10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15
Boca Raton 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
11/29/22 7 pm
Boca Raton 11/30/22 7 pm
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This class is also archived
for home viewing; call 561-297-3185 or email email@example.com
The New 21st Century Music
Recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: 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.
1. Keepers Of The Flame: Neil Young, Dave Grohl
2. The Beauty of Harmony: Celtic Women, The Pentatonics
3. Young Guys With Old Songs: Michael Buble, John Legend
4. The Modern Guitarist: John Pizzarelli, Tommy Immanuel
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: 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."
Biographical Information: Rod MacDonald began his career as a singer/songwriter in Greenwich Village in New York City in 1973. He has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and 12 solo CDs, including the 2020 release "Boulevard". He performs at festivals and in clubs and concerts locally and throughout North America and Europe, and was named Best Local Acoustic Performer in Broward and Palm Beach counties by New Times, and one of the Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach Post. An instructor with LLS since 2006, his previous series include Folksinging in Modern Times, The Great American Songbook, The Roots of Rock & Roll, and Mastery Of The Art.
Eric Clapton and Van Morrison emerged from the 1960s British Invasion to become two of the most significant artists of modern times. Ranked the #2 guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone, Clapton’s hit songs with The Yardbirds, Cream, and Blind Faith were soon joined by “Layla,” “Tears In Heaven” and “Wonderful Tonight” as a solo, while Van Morrison brought his blues-jazz groove to the classics “Gloria,” “Moondance,” “Brown-Eyed Girl” and “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” as one of most unique vocalists of our time.
Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel tour through the lives and timeless music of these unique artists, as told in their songs.
--Rod MacDonald became one of Greenwich Village’s top singer-songwriters during the 1980s and today performs throughout North America and Europe. In South Florida, he has been named “Best Local Acoustic Artist” by New Times and one of the “Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County” by The Palm Beach Post, who named his 2014 CD, Later That Night, “Best Local CD of 2014.” He has been a Music Americana instructor at FAU since 2006.
--Bill Meredith, drums, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He has toured throughout the US and Canada, and appears on more than a dozen CDs.
--Brad Keller, keyboards, has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and with Maynard Ferguson and the Ink Spots, is the jazz piano instructor at Palm Beach State College and has taught music in Palm Beach County public schools for twenty years. He is also the co-author of the “Jazz Cats” books used internationally to introduce young students to jazz.
--Doug Lindsey, bass and vocals, has been playing in south Florida bands for 30 years.
--John Smotherman, lead guitar, plays with Big Brass Bed, Illumination and several Palm Beach County bands. His exquisite solos led the Palm Beach Post to label him one of the “Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County.”