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Bedford Branch Library (734) 847-6747
Blue Bush Branch Library (734) 242-4085
Carleton Branch Library (734) 654-2180
Dundee Branch Library (734) 529-3310
Erie Branch Library (734) 848-4420
Ida Branch Library (734) 269-2191
Maybee Branch Library (734) 587-3680
Newport Branch Library (734) 586-2117
Senior Outreach (734) 241-5770
Bedford Branch Library
8575 Jackman Rd. Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: (734) 847-6747
Fax: (734) 847-6591
Mon - Thu: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Blue Bush Branch Library
2210 Blue Bush Road Monroe, MI 48162-9643 Phone: (734) 242-4085
Fax: (734) 242-4085
Mon: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Carleton Branch Library
1444 Kent Street Carleton, MI 48117-0267 Phone: (734) 654-2180
Fax: (734) 654-8767
Mon: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
18 East First Street Monroe, MI 48161-2227 Phone: (734) 241-7878
Fax: (734) 241-7879
Mon - Tue: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00 am-4:00 pm
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Dundee Branch Library
144 East Main Street Dundee, MI 48131-1202 Phone: (734) 529-3310
Fax: (734) 529-7415
Mon - Thu: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Ellis Library & Reference Center
3700 South Custer Rd. Monroe 48161-9716 Phone: (734) 241-5277
Toll Free: (800) 462-2050
Fax: (734) 242-9037
Mon - Thu: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Erie Branch Library
2065 Erie Rd. Erie, MI 48133-9757 Phone: (734) 848-4420
Fax: (734) 317-1420
Mon: 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu - Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
2881 Nadeau Road Monroe, MI 48162-9355 Phone: (734) 289-1035
Fax: (734) 289-3867
Mon - Tue: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Ida Branch Library
3016 Lewis Ave. Ida, MI 48140-0056 Phone: (734) 269-2191
Fax: (734) 269-3315
Mon - Tue: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Wed - Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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L.S. Navarre Branch Library
1135 East Second Street Monroe, MI 48161-1920 Phone: (734) 241-5577
Fax: (734) 241-5577
Mon - Thu: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
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Maybee Branch Library
9060 Raisin St. Maybee, MI 48159-0165 Phone: (734) 587-3680
Fax: (734) 587-3680
Mon: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-4:00 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 - Tue: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Rasey Memorial Branch Library
4349 Oak, Box 416 Luna Pier, MI 48157-4572 Phone: (734) 848-4572
Fax: (734) 317-1572
Mon: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 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-7:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-7:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Fri: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
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Senior Outreach
South Rockwood Branch Library
5676 Carleton Rockwood Road S. Rockwood, MI 48179 Phone: (734) 379-3333
Fax: (734) 749-7485
Mon: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue - Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
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Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
60 East Center St. Petersburg, MI 49270 Phone: (734) 279-1025
Fax: (734) 279-2328
Mon - Thu: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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Blues Musicians
 
The Monroe County Library System’s award-winning history lesson with a backbeat.
 

With awards from the Public and Michigan Library Associations, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and The Blues Foundation’s 2009 Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Education (the blues world’s most prestigious honor available to non-musicians), the series is now the state’s longest running annual blues celebration. 

Black History Month Blues Series Alumni 1988 - 2020

Blues 2021 - Monroe County’s 34th Annual Black History Month Blues Series

2021’s edition of the Blues Series will give extra oomph to “once in a lifetime,” knock wood, as all events in the series go online-only, with a concert made available on the Monroe County Library System’s Facebook page each and every Tuesday at 7:00 pm beginning on February 2.  Those four performances will set the table for a very special Big Gig! concert, which will go live at 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 27th.

“It’s going to be an unusual year, to understate,” said Blues Series project manager Bill Reiser, “but rather than taking a year off, we’re committed to presenting a series that keeps the tradition alive in as close to the spirit of the event as today’s reality allows.  An online event will never be the same as a bunch of us gathering together to experience live music in the moment, but look at it this way—for this year, anyway, there’s no standing in line waiting for doors to open, no late night drive home on slippery roads, and everyone’s got the best seat in the house without having to show up two hours before showtime.  And you can watch in your pajamas, if that’s your thing.”

Artist announcements are coming as soon as the contracts are signed, but expect the traditional Blues Series mix of new and familiar faces, legends and legends in the making, and more evidence proving why Willie Dixon called the blues “the roots of all American music” when he put the Blues Series on the map by visiting Monroe in 1990. 

If you’ve yet to, now would be an excellent time to follow the Monroe County Library System on Facebook, as those artist announcements and other Blues Series 2021 information will be posted there first.

Online Event Dates

  • Tuesday, February 2, 2021
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021
  • Saturday, February 27, 2021
 

 

Thanks to Our Sponsors
 
Monroe County’s 34th Annual Black History Month Blues Series is presented by the Monroe County Library System, Monroe County Community College, and the 2021 Blues Coalition of community partners: DTE Foundation, Friends of Carleton, Friends of Dorsch, Friends of Ellis, and Friends of Ida.
 

This project is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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Past Blues Series Events

Enjoy video from the 2019 Big Gig! 

 

More Video of The Big Gig! from Years Past