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Bedford Branch Library (734) 847-6747
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Bedford Branch Library
8575 Jackman Rd. Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: (734) 847-6747
Fax: (734) 847-6591
Mon - Thu: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Blue Bush Branch Library
2210 Blue Bush Road Monroe, MI 48162-9643 Phone: (734) 242-4085
Fax: (734) 242-4085
Mon - Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Carleton Branch Library
1444 Kent Street Carleton, MI 48117-0267 Phone: (734) 654-2180
Fax: (734) 654-8767
Mon: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
18 East First Street Monroe, MI 48161-2227 Phone: (734) 241-7878
Fax: (734) 241-7879
Mon - Tue: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00 am-4:00 pm
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Dundee Branch Library
144 East Main Street Dundee, MI 48131-1202 Phone: (734) 529-3310
Fax: (734) 529-7415
Mon - Thu: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Ellis Library & Reference Center
3700 South Custer Rd. Monroe 48161-9716 Phone: (734) 241-5277
Toll Free: (800) 462-2050
Fax: (734) 242-9037
Mon - Thu: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Erie Branch Library
2065 Erie Rd. Erie, MI 48133-9757 Phone: (734) 848-4420
Fax: (734) 317-1420
Mon: 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu - Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
2881 Nadeau Road Monroe, MI 48162-9355 Phone: (734) 289-1035
Fax: (734) 289-3867
Mon - Tue: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Ida Branch Library
3016 Lewis Ave. Ida, MI 48140-0056 Phone: (734) 269-2191
Fax: (734) 269-3315
Mon: 12:00 pm-7:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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L.S. Navarre Branch Library
1135 East Second Street Monroe, MI 48161-1920 Phone: (734) 241-5577
Fax: (734) 241-5577
Mon - Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
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Maybee Branch Library
9060 Raisin St. Maybee, MI 48159-0165 Phone: (734) 587-3680
Fax: (734) 587-3680
Mon: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thu: 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Newport Branch Library
8120 N. Dixie Hwy. Newport, MI 48166-9703 Phone: (734) 586-2117
Fax: (734) 586-1116
Mon - Tue: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Rasey Memorial Branch Library
4349 Oak, Box 416 Luna Pier, MI 48157-4572 Phone: (734) 848-4572
Fax: (734) 317-1572
Mon: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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Robert A. Vivian Branch Library
2664 Vivian Road Monroe, MI 48162-9212 Phone: (734)241-1430
Fax: (734)241-1430
Mon: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-7:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Fri: 11:00 am-4:00 pm
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Senior Outreach
South Rockwood Branch Library
5676 Carleton Rockwood Road S. Rockwood, MI 48179 Phone: (734) 379-3333
Fax: (734) 749-7485
Mon: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue - Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
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Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
60 East Center St. Petersburg, MI 49270 Phone: (734) 279-1025
Fax: (734) 279-2328
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Blues Musicians
 
The Monroe County Library System’s award-winning history lesson with a backbeat.
 

With awards from the Public and Michigan Library Associations, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and The Blues Foundation’s 2009 Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Education (the blues world’s most prestigious honor available to non-musicians), the series is now the state’s longest running annual blues celebration. 

Black History Month Blues Series Alumni 1988 - 2019

Blues 2020 - Monroe County’s 33rd Annual Black History Month Blues Series

From Chicago to the Mississippi Delta, to Philly to the Motor City, the 2020 Blues Series is another whirlwind tour of the best of American music.  Five free weeknight library concerts starring living legends like Lil’ Ed Williams and the next generation of blues and roots music artists like AJ Ghent and Andrew Alli all lead up to The Big Gig! on Saturday, February 29.  That climactic show stars returning Blues Series champions Thornetta Davis, Toronzo Cannon, and Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr. 
 
All concerts are free and open to the public and begin at 7:00 pm.
 
No advance tickets are required and seating is first-come, first-served until capacity is reached.
 
Monroe County’s 33rd Annual Black History Month Blues Series is presented by the Monroe County Library System, Monroe County Community College, and the 2020 Blues Coalition of community partners: DTE Foundation, Friends of Bedford, Friends of Carleton, Friends of Dorsch, Friends of Ellis, Friends of Ida, and Lettie Kempf. This project is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
 

 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials

Ellis Library & Reference Center - 7:00 pm - 3700 S. Custer Rd. Monroe, Michigan

Chicago blues royalty Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials launch the 2020 Blues Series with their first Blues Series appearance since a raucous 2004 headlining set at the River Raisin Centre for the Arts.  The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work, deep blues string bending, and his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets.  The band’s infectious energy, joyful showmanship, and masterful playing have been honed to a razor’s edge by 30+ years  of playing together.  The multiple Living Blues Best Live Performers Award winners are out on the road promoting their new release, The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials.  


 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

AJ Ghent

Dorsch Memorial Branch Library - 7:00 pm - 18 E. First Street, Monroe, Michigan

AJ Ghent [j-ent] and his Singing Guitar construct a musical soundscape that can be heard howling from the church to the streets to the clubs, fusing blues, funk, rock, and pop into a genre Ghent likes to call NEO BLUES. Ghent takes the Sacred Steel tradition created by his great uncle Willie Eason and brings it to a broader audience with passion, positive energy, and a unique style--Ghent plays his custom built lap steel guitars standing upright, using his over handed technique to pick, slide, and strum all over the strings. In his young career, this rising star has already worked with the likes of his mentor Colonel Bruce Hampton, Zac Brown, Dave Grohl, Robert Cray, and The Allman Brothers Band.


 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Adam Weiner

Carleton Branch Library - 7:00 pm - 1444 Kent Street, Carleton, Michigan

As the piano-pounding frontman and songwriter of Low Cut Connie, Adam Weiner is known for delivering high energy, raucous performances and leaving audiences enthralled.  With a new series of acoustic solo shows, Weiner demonstrates his dynamic ability to captivate in a more intimate setting, alternating between songs on the piano and acoustic guitar. “I’m always trying to get closer to the crowd. I really wanna get eyeball-to-eyeball with everyone and make something very real happen. I want people to reach out and touch the piano,” said Weiner. 
Weiner's songs have been praised by many media outlets, including Rolling Stone and NPR, as well as Sir Elton John, who recently declared his love for Low Cut Connie on stage at a sold out show in Philadelphia.


 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Piedmont Bluz

Ida Branch Library - 7:00 pm - 3016 Lewis Avenue, Ida, Michigan

The Piedmont Bluz acoustic duo are ambassadors of country blues and the Piedmont style of fingerpicking. Husband and wife Ben and Valerie Turner feel that "there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said," so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song. Inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame in 2018, the duo has performed at the Newport Folk Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Tel Aviv Blues Festival, Clearwater Revival, and Brooklyn Folk Festival, to name but a few.


 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Samuel James & Andrew Alli

Bedford Branch Library - 7:00 pm - 8575 Jackman Road, Temperance, MI

Monroe County's 33rd Annual Black History Month Blues Series continues with the Blues Series return of Samuel James, one of the world's most innovative guitarists, and the Blues Series debut of Andrew Alli, one of the world's most highly acclaimed young harmonicists. This rare team-up of these true virtuosos will feature solo and duo performances, both rehearsed and off-the-cuff, so expect the unexpected.

With a voice of grit and gravel, Samuel James sings with an authenticity lost in time. A modern guitar master, James's skill has a depth and range that seems impossible for a man with only two hands. An award-winning songwriter and a Moth-featured storyteller, James brings all of these talents to his live performances, which are part theater concert, part stomping-on-the-floor dance party, and part stand-up comedy set. His songwriting has been compared to Leonard Cohen's and his guitar virtuosity to that of Jimi Hendrix.

Andrew Alli is a Richmond, Virginia, native who took up music relatively late in life, at age 20. After being inspired by a busker playing harmonica on the street, he hit his local music store and purchased his first harmonica. He committed to learning the history of the instrument and quickly fell in love with the blues and began studying the life and work of greats like Big Walter Horton, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Junior Wells, and more. He's developed his own unique style, while still paying respects to these influences from the past.

 

 

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Thornetta Davis, Toronzo Cannon and Rev. Robert B. Jones

Meyer Theater - Monroe County Community College - 7:00 pm sharp

1555 S. Raisinville Rd.  Monroe, MI  48161

Thornetta Davis, Detroit's reigning Queen of the Blues, and Toronzo Cannon, one of the most electrifying bluesmen to emerge from Chicago in decades, team up to headline The Big Gig!--Monroe County's 33rd Annual Black History Month Blues Concert--on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Davis and Cannon will be joined by Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr. who began the Blues Series with a 1988 solo performance and has returned to Monroe each February since.

Davis is a powerhouse vocalist and songwriter whose storied 30+ year career has earned her over 30 Detroit Music Awards, several Blues Music Award nominations, and international touring and numerous national television appearances. Cannon is a blistering guitarist, soulful vocalist, singular songwriter and city bus driver (true!) who fuses his muscular, rock-inspired blues guitar playing with his original, keenly detailed slice-of-life songs. Rev. Jones is a native Detroiter, accomplished multi-instrumentalist, and inspirational storyteller who celebrates the history, humor, and power of American Roots music.

 

The Big Gig! is an extremely popular event. No advance tickets are required and seating is general admission, first-come, first-served until Meyer Theater capacity is reached.  Doors to the theater will open at 6:00 pm and the show begins at 7:00 pm sharp.

 

 

Thanks to Our Sponsors
 
Monroe County’s 33rd Annual Black History Month Blues Series is presented by the Monroe County Library System, Monroe County Community College, and the 2020 Blues Coalition of community partners: DTE Foundation, Friends of Bedford, Friends of Carleton, Friends of Dorsch, Friends of Ellis, Friends of Ida, and Lettie Kempf.
 

This project is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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Past Blues Series Events

Enjoy video from the 2019 Big Gig! 

 

More Video of The Big Gig! from Years Past