Bristol, TN/VA -- The Bristol Public Library (BPL) is hosting a new six week program series entitled “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.” The series features documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music. The series allows audiences to focus on uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo and hip hop. The first session—Blues and Gospel—will take place July 13 at 11:00 a.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Library. Sessions will continue on each Saturday through August 10, 2013.
The BPL is one of fifty sites nationwide selected to host this program series and has partnered with Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music and Virginia Intermont College to build on the rich music scene in historic downtown Bristol and our region.
All sessions will be at 11:00 a.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library. Some genres will have guest speakers at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting rooms and will be announced as they are scheduled.
Saturday, July 13: Blues/Gospel
Martin Scorcese Presents The Blues Episode 1: Feel Like Going Home
Say Amen, Somebody
Saturday, July 20: Rock
The History of Rock n' Roll: Episode 6, Plugging In
Saturday, July 27: Jazz
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
Ken Burns' Jazz Episode 6: Swing, The Velocity of Celebration
Saturday, August 3: Broadway & Tin Pan Alley
Broadway: The American Musical Episode 2: Syncopated City
Saturday, August 10: Country & Bluegrass
High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music
Saturday, August 17: Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip-Hop
Latin Music USA Episode 1: Bridges
From Mambo to Hip-Hop A South Bronx Tale
America’s Music is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society of American Music. America’s Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring Human Endeavor to these organizations.