One of 50 sites nationwide selected to host the six-week program series 

One of 50 selected sites nationwide, Providence Public Library will host “America’s Music,” a six-week program series featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music.  The programs are free and open.

America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,” a series to enlighten audiences about uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop, will kick off at the Library on Monday, May 13. “America’s Music” is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. “America’s Music” has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

“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,” said Louise Moulton, PPL program coordinator. “In addition to the film screenings, we have also scheduled a number of local musicians and groups to perform concerts in the focus genres.”

The Library will offer the film screenings on Mondays from 6 to 8:15 pm in its Auditorium (3rd floor) and concerts on Thursdays, from 7 to 8:15 pm in its Grand Hall (1st floor) throughout May and June.  Complete information on films and concerts can be found on the Library’s website: . The schedule is as follows:


MAY 13 — Session 1 ~ The Blues and Gospel Music

MAY 20 — Session 2 ~ Broadway and Tin Pan Alley

JUNE 3 — Session 3 ~ Swing Jazz

JUNE 10 — Session 4 ~ Country and Bluegrass

JUNE 17 — Session 5 ~ Rock

JUNE 24 — Session 6 ~ Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop


MAY 23  America’s Music Concert: Music of the Great American Songbook with Oure Pleasure Singers

JUNE 13 America’s Music Concert: Clarice Thompson, RPM Voices

JUNE 20 America’s Music Concert: High Rock Mountain  

“America’s Music,” designed for a general audience, will introduce genres of 20th-century American popular music that are deeply connected to the history, culture, and geography of the United States. Older and younger Americans alike will have the chance to recognize how the cultural landscape that they take for granted today has been influenced by the development of the popular musical forms discussed in this series.

The onset of the 20th century brought pervasive changes to American society. During the early part of the century, these social changes combined with new technologies to create a mass market for popular music that evolved over the next hundred years. The “America’s Music” series is not meant to offer an all-inclusive treatment of twentieth-century American popular music. Instead, each screening and discussion session will examine an important American musical genre in the context of key social and historical developments, with events in American music history acting as a catalyst for that examination.

For details, please visit or contact Louise Moulton at 401-455-8134 or To obtain copies of program materials, please contact Tonia Mason at

Providence Public Library is committed to providing diverse and quality educational opportunities for learners of all ages