Evening Music: Matthew Ball

 Monday, June 22, 2020 
7:30pm-9:00pm  
Steele Memorial Bandstand

Known as one of Michigan's premier blues and boogie-woogie pianists, Matthew Ball specializes in classic ragtime and blues music from the 1920s-1940s.

In his shows, he combines piano playing with musical arrangements, such as "Swanee River," "Over the Rainbow," "The Entertainer," "Bumble Boogie" and more.

Ball trained at Oakland University under the internationally-renowned classic pianist Flavio Varani. Ball holds degrees in music, history and law from Oakland University and the University of Detroit. After graduating law school, Ball began practicing as an attorney.

In 2001, he attended a local boogie-woogie festival where he fell in love with the musical style and decided to leave his practice to pursue music.

More than a decade later, Ball has distinguished himself as a leading expert of this treasured American pastime and has been dubbed on-stage as the "Boogie-Woogie Kid." Now, with more than 4 million YouTube views, Ball's performances include everything from symphony appearances to jazz and blues festivals.

While some seating is provided in Bettinger Park, guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets and to practice safe social distancing. In the case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled.

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