The History of Blues in America: Concert with Joey Leone

Acclaimed guitarist and music historian Joey Leone covers the history, influence, and social impact of American blues music through songs, stories, and historical facts. Joey highlights the influence of blues on virtually all styles of contemporary music over the past seven decades, playing a variety of songs on multiple guitars from his personal collection. In addition to the live music segments, he touches on recurring themes of how the blues transcended racial boundaries, brought people together in times of celebration and times of healing, and how the blues followed the migration from the rural south to the urban north.

Joey also ties in his upbringing in Brooklyn NY, and how important the Public Library System was for his discovery, passion, and education about music and music history. A lifelong career musician, he has toured and recorded as a guitar player for many high-profile artists including Etta James, The Coasters, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Chaka Khan, and many more. Joey truly believes in the unifying and healing power of music, which comes through during this inspiring and delightful concert.

We will have multiple sessions, and you are welcome to join the one most convenient for your schedule.

August 2 • 6 pm • New Castle Branch Library
August 3 • 1 pm • Silt Branch Library
August 3 • 6 pm • Rifle Branch Library
August 4 • 6 pm • Glenwood Springs Branch Library





Tuesday, August 2
6:00 pm