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An Evening with Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls

Join us for an intimate conversation, performances and Q&A

Emily Saliers is one half of the Grammy Award-winning folk rock music duo Indigo Girls. Over the years, they have sold over fifteen million albums worldwide, as well as earning six Grammy nominations. In 1989, they were nominated for Best New Artist and took home the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Saliers plays acoustic and electric guitars as well as banjo, piano, mandolin, and ukulele. Saliers has written many of the Indigo Girls fan favorite songs and concert stand outs such as Closer To Fine, Get Out the Map, Least Complicated, Power of Two and Galileo to name a few.

While Indigo Girls is still very much alive and well, Emily Saliers recorded and toured in support of her first solo album, Murmuration Nation in 2017.

“The debut solo outing from Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers, Murmuration Nation is a bold, versatile, and often beautiful collection of globally inspired pop songs that infuse the folk-rock/Americana stylings of her flagship group with elements of R&B, hard rock, and worldbeat.” – All Music The record

Hosted by The Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music
Q & A will be hosted by Bob Santelli, Grammy Museum.

Odie Lindsey

Odie Lindsey’s story collection, We Come to Our Senses (W.W. Norton), was included on Best Of lists at Electric Literature and Military Times, and the New York Times Book Review noted that it “captures our culture now.” Lindsey’s fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Iowa Review, Guernica, Fourteen Hills, Electric Literature, and in the anthology Forty Stories. He has received an NEA fellowship for veterans, a Tennessee Arts Commission fellowship in Literature, and a Tennessee Williams scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Lindsey’s essays have appeared in the Oxford American, Columbia, The Millions, and elsewhere. He holds an M.F.A. in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an M.A. in southern studies from the University of Mississippi, and a combat badge c/o the U.S. Army. He is Professor of the Practice at the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University. Lindsey’s novel is forthcoming, also from W.W. Norton.

Michael Waters

Michael Waters has published twelve books of poetry, most recently The Dean of Discipline (U Pittsburgh P, 2018) and Celestial Joyride (BOA Editions, 2016). Darling Vulgarity (2006) was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (2001) was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. He has co-edited several anthologies, including Reel Verse (Knopf, 2018), Contemporary American Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2006), and Perfect in Their Art (Southern Illinois UP, 2003). His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Yale Review, Kenyon Review and The Progressive. A 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, he has been the recipient of five Pushcart Prizes, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright Foundation, and NJ State Council on the Arts, and residency fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, St. James Cavalier Centre (Malta), Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), and Chateau de Lavigny (Switzerland). Waters is Professor of English at Monmouth University.

The American Soldier

Douglas Taurel (“Nurse Jackie,” “Blue Bloods”) is the creator and star of the Off-Broadway Award-nominated solo play, “The American Soldier,” based on true events and documentary letters written by veterans and their family members from the American Revolution through current-day Afghanistan. It honors the experiences of veterans and their families and explores the internal struggles they face when returning home from combat. “The American Soldier” has been nominated for the Amnesty International Award for theatre excellence , received 4 stars internationally, and has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and Time Out.

The Weeklings

THE WEEKLINGS plus Horns & Strings – The Music of The Beatles and more, featuring, for this show, selections from The Beatles legendary White Album performed with live horns and strings as well as many of your Weeklings favorites! This is part of The Beatles’ THE WHITE ALBUM: An International Symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the record.

THE WEEKLINGS are America’s most unique celebration of the music and muse of THE BEATLES, performing explosive renditions of Beatles classics, uniquely arranged Beatles nuggets such as “Paperback Writer”, “Baby You’re a Rich Man” and “I Am the Walrus” plus brilliant Beatles-inspired power-pop originals, like their newest, “In the Moment”. The Weeklings bring The Beatles to life through their extraordinary musicianship, exceptional vocals and charming stage presence. “They show their audiences both what The Beatles were, and what they might have been if they were performing today.”

*The Weeklings are annually featured at premier Beatles festival events like Abbey Road on The River and The Fest for Beatles Fans.
*Three members of The Weeklings, Glen, John and Bob, tour as the backup band for Springsteen drummer “Max Weinberg’s Jukebox” project.
*You can hear The Weeklings on Sirius XM’s The Beatles Channel, Little Steven’s Underground Garage, where they have scored a number of “Coolest Song” designations, 90.5 The Night, WBJB-FM, 105.7 The Hawk as well as on terrestrial radio stations such as the nationally syndicated Joe Johnson’s Beatles Brunch Club syndicated on 70 stations, WMGK’s Andre Garner (Philadelphia), Rich Russo’s syndicated “anything, anything” show and WXPN’s Helen Leicht (Philadelphia) Breakfast with The Beatles and many other internet and terrestrial stations around the world.
*THE WEEKLINGS are comprised of Glen Burtnik aka “Lefty Weekling” (bass and vocals), Bob Burger aka “Zeek Weekling” (rhythm guitar and vocals), John Merjave aka “Rocky Weekling” (lead guitar and vocals) and Joe Bellia aka “Smokestack Weekling” (drums and vocals).

  • Glen Burtnik – singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work with Styx, Electric Light Orchestra, the Broadway production of Beatlemania as Paul McCartney, The Summer of Love Concert and “The Fest for Beatles Fans house-band Liverpool. He’s composed songs for the likes of Don Henley and Patty Smyth, the Hot 100 #2 mega-hit “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Good Enough”, John Waite, Randy Travis, the #2 Hot Country hit, “Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man”, Styx including the bands last Top 40 hit “Love at First Sight” and their last Gold album, Edge of The Century and many others.
  • Bob Burger – singer, guitarist and gold record songwriter whose credits include Styx (Edge of the Century), Donnie Iris, HBO pictures, Kasim Sulton and others. He’s performed Beatle and other tribute shows with Glen Burtnik and Bobby Bandiera of Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. Burger has also appeared with the likes of Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel.
  • John Merjave – long standing member of “The Fest for Beatles Fans” house band Liverpool and other national shows having performed with Billy Preston, Donovan, Denny Laine among others.
  • Joe Bellia – master of the “Ringo” drumming style and is a highly sought studio/live drummer having performed, recorded and toured with such greats as Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Dave Mason.

CANCELLED – Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird

Detroit-born, Berlin-based singer/songwriter, polyglot poet, translator and activist Daniel Kahn concocts furious, tender, electrifying and revolutionary Alienation Klezmer. With the Painted Bird, he presents a variety of passionate songs inspired in part by the struggles of Jewish revolutionaries at the turn of the century, and in part by his own intense desire for a better world. The Painted Bird has brought “Yiddish Punk Cabaret” to rock clubs, festivals and shtetls, from Berlin to Boston, Leningrad to Louisiana. The band has been referred to as “The Yiddish Pogues,” and Kahn was once described as “someone between Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits – but yiddish.” Fittingly, his Yiddish cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – coincidentally released a few days before the passing of the great musician – has gone viral, with over 700,000 views.

Kahn also leads The Brothers Nazaroff , which revives the lost repertoire of Nathan “Prince” Nazaroff, the master tumbler of the 50s in whose mad howl can be heard the alleys of Odessa, the cacophony of Coney Island, and the mountain air of the Catskills. With access to the Smithsonian Folkways vault, The Brothers Nazaroff have restored a piece of a cultural heritage thought lost to the world.

Vincent DiMattio / 50

A retrospective of work by Vincent DiMattio celebrating his 50 years as a professor in Monmouth University’s Department of Art & Design. Professor DiMattio earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University and his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. He joined the University’s faculty in 1968 where he served as the department chair for 13 years and as gallery director for more than 20 years. He was largely responsible for starting the gallery program at Monmouth University. He has shown his work internationally in Madrid, Spain; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Pueblo, Mexico. He has also exhibited throughout the United States, and at both the Newark and Trenton Museums. In 1999, his 30 year Monmouth University Retrospective Exhibition, comprising nearly 200 pieces, was shown on campus with selections from the show serving as his first New York City retrospective at the Susan Berke Gallery.

In 2004, he co-authored the book, The Drawings and Watercolors of Lewis Mumford with his colleague Professor Kenneth Stunkel published by the prestigious Edwin Melon Press. In 2005, he received a grant from the Liquitex Paint Company for the completion of over 60 “tube paintings” which led to a major exhibition at Brookdale Community College. Besides being named distinguished professor in 2013, he was also honored to have an art scholarship established in his name and having the art gallery in Rechnitz Hall named the DiMattio Gallery.

Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American History (Photographs by Andrew Lichtenstein)

From Wounded Knee to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered presents photographs by Andrew Lichtenstein of significant sites from U.S. history, posing unsettling questions about the contested memory of traumatic episodes from the nations past.  Focusing especially on landscapes related to African American, Native American and labor history, Lichtenstein reveals new vistas of officially commemorated sites, sites that are neglected or obscured, and sites that serve as a gathering place for active rituals of organized memory. Curator: Mark Ludak, Department of Art and Design

Photo Title: Prayer for Ancestors, Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York, 2010  ©Andrew Lichtenstein

First Senior Show: Graphic Design

Featuring the work of Monmouth University graduating seniors who will receive their degrees in Graphic Design.