107 NE Monroe Peoria, Illinois 61602-1070

Music in the McKenzie Presents: Ben Bedford

03/15/20 02:00PM - 04:00PM

Music in the McKenzie Presents: Ben Bedford – North Branch

Ben Bedford delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their struggles. Poignant, but never sentimental, Bedford’s portrait-like songs capture the vitality of his characters and draw the listener deep into the narratives. With three albums to his credit, this Illinois artists songs tackle scenarios including homelessness, the plight of a Confederate soldier’s wife during the American Civil War, the aerial triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the life of Jack London, the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, John the Baptist, the poet Vachel Lindsay and even the 1973 standoff between members of The American Indian Movement and federal agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Often drawing upon history, Bedford’s songs have a strong sense of time and place. The songs are rich in sensory detail which allows the listener to hear, see and feel each narrative. A portion of CD sales support The Friends of Peoria Public Library.

Location: Peoria Public Library - Peoria, Illinois
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