ROGERS CITY — The Almost Isle District Library is the recipient of two World Music Series grants. The library received $3,000 from the Michigan Council for Arts and Culture and the granting agency Art in the Loft, Region 3; and $2,780 from the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan. Additional financial support for the musical series is made possible by the Friends of Rogers Public Library.
The library will present four musical events at the historic Rogers Theater starting Saturday, May 14.
The series kicks off with the musical talents of the Motown Eagles. Paying homage to the Eagles, one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, the Motown Eagles celebrate the era of this powerhouse rock band with hits spanning four decades, including “Hotel California,” “The Best of My Love” and “Take It To The Limit. Combining their musical talents, these five talented Detroit musicians blend their voices and instruments to perform classic Eagles hits. Their band is featured in Michigan’s Arts and Humanities Touring Directory.
The Compagnie Musical Troupe returns to Rogers City on Saturday, May 21, sharing their compilation of songs about life on the Great Lakes. Their musical repertoire includes music and stories that celebrate our cultural heritage.
Claude Bourbon is a world famous British classical guitarist. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown and its canceled 2020 tour, Bourbon was able to postpone its US tour and will perform at the Rogers Theater on Friday, June 17. He is recognized for his acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk and Spanish guitar.
The musical series concludes on Saturday, September 10 with Hiroya Tsukamoto, a featured musical artist who is also touring the United States and hails from Kyoto, Japan. His musical styles as an original composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter earned him second place in the International Finger Style Guitar Championship.
Earlier this year, the library received a capital improvement grant from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council to help fund the restoration of the north wall of the Rogers Theater. Over the next few years, the 85-year-old Rogers Theater will undergo an interior restoration to its classic art deco style which houses local community theater, live musical performances, international film festivals, community events, first-run films, etc. .
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person for the World Music Series and can be purchased at the theater box office or at the Rogers City Library by calling 989-734-2477.
For more information on musical groups, please visit the library’s website at www.pidl.org.