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Bedford Branch Library (734) 847-6747
Blue Bush Branch Library (734) 242-4085
Carleton Branch Library (734) 654-2180
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library (734) 241-7878
Dundee Branch Library (734) 529-3310
Ellis Library & Reference Center (734) 241-5277
Erie Branch Library (734) 848-4420
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library (734) 289-1035
Ida Branch Library (734) 269-2191
L.S. Navarre Branch Library (734) 241-5577
Maybee Branch Library (734) 587-3680
Newport Branch Library (734) 586-2117
Rasey Memorial Branch Library (734) 848-4572
Robert A. Vivian Branch Library (734)241-1430
South Rockwood Branch Library (734) 379-3333
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library (734) 279-1025
Bedford Branch Library
8575 Jackman Rd. Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: (734) 847-6747
Fax: (734) 847-6591
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Blue Bush Branch Library
Blue Bush Branch Library
2210 Blue Bush Road Monroe, MI 48162-9643 Phone: (734) 242-4085
Fax: (734) 242-4085
Mon - Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Carleton Branch Library
Carleton Branch Library
1444 Kent Street Carleton, MI 48117-0267 Phone: (734) 654-2180
Fax: (734) 654-8767
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
18 East First Street Monroe, MI 48161-2227 Phone: (734) 241-7878
Fax: (734) 241-7879
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dundee Branch Library
Dundee Branch Library
144 East Main Street Dundee, MI 48131-1202 Phone: (734) 529-3310
Fax: (734) 529-7415
Mon: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Ellis Library & Reference Center
Ellis Library & Reference Center
3700 South Custer Rd. Monroe 48161-9716 Phone: (734) 241-5277
Toll Free: (800) 462-2050
Fax: (734) 242-9037
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Erie Branch Library
Erie Branch Library
2065 Erie Rd. Erie, MI 48133-9757 Phone: (734) 848-4420
Mon: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
2881 Nadeau Monroe, MI 48162-9355 Phone: (734) 289-1035
Fax: (734) 289-3867
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Ida Branch Library
Ida Branch Library
3016 Lewis Ave. Ida, MI 48140-0056 Phone: (734) 269-2191
Fax: (734) 269-3315
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Wed - Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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L.S. Navarre Branch Library
Navarre Branch Library
1135 East Second Street Monroe, MI 48161-1920 Phone: (734) 241-5577
Fax: (734) 241-5577
Mon: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Maybee Branch Library
Maybee Branch Library
9060 Raisin St. Maybee, MI 48159-0165 Phone: (734) 587-3680
Fax: (734) 587-3680
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
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Newport Branch Library
8120 N. Dixie Hwy. Newport, MI 48166-9703 Phone: (734) 586-2117
Fax: (734) 586-1116
Mon: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Rasey Memorial Branch Library
Rasey Memorial Branch Library
4349 Oak, Box 416 Luna Pier, MI 48157-4572 Phone: (734) 848-4572
Fax: (734) 848-4572
Mon: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
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Robert A. Vivian Branch Library
2664 Vivian Road Monroe, MI 48162-9212 Phone: (734)241-1430
Fax: (734)241-1430
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
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South Rockwood Branch Library
12776 Dixie Hwy. P.O. Box 47 S. Rockwood, MI 48179 Phone: (734) 379-3333
Fax: (734) 379-3333
Mon: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
60 East Center St. Petersburg, MI 49270 Phone: (734) 279-1025
Fax: (734) 279-2328
Mon - Tue: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 3:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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The Monroe County Library System’s award-winning history lesson with a backbeat.

About the Blues Series

Since 1988, when Detroiter Robert Jones brought the blues, “the roots of all American music,” to a corner of our Navarre Branch, the Monroe County Library System’s annual Black History Month Blues Series has thrilled music lovers of all ages with free concerts by local, regional and national blues and roots music artists.  With awards from the Public and Michigan Library Associations, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and the 2009 Blues Foundation Keeping the Blues Alive Award, the series is now the state’s longest running annual blues celebration.  

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Monroe County’s 28th Annual Black History Month Blues Series is presented by the Monroe County Library System and made possible by the 2015 Blues Coalition of community co-sponsors: Monroe County Community College, DTE Energy Foundation, Friends of Bedford, Friends of Carleton, Friends of the Dorsch Memorial Branch Library, Friends of Ellis, Friends of Ida, Detroit Blues Society and the Friends and Family of Kevin Rice.  This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Blues 2015

The triumphant returns of familiar faces like Thornetta Davis and Rev. Robert B. Jones, the Monroe County debuts of rising stars like John Nemeth and Shawn Holt, and appearances by living legends like Billy Branch are all part of Monroe County’s 28th Annual Black History Month Blues Series, primed to offer another February full of free, high-octane blues and roots music concerts for all ages.  

  • The 28th annual Black History Month Blues Series will begin in February 2015. 
  • Dates and perfomers will be posted as the schedule is finalized.

 

February 2015 Blues Series Events


 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

JW-Jones in Concert

Monroe County's 28th Annual Black History Month Blues Series gets a head start on February's month-long schedule of events with a free concert by JW-JONES, Canada's red-hot guitar virtuoso, and his energetic, electric power trio.  Touring behind his acclaimed new release Belmont Boulevard, JW's playing has been called "a fluid amalgam of T-Bone Walker's big, bright chords, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson's slashing leads and Gatemouth Brown's jazzy sting."  

JW and the band will hit Monroe the night after co-hosting the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto, where he's twice-nominated.   

7:30 pm - Ellis Library & Reference Center, 3700 S. Custer Rd.  Monroe, Michigan


 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Thornetta Davis in Concert
The powerhouse Detroit vocalist is well known to audiences, from the Palace of Auburn Hills to concert stages around the world.  Winner of over 25 Detroit Music Awards and 2009 recipient of the Detroit Blues Society’s Living Lifetime Achievement honor, “Detroit’s Funky Rockin’ Blues Diva” and her soulful, melodic and commanding voice have been heard everywhere, from VH-1 to “The View” to the soundtrack of HBO’s The Sopranos

7:30 pm - Ellis Library & Reference Center, 3700 S. Custer Rd.  Monroe, Michigan


 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Shawn Holt and the Teardrops in Concert

Holt, the son of the late blues master Magic Slim, picked up the blues guitar at age 17, when he went on the road with his father and his legendary band, the Teardrops.  Holt’s been watching, learning and playing ever since, and he now fronts “his old man’s band” with the same booming vocals and high-energy, hard-driving sound.  Holt and the Teardrops won the Blues Foundation’s 2014 Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut for their Blind Pig recording Daddy Told Me.

7:00 pm - Dorsch Memorial Branch Library, 18 E. First in Downtown Monroe, Michigan


 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

John Nemeth in Concert

Born in 1976 in Idaho, John Nemeth’s first exposure to music was singing in church.   By his teenage years, he was playing in local bands, and, at 17, a friend introduced him to the blues.  Stints with his own band, The Jacks, and Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets preceded his stellar solo career, now several recordings in, including last year’s acclaimed Memphis Grease.  A vocalist with great range, ability and soulfulness as well as a top-notch blues harmonica player, Nemeth’s been called “the fastest rising star on the national blues scene.”

7:00 pm - Carleton Branch Library, 1444 Kent St.  Carleton, Michigan


 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rev. Robert B. Jones & Matt Watroba — Music That Matters: Where Blues Meets Folk

Ever since their first meeting over twenty years ago, Robert Jones and Matt Watroba have been musical partners. Their relationship started when they hosted back-to-back radio shows on Detroit’s WDET-FM. Later on, they started performing together, and, in doing so, discovered a friendship based on mutual respect and a love for traditional American music. Now Matt and Robert literally travel the nation extolling the virtues of “Music That Matters,” an entertaining and moving journey through the roots and history of American music.

7:00 pm - Ida Branch Library, 3016 Lewis Ave.  Ida, Michigan


 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Roddy Barnes in Concert

Virginia-based pianist Roddy Barnes is an innovative composer whose deeply insightful-to-downright smarty-pants works have been featured on television, stage and record.  A master of diverse piano styles from boogie-woogie to gospel to jazz, Barnes performs solo and with artists familiar to Monroe County audiences like Gaye Adegbalola and Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin.  Barnes returns to the Blues Series for this 2015 Ann Rabson Concert, to honor the late, great artist--and dear friend of both Barnes and the Blues Series.

7:00 pm - Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Rd.  Temperance, Michigan


 

Saturday, February 28, 2015: The Big Gig! starring Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, John Hammond and Rev. Robert B. Jones

Monroe County’s 28th Annual Black History Month Blues Concert brings this year’s Blues Series to a close with another only-in-Monroe Saturday night packed full of blues, roots and soul.  Harmonica wizard and three-time Grammy nominee Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues are primed to bring a big band and an even bigger sound in from Chicago.  Branch, a protégé of Willie Dixon, will pay tribute to the music titan during his show-closing, roof-raising set, marking 25 years since Dixon visited Monroe to deliver “the true facts” to a rapt Lesow Center audience.  Co-headlining The Big Gig! is John Hammond, a Grammy winner whose 50+ years on the road “with a voice like Robert Johnson's and a demeanor that belies his tear-it-up might before an audience…" have earned him enshrinement in the Blues Hall of Fame.  Branch and Hammond will be joined by the concert’s annual host and featured performer, Detroit’s roots music ambassador, Rev. Robert B. Jones, who started the Blues Series in 1988 and has returned each and every year since.

7:00 pm sharp - Meyer Theater at Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Rd.  Monroe, Michigan

The Big Gig! is an extremely popular event—no tickets are required, but seating is general admission, first-come, first served, until venue capacity is reached.  Doors 6 pm.

 

Check out The Big Gig from Years Past