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Fri. : 9 am - 5 pm
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After Hours Concert Series

Concerts in 2017:
Celebrating our 18th year, the library's After Hours Concerts are always free to the public.
Thanks to the Friends of the Library for their support of this series.

Check this site often for concert additions and updates.

Saturday, January 28 ... 7:00 PM

Michael Beck & Tim Brickley Duo
Playing a large mix of 60's & 70's American, (and British) songbook music. Great songs from Bob Dylan, Peter Paul & Mary, Paul Simon, James Taylor, CS&N, Beatles, Stones, Pete Seeger, Cat Stevens, and more! This talented duo kicks off our 18th year of free concerts at the library.

Saturday, February 25 ... 7:00 PM

Catrina & the Baggy Bottom Boys
Enjoy their old timey music, comedy, and entertainment when the popular local group, Catrina & the Baggy Bottom Boys makes its After Hours Concert Series debut. Free family fun at the library!

Friday, March 10 ... 7:00 PM

Batesville High School Student Bands
Our annual concert at Batesville Middle School featuring Batesville High School student bands, the Sport Coat Jazz Ensemble (directed by Eric Stauffer) and Batesville Steel (directed by Leon Enneking).  Big band jazz and steel drums make for an exciting and entertaining musical evening!

Matthew Ball, Detroit's "Boogie Woogie Kid"
A world class talent and entertainer, Matthew Ball is already described as “Michigan’s leading boogie-woogie pianist!” by The Farmington Patch, "A boogie-woogie master!" by The Romeo Observer, and “A rising giant in the field!” by Metroland.  Welcome the Boogie Woogie Kid to the library's After Hours Concert Series in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month and National Library Week!

Saturday, May 20 ... 7:00 PM

The Islanders
The Islanders is a 4-piece combo of: keyboard, guitar, ukulele, island percussion, congas, horn, and steel pan ... with great vocals, all blended together to offer a happy, upbeat mix of Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, traditional island songs, and lots of pop hits performed around a strong island vibe.

Saturday, June 10 ... 6:30 PM

M.L. Liebler w/ The Rev. Robert B. Jones, Markita Moore, & Charlie Palazzolo
M.L. Liebler, a 2017 Michigan Notable Books Author for his work, Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip Hop and Beyond, and his band will celebrate the dynamic Detroit music scene, starting at 7:00 PM.  Opening the evening at 6:30 PM, the Batesville Memorial Public Library Ukulele Club will perform some favorite Motown tunes. Fun for all ages!

Eric Taylor
Eric Taylor is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. If you're familiar with the intricate Texas singer/ songwriter jigsaw puzzle, you probably already know a lot about Taylor. If you're not familiar with Taylor by name, you've probably heard his songs performed by people such as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett.  Join us at the library for this special concert by Emmy-nominated Eric Taylor.

Highland Reign
Indianapolis' Scots/American Folk Rock Band - Highland Reign - returns to Liberty Park in Batesville for the annual Apple Festival. Enjoy the fun as this talented trio takes the tunes of the old country and breathes a rockin' new life into them! Don't miss this exciting group as they entertain during Apple Fest!

Saturday, October 21 ... 7:00 PM

Scott Ainslie
Delta Blues and Roots musician, Scott Ainslie, is known for his ability to sing, play, and speak the Blues into life.  With a deep affinity for cross-cultural exchange, Ainslie has studied with elder musicans on both sides of the color line, bringing the history, roots and music of America alive with affection, authority, and power.

Saturday, November 4 ... 7:00 PM

Kaia is a vocal and percussion ensemble in Bloomington, Indiana performing world music in over 25 languages and a wide variety of vocal styles. From haunting Finnish folksongs to African-American gospel to the music of raucous peasants, they love to explore the many textures of the musical world and the full range of human experience. PLUS! Don't miss this exciting musical opportunity ... Kaia will present a free World Music Workshop for Children and Families at the library on November 4, from 4:00 till 5:00 PM. Learn about their many musical styles and hand percussion instruments. Free! Bring the whole family!

Saturday, December 16 ... 6:30 PM

Dennis Stroughmatt et l'Esprit Creole : Creole Christmas
Fingers and bow flying, Dennis Stroughmatt and l'Esprit Creole will lead us on a musical odyssey into the American heartland and its surprising pocket of Creole French music.  Celebrate the Creole Christmas season with Dennis, a master of this once-endangered music and dialect, and an authority on all things French in North America. L'Esprit Creole will start at 7:00 pm.

Opening for l'Esprit Creole at 6:30 pm: The Batesville Memorial Public Library Ukulele Club, playing some Christmas-time favorites.

Coming in 2018:
Mike Kruse, director of the library, is retiring February 1, 2018.
This will be his last concert as director and it's going to be a memorable one!

Saturday, January 27 ... 5:30 PM

All-Star After Hours Concert and Magic!
We're sending Library Director Mike Kruse off to retirement with a full evening of music and magic!

Starting at 5:30 pm, The Troubadours of Divine Bliss will perform their soft and sassy music on guitar and accordion, accompanied by our favorite percussionist, Michael Beck.

Following the Troubadours, the BMPL Ukulele Club will perform some of their favorites. Then Mike Kruse will be joined by some special guests to play some songs in the Roots / Americana style (Think: John Prine, Bob Dylan, and The Band). In between these musical acts, Magic Don Miller will present his own brand of comedy and magic that will keep you amazed and amused! Topping off the evening, we'll hear Louisville's premiere jazz group, The Ron Jones Quartet! Refreshments throughout the evening. Come early! Stay late!

    About us

    Library Hours :
    Sunday (During school year) : 1:00 - 5:00 pm
    Monday - Thursday : 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday : 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Library District :
    The City of Batesville, Indiana, plus those parts of Laughery and Adams Townships in Ripley County that are in the Batesville School District, and all of Ray Township in Franklin County.

    Mission Statement :
    The mission of the Batesville Memorial Public Library is to help the people of the community in their pursuit of information and education, as well as vocational and recreational endeavors, by providing current materials, services, and programs.

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    Batesville Memorial Public Library
    131 N Walnut St
    Batesville, IN 47006
    812.934.6288 (fax)