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Vintage 78 rpm Spins at the Ramsdell Aug. 24

Learn & listen
By Lynda Wheatley | Aug. 21, 2021

Somewhere on that vast timeline between classical music and classic rock, there is a blip that bears another kind of classic sound: those of-the-moment tunes captured on 78 rpm records. For the final presentation of its free Talks, Tunes, Tours lecture series, the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts is bringing in Alex Tank of 78s for the People — a 78 rpm DJ service that plays original records from the 1920s–1950s on a modern turntable.

Tank’s talk, “American Mosaic: A Vintage Music Experience at 78 rpm” will take a look at the wild and wonderous landscape of America’s popular music market from its beginnings in the 1920s while taking audiences on an audio tour of selections from early country music, hot jazz, immigrant songs, and more, direct from the original 78 rpm records. Talks, Tunes, and Tours is a part of Midweek Mornings in Manistee, a collaborative program between the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Vogue Theatre, and Old Kirke Museum.

The “American Mosiac” presentation begins at 10am Aug. 24. Register for your free ticket at


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