popular music


The ’60s: The Motown Story (Baltimore County Public Library) – VIRTUAL

Motown, established by Berry Gordy in 1960, has been described as the greatest pop music hit factory in recording history. We explore how the “Motown Sound” was created and how it has become a worldwide phenomenon beloved by millions to this day. From the “hit machine” songwriting teams to the […]


Night Train Memories: Sounds of The Cities (MCPL) – VIRTUAL

Join us for an introduction to Urban Vocal Group Harmony (including Doo-Wop) from the 1950s to mid-1960s. Richard Kwatnoski, aka “Squire,” a radio producer for over 20 years for Radio Fairfax, will help us explore through slides and music the who, what, when and where of this very popular musical art form. Emanating from America’s cities in […]


Edwin Perez & Friends: Songs From Latin America (Enoch Pratt Free Library) – VIRTUAL

Join vocalist Edwin A. Pérez & Friends for a musical program featuring “Songs from Latin America.”  Learn about traditional and popular songs from Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico and more. This event will be presented in Spanish & English. Dial-In Information Please click the link below to join the webinar: […]


Peabody String Sinfonia (Enoch Pratt Free Library) – VIRTUAL

The Peabody String Sinfonia is a student-run, conductor-less orchestra whose mission is to bring healing and beauty to people in our Baltimore community through music.  Sinfonia is composed of Peabody students and alumni who volunteer their time for this project.  Its members believe music is now more important than ever […]


⭐ The Art of Sampling: Sylvia Robinson Produced a New Wave (Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum) – VIRTUAL

From WondaGurl to Ebonie Smith, Black women have produced award-winning pop hits. Yet they are not always household names like some of their counterparts. In Respect Her Crank!: Producing Sounds of Blackness, this changes. Award-winning producer J’Nae White facilitates multiple workshops designed to teach the art of music production, as inspired by Black women […]


History of Rock & Roll (MCPL) – VIRTUAL

Learn about the history of Rock & Roll, including Rock’s Roots, Rock’s Golden Age, Hits and even some forgotten records and fascinating facts. Come learn and listen via visuals and soundtracks from local radio expert, David McAlary, a veteran of 56 years in radio broadcasting. Mr. McAlary retired from a 32-year […]