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Library speaker to take audience back in time

By Staff | Apr 2, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Marc Black will present “History of the 1950s and 60s Through Popular Music” on April 3 at 3 p.m. at the Captiva Memorial Library.

An engaging humorous program at the Captiva Memorial Library will merge history and music.

Musician Marc Black, an inductee into the New York chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame, will present “A History of the ’50s and ’60s through Popular Music” on April 3 at 3 p.m. In a thought-provoking program, attendees will relive a colorful time in history through a slideshow and wide range of songs.

“The program’s been well received at libraries, art centers and small theaters across the country,” Branch Manager Colleen Barany said, adding that the audience may find itself singing along.

She noted that it will be Black’s first appearance at the island library.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

“They can register right up until the program,” Barany said.

According to his website, Black uses popular songs like “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” in the presentation, along with rock tunes like “Blue Suede Shoes” and folk songs like Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” There is also a performance of his own group’s 1967 hit, “Happy by the Blades of Grass.”

“It’s not just a music program,” she said, explaining that he interprets the history of the time through the song picks. “Music mixed in with a little history – so it’s informative and it’s entertaining.”

The slideshow provides visuals to go along with the presentation.

“It brings you back in time,” Barany said.

She noted that the program fits with the upcoming 50th anniversary of Woodstock.

“I think people in my age group, Baby Boomers, are getting a little nostalgic,” Barany said.

“And history is important to the people on Captiva and, I think, even to the people who visit Captiva,” she added. “So I think anything historical speaking is something that they will be interested in.”

According to his website, Black is an eclectic folk-rocker who deals with life, and all its social and political challenges, one song at a time. He has performed and recorded with luminaries including Art Garfunkel, Rick Danko, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal and Pete Seeger. He was chosen by Levon Helm to play as one of the Midnight Rambles, and Black was named Folk Artist of the Year on ABC Radio.

A finalist for the prestigious Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition, his fingerstyle blues is reminiscent of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins. He has recorded over a dozen CDs, with the CD “Pictures of the Highway” reaching No. 6 on the Folk DJ Chart. While in high school, his band reached the top 40 and performed alongside acts like the Doors, Van Morrison and Neil Diamond.

The program is being sponsored by the Captiva Memorial Library Board.

To register in advance, contact the library at 239-533-4890.

Barany noted that a second adult program planned for April has been canceled.

David Gaggin, a NASA engineer and the host of “The Common Sense Spirituality Show” on iHeart Radio, was scheduled to discuss his book – “The Endless Journey: A Unique Perspective on Mankind’s Origin, Purpose and Ultimate Destiny” – on April 10. He has had to cancel the program.

In addition, the library is offering the following free programs for youth throughout April:

– April 3-6: Beautiful Spring

Check out our picture book display about spring and make paper straw tulips to take home.

– April 9-27: Celebrate April Holidays

Celebrate Passover or Easter. Each holiday will have its own book display. Make a cute paper bunny to take home.

– April 30: Merry Month of May

Celebrate May Day with books and use recycled items to plant flower seeds in to get your garden started.

For more information, call 239-533-4890 or visit www.leegov.com/library/branches/cv.

The Captiva Memorial Library is at 11560 Chapin Lane.