After a century of popular music dominated by jazz and rock and roll, twenty-first-century music offers everything from the tradition-based Celtic Women to the experimental Pentatonics, from the chart-topping traditional pop and R & B of Michael Buble and John Legend to the eye-popping virtuosity of Tommy Immanuel and John Pizzarelli. And all the while, Neil Young and Nirvana’s Dave Grohl keep the rock and roll dream alive. This series examines the work, biographies, and enduring importance of these musical artists and attempts to sort myth from reality, using videos and film excerpts, live performances, and a few surprises.
Keepers of the Flame: Neil Young, Dave Grohl
The Beauty of Harmony: Celtic Women, The Pentatonics
Young Guys With Old Songs: Michael Buble, John Legend
The Modern Guitarist: John Pizzarelli, Tommy Immanuel
Time:3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Date:Wednesdays, October 26; November 2, 9, 16
Location:Friedberg Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Building
Fees:Member - $60
Non-member - $80 One-time guest pass, Member or Non-member at the door - $35.
About the Instructor
Rod MacDonald has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and 13 solo albums, including his 2020 cd Boulevard, which made the top ten on national folk music charts. He performs in festivals, concerts, and clubs and throughout North America, Europe, solo and with the bands Big Brass Bed and Rod MacDonald & The Humdingers. He was named Best Local Acoustic Performer by New Times and one of the "10 Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County" by The Palm Beach Post. Previous Music Americana courses include "The Birth of Rock & Roll," "The Great American Songbook," and "Mastery of the Art."