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Oct 4 – Emily Rose and Anthony Retka Ferndale Library Concert

Oct 4 – Emily Rose and Anthony Retka Ferndale Library Concert

FERNDALE, MI – Ferndale is a destination for live music, with several highly active nightspots, so it’s only natural that its library would also turn into a concert venue every so often. In fact, for almost ten consecutive years, the Ferndale Area District Library has been opening its doors after hours on weekends to offer bands and fans a performance space where they can experience live music at a comparatively earlier hour than most bars. That’s why they’ve always called their ongoing local music showcase series “First Stop Friday.”

A dynamic duo of local indie-folk singers, Emily Rose, and Anthony Retka, will perform a full hour of melodic, poignant, and tender acoustic odes on October 4, starting at 8 pm. The library’s usual operating hours means that it is closed to the public at 6 pm, but the doors reopen at 7:30 pm, granting access to the library’s Community Room, where artists perform for a seated audience (with some light refreshments served). It’s a free show made possible by the Friends of the Ferndale Library. After a summer of producing an impressive set of three outdoor concerts in their courtyard, First Stop founder, and Head of Library Circulation, Kelly Bennett is looking forward to restarting the traditional indoor series which happens on the First Friday of every month.

October 4’s Performers are Anthony Retka: A Detroit-born songwriter and musician, Retka has spent the last 15+ years writing and performing music that has helped etch his place in the Greater Michigan music scene. He has toured the United States, primarily the Midwest: from Nashville to St. Louis and Chicago to New York. Retka’s independently released albums include four solo records, including the most recent, Fields & Fortresses. He also released four full-length albums with another folk group, Tone & Niche.

Emily Rose: Emily Rose started recording and performing around the local music scene in 2005 and has since traveled across the country several times on small scale solo tours.  When she is not performing locally, Rose has received six Detroit Music Awards for her songwriting, including Outstanding Americana vocalist in 2018, and Outstanding Americana songwriter in 2017, 2013, 2010, and 2009, and Outstanding Acoustic/folk artist in 2014. She has also written one book of poetry, Cemetery Tea Party, and recently released a full-length album, Wake Up Brave.

Retka and Rose will perform a free concert inside the library, after-hours, on Friday, October 4; music begins promptly at 8 pm | Doors open at 7:30 pm.

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