This year’s series of concerts at the Acoustic Café at The Howell Opera House in Downtown Howell concludes this Friday, March 6, with a performance by Bob Milne, considered to be the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world.
Milne is an active Musical Ambassador for the United States Dept. of State and has performed numerous times in Japan, including the Okinawan Islands and Hokkaido. He has also performed in this capacity for members of the Swiss Parliament at the U.S. Embassy in Berne. He was filmed and documented for future generations in 2004 during three days of interviews at the Library of Congress, and was declared a National Treasure at the conclusion.
Milne is also the founder of the Michigan Music Retreat, a four-day event held in his hometown every September during which he teaches music and music history to students of all ages.
"You can't educate a piano," he says, "but you can educate yourself to know everything about it."
Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 7:30 pm. Open to the public, the cost is $12.00 at the door, $10.00 for Livingston Arts Council members.