A History of the 50’s and 60’s Through the Lens of Popular Song” with Marc Black

Date: Thu. 12 Jul, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour

Ellsworth – “A History of the 50’s and 60’s Through the Lens of Popular Song” with Marc Black

Thursday July 12, at 6:00 p.m. at Ellsworth Public Library

The Ellsworth Public Library will host musician Marc Black for an interactive musical presentation, “A History of the 50s and 60s Through the Lens of Popular Song”, on Thursday July 12th at 6pm.

Black, a recent inductee into the New York Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame, has created an engaging and humorous program, and an opportunity for the audience to relive this colorful time in our history.  In the presentation, Black uses a wide range of popular songs including surprising favorites like “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”, great rock tunes like “Blue Suede Shoes”, and moving folk songs like Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”.  The show also features a performance of his own group’s hit from 1967, “Happy” by the Blades of Grass.

This thought provoking, multi-media show aims to get everyone singing and feeling good about where we are and where we’ve been.

Black plays a finger style blues guitar in the traditions of Mississippi Hurt and the great Tim Hardin.  A proud road warrior, he was inducted into the New York Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame in June of 2014.  As WFUV DJ John Platt wrote about Marc’s song “Sing for the Silenced”, “this is a song we need to hear even more than ever now.”

Black has performed and recorded with Art Garfunkel, Taj Mahal, Richie Havens, Rick Danko and Pete Seeger.  He was recently named Folk Artist of the Year on ABC Radio, and was a winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival. His album Pictures of the Highway has reached #6 on the Folk DJ Chart, and his YouTube videos have been viewed more than 100,000 times.  He has been involved with several campaigns for social and environmental justice, including his multimedia campaign Sing for the Silenced and his current call for political engagement We Will Sing and Beat the Drum.

In the words of folk legend Happy Traum, “Marc is a master at spreading the joy of music.”

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 667-6363.

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