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Wake County’s North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh, is one of only 100 locations in the country to host the popular “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” film and music series. Each week from September through early October, North Regional Library will highlight one musical genre and feature a performance, film and discussion led by Jonathan Kramer, a professor and cellist at North Carolina State University. Each program is free, but registration is required. To register, call 919-870-4000.


Blues and Gospel

Sunday, September 1, 2 p.m. – New Beginnings Gospel Choir performance

Thursday, September 5, 7 p.m. – The Blues: Episode 1: Feel Like Going Home and Say Amen Somebody

Broadway and Tin Pan Alley

Sunday, September 8, 2 p.m. – The Broadway Dames performance

Thursday, September 12, 7 p.m. – The American Musical, Episode 2: Syncopated City

Swing Jazz

Sunday, September 15, 2 p.m. – Route 55 Orchestra performance

Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m. – Ken Burns’ Jazz Episode 6, Swing: The Velocity of Celebration

Country and Bluegrass

Sunday, September 22, 2 p.m. – Tommy Goldsmith performance

Thursday, September 26, 7 p.m. – High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music


Sunday, September 29, 2 p.m. – The Stray Dogs performance

Thursday, October 3, 7 p.m. – The History of Rock n Roll Episode 6: Plugging In

Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop

Sunday, October 6, 2 p.m. – Stage Door Productions Latin dance class

Thursday, October 10,         7 p.m. – Latin Music USA Episode 1: Bridges

“America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy 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 the Human Endeavor.

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