Shelton show to feature musician who shared stage with the Doors, Van Morrison

A musician performing hits of the 1950s and ’60 is coming to Plumb Memorial Library for a special show of classic chords and pop hits.

Shelton-CalendarLogo300On Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m., the Friends of the Shelton Libraries are hosting New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee Marc Black for a musical tour through two defining decades.

This free program will encourage listeners to re-live songs such as “Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini” and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” as well as tunes by artists ranging from Dean Martin to George Harrison.

Black will also perform original works as he weaves the story of the culture and events of two historic decades for listeners.

About Marc Black

A lifelong musician, Black spends most of his time on the road, playing festivals, clubs, arts centers, libraries and house concerts.

While still in high school, his band, the Blades of Grass, reached the Top 40 and performed alongside the biggest acts of the day including the Doors, Van Morrison and Neil Diamond.

He has performed and recorded with many luminaries including Art Garfunkel and Rick Danko, Richie Havens and Taj Mahal. In addition, he was chosen to perform with Pete Seeger at the Folk Music Hall of Fame fund-raiser last November.

Black was recently named folk artist of the year on ABC Radio.

Recording career

He has recorded more than a dozen CDs, including one pick hit in Billboard Magazine and another that was recognized as a minor masterpiece’ by famed music producer John Hammond Sr.

In the 1980s, Black won the American Library Association Award for best children’s album for producing “American Children,” a collaboration with such talented artists as Richie Havens, Taj Mahal and Maria Muldaur.

ASCAP has featured Black in performance at the Sundance Film Festival and several of his YouTube videos have been viewed more than 50,000 times.

Over the past couple of years, he’s occasionally turned to a more topical songwriting style. One tune, “No Fracking Way” — recorded with John Sebastian and Eric Weissberg (of “Dueling Banjos” fame), and some 100 Woodstock, N.Y. citizens — has been sung at rallies as far away as South Africa, Ireland and Australia.

For more information on the local performance, call 203-924-1580. Plumb Memorial Library is at 65 Wooster St. in downtown Shelton.

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