The longest-running blues celebration in Michigan returns for another year of performances and historical perspective. The 33rd Black History Month Blues Series with a series of free concerts around the city.
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 who will perform February 4 at Ellis Library & Reference Center, 3700 S. Custer Rd. Monroe, Michigan; the next generation of blues and roots music artists like AJ Ghent at Dorsch Memorial Branch Library, 18 E. First Street, Monroe, Michigan, An Evening with Piedmont Bluz at Ida Branch Library, 3016 Lewis Avenue, Ida, Michigan, and 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 7pm. No advance tickets are required and seating is first-come, first-served until capacity is reached.
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.