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Russ Wilson And His Famous Orchestra “Speakeasies, Flappers & Red Hot Jazz: Music of the Prohibition

Sunday, May 26, 2019
The Main Stage
$15 / $15
Tickets on Sale Now
Main Hall Seated - Limited Tables Available with a Dinner Reservation :: All Other Seating is First Come First Serve General Admission :: Please Call Venue for Dinner Reservations


Russ Wilson’s Famous Orchestra play the Hot Jazz that made the 20’s ROAR!

Russ Wilson · 7:30pm


Prohibition jump-started the Jazz Age. Russ Wilson And His Famous Orchestra celebrate the high-flying party music of the roaring '20s—with tunes from bandleader Duke Ellington, Chick Webb, The Coon-Sanders Orchestra, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Jean Goldkette and Luis Russell.

As songwriter Hoagy Carmichael put it, the 1920s came in "with a bang of bad booze, flappers with bare legs, jangled morals and wild weekends." According to novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, during Prohibition, "The parties were bigger...the pace was faster...and the morals were looser."

Mob-controlled liquor created a booming black market economy. Gangster-owned speakeasies replaced neighborhood saloons—and by 1925 there were over 100,000 speakeasies in New York City alone. Mob bosses opened plush nightclubs with exotic floor shows and the hottest bands. At Small's Paradise in Harlem, waiters danced the Charleston, carrying trays loaded down with cocktails. Popular stars like Fred and Adele Astaire entertained at The Trocadero. And at the Cotton Club, Duke Ellington led the house band as tap dancer Bojangles Robinson and jazz singer Ethel Waters packed the house.
Out in rural America, on Midwestern college campuses, kids drank 'bathtub gin' and danced to the hot jazz of Bix and the Wolverines in lakeside pavilions.

Join us for an evening on the musical side of the Prohibition Era on a show we call "Speakeasies, Flappers and Red Hot Jazz".