Ferndale, MI – Ferndale Library’s monthly local music concerts return on Fri., Oct 6, with a special live recording session and listening party hosted by the River Street Anthology. This grassroots music documentation project was started by Michigan singer/songwriter Matt Jones back in 2014, out of the basement of his home in Ypsilanti, (on River Street). After ten years of recording and performing his own music around the scene, Jones decided to follow the footsteps of Alan Lomax and begin archiving contributions from other singer/songwriters, poets, musicians, and more.
Jones has traveled thousands ofmiles and recorded hundreds of musicians from all over the state, with all of the intimate and exclusive performances captured and preserved in Lansing, by the State Archives of Michigan.
The RSA Listening Party is a special opportunity to witness live recordings of local artists, view exclusive videos of past performances from recent trips to Michigan cities, and listen to special recordings of live songs that are unavailable anywhere else.
State Archivist Mark Harvey will be joining Jones to talk about the Michigan History Center and his partnership with Jones and the RSA. Video, photographs and recordings will be shown and played for the audience. But what makes each RSA Listening Party special is that Jones always arranges for a couple artists to be recorded live in front of the audience, and a live reading by local music journalist Jeff Milo.
Let’s listen to what’s going into our state’s musical archives and be a part of a live recording, with the River Street Anthology!