On June 24, 2019, the world lost the legendary bluegrass musician Jeff Austin at the age of 45. Austin was a founding member of the popular newgrass group Yonder Mountain String Band, and later the front man for his own group, the Jeff Austin Band. Austin was a singer, songwriter, and mandolin virtuoso. His fast and untamed style redefined what a mandolinist could do as a staple of bluegrass instrumentation. Austin’s fire, passion, and aura were ever present the moment he struck his first strings on stage. He was a rock star in a world of bluegrass and will be remembered as one of the most influential, profound, and impressive musicians in the history of the genre. Read more about Jeff Austin: A Mountain Spring of Inspiration (1974-2019)
We all know, and sometimes love, the most popular holiday songs…we’re looking at you Frosty the Snowman, but in the true spirit of giving we are here to provide you with some alternatives and additions to those old favorites. So, time to think outsi Read more about Seasonal Music - For Your Ears
This Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. the Library is hosting The Young and The Fretless, a local band that specializes in Appalachian Mountain fiddle tunes. Have you ever come to a UFLive! Read more about UFLive! presents The Young and the Fretless
Calling all musicians and home recordists! The Urbana Free Library is happy to announce new additions to the Music Equipment Collection: guitar effects pedals! These will be available for checkout next week, but you can place holds now!
This weekend the Library is hosting some great free events as part of the 9th Annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival. At our Family Dance Party on Friday night, families will have a chance to make percussion instruments and then get Read more about C-U Folk & Roots - Performances, Workshops and a Dance Party!
Library of Congress National Recording Registry list 2015
Each year the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) selects 25 recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and are at least 10 years old. Quality copies of these recordings are then processed for preservation by the National Recording Preservation Board. Read more about Library of Congress National Recording Registry 2015