Black History Month Blues Series

The Monroe County Library System’s award-winning history lesson with a backbeat.

With awards from the Public and Michigan Library Associations, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and The Blues Foundation’s 2009 Keeping the Blues Alive Award for Education (the blues world’s most prestigious honor available to non-musicians), the series is now the state’s longest running annual blues celebration.

Blues 2022 – Monroe County’s 35th Annual Black History Month Blues Series

The 2022 Big Gig! is set to rock the virtual stage with a host of crowd favorite performers and a multi-instrumental tribute to the heart, soul, and history of the blues.  This online-only concert will air on this webpage and on the Monroe County Library System’s Facebook page on Monday, February 28th at 7:00 pm.

Watch the 35th Annual Black History Month Blues Series Big Gig! Honoring Bill Reiser

Our tremendous thanks are given to longtime friends and partners of the Blues Series, Rev. Robert B. Jones, Tim McGorey, and Tom Ryder, who have collaborated to bring this year’s show to light after the unexpected loss of Bill Reiser.

The February 28th concert will include a powerful “best of” mix of Blues alumni from previous concerts, along with some new material and special tributes honoring Bill’s life and memory.

Additional video concerts with other Blues performers are also being discussed for the coming months.

Collage of Blues artists, with text "Black History Month Blues Series"

Blues Series Sponsors

Monroe County’s 35th Annual Black History Month Blues Series is presented by the Monroe County Library System, Monroe County Community College, and the 2022 Blues Coalition of community partners: DTE Foundation, Friends of Carleton, Friends of Dorsch, Friends of Ellis, and Friends of Ida.

This activity is supported by the Michigan Arts and Culture Council.


Logos for MCCC, DTE, and MCACA