SEARSMONT — Scott Ainslie brings a lifetime of experience in the blues to Searsmont Town Library’s summer Live Outside the Library concert series Saturday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m.

A traditional musician with expertise in Piedmont and Delta Blues, as well as Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, Ainslie came of age during the civil rights era, and cultivated a powerful affinity for cross-cultural exchange. He has studied with many elder musicians and he plays music with affection, authority and power.

Armed with a variety of instruments — vintage guitars; a fretless gourd banjo; a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar) — Ainslie brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America alive.

Bring your own chair or blanket; the concert will move into the community building if there is rain. Admission is free, but registration is required; send contact information and the number in your party to searsmont.town.library@gmail.com. The library is located at 37 Main St. South.

This series is funded in part through generous grants from the Onion Foundation, Friends of Searsmont Library, and the Maine Arts Commission.