The Alachua County Library District is pleased to present its first Spring Music Series. Performances this spring will feature the guitar and include a variety of music genres performed by nationally renowned and local artists. Popular music of the 50s and 60s, classical music, folk, jazz and blues will all be represented. Performances will be held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Headquarters Branch.
Marc Black “BoppaChua! A History of the 50’s and 60’s Through Popular Music
New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Marc Black, will be your guide through an afternoon of song, storytelling and laughter through these two historically defining decades. You’ll celebrate wonderful songs as diverse as Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka -Dot Bikini and Blowin’ in the Wind, as well as tunes by artists ranging from Dean Martin to George Harrison. In addition to the music and conversation, this popular program features a slide show that’s sure to slide you right back in time. Marc will also perform his own group’s top forty hit from 1967 when he toured with The Doors, Neil Diamond, The Dave Clark Five and Van Morrison… ‘Happy’ by the ‘Blades of Grass’.
Marc Black will perform Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Headquarters Branch.
Peter Fletcher- Classical Guitarist
Peter Fletcher is a classical guitarist based in Detroit and New York City. He performs over 100 concerts a year and has a repertoire that covers music from the Renaissance Period through the 20th Century. He offers an audience friendly, solo recital. His current touring program, Music of Four Centuries, includes musical pieces by Vivaldi, Bach, Paganini, William Walton, Fedrico Mompou, Francisco Tarrega, and Isaac Albeniz. Among the musical numbers he will perform are Vivaldi's Concerto in D Major, Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, and the concert will culminate with Albeniz's Rumores de la Caleta, one of the most exicting Spanish works in the classical guitar repertoire. Fletcher has performed a number of times at New York City’s Carnegie Hall to full houses and excellent reviews. His current CD is Music of Edvard Grieg.
Peter Fletcher will perform on Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Headquarters Branch.
Donald Blitch aka Mr. Aullie - Blues and Such
Donald Blitch aka 'Mr. Aullie' was born and raised in Gainesville. Since the mid-seventies Mr. Aullie has been writing songs about his experiences and memories growing up in Florida. "Blues music has always connected and influenced the heart of my musical palate, and is now a part of me."
Mr. Aullie has performed at the Florida Folk Festival, Gamble Rogers Festival and many other Florida music and culture venues. He is a regular at Satchel's and other Gainesville venues.
Mr. Aullie was a winner of the Gamble Rogers tribute song contest in 2013, and the 2017 Our Santa Fe River Song contest. He was also the winner of the 2017 North Central Florida Blues Society’s Regional Blues Challenge Solo Artist and performed at the Orpheum Juke in Memphis, Tennessee for the 2018 International Blues Challenge.
Mr. Aullie will perform on Sunday, April 14 at 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Headquarters Branch.
Richy Stano - Jazz Guitarist
Richy Stano is currently the guitar professor at Sante Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. He is formerly a guitar instructor at The Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) and curriculum coordinator for the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, and a clinician for The National Guitar Workshop. Richy also performs regularly as a solo artist and touring guitarist in venues close to home and across the country. His contemporary jazz band Mindwalk has released two CD's that have been critically acclaimed. Currently, he is finishing up recording new music using Omar Hakim (Miles Davis/Weather Report/Sting/Daft Punk), Richard Hilton (MD for NileRodgers/Chic/David Bowie) Chieli Minucci, Jerry Brooks, Mark Pinske (Frank Zappa) and Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean). As noted by reviewers: "Mindwalk makes music for the body and the mind."
Richy Stano will perform on Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Headquarters Branch.
All performances are free and open to the public and made possible by the sponsorship of Dawn Realty and SunState Federal Credit Union.