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Music and About Music at Westfield Memorial

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Music and programs about music continue to abound at the Westfield Memorial Library throughout the summer. On Wednesday, July 6, at 7 p.m., there will be program on the music of the 50’s and 60’s, and on Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m. the Lincoln Center Local Free Screening Series continues.

Marc Black will help audience members relive the colorful, musical eras of the 50s and 60s through his humorous and engaging program. He will use a wide range of popular songs including surprising favorites like, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” great rock tunes like “Blue Suede Shoes” and moving folk songs like Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

Through slide show and knowledge, he'll take the audience back to these favorite times. Black is an eclectic folk-rocker who deals with life, and all its social and political challenges…one song at a time. Noted for his “timeless songs, deep grooves and excellent playing,” Marc was inducted into the New York Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame in June of 2014.

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He spends most of his time on the road— playing festivals, clubs, arts centers, libraries and house concerts. He was a finalist in the prestigious Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition.

As a partner in the “Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings Series,” the Westfield Memorial Library continues with the next Broadway-inspired performance, Patina Miller in Concert.

A Tony Award winner, Miller will lend her powerful vocals, alluring stage presence, and infectious energy to her previously recorded New York solo concert debut in an evening of the music she loves.

The Free Screening Series is generously funded through support from the Oak Foundation, Altman Foundation and Booth Ferris Foundation.

Library Director Phil Israel said, “We are happy to continue bringing world-class performances to the Library, as our initial performances were so well attended. Our goal is to continue to enrich the lives of our patrons with high-quality arts programming in their own backyard.”

The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

The program and screening are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 43 libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Visit www.wmlnj.org and click on the “About Us” tab 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 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and closed on Sunday for the summer.

For more information about library programs and services, 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.”

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