Music

Red, White, and Blue Music

On July 4th, burgers sizzle on the grill, and cold drinks are passed around. Happy dogs play with frisbees, and sunburned kids finally climb out of the pool. In the growing darkness, fireworks begin to crackle and zoom overhead. At last a special song starts playing, and everyone gets quiet as they remember the reason for the celebration.

Generation Dream 2014 Concert

Generation Dream 2014 Concert

The Generation Dream 2014 Concert has been a much-anticipated annual event for the last eight years in Richmond, and now CRRL is pleased to bring this concert to Fredericksburg for the first time ever! The Generation Dream concerts honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They include live performances that range from a rock band to a classical trio, rap musicians, modern dance, traditional African dance and even to spoken word artists. You can learn more by visiting them on Facebook.

The Fredericksburg concert will be held on Sunday, February 16, from 3:00-4:30 at the Headquarters Library Theater on 1201 Caroline Street. It is sponsored by the Richmond Youth Peace Project, a program of the Richmond Peace Education Center. To sign up, please call 540-372-1144. 

An Intro to "Geek Music:" Chiptune, Nerdcore, Filk, and Video Game Soundtracks

An Intro to "Geek Music": Chiptune, Nerdcore, Filk, and Video Game Soundtracks

It is such a fantastic time to be a geek. When you think about it, a not insignificant portion of our popular culture has come to embrace geekdom in many forms. And while some in my tribe decry this as the homogenization and dilution of what they snobbishly declare “true” geekdom, I, as a pudgy, pale, balding, aging, once bully-bait bull geek, am quite pleased with how things have turned out.

CRRL Presents: Ann Rabson, Renowned Blues Musician

Making wonderful music has always been part of Ann Rabson’s life.  Now in her fourth decade as a songwriter, recording artist, and performer, she is visited by Debby Klein and shares her thoughts and her music on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.

CRRL Presents: Anthony Campbell, Superstar

Anthony Campbell

This interview airs beginning August 29.
Anthony Campbell, with his lovely voice and personality continues to delight audiences wherever and whenever he performs. In this CRRL Presents interview, we learned about his music, his Today show win, and his plans and dreams for a future which he now enjoys.

CRRL Presents: Gaye Adegbalola, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, and Educator

Gaye Adegbalola

This interview airs beginning July 11.
Educator, musician, and former member of the award-winning blues group “Saffire—the Uppity Blues Women,” Gaye Adegbalola shares her past as a civil rights activist and a deep lover of music with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.

CRRL Presents: Bob Gramann Sings Songs, Writes Music, and Builds Guitars

This interview airs beginning May 9.
Bob Gramann has many interests, but music, both writing and performing, is certainly at the forefront. Share his love for music and learn about the art of guitar building when he meets with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents.

CRRL Presents: Toni Crowder and Tessitura the Opera Clown

CRRL Presents: Toni Crowder and Tessitura the Opera Clown

This interview airs beginning November 9.
With a dazzling voice, a horse named Wagner, and some clever props, Toni Crowder as Tessitura, the Opera Clown, is introducing young audiences to the world of opera. She gives us a taste of her performance in an interview with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.  

Your Music in the Cloud

Music in the Cloud

The safety of my collection has been one of my largest concerns as music has made the digital transition.  With CDs and vinyl, you may damage or lose one or more albums and unless your entire collection is stolen, it's unlikely that you'll lose access to all of it at once.  Digital music is a different matter, however.  Unless you've backed up all of your songs to a secondary storage device, one bad electrical storm could separate you from your tunes forever (and remember, backing up means having two copies of each file, not just storing your music on a single portable hard drive by itself).  With the push toward cloud (or distributed) computing and storage, new services are cropping up to help us not only back up our music offsite, but which allow us to take our music with us wherever we go.  

One service that I've been using for years is mp3tunes.com, to which I pay a monthly subscription fee and in turn receive space online to backup all my music to and the ability to stream it to any computer.  New contenders include Google Music (currently in beta testing), iCloud from Apple (coming this fall with their iOS 5 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch), and Amazon Cloud Drive, which is available now.

CRRL Presents: Dr. Rachel Louise Clay, Author - Remembering Rhythm and Blues

CRRL Presents: Dr. Rachel Louise Clay, Author - Remembering Rhythm and Blues

This interview airs beginning April 13.
Dr. Rachel Clay’s biography, The Orioles; Second String Albert “Diz” Russell, documents the history of the legendary vocal group, the Orioles, and reflects on the great influence of its members and rhythm and blues in the history of American music. Debby Klein joins Dr. Clay in her home on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production.