On Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present Marc Berger, who sings the music of the Great American Frontier. The Library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Marc's life has been about pursuing twin passions: creating and recording his American roots songs, and exploring remote areas of the desert and mountain West. After signing his first publishing contract while in law school, he fronted rock bands and performed regularly in New York City clubs like CBGB, Wetlands, and the Knitting Factory. 

All through this period, he'd find ways to get into the West. On one of these trips, he became intrigued by the cover of The Big It, a book of short stories by A. B. Guthrie . It got him thinking about using his travels to create a set of songs in the cultural tradition of writers like Guthrie and visual artists like John Ford and Frederick Remington.

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Marc and co-producer Mike Ricciardi now present “Ride,” ten cinematic recordings reflecting his connection to the American West and exploring the value of its myths to contemporary culture.

Marc has performed at Austin's South by Southwest Music Festival and the Kerrville Folk Festival and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts. His song, “The Last One” was a staple of Richie Havens' concerts for years, and has been quoted in The New York Times and featured on the CBS Evening News.

The program is free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908-789-4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The library will be closed Friday, March 25 for Good Friday and Sunday, March 27 for Easter.

For more information call 908-789-4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”