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Winter Lecture Series: History of the Blues
February 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
The White Lake Music Society’s Winter Lecture Series features engaging and stimulating presentations! The last Tuesday of the month, from January through March, a wide variety of expertise and talent will be showcased.
February 27, in honor of Black History Month, Lazaro Vega will speak on “The History of the Blues” at 7:00pm at the Book Nook & Java Shop! Join him on a fantastic journey through the middle of the 19th century following the roots and creation of this art form. Discuss and enjoy some of the amazing musicians of the early 20th century and see how their fiery personalities shaped the blues. Finally, you will discuss and get a feel for how the Blues are performed in modern times and talk about the great things people are doing all over the world to keep this uniquely American music flourishing.
Lazaro Vega is the jazz director at Blue Lake Public Radio where he has programmed and hosted 30 hours of jazz radio per week since 1983. Since 1986, Vega has contributed articles, reviews, and features on jazz to The Grand Rapids Press, including interviews with Dizzy Gillespie, Jackie McLean, Ornette Coleman, Dave Brubeck, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams, Mel Tormé, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, and producer Chuck Nessa, among others. Recently, the University of Sheffield, England, published his jazz writing on their web page, as have All About Jazz, The Jazz Institute of Chicago, The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, and WNUR radio. Currently involved in writing his first book, a collaboration with Korean musician Jin Hi Kim, Vega also volunteers as board member/music committee co-chairman at The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, MI.
Suggested donation is $6 at the door. For more information, please visit www.musicwhitelake.org.