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DATE: Sept. 8, 2003

Blues series to be screened

DEARBORN---The University of Michigan-Dearborn's African and African American Studies Program, in conjunction with Detroit Public Television, will present "An Evening of Live Music and Conversation about The Blues" from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 in the auditorium of the School of Management Building.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is a special pre-screening of Martin Scorsese's seven-part PBS series, The Blues.

R.J. Spangler's Rhythm Rockers will provide live music at the event, and blues historian Robert Jones will moderate conversation with blues artists Alberta Adams and Johnnie Bassett and local radio personalities Gene Elzy of WDET and Mark Pasman of WCSX.

The event is funded in part by the Michigan Council for the Humanities and by a Diversity Grant from the Office of the Provost at UM-Dearborn.

The Blues premieres at 9 p.m. Sept. 28 on Detroit Public Television and will be simulcast on WDET 101.9 FM.

For more information, contact humanities Prof. Deborah Smith Pollard, director of UM-Dearborn's African and African American Studies Program, at (313) 593-5213.

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