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'Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues' set for Tuesday
Martin Scorsese's documentary film "Feel Like Going Home, Episode One" will be shown from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe. Following the film, Madison musician and bass guitar player Tony Menzer, pictured, will lead an audience discussion, answer questions and provide live music demonstrations about the music genre. The film and audience discussion are free and open to the public. The event is a collaboration between the Monroe Arts Center and the Monroe Public Library. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - The 2003 documentary film "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - Feel Like Going Home" will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave. This is the final of seven film screenings presented as a partnership between the Monroe Arts Center and the Monroe Public Library.

Each of the films focus on a different genre of American music, with each genre represented in an upcoming Monroe Arts Center performance. The series uses documentary film and a brief post-film discussion, led by a music authority, to engage the public in a study of some of America's popular music. Films will be shown about one week prior to a corresponding MAC performance.

"Feel Like Going Home" precedes the 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7 MAC presentation of the blues and soul music by legendary musician Mac Arnold, and his Plate Full O' Blues band.

"Feel Like Going Home" delves into the landscape and origins of the blues. It is narrated by contemporary blues musician Corey Harris as he travels through Mississippi and on to West Africa, exploring the roots of the music and speaking with artists like Willie King and Sam Carr. The film introduces the early blues performers Son House, Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker. The film received a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for Non-Fiction Program, and Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series.

Following the film, an audience discussion led by Madison musician Tony Menzer will take place from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Menzer has been a musician for 50 years. As a bassist, he has toured the U.S. and shared the stage with the likes of Clyde Stubblefield, Ben Sidran, Joe Bonamassa, Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band, and many more. Outside the world of blues music, he has played music on stage with Jackson Brown, Pat MacDonald (Timbuk3), Kim Manning, Jane Wiedlen (The Go Go's), and others. Menzer is currently a bass guitarist with the groups The Velveetatones, The Terraplanes, Ken Saydak Band and Lorenzo Menzerschmidt. In addition to the discussion, Menzer will provide a live music demonstration.

All film screenings and discussions are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact MAC at 608-325-5700 or 888-596-1249, or visit