Slideshow: Film History of America’s Music Comes to Olympia

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is preparing to host yet another amazing program, “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.”

The film series explores music genres unique to America as well as the history and influence of each style. Musical genres that will be discussed include blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop.

“America’s Music” was created by Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is able to bring the series to Olympia through a partnership with The Evergreen State College and Timberland Regional Library. The three local organizations were awarded a $2,500 grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor to bring this series to our community.

Jill Barnes, Executive Director at The Center, explains what this series has to offer the South Sound community: “We are thrilled to participate in this exciting program that will help introduce different types of music, show how modern music has been influenced by older styles and bridge gaps among generations”

The series consists of six weeks of documentary film screenings that will each be followed by a discussion led by Andrew Buchman, Professor of Expressive Arts at The Evergreen State College.  The screenings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on each Friday, April 4 through May 2, and on Saturday, on April 26 during Olympia’s Arts Walk.

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