04/04/2019 09:32 AM EDT
The Maine State Library will host an afternoon program with songwriter, guitarist and poet Mike Rogers on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public.The 78 year-old, blind entertainer has been performing for over 45 years and has recorded on more than 40 albums. He has opened for Emmy Lou Harris, Tom Rush, The Eagles, James Montgomery and others. He and his wife, Beverly, represented Maine and Georgia at the 1999 International Very Special Arts Conference in Los Angeles and his folk group, Salt River. He also represented Maine at the New England Artists Conference in 2000. For this show, Mike will be joined by his wife to add poems and some vocal harmony, and his friend and band mate, Dan MacLellan on bass and vocal back-up.
Rogers' performances are laced with his wry humor, painting portraits of people "outside the circle" in song, story-telling and poetry. Sometimes edgy, sometimes gentle, his characters are all real people from his journey through life and he places emphasis on understanding and accepting others. Mike accompanies himself on his guitar and his signature harmonica. His comfort with his audience comes from 15 years of teaching high school as well as the music business.
"The Maine State Library is thrilled to host this event as part of our month-long celebration of libraries across Maine," said James Ritter, State Librarian. Mike's unique performance captures the essence of storytelling and poetic inspiration. We are pleased to have him."
For more information, call the Maine State Library at 207-287-5600.