Rod MacDonald

LLS Jupiter Distinguished Faculty Award 2012

Music Appreciation and Performance

Rod MacDonald began his career as a singer/songwriter in Greenwich Village, NY in 1973. He has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and has released 12 CDs of his own songs, including 2018’s “Beginning Again” and three CDs with the Palm Beach County band Big Brass Bed. He performs in festivals, clubs and concerts locally and throughout North America and Europe and was named “Best Local Acoustic Performer” in Broward and Palm Beach counties by the New Times and “one of the ten magnificent musicians of Palm Beach County” by the Palm Beach Post. An instructor with Osher LLI at Florida Atlantic University since 2006, his previous series include Music Americana, The Great American Songbook and The Roots of Rock and Roll.

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Music Americana: The Music of Modern Life

As popular music travels through the 21st century, the things that stand out remain: a melody, a sound, a lyric that lasts through time. From the riverboat jazz that educated Louis Armstrong to the bright lights that launched Carol Channing; from the poetic ramblings of John Prine to the passionate lines that made Tim Rice the biggest selling lyricist on Broadway; from the ecstatic rhythms of the Gypsy Kings to the ground-breaking world music that lifted Peter Gabriel to the “Big Time,” great artists create the soundtrack of our time. This series will examine the work, biographies and enduring importance of these musical artists, and attempt to sort myth from reality, using updated videos and excerpts from feature films, live performances and a few surprises.
Four Lectures
  1. The Big Easy - Louis Armstrong, The Neville Brothers
  2. The Fabulous - Carol Channing, Jackie Wilson
  3. The Wordsmiths - Tim Rice, John Prine
  4. The Exotics - The Gypsy Kings, Peter Gabriel

Course # F4T3 — Last 4 Weeks
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Tuesdays, November 12, 19; December 3, 10 2019
Time:2:15 - 4 PM
Fee:$50 / member; $65 / non-member

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The Songs of Woodstock

Rod MacDonald & The Humdingers

In August, 1969, the Woodstock Festival brought together 32 acts and half a million fans for “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music.” Artists gave legendary performances, from Richie Havens, who opened the concert with a tribute to “Freedom,” to Crosby and Stills & Nash, who went on at 3 a.m. Along the way, Joan Baez, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, Santana, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Joe Cocker, The Band, Blood Sweat & Tears and many others electrified the giant crowd before Jimi Hendrix signed off at 8 a.m. Monday with “The Star Spangled Banner.” The film won Best Documentary at the Academy Awards, and 50 years later, the children of the 1960s are still referred to as “the Woodstock Generation.”

Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel remembrance of this historic event, as told in its songs.
Register Early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a one-time lecture or event.

Course # F1R4 — One Time Event
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Thursday, November 21 2019
Time:7 - 8:30 PM
Fee:$30 / member; $35 / non-member

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