Thursday, March 1, 2012

First Stop Friday, Blowout, and a Video that is Absolutely Worth Your Time

Tomorrow, before you head to Hamtown to get Blown Out, please stop by the library for a free show with experimental rockers, Elemental and Bastion. Music starts at 7 PM.

Check out Elemental here:

Check out Bastion here:

Now for Blowout. I'm excited again, folks. The dozen hugs I got last night alone re-infused me with a passion I've honestly been missing for the last few months. So, I've got my crinkled up schedule ready to go for tonight's madness. Here's some folks I'm checking out.

Swimsuit -
Timothy Monger State Park -
Monsieur Guillaume & His Zydeco Hepcats -
Charlie Slick and Thunda Clap -
Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor -
House Phone -
Songs from the Moon -
Electric Firebabies -
Johnny Headband -
Misty Lyn and the Big Beautiful -
Greg D. McIntosh -

A quick thank you for the stacks and stacks of local music CDs I have received since I put the call out for donations. Keep them coming folks, and keep an eye out on the new shelf for a never ending flow of local music to sample.

Now I'd like to share something really special with you. Matt Jones, who I think is one of the best songwriters living, hands down, has put out a beautiful live concert video. Directed by Scott Allen, Lesser Birds, shot at Backstage Productions looks amazing and sounds even better. With Colette Alexander and Misty Lyn Bergeron, Matt brings out the best in his haunting, gorgeous songs. Watch this video, please. And then, as if you could help it, go buy his new album, Half Poison, Half Pure

Lesser Birds:
Half Poison, Half Pure:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

We want your music!!!

Once again, as in the olden days of 2008/9, I am asking for the music community's help. I've put the word out about the library's local music collection and I'm hoping this will result in an uptick in our donations of local music CDs. It's no secret that I've been busy, and I've had less time to go out and collect music for the library, so I'm reaching out to musicians, fans, labels to send some local music lovin' our way. Donations will have to be in CD format to be included in the collection, and should include: cover art and track listing. Receipts will be given at donor's request. You can either send your donation to: Ferndale Public Library, ATTN: Kelly Bennett, 222 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220 or simply drop them by the front desk. I can't wait to see what we get! Thanks for your help!

Here's a blurb about the collection in the Detroit News and an article in the Oakland Press which includes a bit more about the role local music plays here at FPL.

Speaking of which....Next Friday, February 3rd, avid library lovers, The High Strung will grace our Community  Room once again. Drew Bardo of The Questions will go on at 7, and THS will play at 8. Make it a part of your Blues Fest weekend!