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Roots & Soul presents: The Vaudevillian + C A Jackson

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Thursday, February 21
Doors: 7:30 pm  / Show: 8:00 pm
Wilser’s Room

continuing our Thursday series in the Wilser’s room, with a throwback to the 1920’s and 30’s

Music at 8 PM
$10 at the door


All 3 members of The Vaudevillian grew up loving tunes from the 1920’ and 1930’s. Piedmont Johnson grew up in North Carolina right down the way from where Elizabeth Cotton wrote her well known tune, Freight Train, and while Piedmont started drinking bourbon at a real young age- he naturally became a blues musician. Norah Spades spent lots of her childhood in a trailer park out in the country near Carlisle, Ontario with her grandma listening to old gospels on the radio. Occasionally the disc jockeys would play a tune they thought was a gospel number, though lo and behold it was a dirtier, hokum song, sung in their earlier days with an obscure track title. Back then many gospel singers had odd pasts and when one tune would accidentally play out, grandma would blush and shriek out causing Norah to dance wildly with laughter! This spurred Norah to fall in love with old hokum numbers!Jitterbug James founded The Vaudevillian when he was merely a tot at 15 years old, receiving an old record player from his grandma and Leadbelly records. He fell in love with the old recordings and vinyl process and began learning old tunes that only handfuls of people who were still alive had heard before. Mastering his craft of playing the guitar, banjo and harmonica, Jitterbug began writing his own songs influenced by historical events in the 1930’s.

1930’s Jugband Blues
“The Dirty 30’s Trio, The Vaudevillian make you get off your doggone caboose & do the lindy hop! The old fashioned gentleman, Jitterbug James, the mouthy Norah Spades & the Southerner Piedmont Johnson bring you dancing numbers from the prohibition period! Thank goodness PROHIBITION IS OVER! Get ready to shine your shoes to do the skoodle um skoo!”*Norah & James were JUST married!!!*
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