Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Donít hush the Rock & Roll Tour

Library to hold band party

Express Staff Writer

The High Strung Band will play at The Community Library in Ketchum tonight at 6 p.m. Photo by

The Community Library in Ketchum is going to rock out this evening with a special live music event featuring the High Strung Band from Detroit. The band is part of the Rock & Roll Library Tour, an idea conceived by Michigan librarian Bill Harmer.

Harmer had booked the Brian Jonestown Massacre, a band rarely equated with a library crowd, which is why he booked them to play at his library. He realized he had stumbled upon an opportunity to create new excitement and to lure people to public libraries.

In 2005 the Rock & Roll Library Tour visited every state in the U.S. and played more than 200 shows for over 20,000 people. Since the tour was featured on National Public Radio's "This American Life," it has played all types of libraries, from rural areas to big cities.

The High Strung Band combines the melody and spirit of the Beatles with wit and stamina. The trio of Josh Malerman on vocals and guitar, Chad Stocker on bass and Derek Berk on drums has been touring non-stop around the country and put out a new album, "Ode to the Inverse of the Dude," in April.

The Rock & Roll Library Tour is a young-adult and family-friendly event that promotes the importance and need for public libraries. The tour is an example of the unlimited potential of libraries and their ability to reach out to all members of a community.

The Community Library welcomes the Rock & Roll Library Tour as an energizing event for youth and a new experience in going to the library. The library describes itself as a cultural community center for all ages and more than just a place to check out a book.

For details, call 726-3493 or visit

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