Library brings the blues to Brookings

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BROOKINGS – Bring your blanket or lawn chair and come enjoy an evening of music. The Brookings Public Library will host musician Joey Leone and his “The History of Blues in America” concert at the Pioneer Park Bandshell at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28. 

The concert will also be live streamed on the Library’s Facebook page.

This one-hour program, led by music historian and acclaimed guitarist Joey Leone, along with two other musicians, covers the history, influence and impact of American blues music through songs, stories and historical facts. 

As a uniquely American genre of music, Leone highlights the influence of blues on virtually all contemporary music over the past seven decades, as well as a recurring theme of how this style of music brought people together in good times and bad. 

Leone also ties in his upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, and how important the public library system was for his discovery, passion and education about music and music history. 

Leone has toured as a sideman guitar player for many high-profile artists including Etta James, The Coasters, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Chaka Khan, and many more.

Learn more about Leone at

For additional information about the programs and services of the Brookings Public Library, visit and be sure to follow the library on Facebook @bkglib. 

The mission of Brookings Public Library is to provide materials and information contributing to the education, recreation, and quality of life for the Brookings community.



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