Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Lavender Blues: A Musical Revue

Pre-Sale Tickets: $12, $10 for Museum members. Cash bar.
Tickets will be $15 at the door.
Friday June 24, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
The Lavender Blues is a showcase of queer music before World War II. It is music history. It is queer history. It is women’s history. It is entertainment. It is life.
“Girls were girls and boys were boys when I was a tot.
Now we don’t know who is who or even what’s what!”
(Gwen Farrar, 1926)
Modern cabaret performer Sarah Kilborne, great great granddaughter of William Skinner and the author of American Phoenix, returns to Wistariahurst with a musical revue that brings to light the quiet, yet powerful emergence between the world wars of songs that spoke about what it was like to be gay or “in the life.” From such legends as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Gladys Bentley and Josephine Baker, Kilborne performs songs – written almost a century ago – that describe what it is like to be non-binary. Women performers were at the forefront of this quiet revolution in song, which coincided with the birth of the recording industry, ensuring that this music would last. Featuring music from Vaudeville, the Harlem Renaissance, Tin Pan Alley, the Weimar Republic, and more, The Lavender Blues takes us on a musical journey that illuminates a courageous and colorful time in America’s past when pioneering artists sang boldly about sexual and gender fluidity, something radical even for today – and as deliciously fun and inspiring as ever.
Written and Performed by  Sarah S. Kilborne with Axel Belohoubek on Piano.

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