BlowOut Just One of the Ways Ferndale Library Rocks May 2-3

BlowOut Just One of the Ways Ferndale Library Rocks May 2-3dda_ad_01

(Jeff Milo, FPL, April 25, 2014)

Next week marks the second year Ferndale Public Library joins the ranks of Metro Detroit’s popular bars and nightclubs in co-hosting impressive line ups of local bands performing live for 17th annual Metro Times Blowout music festival. Just another day at Ferndale Public Library, really, where they know when to get loud. seed03_ann_warnerConcerts are just one small facet of this Library’s services.

There’s no bar, per se, but beer will be sold during the Blowout (raising funds for the Library). We’ll also have our own sound-engineer working for our makeshift “stage.” The Library really has earned its spot here for The Blowout, having proven its capabilities as a venue, albeit atypical, hosting monthly concerts for more than four years now. In fact, its proven itself to serve a multitude of needs, be they recreational (rock concerts and Game Days), communal (rentable meeting space for local organizations and committees) or educational (regular reading programs and book clubs for all ages).

The Library staff hears their patrons express enthusiasm for these multifaceted services, thus shattering perceptions that this is just a big building filled with old novels. Indeed, live rock n’ roll music in this library is no novelty at all. waterworkMany of the local bands performing here have their recorded albums circulating for check-out from the media shelves.

Recent PEW research found that the patrons most engaged with the services of Public Library, i.e. “Library Lovers,” are overall more active in their communities than most, being more likely to purposefully support local bookstores, attend nearby museums or live music concerts. andrew cissel ad in suitFitting, then, that Ferndale Library’s essentially a proxy for all three of those, when you count our bi-monthly in-house art exhibitions and our monthly local music showcases. (PEW Study on Library Engagement: http://pewrsr.ch/1m0dMPD)

All this adds up to the Ferndale Library staff striving to re-purpose itself as a Community Center, rather than just another fancily renovated repository of books with air conditioning and free bathrooms. This is a Library where, on any given week, you can learn about the environment with educational documentaries, take lessons on DIY crafts, sharpen your resume, meet with personal advisory groups, take your toddler for story-hours, join a book club, or, quite often, rock out to live music! Check it out!seed04_galloway

The Library will participate as a host venue for the 17th annual Metro Times Blowout. This is one of the most legendary music events in North America and features up to 300 local bands performing in more than 20 venues around the area for four straight nights.
The Blowout returns to the streets, bars, and show-spaces of Ferndale May 2nd and May 3rd. (For full line-up information, including venues inpride2014ad Detroit and Hamtramck, click here). And so, just like last year, the Library will be one of our city’s host-venues (along with The Loving Touch, Como’s and more!)
Blowout is the largest all-local music festival in North America and this is the second year that Ferndale will share in host-duties (along with Hamtramck and Detroit).

Attendees must purchase all-access weekend-long wrist-bands for $25 – But think of it: 300 bands playing on more than 20 stages in three cities in just four nights!
Consider this, though: Whereas the Library is not a bar (obviously), theydinos02sidelogo3 have been granted a temporary liquor license. All beverage sales will benefit The Friends Of The Ferndale Library. They’ve also ordered a limited amount of special Blowout-themed Library t-shirts, and will be selling a range of sizes for $10 (with all funds raised going 100% towards the Library).
Blowout in the Library 
Line up / Schedule:

Fri. 5/2
9:00 Remnose
10:15 Mod Orange
11:30 Corktown Popes

Sat. 5/3
9:00 Jessica Wildman
10:15 Zander Michigan
11:30 Zombie Jesus & The Chocolate Sunshine Band

For more information, check out the Music/Movies page on our main site.

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