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Music Americana at Osher/FAU Boca Raton

November 10, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Roots & Acoustic Music
Rod MacDonald
Recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award
Drawing on basic forms of music in their communities, artists celebrate their times in song. From the sincere yearning of Ben E King’s “Stand By Me” to the heartfelt wisdom of Dolly Parton; from the raw commentary of Buffy Sainte-Marie to the smooth pickin’ of Chet Atkins and the heartland sound of The Band, they lit the way for today’s modern acoustic songwriters.
This course 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.

Rhythm & Pop: Ben E King, The Drifters, Lieber & Stoller
Folksingers Then & Now: Buffy Saint Marie, Muddy Waters
Guitar Gods: Chet Atkins, Mark Knopfler
Living Legends: Dolly Parton, The Band

Rod MacDonald has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and 14 C.D.s, his latest 2020 release Boulevard, and a first novel, The Open Mike. He performs in festivals, concerts, and clubs and throughout North America, Europe, solo and with the bands Big Brass Bed and Rod MacDonald & The Humdingers. He was named Best Local Acoustic Performer by New Times and one of the “10 Magnificent Musicians” of Palm Beach County by The Palm Beach Post. Previous Music Americana courses include “The Birth of Rock & Roll,” “The Great American Songbook,” and “Mastery of the Art.”
Course # F343B
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17, December 1

For further info please call 561-297-3185 or email


November 10, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Osher/FAU Lifelong Learning, Boca Raton


Osher/FAU Lifelong Learning, Boca Raton
777 Glades Road, Bldg. CEH 31D
Boco Rarton, fl 33431
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Rod MacDonald is a member of ASCAP, (a national House Concerts organization), and Sonicbid

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To help us all through these times, these cds are $5 (minimum 2 cds/$10

No Commercial Traffic (NCT) / And Then He Woke Up (TWU) / Into The Blue (ITB) / Recognition (R) / A Tale Of Two Americas (TTA) / After The War (ATW)

---Songs Of Freedom (SOF), Later That Night (LTN), Beginning Again (BA), or archival cds/dvs are $10 each. "Live In Germany" (DVD)